Friday, December 31, 2010

Obligatory Year in Review Post

Unless I'm mistaken there is some kind of narcissistic internet law that says something like "Hear ye! Hear ye! All who blog, the last week of December shall be set aside now and forevermore as a time of yearly review. Now go forth and annoy the masses." That being the case, and also me not having the energy to put enough thoughts together to write a real post, I give you........

2010~Another Year of Self Reflection
(Though all indications indicate the reflecting device was sortof like one of those circus mirrors.)

In January I decided I had too much free time (and too little mental stability) so I started coaching my daughter's soccer team. Boy that was fun.

In February I learned that some people don't find sharp wittedness to be a virtue, in fact, some of those people are even allowed, gasp!, to teach Sunday School.

In March I was just so dang funny that you should re-read the whole month (don't act like you have something better to do), I was able to set soccer aside for a few weeks and become completely obsessed with March Madness and James's Seize the Bacon Challenge (which I, so sadly, did NOT win).

In April my brain almost exploded. It probably had nothing to do with losing the Bacon Challenge, but we'll never know for sure.

In May I was STILL talking about soccer. Holy Cow, I do go on.

In June and July I was mostly just hot and cranky. Who wants to read that again? NOT ME! But in August....I used my super human craziness to enter and compete in an adventure race. It was really amazing, mostly because I did not die.

Nothing much happened in September, besides my son bringing these home. The fish lived just about as long as I thought it would, but hey, at least we still have the cup and, with it, the ability to rock on everytime we drink a glass of water.

In October my homegirls and I used massive amounts of hairspray to transform ourselves into Charlie's Angels for Halloween.  It was awesome and dangerous. Also, I learned that there is A LOT of hot sauce in my refrigerator.

In November my husband taught me a lesson about gift giving. He thinks he's so smart.

Whew! That was enlightening and exhausting.  If I believed everything I wrote I might start to think I was a little impulsive, obsessive, and and maybe even a tiny bit insane.  Thankfully, at least my expectations are realistic.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose.....

Are you listening to Christmas music all day? You should be. I find I'm so much more festive when I remember to turn on the holiday tunes. Since it tis the season I thought I'd share my playlist then you too can feel all jolly and junk.

1. Bing Crosby-White Christmas is the awesomest of the classics.  Awe-some-est. 
2. Diana Krall-If you aren't listening to Diana Krall all year long you're totally missing out. (Naturally I'm not suggesting you listen to the Christmas album all year, she offers plenty of regular stuff for January through November.) You're welcome.
3. Glee-I hesitate to admit it, I have never seen an episode of Glee, it's true....and complicated...get over it. I have. Through a seasonal miracle the Glee Christmas Album has found it's way onto my Rhapsody account and I could not be happier. The whole thing is fab and sparkly.
4. Elf-In addition to being one of the funniest Christmas movies EVER (Son of a nutcracker!) the soundtrack rocks!
5. A Very Special Christmas Volume 1- Christmas in Hollis, need I say more?
6. Band-Aid- No Christmas playlist is complete without it.
Go forth and mix it up. Get yourself some festive music while it's hot......or cold........ you know, depending on where you live.

What are you listening to?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's as if the entire world has gone mad~

The Arizona Legislature has passed a measure requiring all school districts in the state to review the current recess practice and consider adopting structured recess time.

Are they kidding? STRUCTURED RECESS? If it’s structured how is it recess? Doesn't the word recess mean break? I know, lets look it up…..

re•cess rɪˈsɛs,ˈri sɛs–noun
1. Temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.

So, there you have it. Cessation from work or activity. I’m betting you ask a bunch of kids if they consider structured recess a withdrawal from work you’re gonna hear a whole lotta NO’s.

If you're wondering, my children are not being saddled with excessive amounts of free time during their day at school.  They get two 15 minute recesses and some free time during lunch.

Sidenote~I am soo in the wrong line of work, the school board estimates that it will cost $600,000 the first year to implement a structured recess program, and after that an addtional $400,000 each year to maintain it. The website does not mention where they are keeping the magic hat they plan to pull these funds from.  

Also, school board, you are so very sly, having your little "chat session" the week before Christmas Break when we parents have concerts and who knows what all else to attend. This evening I will enjoying the melodic strains of the elementary band's holiday performance, but make no mistake, I WILL be sharing my comments on your website. I might even send you a letter. On paper. In the mail. Christmas letters might not be my thing, but you try and wreck recess and I have plenty to say.

You can comment too. Go HERE.

Monday, December 13, 2010

I thought you’d want to know~

I finished our Christmas cards yesterday. I even sucked it up and wrote a letter. My heart wasn’t in it but it’s done and that’s what counts. So there!

I doubt if my granny will be able to tell that it was written under duress. My husband and children all have strong opinions as to what should and should not be included in the letter. (Shouldmade up stories of super hero type adventures and how it is unfair how many times a certain someone has had to clean the bathroom this year {apparently this person is hoping the extended family will weigh in and his/her chore load will be lighter in the future. As if.} Shouldn’tany and all mention of girlfriends or liking girls in general. And there is to be absolutely no talk of growth spurts.) Of course none of them wants to write the letter. They just want to tell the little red hen how to do it.

I showed them. I wrote a really boring letter. No humor, no drama, just the facts. How’s that for Christmas spirit? Bah!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

For Alexia

Soap Poisoning

It could happen to you.

Friday, December 10, 2010

and a partridge in a pear tree

1. Tomorrow is the last soccer game of the season. Yay!? It's been fun, but I'm tired. Ya know?

2.  I hate getting a new phone. I am technology impaired.

3.  Buying books for teenage boys is hard. I don't like it.

4. On the other hand, I really really like my new Kindle.

5.  I don't want to write a Christmas letter, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to.  It seems Guilt is my kryptonite.

6. Obligatoryness sucks.

7.  I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping. Not a moment (or dollar) too soon. 

8.  Every time I watch Parenthood I cry. I'm a dork.

9.  I just remembered 3 important things I was supposed to do today. Oops.

10. Every time I watch Psych I wish I could be as witty as Sean & Gus. Maybe if I had writers.  Why don't I have writers?

11. Little girls who are sleeping over never seem to get tired as early as I do. 7:30 is probably too soon to expect little girls to hit the sack. Maybe I should start having old lady sleepovers.