Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My Favorite Christmas Song

Okay, so I'm sure the purists will argue that this is far from a Christmas song but I don't care.

I love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!!

And I listen to is all year long.....thank you, Joni Mitchell!!

Sniff, Cough, Sniff

Though I am beginning a new day with no signs of the cold (yet), our family is officially reduced to three sick members, leaving me as the lone beacon of health and care.

Olivia, 3; Joseph, 1; and John, 32 are all a' sniffle and cough, and let's just say their actual ages have very little to do with how well they're handling their current weakened states.

Which one do you think is whining the most??

Tracking Santa

If you have older children who can appreciate navigational technology (or you just like to have fun relaying his annual trip to the kids), NORAD is once again tracking Santa's movements across the globe.

As of posting, Santa has only four minutes left in Austrailia.

Click HERE for the NORAD Tracks Santa Link.

Overreaction of the Year

The overreaction of the year goes to the NFL for fining Shaun Ellis for throwing into the stands after the Jets loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

The fans were pelting the players with snow as they exited the field, and so, in fun, Ellis picked up a pile of snow and gingerly tossed it upward, into the stands where many of the throwers were poised. As a result of this horrible, dangerous response to poor, innocent fans, the NFL is fining him $10,000.

I happen to think it was pretty damn funny.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Headline of the Day

"Rare Disease Causes People to Pull out Their Own Hair"

I've actually heard of this. I think it's called "parenting".

For the full article, click HERE.

Holiday Song of the Day

Today's choice is a more recent favorite....

And if we're making a Top 10 list of my favorite things in any given year, Christmas morning has officially returned to the list.....

Underrated Moments in Film

To take a break from all the holiday madness, I recently took comfort in TNT, one of many cable stations that decides to run a mainstream movie and replay it 3,000 times in one weekend. Examples of movies run into oblivion include The American President, Shawshank Redemption, and, most recently, Jerry Maguire.

As much as I'll be the first to acknowledge how far the strong have fallen a la Tom Cruise, watching movies like Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire compel me to give credit where credit is due: his performance in both movies is masterful and do not rely on his looks alone, the very thing that carried his early movies.

In fact, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire also showed some acting acumen, but the Oscar really should have gone elsewhere, but not to Tom Cruise either.

Below is a clip from the show that might not readily come to mind when you consider the film's most memorable moments. Clearly, Jonathan Lipnicki as the adorable little son, the "You had me at hello" line, and "show me the money" are all easy quotables. However, at least to me, the scene below, played by one of the most underrated actresses around, Regina King, was one of my favorites. Why?

The message is simple, though not everyone gets it: Nothing is more important than family.

What's Worser Than Worsest?

Both my kiddies have been sick with runny, hacking, snotty colds, which means they are like everyone else's kids this time of year.

Just in time for Christmas.

Anyway, my littlest one not only has a horrible cold/cough/cling-syndrome, but he's also sporting some pretty robust molars just below the gums and so, just when I thought normal sleep was right around the corner, I was wrong.

The hight point?

Yesterday, he coughed right in my mouth, meaning I'll have a lovely cold just in time for Christmas.

Quote of the Day

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." -Dr. Seuss

Picture of the Day

Preschool Christmas Concert: 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Done, Done, DONE!!

So that little project I mentioned a few weeks back turned out to be not so little (shout out to all 382 pages of it!) and now it is DONE!!!!

What does that really mean?

1) The burns on my thighs caused by excessive laptop temperatures may finally begin to heal.

2) I can discover that the seasons have changed....I heard the Northeast got walloped, but I haven't left my house in a month.

3) Although needed, I now have a chance to get myself together before Extreme Makeover shows up at my door.

4) Is that a Christmas tree in my living room?

5) I can begin to have conversations with people that do not require typing....something that the people at the grocery store found very annoying and not at all funny when I explained myself.

AND most importantly......

I can once again return to my beautiful blog and wax quixotic about a mother of two and a wife of one....