Monday, December 24, 2007

hannah's new favorite band

this group is called 'paramore,' and i think they're great. sort of like a real-live 'jem and the holograms.'

here's a video

lemme know what you think

Sunday, December 23, 2007

o holy be-jesus

okay. this is funny. and don't give up on it - it only gets better.

'tis the season

christmas vaca: day two

oh, i know what i want for christmas:

so much so that i can't really think about it anymore, lest i suffer a small stroke out of jealousy and excitement and resentful poverty. though the starting price of about $12,000 could be a whole lot worse for a mercedes-benz product.

check out the website

Saturday, December 22, 2007

stocking stuffers

as the proud owner of the 120-pack of crayons (with crayon-shaped sharpener), i'm not ashamed to confess my long-standing love affair with coloring. since starting at the preschool, the flames have been rekindled - in fact, i might just go out and buy a new barbie coloring book. that would, at least, give me something to do in buffalo. something aside from drinking. or to accompany the drinking... hmmm...

i used "pink flamingo" and "meadow green" to decorate my stocking. here's our list:

camry door handle
new wardrobes
tailor for one year
"magical water car"
good health insurance
mac book pro
personal trainer

is that really so much to ask for?

christmas vaca: day one

it's a blue steel christmas, ma bitches. check out my sweet new hoodie, courtesy of brian.

plans for the day include crapping around, drinking some sam adams winter pack (a steal at costco - full case for $22.99), playing nintendo, walking belle, cleaning up the house, crapping around, and maybe watching zoolander for further inspiration in my modeling career.

better go back downstairs and stop ignoring my husband.

Monday, December 17, 2007

christmas bling

i'm sure you can imagine how, before you're a real-live teacher (or grandma), your collection of christmas accessories would be somewhat limited. i was no exception. officially, i owned one pair of semi-tasteful christmas tree earrings, which were acquired within the last twelve months.

but today, a holiday angel opened up her treasure chest of tacky christmas jewelry to me.

here's what i picked:

get it?

p.s. erin, you can thank me later for that long-ass blog. :D

winter wonderland

this past friday was my directorial debut. oh, yes. the program was titled "winter wonderland: a holiday program," presented by the talented students of the learning palette preschool.

as music director (a.k.a. song-singer and butt-wiper) of thi
s fine academic institute, i played a big role in preparing the program. after a week of intense dress rehearsals, it went off without nearly as many hitches as we were anticipating. :) one of the littlest ones cried, i forgot to give the youngest group their bow, and there were a couple uncharacteristic clam-ups, but with the proud parents (and grandparents and uncles and cousins and siblings and sitters) sitting three feet away, nothing could stop this juggernaut.

it was a media circus. i knew there would be as many cameras as parents, but
i guess some part of me wasn't prepared for the unending flashes and multi-station film crews. hilarious.

so, we started by filing in a few at a time with our snowflakes and sweet snowman hats. the first few numbers were prepared by ms. heather: winter wonderland, snowflake flurry, jolly snowman (which concludes with everyone melting down to the floor), and sing-a-ling with jingle bells.

some minor stage fright

apparently, I LOVE SNOWFLAKES!!!!

you know you want one of these hats

next came my masterfully choreographed frosty the musical. i hope the parents keep track of who they send their videos to - i'm going to be pissed if i see these moves in high school musical 3. then, each age group was showcased: the littlest ones performed jingles bells, the 3's & 4's danced the snowy buffalo dance, and the big kids sang and played rhythm sticks to che che koolay.

jingle bells with a side of christmas tears

buffalo grazing in the snow

then they gather and make a circle

for che che, they're supposed to take tiny steps,
but always end up on top of each other

when the small groups finished showing off, it was time for the yoga demonstration. every wednesday, mrs. fortune does yoga with the kids. originally, she was going to try to fit some yoga poses into 'twas the night before christmas, but that wasn't happening. so, i wrote a "holiday" poem that incorporated about twelve poses. (on a side note: writing the poem made me sincerely think about writing children's books. after doing some research, i've since written that idea off as a tuesday-afternoon tangent.)

mouse pose

several things here: classic clam-up on the left, lingering dog pose
in the middle, and everyone else seems to be doing snake pose

lion pose

the finale was frere jacques sung in a round - a pretty mean feat for your average church choir, let alone a bunch of 2 - 5 year olds. the show received a standing ovation, and then we had dessert while opening a few presents from the pta. not a bad way to end the week.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

things i do know

i know you have to take everything with a grain of salt, including 'zeitgeist.' but i think i'm about to gag on that tiny granule. we've all read 1984. we've all read brave new world. i'll admit a small amount of depraved and exhibitionistic romance at the idea of living a perpetually-observed life, but the fun evaporates when it ultimately affects my ability to function as a free-thinking individual. "i'm a human being, god damn it! my life has value!"

it's weird to be blogging about something not completely flippant. i don't really like to take things SO seriously.

i know you can't believe everything the media puts in your face. i know the more information you have, the better choices you're going to make. but where do you get good information? i'm feeling a little like agent mulder: trust no one. i know that there is more corruption than anyone expects or imagines. i know that a society living in fear is scarily susceptible to the power of suggestion.

so now what?

i know that i'm a good and generally moral person. i doubt i would have ever needed a law or commandment to convince me not to kill someone or to vandalize someone else's property. i know that i'm happy for the most part. i know that, even when i feel incredibly and inconsolably poor, i'm rich in love, friends, a good sense of humor, and an open-minded, can-do attitude. i have a job that's rewarding in a way that money can't be. i have a faithful, honest, kind husband, who is my partner in finding the light in the dark and getting shit done.

i know that no future is set in stone, and i know that i won't and can't be consumed by conspiracy theories. that's not the point. i don't know what else to do but be responsible for myself and rally around other good, smart, capable people.

"when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."

well said, jimi.

Monday, December 10, 2007

you should watch this movie.

This is a very fascinating, fact-filled, question-laden film about our country. It focuses on 3 basic topics: reiligion, 9/11, and $$$.

I know that there are plenty of folks who will find at least something offensive in there, but I promise, that if viewed with an open minded, "that's certainly plausible" point of view, it might alter your view of our country and its leaders.


I've been thinking some more after finishing this film. While some of the facts presented are probably dubious at best, I think that this movie does a great job pointing out the holes and problems with some of these major events. It's the whole idea that while we may not be able to prove some of the claims made here or by Michael Moore in his movies, the U.S. Government and the folks involved haven't done much to disprove this stuff. For me, the simple fact that these conspiracy ideas are so convincing and plausible is worrisome enough. It reminds me of a scene from HBO's Carnivale where the boss is confronted by a local sheriff, and he claims that he is running a legit operation. The sheriff replies that he's "never once heard an honest man use the word legit." I feel like George Bush and his administration have been using the word legit a whole lot. They don't say legit, of course, they say things like terrorists, and weapons of mass destruction, and insurgency, and the war on terror, etc., etc., etc.

anyways - watch the movie - draw your own conclusions - ask your own questions.

Friday, December 7, 2007

in the potty

in each bathroom at school, there's a sign next to the toilet that says things like, "PLEASE do not flush tampons, maxi pads, paper towels, or anything aside from toilet paper down the toilet. the septic system is old and can't handle it."

about once a day, one of the kids asks me what the sign says. i usually tell them it says, "please do not flush your elephant down the toilet." they giggle. and i giggle.

today, it was this cutie.

"What's that say?"

"It says, 'Please do not flush your elephant down the toilet.'"

"'Cause he'll get mad."

(smiling. nodding.) "Yup, he'd be pretty upset, huh."

"Uh huh. All done."

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

must be the leaves

you know that game kids like to play where they'll hide behind their mom's back and she'll say things like, "where's elijah? i know he came in with me, but now i can't find him. have you guys seen him?" cute, right? and hilarious to elijah, who does it every morning when he's dropped off at school, and all the kids who shout, "HE'S BEHIND YOU! HE'S BEHIND YOUR BACK!!"

now, imagine that same game with me and five four-year-olds. there's no way they're actually concealing themselves back there (i can actually see the cluster curving around one side), and when i shuffle around to look for them, their group breaks apart and they laugh loud enough to momentarily distract the kids sliding into the leaf pile. and this goes on for five solid minutes.

and this is why my job is awesome.

here's me and ben.

flip cup championship

captured forever. in all its glory.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

NovemberFest 2007: the aftermath

i guess "aftermath" isn't really the right word. but i figured our fans (hahaha) would want an update after all the hype.

the final standings:

champion supreme - the hop happy "hocks"

first loser - liberal lager lovers

flashbrew champion - the sudsy balls
flip cup individual champ - the sudsy balls

flip cup:
1st place - the sudsy balls
2nd place - the red stripes

3rd place - the hop happy "hocks"

beer pong:
1st place - liberal lager lovers
2nd place - the hop happy "hocks"
3rd place - the downtown browns


1st place - the hop happy "hocks"
2nd place - liberal lager lovers
3rd place - the downtown browns

it's sad, but true that the red stripes didn't even win one event. looks like we'll need to some additional training for next year. our uniforms were pretty sweet though.

gotta give props to the downtown browns and the non-competing chuggs of fury for their invaluable contributions (of yelling, swearing, and hysterical fits of laughter).

want more pictures? check it out.