Friday, November 12, 2010

A Tribute

I am stepping away from my usual Friday fun and games this week.  On Monday a very sweet and much loved lady in our church died.  She was the first person to introduce herself to me when we came here.  My mom and many others say the same thing.  She was known for her sweet heart and her fabulous rolls. She served others whenever she was asked and even when she wasn't.   She touched a heart that is close to mine.  My daughter's heart.

In my church, when the girls are age 8-12 they are involved in a program called Activity Days.  They meet twice a month and have a lesson and activity.  When we moved here, this lady was Kristin's Activity Days teacher.  She loved this sweet sister, and would give her hugs every time she saw her.  It broke her heart when I told her the news.  As heart broken as she was it gave me a very unique opportunity to remind her of God's beautiful plan for us.  To testify to her that death is not an end.  And now this sweet lady has joined her husband who was called home six months ago.  Yes we will miss her.  And yes we will weep at her passing.  But oh the sweet tears of joy that were shed on Monday when she was reunited with her husband and family that went before her. 

As part of Kristin's own healing process she made a lovely sign in her honor.
In Loving Memory of Iris.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Headaches, Walmart and Cars

Headaches are mean.
Headaches are cruel.
Especially when headaches are MIGRAINES!

A headache is one thing, but these migraines are deadly on some days.  I am sure this last one was out to get me.  Despite the headache of death, I went to the Super Wally.  Super Wally is about 10 or 12 miles...maybe more...from home.   I went to Super Wally because I thought that would help. 

Speaking of headaches....my van is doing something weird.  I thought it was the shocks, my mom said it might the bushings the mechanic I spoke with on the phone thinks the car is too young and not enough mileage for that.  Though he couldn't make a diagnosis over the phone.  For that, I have to bring the car in and pay $45.

Headaches come in all forms!

Jenny Matlock

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truthsandlies


I am what I like to call...Heinz 57 since I am so full of variety.   My husband enjoys teasing me that I have messed up his perfect bloodlines.  I merely added flavor.  And those flavors are predominately German and English.  I also have sprinklings of Dutch, Welsh, and Swedish.  But there is no Russian in these veins.

1.  I have been to Ohio
2.  I have been to Wyoming
3.  I have been to Alabama




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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DWTS Instant Dancing!?



Tonight on DWTS, the stars are faced with not only performing two dances, but one of them they will not know what their music is until they take the stage.  Now that is just crazy!  But I can't wait to see how they do. "Instant Dance" is what it is called, and Len says it is more like a Ballroom style of competition.  Bruno says they have less than an hour before going on the stage.  Only five remain and this is the true test of their abilities. 

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer 1-800-868-3403

Kyle and Lacey are dancing the Viennese Waltz.  Tonight Lacey is really after Kyle for his foot work. I mean she is yelling at him and being a drill Sergeant. The first dance sets the tone.  And what a tone they have set! Kyle's hard work pays off.  He was very focused, and their dance was beautiful.  Len commended him for his posture, leads and finished with, "Last week you were a little bud and this week, a gorgeous orchid."  Bruno told him he was totally charmed by him saying he was now a sophisticated young man.  And despite being repeatedly criticized by them(the judges) he came back each week improved.  "That is the way to win it!"
Carrie Ann exclaims her crush on Kyle is back! Well, she has been behaving so I guess I will allow it.  She told him the elegance was back, and it was like they were dancing on clouds. It really was!

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27


Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
1-800-868-3411

Jen and Derek  are dancing the Quick step. Jennifer has a tearing going on with her knee and her doctor doesn't directly say it, but he is definitely encouraging her to rethink her staying in the competition.  I feel her pain.  I do.  And I would not want to be faced with her decision.  After a visit and pep talk from her dad she decides she can go on.  She did a good job.  And if she was in pain, she didn't show it.  Bruno told them it was a vintage Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers classic.  Carrie Ann admitted that due to her(Jennifer's) injury she had a lower expectation for her, but said that the dance was beautiful.  "There was a tiny misstep, but it was gorgeous."  Len said that despite injuries and frustration, she faced the music and danced, and she did great!

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27



Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
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Anna and Kurt  dance The Waltz and it is pretty.  Kurt is so charming and sweet.  It's what makes him enjoyable to watch.  Carrie Ann told him that he was like a Ken Doll for Ballroom.  She meant it in a good way, and went on to explain that she would want the Ken doll to dance like him.  She gave him props for his effort and determination.  Len said that for a big guy, he is graceful but still needs to work on the arms.  "Overall the dance was beautiful!"  Bruno said, "When you smile and are relaxing you light up the room!"  Then he told him to be sure and lift his chin. 

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24


1-800-868-3407

Bristol and Mark are dancing the Argentine Tango. Bristol is missing her family and wanting to go home. Mark gives her a pep talk.  She goes home for a few days and feels recharged.  I wasn't real impressed with their Tango.  It was clean and smooth, but it didn't suck  me in.  Len said the lifts were good, the dance was clean but it lacked intesnity, (he get boos for this) "I'm telling the truth!"  You go Len!  I am with you!  Bruno says she was mean and moody, but that at times she loses the expression.  "You go in and out.  You've got to be a bad girl all the way through."
Carrie Ann begged to differ telling her it was the most intensity they have EVER seen from her. Then she told Bristol she was lacking energy in her legs.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24




Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy
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Brandy and Maks are dancing the Waltz and she is stressing as usual.  "No one is safe." She says.  Wow!  They swept me away.  It was one of those dances where you can not take your eyes off them and they are the only people in the room.  Yeah it was good.  Bruno said  it was more than a dance that it  was an exquisite  interpretation of a dance.  "It was like a symphony!" Carrie Ann said she was spellbound that the dance was emotional and riveting.  "Watch your neck, and relax." she told her. Len said "If your nit picky which I am not(yeah right) I was overwhelmed by the whole performance."

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 29



Kyle and Lacey are the first to do the "instant dance"--The Jive-- is their dance and the song is, "Good Golly Miss Molly."  They had about 20 minutes of rehearsal time with the music.  I am officially wowed by this boy.  That is no easy feet.  And he did fabulous!  Way to go Kyle.  Len said his energy was high and that other than the other two going crazy...  "It was wild and whacky, and I enjoyed it!"  He told him it needed a little more finesse. Bruno told him he danced like he was at the top of the leader board.  He went on to say that he looked like he had rehearsed it for months.  "I loved every second of it!"  And Carrie Ann said,  "That was by far the most fun I had ever had as a viewer."

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 9
Bruno: 10
Total: 29/56 3

Jennifer and Derek are dancing the Rumba to "Waiting For A Girl Like You."  Did they say she had a knee injury?  Yeah that picture up there is from their Rumba.  I can't do that.  Their Rumba was...Wow...sexy sassy!  Bruno shooting up out of his chair in all his Brunosity exclaimed,  "What is going on tonight!? This challenge is bringing out the best in people!  This was just breath taking sensual and flawless." Carrie Ann told them they captured the moment.  Len said that what he loves about dancing is the varaition.  "That's what makes great dancing.  And that's what we've just seen!"

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30/57

Kurt and Anna's instant dance is the  Cha cha to the tune of "Hella Good"  Anna choreographs to counts and not lyrics and she says that Kurt doesn't work that way."  But he did!  He danced better than I have ever seen him dance.  He was on fire and having a total blast.  Carrie Ann started with how musicality was never his strong suit, but that tonight he did it and with a whole lot of charisma and sex appeal.  Len said he did extrememly well.  "Knowing the music is a safety net.  Not knowing makes you more focused on the dance." Bruno said, "You came out here, you let it lose and you had fun and you went for it. You did good!"

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24/48

Bristol and Mark are dancing the Samba...they gave her such a hard dance and song..."Mas Que Nada" Not as strong as the others but for Bristol well done.  She lost her footing a couple of times.  Len said that of all the Latin dances the Samba is the most difficult. "You coped very well." Bruno told her she can shake it, but that sometimes she loses it.  Carrie Ann told her she was not musically connected.  "Your personality was there, but not on the beat."  She is right audience, no booing!

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 23/47

Brandy and Maks are dancing the cha cha to "Teenage Dream"  Brandy feels pretty good about the instant dance. She feels she has the musicality side of it down. Well, she may think she has it, but I did not see it.  Their dance was fun, but for her caliber it lacked...in musicality. Bruno said it was another fabulous performance to end a truly fantastic night.  Carrie Ann chastised both Brandy and Maks for the fact that she didn't dance for eight measures.  "Kurt danced more than you!"  Len told her that her Waltz was full of beauty and grace, the cha cha full of flare.  "You did quite well."  A debate between Maks and Carrie Ann went back and forth for a minute or two.  Sorry Maks, Carrie Ann is right.  It was the "instant dance" and Brandy should have been showcased more.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 10
Total: 28/57

Couple going home:  Kurt and Anna.  I am very disappointed with this result.  I have been cheering for Bristol from the start, but it's time for the "teen advocate" to go home.  And that should have been tonight.  We will miss you Gene Kelly Kurt Warner!

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Status Quote

CAGirl

It's time to let each other know what our friends are thinking or doing.  It's the Status Quote.  If you have never played before, it's really easy.  Simply post the different status updates from your friends at FB or Twitter or both!  Leaving out names and locations.  If you are not on FB or Twitter, no worries simply sit back and enjoy the fun!

...is not surprised to discover that toddlers have no interest in Daylight Saving Time. "Please up, Mama! All done night-night!"  Generally speaking no one does, but little ones seem to be most affected.  No wonder Ryan is bouncing off the walls today!

BEWARE!  Mood swings ahead!  :/  I don't give warnings...she is very good to her family!

Ranger (the dog) seriously has nine lives...I think about 7 of them are gone. He was out in the dark (he is black) for over 2 hours last night...and somehow I went outside to look for him (while B was driving around) and he came trotting down the street. Gave me a heart attack.  Probably just looked at you like, hi mom!

My phone is possessed  I hate when that happens!

Don't touch my chairs and no one gets hurt!  Someone needs chocolate.

Dear Self, Did you really expect that the wide variety of movies available on streaming Netflix would mean your kids wouldn't drive you crazy by watching the same show over and over and over and over? You should have known that it would just give them a bigger choice of WHICH movie to watch over and over and over and over.  We have that problem in the van.  I now know Finding Nemo from start to finish and back again.

Raking leaves on a windy day is absurd.  Kind of makes leaf blowers redundant.

Help! Call the police! There's a crazy person in my bedroom! Oh. Wait it's just me. Never mind... damn mirror...lol  The police stopped coming after the third or fourth time I made that call.

Is thankful for school  My favorite commercial(for back to school) is the Staples one...."It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year...."  Oh gotta love it!

Do I offend?  I don't know....what did you do?

Lady drove by the house, curlers still in her hair ... reminds me that I still need MY coffee  Does your wife know you are a window monitor?

Work can wait while you show a child the rainbow. The rainbow won't wait while you do the work. – Unknown  I love this.  Thanks for posting it.
 
Ah, 2 days off to torture my kids. :)  A girl after my own heart!

I HATE the fact that it is 5:00 and that it's dark!!’  Me too!  Boo!
 
I changed a headlight bulb in the garage, (warmer & with light) while holding a baby... I am awesome  Dude, you are beyond awesome!  

What are you friends saying?  Link up and play!

The Curse



Unless you live under a rock, don't have cable, or children between 6 and 15, you probably don't know about Demi Lovato going to rehab.  This Disney kid is in rehab for supposed cutting and an eating disorder.  A teenage girl in Hollywood with an eating disorder?  I know, who would ever believe it!?  But it begs the question...are the Disney kids cursed; destined to become washed out or a disgrace the Disney name. 











Well let's take a little trip shall we.  I like this person fine...on her show.  I can't believe a show I thought would never last, ran for 5 years.  Now, she is not a wash out.  However, I do think she has made an abundance of poor choices.  Which surprises me, given her Daddy is just a "good ol' boy from Kentucky."  But what do I know? 

Another girl, I really liked when she first started.  She showed so much promise.  And what happened?  Did her head get too big?  How did her parents miss the signs of her going on that slippery slope? 



How about this girl?  She has had such a checkered past.  Does anyone take her seriously? 



Despite all that, I dare say there is no such curse.  I think the biggest "curse" Disney stars have is growing their wings.  It is hard for them get out of that cutesy place.  How about those other kids...you know the ones....the Warner Brothers kids...of that movie empire that is fast approaching its end.



So what is it?  Is it Disney?  Is it personality?  Upbringing?  Does Disney have a curse?