Friday, December 10, 2010

I just took Miss Elspeth on a special mother-daughter outing to see The Nutcracker. It was really a sweet time. George took me out on my birthday date last night, and we left the children with friends. The discussion at the dinner table among the children was over ballet. Elspeth had just come from a very special lesson and there was much to talk about. The biggest news is that our ballet instructor's studio burnt down last week. We received a call last Thursday that lessons were cancelled because there had just been a fire. Our instructor has already been able to procure a new location, so yesterday's lesson went on as scheduled, including "open house." This means that we went to a totally different building that was packed out with parents and grandparents with cameras and camcorders. It was pretty overwhelming for Miss E at first, but she warmed up eventually, and I even managed to get a short video with my phone (which I will try to load as I am, once again, posting on my phone from McDonald's). Anyway, ballet was the big news for the day, and when we came to pick the kids up, my friend let me know that she had two tickets to Ballet Des Moines' production of The Nutcracker today. So we went! And it was delightful. Her favorite part was "The Waltz of the Flowers." She loved the blue flower :)

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Birthday Greetings

to me and my blog. We are thirty-three and five, respectively.

It's been a good day so far. I got an alarm clock that my iPhone plugs into, which is a very happy thing; Nora Ephron's newest book, I Remember Nothing, Amy Sedaris' new book, Simple Times, Crafts for Poor People; Mariah Carey's new Christmas CD, Merry Christmas II You; a new scarf, handmade by my dear Amabel Grace; credit at Land's End for a new coat; and a beautiful plant all from various family members. And evidently, there's still more on the way! And sweet friends have been calling, emailing, and sending happy things in the mail all weekend. I have to say that I really didn't think anyone would remember. I was a little down earlier this week thinking about how I feel out of touch and forgotten. I know I'm not, of course, but sometimes hormones convince us otherwise :) So I have been very much surprised and delighted by the kindness and thoughtfulness of friends.

We had our monthly potluck at church and enjoyed good food and fellowship well into the afternoon. And if that weren't enough, we're heading out to eat for dinner later on- probably somewhere with a never ending basket of chips and salsa. Also, all of my listings are selling on ebay, so I am excited about that. I know that's random, but it's just a nice little bonus- I'm making some extra cash, and I'm getting rid of stuff I don't need (my favorite thing!).

Reviews on books and CDs to come soon, more recipes (I promise!), and pictures of the many sewing projects I have in the works once they are finally completed (I'm close!).... Happy birthday, Pretty Funny For a Girl, you may have some life left in you yet!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Giveaway Gone Wrong

I'm pretty sure no one reads anymore- not that there is much to read- but, just in case, did anyone see Ellen today? I haven't watched her show in a couple of years, but I was sewing today and Rachel Ray was on Food Network (no thanks) so I flipped around until I found Ellen. I was watching very casually, so I don't know for sure what happened, but I saw enough that I really want to know. From what I saw, Ellen was trying to help someone in her audience out for the holidays with a surprise giveaway. She read the letter that the person wrote out loud and then they showed the person in the audience in a split screen shot, totally surprised to hear her letter. So Ellen calls her up and starts asking her about the details of her letter.

Detail 1, the girl's mom was sick and in the hospital for a long time with extensive hospital bills. So Ellen asks the girl how her mom is. She says her mom is doing really well and goes to the gym every day. So Ellen is kind of wowed by that- what a remarkable recovery! She is glad for her, of course, and moves on to another topic.

Detail 2, the girl had also been laid off and was unemployed. So Ellen says that she is so glad her mom is doing better, but that she knows things are still rough since she doesn't have a job. The girl says that actually they hired her back at well over the rate they were paying her before. Wow! Okay... So Ellen is glad for her about this too and moves on to another topic.

Detail 3, the girl had sold her car to pay for her mom's medical bills. Ellen says that she thought she was going to help her but that it sounds like things are already looking up. But maybe she can help anyway, she knows that it must be rough not having a car. "You don't have a car right?""No, I have TWO cars! I wrote that letter like a year ago..." So Ellen says, "Wow, well, we should really do some more research when we do these things, I guess...."

Detail 4, the girl watches the show every day- ".... but you watch the show every day, huh?" "Yeah, well, I don't watch it quite as often as I used to since it's Oprah's last season." What?! Seriously?! And then, all of the sudden, there were chimes and it was time for the 12 days of giveaways.

It was the strangest thing. I don't think they ever finished with the girl. And I have Googled it and can't find anything about it. Was it a joke? Did anyone else see this? It was so bizarre and tacky and just all around unbelievable. It's even weirder to me that I can't find anything about it anywhere. I know it's just a random talk show, but it was hilariously awkward.

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