Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
On Sunday, I woke up with Little Miss. We had a good morning. We danced and ate and played. Then, after the morning nap, we all went to Target. We had some last-minute vacation items we needed and, of course, managed to find many other things we thought we needed. Little Miss was very entertained by all the lights and items on the shelves. When we got home, she took almost a 3-hour nap. Shopping must tire her out!
Not much of a weekend update, I'm afraid, but I promise that later tonight there will be a video. I finally got Little Miss saying "banana". It's absolutely adorable. One more week and then vacation!!!!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
- For these students, Martha Graham, Pan American Airways, Michael Landon, Dr. Seuss, Miles Davis, The Dallas Times Herald, Gene Roddenberry, and Freddie Mercury have always been dead.
- Dan Rostenkowski, Jack Kevorkian, and Mike Tyson have always been felons.
- The Green Giant has always been Shrek, not the big guy picking vegetables.
- They have never used a card catalog to find a book.
- Margaret Thatcher has always been a former prime minister.
- Salsa has always outsold ketchup.
- Earvin "Magic" Johnson has always been HIV-positive.
- Tattoos have always been very chic and highly visible.
- They have been preparing for the arrival of HDTV all their lives.
- Rap music has always been main stream.
- Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream has always been a flavor choice.
- Someone has always been building something taller than the Willis (née Sears) Tower in Chicago.
- The KGB has never officially existed.
- Text has always been hyper.
- They never saw the “Scud Stud” (but there have always been electromagnetic stud finders.)
- Babies have always had a Social Security Number.
- They have never had to “shake down” an oral thermometer.
- Bungee jumping has always been socially acceptable.
- They have never understood the meaning of R.S.V.P.
- American students have always lived anxiously with high-stakes educational testing.
- Except for the present incumbent, the President has never inhaled.
- State abbreviations in addresses have never had periods.
- The European Union has always existed.
- McDonald's has always been serving Happy Meals in China.
- Condoms have always been advertised on television.
- Cable television systems have always offered telephone service and vice versa.
- Christopher Columbus has always been getting a bad rap.
- The American health care system has always been in critical condition.
- Bobby Cox has always managed the Atlanta Braves.
- Desperate smokers have always been able to turn to Nicoderm skin patches.
- There has always been a Cartoon Network.
- The nation’s key economic indicator has always been the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
- Their folks could always reach for a Zoloft.
- They have always been able to read books on an electronic screen.
- Women have always outnumbered men in college.
- We have always watched wars, coups, and police arrests unfold on television in real time.
- Amateur radio operators have never needed to know Morse code.
- Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Lithuania, and Estonia have always been independent nations.
- It's always been official: President Zachary Taylor did not die of arsenic poisoning.
- Madonna’s perspective on Sex has always been well documented.
- Phil Jackson has always been coaching championship basketball.
- Ozzy Osbourne has always been coming back.
- Kevin Costner has always been Dancing with Wolves, especially on cable.
- There have always been flat screen televisions.
- They have always eaten Berry Berry Kix.
- Disney’s Fantasia has always been available on video, and It’s a Wonderful Life has always been on Moscow television.
- Smokers have never been promoted as an economic force that deserves respect.
- Elite American colleges have never been able to fix the price of tuition.
- Nobody has been able to make a deposit in the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).
- Everyone has always known what the evening news was before the Evening News came on.
- Britney Spears has always been heard on classic rock stations.
- They have never been Saved by the Bell
- Someone has always been asking: “Was Iraq worth a war?”
- Most communities have always had a mega-church.
- Natalie Cole has always been singing with her father.
- The status of gays in the military has always been a topic of political debate.
- Elizabeth Taylor has always reeked of White Diamonds.
- There has always been a Planet Hollywood.
- For one reason or another, California’s future has always been in doubt.
- Agent Starling has always feared the Silence of the Lambs.
- “Womyn” and “waitperson” have always been in the dictionary.
- Members of Congress have always had to keep their checkbooks balanced since the closing of the House Bank.
- There has always been a computer in the Oval Office.
- CDs have never been sold in cardboard packaging.
- Avon has always been “calling” in a catalog.
- NATO has always been looking for a role.
- Two Koreas have always been members of the UN.
- Official racial classifications in South Africa have always been outlawed.
- The NBC Today Show has always been seen on weekends.
- Vice presidents of the United States have always had real power.
- Conflict in Northern Ireland has always been slowly winding down.
- Migration of once independent media like radio, TV, videos and compact discs to the computer has never amazed them.
- Nobody has ever responded to “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
- Congress could never give itself a mid-term raise.
- There has always been blue Jell-O.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
After True blood was over, Logo was showing the Queer as Folk series finale. Through various seasons of the show, I fell in love with all the characters. Brian Kinney stole the show, but it wasn't until the later years that I climbed aboard the bandwagon. Something about the damaged souls who want to be better but turns to being a complete jerk as a defense mechanism. As a fictional character, that makes for great entertainment. I don't know if I'd have the patience in real life to redeem such a character, but it's nice being on the outside. I've actually seen Gale Harold in a few other projects - gave Vanished a shot (though gave up) and caught his episodes of Grey's Anatomy but a man is not as sexy with a giant swatstika on his body. I haven't caught him on Desperate Housewives, but I have to draw the obsession line somewhere.
So, maybe I'm changing. I never liked the bad boy before or the Alpha Males. I guess there are exceptions to every rule. Anyone else have any bad boy recommendations out there to feed into my newfound type?
Monday, August 17, 2009
On Sunday, I woke up with Little Miss. We had a lot of fun. She was in such a good mood this past weekend. Then, Husband went grocery shopping while I got ready. Early afternoon, I met a friend to see The Time Traveler's Wife. We both really liked it (despite mixed reviews). I really don't remember a lot of the book which was done purposefully and always helps when I see adaptations. Then, I went home, played with Little Miss who was being very silly from her cookie sugar high. I gave her a bath. She went to bed and then Husband and I had a nice dinner while we watched the Season Three premiere of Mad Men. Nice quiet weekend.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Yesterday, Husband was making breakfast for her, and Little Miss was all over him. So, he asked her to go play with her blocks and watch tv while he made breakfast. She turned around and did. Now, I'm not delusional to think she'll follow all our instructions, but it's nice to see communication happening! It's also nice to see Little Miss playing with toys instead of just randomly throwing them and also being so interested in something.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Fish vs. Turtle
How awesome is this?! I'm not sure how well the embedding code works, so you can always click here to see it larger. (Updated: OK, if you click on either the photo or the links, another window will come up with the video.) Go, Fish! Just goes to show what parents will do to save their kids, er, eggs.
Monday, August 10, 2009
On Sunday, we woke up luxuriously late. We got ready and ate and then went to the In-Laws' pool for some fun in the sun. Little Miss had fun walking all over the pool area and playing on the steps of the pool. Then, we went home. I gave Little Miss a bath while Husband went to grab food for dinner. Then, Little Miss fell asleep on the couch waiting for her Daddy. However, she woke up a couple of hours later to see him. We watched a little tv and then tried to put her back to bed.
This morning, she's a little under the weather so hopefully it'll pass and just due to too much fun in the sun. We'll keep an eye out.
Friday, August 7, 2009
For many, John Hughes defined their childhood. Years later, I still quote his movies constantly. Who doesn't remember watching The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, or Weird Science? Plus, as I read the list of works with which he was associated, I notice he had a part in almost every single one of my favorite movies from the 80's - writing, producing and/or directing. Last week, I had the choice of watching either Sixteen Candles or The Princess Bride. I should have watched Sixteen Candles. (Turns out, I didn't watch either, but that's not the point.) John Hughes hasn't been active in the industry in recent years, but his influence lives on.
I just read this excerpted quote from Judd Nelson and really loved the way he phrased his statement: "...John’s desire for the truth of the spoken word aligned perfectly with his gift for treating young people not as children, but as developing adults..." I think that sums up why he resonates so much with young people.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Oh, that's J.R. Ward above. She's super tall, and I'm super short. I still wish she just stood up, but it was awesome meeting her. It says something of her popularity since 2007. In Dallas that year, her line was 8-10 people long. This year, it was too long to count. Glad I got my book signed in Dallas!
On Sunday, Husband woke up again with Little Miss (you know, because he's a saint among men), and I did sleep a little late. Then, we got up and ready to hang out at the Parents' house. Sister and Nephew also showed up. Nephew and Little Miss played. Mom grilled. Sister and I made broccoli salad. The photo above is Nephew playing with Mom's weights. The photo below is Nephew and Little Miss in the Parents' shower. Nephew is "washing Little Miss's hair". She is trying to escape. It was a good evening. Then, we went home, Little Miss went to bed, and we just relaxed.
Now, someone tell me how it's Monday already?
The next morning, we woke up and she was full unclothed and working on her diaper. We've changed her pajamas to a shirt and pants which she has yet to be able to take off, but it's only a matter of time.
I don't have Little Miss stripping on video, but I do have the after-effect. Here is the full view on video:
Saturday, August 1, 2009
- Whose Child? by Susan Gable
- The Mummy Plan by Susan Gable
- Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery (NOTE: This is Book 1 of the Lone Star Sisters series.)
- Lip Service by Susan Mallery (NOTE: This is Book 2 of the Lone Star Sisters series.)
It was a month of Susans this month. Susan Gable was, I thought, a new-to-me author, but it turns out I read all of her books but these two. I finished the first and then, earlier in the month when I was on vacation, I got to meet her at the RWA Literacy Autographing where she gave me The Mummy Plan (which is the UK version of The Mommy Plan). I really liked that one and it may be my favorite though I liked A Kid to the Rescue a lot. I enjoyed Susan Mallery's books as well. I have the third book in the series en route to me. I'm on a nice light reading kick though The Mummy Plan totally made me cry - it's about kids and organ donation. I have a lot of good books at home and hoping to read more in August. We shall see!