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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Well, that is that.

People never cease to surprise me, inspire me and well, to be honest, disappoint me.  I am not easily shocked and I tend to anticipate things pretty well, but sometimes my expectations in others clearly exceed their own capabilities.  I say all of this not because it is the same truth that seems to smack me in the face every now and then, but because there is a good side of it too.  The inspiration, the surprise, the awe of the human spirit.  When a disappointing thing happened in business this week, I had the normal rush of anxiety, but when I spoke to my loved ones and trusted friends, I was in awe of how they all saw the situation's silver lining and the positive of the temporary annoyance and pain.

When it comes to being me, I am trying to live with the encouragement that all I have to do is be better than I was yesterday.  I can do that.  I will not sink to the level of others.  I will not return evil with evil.  After all, a smooth sea never made a skillful sailor...oh, and as one of my role model's Tina Fey would say, "Know what? Bitches get things done."



Monday, February 11, 2013

Let's be honest, the Pinterest dollar store does not exist.

Last week I was having a moment and I wrote a blog post about how I was in no mood for Valentine's Day creative craftiness and was just over it.  I didn't post it b/c it was well, boring and kind of a downer.  The one thing I still want to say from my draft missive re: V-day is:

Where the eff is the dollar store that all of the people on Pinterest go to?

Really now, there must be some magical dollar store where one can pick up all of the items they need to elegantly furnish and decorate an entire studio apartment so that it looks like a page from Anthropology's catalog for ONLY $10 dollars and a glue gun.  WTF?  My dollar store has none of the crafty little, yet ordinary items that one would need to do the sophisticrafts on Pinterest, so I must be missing something...

Okay, so now that I have gotten that off my chest.  Happy Valentine's week.  I don't really know what to say about Valentine's Day since my husband and I inevitably let is pass uneventfully (save for a card and maybe a small gift) each year.  We don't typically go out to dinner because: 1) it is too crowded and overpriced; 2) we would need a babysitter; and 3) it is usually on a week night.  However, we do plan on celebrating in our own way and decided to go away the weekend following V-day because: 1) our children have been consistently getting up by 6am for months now and we are beat, and 2) my mother so graciously said she would babysit.  We need it and I plan on enjoying it.

One thing I am doing differently this year for the big day is sending Cam to daycare with a bag of Valentines for his classmates.  We worked on them this morning -- and by "we" I mean I assembled them and he ate a sucker.  I thought this would be a nice little activity to burn 20 minutes (1/2 hour if I was lucky) and I was finished in 7 minutes and he was jonesing for a second sucker (which he did not get).  Valentine's day is different in other ways this year too, such as I have watched the Valentine's day episodes of Handy Manny, Dora the Explorer, Max & Ruby and Doc McStuffins.  My favorite?  Doc McStuffins of course.  Got a love a strong, science minded girl character! 

Pop culture trivia -- do you know what actor does the voice of Handy Manny?  Fez.  (I just realized I don't know Fez's last name from That 70's Show -- does anyone?)  Yes, Wilmer Valderrama does the voice of Disney Jr.'s Handy Manny.  I kind of wish that it was Mario Lopez, then my life would have been full circle from watching Saved by the Bell on Saturday mornings growing up to watching Handy Manny on demand at 6:30am every morning.  Ahhh...

Happy Monday!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Well, hello there February!

It's the first of the month.  Okay, I couldn't resist writing that (as I sang the Bones Thugs in Harmony song out loud).  January brought the end to a few things that I love: 30 Rock for starters.  I watched the final episode last night and loved how they tied it all up.  Tina Fey = Hero.  Parenthood also wrapped their season -- with some very cheesy "we're all so happy" moments.

To recap, the Julia and Joel adoption saga came to a unrealistic end when they decided to go ahead and adopt Victor, who magically started accepting them all as his family and there was no more turmoil...he even called Julia "mom" at the adoption hearing.  Gag.  Also, Jasmine and Crosby are expecting and Christina is in remission.  Oh, and Amber got back together with the PTSD guy.  Drew got into Berkeley and Hank told Sarah he loved her -- but then he moved to Minnesota and asked Sarah to go with him...so they had to leave one loose end.  So, don't worry folks, all is good with the Bravermans in Berkeley, CA.  Too many totally awesome endings for you?  Well, let's see what they bring next season...

What else happened in January...Hmmm...oh, on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills someone had a dinner party and the ladies attacked each other and caused a ton of repeat drama.  And Kim is crazy.  Not drunk, just crazy.  I wonder how much she pays her life coach because that would be a sweet gig.  Oh, and Taylor is becoming a bit of a Kim from last season -- you know, a train wreck that drinks a lot and cries a lot.  It isn't as fun to watch though because as my husband pointed out, her lips are too scary.  Okay, enough cattiness for today -- let's move on to a few parenting things.

What my kids are doing these days to annoy me.  Don't get me wrong, I love love love these little monkey boys with all of my being and wouldn't trade a moment with them, but here are a few things that I am sure some other parents can relate to.

1.  Turning off and on the lights repeatedly.  Cam can finally reach the light switches.  Joy.

2.  Copious amounts of whining for "juicy" "milky" or "nacky" (aka snack) ALL.THE.TIME. no matter where we are, no matter if they just ate a full meal, no matter if they are in bed ready to go to sleep...

3.  Turning the television off and on repeatedly or pushing every single button available.  Henry can finally reach the television.  I hope that he is okay with not having one once this one breaks.  What am I saying, he won't care, but Cameron will when he can't demand Team Umizoomi at all hours of the day.

4.  Emptying out a drawer of clean clothes into the laundry hamper.  Mr. H. loves this game.

5.   Throwing down sippy cups after taking a drink.  I don't know why this one bothers me SOOO much, but seriously, Henry, put it down gently or at least upright.  You are killing me smalls.

Last weekend the Mr. and I curled up on the couch both nights and watched some Redbox rentals.  Gotta love Redbox and the coupon codes, right?  We got the Bourne Legacy and The Watch.  One serious and one funny.  I like the Bourne series and definitely thought the latest was worth a watch.  Jeremy Renner is not quite Matt Damon, but it was still a thrill.  As for The Watch, it was silly and made both my husband and I laugh...Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller are in it and although the premise is ridiculous, the execution of it was quite good.  Basically, Ben Still starts a neighborhood watch because of a local murder and then they discover (and I'm not blowing it at all) that there are aliens in their town.  There were some great lines in it and I love seeing a skinny Jonah Hill.  For a couple bucks these two rentals are good options.

Have a fabulous weekend!