Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pre-Release Screening Update!!

To learn about the New Moon Pre-Release Screening, see post below.
Our current count is 111!!

I called Fairchild this morning and talked to the manager. The good news is, there is no maximum and we can fill up multiple theaters if we need to! The bad news is, they (Fairchild) are still waiting to get permission from Summit!! (New Moon's production company) I wanted to say, "Shouldn't that have been something you got before advertising this?" but she said it was Summit's suggestion to do a pre-release screening in the first place, so they better agree to it!! She is expecting to hear back today. As soon as she does she will call me and I will begin collecting the money ASAP. (Not before then.)

Lots of people have asked me what they need to do. NOTHING YET, except keep spreading the word. I WILL LET YOU KNOW AS SOON AS I NEED YOUR MONEY!! Your name is on the list, if you have commented, called or emailed me, or had someone do it for you, I promise you that. Anyone that asked if it was too late, no, it wasn't, you are on the list. If you still have more people, keep 'em coming, I will keep adding.

Oh, and for those that have asked about time, the manager said it is looking like 8:00pm.

Any questions? Comment or email me at

Monday, September 28, 2009


*UPDATE: We are currently at 88 people!! Keep 'em coming! Rest assured if you have contacted me in any way at all, your name is on the list, even if you haven't heard back from me. I WILL be contacting you soon.

Hey all you locals!!
I NEED your help!!
See, I really really really really want to see New Moon
This is impossible, you might say.
No, it isn't, I say.
It is very possible.
All I need is 99 other people who will go with me!!
Fairchild Cinemas will do a pre-release screening to parties of 100 or more,
on Thursday, Nov. 19th at 7 or 9 pm.

Don't you want to see it BEFORE everyone else?!
At a decent hour instead of midnight?

Comment, call, email, text, write me a letter if you are interested asap!!
(Leave your email address in your comment)
Spread the word, the more the better!!
Feel free to link to this post, in fact, PLEASE DO!
Tell all your local friends!!
There's no catch, the price of the ticket is the same,
and you get to watch it with friends, the day before anyone else.
Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

I'm hoping to get this done in the next few days, so hurry hurry hurry and let me know!
For now I am keeping a count, when it seems possible that I could get 100,
I will start collecting money to get the tickets.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Secret Life of Bees

They say that bees can smell fear. I think this must be true, because there isn't much more in this world that scares Bill than bees (thanks to a childhood allergy that almost killed him) and our house has become a favorite place for bees to make their homes. If you walk along the perimeter of our house and look at our eaves, you will find a plethora of little honeycomb-shaped hives, with wasps, yellow jackets, and all varieties of bees swarming around. We buy bee killer spray in bulk.

Several weeks ago Bill was mowing the lawn and as he passed our irrigation pump box, out came an army of bees, going crazy. (He may or may not have run away screaming like a little girl.) We knew there had to be a good sized honeycomb hive in there, but we were not about to open it until those suckers were dead. Bill sprayed bee killer in the hole, then taped the hole up. (Imagine him rubbing his hands together and laughing, "Mwaaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaa.")

Flash forward to Saturday. We had noticed that no bees had come out for a week or more. We decided it was safe to open it up. I was expecting maybe a fist-sized honeycomb hive (I don't really know if that's what they're called, but whatever), maybe a little bigger.

What we saw, instead, made our jaws drop.


It was an...actual....BEEHIVE!!
Like, the basketball-sized ones you see in movies!!
Unfortunately, they had attached it to both the lid and the valve below, so when Bill opened the lid, it broke apart.

It was seriously one of THE COOLEST things I have ever seen in my life. I took a million pictures and we just couldn't stop staring at it, touching it, studying it. You can see how the actual hives are inside, stacked together, and the outer ball part is this feather-light, papery substance that protects it.

I had Bill hold it together so we could see what it looked like before it broke.

Look at the size of that sucker!! You should have seen how many dead bees were trapped inside it, and covering the floor of the irrigation box.

A bee apartment complex. How cool is that?
So cool that we can't bring ourselves to throw it away.
It's still sitting in our garage.
Anyone's kid need a good show and tell?

Monday, September 21, 2009

friend –noun 1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.

Thank you so much for all your kind words and empathy. Even though just expressing my troubles makes me feel considerably better, the comments that follow are definitely an added bonus.

Although my physical condition has not changed much, my emotional condition has, at least where my own suffering is concerned. The cause of the improvement? In a word, friends.

To be honest, I don't usually like "friends" posts. I'm not that kind of person. I don't even buy Kleenex, let alone use it when I'm feeling sentimental. I don't do fluff. But for the first time in my life, I am learning the definition of friends, and it is very real.

Here are the definitions in my personal dictionary of friends:

1. the one that never fails to make me laugh, is always up for a good time, brings a certain spark to life, making me love to be around her (for whatever reason); she always makes me feel good about myself, except for her perfect hair, which makes mine seem absolutely heinous in comparison.

2. the one that seems to be my clone, the only one who can truly relate to everything I go through. the one who loves me for all of me, and will never judge me; the only one who can rival me in my love for books.

3. the one who fills up my inbox, who surprises me every day with things we have in common that I would never guess; the one who can whoop any man on the planet at video games.

4. and then there is the one who knows all the little details about you that no one else deems important enough to notice, the one who knows exactly what you need before you realize you need it, who is on your side before she even knows what the other side is; the one who is always there, leaving your favorite flower on your doorstep just to put a smile on your face; the kind of friend I wish everyone had.

And then there are the happy, smiling, loving faces of other friends who always make me so happy. Laughing, eating, talking, playing, laughing some more.

Nothing is more important than family. But every girl needs good friends. I can't imagine my life without my mine.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I'm feeling broken. Broken in mind, body and spirit. If you talk to me, I probably seem the same, but inside, life is hard right now.

It begins with the physical aches and pains and general unwellness, which reaches its creeping, grabbing fingers into my soul and twists and wrenches.

My body hurts and my heart and mind are sad. The days are getting colder and darker and this makes it hard to tell my heart to feel happy. Instead it feels heavy. Very heavy.

It is weighed down with various life things, such as trying to be a better parent and failing every time.

It is weighed down by wanting to give advice and help but failing because I myself am in no position to give it.

It is weighed down by seeing people hurting and wanting to help but not knowing how because if I did I would cure myself.

It is weighed down by the pain in my head, the overall feeling inside my body, the fight to keep my eyes open at any given time.

I know it could be worse. I know people suffer far more than I do. I know that life can't always be sunshine and smiles. I know this.

But it still hurts, and today I'm not going to try and hide it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This Week In Hollywood: Ripped From The Headlines

In celebration of my header being back, I thought I'd do a little TWIH.

Kate Gosselin Admits She Had a Meltdown This Weekend

Whew. I was getting nervous. It had been a whole five minutes
since we last heard how Kate was feeling.

Pink Begins Tour In Seattle

And wins the award for The Best Use of Masking Tape Since Making Scary Faces in the Mirror.

Michelle Obama Makes People's Top Ten Best Dressed List

Coldwater Creek employees everywhere are celebrating the exciting news.

George Clooney Prefers Prostate Exams over Facebook

Just one more thing we have in common, George.

Christina Applegate Misses Her Old Breasts

I hear ya, Christina. I miss my old ones, too.

Monday, September 14, 2009

New New Moon Trailer

Every time I think I couldn't be any more excited for this movie, they go and prove me wrong.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Just Finished...

Couldn't put it down. If you haven't read it, you must do so, without further delay. But first, you have to read

Because it's the first book in the series. Can I just say how much I love these books? They are the kind of books where you tell yourself you'll stop after this chapter, but then you can't because the chapter ends with some shocking new development and you absolutely have to read on to find out what the heck is going to happen?! Almost every single chapter is that way.

The characters are amazing. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, is maybe my favorite female character I've ever read. She is real, she is strong, she is brave, and not in the way that Stephenie Meyer claims that Bella is, but for real. She doesn't annoy me in any way, which is saying a lot.

The two male characters are both gorgeous, amazing guys that seriously have me equally rooting for both of them. I don't know how it could end that would make me happy, unless she ends up with both of them.

Speaking of ends, I do have to say that this is where I feel the books' weaknesses lie. Love the books, hate the endings. Both of them so far have me checking to make sure there isn't another chapter back there hiding somewhere. It's only acceptable knowing there will be a sequel, the story isn't over.

I will be anxiously waiting (a loooong time) for the third installment of The Hunger Games series.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Early to Rise, Healthy and Wise? Lies, I Say, Lies!!

It's 7:20 am, and I am the only one awake in a quiet house. This is something I've experienced maybe twice in my life. I am showered, dressed, and make-upped. (Yes, I know that's not a word.)

I've always wanted to do this, to wake up early before everyone else and get things done that I wouldn't normally have time for during the day.

Turns out I have nothing to do.

Waking up early is ridiculously overrated.

I could be in bed, getting some precious, much-needed sleep, curled up against my warm husband.

But I'm not.

Because the sleep gods hate me and have decided to punish me by making it impossible for me to sleep well past 4:30.

At 4:30 almost on the dot, I'm awake. (I should sue the sleeping pill company for all they're worth.) My body aches, I'm flipping and flopping all over the bed trying to get comfortable.

Then the dog starts barking.

No, not my dog. I don't have a dog. Because I hate them. Because they bark.

I don't know which of my neighbors this dog belongs to, but believe me, when I find out, (insert nasty threat here.)

Every morning. Dog barking.

So I put in my ear plugs.

Sent straight from heaven.

The dog continues to bark, but now it's faint, in the background. Manageable.

And then the sun starts to come up.

Out comes the black sleep mask.

Instant darkness.

Also heaven-sent.

No light, no sound.

Just an achy body flip-flopping around trying to get comfortable, now with foam plugs shoved in its ears and a stretchy mask strapped to its head.

At 6:00 I surrender. I fought the good fight, and I lost. I'm not afraid to admit defeat.

I get up, take a shower, start my day, with hours to spare.

Now what?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I Finally Did It!

So it only took me 7 months, but I finally completed my first Jessica Sprague lesson, and as a result my first digital layout! Thanks to the recent acquisition of my Grandma's computer (which is at least five years newer than our dinosaur and actually works) I am finally able to use Adobe and take my classes that my sweet husband gifted me last March. Any of you who have taken the Up & Running class will recognize this layout, but for this novice digiscrapper, I'm pretty excited about it. Not to mention the fact that I already took some creative liberties and "made it my own." Fellow Jessica Sprague students, can you spot the difference? Non fellow Jessica Sprague students, what do you think?