Archive | July, 2011

D’Oh, it’s Dexter!

30 Jul

I love Dexter…

and  I love The Simpsons.  So why not have a parody of  Dexter on Treehouse of Terror.  Seems pretty apropos to me!  I knew there was something off about Ned Flanders!

Vacation all I ever wanted…

29 Jul

Okay, so technically I’m on vacation already, but I”m leaving the state of Virginia!  I couldn’t find a good 80’s music video about that.  Coming up very quickly (August) I am going to be taking two trips.

First off, Michigan.

Last time I was there it looked like this

It shouldn’t be this cold in August, I’m hoping.  While I’m there I hope to use a Groupon I got to have a private wine tasting.  Because, you know, my family doesn’t partake in that at all.

Abundance...of wine

Next up…LAS VEGAS!!

I’m really excited to go because we’ll be seeing Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil Love.  However, the whole gambling thing kinda freaks me out.  What I know about Las Vegas mainly comes from The Hangover…

A) I don’t want to get punched in the face by Mike Tyson

B) I don’t want to wake up with a tiger in the hotel room

C) I don’t want to accidentally marry a hooker (not gonna happen, don’t worry) and pull out a tooth

D) I wouldn’t mind, however, being in Bradley Cooper’s posse…that’d be okay

Anywho, going to Vegas gonna see some shows and eat some good food!  Gambling, not quite sure about that.  Any pointers?  Please leave me a comment here!  And by here I mean on my blog ;)

Mesmerizing!

27 Jul

OK Go has done it again.  They usually come up with quirky fun videos for their songs, but their newest one is just…mesmerizing.

What do you think?

Summer readin’

25 Jul

…had me a blaaast.

Yes, I am one of those nerds who reads the entire summer.  I really do.  I love to read!  Maybe that’s the reason I’m getting my Masters in reading….OOoooh.

Here’s the deal…

Bossypants by Tina Fey

In short, Tina Fey is funny.  In long, Tina Fey is funny and has had an awkward funny life.  If you’ve ever watched 30 Rock or seen Tina on SNL, her book reads like an episode of 30 Rock.  I was going to say SNL, but then that would equate to a not very good book.  I was literally laughing out loud while reading the book.  She includes quotes from 30 Rock like, “…never go with a hippie to a second location.”  and funny anecdotes from her struggles in Chicago.  Good read?  Yes!

Tinkers- Paul Harding

This book by Paul Harding is a Pulitzer Prize winner.  I’m sorry to say…I just didn’t get it. I really wanted to like it.  I kept reading, hoping that it would magically get more interesting to me…it didn’t.

Was I interested in the characters in the book?  Yes.  Did I want to keep reading?  Yes and no.  At times I was just thinking, get on with it!  But, I wanted to keep going to see how it ended.  I felt like a lot of the time the descriptions that Harding used were a little much.  I put this book down for a couple of months and came back to it.  It’s like that…

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford

One critic described this as a different take on Romeo and Juliet.  Since I’ve had a little time to think about it…it is.  It follows Henry Lee as he tries to figure out Seattle Washington as the internment camps open during WWII.  Henry comes from a straight-laced Chinese family that will have nothing to do with Henry’s Japanese friend.  The book cuts back and forth from 1986 to the 1940s following Henry and Kieko’s story as it goes.  Sometimes I don’t like when authors do that.  I feel like parts of the plot can get lost, but this really worked.  It’s a love story, through and through.  I wanted to keep reading this to find out what Henry did next.  It also had a quote about family, which I love, “perfection isn’t what families are all about.”  Right!?

Sookie Stackhouse novels – Charlaine Harris

Books 1, 2, and working on 3.  Since I have a pretty open summer and don’t usually need to be up super early in the morning, I channel surf at night.  One night I happened upon True Blood.  “Pshaw!”  I thought.  “I am not watching this…it’s soooo beneath me!”  Well, turns out I was wrong.  Maybe it’s the vampires or “vampurs” as they say on True Blood, but it really got me.  I wanted to know what was going on in Bon Temps.  Why was Tara coming back?  How is he a dog?  What the wha?  So like any good teacher, I did my research…by reading.  The books are in short, addicting and easy to read.  I like that I kinda know whats coming in the show by reading the books.  In short, if you like Ann Rice, In the Garden of Good and Evil, southern literature, vampires, Twilight?(I don’t know, I haven’t read them, but I’m assuming since it has to do with vampires)…these are for you!

Faithful Place by Tana French

Tana French also wrote, The Likeness and In the Woods.  Two great books.  Faithful Place follows Frank Mackey as he tries to figure out a murder that happened when he was in his teens.  The murder just so happens to be of his girlfriend who he was supposed to run away with.  Compounding matters, people that Frank knows keep dying around him.  Faithful Place is a good book, but I definitely like Tana’s previous two works better.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

Okay, so I didn’t really read this over the summer, but I had to include it.  There is a reason that everyone loves and pushes you to read this book.  It’s great!  You follow Francie in her journey through life.  You ache for her when things don’t go as planned and you want to give her a big hug when they do.  Truly a great book.  I don’t want to include too much, because…you should read it and find out why!

Is Cursive Obsolete?

23 Jul

 

 

 

Is Cursive Obsolete?.

I thought this post by Seconds was interesting…  I had a conversation during the school year with an occupational therapist trying to set a goal for a student about this.  She wanted the student to have handwriting (cursive), specifically a signature for a student.  She was quite perturbed to learn that we don’t teach cursive in school.  We don’t, we really don’t.  So much is going the way of computers.  The students’ basically take all of their tests on the computer.  A new test was introduced this year that was all writing and guess what!?  It was on the computer.

I can remember learning cursive in elementary school, it was hard!  I’m not saying this because I think that cursive should not be taught.  I have a signature that I use to sign checks, when I use checks…and to sign paperwork at work and school.  Other than that, I do not use cursive!  Is it a little sad to see cursive go the way of quills and ink?  Maybe…,but, as they say, we are preparing our students’ for the 21st century… and they aren’t using cursive.

I’m really hot!

22 Jul

No, but seriously, the heat index is 115 F.  What!?  It’s way too hot…and what happened to Missy Elliot?

Even just cleaning the bathroom and taking out the trash made me sweat!  Yuck!

So what to post, what to post?  I know!

This is how Bond defeats the heat

I mean it works, right?

Bond disapproves of my True Blood watching…I don’t care. I do what I want!

And just because this is a semi random post…

Harry Potter “kids” speaking American

“…teaching strange foreigners to speak the right way, the American way…”

What the what!?

20 Jul

This morning, I got up, stumbled downstairs, and turned on the TV.  Of course the Today Show was on.  I’ve loved the Today Show for as long as I can remember.  I even went there once on my birthday!

Well, it wasn’t quite my birthday, but close enough.  My favorite story about the Today Show is when we went to NYC for my high school graduation present.  It was myself, my mom, my aunt and my grandma.  During a commercial break Ann, Al, and Lester(I think) came around the crowd and shook hands.  When Al got to my grandma he asked her what her name was.  She replied, “Grandma Marie!”  Aw grandma…

The real reason for this post was for what I saw on the Today Show this morning.  Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone came out to promote their newest movie, Crazy, Stupid, Love.  They were chit chatting with Al, Ann, Matt, and Savannah.  Somehow they got on the topic of dancing? (I guess there’s a moment in the movie where Ryan lifts Emma)and they wanted Ryan to lift Ann a la Dirty Dancing “Nobody puts Baby in the corner…”  Ann didn’t want to play along, but Al did…

Yup, that’d be Ryan Gosling lifting Al Roker…if you want to see the video, check out Ryan Gosling lifting Al Roker.  I give a big thanks to You May Say I’m a Dreamer because I could not for the life of me get the clip!

If all the above craziness wasn’t enough for you.  Peep yo’ eyes on this…

Yep, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake together again.

What to see more of my love of JF?

Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young 

 

 

Virginia Beach Race Update!

18 Jul

Race update!

Leanne and I have signed up for  two races in the area.

1. Wicked 10K – We’ve done this race before and love it!  The course is still the same as it always has been and that’s not why we’re doing it.  It’s mainly because of the costumes and the great food afterwards.

Chili in a bread bowl, Blue Moon beer, and yummy cookies!

A twist this year…we are going to try to run part of this race!

2. The Outer Banks 8K – Last year we did the half marathon at the Outer Banks, we thought we’d try something new this year.  Again we’re going to try to run parts of this race.  I’m excited about the race course, it looks a lot more scenic and interesting than the half course map.

So there ya have it!  No, we haven’t signed up for another half…we really need to.  Do y’all have any suggestions??

Happy Monday!!

What’s in the box!?

15 Jul

What’s in the box!?  What’s in the box!?

Whoa!  Chill Brad, it’s not what you think!  Yikes!

Inside this box

Are truly wonderful things, cupcake things, delicious things

HARRY POTTER CUPCAKES!!!

The wonderful cupcakery, Just Cupcakes, were advertising on Facebook that they would have Harry Potter cupcakes Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Um, exsqueeze me baking powder?

I was all over that.  Seemingly so before the bakers at Town Center knew about it.  Ah well, just call me Carpe Diem Emily.  No, don’t really, that’s a long title.  Emily is just fine.

We are waiting until later today to eat them.  Sad, right?  We’re going to watch Harry Potter 4 and eat cupcakes!  I’ll have to update you with how they taste.  I’m sure they will be awful ;)

My cat is weird…

14 Jul

Bond, my cat, has his own personality.  It’s true.

The past couple of days he has been showing off…

Because every cat I know sleeps that way.

This is what I like to call downward chicken cat.  He got himself all tucked in (like a chicken) and then his head slowly began to drop until it was level with the floor.

Like I said, my cat is weird…

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