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Awesome Moments as a Parent

This is a quickie.

About a month ago, after talking with Connor following an incident with a neighbourhood kid, we started the wheels turning on speech therapy. He’s always had a weird way of saying his “R”s; sounds almost like he has an accent. Anyway, today was the conclusion of his 4th session, and his therapist came out to tell me how amazing he is doing, and that his progress in the last week has just blown her away.

You guys… he can make his R sound… I know this may sound insignificant to many, but truly? Hearing him actually make the real-live “grrr” sound? It moved me to tears. In fact, I am still crying about it…

It amazes me the capacity for growth and learning that children have. In fact, I think I’m going to start to emulate that a bit.

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Family, Raising Kids, Randomness

 

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90210 in Real Life

A few months back, we signed up for Netflix.  It’s been fun – we have access to lots of shows that we haven’t thought about in ages.  And I was so excited when I discovered the original “Beverly Hills 90210” series.  I wasn’t a regular follower when it was on the air, although I did watch an episode here, and episode there.  Especially when they aired new shows during the usual summer hiatus – there was nothing else on so if I was home and it was on, I watched it.  When I uncovered the treasure trove of NetFlix, I started watching the series again, right from the start.

It is not good TV, people.  It’s really not.  But it’s funny to watch it now, more than 20 years later, and remember what a stir it caused with some of the episodes.  And the fashion!  OMG…

Anyway, watching it makes me think back to my high school days (which I must admit were pretty great).  Recently, my thoughts have turned to the gang from the show, and the gang that I hung out with.  Who would be each character?  I’m not sure really, but it’s funny for me to think about it.  So here’s what I’ve come up with:

Brenda: This one would have to be Meela.  I say that not because she was self-centred (like Brenda in the show) but because whether or not Meela wanted to be, she was the centre of our group.  She was – and still is – the funniest person I know.  She is shows concern for her friends, and isn’t afraid to state an unpopular opinion.  Meela treats all those she loves as her family, just as Brenda welcomed Kelly and Dylan into the Walsh Clan.  She had good hair then, and now has awesome hair.  She was cool.  And too, her brother (who was not her twin) was freakin’ HAWT.
Kelly: Most likely match up in our group would be Hilary.  She had the cool mom, the blonde hair, and the most dates of all of us.  She didn’t live in a mansion though, nor did she drive.  But then again, none of us did.  We had a metropass and the city was ours!
Donna: Donna as a bad rep, in large part because of the actress who played her.  Here’s what I think about Donna: she was fun-loving, easy going, and the gang enjoyed having her around.  She wasn’t afraid to do the unexpected, wasn’t afraid to be herself.  It is because of these traits that I assign her real-life matchup to the incomparable Sheila.  Miss you, She-Ra.  The world is a darker place without your light.
Andrea: I think this one was Amity.  Ami always wanted to wear glasses, but she had WAY better hair than Andrea.  She was, without question, the smarty in our group though which is how I equate her with Andrea.  Well, that and her connection to our school paper.  Although, Hilary was also editor of the school paper… anyway.  I’m sticking with Amity.
Dylan: I think this would have to be Jason.  He was super hot (believe me, everyone wanted to date him everywhere we went), had a total bad-boy image and was the guy you could count on to be there to support you and be honest with you no matter what you were going through.
Brandon: I’m going to make this guy’s real-life matchup Aaron.  He was cute (although he didn’t know it), he was a goody-goody (he didn’t drink then, and really still doesn’t now), he had perfect hair (at least in his mind!) and was always wearing blue jeans.  Aaron was clean-cut, straight-up fun.  Whatever happened to that guy, I wonder…  :p
Steve: Probably this would have been Darren.  He looked older than all of us (because he was), and so did Steve.  He was the one to order things for us with his credit card (like pizza: cheese on top!), because none of the rest of us had one.  And while Steve’s mother was the reason that Steve had access to people and places that the others didn’t (she was a famous actress on the show), Darren lived on his own and that was the ultimate freedom to most of us.
David Silver: I think this one would have been Aaron.  Although, I go back and forth on it, because on the show, no one really wanted to hang out with David and believe me when I say this was NOT the case with Aaron.  So I’m going to say that Aaron was a hybrid of Brandon & David.  Aaron was the guy who was totally into music though, he wrote and recorded his own stuff in his own studio, he didn’t dance really, but he sang.  And, he had the same hair.  Death to anyone who touched it as well!

Oh my friends mentioned in this post…  I hope you’re laughing!  Because really to me, it’s quite humourous.  Love you all!!  And you know it too.

The 90210 Gang

The 90210 gang

And some of the RCI Gang

This is half of us. Missing from here are Jason, Sheila, Amity & Darren. Good times...

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Oversharing, Randomness

 

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Does this mean I need to learn about Pokemon?

It seems I start out a lot of my posts responding to something I’ve seen on facebook.  Huh.  Well, you don’t judge me for my social outlets, and I won’t judge you for yours.  Deal?  Good.

Moving on…

A friend of mine posted this on facebook yesterday.  And wow – it smacked me like only something that is unavoidably the truth can:

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If you have ever spent time with a child who is obsessed with Pokemon, you will understand why this hit me like a smack in the face.  Even other children who are not into Pokemon, are with me on this.  I know this, because I had a conversation with my 7.5 year old cousin a few weeks back, about how if he had to hear his sister and my son say another word about Pokemon, he was going to hit something.  My response to this comment was basically, “TESTIFY!”

So then, if I want my Pokemon-obsessed child to talk to me later about love and sex and drugs and whatnot, I need to be listening to him talk about Pokemon all day?  Is that I need to do?  Because…  because man.  I can work on that but it’s going to be so. tough.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Randomness, Vexations

 

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I… I didn’t expect this.

You know, when I was pregnant with my first-born, everyone told me that my life was going to change dramatically and that I would never again be the same.  Other mothers told me that, well meaning strangers, and even old ladies who were rubbing my belly – without permission, in Gerrard Square (those of you who know the fresh hell that is Gerrard Square can clearly understand how freakin’ creepy this was) of all places – told me this.  And of course, I knew it myself.  I mean, my salary was about to be dramatically reduced, and therefore no more wine budget.  But I knew too in other, less obvious ways, I would be forever changed.

I was scared.  I mean, I don’t know if you remember this or not, but I was never going to have children.  I was going to be the crazy aunt, with the high-flying career, who travelled the world and impressed her bevy of nieces and nephews with the ever-increasing cool factor that was my life.  You know what they say about life right?  “It’s what happens when you’re making other plans.”  Boy-howdy can I attest to the truth of this addage.

Anyway.  I’ve been doing this Mother thing for almost 8 years now (how is it possible that my baby is going to be 8 in 12 days?!?!  In-con-ceivable!) and I’ve had my fair share of unexpected things.  Like giving up my “high-flying career” and choosing to stay home, which I’ve been doing now for almost 3 years.  Somethings though…  you can never prepare for.

I mean, maybe when I was a kid I thought that maybe one day I’d have kids and I’d stay home with them like Patty Brown’s (my best friend in grade 2) mom did.  So maybe it was on my radar in some what.  What I had zero ability to imagine is that…  is that a grown man, singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “Turkey in the Straw” could be so…  so…  attractive.

That’s right people: I am coming out and telling you that I have a crazy crush on this man:

Object of my affection, Blue Wiggle Anthony Field

It’s his eyes, it’s his accent (the Wiggles are Australian), and lord knows I have always swooned for a man who can sing.  But really…  I never expected to have a thing for a children’s entertainer.  It feels wrong somehow; almost pedophile-adjacent.  Which IT IS NOT.  I mean, he’s a grown man, I’m a grown woman, we’re not related, it’s totally legal and not at all taboo.  Especially when you know he looks like this when he’s not working:

   

Mr Blue Wiggle himself, out of costume. YUM.

And such a lovely smile, no?

So there you go.  I didn’t expect it, but I don’t think I’m totally crazy either.  Do you?

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Oversharing

 

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TV that I Watch

Yesterday as I was grappling with the what-to-do-with-the-car issue, the bright spot on my horizon was knowing that The Amazing Race would be on at 8:00.

I love The Amazing Race (TAR).  Like, so much.  As far as reality TV goes, I think it’s the best really.  I love seeing different places in the world, getting little snippets of history, and yeah watching ignorant people speaking Spanish in Portugal always makes me laugh.

I am one of those people who loves television.  Especially good television.  And there is a lot of it out there right now — ask me!  ’cause I have a lot of watching on my plate!  MOMD & I rarely watch our shows live; we stream via our computer from network websites, Netflix and even from iTunes.  In fact, we have put in the order to cancel our cable because we watch so little live.  Not even the kids really watch live TV (Treehouse is an exception, but really Sam prefers his shows on Netflix too).  There’s nothing we love more than getting to the end of the week and having 4 hours of TV to get through — that’s what we do with our Friday & Saturday nights. We catch up on what we missed.

And so today, I thought I would share with you what TV we watch.  Without further aidue, here is my list:

Reality TV

America’s Next Top Model *
Survivor
The Amazing Race

Comedy

Parks & Recreation
Modern Family
30 Rock
The Office
Cougar Town

Drama

The Walking Dead
Mad Men
Game of Thrones
True Blood
Breaking Bad

I think that’s about it.  Of the shows listed in “Drama”, we’re only watching one of these right now.  Well, 2; we’re watching Breaking Bad on Netflix, and are only partway through season 1, so I’m not someone you should talk to about current plot lines.  I’ll tell you though: it’s amazing television.  The other one we’re watching now is The Walking Dead.  SOOOO GOOD!!!  Mad Men starts back up in about 2 weeks time, Game of Thrones on April 1 (incidentally: the books are outstanding as well) and True Blood is usually in June sometime.

Ahhh TV…  how I love your alternate universes…

* Note: MOMD would not be caught DEAD watching this.  It is my indulgence alone.  I did not list shows he watches that I do not, so I thought it only fair to identify the shows that I watch on my own.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Randomness

 

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