Saturday, February 24, 2007

Useless, But Amazing

Some people have talents which may or may not contribute much more to the world than just creating a "umm, gee, wow?" moment. A fine example can be seen here. Enjoy.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Cue the Music, "If I Only Had a Brain . . ."

As I was feeling like a COMPLETE idiot for not being able to find the location where Christian was to be performing an awesome marimba solo (accompanied by Sean on the piano) at a district-wide competition, I came across this utterly ridiculous set of street signs, and through my tears of frustration thought that I must have been transported magically to another universe and turned into the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. Two wests? Two norths? Where is Dorothy when I need her? Even Toto would beat me on the buzzer to answer this trick question, I 'm sure.
Post Script: Christian scored a I (the highest possible score), and I never did find the Holy Grail.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

"The Queen" Rules!

I had the pleasure of seeing "The Queen" with Dave and Mom on Valentine's Day, and we all agreed it is an absolute gem of a movie! Helen Mirren portrays Queen Elizabeth very convincingly, and I think that she epitomizes what a master actor should be. Of course, movies of this sort are always biased, and Tony Blair comes off looking like a hero, and Prince Phillip comes off looking like a twit. We have to take it all with a grain of salt I suppose. In any event, I highly recommend this film! YYYY (out of four)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Able Men Envy It


Which of you clever wordsmiths out there can determine a more appropriate phrase to say on February 14th than "able men envy it" by using the same letters? (Yes, it is an anagram, one of my favorite word games to play. Thanks for indulging me.)

More fun and games: During our Valentine's Day feast (which was held one day prior to the actual holiday due to the fact that all of us had our own fun agenda for Valentine's Day . . . except Sean. His agenda wasn't so fun. Work, don't you know). Anywho, we played a game during dinner which I will try to recreate here. Since we were celebrating the day of LOVE, we played a game where we each named something we loved, starting with the letter "A," and worked our way through the alphabet repeating the previous words and adding our own. If you look close enough I'll just bet you can determine the exact four-person rotation of the game (the players, in no particular order were Dave, Dee, Sean and Christian). Every fourth entry is by the same person, and there seems to be a theme with each. Check it out, (and I'm hoping I can remember them all):

I LOVE . . .
Animals
Basses
Candles
Desserts
Elephants
Fenders
Grapes
Halloween
Isocoles triangles
Junipers
Kitchen Aids
Licorice (black)
Monkeys
Naperville
Opera costumes
Popcicles
Quail
Rickenbachers
Shopping
Tempura
Unicorns
Valentine's Day
Weddings
X-rays
Y, ummmmmm, yeah, Y, ummmmm think, think, think, drat!
Zebra!

I can't believe I can't remember "Y." In any event, can you determine the order of the players by their word choices? Spoiler alert: Don't read on if you haven't figured it out. The first player was Christian, then Sean, then Dee, then Dave. And what was "Y?" It's going to bug me all day . . . .

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Okay, I'm Just Going to Give In

I can't hold it back any longer, I've tried, but I'm just going to give in and brag, brag, brag. My kids are the greatest. Period. There. I said it. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. What has prompted this latest brag session you ask? Well, besides the fact that I recognize on a daily basis that each of my children is stuffed to the brim with all sorts of goodness, kindness, obedience, maturity, empathy, spirituality, brains, and love, among other things, during this past week or so they each coughed up an unbelievable array of straight "A's" and phenomenal test scores. Every one of them. And I can't stand it anymore--I have to shout that I AM SO PROUD OF MY KIDS! But beyond the test scores and grades, I am so proud that my children are so obedient and so close to the Lord. I often say that I would be so jealous if someone else had the privilege of being their mother. I am so blessed to have that role, and it reduces me to sloppy tears at the very thought. Excuse me now while I go blow my nose.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Before and After


HANDSOME BEFORE!




















HANDSOME AFTER!












After not such a very long time of wearing braces (easy for me to say) Christian is free of the wire trappings and canker sore producing devices on his pretty chompers! Hurray! He received a boatload of extremely sticky stuff with which to celebrate his liberation. His biggest pleasure? Being able to eat an apple without having to slice it up first. Alas, to his dismay, he discovered that a worm had taken up residence in one of the first whole apples he ate. Cutting up an apple may not be such a bad idea after all . . . .

Monday, February 05, 2007

Christian Receives Top Prize!

Christian is the big winner in our Super Bowl contest, having guessed a score which was nearest to the actual outcome of the game (whatever that turned out to be--I don't know because I was into watching the commercials). Congratulations Mr. Christian! A big batch of Chex Treats awaits!

Speaking of the Super Bowl ads, two of my favorites can be found here . "Live the Flavor" was made by a bunch of young adults for $12.99 in four days' time. The big ad companies should be running for their lives and/or fearing for their jobs. "Not What It Seems" was hilarious because of its subtley; you must listen closely to the names. Enjoy!