Friday, October 28, 2011

I Can't Say....

Today I am being featured over at Things I Can't Say with the lovely Shell.  Now if you have never visited her before, you must!  She is a great blogger and I am so excited to be her featured blogger today.  I have to admit, I may have squealed a little delight and then did a happy dance.  There did you see me, I just did it again!
If you are new here and want an idea of what I blog about...well I always ask questions, I recap Dancing With The Stars each season, and sometimes I just like to be random.

So go and see my post at Shell's and if you haven't been before hang around.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Proud Mommy Moments--Cool Kids

It is time for those Proud Mommy Moments to share and link up with Emmy and Kmama.  And I am going to ride a little on the coattails of my bestie and use pictures for my post.  Now I don't have a melt your heart toddler anymore, but I think my kids are pretty good looking just the same. 

Kristin is in The Hobbit this week at school.  I saw it last weekend with Emmy.  Kristin is an elf.  She and all the other kids worked tremendously hard on this production.  All moms should be proud, and so should the teacher.  Maybe I am biased towards her.  Just a tad.  It's something that is important to her.  She keeps up with her school work despite a hectic schedule.

Emily may be quiet and reserved, but there is a wild and spunky persona just beneath the surface.  It comes out when you least expect it.  This week is red ribbon week and every day has had a theme tied to it.  Yesterday at her school was super hero day!  She was one of the very few who actually wore a costume!  She was Wonder Woman.  Most kids cheated and wore logo t-shirts.  She received many compliments.  I told her she was truly a cool kid for showing the most spirit.

I think if Ryan went to school with his best buddy Lucas the stories would be endless.  It could also be scary.  They have so much fun together.  Today his school's theme is:  TWIN DAY.  These two would have been twins for sure between his mom and me it would have been well plotted out.  I felt a little bad, I don't know any of the moms.  But not to worry.  My son and another friend of his worked out all the details and they were going to be twins.  Jeans, school t-shirts, and slip on shoes which they both have.  Now how cool is that???

What are your proud (or perhaps not so proud moments)?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


It's Broadway baby!  What a fun theme night.  Carson Cressley  got to be called in for creative director.  Hey if you can't dance it, teach it!  I was glad he was back to play and help out.

Rob and Cheryl 1-800-868-3402

Rob and Cheryl  dance The Cha Cha from "Jersey Boy."  All I can say is, loosen up Rob. 
Len said it was clean precise and had good timing, but that there was no ryhtmn.  "It was all stiff and starchy."
Bruno told Rob that when you do "Broadway" you've got to take it full on!  He called Rob's dance attiquette.
Carrie Ann said that it was not as great as last week, but it had a lot more charisma.   She said he was quite the man on the dance floor, and added that he was a late bloomer.

Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 22

 Nancy and Tristan 1-800-868-3405
Nancy and Tristan are dancing to Spamalot with a  Foxtrot.  Now Nancy is no Kirstie Alley, but she has come a long way.  I enjoy seeing how she challenges herself each week and how she has grown.

Bruno called her Nancy Dance A Lot, with Sir Lancelot.  He said the dance had just the right amount of humor, and that the foxtrot was well done.
Carrie Ann said, "You showed me!"  She called it a show stopper!  Excellent!  Very very good!
Len said it had much more personality, however noted that the foxtrot needs to be in holds more and it wasn't.  (And arguing between Bruno and Len ensued.)

Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 7
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

David and Kym 1-800-868-3406

From Grease, David and Kym are dancing The Quick Step.  I thought he was doing pretty good.  And I thought she looked exactly Sandy from Grease!      
Carrie Ann said that it is really hard to live up to an iconic classic really well, but as far performance goes they completely lived up to it! She noted that they were out of sync today.  I didn't notice.  Maybe I was too tired.
Len said it was a little rough around the edges, but that it was fun and high energy.
Bruno said that David had the  exuberence and charm of a frisky teemager, but that he went off on the wrong foot. 

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

 Rikki and Derek 1-800-868-3411
  Rikki and Derek are dancing from Guys and Dolls with a quick step and it is very good.  Rikki is worried about the bar being set by JR, but she is quite a competitor. 

Len said that  luck didn't need to  be a lady if you've got talent.  He nitpicks about her head occasionally staying to left, but insists that he loved it.
Bruno told them they had impeccable style, outstanding choreography, and the interpatation was "beyond belief."
Carrie Ann called it beautiful and poetry in motion! "Can anyone say "Tony Award!"

Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 9 Where's the 10????
Bruno: 10
Total: 29

Chaz and Lacey 1-800-868-3412

Chaz and Lacey dance to The Phatom of Opera with  The Tango.  Lacey is telling him he has to up his game.  Well duh.  He has needed to up his game since week two.  I am not impressed once again.

Bruno called it a different phantom: like a cute little penguin trying to be a big menacing bird of prey.  He said some roles fit certain characters and some don't.
Carrie Ann said she somewhat agreed with Bruno.  She said it was the most aggressive she has seen him, but at week six,  she wanted to see more confidence in the movement quality. And added that Lacey was right.
Len said that the first rule is to get through the routine--and "you did that"  He said it wasn't his best dance.

Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
Total:  19

 Hope and Maks 1-800-868-3408

From Rent, Hope and Maks are dancing the Rumba.  She is too calculating.  Or she is too much in her head.  I want her to relax, because I do think she can do it.  She is also very tall and that could be hinderance as well.

Carrie Ann said that she could see all the effort and for the first time she could see Hope relaxing, but sees that it still  goes against her natural fiestiness.
Len said he was at a loss,and added that he has never lost faith in her.  He says there is so much there but it hasn't come out.  He blames her flat boots and Maks for the performance and then words were exchanged.  It got kind of ugly.  Maks said the show was his.  Ummm... no it is not.  Tom steps in and makes everyone shut the h*** up but nicer you know. And let's Bruno speak.
Bruno told  Hope that her performance  worked at times, but told her the Rumba never stops moving.  Hers did.

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

 JR and Karina 1-800-868-3410

JR and Karina do The Quick Step from Chicago.  Karina uses very difficult choreography.  And together they wow the crowd and the judges alike.  It's a great performance.

Len calls him truly relentless and even compared him to Helio Castroneves who won with Julianne Hough in Season 5.  
Bruno exclaimed it was a hit!
Carrie Ann awarded another Tony.

Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 9 Seriously Len, do you hide your 10's?
Bruno: 10
Total: 29

The group dance was from Cabaret.  And it was awesome.  Nerdy me would love to do something exactly like that.  To be in a big production number like that.  What fun that must have been.  No scores were given, just comments.

Len called it a fitting tribute to Broadway.
Bruno loved every minute of it...though you could hardly tell it by his actions which spoke much louder than his words.
Carrie Ann loved seeing all of their personalities coming out.

And who is going home?  Despite the ugly drama, Hope and Maks are not going home.   This week it is:  Chaz and Lacey.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oh no they didn't!  Oh yes they did!  They have started showing Christmas commercials.  Christmas commercials.  We haven't even gone trick or treating yet.  Is it too much to ask to wait for this until November 1st at least?

"TCB"  Taking Care of Business.  Elvis wore that on a ring.  I hate doing it.  You know what I'm talking about.  Phone calls.  Whether it is making or canceling appointments or dealing with a bill that has gone wrong.  I just hate doing it. I am more of texting/emailing kind of girl.  That whole kind of technology was invented just for people like me.

How often do you remember your dreams?  Rich was telling me of his bizarre dream from the night before, and all I could think was hmmm did I even have a dream?  Well I am sure I did, but seriously do not remember my dreams most nights.  I just sleep.  Dreams are an important part of sleep, so I am sure I do dream, I just simply do not remember them.

This past weekend was non stop for me.  I brought my BFF's daughter out from the OC to get a haircut and to see Kristin in her play--totally awesome btw.  They did The Hobbit.  And their hard work really showed.  It was a great show.  The haircut?
Came out super cute!!!

But I think the best part of the weekend was spending the afternoon/evening with my bestie Emmy!  We shopped til we dropped.  She went crazy, and I had some fun too.  We went to dinner, and then we went to the show.  It was all for her birthday.  It was a total blast.  Go and visit her blog and see what all we did and wish her a happy birthday!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Just Fun

In light of my serious and loaded question last week, I thought I would ask some fun and random questions.

Have you ever been driving somewhere you normally go, and the car goes the wrong way?  Certainly it must the car.  It couldn't possibly be your fault.

Have you ever forgotten to put on deodorant and wondered what that smell was?

Have you ever wondered where all the pens and pencils have gone?

Who ate the last cookie?

Have you ever forgotten to pay a bill?

We all call our children by the wrong name, but do any of them have a combination of two?  Emily is forever being called "Kr-Emily" Poor dear.

Ever been so tired that your thought process stops mid sentence?

If one or more of these things have happened to you, congratulations you are a parent, over worked and exhausted.  There is no known cure.  Except maybe sleep.  I can neither confirm no deny any of these have happened to me.