Thursday, May 31, 2007

Book Suggestion

I noticed this on Heather's blog and it looks interesting -- Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back.

I (we) really need to get the Pulpwood thing rolling again. I get lazier every day. I am currently reading What Happens When We Die?: A Groundbreaking Study into the Nature of Life and Death. It's kind of slow, but it's not meant to be a page-turner. So I've read description after description of NDEs, but I think I'm finally up to the chapter where the actual studies begin.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Housewives Tarot

This looks like something really awesome:

I must make it a point to visit everyday until I've decided if it is something I want to add to my collection.

LOL Sharon - this is for you.

LOL Trek

Peter Krause

I know you don't like him, the actor. I know you didn't like Nate Fisher. And the truth is that when he died, I didn't like him either. But I loved him. You know what I mean? I felt like they were my family and I sobbed and sobbed when he died.

So after I watched We Don't Live Here Anymore, where he wasn't a particularly likable character, I started wondering if I'd deluded myself about him. Ok, he's not to hard to look at. So did I fall for the facade? What was on the outside?
I recently saw an interview he did for a new movie called Civic Duty. It looks interesting enough but really kind of movie of the week. But something he said in the interview made me all gushy for him all over again. Only someone uber cool would refer to someone as having "Star-belly Sneech mentality". Seriously. Wet panties.

Winter Passing

This movie blew. And I'm pretty bummed about it.

Zooey Deschanel is cute as a button. I wish she were a little fairy that I could put in my pocket and keep forever. I love her. She always plays quirky characters. But in this movie, she is so completely unlikeable that it's disturbing.

This movie also featured Will Farrell, Amelia Warner (former Mrs. Collin Farrell), Amy Madigan and Ed Harris.

I love Will Farrell too. He can do comedy and drama so well. In this movie, it's unclear what his deal is: gay tard? tortured artist? Basically he's the groupie of a famous writer, living in his house and taking care of him. Amelia also lives there. She's got a tragic past that is supposed to make us feel sympathy for her and connect her to Zooey's character. But really this whole thing seems contrived.

Ed Harris. What happened to you, dude? Every since Pollack, he only seems like he can play some tortured artist. I loved you. When you slap your wife and call her a bitch in The Abyss...I cry. That silent scream gives me goosebumps. Now all you do is look disheveled and stare blankly into the camera.

Bottom line of this flick: if you like movies about druggy, whoring kitten killers who return home and learn valuable life lessons while encountering quirky stock characters but still remain unlikeable...this is your movie!

Children of Men

Ok. I loved this movie. Chris and I talked about it a lot and I thought about it even more after it was over. But I can't write an eloquent review like the guys at Pajiba did. So here's the link:

Ok, so this was really a chickshit way out of writing about it. But they say it all...


For fun, I thought I'd review a couple of know I'm always watching, so I'll always have material.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Polly Pockets in the bathtub

Okay, they upset me. I've been getting myself inordinately upset lately about the fact that every single time I try to take a bath or shower, I have to share the space with a handful of Polly Pockets. I know I could pick them up, but what would be the point? They'd just be there again the next time. But tonight I decided to be happy about the Polly Pocket that's currently floating in the hot bath I'm running for myself (I need it desperately). Because someday DD will be as old as her brother and there won't be any more toys in the bathtub. I'm feeling maudlin.

Friday, May 25, 2007

The New Mary Magdalen

This is what Chris was dubbed after washing all the youngun's feet tonight. Ah. Then my kids ask who she was. Chris told the abbreviated version and I really, really wanted to go into the DaVinci Code version. It's much more interesting.

So Fran, enlighten me as to what books I should get to start promoting other religions and beliefs. If Mallory asks me one more time if I'll be happy that there's no money in heaven, I'm gonna keel over. It's not that I want to dispute what they've learned but I want to balance it out with what other people believe.

I wanted to sign them up for Vacation Bible School. You know, it's free and keeps them busy to easily transition into summer. Chris shut me down with 'We shouldn't keep filling their minds with propaganda that we ourselves don't believe.'. Just too damned logical!

Regrets and Fantasies...Hmmn. Are we supposed to admit this shit?

question #1: what are three of the stupidest things you’ve done in your life?
been a teenage slutty lush; I could seriously have an 18 year old kid.
been a pretty big gossip. Shhh. Don't tell anyone.

question #2: at the current moment, who has the most influence on your life?
Probably Chris. These days things are revolving around him.

question #3: if you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed to only pick five people to dine with, who would you pick?
My Mom-several times because she's been gone too long and because I didn't appreciate her when she was around

question #4: if you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they be?
Be skinny. Damn, that might take something supernatural.

Win the lotto? :) I'm so damned generic.

question #5: someone is visiting your hometown/place where you live at the moment. name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should really avoid.
I'm going to be generic and copy Mary. It is odd that the median age for Denton's population is 25.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44. You've got to assume a great many of them have children. Why don't we have more cool shit?!? But now that we are getting bounce house places, Denton truly will become the TIP of the Golden Triangle.

Loop 288 blows. But when Pei Wei opens, I'll sit in traffic for an hour both ways to go!

question #6: name one event that has changed your life.
My Mom dying. Life's short, people. You never know when it will happen. Love who you gotta love and live your life. And when you have a chance, kick the ass of a cunt. (that doesn't even make sense but I like it.)

question #7: is not a question. tag five other poor barstids . . . erm . . . people and make them play.

At this point, I don't even know any other bloggers. I'm lame.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I Bare My Naked Soul - It’s Another Revealing Meme - A Woman’s Thoughts Regrets and Fantasies

Tagged by: Mama Kelly at A Blog of 2 Witches

question #1: what are three of the stupidest things you’ve done in your life?

moved to this house

put mud over the living room and hallway walls

closed FairyPlay when I did (too soon!)

question #2: at the current moment, who has the most influence on your life?

Hmmm... In the current moment, it seems that I am most influenced by my grandmother and my daughter, because they both need me so much.

question #3: if you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed to only pick five people to dine with, who would you pick?

my great-grandchildren (I assume this time machine will also take me into the future)

Eric -- I remember when I was about 10 or 11 years old and I was staying with my grandparents during the summer. They had a set of Reader's Digest Condensed Books for teenagers -- It was a boxed set of 4 books. I was laying on the couch late at night, reading by the living room lamplight, and when it ended -- I just felt so full of sadness. Yet there was this great sense of mystery that this very young person had ventured into an area of such dread -- and faced it so beautifully. I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. It was profound.


Mary Magdalene

Joan of Arc

question #4: if you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they be?

I would regain my health, strength, and spirituality. Does that count as three?

question #5: someone is visiting your hometown/place where you live at the moment. name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should really avoid.

I regret that our city doesn't have more family-oriented health franchises, i.e. independent businesses or franchises such as Health and Athletic Center, WinKids, Yoga Island, etc. Seriously, if it doesn't cater to university students or hipsters, it doesn't exist. And I regret that there seems to be something in the air that causes almost everyone who BREATHES it to have some kind of allergic reaction.

It's my opinion that you should really avoid Loop 288 -- there are back ways and side ways to every business along that stretch of land, but if you try to stay on the main thoroughfare, you are STUCK in crazy, rude traffic. Probably best to avoid the Fry Street area right now. It's really sad because all the businesses have closed in preparation for "retail development" that will strip the area of its uniqueness. (There's a silver lining -- all along the roads that make up the Square, things are getting better and better.)

question #6: name one event that has changed your life.

I didn't marry Ben until later.

question #7: is not a question. tag five other poor barstids . . . erm . . . people and make them play.

Disgruntled Housemother

Mr. Blutarsky


Offshore Wife

Perez Hilton (couldn't help it -- I love the Perezzers!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Today is Tuesday.

Feels like Monday, but might as well be Wednesday for all the difference it makes. There's a lot to do before Friday. A LOT. But I'm about to go get Momo and probably waste the rest of the day ferrying her around. Actually, I'm going to take her to the beauty shop and then ATTEMPT to bring her back to the house and keep her here all the way till dinnertime and then Ben can take her home. Think it will work? Think I'll survive without my brain exploding? Every ... single ... time ... she comes over, she looks around and says, "Fran," and I interrupt her and yell, "DON'T SAY IT!" And she giggles and says, "I was just going to ask you what you did after you cleaned your house." Every ... single ... fucking ... time. And I always tell her it's not funny. So she can stay at the nursing home and lay on her bed all afternoon, or she can come over here. If she comes over here, I can guarandamntee you that suddenly "home" will be much more appealing. I'm going to try it, though. I'll probably end up having to take her back before dinner, but I'll give her the option and see how it goes.

We were out of coffee for the second morning in a row. So I picked my dirty clothes up off the bathroom floor, put them on, and went to Piggly Wiggly. Then we had birthday cake for breakfast at about noon. I suppose we'll have leftover (from Sunday!) pizza for our midday snack. Ho hum. How boring can one post be?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Open letter

You read it. I started feeling exposed. It will live on in our memories as the greatest letter ever written...


To bud or not to bud.

I've been thinking lately that I might want to have another baby. I've obviously lost my mind.

Weeeeeeeeeeeeee're Baaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Gay. I know. I'm so freakin' excited.

It's nice to have a place where we can talk about what we want without fear of backlash. Or a tongue lashing from DH. Oh, how I love those lectures.


I can't post any sidebar links or info until I've got the template tweaked how I want it. I forgot how fun this could be!

Monday Melee #1


and A Blog of Two Witches

According to Roget’s Thesauraus, a melee is anything from a fight or a brawl (or hmm.. a fracas) to a list of odds and ends, a potpourri or assortment of something, a mixture, a variety… even a salad.

So each Monday, I and those participating, will use the following and appropriately assorted prompts, to create a post of interest.

1. The Misanthtropic: Name something (about humanity) you absolutely hate.

Well, I hate to use the word hate ... but anyway, to answer the question ~ I suppose that what I really despise is when people act out of ignorance to hurt other people in order to make their "point."

2. The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent or bogus.

It will probably be exposed in time, but in a three-way election in a very small town in Texas, a completely bogus person was elected mayor. This guy is hiding all kinds of skeletons in his non-profit-organization's closet. Oops! I've said too much.

3. The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.

I'm unhappy that I can't seem to do anything to fix this back pain and it's keeping me from doing a lot of things I really need to be doing. Which also means I'm not doing much of what I want to be doing either.

4. The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.

Ellen is busting her ASS to give her daughter a special graduation party. Even though it's stressful, she's handling it with aplomb. As I will be when it's 6:00 on Friday and we've got 30 minutes before the guests arrive!

5. The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.

I see that I *splurged* and got myself some cotton pj's last week and they make me happy when I look in the mirror.

6. The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.

Peace on earth? A pony? For now, I'll wish that I can wake up later this morning (It's basically still Sunday night, but technically 2AM, so more like Monday morning) and feel rested, awake, alert, and that I have the energy and motivation to tackle either the classroom or the garage. If it's the garage, I have to stay focused and just clear the items from the two tables that we'll be needing on Friday.

Oh, we're so far behind ...

For those of you who are prone to laying in the hammock with an iced tea (mint), reading a book while your happy children frolic merrily in the sprinkler, you can go ahead and grab May's pick: Don't Sleep with a Bubba: Unless Your Eggs are in Wheelchairs. And the rest of us will try to read it too.

We're putting the band back together.

A few years ago, it was a desire for a book club that started with a blog. The book club came to fruition, but blogging became the new obsession. On a dare borne of the need to purge all extraneous activities (simplifying - om), the blog was deleted. Just like that. And the book club has been belly up for awhile now as well. It basically started unraveling when we strayed from our original guidance group — Pulpwood Queens — “where tiaras are mandatory and reading good books is the rule.” I’m thinking there must’ve been something about those tiaras that made it just a bit more motivating. This was where it started before. A blog dedicated to the book that started the whole burning desire for a BOOK CLUB. And I’m all for dusting off the tiaras. Or, hell, I may have to get myself a new one. A BIG ONE. And I shall reign as HRH once again ... (fade to applause)