Friday, April 8, 2011

Sometimes I Just Don't

It must be Friday.  It must be Friday, because I feel the need to confess.  If you need want to confess you can go and visit Mamarazzi....Glamazon that lucky girl is going on vacation. 

I confess...


  • Sometimes I just don't want to be the mom.  The go to gal.  The answer lady. Sometimes I just want to be left alone in my own little corner.
  • Sometimes I just want to go on strike.  
  • I am not a fan of teenage crisis and angst.
  • I am not a fan of petty arguing between siblings
  • I left my dishes in the sink last night
  • But in my defense I was on the go all.day.long.  I would list it out but I would probably get too tired and trail off to sleep.
  • I will say when I finally got home and was able to sit.  That is all I did.  I sat like a lump for the rest of the night. 
  • I am beyond thrilled that this is the last day of school before Spring break.  Is it because I get my kids to myself 24/7?  That joy might last a couple of hours a day or two.  No, it's because there is no homework, there is sleeping in and no morning rush.  See.  It's all about me.
  • Even the teachers are ready for Spring break....whooops...that's not my confession.
  • Our first week of break proves to be a very busy one.  
  • First.  As in we get more than one.  
  • They get two weeks and one day.  I usually got one week.  
  • My confession two weeks from now might be totally different about Spring break vs. school.
What is weighing heavy on your mind?  Link up and play!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

I Have A Question...Special Edition

I have a question and a splitting headache, so I am going to cut to the chase right here and now.  The budget crisis.  And the fact that military...MILITARY personnel will have deferred pay until it is resolved.  I apologize here and now for stating the obvious.  Military folks don't get a lot of money to begin with.  Most live paycheck to paycheck.  Thankfully the military has benefits like housing.  They also have the commissary....but a friend of mine whose husband is still enlisted just posted that the commissary is funded by DoD (Dept of Defense) funds.  I guess it could be considered essential personnel...but probably not since it is just food.  And really the food isn't necessary for the dependents right?  She also suggested that perhaps congress should go without THEIR pay until this is over.  I agree. 

My friend also linked this article.  Here is a quote from it.

“The military would be paid through the 8th” — or half a paycheck, the official said. “Beyond that period of time they would not be paid. They would continue to earn their money, and when we have money again, they would be paid at that time.” WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT!?  Non-military folk...look at the first letter of each word there.  Again, how about YOU congress person simply earn your wages but not actually see them until this over.  And while we are at it....let's cut some other luxuries you have that the people who are sworn to protect do not.

Maybe I am being opinionated here.  But I can't help it.  Perhaps it is because my husband served 20 years and 9 months in United States Coast Guard.  And we went through this exact same thing in 95/96.  So maybe I am a little too close to it.
What are your thoughts?  As always, I ask that everyone play nice.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

DWTS Story Time

Tonight it is story time on Dancing with the Stars.  Each dance will tell a personal story of the stars.  For the first time they got to pick their own music.  We get to see one of four dances tonight:  The Foxtrot, The Samba, The Rumba, and The Paso Doble.  They send out the DWTS Troop to show us each style of dance for the night. This way we know how it is SUPPOSED to look.

First up is Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani.  Poor Wendy.  I feel kind of sorry for her.  I think she has a true desire to do this and loves that she gets to dress up for it--the costumes, wigs and make up.  But really, Wendy is sadly lacking in the dance dept.  I am predicting hers to be the departure tonight.  Her story is about her struggle from radio personality to TV personality.  And the trials that went with it.  As I watched them, I thought two things:  This is a Foxtrot?  And...Tony, come on!!!  I am sorry but he has had a string of lesser partners.  It's time he has one that can shine.

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Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani 1-800-868-3402

Len told her that  expressing emotion in a dance is very difficult and that her story was about hard work and struggle.  "You worked very hard but it was a struggle.  It lacked fluidity.  It was a dance more suited for radio"  Ouch, that one hurt!!

Bruno said she was strong like the Statue of Liberty but that he agreed with Len.  It needed to be more fluid.  "You look like you put down roots."  Maybe Len is contagious.

Carrie Ann said that she respsected a woman who has strength and perseveres and follows her dream. However, she felt Wendy took a little step backward.  "There is more to you Wendy Williams and I want to see it!"

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  5
Len: 5
Bruno: 5
Total: 15


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 Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas 1-800-868-3401


Mark and Chelsea are dancing The Cha Cha.  The song Chelsea has picked is called, "Chelsea." A song that was literally written for her by the lead singer.  This was his way of  confessing  his love to her. They started dating immediately following that first performance. In rehearsals, Mark wants her to relax and move her hips more. She said Mark makes a better girl than her.  Tom assures her after the dance she makes a better girl than Mark.  I think both were happy to hear this. As for the dance, she did very very well.

Bruno was very excited about this dance! "Chelsea! Chelsea! Chelsea! You were sexy sexy sexy.  I could feel the excitement. The taste of first love.  Tasty tasty tasty Chelsea!"  Meanwhile she is totally blushing.  Down Bruno, down!

Carrie Ann began with, "I'm a little disturbed right now!" She also said she was a big fan of that cha cha and advised her to work a little more on the hip action.

Len told her he remembered his first love, and told her that this was her best dance so far.

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

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Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke 1-800-868-3409

Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke are dancing The Rumba to the song, Let It Be.  His mother was in a very bad accident that left her paralyzed and later lead to her death.  This was her favorite song.   Chris spoke of how he was going to quit wrestling to help her and she would not have it. Dancing is something she loved.  So he dedicated this dance to her.  He surprises me.  He is a wrestler and is therefore solid!  It's amazing how he can dance and move the way he does.



Carrie Ann had tears in her eyes.  She told him that it was a beautiful tribute to his mom, but that his hip action was a little strange. But that it was emotionally amazing.

Len told him he didn't use his arms enough. Hmmm...I hadn't noticed that.  I need instant replay folks! He told that his arms were always on his hips, but that his lines and  poses were execllent.

Bruno said there was a great sense of warnth. And that he had a "Naked vulernablity." Well I guess it doesn't get any more vulnerable than that!  He told him that the Rumba has to flow, but that he did a good job over all.

Scores:
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

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Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel 1-800-868-3407

Kendra and Louis are also dancing The Rumba.  Her story is about her and her husband, football player Hank Baskett.  He received a lot of flack and grief for marrying this Playboy Bunny Girl/Stripper.  But he stood by her through it all. The song is, "It's You and Me" She firmly believes that you must follow your heart. I didn't like the opening of their dance.  They used a smoke affect that went a bit awry and she couldn't see coming down the steps.  She made it. As for the dance, I thought it was all right.

Len told her there was a lot of unnecessary girating. Ummm, Len...this is The Rumba, isn't there supposed to be at least SOME of that?  He told her that she was also occassionally unstable. She argued that she couldn't see because of the smoke.  He countered and told her he wasn't talking about that part. Then he told her she had gorgerous leg action and beautiful foot work.

Bruno told her she had nothing to worry about, that her dance was hot and erotic and arrousing. "The men are truning purple!" Somebody get the fire hose for him.

Carrie Ann said that indeed it was a HOT HOT HOT!

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

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Romeo and Chelsie Hightower 1-800-868-3405

Romeo and Chelsie are dancing The Rumba.  And again, instead of a dance about passion and love, his story is focused on tragedy. His is a double whammie.  He lost not one, but two cousins.  One was beaten to death.  Very sad.  His song of choice, "I'll Be There."  During rehearsals, Romeo turned a bit diva and tossed his dance shoes across the room.  And, to my chagrin, he did it again.  Practiced without his shirt.  I mean really.  What is that.  I like what my BF said, "If I were Chelsie I would ask him to put it back on! Like 'ewwwww I don't want your sweaty flesh  all over me'"  I couldn't stop laughing after reading that instant message! Now for their Rumba.  I am trying to put my attitude behind and just look at the performance.  I think it was pretty good. Not spectacular or the kind that sweeps you away, but pretty good. 


Bruno said he  really put his heart and soul into it, but that sometimes when you do something goes a stray. In Romeo's case it was the footwork.

Carrie Ann told him it really was heartfelt, but that he needed to work on refinement.

Len told him that last week he took a huge step forward and this week he took a huge step back.  That is all he said and he got some major booing for it.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 6
Bruno: 7
Total: 20

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Hines Ward and Kym Johnson 1-800-868-3403

Hines and Kym are dancing the Samba and Hines chooses "Fantasy" from "Earth, Wind &Fire which his  Mom always listened too. His parents divorced when he was just a baby and being Korean his Mom didn't know English. She did everything she had to do gain custody.  This dance is for her.  I love this guy!  He is quite the dancer.  And he seems very humble.  It was a great fun dance.

Carrie Ann exclaimed, "Boo-Yah!  Mama must be proud.  You could be dancing the samba your whole life!"

Len said that both the story and the dance were upbeat and fun.  And that he should be proud!

Bruno told him that this samba was an expression of  bouncing butt shaking happiness!  "It was happy hour! Two for the price of one!!!"

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 25 (highest score so far)

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Petra and Dmitry are dancing the Waltz.  I love seeing this dance because it is so beautiful.  Since she was a survivor of the tsunami in 2005, she returned to Indonesia in the days that followed and was devastated by what she saw.  She created the Happy Hearts Funds to raise money for schools in disaster struck areas.  Her song is for them. "You Raise Me Up" It is beautifully danced with much improvement.

Len told her she had grace, elegance and beauty.

Bruno said that she was a vision from heaven and that she danced like an angel. Her improvement was incredible. "Your beauty is great, but your heart is even more beautiful." 

Carrie Ann said she was a super model with super movement!

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 9
Bruno: 8
Total: 25 (Tied for first with Hines and Kym!)

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Sugar Ray and Anna are dancing The Paso Doble.  A dance about power and struggle and domination.  So it makes sense that his story is about how he continuously beat the odds in his career. He said that the odds were against him and that he proved them wrong. Anna told him, "You have to be strong."  To which he replied, "Strong.  I feel like a wimp!" As they danced, I still feel as if Anna is leading the way. He improved a little but I don't see a long future ahead for him here.

Bruno feels differently than me.  He told him that he was a raging bull putting his  fighting spirit back in busines.  He told him to refine his moevement. A lot of that being said.  And Bruno added, "You've got something there!"

Carrie Ann said she saw a lot of improvement and that he took control.  "Great performance."

Len told him that each week a dance is  like a fight and that the opponent is the dance.  "Week 1 and week 2 you let the dance dominate you.  This week came out stronger!"

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 6
Bruno: 7
Total: 20

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Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkoskiy 1-800-868-3411

Kirstie and Maks are dancing the Rumba to "Over the Rainbow."  In 1980, Kirstie gave herself  one year to become an actress.  When she got her first major break, "Star Trek Generations" her parents were hit by a drunk driver.  Her mother died, and her father was dying.  She went onto say that this song brings hope.  Their dance began beautifully.  I knew in a heartbeat that Kirstie would not disappoint.  And then, Maks' had a "Charley Horse" or some muscle strain.  Which lots of critics harshly blamed Kirstie's weight for.  First of all...NOT COOL people.  Second, her weight was on his right, it was his left leg that was hurt.  Hmmmm.  And lastly he is a pro he knows what he is doing.  And he will not let her take the fall at all.  I like you Maks!  Both barely missed a beat and immediately got right back into the dance and performed like nothing happened!  AWESOME!


Carrie Ann said that sometimes tradgey leads to amazing beautiful moments and that something magical happened. She added that Kirstie was very connected to her vulnerability.

Len said that dancing is like life.  You have to overcome adveristies.  "You overcome it.  You got up!"

Bruno raved that once they got up they were even better.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

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Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff 1-800-868-3408

Ralph and Karina are dancing The Rumba and he wants the song to be "Stay Gold" from The Outsiders for two reasons.  One because that movie launched his career and two(and more important) it was the song played for his wedding.  And April 5th is their 24th anniversary! He dedicated the dance to her, his soul mate.  I enjoyed their dance, but as I watched him I couldn't help but think he looked like he was dancing the Paso Doble instead.  He was very intense.


 Len said that it was great and clear but that he needed refinement. He reminded him to work on his hands and his feet. He said the overall look was very appealing.

Bruno said he had beautiful execution--really he did.  BUT....the  hands. He siad that Ralph has a "statue effect." and that he acted like Karina was too hot to handle.

Carrie Ann said it was a very sweet rumba and that Bruno and Len missed the point! "He was doing it for his wife! Arguing ensues.  Tom steps in and reminds cranky Len that it is Carrie's turn.  She finishes with, "You need to work on your core. It was otherwise very sweet and very moving."  And then turning to Bruno and Cranky Len she said, "And you two are cuckoo!"  You tell them, Carrie Ann!

Scores:
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 7

Going home tonight is Wendy Williams.  She has a great attitude about the whole thing when she says that despite many stereo types, "This black girl can't even do the 'running man."  She thanked Tony for teaching her and giving her the opportunity to dance in front of millions of people.

Next week is the first ever:  Classical Week.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

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Ten on Tuesday with Chelsea at Roots and Rings

Questions for Tuesday, April 5, 2011!
Provided by Tabaitha at Keeping Up With the Kayes.

1. What is your idea best date?  A quiet restaurant made for grown ups.  You know with actual linens.  Low lights.  A nice stroll...yeah I'm sappy like that.
2. How long does it take you to get ready to go on a date?  Before marriage probably an hour.  Now...ten minutes.  If that.
3. What would you wear on the date?  Depends on where I am going. 
4. If you are married, how often do you go on dates? If you are single, when was your last date?  Dates?  What are those anyway?  We have been trying to go out at least once a month.  Even if it is for froyo.
5. What was your worst date?  Being told we were going to the beach(San Diego) and then first having breakfast with like ALL his family, then a drive up to the mountains.  Glad I dumped that one!
6. Do you/Did you kiss on your first date?  Who me??
7. If married, how long before you knew he/she was the one? If single, how long before you know if the person is marriage material?  I can't remember when I knew, but my mom knew after he came back from his first patrol(he was in the CG on a ship) they were gone for 4 weeks.  She knew right then and there.  I was not cued in yet.
8. Do you prefer day dates or night dates?  Night.  It's the grown up factor.
9. How old were you when you first were allowed to date?  16
10. What is the most embarassing moment you have had on a date? Seriously, nothing comes to mind.  I guess I have been lucky.  And after 17 years of marriage, 3 children there just isn't too much to be embarrassed about.

What about you?
Remember next Tuesday is The Status Quote!  What are your friends saying!?

Monday, April 4, 2011

What Would You Do?

I am sure you have heard of, or seen the show, What Would You Do?   You know they set up extreme situations unbeknownst to the general public and basically see what they will do.  I took a quiz with three scenarios.  One of which was a mom who dumps her kids out of the car and tells them to walk home.  My first thought is, oh I can relate to getting to that point.  They did it twice.  The first time the "mom" was driving a little sedan and was dressed kind of plain, and had a cigarette.  Immediately a man came running across the street and was telling her to calm down.  Next, they put the same actors in a suburban, and put the mom in a nice outfit, gave her jewelry and fixed her hair.  Same exact thing and yet nobody really did anything.  I voted for the mom.  Because, I have no idea what this woman is going to do...she might just drive a few feet and then let them back in.  Maybe even circle the block.  Would I do that?  I seriously doubt it.  Just thought it was an interesting scenario.  And apparently it really happened.  Hmmm, I missed that.

But that isn't even what I want to talk about.  Though, I do want to know what you would do if....

You received a letter in the mail with your former boss/friend's name on it in care of you.  Inside, the letter says that you rented a big screen TV  and you either have to return it or pay for it, the contract is up and was never renewed.  After several attempts to contact you they have sent this letter and you need to contact them immediately. 

This happened to my brother.  For real.  What would you do?  

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