Wednesday, June 27, 2007


This is too funny not to share. We took the girls to the Aquatic Center the other day. It was their first time to go anywhere like that and we were curious as to how they would react.

Lyanna LOVED it. She never wanted to get out of the water and she got pissed if you tried to hold her and keep her afloat. She had a blast.

Kenzie...well, I'll let you see for yourself (it is translated below):

"AAAAAHhhhhhhhhh, I got all wet!"

"You got all wet?"

"eh huh"

"Did you jump in?"

"uh, huhhhhhhh, uh huhhhhh!"

"you did?"

"You want to get back in?"

"NOoooooooo! Uhhhhhhhh!"

She wouldn't even stick her toe in the water after that. We did manage to get her to sit on the little frog that sprayed water, but only after the water was off. She has this insane fear of sprinklers and misters....go figure. It should be very interesting to see how she reacts to the beach on Saturday. Wish us luck!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Top 100 Movies and Other Summertime Ramblings

I was reading my friend Bernie's blog today and he was talking about the AFI's top 100 movie list of 2007. I should is the top 100 American movies. I decided to list them here and highlight the ones I have seen* they are in green*. I'll see what my grand total is.....and how much of a movie snob I've been. Hmmm....62....I need to watch some more.

The American Film Institute's 2007 list of the top-100 American movies:

1. "Citizen Kane," 1941.
2. "The Godfather," 1972.
3. "Casablanca," 1942.
4. "Raging Bull," 1980.
5. "Singin' in the Rain," 1952.
6. "Gone With the Wind," 1939.
7. "Lawrence of Arabia," 1962.
8. "Schindler's List," 1993.
9. "Vertigo," 1958.
10. "The Wizard of Oz," 1939.
11. "City Lights," 1931.
12. "The Searchers," 1956.
13. "Star Wars," 1977.
14. "Psycho," 1960.
15. "2001: A Space Odyssey," 1968.
16. "Sunset Blvd.", 1950.
17. "The Graduate," 1967.
18. "The General," 1927.
19. "On the Waterfront," 1954.
20. "It's a Wonderful Life," 1946.
21. "Chinatown," 1974.
22. "Some Like It Hot," 1959.
23. "The Grapes of Wrath," 1940.
24. "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," 1982.
25. "To Kill a Mockingbird," 1962.
26. "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," 1939.
27. "High Noon," 1952.
28. "All About Eve," 1950.
29. "Double Indemnity," 1944.
30. "Apocalypse Now," 1979.
31. "The Maltese Falcon," 1941.
32. "The Godfather Part II," 1974.
33. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," 1975.
34. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," 1937.
35. "Annie Hall," 1977.
36. "The Bridge on the River Kwai," 1957.
37. "The Best Years of Our Lives," 1946.
38. "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," 1948.
39. "Dr. Strangelove," 1964.
40. "The Sound of Music," 1965.
41. "King Kong," 1933.
42. "Bonnie and Clyde," 1967.
43. "Midnight Cowboy," 1969.
44. "The Philadelphia Story," 1940.
45. "Shane," 1953.
46. "It Happened One Night," 1934.
47. "A Streetcar Named Desire," 1951.
48. "Rear Window," 1954.
49. "Intolerance," 1916.
50. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," 2001.
51. "West Side Story," 1961.
52. "Taxi Driver," 1976.
53. "The Deer Hunter," 1978.
54. "M-A-S-H," 1970.
55. "North by Northwest," 1959.
56. "Jaws," 1975.
57. "Rocky," 1976.
58. "The Gold Rush," 1925.
59. "Nashville," 1975.
60. "Duck Soup," 1933.
61. "Sullivan's Travels," 1941.
62. "American Graffiti," 1973.
63. "Cabaret," 1972.
64. "Network," 1976.
65. "The African Queen," 1951.
66. "Raiders of the Lost Ark," 1981.
67. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", 1966.
68. "Unforgiven," 1992.
69. "Tootsie," 1982.
70. "A Clockwork Orange," 1971.
71. "Saving Private Ryan," 1998.
72. "The Shawshank Redemption," 1994.
73. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," 1969.
74. "The Silence of the Lambs," 1991.
75. "In the Heat of the Night," 1967.
76. "Forrest Gump," 1994.
77. "All the President's Men," 1976.
78. "Modern Times," 1936.
79. "The Wild Bunch," 1969.
80. "The Apartment, 1960.
81. "Spartacus," 1960.
82. "Sunrise," 1927.
83. "Titanic," 1997.
84. "Easy Rider," 1969.
85. "A Night at the Opera," 1935.
86. "Platoon," 1986.
87. "12 Angry Men," 1957.
88. "Bringing Up Baby," 1938.
89. "The Sixth Sense," 1999.
90. "Swing Time," 1936.
91. "Sophie's Choice," 1982.
92. "Goodfellas," 1990.
93. "The French Connection," 1971.
94. "Pulp Fiction," 1994.
95. "The Last Picture Show," 1971.
96. "Do the Right Thing," 1989.
97. "Blade Runner," 1982.
98. "Yankee Doodle Dandy," 1942.
99. "Toy Story," 1995.
100. "Ben-Hur," 1959.

And on to other things... I'm about to start my real summer this week. Monday starts mine and the hubby's great summer of concerts: Rush in Pittsburgh. It should be very cool! I like Rush, I don't know all their songs but I know enough of them to know I will have a good time. Now, the hubby...Rush was the first band he ever saw in concert so he is pumped about going.

We are spending the night there and coming back on Tuesday. Whoo hoo!!

Then we go on vacation Friday for a whole week. I will not have my computer so I will not be able to post. I thought I better get in a few before I leave. Didn't want to keep you three or four people who read me here freaking out and wondering what had happened to me.

We are going to the gulf for a week of fun in the sun! I CAN NOT WAIT!!!! It has been four years since the hubby and I have gone on a vacation!

So...we will have a much needed break. I love the beach!

Monday, June 18, 2007

I was a Techno freaky girl....

So I have started working out again. This means that I need motivating music. In my quest to download music on i-tunes I ended up back in the techno world...

In the early 90's I lived in Little Rock. I had my own apartment and was going to nursing school. Yeah, I know....I was in nursing school. Hard to believe isn't it.

One of my best friends from high school was also living there and she and I had a BLAST! We went "clubbing" at least 4 times a week. I don't have any idea how I did and managed to keep a Four point in my classes but I was young and crazy.

The best club in Little Rock was *and still is I think* Discovery. It was considered a gay club, but EVERYBODY went on Saturday nights. There was a dance floor on one side, games and crap in the middle and a stage on the other side where they had drag shows. It was THE place to be on Saturdays. During that time Techno was the "in" thing. That was all they played at Discovery....I still love listening to some of it...makes me want to get up and shake my groove thing...I've downloaded a shitload of it for my workout playlist.

Let's see, where else did we go... Our Wednesday night place was called Reunion. We knew everyone who worked there. Wednesday was ladies night so it was always packed. Because we were such the club regulars we NEVER stood in line there. It was pretty sweet to just walk past everyone and get ushered in by the door dude.

Thursdays.... I think we went to the bar at a place called Cajun's Wharf. It was an excellent seafood restaurant, but we couldn't afford to eat there, we just hung out at the bar.....they usually had live bands.

Fridays were kind of wierd. There really wasn't anywhere to go on Fridays. Sometimes we went to Reunion again, sometimes to a place called My Generation. Alot of times Friday's we just hung out with friends.

Sunday nights...we went to the Country Western club. BJ's Honky was not country western on Sundays. They had "The Duck Races" on Sundays. Cracks me up just thinking about it. You know those carnival games where you pick the duck. Those were what they had. Everyone picked a duck and they let them all race and the person who's duck won the race got free shots. There was a whole routine to it. Everyone knew all the duck's names, and it was announced just like a the horse races. I wish I could remember some of the names....

Anyway...listening to the techno made me remember all these fun fun!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Interviewed by Velvet Girl

I signed up over at Velvet Girl's Blog: Secret Suburban Misfit to be interviewed. Here are the five questions she asked me and my answers. If you want to participate follow the directions at the end of the post! Thanks Velvet, this was fun!

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

As usual it was my brother’s fault. My two brothers and I have been pretty much into the whole internet gaming and chatting world since the mid 90’s. One of my bro’s stumbled upon the whole blogging thing and made one. He sent me the link and I started reading his blog. Surfed around and read a few others. I liked what I was seeing. I have kept a journal off and on since I was 12 so why not take the next step and blog for the whole wide world to see. Besides, my husband says I have a weird need to make my thoughts public….a blog works for that.

2. Do you share your blog with your friends or family? Why or why not?

I do share my blog with friends and family. Just not ALL friends and family. When I first started the blog I was using it as a venting tool. I was dealing with some crazy hormonal and emotional issues *post partem* and it was a good release for me. Unfortunately some things I said were maybe too personal for some folks and things got nasty and it created some problems. So….now I am more careful about who knows about the blog, and I am also more careful about what I say. I am not anonymous here and I do talk about my children…. There are times when I would really really like to rip someone a new you know what, but I hold back now. Besides there are so many things to talk about that are interesting I don’t have to go there….

3. You're granted the superpower of your choice. What do you choose and why?

Well, I like to get my way…*who doesn’t?* so, I would have to say telekinesis.
I could read people’s minds. Manipulate them from what I learned to get my way. I could move things with my mind…hopefully myself included…that way I could fly too. Sort of like Jean Grey in X-Men….but I would be much cooler than her..she always seemed to be such a wuss to me.

4. If you could share one thing or time from your childhood with your own children, what or when would it be and why?

I’ve thought about this question a lot. It is the reason it has taken me a few days to post my answers. After thinking about it I finally decided on a thing…
Family is so important to me. Not just immediate family but extended. I have always been surrounded by my extended family. We all keep in touch. I always thought that was how everyone’s family was until I got older. I want my girls to think this way, to know the love of so many people surrounds them. I want them to know where they come from and the history of the family. So…..

My great uncle had a cabin on the Arkansas River. We would go there in the summer several times for huge family gatherings. I’m talking grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends… There would be forty to fifty people sometimes. It was so much fun! We would water ski, tube, swim, play games, and just visit with one another. There was always so much food. Catfish, chicken, homemade french fries, homemade pickles, homemade ice cream, ham, cakes, pies, cookies…every age group was there. From the babies to the great grands….those times helped me create bonds with family members I wouldn’t have known otherwise. How many people consider their 3rd cousins one of their best friends growing up? How many people know if they have a 3rd cousin? Hee hee! I wish I could recreate that for my girls…just be able to take them back in time for one of those days on the river. It would be awesome to be able to introduce them to everyone that is no longer with us. To let the girls meet them in person instead of just having them look at a photo.

5. You can invite five living people to meet for dinner. Who would you choose?

This one is hard too…. It’s the living part that’s hard if you would have said dead I wouldn’t have had any trouble. I’m not picking anyone political or religious because those things just aren’t fun to talk about in a mixed group setting. This would be my party and I want to have fun! Also, there are no other women…this is my party and I don’t want to have to do the whole competition thing with another woman for the attention…and you women know what I mean!

1. Being the Star Wars geek that I am: George Lucas. Not even going to go into it because if you read my blog at all you know I’m a nerd.

2. Stephen King: I bet he would be so interesting to talk to. I’ve read almost everything he’s written and I would love to talk to him about several of his stories/ novels.

3. My Dad: because he’d like to meet these people too….and he’s cool to hang out with.

4. Johnny Depp: I would just like to meet him and chat. I like the quirkyness of the roles he plays, yet the kind of bad boy image he has had in real life. He seems very serious in his interviews and such the dad now… not to mention I think he is totally hot.

5. Dave Matthews: because I love his music and his stories. He would be fun to have around.

If you wish to do this meme, ...

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your weblog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Welcomes and Introductions

If you happen to ever look at my links on the sidebar over there ----->

You will see I have two new additions. One is "Just Another Mommy". This is my friend Sherry. I have known her since I was in high school. Maybe even jr. high. That is a long time for us....

Sherry is a very cool person and through the wonders of the internet we have been able to reconnect after many years. It's not really another mommy blog...her first post I believe is about an encounter with a snake and a lawnmower. Go check it out.

The second addition: "Still Learning About Myself" is one of my BESTEST friends in the whole wide world. She is my college roomie and partner in crime from those days.

She is a very funny, interesting, and eccentric in an extremely groovy way kind of person. You should definitely go and read her stuff. I bet it will be so much more interesting than mine....maybe. Ha!

Anyway..I will be posting something new and interesting soon. Summer is busy time for us...