Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New Kids on the Block tour

My email from New Kids -

"NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK LIVE IN CONCERT!
We’ve been hard at work rehearsing and are VERY excited to announce our initial tour dates to our nkotb.com members FIRST!"

And then they announced shows in Montreal and Toronto, and a couple of US cities that were within driving distance of my old house. Nothing at all on this side of the continent. Seriously. Not fair.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Good times in an elevator.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/video/2008/04/21/080421_elevators/?yrail
I don't know how to put that video on my blog, so there's the link for it.

"This week in the magazine, Nick Paumgarten writes about the lives of elevators, and tells the story of Nicholas White, who was trapped in an elevator in New York City’s McGraw-Hill building for forty-one hours. Here is a condensed look at White’s ordeal, as captured by the building’s security cameras."

It nearly made me cry, and I don't cry easily. (Or at all. I didn't actually cry.)

Monday, April 21, 2008

I am so employable.

Well, I'm great. That's the story. Today I subbed for my very first time, and they hired me on the spot. I AM AWESOME. I will be working in the kindergarten with three children who have disabilities. I start next week.

Here's the synopsis, in case you missed how great I am. I graduated on Friday, got hired for subbing on Monday, and got hired full time at my first subbing job. MEEEEEEEEE!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Things from my life

This calculator:
I bought it for grade eight math. It's the only calculator I have ever owned. I used it all through high school, and all through my adult life. It lives right beside my computer and I use it many times a week. I think that's kind of neat, but that's not all. This calculator takes two AA batteries, and the batteries in it right now are the ones that came with it when I bought it at Woolco twenty years ago. How is that even possible? HOW??? I am amazed. I remember being amazed at the long life of these batteries back when I was a teenager, and since then I have been waiting for the day they finally give up. I think they're magic.

The calculator has a partner, and it is this:
Scott Lamont was my boyfriend in grade 5. He bought me this ruler, and I have never bought myself another ruler since. I used it all through high school, and I used it in college to make baseline graphs and such. I'll probably get buried with both it and the calculator. But then maybe the calculator's ultra-powerful batteries will bring me back to life and I'll have to dig my way out of my grave. With my ruler!

(I didn't intend to write that last part about being buried. It just sort of happened while I typed. Welcome to my brain.)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

My Adult News

I pretty much have a job. This is the first time I've had a job in many, many years, so it's big news. I've been hired by the school board for the sub list. Interviews and orientation were scary, but I did really well and the people who matter liked me very much. Tonight I got called to work at a west side school on Monday, which is my first day of availability since I only finish school tomorrow. I'm a little bit nervous to walk into a school I've never been in before and just start working, but I'm sure it will work out okay. I'm all grown up! The next step is finding a permanent position somewhere.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Exciting News for Corina

Corina had a very fancy note waiting for her when she got home from school today.



Corina gets to take singing lessons! Woo hoo! I'm really excited for her. You've never seen a kid who loves to sing as much as she does. She sings herself to sleep, and she sings herself awake in the morning. Ever since she was a toddler, the way we know she has woken up is we hear her singing in her bed.

Here's the sad Corina news. She has had a stye on her eye for almost two years now. It gets bigger and smaller and bigger again, but it is stubborn and will not completely go away. She's seen the doctor about it a few times, but now it has really flared up. In a couple of weeks she has to go to a specialist to have it removed. The doctor said they will "shell it like a pea". Ouch!Never does a day go by that someone doesn't say, "What happened to your eye?" She is mostly looking forward to not having to answer that question anymore.

Who is the saddest little college grad you ever saw?

Me! Me! That's who!
I swear, I really thought I was smiling. I have the most miserable face in the world. That was the happiest picture out of the bunch, yet I still look like I'm holding my dead baby.
Tomorrow and Friday I have exams, and then I am done school! And then...I get to spend every single day in a different school. I sure planned that well.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Wiggles!

Tonight we saw The Wiggles in concert. Max is a little too cool for that now, so it was just Mommy and Corina this time. We had such a fun time! They put a lot of energy into their show to keep even the toddlers entertained. A couple of times I was embarrassed at how stupid they looked, but mostly I was impressed. I loved it.

We're trying to show here how great our seats were. You probably can't tell. They were 8th row right on the centre aisle.

We rushed the stage at the end of the show because Mommy was a New Kids on the Block groupie, and that's what we do at the end of concerts. It's a hard habit to break.


Here's a video of Corina playing Air Guitar with Murray, and one of the end of the show when we were in The Wiggles' personal space.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Max at Robofest

Max was chosen to be on the robotics team at school. They met every day at lunch and after school as well, so it was pretty intense stuff. They had to build and then program a robot to go into a simulated mine and rescue trapped miners. (Also simulated, durr.) It was extremely hard work. What made it even harder was their coach wasn't allowed to help or even give suggestions. They had to do it all themselves.

Here are Max and two of his team members just before the competition, making sure everything is programmed correctly.
Here's the team at the mine, just about to rescue the miners.
The kids came in 4th place overall, which is SUPER because they were the only elementary school kids there! All the other teams were middle school and high school kids. Can you imagine? CAN YOU??? I'm awfully proud of Max.
I added some videos of this to my Facebook. Maybe I'll add them to my blog later if Blogger decides to cooperate.

And finally, here's cute Corina entertaining herself while the big kids competed.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

This is what true happiness looks like.

It is so fun to give presents to Corina, because her reactions are amazing. Look how much she loved her birthday presents today!

High School Musical notebook, chapsticks, and pin...
HSM hairband...
HSM novels. She's nearly crying now.
And an armload of HSM gifts.
Corina chose Chopstix for her birthday dinner. In her fortune cookie were seven fortunes. Seven fortunes on her seventh birthday! We're pretty sure that means she's going to learn how to fly this year.
I love my little Corina.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Stupid Enmax and their stupid seats.

I bought my Alice Cooper tickets last week, and I got three 12th row seats. I figured those were okay seats, but I wished we had better. I'm worried everyone will stand the whole time and Corina won't be able to see a thing. I'm way too weak to hold a kid on my shoulders.

Anyway, tonight I was curious what kind of seats are left, so I looked it up on the site. And guess what! If I had waited until tonight to buy the tickets, I could have three 8th row seats instead of 12th row. How in the crap does that make any sense?? When I bought the tickets a week ago 12th row was the best they could give me. Did the 8th row just grow three more chairs? And what if I had bought the tickets yesterday? Maybe then I could have been ON THE FREAKING STAGE.

I'm mad. Can you tell?

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Corina's 7th Birthday Party

We had my pretty little Corina's 7th birthday party today. It was all High School Musical. If you think little girls can ever get too much HSM, then you are WRONG. Corina dressed as Sharpay for her party. I think she did a good job getting an outfit together all on her own!

Here's the real Sharpay, in case you don't have little girls in your house who constantly play the movie for you. See? Corina looks like her!
I made a cheap HSM cake with pictures taped to straws. I'm awesome.
Here's Corina opening her Gabriella HSM doll from Christina. You can kind of tell she likes it.
Cake time!

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So that's that. Corina will be 7 on Thursday. And really, that breaks my heart. My kids are growing up too fast.

Max's Magical Balloon Power

We discovered Max's talent while we were blowing up balloons for Corina's birthday party this morning. (She's turning 7 next week!)

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What kind of mother wouldn't be proud of her son for being staticky?

Friday, April 04, 2008

Our April Fools Day

Max switched the cereal around in the cereal boxes and confused the heck out of Corina. I set the kids’ clocks one hour ahead and then woke them up (at the usual time) all in a panic and pretended we had slept in, which we never ever do. That one was fun. Corina tried, unsuccessfully, to convince Max he had gone gray overnight. And then I played my great joke on the kids.

I weighted down their lunch bags with ice packs, but no food. We’re all at the same school this semester, so my plan was to have them look in their lunches, get freaked out, and then I’d come along with the great news that I’m taking them to McDonald's. Yay! I’m such a fun, cool mom! Grade one kids get out for lunch earlier than everyone else, so I put a note in Corina’s lunch that said this:

You have no lunch! April Fools!
Just kidding. Don’t worry. Just drink your milk and I’ll be there in half an hour with a good surprise
.”

When I got out for lunch I went to get Max, who was standing around with his friends wondering what to do about the eating. He didn’t get a note with a “don’t worry” at the end. He thought it was pretty funny though. I told him about McDonald’s, and then we went to get Corina. When I got in her lunch room, the leader said, “I’ve been trying to comfort her”. Weird, right? I thought maybe she had gotten hurt. No…she had been sobbing for half an hour because her fun, cool mom didn’t pack her a lunch and by the time she got to the “just kidding” part of the note she was already crying so it was too late to stop, because her mom is so cruel and left her to STARVE TO DEATH!

I am such a great mom sometimes.

What a wonderful day. (Because of New Kids on the Block, of course.)



I like this, from an interview with Donnie:
Now that the five Kids are standing together and planning to hit the road with a new show, simply reviving the old hits isn’t enough. “No, I want this to be redemption — but not for us,” Wahlberg explains. “I want it to be redemption for the fans. I want them to feel entertained, to feel treated to something special. And I want them to be so satisfied by what they get that they’ll realize they weren’t crazy all those years ago — that they put their heart into the right place back then and that it was worth the wait to come back again.”

Thursday, April 03, 2008

By Corina.

I am Corina. I can't wait to go to the Alice Cooper concert and I can't wait to go to the New Kids tour. I can't wait to go to the Wiggles in two weeks. I am going to wear one of the Wiggles' colour shirts. I love all of the musicals, like High School Musical, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Grease, and Annie, and all those kinds.

Oh Mommy, I love New Kids.



How cute are they with all the giggling? My heart melts. I don't think I'll ever get used to hearing Donnie pronounce his hard R's, though.

New Kids on the Block. Again. (Love).

It has been twenty years since Hangin' Tough was released. How is it even possible that so much time has gone by? And how ridiculous is it that I still feel like I'm fifteen years old when I look at this (new!) picture and when I hear Donnie's voice on the new song? I cry. I do. Tomorrow they will be together for everyone to see, and I will cry again. This is my dream come true and I am so very grateful for Donnie, Danny, Joe, Jordan, and Jon. In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Alice Cooper Psycho-Drama Tour 2008


He's coming to Lethbridge! He's coming to Lethbridge! I'm getting our tickets tomorrow! I saw my first Alice Cooper concert when I was 11, and Max will now see his first when he's 11 too. And Corina will be only 7, which is totally adorable as far as I'm concerned. They both want to wear the makeup to the show. If I were Alice Cooper, I would want to meet little kids who come to my concert in the makeup and know all the songs. I hope we get to hang out with him.


"The Legend of Shock Rock returns to Canada with his biggest show in over 2 decades…playing all his hits; “Schools Out”, “I’m 18”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Welcome to My Nightmare”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and many more.
The triumphs and tribulations heard on Alice Cooper's albums continue to thrill millions all over the world to this day. Indeed, no better example of Alice Cooper's timelessness can be found than in the fact that he still sings "I'm Eighteen" with all the passionate fervor and belief that he first brought to the song.
For as long as there is a part of us that will always remain 18, we will all have far more in common with Alice Cooper than we might realize--or dare to publicly admit. After all, you're still here, and so is Alice. Rocking out like all get out. And ain't that what it's all about?"

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Lost Recaps

This is my favourite place to read about Lost. (Click here!) I don't learn anything, but the jokes speak to me. Oh yeah they do. This part - "But the ladies love my glistening biceps!!" *wails on air guitar and shoots stuff*" - oh my. Good! And the picture of Sayid when he's finding out Tom's gay...I cried real tears of joy.

Lost makes me so happy. Jokes about Lost (laughing with, not at) are indescribably beautiful.

Now listen to my sinister plan while I sit here in my PJ's...

We named our car Tom, which I think I already mentioned. After the most recent episode of Lost, Corina said, "So...great. Our car is dead and gay." YEAH!