Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Time flies when you are having fun, so they say.  It is a little surprising to me that I have not posted in almost a month (not that all four of you noticed).  I am sure you are as busy as I am; but I am also taking a math class from hell and it is no day at the beach.  Insert sympathy & prayers here
The sad truth is that I never finished college. 
I went at night and weekends on what has turned out to be the thirty-ish year plan.  I also successfully avoided taking the required math class; until now.  Now I have about a semester's worth of credits left and it would be pathetic 
most unfortunate to continue to let some left brain work
get in my way of education. 

Miss G (left) and friends

In the meantime, Miss G "Moved Up" to high school from the 8th Grade.  The temperature was a warm and sunny 98 degrees which was quite the experience in an un-air conditioned Quaker Meeting House.

The year has also ended at my school and summer hours are a beautiful thing.  The Parent's Association hosted an amazing lobster bake for the faculty and staff. 

Can you believe this cake?

La Bonne Boulangerie always does an amazing job;
I did not have a piece, however. 
Almost 40 lbs. down... only a few more to go. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Smart Phones


How cute are these phone covers?
But, they don't make them for Blackberry!

If you have an iPhone you can find them here.

I would definitely go with Harper Lee.

I wonder what would Melville think?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Water for Elephants

I have a long list of books that I would like to read and movies that I want to see;
when I can remember the titles. 
Water for Elephants
was on that list.   
Told in flashback by 90 year old Jacob Jankowski
(or is he 93?), the novel recounts his wild time with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression.
Unique and odd, I loved this story.

The author, Sara Gruen writes with the timing of an expert showman, saving a terrific revelation for the end, transforming a glimpse of dark Americana into a fairy tale.

Now of course, I can't wait to see the movie, although I am not convinced about the chemistry between Reese and our young vampire, Mr. Pattinson.  We'll see. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I wish I could say that I loved Mother's Day. 
I really, truly do; but, I don't.
I have three amazing children
that I carried under my heart
and that should be enough. 
More than enough.
I know this, so today I will act as if I had
what I try to give to those three amazing human beings
and give thanks for my Mother
and all the women who have mothered me.
Happy Mother's Day!

Photo credit: Glen Head Florist

Thursday, May 5, 2011

House of Fifty

Love the new online magazine
Be sure to read the letter from the founding editor,
Janell Beals = inspiration.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Win Win

I am not a big fan of Paul Giamatti, but his performances are solid.  We saw Win Win this past weekend with some pals, a very funny movie.  Don't let the R rating fool you,
any 14 year old could see this film,
assuming they have heard the F bomb before.

The story is set in NJ, but it was filmed right here in LV, which would explain why I was seeing these annoying signs all over town last summer long before I ever heard of the movie.  I won't give the plot away, but the cast does a fine job of selling a complex story with honest emotions and lots LOL humor.

I especially liked Amy Ryan, who played the wife, and Bobby Carnavale, as the best friend from high school who stole more than one scene in the movie.

Win Win is a good film that gives you more than cheap laughs and a thin story.  Moral questions are explored and the answers are just as complicated as the questions.  

Somebody should really design something better for wrestlers to wear than those singlets...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Norman Rockwell
Easter Morning 1959

Never mind that as a Catholic child in the 1960s I thought that The Robe was a spiritual documentary on the Resurrection; Easter was a serious fashion event. 

The Easter outfit was everything
All new; the dress, coat, matching hat, purse, white gloves and all important shoes (which ideally clicked when you walked) were as important as any Christmas present, for sure.  

I am glad that we don't worship that way anymore,
but I do miss the fashion show.
Happy Easter!

Photo credit: Google images 
I would have been the one in the yellow suit...