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If child protective services were to enter my house, it is possible that they would consider taking away my children in fear of someone have masochistic tendencies. I HAVE BODY PARTS STREWN AROUND MY HOUSE! Seriously, I wake up in the morning and never know if I will accidentally step on a wet leg, arm, ear, eye ball. But before you rush for the phone to call the police, let me assure you that the perpetrator will give herself away because of the “fluff” hanging out of her mouth! Our one year old puppy, Lizzy, is a nut job!!! I’m sure that you all know that dogs like to chew, but puppy’s LOVE to chew. Trust me, we know this, in our six years of dog ownership we’ve had cords chewed, couches ruined, toys, shoes, you name it one of the two dogs have probably chewed on it. I’m known to say “If the kid’s don’t destroy it then the animals will!” When getting our dumb puppy a year ago we knew we needed to buy things for her to destroy, I mean, chew. We found the cheapest way to go was the dollar store and buy dog toys there OR EVEN their kid’s stuffed toys! You can’t go wrong, she gets to chew on something you’ve pre-determined, and I don’t have to spend too much.
Her strange neurosis started with the dollar store children’s toys. Literally within one minute of having a toy should would rip out the eyes…then simply stand up and leave the toy alone. If she didn’t have anything else new to play with, she may eventually come back to the item a day or two later and then rip a hole in it and pull out the stuffing. I must admit, it was a little creepy to be finding eyeballs strewn around the house…and stuffed animals blindly “starring” at you through holes in their heads. Eventually she began to also rip out any whiskers or ears. JellyBean started taking pictures of the said animals because she found it hilarious!!!
A new more disturbing tendency started this December. During our annual friend’s White Elephant Party we actually got a rather useful gift! We got a HUGE bag full of old stuffed toys! My kids all looked through and grabbed a few to keep, and then the rest have been slowly given to the dumb puppy. Ever since she got these toys, she has been ripping them apart…one body part at a time! Have no fear, she still goes for eyeballs first, but then she will rip off a leg, then an arm, maybe half of the body…and then she gnaws on it and will leave the wet, slobbery body part laying around to be discovered by your bare feet later!
Hmmm, maybe as part of my New Year’s Resolution to write a thank you card each month I may include a body part….very creepy idea….sounds like fun!
I really like to read, maybe too much! I have fallen in love with two websites. The first is www.goodreads.com . This site is a little like Facebook for us more nerdy types. We go on, we can ask people to be our friends and then we talk about, well…books! We get to read all sorts of book reviews, mark each book we’ve read, want to read, or currently reading. We can follow authors and learn about books coming out usually before the rest of you (unless you are stalking an author’s website or blog.) We also get to give our “friends” suggestions, make comments on any of their book reviews, or see what books are keeping them up late. This site really isn’t as boring as I’m making it sound! Go ahead and try it…I’ll even be your friend!
The next site is another free site to join but does require you to fork over money if you decided to play along. It is www.paperbackswap.com . This site is for those of us who love books, or are given books or buy books and then decide we really don’t want them anymore (I’ve been known to buy duplicates at the D.I. thinking I didn’t have it but I really did!) What you get to do is simply add the IBSN number from the back of the book and it walks you through the rest! This book will be listed on your bookshelf and anyone can request it from you. Now in all fairness, if you are the 32nd person to list a Harry Potter book, then it will go through all 31 people until it’s your turn to send your book. But then you take your requested book to the post office and pay $2 or $3 postage and mail the book to another member. When they get it they mark it on the website as received. Then YOU get a credit to get a book you want from another member! I have personally received around ten books varying in topics from Children’s Fiction, Regency, Medieval, and Science Fiction Fantasy. If you’re tired of your books and want to try new ones, this is a great place to play!
We purchased some tickets for our family for Broadway Across America’s production of Mary Poppins at the Capitol Theater. Ethan and I had seen this show on Broadway and we assumed that it would be as amazing as it was on Broadway in New York. We took the whole family and enjoyed the show despite a few minor changes, mostly to the scenery, which would have been hard to replicate from the original Broadway production. While we were there Ethan and I saw advertising for Season Tickets to the coming season of Broadway Across America shows. We talked about it and decided that it would be a great opportunity for us to enjoy the “fine arts” with our family. We purchased 3 season ticket packages, one for the two us and one so we could take one of our children on a date with us. Ethan spoke with the representative and she said that the season tickets included: The Blue Man Group (great to take Bubba to), South Pacific (great for JellyBean), The Million Dollar Quartet (which none of us wanted to see but she assured us we could swap the tickets to see Wicked instead), and then Beauty and the Beast (great for LouLou to see).
The tickets finally came and Ethan called in to swap The Million Dollar Quartet tickets for Wicked. The phone representative said that was NOT a possibility and all of their representatives knew that and basically accused us of lying. We were very disappointed, but since we had a good experience previously when we took the kids to see Mary Poppins we thought that it would all be worth it.
First came Bubba’s turn for our date to the Blue Man Group. They spent more time with computer effects than music, and a good five minutes of one song went through all the different name variations for someone’s bottom. Good thing that Bubba still finds potty humor hilarious, because it got old really quick for me! Overall it was an entertaining evening.
On Tuesday it was JellyBean’s turn to go with us to see South Pacific. I had her dress up (including wearing high heels) and told her that this is what you did when going to see the fine arts. On arrival we noticed signs warning about cigarette smoking and the use of fog machines. Okay, no big deal, we were up pretty high anyway. Our expectations were high until the show began. I was ready to leave within the first five minutes after listening to Bloody Mary’s continuous yelling of “Cheap Bas….d.” Unfortunately we were in the middle of the row and surrounded by older people. People on the aisle in front of us left after about 15 minutes of listening to the constant profanity that began with the curtain rising and never ended by the time we left. The sexual innuendo was out of control (especially during the song “Nothing Like a Dame”) and I could only hope and pray that my 12 year old didn’t get most of it. I was really looking forward to the “Wash That Man Right out of My Hair” song as I have been singing that song to my kids ever since they were babies when I would wash their hair. I couldn’t even enjoy it because right as the scene started, two different men ran out of the showers in the nude showing their bare back sides! I was shocked and disgusted that I had spent the money to bring my child to a PG-13 play! The final straw was the sex scene before the intermission. I looked at Ethan and we turned to Ellie and said we had to leave. She said “umm, yeah, this isn’t very good.” I hadn’t seen the movie since I was a young teenager, but I really wondered if I remembered the movie incorrectly. I thought it was clean considering the timeframe the original story was written. I went and got a copy from the library. Nope, other than the occasional “Darn” during a song, there was no swearing, no innuendos, nothing…only really cheesy fuzzy lighting during the songs!
Feeling guilty, we took JellyBean for a piece of pie afterwards. My wonderfully insightful husband said, “I want you to take this ticket stub and put it somewhere where you will see it and let it be a reminder that if Mom and Dad are willing to walk out after spending $120 on a play because it’s inappropriate, then it is okay for you to walk out of a $12, $7, or even a $1 movie if it’s inappropriate.”
I’m now a little nervous that the Beauty and the Beast show will have been changed to some transvestite striptease show and I’ll have LouLou with us! Hollywood has a rating for movies, so we can make a consciencious decision if we are going to see a movie or a TV show, why does the “Fine Arts” not need to as well? They are concerned enough with physical health that they have warning signs about fog machines, why are they not concerned about our moral health as well? We will NOT be renewing our season tickets, and for those of you that are concerned for your own high values, I would recommend that you not attend these anymore either.
Iam HILARIOUS...or so I tell my children regularly! I am a horrible cleaning lady, an okay social organizer for all of my 'peeps' activities, but I make AMAZING cookies! I love my family...especially when they all leave to school or work and I'm alone with 2 dogs, 2 box turtles and my own imagination!