I don't proofread my posts before I publish them... cause I keep my thoughts au naturale.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween 2009!!

This year was A's second trick-or-treat experience and L's first. We wouldn't have taken him at his age if his sister weren't going because I'm one of those (scroogey?) people who thinks if the kid can't walk to the door, hold their bucket, knock on the door and say "trick-or-treat" by themselves, they're too young for it. Who is the candy really for? Well, A remembered what to do from last year, and L was not horrible about it. We carried him most of the time and he would occasionally say "twick twee" and "thank you." Otherwise he would just give dirty looks and it was pretty cold and windy, so he thought we were torturing him. He can eat candy, but he's not really a big fan, so whereas his sister asked every few minutes if she could have a piece, he didn't care. (Although he did eat the banana his grandma gave him.) So, we walked around for about an hour and a half, Nick's brother Daniel came along, and then let Aurora pick a place to eat afterwards- good ole' Chinese.

What is your policy on candy eating? I'm a bit of a tyrant about it. They only get two pieces a day and it is after meals, so they have to eat real food first. After about 5 days, A tends to forget and the candy sits there until Easter, when we through it out to make room for the Easter candy. Well, here's some pictures! (It was cold, so A had to wear a turtleneck, uncool, I know!)





Friday, October 30, 2009

"Shoptimism" by Lee Eisenberg Book Review


It's a rare treat when I get a book to review and I was pretty excited about this one because - as you know- I love pop culture and social media, etc. Oh, and of course shopping! Being unfamiliar with Lee Eisenberg, I did not know what to expect. I believe I read that he worked for Esquire magazine for quite awhile and he also discusses working for Land's End as well.

So, the book begins with why he decided to write the book and his quest to figure out everything there is to know about the American consumer, the stuff they buy, the stores that sell them, etc. He goes into detail about a shopping excursion where he follows his wife on her quest to buy a little black dress...

and he lost me there.

Okay, perhaps I might be in the minority, but I can not relate to be excited to find a dress on sale for $250! And especially to spend that on a dress I'm going to wear to my kid's school fundraiser... he talks about the high end shopping in Chicago and New York, which left me completely uninterested. I am not a brand person. I don't spend mass quantities on something just because of the label.

I felt like Eisenberg came across as a bit uppity, a bit condescending and perhaps a bit out of the game. Do the snobs of the world read books? Being in grad school right now has made me really question audience, theory, all things boring and analytical that make it hard to read a book for pure enjoyment. But really, who is his audience supposed to be? Not the laypersons of the world, I assume!

But, on a positive note for this book, I did find myself chuckle several times. So, it was not a total failure... and I did learn some pop culture between pity anecdotes.

And I always like to hear other people's interpretations, so feel free to check this book out and let me know if you agree or disagree!

MOTR Grade: C

Shoptimism hits the shelves November 3!!!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Music Monday: Muse "Uprising"



Each week (if I remember) I will post a different music video in honor of "Music Monday."

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Stumpy Legs Don't Make for Good Dancers

I don't know why, but I've always been very interested in dancing. I took jazz dancing when I was younger, but quit around 4th or 5th grade because I hated being stuck in these groups where everyone was lumped together by age and not talent because I felt like we spent forever working with the not so good dancers and it was painful. (Yes, I am a conceited jerk, lol.) So, I never pursued it. And I'd like to say my legs are too short to be a good dancer. I'm 5'8", and that's my story, so don't question me! lol

Anyway, I've always been fascinated with dancing. I love movies like Center Stage, Dirty Dancing, etc. that have a story built around dancers and you get to enjoy these incredible routines throughout. Well, I also enjoy Dancing With the Stars. I enjoy also that I have DVR so I can skip the people I don't give two hoots about. This season, it's slim pickings on who I watch.

I wanted to share the Michael Jackson tribute dance because it was super entertaining! I think it was from last week, but I'm so far behind on DVR that I have no idea.

Enjoy and let me know what you think about dancing or Dancing With the Stars!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Is This Rude?

I know that in life there is a great debate about everything between men and women. Something as little as the trash can turn into some huge to-do. And why is the trash such a big deal? My theory is that if you see that it's full, take it out. Yes, I'm sure my husband sees that it's full and doesn't take it out, but instead of worrying about him, it's faster if I just do it myself, cause really, it's not that hard.

But here's the situation that I'm wondering about:

I hate sitting still... I can't do it. I can't just sit and watch tv and I can't just sit and listen to someone talk to me. For some reason, I have this constant need to be doing something. Case in point, I know that it is important to show respect by making eye contact, but I have to be doing something else while someone is talking to me. Whether it's reading the paper, looking at my blackberry or surfing the internet, I find myself doing something else, but I'm listening! I could recite back what was just said. I don't know if this is something a lot of women do versus something men rarely do or if it is a personality type function. Well, anyway, apparently some people think it's rude and can't get over it.

Anyone have any insight into this? Where do you stand on this issue?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

School Update

I can't remember if I've talked about what's going on with school these days, so I'll update you now...

I am soooooooooooooooooooooo over this semester! We're half way, but this last half better fly by! I took three extremely boring subjects and even though I like the professors, I can't avoid the constant suicidal thoughts that run through my head when I'm in class or thinking about class.

And don't get me started on all the freakin' papers! I had one professor "remind" me that this is grad school and a lot is expected of us... well, I kind of got that from each prof expecting us to read a book a week, blog several times, participate in class discussions and do the other tasks required. So, add to that the 5 major papers I have to do and you have a woman on the verge of a temper tantrum! Seriously, people? Five papers? Do you think I don't know how to read and write by now?

But next semester has me stoked! I get to intern, do a creative writing independent study with Jessica (my new BFF) and the creative writing guy (who seems like a barrel of laughs) and then a third class. But, there will be far less paper writing and far more non-sucking of life.

Then, there's this total D-BAG that I work with. At first I thought he was okay because he reminded me of my brother, but he peeved me off royally a week or so ago. First he said that Jessica was an "angry person" and that he was afraid he'd catch a disease being in the same room as her. Then, he proceeded to say mean things to me personally (I can't recall them now) and I just thought, "wow, this guy is a jerk!" So, I avoid him like the plague, which is hard because I work with him and have every class with him. So he uses the class discussions as a forum to insult Jessica and myself. BTW, everyone likes Jessica for the most part, so it's not that I'm the only one. Anyway, when he disses us in class, it makes no sense to the other people and it just makes him look crazy.

Anyway, let me know if you want to write one of my 5 papers for me. Or pray for my sanity!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

PinkTogether Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

(I was given this information to pass along- none of it is my own words, but I wanted to share it with my readers!)

"Pink Together(R) breast cancer awareness campaign aims to share hope

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Pink Together campaign dedicated to spreading hope to those touched by breast cancer and to helping raise greater awareness of the disease today launched its third year. One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and in 2009 alone, more than 192,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed(1).

The 2009 Pink Together campaign includes:

* PinkTogether.com, an ever-growing online community of hope powered by MySpace where those touched by breast cancer can connect, share inspiring personal stories and provide support, comfort and encouragement to others;
* A $2 million donation from General Mills to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to advance breast cancer research and support education and community outreach projects;
* Special Pink Together packaging on an assortment of General Mills' most beloved brands during the month of October, including Cheerios® Cereal, Nature Valley® Granola Bars, Green Giant® Frozen Vegetables, Fiber One® Cereal, Progresso® Soup, Hamburger Helper® Dinner Mixes, Pillsbury® Crescent and Refrigerated Cookie Dough, and Betty Crocker® Muffin Mixes and Warm Delights® Desserts.

PinkTogether.com Supports Largest Group of Cancer Survivors in the U.S.

"PinkTogether.com is the heart of our Pink Together campaign," said Steve Greer, Pink Together director. "People who have been touched by breast cancer - including many of us in the General Mills family - are able to share stories of strength, support and survival. We're proud to help connect the 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in America today and the many people supporting them on their journey."

Since the 2007 launch of PinkTogether.com, thousands of breast cancer survivors and supporters have made personal connections on the site by posting stories or comments of encouragement or by sending virtual flower bouquets as a sign of support. New to the site this year is a forum for the newly diagnosed and a spotlight featuring stories from celebrities.

Site visitors can draw strength from the powerful stories, blog posts and video interviews posted by five Pink Together Survivor Ambassadors, women the campaign is recognizing for the inspiration they provide others through personal stories of courage and survival. 2009 Ambassadors include Molly Bobrow, Houston, TX; Irene Hernandez, Oxnard, CA; Crystal King, Grand Prairie, TX; Linsey Maughan, Pinckneyville, IL; and Jackie Uhl, Canandaigua, NY.

"Like thousands of others, our Ambassadors are eager to share their inspiring stories of survival. Posting these stories for the benefit of others is really the essence of Pink Together," said Andrew Lainsbury, Pink Together manager. "One person's story is truly another person's hope."

Pink Together Provides Incentive to Connect Online

To encourage personal connections, General Mills will donate $1 for each inspirational story submitted, comment posted or virtual flower bouquet sent on PinkTogether.com and each shared message of hope posted on the Pink Together Facebook fan page - up to $25,000 - during the month of October. This is in addition to its $2 million donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"General Mills has been a longtime partner in the fight against breast cancer," said Katrina McGhee, vice president of marketing, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Through Pink Together, the company is giving breast cancer survivors a unique opportunity to share hope with anyone who has ever been touched by the disease."

About General Mills

One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in over 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., General Mills had fiscal 2009 global net sales of US$ 15.9 billion, including the company's $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales. Visit www.generalmills.com.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world's largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.3 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Pink Together is a trademark of General Mills

(1) American Cancer Society (both statistics)"

PinkTogether is also on Facebook!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Why Am I Awake at 3AM?

On second thought, maybe I should have entitled this, "why can't I go back to sleep and it's 3am?" I know why I'm awake- L has decided he doesn't want me to get a good night's sleep and is waking up constantly for some odd reason. But why I can't GO BACK to sleep is the same reason I couldn't fall asleep by midnight...

My semester paper.

If you knew me, you'd know that I never stress about school work. I enjoy it. I like to work out the ole' noggin from time to time. But this paper is going to be the death of me! And here's the kicker, writing it isn't the hard part! I have racked my brain from here to eternity trying to figure out what I'm supposed to write about! Okay, so the purpose of a "seminar paper" is to promote a scholarly conversation? Yes? No? Does anyone know? I've gone so far as to google "seminar paper" and it's about as helpful to me as hearing other people's topics.

You'd think this was the only paper I have due this semester... but it's not. I've got like four other ones due, but am I stressed about them? No. I feel in this awkward stage of limbo where I think I'm supposed to feel dumb for not getting this, but I don't. Every topic I have chosen is either not "scholarly" or not able to support an argument... or too broad... argh!

If you've been following my blog, you'd know how excited I was at the beginning of the semester. I LOVED school. I felt like I'd died and gone to heaven. But here I am eight weeks into the semester contemplating why I bother and why I don't just take my bachelor and flip burgers at McDonalds?

Disillusionment is keeping me awake. I suppose I will go attempt to watch The View while I itch myself to sleep, ready to wake up tomorrow morning completely unrefreshed and devoid of joy for life. *sigh*

P.S. (I hope you realized I had sent you an invitation to my pity party!)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama Won the Nobel Peace Prize!

I'm posting this because there might be a small chance that you live under a rock and my blog is the only news source you read, lol.

I found this to be crazy interesting! Apparently the only presidents to have done this are Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Jimmy Carter won, but he wasn't in office at the time. I love being alive for historical events! (Positive ones, that is... I'll pass on being alive for WWIII!) Here's one of the articles I read about it on People.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Scones, Flats and Haunted Castles!

Color this serendipitous.

On my bucket list, I currently have 3 things: get arrested, go on a cruise and go to England (especially visit a haunted castle.)

So, last week I find out that the English department is doing a study abroad class for the first time in close to a decade... and guess where they're going...

ENGLAND! Well, they are going to the Lake District. But I think this is a weird coincidence that the first year I am there to get my master's in English, they are taking a trip to England. It's a 3 credit class that will be going over for spring break. And the Lake District is home to a haunted castle!!! I talked to the adviser going on the trip, and she did not seem too excited about adding a trip to a haunted castle, but since we have free time, I'm going, whether I have to walk there or not!

Now, the only fret I have that I will get some karmic slap in the face and the trip will be canceled for some reason or another. I don't think I'm deserving of such a karmic let down, but you never know.

Cheerio!

PS If anyone wants to email Ghost Hunters International for me and get them to do a hunt at that castle while I'm there, that'd be great!