Tuesday, February 24, 2009

One of Those Days

I'm writing this at 1pm on Monday afternoon and I just got showered and dressed. I spent the entire morning in my pj's and it was great. Pete, my youngest, and I spent the morning playing a Spongebob game, watching TV and hanging out together. I did get 5 loads of laundry folded, made a couple of phone calls, wrote a grocery list and fixed our dinner for tonight, which is quite a lot for a "hanging out" day. Isn't it funny that as moms we can do 10 things in a few hours and consider it a chilling out day?

What about you? Do you ever stay in your pj's all morning? (or all day) What do you consider a relaxing yet productive day?

Take care,

Monday, February 23, 2009

You Win Some, You Lose Some

I guess I ended up be right about 50% last night with my Oscar predictions.
1. Best picture: Slumdog Millionaire
2. Best actor: Sean Penn (I thought Mickey Rourke would win)
3. Best actress: Kate Winslet
4. Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger (Anyone else choke back tears when his family accepted his award?)
5. Best supporting actress: Penelope Cruz (I wished I had paid better attention in Spanish class in High school. Maybe I could have understood what she was saying)
6. Best Director: I forget his name, but it was the director for "Slumdog Millionaire" and he jumped up and down like tigger in honor of his kids

Did you watch the Oscar's last night? What did you think? I enjoyed the evening. I felt like it went quickly, which is saying something considering it was 3 1/2 hours long. The stage was beautiful, the music and dance great and Hugh Jackman was perfect as the host.

Take care,

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My Oscar Predictions

I thought I would check in today and post my predictions for a few of the categories for the Oscar's. Yeah, I'm going down hill, first all the LOST posts and a post of quotes from Sandra Bullock in InStyle magazine and now a post about the Oscar's. If I start to blog about fashion, someone please stop me! :) It's just that I love movies and I love the previews so I know if there's a movie I want to see. Time is precious and time away to go on a date to a movie is priceless. I don't want to waste it on a movie that's bad!

Here goes:

1. Best Picture: "Slumdog Millionaire" (Have you seen this? Oh my word! It is incredible)
2. Best actor: Mickey Rourke in the "Wrestler" (Another good one, although my husband owes me several chick flicks! )
3. Best actress: (do they say actress now or is it actor?!) I'm going with Kate Winslet. I haven't seen "The Reader" though or for that matter I haven't seen any of the movies for the best actress category.
4. Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger in "the Dark Knight". I think this is a no-brainer.
5. Best supporting actress: Marisa Tomei in "The Wrestler".
6. Best Animated Movie: "Kung Fu Panda" I could watch this with the kids over and over. Wait, I have watched it over and over! :)

I think best director will go to the "Slumdog Millionaire". I think the make up is a toss up between "Dark Knight" and "The curious case of Benjamin Button". After that, I don't have any predictions.

What about you? Any guesses?
Take care,

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Off the Charts episode of LOST

I am so in awe of tonight's episode of LOST that I hardly know where to begin! This was by far the best episode of LOST this season and quite possibly ever. What do you think? Best episode ever? If not, which episodes do you think top this?

Spoiler Alert: Don't read if you haven't watched Wednesday's episode of LOST!

Tonight's episode started out showing Jack in an repeat from episode 1, waking up in the jungle. He hears calls for help, runs through the woods, spots someone in water and does this potential neck breaking dive off a cliff and saves Hurley. What a man! I knew I liked him for a reason and he just reconfirmed my like all over! We quickly see that Kate is in fact on the island and then the screen flashes "46 hours earlier" and suddenly we are back in L.A. with Eloise Hawking and Ben, Jack, Desmond and Sun.

Eloise enlightened us with the concept that there were "pockets of magnetic energy" that enabled the island to be found to begin with and then she proceeds to tell us how the previous Dharma folks found the island once they shifted their thinking and began looking for where the island was going to be, not where it was. We learned that Jack was wasting his time in season 3 when he spent all that time flying Oceanic Air trying to crash.(season 3 season finale when we see our first flash forward with Jack and Kate and he tells he how he spends his weekends flying and hoping to crash on the island) What he needed was Eloise and her pendelum so she could help him and the others find their "window of opportunity" that would provide a route back to the island. Who knew it was so simple?!

After Desmond gives his great "You say the islands not done with me? Well I'm done with it!" speech, we find out that Jack and the others have 36 hours to get on a flight from L.A. to Guam if they want to have any chance of getting back to the island.

Can I just summarize here a bit? We find that to make this work the rescued Oceanic Six need to recreate as much of the original flight details as possible. We find out that Locke committed suicide. His death was a substitute for Jack's dad. Jack is to give Locke something of his dad's. We meet Jack's grandpa. He has a pair of Jack's dad's shoes. Jack takes them and ends up putting them on Lockes dead feet in the casket after Ben was beat up by "someone" and asked Jack to pick up Lockes body at the butcher shop.

Speaking of the shoes, when Jack stopped by his house before leaving and he heard a noise and went to check it out I was thinking the whole time, "Grab one of the shoes it will make a good weapon if you need to hurt someone!" Turns out it was Kate who doesn't want to talk about Aaron EVER AGAIN but she does want to make out with Jack and then some. (I'm printing it here tonight...my sister thinks that Kate killed Aaron and I think she's on to something)

Fast forward to the airplane and low and behold it's a reunion of sorts...THEY ARE ALL GOING BACK! Did anyone else feel a little giddy at how it all came together? I mean we knew it would all come together, we just didn't know how.

Favorite quotes from tonight?
1. On the plane Jack says to Ben,"How can you read?" Ben says, "My mother taught me."
2. Jack, "What is going to happen?"
Ben, "Why don't you tell me. You're then one that got to stay after school with Eloise Hawking"

What about Locke's letter: "Jack I wish you had believed me. JL " Any thoughts?
Then, flashing light and presto Jack, Hurley and Kate are on the island!

Who shows up but Jin, in the Dharma van in a Dharma outfit and points his gun at them. What is up with that?

How did Sayied end up in hand cuffs and how did he end up on the plane? What about Hurley? How did he decide to get on the plane?

Let me know your thoughts!
Take care,

Monday, February 16, 2009

Parenting Moment #100

The other day Pete and I ran into the grocery to pick up a couple of things he needed for school. As we were going into the store an older man with a rather large belly was coming out. My son looked at the man, looked at me and then said in a loud voice as he pointed at the man with the large belly, "Mommy, does that man have a baby in his belly? Can boys have babies?"

I said a quick prayer for the ground to swallow me whole and when that didn't happen I pushed Pete in the shopping cart away from the big bellied man as fast as possible. I told Pete that "No, he doesn't have a baby in his belly. Boys don't have babies, just girls. That's how God made it. " Then I thought of the story of the girl who had a change to become a boy but kept her girl parts and just had a baby. (Do you all know the story I'm talking about?) But that's another conversation entirely. One that I don't plan on having for a very long time.

Happy Monday!

Take care,

PS Today marks my 100th post! Wow! Can you believe it? I didn't realize it until now. Sorry I don't have anything special planned or a give away! You're just stuck with me and my writing! :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Couple of Quotes

I was reading the March 2009 issue of InStyle magazine on Thursday and I came upon a couple of quotes from Sandra Bullock that I really liked. I could probably go off on a couple of tangents here before the quotes and talk about InStyle magazine (which I do enjoy to read) or Sandra Bullock (who happens to be one of my favorite actresses. "Hope Floats" anyone? or "Miss Congeniality" or how about "While you were sleeping"? Love them.), but it's late and I am tired so here are the quotes. Maybe someday I'll come back and talk about them more. Maybe, but more than likely I won't. Just being honest!

"My challenge is letting love in, because when someone loves you the right way, it's big."


"I don't want to have self-doubt. Gnawing things: 'If I were just...' 'Shut up! Stop complaining and look at what you have.'" (InStyle, March 2009 edition pages 302 and 305)

Good stuff to think about. Happy Friday.
Take care,

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Spoiler Alert: If you haven't watched tonight's episode, do not read the following! Go watch LOST then please come back and post any comments you have.

Alrighty then...is it just me or do you slightly get the sense of some resolution going on? I do. It feels ever so slightly that we are beginning to get more answers to our questions. Things are slowly starting to come together.

Let me just get the gross out of the way.
1. Charlotte's death. Maybe it's just me but I thought it was down right creepy. However, it did answer what we all suspected, and that's that Charlotte had been on the island before. Any guesses if her mom and or dad will be revealed? Or if their identity is important?

2. The french guy losing his arm to the smoke monster. Yuck! I had to take a close look to be sure that yes, that really was his ARM that was pulled off! Now though, we know how Danielle ended up alone on the island. Anyone hoping we get a flash back showing how Ben kidnapped Alex from Danielle? I am.

3. Locke's broken leg. Ewwww! The bone was popping out! Oh my! Now we know how he exited the island. What's Jack's dads connection to this? Why was he there? My sister's theory is that Jack's dad could be Jacob. I think she may be on to something. Any thoughts?

Other Information Revealed tonight:
Surprise surprise! Eloise Hawking IS Daniel Faraday's mom. I'm happy to say I floated that theory before tonight! (only after I read other people's thoughts that Ellie could be Eloise and then I put two and two together! :)

1. What did you make of Charlotte saying when she grew up on the island as a kid that there was a "crazy man" who she was afraid of and that he told her to never come back to the island or she would die and the kicker was she thought the crazy man was Daniel? Thoughts anyone?

2. What is Jack's dads connection to this all?

3. Will Desmond go back to the island?

How about next week's preview! Man it looks good! Could they really be coming together to go back as soon as next week?! That's all I have for now. Let me know any thoughts, comments or questions you have, I love reading them!

Take care,

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thank You God

Do you ever have moments or times in your life when you feel overwhelmed and overworked and worn out and in desperate need of a break and you start to question who you are and what life is about only to have God step in and reveal himself in some way that is undeniable?

I have. It happened tonight.

Background: January was a rough month. John worked a lot, was gone a lot and a lot of the parenting responsibility fell on me. Add to that all my normal demands and it started to wear me out. I needed breaks, more breaks, but our babysitting situation has been dismal. We have one babysitter the kids love, but she doesn't drive and she lives in town. So I would drive in 30min to pick her up, drive back 30 minutes to our house to drop her off, drive back into town for our date, drive back out to the island to pick up our babysitter, drive back into town to take her home and then drive back home.

How fun is that? Talk about exhausting. I'm worn out just writing about it. But I haven't had anyone I know who could babysit that lives nearby.

Until tonight.

Our next door neighbors are several college kids. One of the guys has a girlfriend who spends time out here. She literally knocked on my door tonight wondering if my husband and I ever needed a babysitter. She said she's thought about it for a while but just never got around to coming over to ask.

I could have hugged her on the spot and started sobbing.

Yes, yes we could use a babysitter. One that drives. One that is next door. One that is an education major.

We talked for awhile. I got her number and school schedule and her work schedule. Times are tough now, for college kids too. She's going to school full time and working to make ends meet.

She is an answer to prayer and God knew that tonight at this very time I needed him to show up in a real and tangible way. So he sent a babysitter to my door.

Thank you God.

I need to go. I'm going to go check my calendar now for available date nights! :)

Take care,

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Oh my goodness, what an episode of LOST!

Spoiler Alert: If you haven't watched Wednesday's episode of LOST, go watch it and then come back and leave your comments!

I just have one thing to say about tonight's episode: JIN'S ALIVE!!!!! So somehow he lived through the freighter explosion, floated out in the ocean far enough to get caught in the time travel zone and he is alive and time traveling like the rest! Talk about giving Sun a reason to get back to the island! Did you catch the preview for next week with Ben telling Sun that Jin is alive and he can prove it? Wow!

I guess I do have more than one thing to say about tonight's episode, it's just that Jin was the one I just had to write about first! :)

Favorite quotes of the night? Sawyers,
1. "Time travels a b#t$h!"
2. "Thank you Lord!" when they time travel right at the time they are being shot at
3. "I take it back!" after they time travel and end up in the pouring rain.

Speaking of Sawyer...did you see the googly eyes he and Juliet are starting to make at each other? I'm betting there's a hook up between those two sometime in the near future, emphasis on near not future!

Who's the creepy lawyer representing Claire's mom and Ben?

I loved Hurley's phone call to Jack telling him he followed Sayied's advice and is safe and sound locked up in jail.

Other favorite quotes:
1. Kate's "I've always been with you" spoken to Jack on the boat after they were rescued
2. Juliet's "Really bad jet lag doesn't make you hemorrage" after Charlotte is unconscious on the beach.
3. Locke's foreshadowing with "I have to make them come back even if it kills me" Ooooh, gives me chills! :)

I believe Daniel's comments to Miles about the nosebleeds occuring on those who have been on the island the longest points to the fact that Miles has been on the island previously and I still believe Miles dad is the guy in the Dharma video.

Finally, what's with Sayied and tranquilizer darts?

What did you think of tonights episode? Let me know.
Take care,

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sleep, sleep why are you eluding me?

On Monday I could barely stay awake while I watched an episode of "Wow Wow Wubbzy" with my four year old. For the past 6 nights in a row I have been startled awake from a deep sleep by:
a. my daughter who was scared because it was too windy outside
b. our dog who for some unknown reason started barking hysterically in the middle of the night
c. my husband getting home late from work
d. my youngest son who was scared because it was too dark in his room
e. habit...I've been awake in the middle of the night for enough nights now that my body is getting used to it.

I think it is killing me. Sunday morning I found myself watching the Australian Open live at 4am because I was so mad at being woken up that I couldn't begin to fall asleep.

What is going on in my house? Is everyone conspiring to wake me up in the night just so I can fall off the deep end?! :) I don't know about you, but not only do I want 8 hours of sleep each night, I NEED 8 hours of sleep at night so I can function. Not just function, but be productive and not snap at everyone around me or threaten to take the dog away to some nice farm far, far away. (Do you know how scarey it is to be startled out of a deep slumber by a barking dog?) Sleep for me is not a luxury, it's a necessity.

The way I figure it I've missed about three hours of sleep for the past 6 nights which means that in order for me to make up the lost sleep, I would need to stay in bed an extra 18 hours.

We all know that's not going to happen.

It feels like when my kids were babies and I'd go to bed wondering what the night would be like and just praying I could get 4 hours of sleep before getting up.

I know that "this too shall pass". I just hope I don't pass out before all is said and done.
Take care,

Monday, February 2, 2009

Who Needs the Superbowl when you can watch the Puppybowl?

Our kids love "Animal Planet". Let me rephrase that, our daughter loves "Animal Planet" and her brothers have no choice but to watch all manner of animal shows when it's her turn to control the remote. Last week she saw an commercial for the "Puppybowl" telling how it would be airing on the "Animal Planet" all afternoon the day of the Superbowl and during the Superbowl.

She's been reminding us for days that it's coming up.

Guess what we had on our TV Sunday evening?


Hours and hours of it. We watched the kittens play, all sorts of puppies and highlights from past Puppybowls.

The kids loved it.

Yes, we do have another TV, but we were watching a replay of the amazing, incredible Australian Open between Federer and Nadal on that TV.

We did manage to catch a bit of the halftime show and my husband watched the end of the game after the kids went to bed.

Just so you know, we did eat chips and queso like all good Texans while watching the "Puppybowl", if that counts for anything.