January 29, 2009

2 Funerals and a trip to the Orthapedic Surgeon

That's what I been up to this week.

A couple of my dear childhood friends lost their dad. He was a man of few words, a good man. Not that a quiet man is the only kind of good man. I just realized how that sounded. He was quiet, but when he spoke you listened. He was a big part of my growing up years. I am a better person having known him.

While I was at Calvin's funeral, my friend Mary's mother died. She lived a long and full life, a beautiful God-fearing woman. I went to her service on Friday. It was a precious tribute to a woman that will be greatly missed. I hope that someday I will have left a portion of the kind of legacy that she has left to her children, grandchildren, etc.

Ok, as you all know this arm thing has been going on since September. Actually since last January, but really giving me trouble since September. I have probably had more than 40 dr. appts over the past 5 months. I'm tard of this! It has gotten better in a lot of ways. My regular doc sent me to an Orthapedic doc last week. He said I would have to have surgery. He also said that he wanted to give me another cortisone shot. Mmm. I already had one, it didn't work. He said this time he would inject it deep in the joint this time. Oh, that doesn't sound good. So, he hooks me up to a sonogram machine, finds the inflamed tendon, locates the joint and shoves in a needle about 6-8 inches long. All the while we are watching it on the sonogram machine. Interesting, huh? It felt better immediately, but I remember this from the previous shot, the initial relief is from the lidocaine that is put in with the cortisone. It wears off in about a day. So skip forward one week, this week. I go back to the ortho doc and my movements are much better now, much less popping, etc. He says that the shot worked and that although I will still have to have surgery at some point, I won't have to have it now. He did say that an injury like mine can take up to 18 months or better to heal. I have been released to do whatever I want, except bench press weights. Or anything that would resemble that. That's ok, because I gave up my bid for Miss Muscle America a while back! I still have pain, but it is getting better. At least I know now that I am truly on the mend. Hooray!

Swing dancing, here I come!

January 25, 2009


I am completely facinated by Bento box lunches. Have you seen them? I don't mean the kind you get from the local Japanese restaurant with hot food. I mean these.
They use little, tiny containers for sauce and ketchup. Cute little picks to skewer fruit and veggies and such and use little dividers to keep everything in it's place. I really think I am going to have to try this. Click here to view some more bento boxes, and try this great blog for ideas, and to get some stuff try here.

January 23, 2009

Media Slant?

  • Headlines On This Date 4 Years Ago:
    "Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops Die in unarmored Humvees"
    "Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times"
    "Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary Americans get the shaft"

  • Headlines Today:
    "Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million"
    "Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party"
    "Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate"
    "Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration"

January 22, 2009

Top 10 Reasons why Violet is Terrific!

10. She's magically delicious. Just look at that Cheeto coated face.
9. She's loves to whisper. Shhh............
8. She's generous. Always taking a Cheeto from her wet little hand and shoving it into your mouth when you least expect it.
7. She's very polite. She always says 'Thank You'.
6. She thinks her mommy is the Little Mermaid.
5. She likes cheese! All kinds, even Bleu.
4. She's extra sweet. She loves to give 'movie star' kisses. Muah!
3. She's gorgeous. Just look at those eyes.
2. She made her own name for Jeff, "BumBum". Isn't that adorable? He dances with her and hums the 'My Girl' song. Get it?
1. She can say 'Gigi' perfectly.

January 21, 2009

Jordan's Blog

I have no idea why the link on my page will not work for Jordan's blog. I have done it repeatedly, sometimes it works, but most of the time it doesn't. I checked Jill's blog and it is working fine there. I am sure it is operator error. I get paid to do this for a living, but I can't work a free site for nothing.

So............................................ here it is JordiePorgie!

January 20, 2009

My Violet Girl.

Dang, she's cute!


I am easily bored. I don't do well when I'm idle. I know you are probably questioning that statement since my previous 3 or so posts are regarding the movie theater! It's this silly arm of mine. I can't do nothing! I was informed last week that they will be sending me to an orthopedic surgeon, yippee. That should be fun. Back to the topic at hand. I have warned you before about my 'rabbit chasin'. Just did it again. When I am at home all I can think about is all the stuff I need to be doing like cleaning baseboards and scrubbing tubs, so when I can't stand the tv any longer I drag someone to the movies. I'll be happy when it's warmer out so I can just be outside. But then I just need to pull weeds and stuff and I can't do that neither.

I am at my best when I'm planning (er...plotting) something. Vacations are my favorite thing to plan, and parties are fun too. So now I am planning a big party, Jill & Matt's wedding. A vacation for two with Jeff to Boston/New York when the big day is finally over. And a short trip for the 3 'little' girls possibly over spring break. Justine really wants to go to Vegas, but my vote is Puerto Rico. Hopefully we'll find some good deals or we'll end up at Porto Loyd Park! So, at night when I can't stand no more tv and there's nothing at the movie theater to go and watch you'll find me with the my laptop searching for wedding ideas, and far away vacation destinations for me and my nearest and dearest.

January 19, 2009

I am embarassed to say...

I saw two movies this weekend! Yes, 2. It's humiliating.

We have wedding on the brain around here. We booked the event location on Friday and ordered the dress on Saturday. So in honor of this, Jordan and I went to see Bride Wars. It was ok. It was not nearly as good as it should have been considering the two huge stars that were in it. It was fun to see Van from Reba in an adult role.

Saturday afternoon Jeff and I drove over to the Magnolia in Dallas to try for the 3rd time to see Slumdog Millionaire. For the 3rd time it was sold out, so we had dinner and walked around and finally got to see it. It was great! It makes me never want to visit India, but it was great. It was fast moving, funny, sad, poignant, gripping and very humbling. Making me ever grateful that I live in America. I hope you all get a chance to see it soon, but you will probably have to wait for the dvd as I am sure it is soon to leave the theater, but I don't know why. The only place we could find it still showing was the Magnolia and it is continually sold out. It was definitely worth the wait, and wait and wait.

January 13, 2009

One More Movie

I totally forgot that I even saw this movie. It was to say the least...forgettable.
Seven Pounds. Felt like Seven Years!

January 12, 2009

Me, the Movie Critic?

Ok, here is a list of the movies I have seen in the past month or so. It's a lot. Disclaimer. Look away from the computer if you don't want to know any of the details of the following movies:

The Reader
Jeff and I wanted to see Slumdog Millionaire. It was sold out and so we saw this instead. Ok this movie was pretty good. I don't think they billed it correctly, I think the poster in the theater said something about it being a wonderful, feel good movie. Ok, it's about an older woman (Kate Winslet) who seduces a 15 year old boy. Then you find out that she was a Nazi prison guard that was responsible for killing at least 300 women. Then the 15 year old grows up and never has a long term relationship with a woman because of her. A good movie.
Across the Universe -dvd
Fabulous, loved it. I thought it would be all drugs, sex, etc but it wasn't, or maybe I am really naive. It was great.
Made of Honor - dvd
Exactly what you expect it to be . . . cheesy. But still cute.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
I read the book and it was really good, I mean we're talking F. Scot Fitzgerald here. The movie's special effects were good, but the 'new' story line made no sense and I think it ruined the movie. This movie was long and slow. So slow in fact that when we went into the theater it was 2008 when we came out it was 2009!
The Golden Compass - cable
I told my children they could not under any circumstance watch this movie. Then, I watched it. They found out and gave me grief. I was very beautifully made, costumes, etc. I don't know any of the background, haven't read the book. So I guess if you don't know all that stuff that is suppose to be hidden between the lines, you're good.
Let the Right One In - subtitles
I wanted to see The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I saw this instead. Spooky. I don't like scary movies and I saw the scariest movie ever. It's about a little girl, and she's the vampire! It is set in Russia or somewhere like that, scared the dickens out of me, but very good.
Another vamp movie. I enjoyed it, I like movies with a happy ending. I know that doesn't make sense considering it's a vamp movie. But it was cute. Justine bought me the book, so let's see how it measures up.

January 1, 2009

We made the home page!

Ha. I went to the website of our dance studio and there we were, on the home page. Crazy! http://www.dancemakers.com/

The Curious Case of a really bad movie!

How do you turn a really good F. Scott Fitzgerald story into a really crappy movie? Apparently just add Brad Pitt and a terrible screen writer.

I was so incredibly disappointed in this movie. I had read the reviews and was pretty sure it would be bad, but I could not believe how incredibly bad this movie was.

I cannot even count the number of discrepancies in this movie. I am not talking about the book, just about the fact that it didn't make sense. What a shame.