Friday, May 29, 2009

No Doubt

Wednesday night I ended up at the No Doubt concert with some girlfriends. (As in Gwen Stefani and hits like "Don't Speak", "Just a Girl" and "Hey Baby.")

It was SO much fun. However, throughout the night, I noticed that I vacillated wildly between feeling really young and really old. So here goes:

Things that made me feel really YOUNG at the No Doubt concert:
- My presence at the concert was very last minute. Spontaneity (= young)
- I was both singing and screaming at the top of my lungs (= young)
- I was dancing, outside, on a Wednesday night (= young)
- I went to bed that night with my ears ringing (= young)

Things that made me feel really OLD at the No Doubt concert:
-When the crowd was screaming for an encore, I covered my ears - it was SO loud. (= old)
-I had a somewhat lengthy conversation with one of my friends about how teenagers really don't get how much adults sacrifice for them. (= old)
-My back hurt by the end of the night - all that standing! (= old)
-One of my girlfriends was having hot flashes throughout the night. (= WAY old)

So, if half of the night made me feel young and half of the night made me feel old, what exactly AM I???

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Five Books

The Road of Lost Innocence is the biography of a woman who was sold as a Cambodian sex slave. Her experiences are beyond awful, yet, there is a power to her story. Once she was able to escape that horrid life she turned her efforts into freeing other young girls. This is a book that is hard to put down, and yet I almost had to take breaks from it - it was just too much. I can only stomach so much rape and fear and betrayal at a time. As tragic as it all is, there is power and redemption throughout her story.

May's Book Club was this 1960s Russian novel which follows a man through a day in the Soviet Gulag. Through a series of flashbacks you learn Ivan's personal story and how his experience tells the greater story of life under Stalin's Russia. This book is certainly strong and insightful, but I would recommend Journey Into the Whirlwind as an even more compelling read on life under Stalin. (Whirlwind is an incredibly powerful non-fiction story about a woman sent to a Siberian camp.)

Our book club is also reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane as a fun book to read with your kids over the summer. For some reason, my boys were not in the least interested, but I still liked it. While it's a short book that kids can read on their own, it still held my attention. In the same vein as the Velveteen Rabbit, Edward Tulane is forced into various circumstances that teach him what is means to love and be loved.

When I asked my friend Becky for a light "beach read", she suggested Undomestic Goddess. The title alone made me love it, and when I unexpectedly discovered that it was by Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series, I knew it would be perfect. I think Undomestic Goddess is actually my favorite of Kinsella's books. While I totally enjoyed the Shopaholic books, the main character kinda bugged me. Not so in Undomestic Goddess. The story is about a high-powered attorney who, quite accidentally, made a multi-million error. She freaks out and finds herself in the countryside where she impersonates a domestic servant. It's cute, funny, and the perfect vacation read.

My sister recommended The Nannies for my vacation. This is a youth series about three teenagers who become nannies to the super rich/famous in LA. It was an easy, light read. However, if you are looking for a great book about being a nanny that will make you both laugh and cry, then read The Nanny Diaries. (It was made into a movie a few years back, but even if you saw the movie, the book is still worth your time.)

Our family is heading to Florida in just a few weeks, and I need some more "mind candy" books for the trip. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I just spent the morning hiding from monsters under the Caboose’s blankie:

He would whisper “It’s alright, I’m here.” or “Spiderman will protect you.” or “I gotcha.” or “Jesus loves you.”


At which point he would throw off the blankie and shout “GO AWAY MONSTERS!!!”

Then, laughing, we would cover ourselves up, and do it all over again.

Usually my time is busy with the demands of life, but today, well, today was a great way to spend a morning!

Monday, May 18, 2009


Do you remember those trolls dolls? Hair like Heatmeiser, naked, squishy faces?

Well, Saturday night I was out for an annual Girls Night with these ladies. (We have all moved to various far and away places, yet we still manage to meet up at least once a year.)

After a relaxing, laughter-filled dinner discussing things like; which Hollywood celebrities we would most want to hang out with, and, how when your college boyfriend picks a Erasure song as "your song" it might just clue you in to his true sexual orientation, we decided to catch a movie.

As we are driving down the highway - at night- all of a sudden this car pulls in front of us COVERED in trolls. They were attached to the front and rear bumpers, to the rear-view mirrors, to the roof of the car and the top of the trunk. (This is a picture that BB#1 found online.)

Laura, our driver, started swerving like a drunk and we all started screaming. We were able to avoid a collision, but that bizarre car kinda freaked us all out. Since it was dark we couldn't tell exactly what was on the car at first- but we saw lots of hair and little bits of faces. SCARY!

What kind of person would attached hundreds of trolls to their car??? We were anxious to pull up next to the car to peek at the driver. We didn't see the long-haried guy in the picture, but rather a middle-age, bald man. Seriously! Not exactly the kind of man I'd leave my kids with! Yikes!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fishy Update

The day we lost Red Window III I wondered aloud how long it would take for the family to notice the poor fish had even died. Here's my report:

Big Boy #1 learned about the demise of his pet fish the same way he learned about Santa - via my blog. (Seriously?!?! I've got to find a way to filter this better!) It took a few days, but he eventually checked my blog and learned the truth.

Diamond learned about Red Window III the same way.

Big Boy #2 has YET TO NOTICE!!! It's been almost three weeks and while he has asked "Mom, are still feeding the fish?" he hasn't noticed the empty spot on the kitchen counter between the phone and the cookie jar.

Yeah, we definitely should NOT replace that fish.