Theater Thursday 10/28/04

It's that scary time of year again. Halloween. With that in mind...

1) What's your favorite scary movie?

Not really scary but I liked the one with Alanis Morissette as God. What a minute...THAT IS SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!

2) Are you more into the lame scary movies that make you laugh, or the straight up - scare the bejesus out of you - scary movies?

Don't really like scary SCARY movies.

3) Scary movies - best viewed alone? Or with a crowd?

In college, my friends went to go see Silence of the Lambs. I stayed home that night and I am glad that I did. One of my friends was so scared that she was up for 3 days straight!

BONUS) You've parked your behind on the couch for a marathon of scary movies. What 5 scary movies are on your list?

The only scary ones that come to mind have Jim Carey in them. I'm sorry.... I'm really no fun with this one. I'll be better next week.


I Remember Now

After Day 2 of the job, I remember why teaching is a back-breaking, thankless, dealing with a bunch of ingrates, no way to get ahead kind of job. Teaching is very similar to being a policeman, I suppose. You have to watch out for note-passing, drug use, disrespectful behavior AND at the same time, teach them. Very hard to do when every student is on a different level and in a different book. (What there is of them)

No Child Left Behind?! These kids pretty much have all been left behind!


Friday's Feast 10/22/04

Appetizer: Name 3 things that you are wearing today.

Jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers. ( I'm THAT exciting!)

Soup: Who was the last person you hugged?

It was either my beloved or one of my boys.

Salad: What do you like to order from your favorite fast food place?

I saw "Super Size" me so now Mc Donald's in the movie theater and now Mc Donald's is out. Thank God my 2yo won't each much so Happy Meals are out. What he doesn't know won't hurt him.

We don't really order fast food a lot. I ordered Chicken pizza from Papa John's and I thought that was good. I'm glad that no one made a documentary about those guys.

Main Course: What time of day do you usually feel most energized?

In the morning. I run around so much that it's not until the afternoon or evening or whenever I stop that I feel tired and YUCK.

Dessert: Using the letters in your first name, write a sentence. (Example: Sweet unusual spaniels are nice.)

Dogs eat eggs.


Theater Thursday 10/21/04

1) Which fictional movie president would you most like to see sitting in the White House?

I'd like to see Martin Sheen. I don't really watch the "West Wing" but he seems dedicated, compassionate and LIBERAL! (I still don't understand why that is a bad word.)

2) Do you think the movies accurately portray the circumstances surrounding the life of the US President?

I'm not really sure. TV shows are always riddled with drama so wouldn't that hold true here?! On the other hand, presidents are always faced with big decisions.... (except for W., others make them for him) I know that we don't have aliens to deal with like the President did in Independence Day. ;)

3) A number of TV shows recently have featured the POTUS as a main character (The West Wing, 24). Would you accept any of them as the real US President?

Only if they were liberal in their views and actually had experience holding office. I don't know what California was thinking about when they elected Arnold. Don't get mad California... I wouldn't have gone with Gary Coleman or that porn star either. I just think that they have no experience. It's a pretty big job to go into as a "rookie".

BONUS) What actor (or actress!) would you like to get the chance to play a US President on screen?

OY! I don't know but I'd have to go with a female. It would be nice to see how the first female president played out on the big screen.


Nickelodeon Kids Pick Kerry!

I read in the newspaper that the Nick had a poll where kids could choose the President. They overwhelmingly picked my main man, Kerry. (57% to 43%) 400,000 kids voted. Apparently, they have never been wrong since it's 1988 beginnings. Linda Ellerbee had no scientific explanation but said that kids are voting for who their parents want. I only hope this is true! I can safely say that this holds true in our house!

Hey, good things are happening.... the Bosox win,( I love it when the underdog wins!) maybe Kerry is next!


Update: My Career Options

On Friday I went on a Disney On Ice field trip with my 7yo. Interesting.... tons of kids and crazy, over-the-top souvenirs. I mean, there is NO way that I will ever pay 8 dollars for a snowcone in a plastic cup. It seems strange to me that a company that fronts as being "family friendly" would gouge families. But that's another entry.

Anyhoo, I got the job. It is so funny that I had stipulations and that they agreed to both of them. I didn't want it to be permanent and I wanted to be home before my son got home from school. I don't mind putting the 2yo in daycare if it is temporary. It might sound ridiculous to obsess this way. I know that I am lucky that I have these options. I just want to be a good mom and be a good teacher! (the teacher part comes last.) I know that teachers are stretched and blamed for everything under the sun. I am hesitant to let this take over my life.

Does this make sense?!


Friday's Feast - 10/15/04

Appetizer: What is your favorite beverage?

Hot Chocolate w/ LOTS of marshmallows!

Soup: Name 3 things that are on your computer desk at home or work.

1. A Fairly Oddparents fuzzy picture.
2. A letter to my 7 yo from Gov. Mc Greevey about the importance of recycling. (this was before the "scandal")
3. A million Snapple caps that were saved in the hopes of winning the "Snaffle". I kept plugging the numbers into the computer. I'm real close to quitting because I can't get #307 and claim my karaoke machine!

Salad: On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how honest do you think you are?

I would say an 8. I don't like confrontation and I don't like to hurt people's feelings. If I found some money. I would find a way to turn it in. I occasionally slip up every once in a while. I'm human, people!

Main Course: If you could change the name of one city in the world, what would you rename it and why?

My beloved would change Bismark to Bismarkie. (BOOOOOOOOO!) I would change Philadelphia to Philly because everyone calls it that anyway.

Dessert: What stresses you out? What calms you down?

Being unable to take care of problems right away. Being with my family when everyone is not fighting or being loud (obnoxious loud) calms me down. Those times are usually at night or on the weekend!


Theater Thursday 10/14/04

1) Do you go to the movies alone or with friends/family? Do you know exactly what movie you're going to see before you get there, or do you stand for 30 minutes outside the box office trying to decide between Pauly Shore and Meryl Streep?

I go with friends and family. I have to have a need to see a movie. If I am going to plunk down hard earned $$, then it better be good. I'll have NONE of the "Dude, Where's My Car" genre. I haven't been yearning to see a movie lately. I did want to see Fahrenheit 9/11 but heard that it was gruesome at times. ( a little afraid) I am also afraid that I'll go and elevate my BP because I am not a "Bush Lover." I did take the kids to see "Shark Tale". As far as kids movies go, I have seen better. Ice Age, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo spring to mind.

2) When you go to the movies, do you usually buy:
a) Popcorn? What do you put on it?
b) Cokes? What's your favorite?
c) Candy? What gets stuck most in your teeth?
d) Other (hot dog, nachos, sushi)?

I usually am a "eat the popcorn during the Coming Attractions" type of girl.

3) Do you like it load and raucous in the theatre, or do you immediately stuff crying babies in the nearest waste can? Do you talk back to the screen and interact with the movie, or do you sink way down in your seat and just experience it?

I get so ANNOYED when you go to an "big people" film (if I said "Adult Film", that takes on a completely different connotation) and ADULTS are talking and chewing loudly or talking on the cell phones. I like the quiet.

BONUS) What's your favorite, most memorable movie-going experience? What experience almost (or maybe did) make you vow never to darken the door of a cineplex again?

When I was dating my beloved, I had to endure "Hairspray". If he had to answer, he'd say that was nothing compared to when I made him go see "Top Gun." (Tom Cruise .... c'mon!) I remember watching "Schindler's List" and feel like leaving because every time the Ralph Fienes character came on, he'd be blowing something or someone up.

The Thursday Threesome 10/14/04

Onesome: Kitchen- What's your favorite room in your place? Do you migrate towards the kitchen, or prefer to cozy up in the living room?

I love my bedroom. I love to cuddle with my beloved and read or watch TV. The house is so quiet after the kids go to bed. Before we had kids, we used to read the paper, watch TV and eat breakfast in bed. The bedroom might very well be my favorite room because I love to sleep.

Twosome: Gadget- What's your favorite gadget type item and why?

My smoothie maker. I make cool smoothies for the kids and it's fun to get them involved.

Threesome: Store- What's your favorite store, even if you never actually buy anything there?

I love, love, LOVE the Yankee Candle store. I haven't gotten candles in quite a while because our house is over-scented. I think that certain candles smell so delicious that they add 10 pounds directly to my hips!


Dee Love Elmo! (The stupid squirrels are starting to rip it up now so enjoy this picture! 10/21)

I have a hidden talent!! No, I didn't buy this. I made it (Elmo, not the pumpkin). My 2 yo thinks that I'm the coolest mom ever!

Getting My Affairs in Order

I went to my job to look into starting tutoring again. Somehow, I left with a full-time teaching offer. How does that happen?! It can be temporary if I want it to. I think that I do.

The offer is EXTREMELY flattering! I also realized that I am EXTREMELY lucky to have the options that I do. Not every mom does and would love the opportunity to stay home with the kids. I also know that my beloved and I worked very hard to get to the point that we felt strong enough for me to stay home. Teaching is by and large a thankless profession that sucked the lifeblood from me. I was a burned out teacher that didn't feel like a good enough mom. I didn't like that others were spending more time with my kids than I was. To top it off, I was spending more time with kids that felt like it was appropriate to curse me out. THAT is who I was spending my time with.

So... here I am and waiting to start a job that hopefully won't stress me out. I think that it is nice to have some control.


My Guys Really Do Have an Opinion !!

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My kids showing off their newest t-shirts. We got them here. It was great timing because they got them right after my neighbor picked a fight because I told her that I was going to the coolest concert in the world and before we actually went to the coolest concert in the world!


MoveOn is the Shizzle !

Okay, I am recovering from what may very well be the best concert that I have ever gone to. It was political in nature but not overpowering. There wasn't a lot of talk but tons of great music.

There were not too many protestors. A lot of people did seem mad at Bruce (Brooce!) for starting this thing. I read some interviews that he did prior to this and I respect the guy for having an opinion.

A lot of guys were tailgating. Now, I have never had much experience with this. I think that's because we never go to anything this cool. I do admit that I was a bit annoyed because they were taking up tons of all-important spaces. My beloved wondered if they had to pay for the extra spaces. That was okay. Rock on!

The opening act was Bright Eyes and they were introduced by Bruce and Michael Stipe. That was awesome for me so I can imagine that it must have been mind-blowing for them. The guy was okay, I guess. He seemed mad at everyone. Maybe that was the point.

After that REM was introduced by Bruce. I loved every song that they did. I have seen them every time that they have been in the area and ALWAYS have a great time. I did wish they played more songs that were appropriate for the evening. (Ignoreland and Orange Crush springs to mind.) Anyhoo, at the end of their set they played Man on the Moon and BRUCE (Brooce!) came out and sang with them. That was awesome!!

Then Bruce and the E Street band was introduced by Michael Stipe. Now, I am not a huge fan of his. I will say that the guy can put on quite a show. Very entertaining when he "saved" a guy in a bow-tie. We had to say "Halliburton" 3 times and he (bow-tie guy) was then healed. John Fogerty played a bunch of songs and obviously had a great time doing it. At the end REM and Bright Eyes sang "What's so funny about Peace, Love and Understanding?" They also sang "People Have the Power". It made me feel motivated but I'm already registered to vote and you can bet the farm that I will vote for Kerry. I hope that it served it's purpose with the "swing voters."


I am the Luckiest Girl in the World !!

I have to start off with a quick review of the debates last night. I think that Bush looked like a deer caught in the headlights. When confronted with all the mistakes that he has made, Bush looked like he wanted to reach across the podium and knock Kerry out! But at the same time, he was as arrogant as ever!

A neat trick by Bush though was when he mentioned that he met with the family of a soldier of the Iraq war who was killed. He said that he "teared up and prayed" with her. I am not shocked at all that he used a family (by name, mind you) to exploit all the crap that has gone on. I am not even suprised that he used religion to show how bad he feels that this family now has no Dad. (He does need to explain if this war is what "Jesus would do.") I would think that defeating Bush in these debates would be relatively easy because he has made a ton of colossal errors. He seems like "easy pickins" to me.

Every time that REM has come around, we have always gone to say "hi" to the guys. When the MoveOn concert was announced, my beloved and I tried to get tickets. No luck. Then one of our friends came thru with tickets at the last minute. So our streak continues. I think that it's going to be a great concert. Bruce for my beloved and REM for me! WOO HOO!!