July 30, 2008

Catching Up With You and Some Pictures of Me and Mine

You don't know it, but I am reading your blogs...

I was away for a short while and, upon my return to google reader, I was shocked to find over 1000 unread posts waiting to be enjoyed. I am now down to 284. Last night and this morning I've read simply Oodles of new posts at Sass's, Sue's, Mad's, Gerbil's, Amanda's and Working Mum's blogs. I've caught up with Elaine and Lindsay and the diva. I read no less than 22 posts at Fussy and 25 at Meg's blog. I've been reading, yo.

There's a bunch more that I have yet to get to - David, CC, Quirky, Beck, and That Chick for example... Not to mention the Nag, who has a whopping 145 posts for me to check out.

Wow you've all been so busy! Whew. Slow down and let a girl catch up, wontcha?

Great stuff, by the way. Keep it up, sistahs.


And now... because I haven't shared them yet, here are some extraneous shots of my family on Canada day (July1). My brother and his family were in town and we all dressed in red and white (national colours) to celebrate the day.

Group shot.
Left to Right: Hubby, Me, Buddy, Monkey, The fabulous Miss J, My brother, and BAM!
Missing from picture: Sister-in-law, who managed to avoid being
pictured in her red and white by being our official photographer.



In a pile, waiting for our table at the restaurant.
Monkey, Buddy, My Brother, Miss J, BAM! and Hubby



Cousins



Playing in the grass.



My brother and his beeyooouuuteefilll family.



And a few more extraneous shots from their visit... Again Sister-in-law was usually the photog.

The guys (except Buddy).



Another of the cousins.



My nephew and niece. How cute are they?

Hope you enjoyed... I'm enjoying your blogs and I'm going to keep reading!

xoxo
Reluctant.

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July 29, 2008

Do You Know the Tortures of the Memory of a Lost Love?

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Photo Meme

I borrowed this meme from And She Knits Too.



The Photos are:

1. Melanie - Kurt and Melanie McKeever
2. Pad Thai - The best pad thai I've ever had...
3. Kennebecasis Valley High - Mural
4. Purple - Purple sea snails
5. Will Smith - Will Smith visiting Brum
6. Coffee - Good morning kitchen ! And now neapolitan coffee for all
7. Walking in England - Library walk
8. Ice cream - Ice cream picnic
9. Content - content
10. My kids - what your kids give you for your 36th birthday...
11. Silly - Silly Saturday... Or is it?
12. Reluctant Housewife - Cinquo de Mayo - Flan (not mine!)

Want to play too?
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your Flickr name.

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July 28, 2008

Movie Game Update

Only one movie (#8) left unguessed at my Kid's Movie Guessing Game.

Here's a clue: Studio Ghibli. Go and make your guess, but remember - No googling; I'll wait.

Are you back? Great.

As for the rest of the movies:

Good guessing, everyone!

Here's a clip from each of the movies I chose... Unfortunately, in most cases, these are not the clips that involve the quotations I used, but still. I'll include a reason why I picked the clip with each one. Plus a little linky love for all the correct guessers.


#1 Lilo and Stitch. Guessed by Candy (in an anonymous comment, so I can't link to her).

This is the opening to the movie. It establishes a sense of place and it's pretty. This one includes English subtitles for the Hawaiian words.




#2 The Sound of Music. Guessed by Elaine.

I love this song. I think it's funny. I also love the shot of the grown-ups laughing indulgently at the children's little show - it's kind of fake, which is funny too.




#3 Mulan. Guessed by Mia's Mamma.

Not that many clips existed for Mulan on youtube. I had to choose between this song, I'll Make a Man Out of You, A Girl Worth Fighting For, and that Song about Mulan's reflection. I chose this one. It establishes women's place in the society at the time (as much as a Disney movie is ever going to) and Mulan's character (it shows her as smart and independent). So there you go...

Also, who doesn't love a spa day?




#4 My Neighbour Totoro. Guessed by Far To Go Meg.

This is the perfect clip. It just is.




#5 Mary Poppins. Guessed by Sass E-mum.

Because who doesn't love to see a buncha old dudes singing and dancing?




#6 The Parent Trap. Guessed by Mad.

Again, there was not an abundance of clips. I liked this one best. You can watch the entire movie at youtube if you want to, by the way. Oh, yeah... they've trapped their parents... With spaghetti and a dance routine. Yup.




#7 Shrek. Guessed by ScrappySue and Tyketto.

It's the trailer for the movie, y'all. Just because I can.




#8 NOT GUESSED YET. Want another clue?

Here ya go:



That probably gave it away... Oh well.


#9 The Goonies. Guessed by Katie and Mad. Katie, I missed your name at the other post! Sorry! I've added it in now.

And BOOM! I got the actual quotation I used. (And that Mad used when she played the same game a few months ago).




#10 Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Guessed by Sass E-mum.

Ever wondered what would happen if you rounded up Joan of Arc, Beethoven, Freud, Billy the Kid, Socrates, and Ghengis Khan and set them loose in a 1980's shopping mall? Of course you have... I mean, who hasn't? Well, here's your answer:




So there ya go. Clips. Whee!

Hey! Comments are fun too. Which was your favourite clip? Would you have chosen differently?

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July 24, 2008

Not Sad, Not Bad, Not Anymore, Anyway.

Not to worry all you sweeties...

I had a nice day today. Today, it felt like I live in Solla Sollew where they never have troubles, at least very few.

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July 23, 2008

Quit Hoppin' On Pop, Already!


SAD BAD I HAD


I am sad, very very sad.

I had a bad day.

What a day I had!

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Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe

Catalogue Picture from 1975

Source: Manolo For The Men

For more wordless wednesday visit 5 Minutes For Mom.

And don't forget to play my movie guessing game!

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July 21, 2008

Is it Them or Is it Me?

I've had two incredibly awkward conversations with other women today.

1st - Buddy is going to tennis camp this week. This awkward conversation happened between me and another mother when I dropped him off this morning. I was watching the counselors, who were explaining the rules to the kids, reluctant to just up and leave. She was saying goodbye to her son. She tiptoed away from him and towards the door where I was standing.

I said, "It's weird just leaving them here, isn't it?"

She said, "No."

Long pause during which I thought, "Okaaaay...."

She said, "Well, mine is a lot older than yours so we've done this daycamp thing quite a few times."

I said, "Oh. Un-hun."

She said, "It's our first time at this camp though. I just hope my son knows someone here."

I said, "I'm sure they'll all meet each other soon enough."

And she just stared at me until I thought, "Awkward..." and decided I felt okay about leaving, if just to get away from the awkward conversation. I said, "bye" and walked toward my car. She didn't say 'bye' back.


2nd - I have a free-try-it-out week this week at a new gym. The awkward conversation was between me and another woman in the change room. She was just putting the last of her stuff away... We were both fully dressed and all that - we weren't naked or anything. Anyway, she had on this really cool denim skirt.

I said, "I love your skirt."

She jumped like I'd hit her and said,"Oh! Um... Thanks."

Loooooong pause during which I thought, "Okaaaay...." I decided to try to salvage the conversation.

I said, "Have you been coming here long?" (which occurs to me now sounds a bit like a pick-up line (snicker)).

She said, "Yes. About 12 years."

I said, "Wow! It's my first day."

She said, "I like the lunchtime classes, but when you have an afternoon meeting... (giant eye roll)"

I said, "Yes... rushed."

We talked a bit about the spinning classes...

Then she started to walk away. She paused and, as though it had just occurred to her, she mumbled "Bye" over her shoulder.

I said, "Bye!" cheerfully enough, considering.


So... Here's the important question...

What's the problem here? Is it me... or is it them?

I'm new to this talking to strangers thing. Am I doing it wrong or something?

Or is all the world anti-social and awkward?

Please tell me because I want to know.

Edited to add: I just reread this and it occurs to me that written out like this neither of these conversations seem all that awkward, do they? Especially not the second one. I guess you had to be there... They were both pretty tense and very, very painfully forced. I wonder if people here just don't talk to each other... Maybe I'm breaking some kind of unwritten social rule? But I think it should be normal to talk to other mothers when dropping your child off at daycamp, don't you?


kthxbai

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July 18, 2008

Movie Game Thing - Kids' movies

A few months ago, quite a few bloggers put together this movie game at their blogs. It was super fun... so here's my first attempt at it. I expect it might not go perfectly since there are so few people at home in bloggyville these days... but I just decided, on a whim, to go for it...

Okay...

So here are some quotations from my favourite movies for kids... That's right: kids' movies. So pick a quotation and guess what movie it's from in the comments. One guess per person... No googling. When I get correct guesses, I'll edit the post to include the correct answer & the name of the guesser. Okay? Ready?

1. His destructive programming is taking effect. He will be irresistibly drawn to large cities where he will back up sewers, reverse traffic signs and steal everyone's left shoe.

***Lilo and Stitch.*** Candy guessed right!


2. You are the twelfth in a long line of governesses who have come here to look after my children since their mother died. I trust you will be an improvement on the last one. She stayed only two hours.

***The Sound of Music.*** Elaine guessed right!


3. Character 1:[ramming breakfast into character 2's mouth] No time to talk. Now remember, it's your first day of trainin', so listen to your teacher and no fightin', play nice with the other kids, unless, of course, one of the other kids wanna fight, then you have to kick the other kid's butt.
Character 2: But I don't wanna kick the other kid's butt.
Character 1: Don't talk with your mouth full. Now let's see your war face.
[Character 2 looks at him with mouth full of porridge]
Character 1: Ooh, I think my bunny slippers just ran for cover. Come on, scare me, girl!
Character 2: Arrrgh!
Character 1: Aha! That's what I'm talking about! That's my tough-looking warrior girl! Now go out there and make me proud!

***Mulan.*** Mia's Mamma


4. Granny: It appears the soot sprites are hard at work.
Girl: What are they? you mean those black little fuzzy things? that fly around the house and disappear upstairs?
Granny: Yes, they breed in very old, empty houses, building invisible nests, and turning everything into dust. I could see them too, when I was a very small child. That the two of you are both able to see them makes me very glad.

***My Neighbour Totoro.*** This one goes to Meg.


5.

From Kensington to Billingsgate
One hears the restless cries!
From ev'ry corner of the land:
"Womankind, arise!"
Political equality and equal rights with men!
Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!

No more the meek and mild subservients we!
We're fighting for our rights, militantly!
Never you fear!

So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done! Well done!
Well done Sister Suffragette!


***Mary Poppins.*** Well done, Sass!


6. Grandfather: [Girl starts sniffing the coat he is wearing] My dear, what are you doing?
Girl: Making a memory.
Grandfather: Making a memory?
Girl: All my life, when I'm quite grown-up I will always remember my grandfather and how he smelled of [smells his jacket again] tobacco and peppermint.
Grandfather: Smelled of tobacco and peppermint.[starts chuckling]Well, I'll tell you what. I take the peppermint for my indigestion and as for the tobacco [looks around] to make your grandmother mad.

***The Parent Trap.*** Mad guessed it! But it's not the Lindsay Lohan one - it's the original with Haley Mills (Sorry Scrappysue).


7. You know, not everybody likes onions. [pause] CAKES! Everybody loves cakes! Cakes have layers! ... You know what else everybody likes? Parfaits. Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's get some parfait," they say, "Hell no, I don't like no parfait"? Parfaits are delicious.

***Shrek.*** Guessed by Scrappysue and Tyketto.


8. Without even thinking about it, I used to be able to fly. Now I'm trying to look inside myself and find out how I did it.


9. Everything. OK! I'll talk! In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max's toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog... When my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out... But the worst thing I ever done - I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa - and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.

***The Goonies.*** Yay, Mad! This was my favourite movie when I was a kid. Edited to add: I missed Katie! She guessed it first. Sorry, Katie!


10. Hi. Welcome to the future. San Dimas, California, 2688. And I'm telling you, it's great here. The air is clean. The water's clean. Even the dirt... is clean. Bowling averages are way up. Mini-golf scores are way down. And we have more excellent waterslides than any other planet we communicate with. I'm telling you, this place is great. But it almost wasn't. You see, 700 years ago the Two Great Ones ran into a few problems. So now I have to travel back in time to help them out. If I should fail to keep these two on the correct path, the basis of our society will be in danger. Don't worry. It'll all make sense. I'm a professional.

***Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.*** Sass gets it, again! Well done.



There you go. Good luck!

Remember... One guess per person & no googling.

Whee.

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July 12, 2008

Don't Know My Own Strength

Something really weird is going on.

The other day, when I was innocently eating supper with my family, I tried to cut my potato into bite-sized pieces using my fork; and it shattered. Mind you, it was a plastic fork... but still.

My first victim



And then, last night, when I was brushing my teeth, my toothbrush snapped in two.

My second victim.
There was much wailing
and gnashing of teeth
(this little tooth guy was
off gnashing with
the best of them).




So, my question is this: What gives?

Have I been chomped by a radioactive spider?

*


Or, was I exposed to gamma rays?

**


I mean, what's up with the sudden super-strength?

And what will I accidentally destroy next? (Besides a bowl of ice cream because, trust me, that carnage will be entirely intentional.)



Stay tuned...

If this keeps up, you just might see me in some tights and a cape.

(although, on second thought, you probably won't)

*Spiderman is a Marvel character.
**Hulk is likewise a Marvel character.

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July 5, 2008

My Choice is Allergies or Freakiness

I'm not sure what I hate more... My allergies, or the side-effects from the allergy medication.

I have hay fever. I'm very sneezy. Itchy eyes. Runny nose. Tired.



The stuff I can take for my allergies (you know... antihistamines: Reactine, Allegra... stuff like that) makes me feel odd. Reactine gives me anxiety attacks. Allegra makes me feel like I have no emotions. That other stuff puts me into a deep sleep from which I can only be awakened by my true love's kiss.



Freaky, eh?

So, I don't take the antihistamines. I guess I do hate them more than the tired, runny nose, sneezy, itchy eyes thing.

Besides, it seems to be getting better... I hope.

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July 4, 2008

An Update

Hi y'all!

I've had some emails requesting an update & asking if I'm okay & where I went. Thank you for remembering that I exist. I'm still kicking around & I'm just fine... as are all the members of my family.

So, because you care, here's an update.

Aside: Monkey just crawled in my lap and said, "I wuv you, Mommy," and kissed my arm. I mean... Aw! How cute is that? I wonder what brought it on? Maybe he didn't recognize me without my blog and, now that I'm updating, he's all like, "Oh there's my Mommy! I wonder where she's been?" Anyway, I'll take it, whatever brought it on.

So, what have we (of the housewife household) been up to?

We received our package from England... It contained the coffee and chocolates that I won over at One Strangely Lush Mother, for guessing that she had to leave two restaurants with little Peaches, before eating, on her trip to Belgium.


The boys loved the duck she threw in. (Thanks Sass!)


We've been visiting parks.


We went to the end-of-school concert at Buddy's school. He's done kindergarten and will be starting grade one in the fall. I can't believe it.


Buddy's right in the middle, in the green plaid. They sang a rock 'n' roll version of Frere Jacques. You should have seen him rockin' out. It was awesome.


And enjoying visits from family. My brother's family was here for Canada Day (July 1) weekend (here's Buddy and Monkey with their cousins on Canada Day - notice the matching red shirts). My parents are on their way tomorrow, and I have plans to do some sightseeing & to escape for an evening for a hot date with hubby.

We've also been checking out our new town: Hitting the library, visiting museums, going to play parks, taking long walks, checking out the beaches, we were even invited to a bbq at Buddy's school-friend's house... But that's another story for another day.

So, here's my plan...

More updates.
Fewer unexplained absences.

Cool?

xoxo and thanks again for the emails.

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