Monday, August 31, 2009

Tom and Jerry

So I should probably be working on my classes but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about life at the rugrat-filled house. Kaelen has learned that he absolutely loves Tom and Jerry. In fact, I have seen more Tom and Jerry in the last two weeks then I have in my life-time. This is probably especially true becaues Kaelen has been sick the last couple of days and so has spent a lot of time just laying on the couch. Now those of you who know Kaelen know this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and so we snuggled for a long time on those days. Well Kaelen has learned certain things from Tom and Jerry. He has learned that the lion roars at the beginning of every episode and he roars right along with it (complete with the lion head roll). He knows the difference between Tom and Jerry and commercials and he doesn't like commercials. Well yesterday or the day before we were watching an episode that had the Musketeers in it. It was called Touche, Pussy Cat! Anyway, Nibbles ends up having to hand delivery Jerry's love letters and of course has to fight off the evil Tom on his way to and from the girl's house. Every time he meets Tom he yells, "On guard!" So the other day, Kaelen looks at me and starts saying, "On guard, on guard, on guard!" I am so glad that he is being exposed to such great values! But he is so cute as he yells "On guard!" at you.

I also have to say that after seeing so many Tom and Jerry episodes that I am starting to get favorites. My favorite is called "Downhearted Duckling." This is one about a duck who reads the story of the Ugly Duckling and never makes it to the part where the duckling was actually a swan. So the duck is convinced that he is an ugly duckling and he just wants to die. He keeps going up to Tom and saying "Will you please eat me?" (As a side note: Melissa and I both love the voice of the duck so props to whoever does it!) So Jerry spends the episode trying to convince the duck that he is pretty and helping him with beauty tips. And the duck keeps thinking that he is super ugly and puts himself in a pie for Tom to eat and into a sandwich and things like that. Tom is very willing to eat the duck but gets a little weary after Jerry keeps rescuing the duck. At one point Jerry is reading a beauty tip book and has curlers in the duck's hair, and a mud mask on, and a corset on and looks like a girl does on a Friday night girl's night. (Definitely one of those nights where no pictures are taken!) Anyway, Tom comes and steals the duck and opens the bag and finds this Frankenstein looking duck and runs through the brick wall to run away. It gets bad enough that the duck starts to walk around with a bag over his head. The duck stays convinced that he is ugly until he meets another duck that tells him that he is cute. I love this reason for the 10-cow-wife theory behind it but I also wonder if that that is what would happen if the boys in our lives saw us in our mudmasks and curlers. I mean we do look a little Frankensteinish. That is okay I will still do them because I think it is worth it!

I must say that I look forward to many more Tom and Jerry moments with Mr. Kaelen. I think after I leave here though I won't be able to watch a Tom and Jerry episode without just breaking down and crying.

Making Pita Chips

The longer I live with Melissa the more independent I become and the more independent I want to become. I have always thought of myself of an independent person but I don't want to make my own appointments or cook my own food. I didn't want to do those things because I would probably just end up doing them wrong. There is nothing worse than looking like an idiot trying to do something productive. I have also always believed that you either have to be in the adult world or the kid world. You can't ever live in both and if I had to pick a world to live in the adult world wouldn't be it. Melissa would ay things like well I learned tips on cooking from watching cooking shows. I am not old enough to watch cooking shows and can we say boring any louder? And yet the longer I live with her and the longer I am exposed to things like cooking shows the more I realize that I was wrong. I can live in both worlds and I can do things without knowing about them 110%. In fact I have said multiple times over the last little bit that I am really excited for the 6 weeks I live down in Tempe because I can practice my cooking without fear of anyone else tasting those awful dinners that I just ruin.

So last night was one of those moments of me branching out and living in the adult world for a moment. One of the things that Melissa has corrupted me with is eating healthy things. I mean I didn't even know what hummus was before moving in with her and I was craving it last night. When did I ever think I would hear the sentece uttered from my mouth, "I am craving pita chips and hummus." What is wrong with me? It must be something in the water out here. Well anyway, I was craving them but we didn't have any in the house. I had helped Melissa make cookies that afternoon and so decided that since we didn't have any pita chips and I was already in cooking mode that I would just make some. Now those of you who know me understand that this is just so out of character it isn't even funny. Well anyway, I asked Melissa to tell me the recipe again and off we went. I made Pita Chips and they were actually quite good if I say so myself and they definitely filled my craving needs last night. I would have taken some pictures to prove it but we definitely weren't looking so cute last night while making Pita Chips and so no pictures were taken. So you will just have to take my word for it or ask for statements from the few key witnesses that saw me do it. Too bad 2 of the 3 people who watched the whole process are under the age of two.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Consider Yourself Warned

Melissa and I had a conversation about how I am going to have to learn to blog more frequently when I don't actually live with her and she can't see what I do on a day-to-day basis. I think this would actually be a good idea and so I am going to try and blog more frequently. So either to the excitement or the detriment of the readers of this blog, I will be posting more often.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Update on productivity

Since wasting time earlier today I have finished my English class for the week and put kids down and now am off to tackle biology. I guess I don’t have to worry about being too productive.

Becoming a better student

Today I was playing online. So while I was playing I decided that I need to become a more fulfilled member of Yoville. Today I received a badge, a diamond badge, for visiting 600 friends since I started playing months ago. I like diamonds, even fake Yoville diamonds, so I decided I wanted to earn more badges. This being the most useful to spend my time. I found out that I could earn a badge for racing on the game. I won 8 races and then the computer decided I was done so I went back to working on school. Now the whole time I was racing I kept making comments about how useful I was being and that I really should be doing school. But school didn’t sound like fun so I kept racing. I finally started reading my English textbook and the first words I read are “some students are more successful than others. Some students are more motivated and know how to spend their time wisely.” Melissa and I couldn’t help but laugh at how ironic this was. So instead of being productive and reading the rest of the chapter. I quickly needed another break so that I could blog about my ineffective use of time. So now that I have wasted more time… again… I will go back to school. It is good to know that the 2007 valedictorian of CVHS is spending their time so wisely so that they may have a productive school career. For the record, I have an amazing GPA (well now, that hasn't always been the case since I entered college).

Friday, August 7, 2009

Being a world traveler

Some feel like being a world traveler means traveling the world. I hate to inform those people that they are sadly mistaken. Many of the great sites of the world can be seen on the Portsmouth Harbor in Hew Hampshire. I had the opportunity to go there yesterday with my Mom, Melissa, and her 5 rugrats. We took a harbor cruise and it was a blast. We have all been so spoiled while my wonderful Mother was here and this was no exception. We toured the water and got to learn the history and see different things. I was with Kaelen and so we particularly noticed all of the round buoys in the water. We saw A LOT of those. Anyway, we also saw some unusual sites that I think the average tourist would have missed. For example, I made sure to point out the camouflaged version of the Eiffel Tower. I mean right there on the harbor is the Eiffel Tower and everyone else would have simply missed it. We also saw the really skinny version of the Leaning Tower, the Twin Towers (which are currently in the witness protection program after 9/11), the Statue of Liberty, and some other fun ones. All of these of course could only be seen by the trained eye because they are in camouflage and in programs like the witness protection program. Luckily, my family thought to bring me along and I was able to point out these wonderful sites of the world. Like my mom said, "Some people go and see the world. Chrissy brings the world to her."