Saturday, September 30, 2006

Another Reason To Love Jordyn

Sitting in the car waiting for Collin to get out of the Diamond Shamrock - -

Me: Man, your dad didn't leave the keys! He should have left the keys so we could listen to the radio!

Jordyn: Yeah, what if we miss "White Boy?"

Me: Huh?

Jordyn: You know, "Play That Funky Music."

Me: Oh, yeah!

Jordyn: That's why I love KLITE - they play 70's music every weekend. I'm a firm believer in 70's music.



Tuesday, September 26, 2006

PTA or Drugs - Your Choice

I've found a new morning show to listen to on my way home from work since The Peak went country and automated. KVUU 99.9 has a couple great dj's that are even better than the guys on The Peak were - the original 2 guys, not Dan Cochell. Anyway - they have this feature on the My 99.9 Morning Show called Group Therapy.

What happens is someone who needs help with a problem writes to Darren & Coba, they read the letter over the air and listeners call in with their opinions. Usually they're about relationships, like last week it was a guy who wanted to go to Fiji for 5 days with his buddies and leave the wife and kids at home - - that sort of thing. But this morning's letter - whewee!!

A woman named Belinda wrote in about a letter her child had brought home from school about volunteering for the PTA. She wouldn't name the school or the district so I don't know which school did this but - it had options for you to choose in your PTA volunteer work. The last option was: "No, I don't want to volunteer for the PTA. I want my children to become drug addicts, thieves and prostitutes." WHA?????

Everyone who called in said the same thing I was saying out loud in the car. How dare these PTA people, the ones who don't have a job outside of the home, make these working and/or single parents feel that if they don't volunteer at their school, their children will turn into the dregs of society! Totally uncalled for!

My mother didn't start working until I was in junior high and she volunteered for everything at the school. She was a room mother for both Derek & I and she was the treasurer for the PTO. That was fun -- she was in charge of all the fund raisers and it was her job to deposit all the checks. I got to sit at the dining room table and write "For Deopsit Only Widefield Elemantary PTO" on every check. Tedious but it was fun. And Dad, even though he worked full time was the president (or vice, I cant remember now) of the PTO.

Anyway, my point was Derek & I are not drug addicts, thieves and/or prostitutes and yes, both our parents were active in the PTO while we were in school. But I know plenty of other kids whose parents didn't have the time to volunteer and they're not in jail, zoned out on dope or selling themselves on Nevada Ave, either!! Whoever wrote that letter should be ashamed of themselves.

A lot of teachers were calling into the station this morning saying that anything that the PTA hands out for students to take home is supposed to be authorized by the principal of the school. I'm wondering if this memo slipped by this principal or if he/she thought that guilting parents into volunteering this was was a keen idea?



Monday, September 25, 2006

Musical Update

So after that last post where I listed all the songs that I wanted, I went out and bought myself 2 new cd's. What I didn't buy were any on my list! Go figure!

I ended up purchasing Fergie's "The Dutchess" and the Dixie Chicks' latest effort, "Taking the Long Way." What I really, really wanted was the new Evanescence but it doesn't hit stores until October 3rd. Bah!

The cd's I bought are both very good, though. The Dixie Chicks is quite mellow, for the most part, with the exception of Lubbock Or Leave It, a fun, upbeat Sin Wagon-like tune. The first single, Not Ready To Make Nice is so powerful, I have to sing along with it!

Fergie's debut solo disc is so much fun, although parts of it remind me of Gwen Stefani's solo. London Bridge sounds like Hollaback Girl without the bananas and Glamorous reminds me of Luxurious. Collin said Fergie was "bitin' rhymes." Ha! The first track, Fergalicious, just pops. She does an awesome version of the Temptations Get Ready and Losing My Ground might be my favorite song on the cd. The only thing I wish was different was that she did more all-out singing. She has a hell of a voice and needs to show the power in it more often!

So - that's my music review. Hope everyone had a fun weekend!



Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Mindless Radio Blob

That's what I've apparently turned into. It seems that once every year there's a block of songs that come out that sometimes against all my better judgement, I really like. This year's block has now arrived.

It started with Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie." I heard it every morning on the way home from work for 3 straight days. I wasn't sure I liked it. Then one day I caught myself singing with it. Crap! I was hooked. It's the "Shakira, Shakira" part and the "this is perfecto" that I seem to enjoy singing along with. Go figure.

Then there was the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California." I've got nothing against RHCP, they just very rarely release anything that really gets my blood pumping. However, this song is so catchy and the video is so great that I think I might have to buy this CD!

And then Evanescence came out with their new song "Call Me When You're Sober." One listen was it took for me to want that CD. I loved their debut and this sounds even stronger! Plus I really dig Amy Lee's voice. I like the little giggle she does at the end of the song.

Right now I have Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" running through my head and I think I might like that one, too.

I've always loved Nickelback, even though it took me a bit to get past the heavy rotation of "How You Remind Me" to realize what an awesome voice Chad Kroeger has so when "Savin' Me" came out, I decided I had to have the new album. I would have had it sooner but I got real tired of hearing "Photograph" every 15 minutes.

The other night I heard "Steady As She Goes" by Jack White's new band The Raconteurs and that CD went on the Must Buy list.

The first CD I bought in a long while, though, was purchased last week. It was a surprise to me to find in my hand, nonetheless realize that the first single from it is, apparently, my new favorite song. When it comes on the radio, I turn it up loud. What is it? Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback." It's such a groovy little tune - I love everything about it. The whole CD is great as well. Justin was always my least favorite NSyncer (laugh, Collin, laugh!) but his solo stuff is pretty hot.

So there's my new batch o' faves. Who knows what next years will be...



Monday, September 18, 2006

Animal Alert!

As per my usual routine, I went shopping with Shanon & Elena on Thursday. Our first stop was Hobby Lobby. We had different things in mind to look at so for a while we ended up going our seperate ways in the store. I took Elena in the cart and she kept me entertained the whole time!

She has a Leap Frog-type game that she plays for hours on end, according to her mother, but this day she didn't have it with her. She compensated for it, however, by reciting the whole game while we shopped. Word for word, she played the game out while we rolled through the store.

"Ten more points to go and you win this animal."

"Where does the Arctic Fox live? That's right!"

My favorite, though, was, "ANIMAL ALERT! ANIMAL ALERT! There's a monkey in the Arctic. Help him find his way home. Where does he belong?"

Sometimes, she'd look at me and say, "A polar bear lives in the Arctic. Or no?"

"No," I'd answer.

"You're right!!!!"

She asked me what animal from the Arctic I'd like to be. I picked penguin. She told me to try again. "But I want to be a penguin! How come I can't be a penguin?" Shanon informed me that the game only focuses on 5 animals from each region and a penguin was, shockingly, not one of them. So I had to settle for being a polar bear.

When they dropped me off at home, Elena hollered, "Bye, Penguin!!"



Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Last weekend, we were all busy moving and didn't stop for dinner until almost 9pm. We decided we would just hit Wendy's on the way back to the house. Being that the hour was late, there was only one other person in the place and she was reading while she ate.

As we sat down, a group of 2 couples came in and one in particular was very loud. You know the type: short, crew-cut, big mouth and an attitude that screams "I THINK I'M FUNNY" but he's really not. Those types bug the hell outta me. Anyway...they ordered at sat down across the dining area from us. Mr. Crew Cut kept talking to the lone girl, making smart remarks that his group found hilarious. She just smiled politely and kept reading.

At one point, Mr. Crew Cut decided he needed something from the front counter. But he doesn't simply walk up and get it. No, he goes into stealth mode, crouching while he walked, trying not to be seen. His buddies thought this was great fun. After he grabbed whatever he needed, he went into a dive & roll across the floor. Everyone at his table lost their heads laughing at him.

Jordyn & I were the only ones at our table to see this feat. In my head, I'm thinking, "What an ultramaroon. What a nincowpoop" but Jordyn...Loudly, she says, "That was stupid!!" Collin & Justin asked "What was?" And she points and says, even louder, "That guy over there...." I sshed her and quietly told the guys what Mr. Crew Cut had done.

I loved that these 4 adults who were in their late 20's/early 30's were cracking up over his antics and a 6 year old is the one who calls a spade a spade. It WAS stupid. I know they all heard her and I hope they realized that it's pretty sad when a 1st grader has more class than they do.



Monday, September 11, 2006

A Nothing Kind of Monday

Not a lot happening that's blog-worthy. Collin & I spent the whole weekend moving. We had the U-Haul on Friday and with the much-appreciated help of his Mom and step-dad, we got all the big heavy stuff moved. Now it's just cleaning the apartments and finding a place for everything in the house. Great fun for us!

Don't know what the heck was wrong with the Broncos yesterday. The announcers kept saying that "the rookie's not ready yet" when faced with Plummer's abysmal playing but my thought process is if Jake's going to play like a rookie and throw 3 int's, including one to Rod Smith while he's triple teamed then maybe we should put the real rookie in and see what he can do - can't be any worse than Jake.

See? Really not much to talk about. Hope all of you had a fine weekend!



Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Hot August Nights With A Twist of Death

We got unbelievably slammed at work last month which severely hampered my reading schedule. It actually took me 2 weeks to finish one book. That's bad for me! Really, really bad! Here's the short list:

77. Conspiracy In Death

78. Loyalty In Death

79. Witness In Death

80. Judgment In Death

81. Betrayal In Death

82. Seduction In Death

All books by J.D. Robb. The selection of the month went to Judgment In Death - picking which one of those books was better than the rest is like picking a favorite Badfinger song! Bah!

On a food note - we took our usual IHOP trek tonight. Our waitress was a new girl who had just transferred from Texas and her accent was really thick. It took all my willpower not to start talking with an accent as well. I pick those up so easily!

The waitress who gave us the free apple pie came over to talk to us a bit and said she wished they didn't have to alternate customers so that she could wait on us. By the time the check came, we were wishing that as well. The new girl, Jenny, gave us no kind of discount at all! When we decided we wanted apple pie, I went and found Shiela, the Free Food Waitress, and asked her if she could get it for us. Once again, she gave it to us for no charge. As we were leaving, I slipped her a five for the free stuff. She then told us that tonight was her last night and that she was moving to an IHOP on North Academy which is about as far away from us as she could get. She asked us to come visit her so we might some morning.

Just when we get them trained they leave. :-(

Hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday!!



Monday, September 04, 2006

So tired.....

God, moving is hard work!! But I keep telling Collin that this is IT! We're not moving ever again. I hope he likes this house he bought because I'm not doing this again!!!

Really, I guess it's not THAT awful's just a lot of physical labor and it's time consuming. I have no patience, I want everything done NOW!! I want to flip my ponytail like Genie and have everything moved over to the new house, exactly where it needs to be, and the old apartments cleaned. I can dream...

The new house is great - Collin's planning a video tour through the house at some point so you can all see what it looks like. It's soooo pretty!

Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!!



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