Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I Have Urgent and Compelling News!

In my daily effort to put off doing any actual work (don't tell my boss), I found the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. It was released to the Internet today. Movie out in November. I'll confess. I super heart all things Harry Potter. I'm the person who locked herself in a room and refused to speak to anyone (even my own child) until I finished the books every time they came out. I've also seriously wondered which House I would be in if I was a character (i can't decide between Gryffindor or Ravenclaw). I'm even the dork at the midnight showing the first day the movie is released wearing a Harry Potter t-shirt. Join me in my dorkiness and check out the trailer!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Olympics 2020...Here We Come

Kaeli had her first gymnastics class today! She's been talking about trying gymnastics ever since her swimming class ended last month, so I thought she would be excited to start today. That is until we got there. She saw the other little girls and freaked. She begged me not to make her do it. Put me in the mean mom category because I made her. I don't want her to not try things just because she's scared. I was a little worried for the first few minutes of class. She was almost in tears during the beginning of warm-ups and stretches. It's so weird to me that 99.9% of the time she is a bubbly and fun little girl, but in new situations she becomes paralyzed with fear. She literally becomes a different kid. Fortunately, there was a really sweet coach that paid a little extra attention to her, and 5 minutes later she was laughing and having a great time.

I'm totally biased, but I thought she did great for her first time. I was seriously impressed with her balance beam skills. She's a total super star on it.(by super star I mean that she only lost her balance like twice) Of course her favorite was the trampoline exercises where the kids learn jumping techniques and stuff ('and stuff' is my gymnastics word for I have no idea what they are doing). There is one thing holding her back from greatness. The somersault. She can't do a somersault to save her life. It was hilarious watching her fall sideways over and over. I guess when we head to the Olympics her floor routine will suck, but at least she'll kill it on the beam!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

All is Well on the Home Front

Kaeli is back from her vacation, and life is back to normal. I'm caught up on all the new episodes of Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, toys litter my living room, and discussions over a healthy snack versus an unhealthy snack have commenced. I know it's probably crazy, but I'm always amazed at how different she looks when she comes back from a trip with her grandparents. I swear in the 8 days she was gone, she got taller and more grown up. Half of me is proud that she is independent enough to handle a week away from me, and the other half is totally bummed that she is independent enough to handle a week away from me.

She sounds like she had a lot of fun, though. She went to a day camp with her cousins and has decided that she hates tennis because it's too hard, but she loves golf because she can hit the ball really far. That's a paraphrase of what she told me. She also came home with her very first American Girl doll courtesy of her great aunt. Her aunt ordered the doll to look like Kaeli, and she hasn't put it down once since she got home. Kaeli wants to get matching outfits with her doll. That idea alone is a little creepy, but I think it's even creepier that you can actually order matching outfits from the website. Now we have one more thing to become obsessed with. Hooray! I guess all things Disney Channel wasn't quite enough.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Soundtrack of my Summer

So, last night I went to the Soundtrack of my Summer concert. First up was The Maine. I had never heard of them before, but they were pretty good. The lead singer was hilarious, and they put on a good show.

Next was Metro Station. I love their song "Shake It". Did y'all know that the guy who does vocals and guitar is Trace Cyrus. Son to one Billy Ray Cyrus. Brother to Miley Cyrus. I don't really see the family resemblance!!

Then, Good Charlotte performed. Totally took me back to 2002. They were actually really great live. I won't lie though. I wondered if Paris Hilton was backstage the entire time.

Last, was Boys like Girls. I'll admit it. I love them. Like really love them. A lot.

I wanted to go because tickets were cheap, and it seemed like fun. I had to beg Rob to go with me. Beg and plead and make deals. He really didn't want to go. He went so far as to take shots at the restaurant next to where we were waiting in line just to make it bearable. As far as taste in music, we could not be more opposite.

I have to tell y'all that I have never seen so many psuedo-emo 15 year old girls in my life. It was kind of cute because they were all young and excited. It was also kind of annoying because of the high pitched scream that only a teenage girl possesses. I really thought I was holding onto my youth quite well, but the fact that Rob and I spent the breaks in between bands having interesting conversations about the good old days of rock concerts with the parents of the teens definitely showed me otherwise.

Now going to a concert full of teens is not all that bad. There are two reasons why it kind of rocks. First, there is no line to the bathroom. Of course it is full of teen girls hogging mirrors to brush their hair or add another coat of blush to their faces, but none of them have drank copious amounts of beer so none of them have to actually use the restroom, leaving it clear for those of us of legal drinking age. Which brings me to the greatest reason of all to go to concerts full of teenagers. NO LINE FOR THE BAR!!! Absolutely no waiting for alcohol. Just walk up, pick your poison, and go back to your spot. It leads to consuming way more than planned, but pick a DD and rock out with the teenagers!!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Girl and Her Dog

So this blogging thing is harder than I thought. I'm seriously not as interesting and funny as I thought I was.

My daughter is in Rhode Island living it up with her many 1st cousins once removed. Is it sad that one day I actually looked up the difference between 2nd cousins and 1st cousins once removed? (I totally just taught myself how to link that!!!) Anything to get out of doing actual work, right. She won't be home until Saturday, and I've realized that my life is seriously boring without her. She's like a constant source of entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I'm taking full advantage of my alone time. I never realized that I can get out of the house in the morning twice as fast without her there. I actually slept in today because I didn't need to get her ready or drop her off at her grandma's. I'm also trying to create my own mini version of While You Were Out in her bedroom. My plan is to have it totally redone before she gets home. Problem is, I'm super super lazy. I can't resist the pull of my comfy couch.

I thought I should leave y'all with a tidbit from a conversation with a 6 year old before she leaves for a whole week...

Me: Have fun. I'm going to miss you so so much.
Daughter: I'm really going to miss Maverick. You better take good care of my dog while I'm gone.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Let the Games Begin

Hooray! My first post! It's a measure of my true dorkiness that I am so excited about my new venture that I have suddenly been struck with writer's block. On my first post. For weeks, months, possibly even years, I've thought about creating a blog. Every time something fun or interesting happens I've thought "Hey, I should blog about that", and now there is nothing.

Basically, I'm starting a blog because it looks like fun. I've been reading several (when i say several I actually mean a ridiculous amount that could possibly shock everyone) for a while, but I always feel weird leaving comments because I'm not part of the cool "bloggers club". I have visions of becoming instant BFFs with all my fav bloggers now that I've started my own.

In an effort of full disclosure, I'm a dork, I'm not a fantastic writer, and I will most likely spend an abnormal amount of time discussing the strategies of contestants on Big Brother. Hopefully, some of y'all out there will enjoy it. If you're my friend in real life, then I plan on making you contractually obligated to read and comment my blog on a regular basis.

And a big shout out to my friend, April.( )She's the one who got me initially interested in blogging, and, since she is far more creative than I will ever be, she even came up with my blog name. Thanks, April. Hope the blogging community doesn't come and tar and feather you for letting me loose on the internet!!