Friday, November 11, 2011

It's All About Me


I must confess I am overwhelmed with joy that today is a day off from school.  I get to sleep in.  I get to hang out in my jammies a little longer.  I don't have to scramble and get everyone out the door.  I don't have to deal with homework.  I don't have to pick everybody up.  It's just a nice day to sit back.

I confess....

That after that first confession it took me ten minutes before I could write another because my son never stopped asking me questions.  Maybe I don't like this day off after all.

But I do because I am going to Zumba which is always fun and I really need it.  And then after Zumba we are having some WW soup.  It's a soup kind of day.

I confess...

I am feeling the Christmas spirit already.  In recent years, it's been a real battle to get into it.  I am not sure why it is different, but I am holding onto it.  I like it.  Maybe it's because I've already bought a few small things.  And by small...I do mean small.  But whatever...I am not feeling the least bit Grinchy or Scrooge like.  Bring it on!

I confess...

I totally forgot what I was going to confess of.  It's my sad little mind.  It is sleep deprived and has way too much going on around it.  I want desperately to be organized and to go to bed at a decent hour, but I love certain TV shows and I love sitting without demands being made on me, or listening to petty arguments and having to listen to/watch kid television.  It's such a power trip.  It's all about me.  All me.

I confess...

I am excited to see how many people wish to be anonymous!  I hope to see some blogs pouring in! 

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Proud Mommy Moments--

I got into a fight with this child about underwear.  Yep, you read that right. Underwear.  She had gathered her clothes for the school day, but claimed she could not find any underwear. I told her to go back upstairs and look again.  To which she simply said, "No."  Oh no she didn't!  Oh yes she did! She said she wanted me to do it.  Okay number one this is totally ridiculous. Hello, you have legs child!  Number two my knee is in arthritic fits right now as is my ankle.  Like h e double tooth picks I am going upstairs to fetch your dang underwear!  Get it yourself!  We literally fought for 5 minutes over WHO was getting her underwear.  I finally told her I am her teacher and not her servant.  She stomped up the stairs and got herself some underwear.  After she was dressed she was finally remorseful.  Yeah.  Look long and hard at that face....she can be stubborn.

Oh he's so sweet.  He will woo you with those big beautiful blue eyes of his.  But don't fooled.  He is a master of deception.  Or at least a devil in disguise.  Last Saturday, Kristin babysat our neighbor's kids and earned a nice chunk of change.  She put it trustingly on her desk.  Why wouldn't she?  I wouldn't take it.  Rich wouldn't.  Emily is far too smart to take that kind of cash.  Monday morning--what is it about MONDAY!?  Monday morning came rolling in and Ryan strolled into the family room with cash in his hands and a big grin.  At first I couldn't figure out where he got money.  Nobody has money in this house.  Then it hit me.  Kristin!  He took her babysitting money.  He happily told me he could now buy lunch!  (And then some you little thief!)  I told him that was Kristin's money and he was to put it back.  He did.  I made sure.

Yep...some proud moments this week!

I am linking up with EmmyMom and KMama this and their Proud Mommy Moments.  What are your PMM's?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DWTS Double Dances

Tonight it is two dances, one that is rehearsed and one where they are given the music the night of the show.  Each couple has 20 minutes to practice their routine with their music for their Jive.

Rob and Cheryl 1-800-868-3402
Rob and Cheryl's first dance is the Quick Step. In rehearsal, Cheryl tells him that she is the picture and he is the frame and that he must hold them up.  I thought this was a great analogy.  Their dance was very well done.

Len said that he when started (the season) he thought this wasn't going to work. He said the opening section was terrible--booing ensued--but that once he got in holds the whole thing changed and that it was his best dance so far.
Bruno compared him to a speedy drag racer, and said that it was an   incredible improvement.
Carrie Ann said he was the ideal contestant, because first he was not that great and then he grew and grew to  smooth and polished.

Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Total: 27

Hope and Maks 1-800-868-3408

Hope and Maks have the  Quick Step also.  And it's good.  She does an excellent job.
Bruno called it the night of miracles. He said she rebooted and re-energized.  He said she never moved so well. "Best dance yet!"
Carrie Ann said she just wanted to give her a hug. She commended  Maks for doing a great job, and noted the amount of joy and love in the dance.
Len said it had the perfect blend of speed and control and that it was their best dance.

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

 Rikki and Derek 1-800-868-3411

This week, Rikki got to talk to Jennifer Grey.  She went to the former mirror ball champ for advise and a pep talk.  She and Derek are dancing the Waltz and it is lovely. 

Carrie Ann said there was a little stumble at the end. (There was? I missed that) But she said the movement is exquisite. 
Len said it should be Rikki "Lake" but more like a river: gently going through the dance.  He nitpicked on the footwork.  When are so good, you get nitpicked. 
Bruno said it was deliciously dreamy and absolutely beautiful.

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

 Nancy and Tristan 1-800-868-3405

Nancy and Tristan are dancing the Tango this week, and this is one of her better dances.  Oh my, I am just now noticing this looks as if her hand is right on his....welll you decide.
Len said that week two she did her best dance and since then she's been on a plateau and today "whoop up you've gone!"
Bruno said he was so shocked by the brazen  jezzabelle! And that she had the right attitude!
Carrie Ann said she loved her spirit and how she she never stops. She said it was a great job overall.

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

 JR and Karina 1-800-868-3410

JR and Karina dance a Waltz and while Rikki and Derek may have danced a "dreamy" waltz these too blew them right out of the water.

Bruno called it a musical Valentine card.  He said that JR made beautiful music with Karina and called it divine.
Carrie Ann said he had incredible natural grace and that something magic happened in the dance.
When it was Len's turn, Tom warned him not to be a buzz kill.  He wasn't.  He said, like a soldier he came back this week with all guns blazing.

Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30 First perfect score of season 13.

Rob and Cheryl Instant Jive

I can not get over the change in this rich boy.  When he started this show he was arrogant, obnoxious, and could not dance to save his life.  I thought: Poof be gone!  Well look at him now.  He's dancing, he's matured and he just might go to the finals.

Len said there were no glaring mistakes and that he did great, but that he needed to  sharpen up those feet.  (And the booing ensues.)
Bruno said they had great pace, but that he agreed with  Len.  It is all about kicks and flicks.
Carrie Ann was yammering on about his booty shaking he did at the beginning of the dance on the judges table.  Someone has to hose her down quick.  She liked the dance overall but also agreed Len and Bruno.

Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24/51

Hope and Maks Instant Jive

She is finally relaxing and having fun.  And it shows in her dancing.  She has improved.  And maybe Maks has lightened up a little.  (Or maybe somebody had a talk with him after last weeks rehearsal.)  Whatever the difference is, she is much improved.

Bruno said she was fast and furious and a wild child. He advised her   stretch the back of her knees on her kicks.  She's got a lot leg...I ought to know....I am built just like her.
Carrie Ann said it was a definite  improvement from the last time she did the jive, but that there was someething strange about her hands.
Len said it was fantastic and bloody brilliant!

Carrie Ann:8
Len: 9
Bruno: 8
Total: 25/52

Rikki and Derek Instant Jive

Her first jive was more impressive than this one, but it's still good.  And in the move pictured above, despite her claims to "grinding her feet to the floor" they did come up twice.  Even though they came up twice, the Lift Nazi aka Carrie Ann, did not pick up on it.  
Carrie Ann said she was on it!  She said the flicks were nice but there were points where she lost it.
Len said it is hard with two dances waltz and jive that are so different. And he agrees with Carrie Ann.
Bruno says that the choreography was very demanding as usual and that she didn't do as well as she could have, but good job overall.

Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24/52
 Nancy and Tristan Instant Jive

I am not sure what kind of following Nancy has.  It has to be a fairly strong one to have kept her this long.  I also think her partner, newbie, Tristan has a following too.  The thing is he won't be gone.  He gets to stay and continue dancing.  Her jive is not week eight quality.  I will leave it at that. And no, I could not do better.

Len said she was like Cinderella.  She has lasted 8 weeks, but now it is  midnight and it is time to go home.  Ouch!  That one hurt!
Bruno told her it was too laid back and loose for a jive.
Carrie Ann said she got lost, but pointed out she trusted in Tristan to get her back in the dance.

Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 6 (Gees Len...why so mean?)
Bruno: 7
Total: 20/44

JR and Karina Instant Jive

The first time they danced the jive, they blew me away.  But grouchy Len said it was too much Lindy Hop.  Whatever.  So Karina put some serious Jive into this and they busted their butts.  And it showed.  For an instant dance, you would never know.

Bruno said he went off like a rocket and added, "You got it man!"
Carrie Ann simply told him he was in a class all his own and that nobody was coming close to them tonight.
Len said he had the X factor, the feel good factor, and that it was a fantastic jive.

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

Going Home:  Nancy and Tristan
Next week:  The Semi Finals.  What?  Already???

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Status Quote

I'm turning in to an old lady :( Send HELP!! Honey if you're old, I'm the crypt keeper!
Im totally not bowling with Brad Pitt right now. Stupid internet rumors. Sure, then who was that I saw you with you then??
Crunch Berries should be filled with a delicious and soothing berry lotion specifically designed to repair roof-of-mouth damage.  I think all Cap't Crunch should come with a warning label.  "Made with sand paper."
Nothing puts me in the Thanksgiving spirit like Christmas Music  "It's beginning to look a lot like....Thanksgiving."
Mmmmm Taco Bell sounds good? What is WRONG with me!?!  "Possessed? Pregnant?  Psycho?" One of those.
How are you Sponge Bob? :) This was posted on the wall of one my BFF's it's one of her nicknames.  She has several. 
Will someone please come upgrade the OS on my Mac? I lack the bandwidth and the will. Never mind, I'd have to put on clean clothes. That reminds me, I need to do laundry.
The longer I teach first grade, the more I realize that EVERY first grader picks their nose. Ryan totally denies this fact, though his sister ratted him out.
 I got dressed like my children today... I put my shirt on backwards. I so want to do this now!
Now there is a parenting tip : if our kids wake us before 8am on the weekends they get to pick dog poop up from the yard. I almost want a dog now.  But not really.
They say that spontaneity is the spice of life but I don't see it on the shelf so I'm going with Paprika. I think I will go with garlic.  
Now it is your turn to copy and paste status updates and tweets, and auto corrects!  Sure why not.  Remember no names.  We must protect the guilty...I mean innocent.  Then link up with me and Emmy!

Monday, November 7, 2011

What Motivates You?

When I was a kid, I was "solid." I was also very active.  I grew up in the time of playing outside until the street lights came on.  We chased, we skated, we rode bikes, we played stick ball.  You name any one of the grand old games and I played them.  I got skinned knees, walked in a cloud of dirt and had an absolute ball.

When I turned 12 however, despite my activity, my love for food increased.  Food can be a wonderful friend you know.
Needless to say, I developed a weight problem over the years.  And like most people I have done many crazy diets.  I even had a doctor prescribe me diet pills once.  I don't remember them making me all hyper, and I don't remember my appetite being suppressed.  I think I lost 10 pounds.

In 1991 my mother returned to Weight Watchers to lose weight for her high school reunion and when she got smaller than me, I was motivated to lose the weight.  And I did.  I lost 50 pounds.  I ended up wearing a size SIX.  I was skinny for the first time in my life.  But I was too skinny.  I didn't see it that way.  I finally saw a thin person.  I could look in the mirror and not be completely disgusted with myself. 

Fast forward to 2003.  We were living in VA and I guess I thought I needed some insulation because slowly ever slowly I started putting on the pounds.  And I ended up back where I started.  Then I got pregnant with baby number three, and got huger than I ever thought possible.  Lucky for me I had a big boy!  And I lost half of it the day he was born.

However, buy 2009 I had gained most of it back and then some.  I was the biggest I had ever been.  And my motivation was beyond my vanity.  It was my doctor being very blunt with me.  She was telling me she did not want to treat for me diabetes in three months which is where I was headed.  Her scare tactics worked because I got myself in gear and started to lose the weight.  How?  I went back to Weight Watchers.

I was so excited!  I had lost 35 pounds at this point and had just 7 more to go.  And then Christmas of last year happened and I gained 7 pounds.  And then over the next 10 months I gained another 7.  So now I must lose 14 pounds!  It's such a horrible battle.  Food is so good.  Especially this time of this year.  I am looking for motivation, and I came across this on pinterest....

This is supposed to motivate me.  It makes me ill.  This woman has no shape.  You can see her bones. I do not wish to look like this at all.  I want curves.  Real ones.  Do you know why all those actresses get implants?  It's because they have NO FAT.  None.  You can't have boobs without fat.  We need some fat.  Fat is not evil.  What ever happened to real curves?
 What is your opinion?