Thursday, December 20, 2007

For Judy

My friend Judy, the snarky, sparky, fighting Judy, is beginning a new kind of battle, this time for herself. Please stop by justenjoyhim, and if you pray, please pray for her and her husband and darling son.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

More Morbidity

I received this note:

I need yu to com into my memre.

Why? I asked Little Bun, who is rarely speechless.

Moments later he returned with a second note:
Wat I need yu to now is that I have seen a deth.

The fish, after four years, went belly up while Little Bun was in time out in his room.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Funny or Die?

Dh shared this with me (out of character for me but, I assure you, not for him) -- (adult language and themes)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

So Much for Transubstantiation

In our church, a child may take communion whenever he or she reaches for it or when her parents permit. We chose to wait until this year with Little Bun. Miss I, on the other hand, has been desperate to be included. So today she reached out and took a wafer, dipped it in the chalise and placed it on her tongue before I could register it. Then she proclaimed "NOW I'm big."
When we got back to our seats she was still glowing. Little Bun, hoping (I think) to take a little of the shine off, declared too loudly (and hence addressed to everyone): "I don't know why you're making such a big deal. It's just a cracker."

Saturday, December 08, 2007

I'm Enchanted

You know how I feel about Disney princesses. And some of you know how I feel about the way mass culture sells us our own cynicism. Despite these strikes against it before it ever started, I fell in love with Enchanted.
Enchanted reminds me of Sondheim's Into the Woods (best musical ever -- Cinderella is ever ambivalent about being swept off her feet, and once her marriage to the prince fails, agrees to a return to a peasant life and an unconventional family: "Sometimes, I actually do enjoy cleaning.") The prince's narcissism seems pulled straight from that play, as does the movie's self-reflexivity. In the opening sequence, the (artificial) camera moves into the iconic Disney castle, into a room with a book, containing the animated adventures of Giselle, not yet a princess, soon to be a multidimensional person (with all the misery and joy multidimensionality brings).
Miss I declared it "awesome," though she also thought parts of it were scary. Little bun loved the "drama and action," though he was hoping for a less happy ending. I fell for Patrick Dempsey, which is surprising because I loathe Grey's Anatomy (sorry, fans -- maybe it's having a doctor in the house), and we all fell in love with Amy Adams. She's darling.
I cannot wait for the CD -- gotta sing that work song.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

"Ummm, Because it Would be Funny . . ."

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard these words from Miss I. She thinks she's a real riot. Sometimes she is, but tonight, not so much.

She POURED A PACKAGE OF KNOX GELATIN on my chair. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THE STRANGE POWDER WAS. I TRIED TO WIPE IT with a WET PAPER TOWEL. Can you guess what happens to little granules of gelatin when you WIPE THEM WITH A WET PAPER TOWEL?!!!!!!

Remind me to a)vacuum strange powders off upholstery and b) quit asking "Why would you do that?!".