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Such a Pretty Random Blog

June 22, 2008

Eh, I missed blogging so here is just a random one as I wait for Bridezillas to come on, then Design Star, and finally Army Wives.

The title of today’s blog is due in part to Jen Lancaster’s newest memoir Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer which I finished reading today.  Thanks to my cyber pal Gridiron Goddess who introduced me to Jen’s first memoir, the popular, snarky, and laugh out loud Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office.  In between Bitter and Such a Pretty Fat is the snarkalicious Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl’s Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?

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Reading Jen’s memoirs, you will often laugh out loud as I did Friday while reading Bright Lights, Big Ass at work, you will agree with her thoughts on life and weight loss attempts via Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, or you will be reading about her neighbors, only to drive home and see a teenager riding his bike by sitting on his handlebars and doggedly refusing to get out of your way after working a 12 hour day.  Whooo saaaaaaaaaah.

So today’s blog will be a poem of sorts, umm not really but it will be about the word Sunday since it is written on a Sunday.

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is for siblings as I sit here waiting for my sole sibling to place his weekly call unto me.  I missed last week’s call so I am eager to talk to him but I hope he calls before 9:00.  I would love to hear how his comedy show went last week at the Juneteenth Festival.  He’s an up and coming Christian comic.  And he’s bonafied thanks to YouTube.

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is for the umpteen hours of TV I will watch, books I will read, and naps I will take on a Sunday.   And for the umpteenth time I want to know, why didn’t they just use a set of real twins when making The Parent Trap?  And then to do that same concept twice?  Okay, I get that the budget might have been smaller when the original was first made, but the most recent version surely had a bigger budget and the Olsen twins at their beck and call.  Yesterday they showed the original on Hallmark and now the Lindsay Lohan version is on ABC Family.

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is for the neighbors who are seriously make me contemplate moving this year after living here for 6 years.  All of them leave trash outside their doors, but the ones next door left one newspaper outside the only door we have, the door they walk past at least 6 times a day per person, especially that youngest daughter who loves to slam the bleeping door.  The newest neighbors on my floor put the bumper sticker that belongs on their car that proclaims their child is a good student at No Child Left Behind Elementary School on their door.  They’ve had a plant outside their door for almost two months.  It’s dead.  It’s really just a pot with dirt that they keep putting water in. They also eat at McDonald’s a lot and leave that bag outside their door as well.  They seem to have a strong dislike for real trash bags and seem able to only have trash in Wal Mart bags that they leave outside for days on end.  The ones next door to them drink a lot and leave that trash outside.  I don’t even speak to none of these people.  Well I did to the dad of the No Child Left Behind Elementary School Achiever one day when he decided to hammer the bottle tops from countless bottles of Heineken purportedly for NCLBESA’s homework assisgnment outside my door.

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is for quotes about dreams.  This week, someone cheered me up and reminded me of my focus in life by sharing with me two quotes about dreams.   “Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” ~ Marsha Norman

“To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.” ~ Bernard Edmonds

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is for the amazing wonder that is Aldi.  For no real reason, I never shopped there until sometime in May.  I was such a novice that I didn’t even know about the shopping carts for a quarter thing.  Today I went just to get some water so no need for a bag, just the $.25 cart, but they had some dried fruit on sale so I grabbed several packs, paid 10 cents for a bag and then I might have did the next part wrong.  My cart was in the way as I tried to bag and pay at the same time.  So feeling slightly embarrassed, I left the store.   I just need them to have 2 sets of car by both doors so I don’t have to walk around the corner to return the cart and get my $.25 back.  Otherwise, Aldi rocks!  Bread for $1.19/loaf?

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is for me saying, “You heffas are crazy/trippping/bleeping nuts” as I watch Bridezillas.  I watched like 3 episodes last season and am currently on the third episode of the new season and I seriously shake my head at these brides with their “This is MY day/It’s all about the bride” mentality and have the nerve to want to be Big Willys when they’re broke.  I would love to do a longitudinal study (psych degree put to use) and see how many of the married couples from the past 2 seasons and the present season lasts beyond 1, 3, 5, and 10 years.  50 years from now if any of them are still married to each other, I say they receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

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Celebrate National Doughnut Day on 6.6.08

June 5, 2008

I didn’t even know  there was a such thing as National Doughnut Day, but I’ll happily celebrate tomorrow.  I won’t even say much except I will be in line tomorrow to get mine.  Hope you live near one that you can get a free donut too.

Could there be a SWEETER DAY of the year?

On Friday, June 6th, Krispy Kreme will celebrate National Doughnut Day by offering customers a FREE doughnut of their choice in participating stores throughout the U.S.  So, stop by and celebrate National Doughnut Day with Krispy Kreme and have a doughnut on us!

Please call your local Krispy Kreme store to find out if they are participating. 

Happy Doughnut Day!

 

Funny How Time Flies

May 9, 2008

10 years ago today, I graduated from college.   I was 22 and full of optimism.  I had a teaching job waiting for me in Columbus, Ohio.  I walked across the lawn in Graduation Hollow ready to begin my adult life.  Bill Clinton was president.  Gas prices were low, but I had no car so that didn’t impact my daily life.

After I left Wittenberg, I only imagined that at one point, I would start grad school since The (you have to say The) Ohio State University offered free classes to Columbus Public School teachers one class at a time.  I took a few courses, but could not decide what I wanted to get a masters in.  Some said I should be an administrator, i.e. principal.Y’all saw how much trouble they gave Joe Clark, right.  Yeah, I’m not the one.

I contemplated being a guidance counselor, but I saw that part of that job included following up on truant students.

I feel I did great work in the classroom, but times are a changing.  We’re living in the day of technology where kids carry cell phones before they have a pencil, pen, and books in hand.  Yesterday I read about how 2 middle school students tried to rape a staff member.  The climate in the schools have changed tremendously.  But despite what we see on TV and read in the news, there are still many great schools with wonderful students and teachers working together.

Ten years went by so quickly.  As I sat in college, I saw my life going one way, as so many of us did, and the reality is different.  I never had write a book on my list of things I want to be and do in life.  I planned to be a child psychologist until I encountered Psych Stats.  The devil dwells in math textbooks, lol.

In college, I was introduced to e-mail, but never imagined how the Internet would grow in leaps and bounds.  Gas prices have done the same. 😦

My five years at Witt were great.  Made a lot of great friends and had some wonderful professors who really improved my writing and critical thinking.  The time spent at Wittenberg, most of it in the A/V section of the college library, were some of the best years of my life.  Spending time in the Commons, with a cheeseburger combo, Mountain Dew, and 3 Otis Spunkmeyer cookies as I wasted time before going to the library or class.

I’ve grown up a lot in ten years.  I think I have always been mature, but I see a lot of what I was told as a kid and a teen being so true for myself.

College gave me a very valuable education, but life after college has given me an even greater one.  And without having to take out a student loan or two in the process.

5 on the 5th

May 5, 2008

Today is my Wax Poetic about 5 Things that I Love Blog Day.

In other words, random blog.

 

North Carolina is groovy thanks to Early Voting.   Saturday, I woke up and remembered thanks to watching the news that it was the last day I could do early voting for Tuesday’s primary vote in NC.  So I went grocery shopping, mailed some letters, and went to the library right at 10:00 thinking I could be back home by 10:30 to watch The Mighty B on Nickelodeon.  WRONG!!  The line was out the door.  So I grabbed my MP3 player, headphones and stood in line behind a 27 year old man who registered to vote for the first time that day.  Made it inside by 10:55 and was done voting by 11:10. 

  

I love that we get to vote early.  In 2004, I early voted for the first time and got in line at noon.  The line, at the same library, was out the door and around 3 of the 4 library walls.  Yikes!  I didn’t have an MP3 player that day or even a book with me to while away the time.

  

So viva la early voting!  You really rock my socks.  But in November, when I go to early vote, I will be in line by 8 with a book in hand and my MP3 player.

 

 

Cartoons.  I love cartoons.  I grew up loving cartoons.  From Tom and Jerry to Bugs Bunny to Woody Woodpecker to the Smurfs and a gamut of others.  In my adult years, I have loved The Proud Family, Recess, Pepper Ann, As Told By Ginger, Spongebob Squarepants and The Boondocks.  Sometime in the last year, I have added two more to my list – The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron and The Fairly Oddparents.  Every morning at 7:00 before I leave for work, I at least watch the theme song and opening credits of The Fairly Oddparents.   And now Nickelodeon has added a new one called The Mighty B.  Girl Scout with a lisp does incredible things and always comes out on top.

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Turtle Chex Mix  This stuff rocks!  I never ate Chex Mix until this year and this is so good.  Unsalted pretzels, caramel corn, tiny M&Ms, and the chex mix stuff.  Yummy for my tummy, but I think I must give it up for the summer.

  

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.  Last week was free scoop day at Ben and Jerry’s.  I went on my lunch hour and had a scoop of ONE Cheesecake Brownie.  Awesomely yummy.  I was a bit surprised to see so many kids there during the day getting a scoop only to get back in line for another and another.  Surely not all of these kids are home schooled.

  

My favorite flavors are Phish Food, Vanilla Heath Toffee, Peach Cobbler and ONE Cheesecake Brownie.

 

 

 

HGTV.  I don’t know who introduced me to the wonder that is HGTV, but God bless them for it.   I love this channel, especially Hidden Potential, House Hunters, Divine Design, Spice up My Kitchen, and Deserving Design.  I love to see the transformations that can occur and the vast difference between the before and the after.  I see different things done on these shows and add them to my “I want that in my house” list.

 

All Hail the King

January 21, 2008

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Martin Luther, that is!

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”

As a kid, not a year went by in school where we didn’t learn about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We had MLK workbooks that we got every January in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades where each year we learned more about this drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness.

“Negroes have straightened their backs in Albany and once a man straightens his back you can’t ride him anymore.”

When I think of Dr. King, I always think of my dad.  My dad, born January 22, 1952, who used to perform the “I Have a Dream” speech every year at church, libraries, and other programs around Cleveland.  Last night as I finished up some revisions, I landed on CNN and watched a program hosted by Soledad O’Brien called MLK:  Words That Changed a Nation that showed many of Dr. King’s speeches and sermons in his handwriting.  It took me beyond the most popular speech that everyone knows Dr. King for and explored segments of his lesser known speeches.

“Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.”

Thanks to the civil rights movement, Dr. King, and so many others who marched for equality, integration, and justice for everyone, I was able to live a better life than my parents and grandparents.  I was able to learn more about their fight thanks to PBS with their Eyes on the Prize series as a 5th and 6th grader. 

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

I was able to grow up reading books about Black people’s contributions, ride in the front of the bus, and have friendships with people of other ethnicities without being punished.  I was able to attend the college of my choosing and teach Black, White, Asian, and African students.  Because of so many strides made before I was even born, I am able to be all that I want to be in life without fear.

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always right to do right.”

Every year, PBS has great Black History Month programming and this year is no different.  They return Eyes on the Prize to the line up.  There are quite a few shows that I want to check out including Prince Among Slaves (February 4) and Banished (February 19).