Interstellar Adventures

March 29, 2007

Maybe I need one of those protective helmets

Filed under: It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 9:10 pm

I am not a clutzy person. Twelve years of ballet taught me grace and balance, as well as good posture. But today, you wouldn’t have known it.

First, on my way to a meeting, I walked through our atrium, and then into our main lobby. A group of people had just passed me, and fortunately exited the lobby. Because all of a sudden. SPLAT! There I was on the floor in front of the stair case. Only one person saw me fall. Thank goodness. My shoes flew off, and I landed mostly on my left knee and elbow. My knee has a slight bruise. My elbow actually is a little scraped. I have no clue why I fell. Walking one minute, not the next.

Then, just because if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing twice, I fell again tonight. At Zed’s basketball practice. I had dropped him off and then parked. Just walking through the lobby again and BAM! Down I went. Fortunately I didn’t break the coach’s trophy that I was carrying. The score book did go flying though, as did my water bottle. Sadly the lobby was full of parents and kids alike, but I was up again quickly. A girl picked up the score book and asked if I was OK, and so of course I lied. “I’m fine.”

At first I thought maybe I was fine. But then the outside of my foot hurt. OK, a little bruise. But as the night has worn on, the pain has gotten worse. My foot is throbbing, though not swollen (that I can detect). I’m walking with a limp, and it hurts to move it. Why did I fall? No clue. Didn’t notice any wet spots, objects in my path, and they weren’t ‘dangerous’ shoes. Normal, fully enclosed pumps. I’ve never had any problem wearing them before.

I wonder if I sprained it. Not good. Not good at all. Tonight I’m icing it and elevating and taking Advil. Ya’ll why does crap have to happen to me at just the wrong time! I’m in TRAINING! Karma! Hello?!?! Be nice to me, please. Please, pretty please? Don’t make me have a temper tantrum. It’s not a pretty sight.

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be down here…on the floor…

March 28, 2007

Little Girls, Little Girls

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 10:41 am

Where have  you gone!? Where is the sugar and spice and everything nice?

Elle has a couple of friend we’ll call Ally and Lynn. Elle has known both girls since kindergarden, and they have gone to each other’s birthday parties and whatnot. Ally’s birthday was most recent, back in February. She had a slumber party, and Elle, Ally, Lynn and a few other girls were all there.

The next week, Elle came out of school almost crying.
Elle: I don’t think Ally wants to be my friend anymore.
Me: What makes you say that?
Elle: She wouldn’t let me play with her today. She was playing with 3rd graders.
Me: Did you ask if you could play with them?
Elle: Yes, but they said there were enough people playing already. I had to play with a first grader.

This continued for a couple of days, with Elle asking to play, and being excluded from the group. At the end of the next week, I had a parent/teacher conference with the teacher and speech therapist (Elle will be getting speech therapy to help with the soft ‘r’s in her speech). During the conference I asked her teacher about the issue with Ally and Lynn and if she was being excluded. Her teacher said that yes, she had been.

Evidently Ally and Lynn are ‘growing up’ faster than Elle. They’re interested in their hair, are carrying purses, match their jewelry to their outfits, wearing ‘makeup’ (lipgloss), etc. Elle is still very tomboy, will put her hair up in a messy ponytail, will wear wristbands and her soccer shorts to school, mismatches her socks on purpose to be silly, etc. So, because she’s not ‘cool’ enough, she’s being excluded.

Let me just go ahead and say it. I didn’t like girls when I was growing up. There were a few nice ones, but most of them were bitches, a la Kate. I’ve always found it more difficult to make friends with girls that are very girly. I don’t wear makeup on the weekends unless I have to, I pull my hair into a ponytail when I get home, I will wear sweatpants to the grocery store, and sometimes I’ll even wear my glasses out! My mom didn’t do that. She would take me to the store and make me go inside with the short-list…she couldn’t be seen without makeup! I don’t care about that kind of thing.

And I don’t want Elle to have to care either. I want her to be who she is. Comfortable with who she is. Comfortable with what she wears and how she looks and not self-consious about her appearance. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ll tell her an old t-shirt she has on looks tacky and to go change it. I want her to be presentable when we go places, and I expect her to be clean and groomed. But I don’t want my 2nd grader to be all dolled up like those Bratz. And really, it’s this kind of stuff that I blame. I don’t buy them for her. Her dad does though. And that bothers me. I don’t want her to have to grow up obsessing over her appearance, the size of her body parts, or anything else. She is still a little girl. Still into little girl things. I’m not ready for her to grow up, but neither is she.

 I had a talk with her about it being OK to be different from other people. That it’s OK to play sports and run around at recess instead of playing ‘shopping mall’. That it’s OK to do what she wants to do…she doesn’t have to follow anyone around and do what they want to be liked.

And still, yesterday, Elle came to me and asked me to curl her hair before school. She’s never done this before. The last week she has also been carrying a purse. She’s still wearing her wrist bands and holey jeans. But today she walked out of the house with a hair clip, which is rare.

Ally is moving at the end of the school year. Lynn will still be there though. And there will be more girls like them. And Elle will hold out hope that she can change enough for these girls to like her. And maybe she can and still be happy with who she is. I hope so. But my crying shoulder is ready to take her tears and her hurts, and the mom in me is going to continue to build her up for the greatness that she already possesses.

March 27, 2007

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Filed under: Hobbies,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 9:58 am

Lewis is gone. Martin croaked a while back. Dean and Jerry have been gone for some time. They didn’t last too long. Poor things. We’re back down to just two pets…and Wrigley & Tori keep us busy enough. I don’t think we’ll have any more fish for a while. I don’t really have a good record with them. Bone is really good with Pablo though it seems. Maybe I should have asked him his secret.

My bum hurts from my workout last night. I love the elliptical machine. It’s my favorite. But why the odd (even) number of minutes you might ask? See, first I selected one of the programs, then realized that it was only going to last 33 minutes. But Dancing with the Stars was on, and I wanted to finish watching that at the gym. So I manually added on minutes after the first program was over. But then, I realized Dancing with the Stars was going to be on for two hours. I didn’t have that kind of stamina in me, and I was hungry. (I can’t eat before I work out or I will throw up…have to have at least an hour, preferably two between food and exercise.) So I called to verify that Nick was recording the show and then bailed when my 35 minute session was done.

I think Clyde Drexler did a really good job last night. I loved that he came out on the floor and opened his arms wide…the judges (and mine) chief complaint last week was that he was too closed in with his arms. I really liked Laila’s mambo this week, but her foxtrot last week was highly overrated. I love Joey Fatone. And I wasn’t even a boy-band fan. I also hope that John Ratzenberger sticks around for awhile. His personality is so fun, and you can tell he’s really just enjoying himself.

What are you watching right now? Heroes is on hiatus for a couple more weeks…I’m dyin’ here!

March 25, 2007

Basketball, Soccer and Running, Oh my!

Filed under: Elle & Zed,It's Me, Lass,Mom Life,Training — by InterstellarLass @ 5:58 pm

Zed’s basketball coach is out of town. We need him back. Desperately. I ran practice on Thursday. I was a little unsure at first, but then a couple of ideas came to me, had them do some different drills. Some worked better than others. But the game. Ugh. It was our worst defeat ever. So bad that they had to clear the score during the 4th quarter. Ugly. We need the coach back.

Elle’s soccer game was rescheduled. I’m jonesing for soccer. I haven’t seen a game in 4 weeks. So we went to a skills session at the elite soccer club that’s local here. It was worth the $10 I think. They had some good drills. Except Elle went a little haywire during a mini-scrimmage. My sweet baby actually got very frustrated with one girl, grabbed her shirt, and spun her down to the ground. *pause for dramatic effect* I wanted to fall through the ground and disappear. Where the hell did that come from!?! She has never done anything like that before. She was also yelling at a couple of other girls she knew there. She’s never done that during a game or practice or anything either. We had a little talk. That kind of stuff had better not happen again.

I’m getting off my lazy butt and refocusing myself again. How I got off-focus I don’t know, but I’ve strayed from my routine where I was doing so well and taking care of myself. So, I’ve created a new blog to journal my running and my preparation for NYC later this year. I hope you’ll check in there from time to time and keep me honest. I remember how helpful it was for me to have you all cheering for me the last time around.

March 21, 2007

Movie Meme

Filed under: Memes & Quizzes — by InterstellarLass @ 9:38 am

I have a feeling I’m not going to do as well with these classic movies as I did with the books. But here goes…oh, and click here for Nick’s list. He’s seen more than me.

Using AFI’s list of 100 Top Movies, bold the ones you’ve seen, ital ones you’d like to see and add up to three that you think should be on the list.

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2. CASABLANCA (1942) Nick just made me watch this recently. It was good.
3. THE GODFATHER (1972) I think this should be #1 on the list. I love this movie.
4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) Tara! Tara! Yes, I’ll go back to Tara!
5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
7. THE GRADUATE (1967)
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993) I saw this movie several times. It was beautiful.
10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) I’ve seen parts of the movie, but not the whole thing I don’t think.
11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) I’ve seen this movie too many times. I can’t stand it anymore.
12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) Nick and I have this on our DVR to watch.
14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15. STAR WARS (1977) See this post to understand my feelings. They run deep.
16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)
18. PSYCHO (1960) I don’t like scary movies, so I’ll have to not ever be able to see this one.
19. CHINATOWN (1974)
20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)
21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)
22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) Very long. Very dull. Doesn’t belong here.
23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
24. RAGING BULL (1980) I love DeNiro.
25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) Amazing. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
31. ANNIE HALL (1977) – I love Diane Keaton.
32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974) The first time I ever saw a ‘Young DeNiro’. Wowie wow.
33. HIGH NOON (1952)
34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) I read the book!
35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) I realize that Nick is mostly responsible for any film culture I may have.
36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
42. REAR WINDOW (1954)
43. KING KONG (1933) According to Nick I’ve seen this. Not sure I remember all of it though.
44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951) Another movie Nick introduced me to.
46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) Perhaps one of the strangest, most distrubing movies I’ve ever seen.
47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48. JAWS (1975) My uncle made me watch this when I was about 4 or 5. Hence the fact that I cannot swim in water where I can’t see my feet…without great fear.
49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) Again, Nick. Otherwise I would be ignorant.
52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) Nick, my darling, reminded me that he strapped me to the couch and made me watch this too. Great flick.
53. AMADEUS (1984) What happened to Tom Hulce’s career after this???
54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) Doe, a deer, a female deer…
56. M*A*S*H (1970) I have mixed feelings. I loved Alan Alda. Don’t know if I can picture anyone else in the role of Hawkeye Pierce.
57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)
58. FANTASIA (1940) BORING!!!
59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
61. VERTIGO (1958)
62. TOOTSIE (1982)
63. STAGECOACH (1939)
64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
66. NETWORK (1976)
67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
69. SHANE (1953) Zed loves this movie. My grandfather had him watch it.
70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
71. FORREST GUMP (1994)
72. BEN-HUR (1959)
73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) BORING!!! Not remotely entertaining.
76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
78. ROCKY (1976)
79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978) One of the most seriously messed up, heartbreaking movies.
80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
82. GIANT (1956)
83. PLATOON (1986)
84. FARGO (1996)
85. DUCK SOUP (1933)
86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)
89. PATTON (1970)
90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)
91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
93. THE APARTMENT (1960)
94. GOODFELLAS (1990)
95. PULP FICTION (1994)
96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)
97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)
99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

As far as three movies that should be on this list…
101. The Princess Bride – I love this movie and could watch it over and over and over again. In fact I have. There is probably no movie that I have seen more than this one.
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102. The Shawshank Redemption – Maybe my second-most watched movie. Tim Robbins’ best movie I think.
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103. The Usual Suspects – Very well written, and maybe Kevin Spacey at his best. Keyser Soze anyone?

Three movies I would remove from the list are:
58. Fantasia. Good as a soundtrack, not a movie.
75. Dances with Wolves.
84. Fargo. Not sure why this is even on the list. Good movie. Not great.

36 out of 100. I need to rent more movies… Your turn!

March 19, 2007

You Know You’re Jealous

Filed under: Adventures,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 7:21 am

The St. Patty’s breakfast was a fiasco. Too many people, not enough biscuits and champagne. Fortunately we made it out alive. Nick’s friend’s book-signing was signature-y. And the knitting group was small but fun. It was a nice 2 hours chatting with five other ladies of various ages and knitting skills.

But Sunday. Ahhhh Sunday. On either side of it, I gathered and planted. Gathered from my grandmother’s patio personal jungle, and planted in my no-longer-so-bare flower beds.

But it was the inbetween. The inbetween of which you know you will be jealous. You will wish you were me, if only for a moment.

I MET PETER MAYHEW. AS IN CHEWBACCA. AS IN THE WOOKIEE.

You may all admire me. Oh yes. That’s nice. Thank you. Ok. Enough. No, stop. Really. It’s hard to be admired so.

He was so cool. He was so tall. He made goofy faces in his pictures. He was funny when I asked him to sign my shirt. Warmed up his hands and all and said “Better hurry before the wife gets back.” and laughed. I almost cried. OK, I did cry. When I first walked in, I immediately saw Ernie Hudson. The excitement got to me and I teared up a little. And then when I saw Peter I started to get that excitement again. But I held it in check because Nick was making fun of me. And after Peter signed my shirt, we met Ernie, and I got a photograph signed. And we took a picture. And life was good.

I have now broached a level of nerdiness that I never thought would happen. And I like it!

March 15, 2007

Over-Scheduled

Filed under: Hobbies,Interstellar Casa,It's Me, Lass,Married Life,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 10:35 pm

Just when I think I’m going to get to relax and fill in my flower beds, the weekend has to come and mess it all up. I’ve only known for just a little over a week that the kids would be at SeaWorld this weekend. I thought, “Wow, a Friday night too tacked on to the regular weekend? What fun!”

Now Friday night is just in preparation for Saturday. There’s breakfast at 9:30 am with some friends, followed by the viewing of a St. Patty’s day parade (don’t forget to wear green or you’ll get a pinch on the ass from me!). Then one of Nick’s friends is having a book signing at a local mall. We have to go to support him, and buy a book and get it autographed for Nick’s brother. Then at 4 PM, I’m having the first meeting of my new knitting group. I’m expecting between 10 and 25 people to show up. Yikes! As social as I may seem, I absolutely tremble at meeting new people and having to make some kind of conversation. Then, Saturday night I have to run by the gym and drop off the score book to Zed’s basketball coach…I still have it from the last playoff game. \

Sunday was going to be a day of rest. Until I heard a commercial on the radio. Seems the Comic Con is going to be in Richardson this weekend. Peter Mayhew…come on…you all know who he is!…is scheduled to be there. I hope to get his autograph. And Chekov from Star Trek. And Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters will be there! Among others. But those are the ones I hope to see. Nick is all hot and bothered over a couple of authors that will be there…but if they don’t fall into the genre of ‘classic literature’ then I’m not likely to know them.

And I do hope to get a little planting in, because *gasp* I have tulips and…some other flowers! I planted a bunch of mixed bulbs, and the irises are about the only other thing I recognize. But there are a few things that didn’t quite grow in, so I need to go to the plant store and get some ‘filler’.

Geez…I’m already tired. Can’t I just skip the weekend?

How you know you have too much time on your hands

Filed under: Funnies — by InterstellarLass @ 12:44 pm

This guy memorized pi to over 12,000 places. My brain would be mush if I tried to memorize to 10 places. I used to think I was semi-intelligent…now I’m not so sure!

March 13, 2007

Thunderstorms Anyone?

Filed under: Elle & Zed,It's Me, Lass,Mom Life,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 9:56 pm

We had plenty to offer up tonight. More forecast for later tonight and tomorrow. NOT a good thing when you have a brand new car. On the way home there was pea-sized hail for a brief period. I was freaking out. FREAKING. As in cussing at the top of my lungs and having a slight panick attack. I mean, I just signed the papers today and called to update my insurance and toll tag. BAH! For about 20 minutes on the toll road, it was car-just-in-front-of-you visability. Can you say whitenucklegrip? Then, when I exited and was sitting at the light, I saw a lightning hit. It was well far away, across the other freeway that crosses the tollroad in fact. But it must have hit a power sub-station or something. Because there was a giant blue glow that lit up the entire sky. Yikes! Thankfully Zed got home from school about 10 minutes before the rain started. And the rain let up just as I was getting Elle from school. Everyone made it home, and Pacifica made it safely into the garage. Nick laughed at me when he saw me inpecting the hood. What!?! There was pea-sized hail! For at least a full minute!

On Sunday night, Nick and I watched Stranger Than Fiction. I don’t think this movie did very well at the box office (at least I don’t remember it being out very long), and I can’t figure out why. Nick and I thought it was very clever and very funny. And Nick really doesn’t like Will Farrell. And Emma Thompson is very funny too. If you’re looking for a good flick to rent, I can give this one a thumbs up.

This weekend the kids are going to SeaWorld. With their dad. I’m not 100% happy about it. But I’m glad they’re getting to go. Elle has been very sensitive lately, and I gather that her dad isn’t spending too much time with them during their visits. In fact, I gather that he’s either working or studying, and not making time for them. Which really upsets me. So, I hope they have fun. And spend some good time together. They’d better. Elle is missing a soccer-skills session and 2 soccer games, and Zed is missing a basketball game.

Oh, and speaking of, the Sporting Overlords have just released the practice schedule for the Spring basketball season (the week practices start by the way). 4-5 pm? WTF? Either Nick or I would have to leave work at 3 pm to get him to practice. We pay enough for them to play AND practice, and it shouldn’t be at a time when over half your team can’t attend. Grrr. Our coach is going to try to get it changed, but I happen to know that they’ve ‘oversold’ the number of teams, and with K-9 teams practicing (half-court!) M-Th nights only, I’m not holding out hopes. I may be looking into a kids’ taxi service. (I’ve seen a flyer for one.) How bad would that be? Or car-pooling. But I think there’s only 1 mom on the team that doesn’t have an outside-the-home job. *sigh*

March 12, 2007

New Ride

Filed under: It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 7:50 pm

Goodbye Jetta. I liked you at first. But lately you’d been getting on my nerves. A little hiccup there. A check engine light there. And your constant bulb outages. If I didn’t know better I would have thought you a dimwit. Your road noise and squeaky seat are now gone. Sitting in the dealer lot, waiting for a wash and a rinse and maybe, if you’re lucky, a vacuum job. I would have done it myself, but it was rather sudden that I said goodbye to you today.

And who will take your place? Her name is Pacifica. And she comes from the land of Chrysler. From the clan of Touring. When I first heard of your low mileage, I was intrigued. But I’ve never laid eyes on a white car that I liked. Yet she changed my mind with her wily ways. Oh Pacifica! It’s probably your coal-grey insides that make up for your lack of outer color. The faux wood-grain along the crest of your dash makes you seem warm and polished. Your power seats move me up, down, forward and back, and you even support my lumbar region with care. Dual climate controls will make everyone happy this summer. And the first and second row captains chairs give everyone the space they have so long desired. The third row bench won’t be used much, and will probably stay down to allow for ample cargo space, as you prepare take us on journeys yet to be seen. Your quiet engine hum and quiet, smooth ride are almost like a lullaby. It’s a good thing your sound system is there to keep me awake and entertained!

Welcome my dear. Welcome. Nick will be clearing extra space in the garage for you later this weekend. 🙂

Pacifica

This is her twin sister in front of my Italian Villa in Tuscany. OK, not really. I’m just high from all the excitement.

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