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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."




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!

“I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote The Big Bang Theory Season 4 on DVD."

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


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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