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Monday, December 19, 2011

I Can Be Proud of Myself

All my life, the only person who ever made me genuinely feel like they were proud of me was my Grandma J.  She would tell me everytime she saw me and I could feel that she really meant it.  On one other occasion out of the blue my ex grandfather-in-law told me he was proud of me because he was amazed by my wealth of computer knowledge and my ability to teach it to him.  That was a great moment for me.  Aside from that, the only time anyone has really told me they were proud of me was when I told them this story and they'd say, "well of course WE are proud of you too."  Yeah, that doesn't count.

I spent about the first 28 years of my life worrying about what other people thought about my choices and decisions, only to have them be unsupportive and over-critical. 

When I decided to leave my husband, you'd think I had just murdered someone.  Apparently being unhappy your entire life is more important than the "shame" of being divorced.  Someone once told me that it is better for children to "come from a broken home than to live in one."  I definitely agree with this.  I want to provide a positive role model for my children and I want them to know that they don't have to suffer their whole lives if they are unhappy just because some people put a negative connotation on divorce.  I want my daughter to become strong and independent and realize that her life doesn't need to revolve around men.  She can accomplish anything she wants in life by herself.  I want my son to grow up in a positive environment to break the cycle of anger and treating women as second class citizens.

If this makes me a selfish demon, that is NOT my opinion of the situation.  As you know if you follow my blog regularly, you know that in August I was offered a job to teach at a community college.  I couldn't believe it.  I have wanted to teach since I was a child, but I could never put my finger on what age I wanted to teach until I actually went to community college and it was my best educational experience by far.  The people actually are choosing to be there and although I like kids, it's nice not having to teach these students right from wrong.

I absolutely LOVE my job.  Sure, I'd love to do a million other things as well, but I would never want to not teach.  I achieved this job because I went to school and chose to pay attention in my classes.  I finished my associates in two years, while working and paying for classes out of my own pocket.  When I finished my bachelor my daughter was 1 and my daughter was 3.  I started my masters the fall after that.

I could have been like many other people I knew and chosen to party and drink and then later drop out.  I could have decided that having kids meant I had to wait until they were grown and gone to finish my education.  But I didn't. 

And how are my kids now?  AWESOME!  Sure, being 6 and 4 they have their issues, but no more so than any other kid.  They smile all the time, they laugh, they're happy, they love being around other kids, they are soooo loving and are constant affirmations that I am making good choices with my life.

So, to draw this to a close: two years ago I realized that there was no point in living my life to try to meet up to someone else's standards.  I wanted to be happy, I wanted my children to have a positive life experience and I wanted us to enjoy our life together.  I am proud of myself and I don't need anyone else to be proud of me.  And that's a good feeling.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What to Expect... GIVEAWAY!!!

If you're unfamiliar with the What to Expect series, I'm curious to know how long you've been in a coma.  What to Expect When You're Expecting has launched an entire spectrum of products, resources, support and books for new, expecting and not so new parents.

Of course, the most familiar was the book that started the whole phenomenon.  What to Expect When You're Expecting is a book that takes you from the idea of making a baby all the way through what happens after the baby is born.  It gives helpful tips, great descriptions and of course- what to expect!  I read this back in 2005 when I was pregnant with my first and it was fantastic!  It helped me realize what things were normal in regards to symptoms, the progress my baby was making each week and even tips for birthing and after.  And now that I'm expecting my THIRD and it has been almost 4 years since my son was born, I find it just as interesting to read about it all over again.  I'm experiencing a few new symptoms that I didn't have with my first two and of course, they are in the book!



Included in this giveaway will also be What to Expect the First Year and What to Expect the Second Year.  These are just as helpful as the original pregnancy book as they help guide you through the insanity that is parenting!!!  Kids don't come with an instruction manual, but this is as close as you can get!!!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

TWO lucky winners will receive a copy of each of the above mentioned titles!  Contest is open to US residents and ends January 5 at noon central.

To enter:

Like What to Expect on Facebook.

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2) Post a link to this giveaway on any site and comment with the link below. 

Thanks and good luck!!!

The Help blu-ray review

I was so excited to see this movie!  I remember seeing the trailer for the first time in the theater and thinking it looked great!  I am super anti-racism and also anti-rich snobby people who think they are better than everyone, so this flick sounded right up my alley.

So, I couldn't really find one to watch it at the theater with me... apparently I don't know anyone that thinks that kind of movie is a must see.

Hallelujah, I saw it on Blu-ray when it came out!!  Emma Stone plays an aspiring journalist who decides to write a book from the perspective of the help, the black women who do pretty much everything in the households of these uppity white people.  Some of these women raise the children from birth, yet get cast aside like they are nothing.  It was not a new idea by any means to put the plights of the pre- civil rights movement atrocities in the public eye, but the way this was done was quite clever, touching and humorous at times.

Fortunately there were a couple of the employers who weren't complete scumbags.  The characters were all very well developed, casting was great and it held my interest the entire way through!

Family Time Factor: There are several adult themes and some language, so I would say 13 and up.

MOTR Grade: A

The Help is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray!!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

I Said No! by Zack and Kimberly King (book review)

One of the more difficult parts of parenting is talking to your kids about the "touchy" subjects.  As a parent, it is our job to let them know things about life, but how do you go about talking about them?

This book came at the perfect time for me.  My daughter is now 6 and there have been some questionable things happening when she is at her dad's and I felt like now is the perfect time to talk to her about inappropriate touching.  I can't be around her all the time and therefore I am going to have to hope that she can keep herself safe when I'm not there.

"I Said No! A kid-to-kid guide to keeping private parts private" gives the perspective from both a mother and her son's point of view.  Zack attended a slumber party where his friend asked him to touch his privates and told him all the cool kids do it.  Zack realized this was a red flag and tried to tell his friend's mom, but she did nothing about it.  Zack hid out in the bathroom and told his mom immediately when he got home the next day.

This book goes over things for children to say, red flags and green flags and people who are allowed to see your privates.  Also, it gives ideas on what to do if someone is inappropriate with you.  This is great because students are not born with the realization of what is okay and not okay when it comes to privates.  I remember when my daughter was around 2 or 3 and she had a yearly exam with her pediatrician.  He asked my permission to check her over and told her that he asked my permission because no one should be allowed to look at or touch her privates without her permission unless it is mommy or daddy.

Okay, so now that I've told you all the great things, I will give you my only beef with this book.  I didn't like the little pauses for discussion.  Of course I planned to discuss the book with my child, but I didn't need the prompts.


MOTR Grade: A-

I definitely think this is a book every parent should have in their collection and it should be read several times as your children get older.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hell Hath No Fury Like This Lady Without Her Meds!!!

So I need to vent.  As you should all know if you follow my blog, I'm bipolar.  Well, I have been without one of my meds for almost two weeks.  Here is why:

When I moved from my last town in August, I had several months worth of pills left.  Well, thinking it would be a quick and painless transition, about 3-4 weeks ago, I tried to set up an appt with a local psychiatrist to get my meds refilled.  Well, apparently their office only accepts appointments with a referral.  Having my old doctor fax my information to my new doctor was considered a referral, but apparently this process is taking a long time and a lot of pointing fingers in the delay, but I can't make an appt. until the information is received by the new doctor.

In the meantime, I've been out of one of my medications.  You are often warned about the side effects of quitting psychotropic drugs cold turkey, so I decided to make an appointment with a general practice doctor in the same building.  So, I got in today.... and that doctor... wow.  I've never wanted to walk out of an office in my life and it took all my willpower not to!  She was super rude, wouldn't make eye contact and didn't understand why I couldn't wait for an appt with the psychiatrist.  She just kept asking if I was suicidal.  I really wanted to tell her that I'm homicidal, but she didn't seem like the type of person who gets sarcasm or jokes of any kind.  Long story short, she lectured me, told me she wasn't comfortable with it and told me I should try to make an appt with the psychiatrist.

Well, let me tell you.  At this moment, I hate everyone and everything.  I've felt this way since like two days after my meds ran out.  I could literally give a 5-10 minute speech on why I hate every person I know (except my kids.)  Do I actually hate them?  I don't think so... maybe one or two... but at this point in time, I want to stab them all from their left eyebrow to the dimples in their knee caps.  I get mad at the TV, I get mad at the wind.  I'm in a constant state of rage and it makes me pity those around me.  Add to this that I can't sleep and when I do I am having vivid dreams of pointless things.  I wake up 80 times a night and give up around 6am when I don't have to be up until 8.

So, no DOCTOR, I am not SUICIDAL, but how about you take your cracker jack box degree back to where you came from (she's new to the clinic) and learn something called empathy... and tact... and being around other human beings.

FAIL.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Toddler from H-E- Double Hockey Sticks

My son...

*sigh*

He has been going through a loooooooooong phase- we are talking like 8 months or so long- where he cries over EVERYTHING.  You tell him no, he cries.  You tell him it's dinner time, he cries.   You ask him to put his shoes on, he cries.  Well, I've gotten to the point where the crying doesn't bother me.  First I tried putting him in time out because we all knew it was crocodile tears.  Then I tried sending him to his room until he was done crying.  I didn't get mad, I would calmly tell him to go into his room and he could come out when he was done crying.  So, of course this resulted in him coming out two seconds later because he had turned off the waterworks just as easily as he turned them on.

Figuring that it is a phase, I have just kind of accepted it and try to ignore it because I know that he is trying to get attention.

Well, instead of letting that phase die out, he has decided to escalate it- to ear piercing screams.  He intertwines these screams with his usual crying, but throws some even louder sobs in.  And of course, it's still over the same little things.  He smacks his sister in the face, he gets caught, he cries (and screams).  He gets caught jumping on the couch... you get the picture.  So, to his room he goes where he has now decided to start kicking the walls and throwing things during his tantrums.  As much as I would like to go in and knock his block off, I just ignore it.  I know he is trying to get attention out of it, but I refuse to give in.  And believe me, it is HARD.  He is a mama's boy, so when he has legitimate reasons to cry, it breaks my heart... but when he throws these crying/screaming tantrums, I just think, "what am I doing wrong?"  Where have I gone wrong in my parenting that he has decided to take this route when he's upset.  My daughter never went through this phase. 

I'm at my wits end... do I invest in earplugs or try to take him back to WalMart... any advice??

Monday, November 14, 2011

No Shirt for You!

I apologize for yet another post about friendship.  This is just something that is really getting under my skin and I have to vent to someone, anyone... which leaves the one or two people who may read this.

I consider myself to be a good friend.  If you are in need, I will give you anything I can to help.  I try to be there whenever someone asks, and unless I can't afford the gas to get there, I drop everything to be there.  I know there are a couple instances I may have borrowed things and not returned them, but I am either still intending to (money) or we stopped being friends and I stopped caring about returning something and ended up passing it along to someone else.

There have been times when I had $20 to my name and spent it buying a friend groceries.  I've helped people move, I've FOUND people places to move!  I've given countless hours of requested advice and kept my mouth shut at times I knew it wasn't my place to say anything.  I've taken a friend's word only to be stabbed in the back, I've trusted people that shouldn't be trusted...

And yet again, I reiterate that I know that I'm not perfect.

But what bothers me is this:  I have a couple friends who have been my friends for years.  I can't get them to answer my texts... I can't get them to respond to me on Facebook unless I post something on their wall.  I don't know why, that's just how it is.  I have people that used to be my friends, but now won't even be my friend on Facebook for something that I can't even remember that I did to upset them.  I know I shouldn't care because they are obviously not real friends, but I do care.  You know those people that you call when you are super upset about something and need a shoulder to cry on?  I don't have one of those.  I wish so badly that I did, but I don't.  I have people that call me and rant or cry for hours and I listen.  *sigh*  I just feel like everyone should have SOMEONE they can turn to for comfort, joy, a laugh, a girls' night out, whatever it may be...

So I don't know if this is a shame on me for whatever I may have done wrong, a shame on me for giving second, third, fiftieth chances and holding out hope that my friends are better than they actually are... or is it actually a shame on them... for being crappy friends?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Great Christmas Debate

So yesterday David and I find ourselves talking about Santa and gift giving.  I don't really like the idea of promoting the idea of Santa because it is not what Christmas is about.  But, I don't want my kids to feel like they aren't normal and not give them gifts, so I have told them that they get gifts because Jesus isn't around to give birthday gifts to, so they get gifts instead.  Yes, it may sound weird, but I just want them to know that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, not some guy in a red suit giving out presents.

But, my goal to not get them into Santa quickly faded when my daughter was 2 and everyone (including my then in-laws) felt the need to talk about Santa all the time to them around the holidays.  What did you ask Santa for?  Have you been good so Santa can bring you presents?  Blah, blah.  So, I just let everyone else do the Santa talking and I just never mention him.  I don't put "from Santa" on their gifts, they are just there.

So the debate is that David was raised that once the tree was up, gifts would start getting put under the tree from mom and dad and they would stay there until Christmas morning when they would be opened.  However, "Santa" would bring one BIG gift on Christmas Eve night and they would be surprised at what it was in the morning when they woke up.  Then they took turns opening everything.

What my family did was on Christmas Eve, mom and dad gave us a gift from them, then when we woke up Christmas morning, we were excited to see all these presents under the tree that were not there before.  The only things under the tree before Christmas day were gifts from relatives or the siblings to each other.  Then, we took turns opening everything.

So, we have the agreement on taking turns opening things.  But, I like the way my family did it better and he likes the way his family did it better.  There is no right or wrong, but if you know me, you know I like getting my way... which I probably will... but I'd like to hear any suggestions on ways to combine both traditions or what your family might have done differently!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Let Me Explain My Butt

For years, I've been overweight... some years... borderline Hindenburg. 

But what I hate most is ... my butt!  (Or my rear end for those of you who find that word offensive.)

I have often compared it to one "person" and one person only: the penguin in Batman Returns.  Remember how Danny Devito looked in that pantyhose material stuffed with filling?  He had this really weird shaped body, but if you specifically remember what it looked like when he was in his lair underground and didn't really wear much in terms of clothing and it seemed like he had flesh colored spandex pants... yeah, that's what my tush looks like!





I don't even know what shape you would call it!  Square?  Whatever it is, I hate it.  Last year I lost 45 pounds (don't get excited for me, I've pretty much gained it back) and guess what- my butt was still a square!!


What is the deal???  I hate it!  I don't think I'd opt for a flat hind end, but seriously... what kind of cruel joke is God playing on me when my butt can only be described as that of the penguin from Batman?

*sigh*

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Case of the Blahs

I don't know what my deal is lately- I don't think that it is because winter is coming and people get that seasonal depression thing because the weather has actually been unseasonably nice here and I do love the holidays, so I have that to look forward to.

But lately, I just feel so blah.  I love my job, but I don't feel like going to work because it seems mundane.  I do go, but I feel like I'm boring my students and sometimes when I talk about whatever subject we're on a little voice pops into my head saying, "geez, I can't even focus on what you're saying it's so boring!"

Then there's my blog.  I have a whole bunch of things I could be blogging about, topics floating around in my head, but I just don't feel like it.  I don't think I'd have the zip and zest in my writing that I feel like I should.

I usually post status updates on Facebook a couple times a day... but lately I've gone days without.... it's blah.  I don't have anything witty or interesting to tell the world.  I'm blah.

Nothing seems exciting, every day is just like the last... I'm not in the least trying to say I have a crappy life- quite the opposite, things are going so well in my favor that I should really take the time to sit back and enjoy it!  But I can't... cause I'm blah.

BLAH.

V Season 2 on DVD!!!

"In episode 9, Anna tries to bliss a human. She is elated that she can control humans the same way she does Visitors. Now she simply has to bliss the humans into listening to her in order to gain total control of Earth. If aliens were to come to Earth, do you imagine they would be peaceful or manipulative and treacherous like Anna, what would you do? Would you trust them until given a reason not to or would you distrust them until proven otherwise?"

Well, I tend to not trust anyone ever anyway, so I don't think I would completely trust them.  But, I would be nice to them until they gave me a reason not to be.  I'd like to think that if aliens came to Earth it would be mostly for a fact finding mission and not to take over our planet because they had used up all the resources on theirs.  But, if that is why they come, I think we will be done for.  Our government can't make up its mind or agree about anything, and I'm assuming the aliens would be on a unified mission.  By the time we know what hit us, we'd have all hidden under desks and cried until we were annihilated.

Check out V Season 2 on DVD and Blu-ray!!!


“I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote V Season Two on DVD."

Monday, October 31, 2011

V Season 2 on DVD!!!

"Hobbes constantly calls Ryan out as a traitor even though his treachery has far worse consequences. Not only has Hobbes killed humans, he slept with Erica and then indirectly caused the death of Erica's ex-husband Joe. Have you ever been in a situation where someone regardless of their own actions kept pointing out what you were doing wrong? How did you bring this to light or work around it to move forward?"

This is hard for me to come up with my own response. I guess the best example would be with my divorce.  My ex constantly pointed out that I should be the one punished because I left him.  That was his rationalization and comeback for everything.  It doesn't matter that his actions drove me to it and his actions afterwards regarding the children were far worse than me leaving, which ended up being best for everyone and the kids haven't been happier!  I couldn't bring it to light to him because he doesn't listen to me.  And I moved forward by getting everything made legal.  Hooray!

Be sure to check out the second season of V on Blu-ray and DVD!!!



  
“I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote V Season Two on DVD."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oh no she didn't!!!

Okay, so as a mom, this made me wanna strangle a first grader like I have never wanted to strangle one before!

Back story:  So we moved into our new house a couple weeks ago and there are lots of kids in the neighborhood that roam after school and on the weekends and since my kids were new, for about a week straight our house was the place to be for kids to hang out.  Well, there were these siblings, a first grade girl and preschool boy that would ride their bikes in the alley and were around, but it took them awhile to ask to play.  They only played outside and I was not a big fan from the get-go because they were rude to L for no reason and didn't want him to play with them because he was the youngest.  Well, I had the opportunity to meet their dad and he did NOT seem like a winner.  He had meth withdrawal mannerisms and talked S about the people in the neighborhood, but yet he is perfectly fine with his kids roaming it unsupervised.  So, he seemed shady and it started making me not be surprised that his kids were shady.

Well, I know that my daughter has a bit of an attitude at times.  Personally, I wouldn't play with her if I were her age- when she is tired, she gets CRANKY.  That leads to more bossiness and selfishness.  Now, I'm not saying she's a bad apple.  She doesn't realize she can alienate friends with this behavior.

So, like three days ago this first grade girl comes over to play and they are all playing in the backyard.  I don't know what happened to instigate it, but the girl called A a baby and went home.  Sure, name calling is totally rude and uncouth, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt that A was probably being mean.

Yesterday A was so anxious for someone to play with after school that she put her coat on and wandered around the porch and then sat inside with her coat on in case someone walked by outside so she could run out and ask them to play.  Yes, it was mildly creepy and sad, but that's what she did.  So, an hour later, the first grade girl and a boy are walking down the sidewalk and A immediately runs outside and asks if they want to play...

Here's where my anger comes in...

The girl SNUBBED A!!!  She just kept walking right by her with a haughty look on her face and blatantly snubbed her!  I could see tears immediately well up in my daughter's eyes and I opened the door and had her come inside.  She was just dumbfounded and said, "she didn't even say hi to me!  She just kept walking!"  I had to explain to her that it was very mean of that girl and that she should not play with her anymore because people who do things like that are not who you want to be your friends.

I just couldn't believe it!  That was a total bitch move that is usually something you see from high school girls or catty women!  All I can say is that was a feeling I don't want A or I to ever have to feel again!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

V Season 2 on DVD!!!

Did you know that V Season 2 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray???
 
"In the series finale, the 5th Column is crushed in a failed coup against Anna. A new human opposition force has entered the picture called Aries Project. All humans above ground are blissed and fall under Anna's spell just as the V Armada approaches. An evil twin Lisa has been created who seduces Tyler, becomes impregnated by him and then murders him. Lisa the Visitor Princess is imprisoned after an attack on her Mother's life and Anna kills her mother Diana. If you were to write the next episode, where would you take the story? Would the humans triumph and crush the Vs, would the humans and Vs learn to live peacefully together or is it doomsday for humanity?"
 
If I were to write the next episode, I would like to see humans and Vs living together, although I don't know if it would be completely peacefully because then there wouldn't be as much drama.  I think there should still be some evil Vs and also humans who refuse to accept the Vs presence on earth.  I would like to see Vs and humans learn to live together and perhaps even be able to maintain romantic relationships.  There are so many directions you could go with these ideas!



“I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote V Season Two on DVD."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series on DVD!!!

I love waxing nostalgic.

Growing up in the 80s introduced me to all kinds of awesomeness!  One of those things was Jem and the Holograms.  Jem a normal chick as Jerrica, who had normal problems.  Each show actually tried to teach morals (you know how they were in the 80s with the whole after school special ideology).  Whether it was a friend who felt like an outcast, dealing with difficult choices... Jerrica experienced them all as either herself or as Jem!

Interesting tidbit about this... I actually owned a Jem doll!  She had pink hair on top that could be tucked into a hat for when she became Jerrica.  She also had earrings that flashed when you flipped the switch on her back.  I actually just sold it on ebay a couple years back when I was trying to get out of my hoarding ways... interesting side note I'm sure.

"The series 'JEM and The Holograms' ran from 1985-’88 in first-run syndication and still boasts a loyal and vocal fan base. It is frequently credited with influencing fashion in the late 1980s and beyond, and launching the careers of female pop-rock stars and music groups.  The series follows Jerrica Benton, whose discovery of Synergy, a powerful computer companion, allows her to transform from co-owner of Starlight Music into rock star Jem.  Teaming with her sister and best friends who form The Holograms, Jem sets out to make their musical dreams come true, even as she battles against the ruthless Eric Raymond and his musical protegees. 

Family Time Factor:  I actually think it can be enjoyed by boys and girls, but I think the boys would throw a fit after they got to be 7 or so.  And it gets a bit cheesy the older the child gets.  I can tolerate it still.

MOTR Grade: B+ 

Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series is now available on DVD!!! 

HINT flavored water

I try to avoid drinking soda like the plague.  (Although I'm not sure people drank the plague, but you get my meaning.)  The hard thing for me is that it is just too dang accessible.  I don't have time or patience to get something out and fill a cup, plus with active children running around, my cup is likely to get spilled.

So, I find myself buying tea or propel.  I buy the tea because I love it, but I buy the propel because it has no calories and sounds healthy.  But, the thing that drives me most insane is how sweet it is!!!  I want the healthy and no calories without the sugary sweetness and I'm on the fence about how good splenda really is for us, so I try not to do artificial sweeteners.

So, when I had the opportunity to try HINT, I was intrigued.  Flavored water that doesn't have added sugar?  So, I tried it... and I am now an addict!  I had one of every flavor in my fridge and I drank them all within two days!  It is accessible, it was delicious, refreshing and not sugary in the least!  There are like only 3 ingredients, one being purified water and none being sugar.  And HINT is THE PERFECT name!  Really, you explain the taste to people that it's like drinking water with a hint of flavor- GENIUS!  I let my boyfriend try it, I let my friends try it and I let my kids try it.  (Of course only a sip because I refused to share a whole bottle!)  Everyone liked it!

The only downfall is the availability.  I'd love to see HINT sold in grocery stores and retailers in my area as opposed to specialty locations, but I'm sure after enough buzz is established, that will change.

Here's the skinny from the company:

"HINT flavored water has no calories, sweeteners or preservatives and is a great alternative to juice and soda. HINT was launched in April 2005 by current CEO Kara Goldin and is now available in all Whole Foods and Starbucks. It is available in Blackberry, Mango-Grapefruit, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Raspberry-Lime, and Strawberry Kiwi and sells for $1.79."

Anyway, if you have the opportunity to try HINT, you owe it to yourself.  I'm sure none of us can say we drink enough water and if your excuse is the taste, now you have no more excuses!  Did I mention NO ADDED SUGAR??  YAY!!!

MOTR Grade: A+

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Big Bang Theory is now in Syndication!!!

In episode 1 of season 2 of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard and Penny go on their first date. Both people feel insecure about the date and unbeknownst to them both, each of them has feelings for the other person. When Leonard learns of Penny’s insecurity about her intelligence, he gives her brochures to a local community college and tells her he is fine dating a girl who isn’t smart. Penny abruptly slams the door in his face. In your opinion, What are the top 3 things that a man should never say to a women? Is this a dealbreaker? 

This is a no brainer!  A man should NEVER ask a woman about her past history with men.  He should never ask her what her weight is.  And he should never tell her who she can and can't be friends with.  With the first two things, it's only a dealbreaker if he refuses to let it go and expects her to answer or else.  And I think the third is a total dealbreaker because it is way too controlling.

I can understand why Penny slammed the door because it sounded like Leonard was insulting Penny, which was not his intention.  He thought he was being nice and helpful.  But, that happens a lot in relationships- it's called miscommunication.

The Big Bang Theory is now on 5 Night a Week!! Head over to www.bigbangweeknights.com to check your local listings.



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Thursday, October 13, 2011

I am IRATE!

So my daughter's teacher informed me that I needed to purchase a milk card for her for snacks and that if I send $5 it buys the card and gets her 20 milks.

 No problem.

A has a binder that goes home with her every night and there are instructions on how to send money for anything.  There is a small manilla envelope labeled "money" and you are to put the money inside a different envelope, write what it's for and then put that inside the manilla envelope and close the flap so that the teacher knew there was money in it.  I did this exactly.  I even looked over the directions several times to make sure I did it correctly.

Yesterday I get a new note saying that Aurora still needs to buy a milk card.  This confused me so I decided to speak with her teacher today after school.  I informed her that I had sent money and she just kept telling me she didn't get it.  There was no apologeticness to her voice and she kind of blew me off like I was either lying or A took the money.  Well, I know I was not lying and A doesn't even understand the concept of money, nor would she have anywhere to spend it unless I took her somewhere, so she would have no reason to take the money.

So, after feeling a bit shamed by the teacher, I decided that I would not let it go so easily.  I know that is only $5, but it is the principle!  I went to the office to let the secretary know what happened.  She seemed apologetic and said she'd talk to the lunch lady to see if a miscellaneous envelope with money was turned in, but her final answer was the same as the teachers- I needed to send in another $5.

Well, I emailed the principal to lodge my complaint.  I understand it's not much money, but it frustrates me that the first time I send money, it disappears.  I specifically followed the teacher's instructions to the letter.

And before you think I am just being hormonal or I forgot to take my medicine today... neither of those is the issue.  I don't even feel angry, I just think this is some grade A bull hockey.  And I want them to know it too.  Oh, I will take the $5 in tomorrow and hand it directly to the lunch lady, but believe you me, I am NOT happy about it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Big Bang Theory is now in Syndication!!!

"In episode 13 from season one of The Big Bang Theory, “The Bat Jar Conjecture,” which aired Wednesday October 10th, Sheldon’s arrogance ostracizes him from the group which leads to him competing directly against his friends with Sheldon's Group.  Have you ever competed against a good friend? If your best friend knew that one item that would make amends, what would it be? Is it as funny as a batman cookie jar?"
I don't know that I have ever competed against a good friend.  In school I was highly competitive with a particular girl, but I would consider that we were "frienemies" because neither of us actually liked the other one, but we had to pretend to because we ran in the same circle of friends.  For awhile I really cared about doing better than her academically or in terms of sports, but then I realized she was an evil meanie head and I stopped caring so much.  I still don't like her to this day.  And in regards to what it might take to make amends, it would be as simple as a cookie jar!  I am forgiving to a fault and if someone gave me something funny, I'd be over whatever it was in a heartbeat!!


The Big Bang Theory is now on 5 Night a Week!!!  Head over to www.bigbangweeknights.com to check your local listings.





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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Middle Season 2 on DVD!!!

If you're unfamiliar with the premise of "The Middle," it is not that difficult to grasp.  It is a comedy about the Heck family.  Husband Mike and wife Frankie live normal lives in the midwest with their three children.  Well, I say normal because they are usually typical situations that I think all of us can relate to at one point or another.  Season two was chalked full of interesting storylines that were just as interesting as season one!  It is definitely worth your time to keep up with the Hecks!

"After Axl leaves his dirty smelly socks lying around the house one too many times, Mike punished his son by banning him from playing his basketball team's final game. Given the Heck legacy on the basketball team, do you think it was the best decision? Have you ever, or had a parent, give the time that didn't fit the crime? Were you able to get out of it and how?"

I personally think that is a HUGE punishment for leaving smelly socks around.  I can empathize that dirty clothes lying around is annoying, but that seems like too big of time for the crime.  I would have not offered to feed him or hid all of his clothes/socks until he was willing to change the sock problem.

And my kids are little, so their "punishments" aren't too extreme.  And when I was a teenager, my groundings weren't really that big of a deal, so I didn't consider them punishments.  Although I did hate it when my dad said, "don't plan on leaving the house for a long time."  What's that supposed to mean??

Don't forget to check out The Middle Season 2 on DVD and Blu-ray!!!





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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Is This a Girl Thing?

I like to think I'm not like all the other girls... of course that would be a little presumptuous of me.  I don't consider myself to be clingy, I'm not all about romance (although a little romance here and there is okay.)  So today, on one of my mind wandering trips, I was thinking about how men and women meet, date and either decide to be together forever or move on to the next poor sap.  The question always arises after an exchange of phone numbers about how many days the guy (or gal) should wait to call so as not to seem desperate.  Well, with texting and FB chat, that kind of makes a large gray area.

But, onto my point... For some reason, I like to know that I'm a hot commodity.  I've always had pretty good luck at getting the guy I've set my sights on.  But, is it a guy that I actually want?  I like attention, but only when I want it.  But I think it might be overkill of me to think that a guy should think about me at least once a day.  Therefore, I expect a text once a day saying, "hey!  I'm alive, are you?"  That's all... is that too much to ask?  Even if I don't wanna spend time with him or he doesn't want to spend time with me, I'd like to at least know that he remembers I exist.

Then what about those guys who send you 100 texts a day?  Should that make you worried?  Is there something to the idea of a chase?  Do chicks tend to fall harder for a guy who shows them tons of attention over a guy they like more, but doesn't show them enough?  Guys like a chase, right?  Do girls?  I recall liking guys here and there who didn't give me anything to chase, so therefore I wasn't interested.  But then when they stopped doting, I became interested again.  Then there was the one who I thought was interested, but then he would go days without letting me know that he was alive or checking to see if I was and although it was hard for me to throw in the towel, my pride made me. I know the Earth doesn't revolve around me, the tides don't come in because I'm happy, the sun doesn't rise and set by my moods... but don't we all want to feel a little special deep down?

I guess my point to all these ramblings comes back to these questions:  Is it really about the chase or do we decide to go with the one that shows us the most attention?  Is is possible to form a deep love with someone who can go days without speaking to you?  Do we just settle for what we can get because we can never get what we want?

My mind wonders...

National Honey Month

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you know that September was National Honey Month?





"And on October 25th, Disney releases WINNIE THE POOH on Blu-ray & DVD! Journey back to the 100 Acre Wood for a heart-warming adventure with Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore and Christopher Robin! Bonus material includes the EXCLUSIVE short "Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon," deleted scenes and more!"

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Big Bang Theory is now in Syndication!!!

“'The Middle Earth Paradigm' from Season 1 of The Big Bang Theory aired Monday 9/26. In the episode, the gang attends a costume party in Penny’s apartment.  Penny dresses as a cat, Sheldon dresses as the doppler effect, Leonard is Frodo from Lord of the Rings, Howard is Robin Hood but gets mistaken for Peter Pan and Raj is Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Each costume is interesting for each character (Raj, the quietest of the group, is the god of thunder)."

What do the costumes say about each character to you? In your opinion who wins the costume contest?  I think that Penny's choice of being a cat shows how simplistic she is compared to the guys, who are brainiacs.  Dressing as a cat is one of the most common choices for women.  It shows that she put more thought into looking attractive than being original.  Leonard picked a character from a series that is widely thought of as being a "nerd favorite."  And Howard picked an iconic character who is known as being brave, bold and a woo-er of women.  The fact that Howard was instead mistaken for a boy who never wants to grow up is what makes it comical.  I would pick Sheldon for the winner.  First, because he's my favorite anyway and second because his took the most thought in my opinion.

Make sure to catch The Big Bang Theory, now on 5 Night a Week!!! Visit www.bigbangweeknights.com to check your local listings.




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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Middle Season 2 on DVD!!!

If you're unfamiliar with the premise of "The Middle," it is not that difficult to grasp.  It is a comedy about the Heck family.  Husband Mike and wife Frankie live normal lives in the midwest with their three children.  Well, I say normal because they are usually typical situations that I think all of us can relate to at one point or another.  Season two was chalked full of interesting storylines that were just as interesting as season one!  It is definitely worth your time to keep up with the Hecks!

"In one episode, Brick shares Sue's room where they accidently knock a hole in her wall, they try to fix it but only make it worse. They attempt to cover it up by putting a poster over it but it doesn't work. Have you ever been in that situation with your sibling or good friend? Did you try and cover it up or did you just admit it?"

I don't remember ever breaking everything with my siblings and trying to cover it up- likewise with my friends.  I do remember once breaking (or I thought I broke) someone's carpet cleaning machine and I just returned it to their garage like nothing happened.  Another time my rabbit chewed through the cord of something I borrowed from someone and when they asked for it back I kept making excuses about when I'd get it to them.  (Hmm, maybe people shouldn't loan me things.)  Lastly, there was the time my brother took this record player (he was like 10 or 12) and tried to rewire it to play faster and when he plugged it in flames shot out of the outlet.  I'm pretty sure I didn't tattle about that.

"Have you ever been in a situation similar to Brick and Sue's? See how the Hecks brilliantly true-to-life kids cover up their accident on The Second Season of The Middle on DVD, currently available for pre-order and hitting shelves on 9/27/11"

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thank You for Being a Friend...

Yes, I'm referencing Golden Girls, but no, this has nothing to do with the show... despite it's timeless humor and awesomeness...

You know, I will be the first, second and third to admit that I'm not the greatest friend in the world... I have much room for improvement.  Granted, I am a giving friend- if I have it, it's yours.  I would give my friends the shirt off my back if they asked for it.  And if I ever have money, I wouldn't hesitate to let a friend in need borrow it.

But I always find myself thinking, "who ARE my friends?"  On Facebook, you can now mark people as friends or acquaintances, although I wish there was an option for "complete strangers," but maybe that's in the works.  But there are people that I consider expendable, and I am sure 98% of my Facebook friends feel that way.  When I moved from my hometown to Cedar Rapids, I considered there to be 3 friends that I would truly miss.  Once I moved, I probably only spoke to one of them on any semblance of a basis.  Now that I am closer, out of those 3, I probably will only ever hang out with on of them.  She and I have NOTHING in common on the surface, but deep down we do have things that make us lifelong friends.  And one of the three hasn't responded to my texts in months and blows me off all the time... whatevs.

Then there's the friends in Cedar Rapids.  I have a friend there that I consider to be one of the truest friends I've ever had and it is amazing because so many people tried to tell me that she used me and wasn't a good friend, but I knew otherwise.  I understood the kind of person she was/is and overlooked any flaws, as we should all try to do.  She was nice to me and if I was in pain or having an emotional crisis, she would have been by my side in a heartbeat.  Since I've moved, she's made it clear that she is not gonna give up on me easily.  It is an amazing feeling.  I other friends who I will definitely keep in touch with and I have friends who still think of me and communicate with me when I was sure they would have forgotten my name once I left town... hearing people tell you that they miss you just because they actually do... makes me feel like I may actually have had a positive impact on their lives.  It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

And finally, there are those that I have long since forgotten that when it is clear I am a wreck or bouncing off the walls with anxiety, I will get a random text, a random Facebook message and their concern, friendliness and just outright acknowledgement of my existence stops me in my tracks.  But to this I start feeling a smidge guilty for not checking in on them.

I guess there was no real point to this blog, but I think that sometimes the people that we think are our friends really aren't as good of friends as the people we have shrugged off as acquaintances.  I definitely wish I were a better friend and hopefully some day I can be, but in the meantime, I think I should try a little harder to appreciate those that I have...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Excerpt from One of My Textbooks

This was one of the example paragraphs in the textbook for the reading class I teach... I thought I'd share:

"Everyone has heard a few 'Your mama is ugly' jokes.  'Your mama is so ugly that when she entered an ugly contest, the judge said, 'Sorry, no professionals.'  'Your mama is so ugly that when she went to a haunted house, she came out with a paycheck.' 'In the dictionary, your mother's picture is next to the word 'ugly.'  There are several reasons why 'your mama' jokes are popular.  First of all, humor usually contains something surprising or even shocking.  We aren't expected to make fun of someone's mom, so a 'your mama' joke has the element of surprise.  Secondly, humor is a way we deal with taboos, or things that are forbidden.  Insulting anybody is bad enough, but insulting somebody's mother is really out of line.  Finally, 'your mama' jokes are generally told between close friends as a way to express friendship and affection.  Mothers aren't really being insulted.  Instead of getting angry, the friend on the receiving end of the joke usually laughs."

What... a hoot.

In case you were wondering the purpose, this was a practice paragraph where students are supposed to be able to figure out which sentence expresses the main idea.  I will give you a clue.  Look for words that indicate a list is soon to follow.  What's that?  Several reasons IS an indicator.  If you said sentence five, then you are correct, My Friend!

Enjoy this wrinkle in your brain.


Book:  Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills by John Langan, Fourth Edition.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Big Bang Theory is now in Syndication!!!

In the Pilot Episode of The Big Bang Theory which aired Monday 9/19, Leonard meets Penny for the first time and is immediately infatuated with her. While his roommates say that she is an unattainable goal, Leonard is an idealist and strives to be worthy of her. Even going so far as to confront her much larger and stronger ex-boyfriend, resulting in him getting de-pantsed. What's the most embarrassing thing you've had happen to you? 

I can only really think of one especially embarrassing  things that have happened to me.  The first was when I was in fifth grade.  There was a band recital in the high school gymnasium and it was for all the school bands for every grade.  I had on a skirt and was sitting in the end chair of the second row.  I dropped my mouth piece and when I bent over to pick it up, I fell of my chair and my skirt went up, exposing whatever cartoonish underwear I was wearing at the time!  After the show I saw a couple parents pointing at me and whispering.  I was mortified.  I  don't have nearly as much shame as I did back then, otherwise I'd probably have a lot more embarrassing moments to speak of!!!

 The Big Bang Theory is now on 5 Nights a Week!!! Check your local listings.


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Middle Season 2 on DVD!!!

"Early in the second season, Brick discovers what a little white lie is from his parents, realizing they only did it to protect him from the reality. When was the last time you told your kids, or your family a little white lie? Did they ever find the truth out?  Have your kids ever caught you in a lie? See how Frankie, the loving wife and mother of three from ABC's The Middle handles her white lies when her youngest son becomes the wiser."

I am a firm believer in white lies.  Judge Judy always says that lies are bad because people can't keep their stories straight and if they would just tell the truth, life would be easier.  I have always preached to my kids that they will be in more trouble for lying than just admitting to what they did wrong. Now white lies on the other hand aren't as big of a deal to me.  I definitely agree with the old adage: "what you don't know can't hurt you."

I grew up with parents who would occasionally ask me not to tell the other one something and it lead me to be a highly sneaky person.  Not good, I know, but rest assured, I am mostly rehabilitated  Sure, I will occasionally white lie to my kids.  And my daughter usually calls me out on it.  It may be something as little as a white lie I made up about why we couldn't do something and she seems to know when I'm fibbing.

And of course we always fib to our significant others.  For instance, I might buy a shirt for $10 and say it was only $5 just because I think it sounds better if I didn't spend as much money.

So, I can totally relate to The Middle in this situation.  And unless you're Mother Teresa (which would be odd cause she's dead) then I dare you to truthfully say that you have never committed a white lie!

“I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote The Middle Season Two on DVD."

Spooky Buddies on Blu-ray & DVD!!!

If you're like me, you go to WalMart... and if you're a parent, chances are you will end up having to take your kids with you (which I try to avoid like the plague.)  Well, as we all know, the day after one holiday ends, WalMart has products out for the next holiday.  So, my kids have known that Halloween is coming up since Labor Day, so now they are consumed by Halloween.  This is a good time to get them Spooky Buddies!

"For a goulish good time, catch Rosebud, B-Dawg, Buddah, Budderball, and Mudbud in their all-new Halloween-themed movie! SPOOKY BUDDIES continues the overwhelmingly popular franchise that features the adorable talking puppies, with action, laughs, and fast-paced adventure."

SPOOKY BUDDIES IS NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD!!!

 


  
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Big Bang Theory: Season 4 on DVD!!

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth SeasonIn the hilarious comedy The Big Bang Theory, "Sheldon and Leonard are best friends and roommates who pester each other to no end! This couldn't be more apparent than in Sheldon and Leonard's binding Roommate Agreement. 'The Big Bang Theory' shows us that living with a roommate can often be a great but difficult experience."

What is your most memorable roommate experience? What do you think of Sheldon and Leonard's relationship?

I think the dynamic between Sheldon and Leonard is not that uncommon of typical roommates who don't know each other before rooming.  You always seem to have one that things they own the place and are the boss, who thinks they need to nitpick at everything the other one does.  Despite their similar hobbies that help them bond, it is often their dissimilarities that cause them the most problems and arguments.

My most memorable roommate experience was when I let a girl that I felt sorry for move in with myself and my boyfriend of the time.  She was being evicted and I decided to take her under my wing.  She was flourishing, got a job and seemed like she was on the right path until we moved into a house to rent in the town across the bridge from our apartment.  She started hanging out at bars, smoking pot and showing up drunk and high in the middle of the night.  It was quite annoying and she became such a terror to live with that we had to kick her out.  We bagged up all her stuff, tracked her down and got the key back.  What a bad experience!




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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What a Difference a Day Makes!!

Despite the whole bipolar thing, I see myself as a glass full kind of gal.  I totally abhor suicide because people have to realize that life CAN get better, you just have to work at it.  Of course, I know that not every bad thing in life is specifically that person's fault... believe me, I KNOW.  I always say that the bad things that have happened to me in life are because of other people.  That probably sounds like I don't take the blame for anything, believe me I do!  If I don't have money for gas and I don't work, duh, it's my fault I don't have money for gas!  But if I don't have money for gas because Jen Schirm of Iowa City didn't pay me the $150 she owed me for babysitting... well, then I blame Jen Schirm.  (Of course I can be partially to blame for trusting someone who couldn't be trusted.)

So, rewind to yesterday.  Not to get into details, but when we moved into our apartment, the lady that manages the property we moved into said that she wouldn't cash our deposit until close to Sept. 9th because that's when we'd be caught up from moving.  She even talked us into moving sooner than we had planned because she kept insisting the check wouldn't get cashed until the 9th.  Well, guess what.  Yesterday was soooo not the 9th and the check got deducted from my bank account, which immediately ruined my day.  Once again, I suppose I can take blame for trusting someone... am I beginning to see a pattern here?  Wow, I just had an epiphany... bad things happen to me when I trust people.  Aha!  Now I know why I say you can never trust anyone.

Fast forward back to today.  A deposit came in sooner than I had anticipated, which covered the check that was cashed yesterday!  That immediately put me in a much better mood.  And I sat there and realized, you know, I have two awesome kids who are with me 98% of the time, I have a fantastic boyfriend who loves me endlessly, I have friends that occasionally talk to me, I just got a part in a play, which is one of my favorite things to do AND, I love my job!!!  So dang it, I tell myself, I need to start looking more at the positives than the negatives.  Sure, David tells me that all you need is love... well, I don't know that living in a cardboard box with my kids eating rats is really going to make me happy, but I appreciate his sentiment.

So for today, it's a good day and I'm loving life!!!

The Middle Season 2 on DVD!!!

The Middle: The Complete Second SeasonIf you're unfamiliar with the premise of "The Middle," it is not that difficult to grasp.  It is a comedy about the Heck family.  Husband Mike and wife Frankie live normal lives in the midwest with their three children.  Well, I say normal because they are usually typical situations that I think all of us can relate to at one point or another.  Season two was chalked full of interesting storylines that were just as interesting as season one!  It is definitely worth your time to keep up with the Hecks!

In season two "the Heck's have their son Axl in football and daughter Sue in cross country. They try their best to attend their children's events but often disagree on which event they want to attend."

Has this ever happened to you and your family, or have too many events and too little time? How did you resolve it?  As my kids are young, I've never really had this issue.  However, I recalled what happened a time or two when I was in high school and middle school.  My parents didn't often come to my sporting events, which was fine by me.  Well, before I got my driver's license, I depended on my parents for a ride.  One day, my brother was having a baseball game at the same time as my softball game.  His game was about a mile away and my parents chose to go watch him play.  So, when my game got over, I had to walk over to his game... in my uniform and cleats.... it was great...




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Big Bang Theory Season 4 on DVD!!!

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season"The guys on 'The Big Bang Theory' have a very fun and playful work dynamic, often joking around with each other and playing games. Because they work at CalTech, most of their jokes revolve around astrophysics and Wolowitz's lack of a PhD!"

What is your current work dynamic?  Are you good friends with your coworkers?  I currently love my job, but part of what I love is that I never have to see or speak to my coworkers.  I've had previous working experiences where I get along with my coworkers, but most of them are backstabbers or gossipy busybodies and I never know which ones I could trust.  I've mostly worked at jobs that are pretty laid back, must as it seems in TBBT.  I remember lots of joking.  Especially my job now, my supervisor is quite the jokester and he has a doctorate, so many of his jokes are quite ambitious or refer to those that might not be at his level of expertise.  But, I appreciate jokes, no matter whose expense they are at, lol.  But, I don't believe I've worked at too many jobs where I would consider my coworkers to be "good friends."

What about you?


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Super Natural Season 6 on DVD!

Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season"Season six of Supernatural focuses on the brother's relationship as they battle Heaven and Hell. The two brothers spend endless amounts of time traveling together, encountering demons and a trench coat wearing angel."

This makes us think a little bit about our own lives.  Well, it made me anyway.  If I were given the choice, would I choose my own sibling to help me in the battle or would I choose someone else?  I don't know about you, but for me this is a no-brainer!  I would totally choose someone else.  I'm pretty sure my siblings would just let me die.  I would probably choose my significant other, because I feel like he loves me the most out of anyone in this world and would be most willing to sacrifice his safety for mine.

Who would you choose?



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Thursday, September 1, 2011

I LOOOOVE My Job!

So to catch you up to speed, I was offered a teaching job at a community college near my hometown.  David and I had already planned to move to this town and were planning on a January move.  I had forgotten I had even applied at the college.  Well, classes were to start on August 17.  I was called and offered the job August 10.  It wasn't even one of the jobs I applied for!  Apparently, there were so many students enrolled in the developmental English class that they needed to add two more sections.  The dean who hired me sifted through the applications and resumes until he found one that would suit his purpose and it was me, yay! 

I am now an adjunct teacher, which means that I am only contracted one semester at a time and I don't teach a full load.  I teach two classes a day.  Each class lasts an hour.  So if you did the math, yep, I work two hours a day.  But, being as ambitious and dedicated as I am, I actually stay on campus about 4.5 hours a day.  I use the time in between classes to work with students, grade papers and work on my lesson plans.  I absolutely love my job!  I would probably do it for free if they asked me to... I hope they don't, though.

So, David, the kids and I moved from Cedar Rapids to this new town.  I'm going to refrain from saying it because I was less likely to get stalked and murdered in Cedar Rapids than I am in this town as it is much much smaller.  So far, we love where we live, but are a bit disappointed in that most of this people in this town seem like a$$holes.  Well, I haven't experienced it as much as David has.  People from here just tend to be a little on the snooty and holier than thou side.  But, I have met so many nice people that it doesn't dissuade me from liking the town overall.  We are located in a great area and it is only about 5 minutes from my work, A's school and L's babysitter.

Yep, I had to start L at a babysitter.  He so far loves it, which takes a huge burden off my mind.  I also plan to start substitute teaching on Fridays once everyone gets settled and into a routine.  I love subbing as well.

Okay, well that's my update.  I'm going to be chomping at the bit for September to get over because the cost of the move set us back quite a bit and now we have a lot of catching up to do.  That and the fact that Jen Schirm of Iowa City never paid me the babysitting money that she owed me AND she has some of my DVDs.  I still need to figure out how to file a lawsuit.

I will update you as needed!!

Supernatural Season 6 on DVD!!!

Supernatural: The Complete Sixth SeasonThinking about season 6, it made me think about something that happened.  Dean surprises Sam early in the season with a sudden paternal side that emerges when the two brothers investigate a case of missing babies.  You would think that after all those years of being brothers, Sam would have seen this side of Dean before.  Given Dean's personality, did you think this made sense?

I am reminded of a time once that involved my grandmother.  She had always struck me as someone who expected a lot of discipline and had high expectations for everyone in her family.  So, when it came report card time, it seemed to me that if I did not get all As and Bs then she would be very disappointed.  Well, one semester in high school I got a C+ in math!!!  (Don't tell anyone or I will kill you.)  My parents were extremely disappointed in me and I felt like a leper in my house.  What kind of demonic satan child was I to get a C?!?!  Well, I did not look forward to my grandmother hearing about this.  One day I answered the phone and she made idle chit chat with me and she happened to ask me about my report card.  When I told her about the C, she did not seem to mind!  She said that it wasn't that bad.  I was flabbergasted!  It did not make sense to me based on her personality and the fact that she was a teacher in her youth.  But, maybe she took pity on me knowing that I had already received a verbal and psychological tongue lashing from my parents.

Who knows...

Anyway, point being, weeeeeeeee, Supernatural Season 6 on DVD!!!




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Monday, August 29, 2011

One Week Post Mirena Update

***Warning: the following contains TMI... you've been warned!!***

All I can say is... thank you, Jesus and RN at Planned Parenthood for getting this demon spawn tool of Satan out of me!!!

I had my Mirena removed August 23rd.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but hoped for immediate relief as some people had indicated was possible.  Well, the relief was not immediate, but having it removed took two seconds and was completely painless!  I felt a wee bit dizzy at first, but that went away quickly.

Within a day I started being relieved of the bloating.  I peed like 82 times an hour, but hey, it's worth it to feel better, right?  Then, I started feeling happy again... it was as if a fog lifted!  I had more energy, I was in a better mood, I wanted to end world hunger and make world peace...

And I still feel great!  I'm hoping to get greater by the day, and I will continue to update as I notice more progress.  I've also lost 2 lbs so far and don't feel like eating 24/7! 

***Second warning about TMI***

I'm doing my own research and contemplations in my head.  I was previously a heavy bleeder during AF time.  Well, as most of you know, when you are on the Mirena, your AF ceases to be or is super minimal.  I have often thought that was unhealthy, but hey, I don't have a medical degree!  Well, it just seems to me that if your bleeding was heavy and you now don't bleed anymore, no wonder you bloat!  And you know those PMS symptoms that you used to get?  Where do they go?  I will tell you where they go- nowhere!  They sit there... 24/7/365!!  Of course you are always hungry, cause your body is in PMS mode... same with breaking out, bloating, irritability... bang!  So, in a nutshell, I'm saying... embrace the periods!  I could go into detail about the bleeding I've experienced since getting my Mirena out a week ago... but I won't... cause I haven't found one person that wasn't grossed out by it, lol.

Monday, August 15, 2011

You've Lost That Loving Feeling

Okay, so this is nothing new.  Everyone knows about this, but today I am choosing to bring it up because it is on my mind...

You know when you first start developing feelings for someone?  You're giddy, your pulse raises when you first see them, their kiss gives you butterflies, you think about them all the time when they are not around... well, why can't that last forever?  Why can't we be lovey dovey for life?  If you're sappy like me, then you see old people walking and holding hands and think, "I'd love for that to be me some day."  I think that is why so many people get divorced these days.  Well, this and the fact that people don't like putting up with anyone else's $hit.  I'd like to believe that every couple has these aforementioned feelings at some point in their relationship, if not, that is really sad.  But, why do these feelings go away?  Why can't we still get butterflies and racing pulses and googly eyes?  Is it because once people get comfortable with each other, they no longer feel the need to try? 

You know what gets me the most about that old couple holding hands?  They have been holding hands their whole lives!  I don't think a couple gets to be 80 and all of the sudden decides to start holding hands.  No, they have always realized what the other one means to them and they hold on to them because they never want to let them go.  Well, dammit, I wanna be holding hands with someone!  I wanna be snuggling with someone instead of arguing with them over who cleans more, why we shouldn't keep the cats, who wastes more money, why one of us used to be an alcoholic... and so on and so forth.  I want to sit on the same side of the couch instead of polar opposite and co-existing through life.  I want to spoon in bed instead of facing the opposite direction and lying on the edge of the bed.

What does it mean when people lose that loving feeling?  Does that mean they are no longer in love?  Is it a feeling that you can get back?  I'm not saying I'm perfect, far from it!  I know some of the arguments are my fault too.  And I know that sometimes the lack of affection can be from me being mad and withholding it.  But, I refuse to believe that a relationship has to be boring and vanilla.  I refuse to spend another decade of my life drifting through with a roommate.  I don't know what to do to get it back or if I should just jump ship now and enjoy being free.  Why can't things just be easy??

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Crazy Things Parents Text by Stephen and Wayne Miltz book review

OMGosh, guys, this book can be summed up in two words... "hi" and "larious!"  Apparently their is a wesbite created by Stephen and Wayne Miltz that is CrazyThingsParentsText.com.

The book is pretty much self explanatory.  It's a collection of texts between a child and their parent.  It is organized into categories with texts that have similar themes.  Well, within 2 pages, I was LOL'ing.  Literally.  I laughed out loud and my daughter asked me what was funny and I explained it to her.  Since she was 5, she didn't get it, but man, it was funny.  Now I find myself using every free 5 minutes I have to keep forging ahead because it is so funny.  Of course, being a child of parents who don't know how to text (and Dad refuses because it costs X amount of pennies each text) I don't know how a conversation via text would go with my parents.  I did MMS a picture of an open wound to my dad when I was getting stitches in the ER.  I got a phone call from my mom 2 hours later asking what it was.

Also, some of the content between parent and child in this book is quite... blunt and things that I would be super afeared to talk to my parents about.

But, long story short... if you have a sense of humor at any age, you will get a huge kick out of this book!!!

MOTR Grade:  A+

This title will be available for purchase September 1, 2011.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cars Need Gas and Being Wrong Sucks

So let me preface this by saying since getting my driver's license at the age of 16, I have never run out of gas- EVER.  So, when David is constantly mentioning how we need to get gas, how are we gonna have enough gas to get here, how will we have enough gas to get there, we need gas for the week, blah blah blah gas blah gas blah gas gas gas blah blah blah.  Finally yesterday I flipped out and told him I never wanted to hear the word gas come out of his mouth again.  It's like that's all he ever talks about.  I don't know if he was doused in gasoline and set on fire as a child, but seriously, this dude is obsessed with gas.  (And yes, he thinks flatulence is funny too, ugh!!)

Well, fast forward 24 hours.  I knew the car had been telling me low fuel and I had to take the laundry to the laundromat.  I figured I'd get gas when I went back to put it in the dryer because I live a block away from 2 gas stations and the laundromat.  So, I put the laundry in and head back.  Then I go put it in the dryer and figure I will get gas when I go pick the clothes up.  Well, as chance would have it, David decides to go back with me to get the laundry (I think it's because I told him the chick working there was really pretty).  We go through the bank drive thru on the other end of the parking lot to deposit some cash and I start pulling out of the parking lot and he said something about gas and I said, oops, let's get it after we pick up the clothes.  So we park the car, get the clothes, get back in the car aaaaaaaaand... it won't start.  It blinks low fuel.  He looks at me and I want to die.  I knew, from that second forward that I will NEVER hear the end of it.  I'm wondering if we should just break up now because I don't know if I can live like this.

Luckily, it was only like half a block to the gas station.  It was a breezy and beautiful 75 degrees out.  We walked over, bought a one gallon thingamabobber (cause apparently this gas station doesn't believe in good will towards man.)  Bought the gallon, put it in the car, then went and filled the gas tank.

All I can say is... man, does it totally suck to be wrong... but I guess having it happen once in my life is okay.