Friday, November 26, 2010

Being Lazy

Here I am still in me jammies.
Rich is asleep....but then he had to get up early to go to physical therapy.
Ryan and Emily are still in their jammies.
Kristin is still asleep...well maybe she is awake.
I don't know.
She hasn't shown her face yet.
At least the three of us that are down here have eaten breakfast.
We are putting up the tree today.
Having a fake tree used to be a crime in my mind.
After freezing to the bone one year and just picking the first one we saw, I decided fake is the way to go.
That and I was real tired of all the needles.
Ours is long paid for.
We can put it up on "Black Friday"
And take it down on New Years Day.
It looks the same.
I guess I better get dressed.
Then I can make my children do the same.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thank You Letters

Today's post was inspired by a bloggy friend of mine, Laura over at The Bignell Family.  She wrote thank you letters to her family and even her little "peanut" growing each day in her cute baby belly!  This post is also part of Jenny's Thursday writing prompt.  If you have a moment to link up between basting the turkey and watching the parade go here.

Dear Rich,

Thank you for being a good Daddy, and a good husband.  Thank you for supporting me in my hobby.  Thank you for working hard to keep your family fed and sheltered.  I love you.

Wife Lady.

Dear Kristin,

Thank you for your bright sweet spirit.  Thank you for helping out in all the ways you do.  Thank you for letting me take naps when I need to.  Thanks for making me laugh.


Dear Emily,

Thank you for being such a sweet girl,  thank you for being a good helper.  I love it when you play nicely with your brother.  I love how you are so silly and free.


Dear Ryan,

Thank you for your hugs, your fun games and your wild stories.


Dear Mom,

Thank you for always being there for me.  For teaching me as a child and now as an adult.  Thank you for letting me gripe and whine.  Thanks for the laughs.

Daughter Lady

Dear Emmy,

Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.  Thanks for "dragging" me to Zumba with you.  And thanks for all the times you let me talk your ears off. And thanks for letting me hold and cuddle that sweet baby!

Love You,

Dear Loula,

Thanks for the many laughs, for letting me shed tears, for the late nights and all our silliness.

Love Ya
Lourie "eljay"

Dear Cathy,

Thanks for being my big sis.  For loving my kids.  For being silly with me.

Love Ya
Lil' Sis

Dear Mom and Dad(Kolar)

Thanks for all your love and support.  Thanks for always thinking of the kids.  And us!

Love You,

***Happy Thanksgiving!***

DWTS The Finals

It is the finals.  Is it just me, or did this season go by way too fast?  And what a weird season it has been.  Usually the drama goes on behind the scenes, but this year it seems to be taking place...LIVE!  The elimination if Audrinna was a surprise to us all, but the Brandy shocker of last week had some folks reeling.  Tonight is the night of the redemption dances.  This is where the couple gets to redeem themselves from that disaster they had.  They also each get tutored by one of the judges.  This to me is really fun.  Kyle and Lacey are graced with head judge Len Goodman.  He teaches Kyle about posture and holds.  Amazing the difference it makes.

Kyle and Lacey's "redemption" dance is the Foxtrot.  Lacey decides to take a more traditional approach.  This foxtrot is the dance of finalists for sure!  I really was impressed with them. Len said,  "I tried to help you, I'm not a miracle worker.  People spend a lifetime trying to master it, and you came out much better than the first time.  You went from Messy Massey to Marvelous Massey!"

"Oh look at you all slick sharp and slicksky(?)  I am not real sure what he said there.  I need to turn on the captions!  He continued telling Kyle that his technique has improved enormously.  Carrie Ann noted the great improvement on his footwork.  However, she felt he was almost too focused on the footwork and as a result we lost part of his charisma and charms.  She got booed.  I thought he did good.


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

Bristol and Mark's redemption dance is The Jive.  Definitely a must!  If you need a memory boost, it was the TV themed week, and they donned gorilla suits as they danced to The MONKEES!    Bruno teaches Bristol.  What a perfect person to teach Bristol how to let go and have fun. He tries really hard to get Bristol to be super silly and shake it.  Nope.  I would.  Bruno, pick me!  Their jive is miles and worlds away from that one a few weeks ago.  She has improved.  And I could swear that for one fleeting moment, she was having fun!!  Too bad the song totally sucked.  (Don't ask, I don't remember.)

Bruno said,  "Bristol my darling, I told you you didn't need a gorilla suit.  You went out there and had fun and we enjoyed it!"  Carrie Ann has this to say, "You never cease to amaze me!"  She went on to tell her that she came out more vibrant than ever before. And Len told her she went from a gorilla to a thriller!  "Vast improvement.  Well done."

CA: 9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27

Jennifer and Derek's dance is the Paso Doble.  When she danced it the first time she lost control about half way through.  So who better to coach her than Carrie Ann!?  She wants Jen to be more open and fluid in her movement for this dance.  She also told her that because she is tiny she needed to make her arm movements much bigger.  And wow!  She delivered.  This dance was awesome.  Too bad the lighting sucked.  I mean it was all dark and red with a single spot following them.  I get it for dramatic purposes, but that should have stopped after the first measure or two. 

Carrie Ann said that was the meaning of redemption!  "I am so proud of you!  I saw everything worked on!" She exclaimed.  Len told her it was a lovely mix of expression and aggression.Then he was so cute when he said, "I don't normally do this...but..." and stood up and applauded Jennifer and Derek.  "Fantastic job!"  Now that is saying something!  Bruno said "It was an evening of sultry seville. A flaminko dancer and madator igniting the flames of passion.  I don't want this night to ever end!"

Tom to Bruno, "I know you mean it as a compliment, but you end up frightening the children."

Carrie Ann: 10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10 I wish I had an 11!
Total: 30

Next are the freestyle dances.  They get to pick their own music and do anything they want to do.  This truly is the dance to make or break a person.  Kyle chose, "Tootsie Roll" for his song.  And Lacey wants to know if he can do the "coffee grind."  I guess I am daft or too white because I had no idea what she was talking about.  She demonstrated by getting down on the floor and planting one hand down and running in a circle around it.  OH!  Now I know what that is.  I just didn't know what it was called. Their dance is fun, lively, full of funky and tricky moves.  At one point Kyle flips Lacey over.  He was very nervous about it.  Afraid he would hurt her.  He does great.  I like it.

Len tells Kyle that Toostie rolls are one of his favorites. Then he went on to say, "I am not a lover of the boogaloo dancing, but I loved it!"  He got some ribbing for the "boogaloo" term.  Bruno said it was truly explosive entertainment and that he loved every minute  Carrie Ann exclaimed that he killed it! "I dub you the fresh prince of DWTS!"

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

Bristol and Mark's freestyle is from the Broadway musical, "Chicago."  Which Bristol has never even heard of.  Not even the movie.  The song is "He Had It Comin'."  It started with her in a cage(jail cell) and she was dancing in there.  When it started, I thought well this could be good.  But as the dance progressed I didn't care for it.  Not sure if it was the choreography or her comfort level...maybe it was both.  It ended with her putting Mark in the jail.  Bruno gave her credit for aiming so high. He pointed out it was difficult piece to work with and that it has to be expressed in the face through body. He said it was not quite the level this song requires  but that it was a good attempt.  First Carrie Ann shrieked, "Did I just see Bristol Palin dance in a cage!?"  Then she went on to say that she agreed with Bruno, and that she was proud of her for dancing in the cage! Len said that he just looked at this as a performance and there was no disaster. Fantastic.

Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 9
Bruno: 8

Jennifer and Derek's freestyle...what can I say?  Derek is a showman.  He likes to make his freestyles wow the crowd!  However, Jennifer has neck injuries, knee injuries.  She looks damn good for her age but her body insists that she is indeed 50.  He works her into the routine and slowly brings out the stunts.  When the dance starts she is in a frumpy frock and holding a watermelon.  I laughed.  How cute.  The song was (I think) "Do You Love Me?" Kristin cracked me up when she said, "Why is she holding a watermelon?"  I explained the connection and then she wanted to know if she could watch the movie.  I told her no and that I was 17 when I saw it.   *ahem*  Back to their freestyle....the watermelon was ditched an so was the frock to reveal a glittery pink number.  And then the fun began with Derek taking a flying leap straight over her head.  And it never stopped.  It was fantastic. Carrie Ann simply said it was AMAZING! Len told her she has been consistent, persistent, "You're like an irresistible force going down the freeway for the mirror ball trophy! Fantastic."  Bruno gushed about her dancing two dances at the complete and total opposite ends of the spectrum.  And that both were equally brilliant.

Carrie Ann: 10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30/60

The finale is still competitive.  Though the viewers do not have a say in the last two dances, their votes are accounted for in the judges rankings.  They each get to choose their favorite dance to encore and then they have to dance another "Instant Dance."  This time it is the Cha-Cha. And they all will take a turn for about 30 to 40 seconds to dance it.  

Kyle and Lacey chose their Tango.  This was Kyle's break out dance.  And this time he is much more polished. During the instant dance he and Lacey were first and they did great. Bristol and Mark choose her break out dance, which is  The Tango as well.  She has grown.  Her dances are always clean, and she has certainly improved.  The Cha-Cha showed me a side of her I hadn't seen the whole season.  She was having fun.  And it made it fun to watch her.  Jennifer and Derek made their last dance the Viennese Waltz.  It was their first and it is fitting for it to be their last.  It was beautifully danced.  Perhaps even more so than the first time.  They are fun and sassy in their Cha-Cha.  And now for the judges rankings.  First score is the encore dance, and the second is the cha-cha.

Kyle and Lacey
Carrie Ann: 9/9
Len: 8/9
Bruno: 9/10
Total 26/28

Bristol and Mark

Carrie Ann: 8/9
Len: 9/9
Bruno: 8/9
Total: 25/27

Jennifer and Derek

Carrie Ann:  10/9
Len: 10/9
Bruno: 10/10
Total: 30/28

And the winner is....

3rd place............  Bristol and Mark

2nd Place............  Kyle and Lacey

1st Place........Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Photos from ABC

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Shoes, Drano, DWTS

No this is not my recap....that is tomorrow!  But I did watch...of course I watched.  Are you kidding me!  All I will say is if you missed it, come back tomorrow and you will feel like you didn't!

I couldn't get through for almost the whole time allotted for phone calls.  It was making me crazy.  I kept yelling at the phone.  "All circuits are busy."  "OH SHUT UP!"  Three tones and then, "The number you have dialed has been disconnected." "Oh no it hasn't!"  Busy.  "CRAP!"  It was making me get ugly.  But I finally managed to get through.  Even Rich was voting!

The kids got shoes.  Yippee.  Of course it helped that Payless is having a BOGO sale.  Ryan's shoes were falling apart and too small and wow Emily was wearing shoes that had to be pinching her poor feet!  Kristin's shoes were falling apart too and she needed a larger size, but I think she was the best off.  But that was a good thing.  New shoes all around.  Plus silly socks for the girls.

I had to buy a econo size jug of Drano for our shower.  It is ridiculous showering in 3 inches of water.  Yeah it is that bad.  And draining the tub.  Well...that takes a while.  So I used the whole thing and it is better but still not draining properly.  I found a recipe online to make your own version of Drano.  I don't remember where it is...but I cut and paste the if you are interested....

Homemade Draino First, pour one cup of baking soda into your drain. Then, slowly pour one cup of vinegar into the drain - you should hear it fizz and bubble. Then flush with one gallon of boiling water. Your drain should work like new again!  (I know it says boiling...but ummm I would have to carry that upstairs...I think I will just flush it with hot water.)

Okay...all you people in cold places please shut your eyes.  It's cold here.  I am totally allowed to say this for two simple reasons.  One...I know cold...and I am talking "hurtin' cold."  And two, I am rarely cold.  So for me to say it is must be cold.  There is snow in the near by mountains.  And the temps are dropping.  And having lived where it does snow, I know that feeling of cold the air has before it snows.  That is what it feels like here.  Crazy.

Have you seen the Target Black Friday commercials?  They are cracking me up. This is a montage of the best ones...

And just because I am a is a classic Thanksgiving commercial...enjoy!

Monday, November 22, 2010

What Are You Doing?

Since we moved back to California, I have been the host home for Thanksgiving.  It works perfectly.  My mom and I share the labors and the clean ups.  Last year was a big Thanksgiving.  We had 19 for dinner and later 22 for dessert.  Yeah it was a crazy busy house.  And for someone with high anxiety that is a major accomplishment.  I enjoyed it.   So much so, that we are doing it again this year.  But our numbers will be smaller.  We are going to have 17 this year.  I know...big difference right?  But that is not all.  Nope...there IS more.  We are splitting the work three ways! 

This year my dear BF, Emmy and her family will be having Thanksgiving dinner with us.  She is in charge of the turkey, gravy, some pies, and I know there is something else.  My mom is the rolls, yams, fruit salad, pies, bean casserole and hot slaw.  Me?  I am potatoes, pies (yeah lots of pies!) stuffing and wait is that it?  Oh yeah, it's at my house.    Whew.   I am excited and looking forward to it.  We also will be feeding our missionaries.  So it is good we will have all the extra pie! 

On Thanksgiving it is normal to have the parade on.  Of course, I usually miss it since I am mostly in the kitchen.  Maybe this year I can see more of it.  More time to clean. I always thought there should be a FRIENDS marathon with all of their Thanksgiving shows!  Wouldn't that be fun???

What are you doing Thursday?  What are your traditions?

Now....hop on over to Metabolism Blues....I have some questions there too!