Friday, October 7, 2011

A Bright Idea



I confess that I don't often come up with bright ideas, but when I do...I must admit I get very happy and dance for joy.  I think I need to write them down so I can keep track of how many have.  Maybe two a year. 

I confess...
That because of this great idea I was able to kick back this morning.  It felt good.  Yes, kick back...on a school morning.  It felt good.  I could have danced.  It wouldn't have been pretty, but I sure could have done it.

I confess..
I can keep better track of the days of the week when school is in session and when fall TV is on.  For instance, yesterday was Thursday because it was Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.  And today is Friday because it is the weekend and tomorrow is sleep in day!  Woot!  And who doesn't love that???

I confess...
I have been spending a lot of time on Pintrest.  It's my new guilty pleasure.  I can see it quickly becoming a time hog. 

What do you have to confess of?  Come on and link up with Mamarazzi!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Proud Mommy Moments...in Pictures

Cool fingernail design that Kristin painted by herself.  She saw it online and copied it. She used fine tipped brushes and a lot of time.
Anytime that these two get along is a proud moment
Finding this in my camera roll on my phone.  It's just the beginning of yet another family photographer.

These are just few gems I came up with this week for Proud Mommy Moments with Emmy and KMama.  Have you got a moment of glory or shame to share?  Link up today.




Wednesday, October 5, 2011

DWTS--Story Time

It's story time.  This week each of the celebrities will tell of time in their lives that was of great significance to them and put it to music and dance it out.  Sounds simple right?  It's always an emotional night.

 Rob and Cheryl 1-800-868-3402

Tonight Rob is honoring his father who died in 2003 of esophageal cancer.  I saw a different side of Rob as he spoke of his father.  If he could be more like this guy, I might grow to like him.  Their dance is the Foxtrot to the tune of "Fly Me To The Moon"  He is improving, and it was indeed a sweet tribute, but he just doesn't have IT. 

Len told him that he put the "dash" into Kardashian. He said his  footwork was good , his  holds were good and that he hoped his dad  was looking down, and saying you did good cause he did good! (better...improved)  Bruno said that Rob the man is getting the upper hand and that the dancing kind of reminded him of Guys and Dolls.
Carrie Ann said she likes watching him because he sticks to the program.  He makes progress. And he is charming and smooth. 

CA:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24 (Wow these are very generous in my opinion!)

Chynna and Tony 1-800-868-3404


Remembering her own song, "Hold On," and  dealing with her abandonment by her father, Chynna relives some painful and healing moments in her Rumba.  Her dance was way better as far as making a connection.  It was a beautiful dance.
Bruno told her,  "I knew you could do it!" He called her a smoldering siren and said she belonged in a museum.
Carrie Ann said "We asked you to give us more and you gave us more!" She called her stunning and said she was connected to the story.
Len told her if she holds on to dancing like that she will be here for weeks!  "You have taken this competition to a whole new level."
CA: 8
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total:  26 ( Now these scores make sense!)


Chaz and Lacey 1-800-868-3412

Chaz  chose a song written by his father, Sonny Bono about being different.  It was also meant a tribute of sorts. The dance, The Rumba.   So far, I haven't really had an issue with Chaz.  But this time, this dance...this up close and personal dance...nope couldn't wrap my brain around it.  I couldn't be cool and hip about it.  It just wasn't sitting right.

Carrie Ann commended him for his courage, but said tonight he was not at his best. Saying he didn't dance enough.  (True that!  Lacey totally danced around him!)
Len acted affronted when he asked, "Not doing enough?  That was your best dance!"(Did someone slip Len funny water???)  He went on to say that  depsite negative feedback, he comes back each week stronger!  
Bruno said that the Rumba is very difficult and requires continuous movement.  He said that sometimes Chaz looked lost.  (At least HE--Bruno--was actually watching!)

Scores:
CA: 
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
Total: 18

Kristin and Mark 1-800-868-3403

Kristin looked back on 2005 when she came to L.A. to decide whether she was going to go to school or become an actress.  Their dance was the Samba.  I thought it was fun and sassy.  She got my vote.

Len said  that  the parts that were "Beyonce" were not his cup of tea-- ( he got boos for that) "talk to the hand!" He did add that was only 20% of the dance but that the other 80 was fabulous.  By now Tom (Bergeron) was wondering what on earth has happened to the real Len.  Len just defended that he was in a good mood.  I still say someone gave him funny water.

Bruno said she was a fast moving devil woman all the time all the way!
Carrie Ann said comparing her to Beyonce means she has some pretty big shoes to fill. "You did pretty darn good!  Keep it up!"

Scores:
CA:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

Carson and Anna 1-800-868-3409

Carson  goes back to  2003 when his show Queer Eye For The Straight Guy came out. He said the show was a blessing  making him feel proud and comfortable of who he is.   He is such a joy to watch.  He's improving too.

Bruno called him insanely brilliant. 
Carrie Ann said, "Carson I love you!" She said he brought drama, enthusiasm and sexiness! (wellll....2 out of 3)

Len said that he put the boy in flamboyant! "You got the technechiuqe, the attitude and I enjoyed it very much!"  (Dang, he really IS in a good mood!)

Scores:
CA:   8
Len: 7
Bruno: 8
Total: 23

JR and Karina 1-800-868-3410

JR  is our veteran war hero turned actor.  He was driving a Humvee and it  went over a landmine. He had burns over 40% of his body. His song is Tim McGraw's "If You're Reading This"  and a  tribute to those who didn't make it home.  Their dance is The Rumba.  He is good.  And I have to say it:  JR and Karina for the win!

Carrie Ann gets carried away on so many levels, but she also wears her heart on her sleeve.  She was moved to tears.  She told him what he did was extraordinary and  profound.
Len said that every season somebody comes along who dances to the standard that is unexpetced and this season "that is you."
Bruno called him a  hero and an inspiration to us all. 

Scores:
CA:  9
Len:8 (What happened to happy Len???)
Bruno: 9
Total: 26

Nancy and Tristan 1-800-868-3405

In 2007, when Nancy was pregnant with her twins, one Sunday morning she couldn't breathe. She and her daughter were dying. They preformed an emergency C section to save all three of them and she sang  Moon River to both of the babies.  Those little ones are alive and well.  Her dance and tribute is the Waltz.  It was sweet and I see improvement in her as well.

Len was pleased since there was "no superficial messing about." He advised her to have better posture, and said it was otherwise well  done.
Bruno said it was soft and dreamy like a mother's embrace. 
Carrie Ann said it was like watching a live action lullaby and that there was love and tenderness which came through the dance.

Scores:
CA:  7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

Rikki and Derek 1-800-868-3411

2010 was the year Rikki Lake learned to "never say never"  she was divorced swearing she would never remarry.  She met and married her husband in 2010. Oh yes, and her house burned down.  She got out with her kids and the clothes on her back.  Her song:    Gravity. Her dance:  Rumba.   It was very good.  But then when Derek is your teacher, it's hard to go wrong.

Bruno said that every step was as expresive as a word in a poem.
Carrie Ann said that Rikki Lake was on fire!  That she was breath taking and gorgeous!
Len congratulated Derek on a great routine and Rikki on dancing it so well.

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

Hope and Maks 1-800-868-3408

Hope remembers the 2011 championship that she didn't win despite doing well. It taught her it's not winning, it's the journey.  Her dance:The Cha Cha.  She's got the moves.  But she is tall and strong.   She needs to be tall and graceful.

Carrie Ann said she is a  really strong dancer  but that she needed to  work on her walk.   "You need fluidity femininity."
Len said that part of routine was a bit provactive for him, but that he still liked it.  "Best dance so far."  (Dude, wait, what!?)
Bruno said that the sexy minx was out of the cage!  He called her a man eater! He also agreed about the the walk.

Scores:
CA:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

David and Kym 1-800-868-3406

David is telling the time of his marriage break up, his drinking and how he over came. The dance: The Rumba.  He did a good job.  He is improving too; a little hesitant perhaps, but definitely trying and improving.  I love that Courtney Cox comes and brings their little one.  She (Courtney) was clearly moved by the performance.

Len told him it had a mix of motion and emotion. "Good job!I'm proud of you!"
Bruno said the dance had sensitivity and vulnerability.
Carrie Ann told him it was a  very nice come back, and he brought  so much more of himself. 

Scores:
CA:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8




Total: 24  (woohoo!  go David!)

Going home....Kristin and Mark?  What the what???  Even the judges were not happy about that one.  It's about the votes.  And the votes went to the wrong couple this week.  I mean the lowest scoring couple *cough* Chaz and Lacey *cough* got another week.  While Kristin and Mark will dance no more.  So wrong.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Happiness Is....



You all know who Mamarazzi is right?  I usually link up with her to confess of things weighing heavy on my mind.  But that is not all she does.  She also has the "Happy List" where you can chat it up about what it is that is making you happy.  It could be anything from a card in the mail to just a really good day.  Here are some of things that make me happy.

What is making me happy?  I think I already said this, but it bears repeating...not having 100+ temps.  Yeah yeah sure it is a dry heat, but it is a suffocating heat.  You feel as though you are baking from the ground up.  And having lived back East for six years and suffered humidity I still prefer the "dry heat."  That humidity is awful.  So yes, I am very happy that I don't feel like I am baking at 10 in the morning.

It makes me smile when I buy a silly something for my kids.  I enjoy shopping for their birthdays and knowing when I have scored!  Maybe that is wrong on my part, but I can't help it.  Even when I am supposed to be shopping for myself I can't help but see something one of them would like. And that makes me happy too.

My life is crazy...crazier I should say, but I make sure I steal tiny little pockets of time for me.  I am working on allowing myself to have more, and without guilt.  Darn that mommy guilt.  But I am worth it.  I give myself Zumba once a week.  I laugh all the way through it...mostly at myself.  But it is mine.  And it makes me happy.

It makes me happy to write my DWTS posts, because everyone who reads the recaps is so supportive of me and gives me such great ego boosts.  I am serious.  Every Wednesday my head is huge!  And it means a lot.  I don't get paid, but your comments are the best.  And they definitely make me happy. (Shameless plug here...come back tomorrow for my recap!)

These are just a few of things that make me happy.  Some are silly I know.  But they make me happy.  So does chocolate.  But I try to leave food out of it. hehehe.  What makes you happy?  Link up and play along with Mamarazzi!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Drop Off

I want to gripe talk a little about "drop off" at school.  Particularly at the elementary level.  I don't like to brag, but I like to think of myself as a semi-professional at this drop off thing.  Let's look at the the words ... drop off...to me this implies dropping off.  All too often what I am seeing is parents who drop their child off and watch and wait and wait as their child walks and makes their way all the way inside the school.  Okay, I get it.  This is your child.  She/he is your baby.  Blah blah blah!  If you really want to treasure and cherish each moment, park the car and walk with the child.  I have another child who goes to another school two miles away and on three days a week a husband who needs to get to work.  I do not have time to watch you make sure Baby Boo gets inside okay.  If that is priority one for you, then park it and walk! 

I know I sound heartless, but I have been at this for 9 years now.  And even watching my own baby bound out of the car, I promise you I am pulling away  before he even reaches the gate.  And he is fine.  He happily gets to where he needs to be.  And here's the best part.  When I pick him up...that is when I park and walk to greet him.  He rushes to me with a big smile and arms wide open.  Nothing beats that.  And we walk together and talk about his day.  It's awesome.   And I am not in anybody's way.

So what do you do at drop off?