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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Preschooler Gymnastics

Today was Eryn's first time at Gymnastics class. It was held at Rosemount High School, and she was fascinated by the Big Kids' School and the Big Kids' Lockers. She was far more fascinated by the trampoline and the bar.

Video at this link is Eryn on the trampoline with Coach Jason. This one is Eryn on the bar.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007


I've joined my sister and brother-in-law in the practice of ebay-ing toys from our collective childhood. (Witness the 1973 Fisher Price Circus Train.) No flat car and no giraffe, but Eryn's pretty darn happy.

Oh, and she's sporting her new "gymnastics clothes." First class in one week.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

This is how I know I'm old

My parents sent me money for my birthday and noted that I was to spend it on a "luxury." No problem, I thought.

The first thing I thought was that it would be a luxury to have a new windshield (mine has a horrid crack). Wow, was that weak. Scrap that idea.

Next, I thought I could put the money into the Garage Door Fund. Ack, even worse.

Then, finally I thought about getting a massage. Cool! And...then...I dropped it. Seemed like a waste.

Yesterday I spent the money on a new comforter for Scooter's and my bed. That's something for both of us, and something we needed but would put off because it wasn't really necessary. I was really excited about buying a comforter. Yep, closer to 40 than 30.

(Thanks for the comforter, Mom and Dad!)

Get off the bench, Skinny!

Ask the Cookie Queen: the benches in the sitting area in medical clinics are there so that people who are heavier than average have a comfortable place to sit. They are not there so you can have extra space between you and the numerous vacant chairs around you. What do you expect, a very heavy person to have to ask you to move, please, so he/she can sit?


Cheater Hawk

On my way home from my office yesterday I saw a hawk perched atop a bluebird house next to 35E. I'm pretty sure that's poor sportsmanship in the avian community.


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Movie Meme

I've been tagged by She Says:

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.

Grease, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Am I allowed to name two? Wait: also everything by Pixar.

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
Again, Grease.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Michael J. Fox (never really got over my junior high crush), but only if it was more like The Frighteners than Doc Hollywood. Ew. Also Philip Seymour Hoffman - he was scary good in Owning Mahoney. On the female side: Neve Campbell, Helen Mirren.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
I agree with She Says: Tom Cruise. Will Ferrell pretty much kills things for me too, though I've heard from at least two reliable sources that Stranger Than Fiction is worthwhile. If it's any good, I plan to argue it's because of Emma Thompson. Female: Juliette Lewis. [shudder]

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Training Day ("Man the fuck up!")

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
Grease, The Little Mermaid, possibly also A Chorus Line.

7. Name a movie that have been known to sing along with.
Grease, Finding Nemo ("just keep swimming...")

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Fahrenheit 9/11. Get with the program, eh.

9. Name a movie that you own.
How about a smattering, from several genres? Dawn of the Dead, Practical Magic, Life of Brian, Pitch Black.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
I can't be original here: Cher and Will Smith. Oh! Jon Bon Jovi is actually a decent actor (Moonlight and Valentino.) Really.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Scooter and I saw Mermaids at the Hi-65 in Blaine, years ago when we were dating. It was followed by a horror flick, but neither of us can remember what it was.

12. Ever made out in a movie?
Not so much. (Not a slight to Scooter.)

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet gotten around to it.
Wait Until Dark.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
Sadly, no. I considered it during Hostel - lots of gross with not much story. Gross is just fine if there's a good story. I have, on the other hand, walked out of a live comedy show - from the first row, no less.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Saving Private Ryan.

16. Popcorn?
Most times. With Scooter, no reconstituted butter-flavored stuff; without him, always.

17. How often do go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
Probably once a month. Scooter and I tend to go in shifts, so we don't need a babysitter but can at least talk about what we saw. He hasn't forgiven me for The Cave, but I maintain that was his fault for not checking the reviews. Turd held up to a light bulb, indeed.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
Charlotte's Web. Guess who my date was?

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
I'm torn. I enjoy good horror/suspense films, but if I were stranded on a desert island with only one genre...indy. I wouldn't want my brain to rot. Plus, there might be monsters on the island.

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Star Wars.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
An American Haunting. Wow, was that stupid. My mother once rented something called Heartbeeps with Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters that might be the all-time worst movie. With so many options, it's tough to choose.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
Julien Donkey-Boy. You're so stupid you hit yourself in the head. Oops, this one should be under #5.

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
The Exorcist. Scared the hell out of me when I was eight, and continues to be scary.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I'm sure there are others, but no others where people fart in other people's "general direction." In bad French accents.

Tag, Scooter, LissyJo, Cookie Queen, and She Says (#s 21, 22, 23, 24).