Thursday, January 29, 2009

Saskatooooooooooooon!!!!

My Donnie and his friend Danny are feeling very happy. See?

The reason?

We're all going to see each other again in April when they come to Western Canada! Thank Donnie they're coming when I'm on a one week holiday, so I don't have to book any time. I'll be heading to Saskatoon, and then from there...I suppose we'll see.

It's gonna be...ummm...none of yer. Unless I know you. :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Haaaaaaaaaappy!

Ummm...I love my life.

Really.

I think there might be a horseshoe in my bottom.

I love my life.

I love it.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lost - Ack Attack

“Hey Professor Honeydew, gimme yer shirt!”


And Miles is like, “Um, I could give you my shirt, I’m totally wearing like 3 right now…”




I so love Ack Attack recaps.
http://www.theackattack.net/?p=453

NKOTB No Surrender Charitable Trust

Back in the day, Donnie used to draw really cute caricatures of the guys. Remember that? Of course you do. Well, he still does them just the same. He drew this for auction.






You can go here:
nosurrender.org
to bid on the picture and the marker. I want the marker.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

LOST - my love returns.

First of all, here's a super funny Lost video.



So, about the new episode, Richard does age then, right? He's just time traveling all over the place, which made it appear as though he doesn't age. I figure that when they met John on the island, Richard traveled back to John's childhood and did the Dalai Lama test, and so on. You think?

If you can't change the past because it didn't happen, but then Daniel *did* change the past by talking to Desmond and creating Desmond's new "memory", then what about when Locke got shot in the leg near the plane by Ethan when he was moving through time? Okay, remember back when he was at the plane with Boone and suddenly he couldn't walk? There you go! It's because he got shot by Ethan! NEAT!

Are we thinking the scary chalkboard/roasted chestnut lady is Daniel's mom? Did I mention she's scary? And that she scares me?

No matter how many people Ben kills, I still enjoy him. I loved his face when Hurley threw the Hot Pocket at him. He cracks me up. My friend Megan met him when she was in New York, and I feel kinda jealous.

Richard and Locke - Richard's all "I have to hurry! There's no time! LISTEN!"...but he still has time to be a smartass about the compass. "It...points north, John." Heht. I loved that.

Can't wait for next week!

My Donnie in Manchester

Maybe one day you were sitting around thinking, "I wonder what Sara thinks is the most perfect face in the world..."

Well, wonder no more. Here it is.

C'mon now. You have to admit, he's awfully cute. I adore him.

Corina's Artwork

Corina drew this family picture. I love it! She does such a good job on Max. It's almost like a photograph of him. And me - I have that exact outfit. She's quite a little artist. Not sure what all the dogs are about though...


NKOTB in Glasgow, being awesome.

My boyfriend Donnie is still on his world tour. Here he is performing Summertime in Glasgow. I love when they get silly like this. It just makes me giggle and giggle. This is one of my favourite videos of them.



Highlights:
It starts off with Joe dancing with a bra. Classic.
Right off, Jordan and Donnie are goofing around, which I LOVE.
0:24 - Jordan's beautiful pose. So cute.
0:30 - Joe tries to get them to behave. "Hey, I'm singing, bastards!"
1:20 - Jordan's Beyonce dance. Silly Jordan is my favourite Jordan.
1:30 - my very favourite part - my boyfriend is so tilty! I gasped.
2:15 - Joe attack!

I have a perma-grin on my face every time I watch this. I love it. I think what I really want is to *be* a New Kid. Next time Jon is ready to quit, I'll take his place.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kilmorey Lodge

This is a picture of us at Kilmorey Lodge in Waterton for Max's 10th birthday dinner. My dad was out here that week and we all went there together. We love that place!

Here is what it looked like this morning.

And this is what it looks like now.

Kilmorey Lodge, one of Waterton Lakes National Park’s most iconic landmarks, was destroyed in an early morning fire Tuesday.

Four guests were staying in the lodge when the blaze broke out shortly before 4 a.m., all of whom were safely evacuated.

However, the historic structure -- first built in 1926 and rebuilt after a 1933 blaze -- was completely engulfed by the time firefighters arrived on scene shortly after.

"When you have a building that old, once a fire digs in, it's so difficult. It was a complete loss," said Pincher Creek Fire Chief Tom Harnos.

It took firefighters little more than an hour and a half to bring the major flames under control.
All that remained from the destruction was a stone fireplace.

Locklynn Craig, the owner of the 23-room hotel, praised night security staff for noticing the flames and promptly alerting guests and fire personnel. Yet he added nothing can replace the loss of a landmark which has played host to countless celebrities and conferences.

"This is truly a loss for the village of Waterton and for all of us who care deeply about this historical building," he said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Singing Lesson Problems.

Until this month, singing lessons were one of the highlights of our week. Now they're the part of the week that makes me turn into an angry beast.

Lessons are in the back of a music store, where they have a bunch of small office-type rooms. When we returned after Christmas break, Corina's teacher told us they didn't have enough rooms to go around, and some students had to have their lessons in the coffee room. Corina is one of those lucky students. It's not really a proper lesson room at all, but I figured it wouldn't be all that bad. I did think it was odd that the woman in charge of these things didn't phone and ask me if I minded that, or maybe offer to knock a couple bucks off the lessons, but whatever. I can be easy going sometimes.

So...first lesson in the coffee room. There's a sign on the door that says the room is being used for lessons, and not to enter if the door is closed. Throughout Corina's half hour lesson, music teachers were constantly going in and out of the room. Corina's in there trying to learn new songs, and that kind of distraction is really not helpful. It was also very rude, because there was a sign. Obey the sign! Leave the poor little kid alone.

The next week before the lesson started, I asked the teacher to speak to the boss lady about having Corina moved into a proper room. There are lots of teenagers and adults who take lessons there and wouldn't be as distracted by people coming and going all the time.

During the lesson that week, people were constantly in and out of the room again. One girl even went in with a tv dinner and cooked it in there in the microwave! She's in there beeping away on the buttons...we could hear it from out in the hall/waiting room area. Ridiculous. THERE'S A NOTE ON THE DOOR!

Tonight was the third week in the coffee room. The boss lady was away, so the teacher hadn't had a chance to speak to her. First problem tonight was there were two guitar guys in the room when it was time for Corina's lesson. They didn't get out of there until 7:09! That stole 9 minutes out of Corina's short, 3o minute lesson that cost me $16. I'm so not okay with that. They weren't just sitting there, either. They were packing up, banging around and talking! During her lesson! In a tiny coffee room!

At 7:09 when those guys left, I pulled my chair in front of the coffee room door, blocking it. And then I started reading my book.

A few minutes went by, and then a young male teacher came along. He politely asked if I could move so he could go in the room. I promise I was actually really polite, but I smiled at him and said, "No...sorry." He looked awfully confused. I quickly explained the situation, apologized again, but made it clear I didn't want anyone else disturbing her. He seemed sort of okay with it and walked away.

A few minutes after that, the TV dinner teacher came along. She walked right up and wedged her leg behind my chair and asked me to move. Rudely. Like - "Ummm...can you move?"

I used my most polite voice, and I said, "No...sorry. My daughter is having her lesson. She'll be done in a few minutes".

She gave me the most awful look - as if I had just pooped on her, maybe. Or even in her. She said she only needed to go in for a minute, and continued wedging herself between me and the door. She had a Crystal Light package in her hand, so I imagine her urgent need to interrupt Corina's lesson DESPITE THE SIGN ON THE DOOR was because she really needed a low calorie drink. It was that important.

I repeated that Corina would be done in a few minutes.

So then the girl moved to the other side of me and wedged herself between me and the door again, but it's not like she could actually get past without pushing me on the floor. She was totally invading my personal space. I pretended she wasn't there and just read my book. Finally she blurted out, "WHAT...IS SHE HAVING A ONE HOUR LESSON OR SOMETHING???"

In my super polite voice, I again said, "Nope...she'll be out in a few minutes."

Maybe my calm voice was pissing her off more. I don't know. She stormed off, saying, "Now my student is waiting for me!" Like it's my fault she left someone waiting so she could have her stupid Crystal Light.

Then the young guy came back again, but he didn't pressure me to let him in. He just stood there kind of pouting. When Corina and her teacher came out, TV Dinner Crystal Light came stomping past us and stormed into the room. THANK GOD SHE STILL GOT TO HAVE HER CRYSTAL LIGHT!

Anyway, I made enemies tonight. But I suppose I'm going to be okay with that. I know it's inconvenient for them to not be able to use their coffee room, but I'm not the one who came up with the stupid plan to have lessons in there. And their boss put a damned sign on the door telling them to stay out. None of this is my fault, and I was as polite as I could possibly be.

This all goes along well with what I'm trying to teach my kids. One important thing I want them to understand is that people will treat them they way they let them. If you live your life as a doormat, you'll get treated like a doormat. That's just the way human beings are. I don't want M&C to be mean to people, but I want them to stand up for themselves. Corina has a right to an uninterrupted singing lesson, and I'm thinking she's probably going to get that now. I showed people how they have to treat me. (That would be with respect. Sheesh.)

Something I've always done with the kids since they could talk is make them order their own food in restaurants, or otherwise do the talking to grownups when they're capable and it's appropriate. I grew up so scared of talking to adults that one time as a teenager I cried my eyes out when my mom told me to order pizza. I had never done it before and I was terrified. She told me to do it or we weren't getting pizza. I chose not to get pizza. I was humiliated to be so lame about it, but I was too afraid to talk to a grownup. I was also too afraid to book a doctors appointment or anything like that. M&C aren't afraid. They can easily speak to grownups in those kinds of situations. Maybe ordering food isn't so important, but if you're too afraid to do that as a child or teenager, what chance is there that you'll be brave enough to speak up for yourself when it's really, truly important? Like when you have to call 911? Or tell someone to stop molesting you? Seriously. I know a girl who was so scared of talking to adults that she didn't say anything when a man she trusted started molesting her. I want my kids to be able to say, "Let go of my bum, and I'd like a Whopper Combo with root beer!"

So. Hopefully now we either get moved out of the coffee room because I'm such a pain in the ass, or at least people stop going in Corina's room because I'm such a pain in the ass. And hopefully this was a good lesson for my kids in speaking up for yourself. I think it was.

Finally, I want to say that it sucks that for the last three weeks I've left singing lessons with a knot in my stomach. This was supposed to be FUN!

Meh.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Joaquin Phoenix - music career.

Sooooooooo....is Joaquin Phoenix okay? You may remember I posted a while ago that he was quitting acting. Here's what he's doing now:



He's a rapper. Yep.

And he fell off the stage.



I dunno - does this seem okay? I'd like for him to be okay.

Friday, January 16, 2009

NKOTB in London, Ontario

Dear Donnie,
My name is Sara and I'm your biggest fan! I live in London, Ontario. I am 13 years old. I hope you will come here for a concert. You could play at London Gardens, and then you could stay at my house after the concert if you didn't want to stay at a hotel. I know my mom would say it's okay. London is a really nice city and you would love it. I hope you come here. I love you. I know I've already mailed you this exact letter about 75 times, but I wasn't sure if you got those ones.
Love Sara.

Dear Sara,
I'm sorry it took me over 20 years to get back to you. We had a lot of fan mail to answer. We would love to play in London! It appears as though London Gardens doesn't exist anymore, so how about we'll play at the JLC? We've just announced a bunch of shows out east because that's where you live, according to your hundreds of fan letters from the 1980's. We didn't plan anything out west, but that doesn't affect you, right? We'll be in London on March 29. Can we still stay at your house?
Love Donnie.

Dear Donnie,
ACK! I MOVED FAR AWAY!
dskjfdsiousklkdkfjdslkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*thud*

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pictures of Me

I had a rough day at work today, so I came home and made a grumpy face while sitting in my undies at the foot of my bed.
And then I played sexy-dead. It's one of my talents.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The NKOTB Cruise Details...

...for the cruise I'm not buying tickets for when they go on sale tomorrow morning.

http://rosetours.com/nkotb/pricing3.php

Private Event Pass which will include:
NKOTB Welcome Cocktail Party
NKOTB Experience with all band members
Full Concert by NKOTB
Photo Session with NKOTB in small groups
Question & Answer Session with NKOTB
Deck Party with NKOTB and DJ
2 Additional Deck Parties with DJ's
Gift Bag with cruise event souvenirs
Trivia Contest with special prizes
Karaoke
Chances to enter other onboard drawings for exclusive NKOTB Event Opportunities!
Full Access to all of Carnival's activities and facilities!
VIP Concierge at your service

Holy CRAP it's expensive! I think I'll take the owner's suite for $5000, please.

But if I did go, which I won't, I would win every special prize in the trivia contest. I memorized every New Kids fact possible when I was a kid, and none of them have left my brain. I can still rattle off the names of all the siblings with super fast speed. I know their shoe sizes, I know the lyrics to every song, I know their schools, their childhood friends and hangouts, the addresses of the homes they grew up in, where their parents met, their resting heart rates and blood pressure...

I'm not going on the cruise!

The New Kids Cruise

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20251844,00.html

Okay...I already knew this cruise was coming, but now that it has been officially announced, I have to make an official announcement as well. I am NOT going on the New Kids on the Block cruise.
I AM NOT.
If anyone hears me say anything that sounds as though I'm changing my mind, punch me right in the face. I can't go. I simply can't.
I AM NOT GOING.

Monday, January 12, 2009

UK NKTV

Look how fun and silly my boyfriend and his buddies are!

*sigh*

I miss my boyfriend.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Family Picture

I've made some really attractive people! Look...I have proof.

They're also attractive in sepia.

I'm loving their little faces with the "fashion glasses". Adorable.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Things we've been up to...

I had my birthday this week. It was my first birthday since I joined Facebook. Facebook birthdays can make a person feel pretty special. I got one million wall postings that day!

The kids and I went for Japanese food to celebrate that I survived another year. Here's the proof.

I suppose that only proves the kids went for Japanese food. I was there too though.
Now here are two pictures of my children looking handsome and beautiful. Max has always wanted glasses, so today I bought him some that don't require bad vision. Look how cool he is!
Corina has always wanted glasses too. Both of them are always borderline for needing them, so I bought her some fashion glasses today as well. They're both happy as could be.

Tonight Corina was reading to me, as usual, but it was the first time she read to me with the glasses on. She looks ADORABLE!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Acoustic Lady Gaga - Pokerface

I just found this acoustic version of Pokerface tonight, and I love it.



This next one is the original version. There's nothing to look at, because every time I tried to embed the video, embedding was disabled. So look at nothing and listen to a fun song.

Tetley Tea Director of Marketing

A response!

Dear Ms Magee,
We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our Tetley Red Tea advertisement. I am deeply sorry if we have offended you. I am a woman and I cannot say I ever saw anything of that sort when we created this ad. And if there was a chance that this could be perceived in such a way, rest assured, we would have thought twice. But simply because I don't see it from your eyes doesn't mean I don't appreciate your point of view. I have forwarded your thoughts to our creative agency for their review.
Thank you for your valued feedback and input.
Michelle Faris
Director Marketing


I love that the director of marketing has emailed me, letting me know her period doesn't look like elephants and birds. Have any of you had an executive email you about that?!

I DIDN'T THINK SO!

I still have a hard time believing that a woman could look at those images and not see menstrual blood. Perhaps some women with very light cycles wouldn't see it? Perhaps she's in denial? Perhaps some people don't look in toilets before flushing?

Ever read Letters From a Nut? I think I'm turning into that guy. And that's okay.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Tetley Red Tea Commercial Response

My fun letter to Tetley:

I imagine you've already heard this, but just in case...
Your Tetley Red Tea commercial has beautiful music, and kind of beautiful images, except for one problem: the images appear to be made out of menstrual blood. Did any women look at this ad before it was made public? It's pretty gross...

Response:

We would like to thank you for taking the time to contact our Company. Although we were sorry to hear that our new Television Advertisement was not to your liking, at Tetley we believe that comments and feedback from our consumers are invaluable in upgrading and refining our processes, and we thank you for your input. You can be sure that your comments will be passed on to our Marketing Department. Once again, thank you for your valued feedback.
Sincerely,
Kathy Tolj
Tetley Canada Inc. Consumer Services

I wanted more! I wanted her to tell me she agrees. She must agree, unless she hasn't had a period yet. Maybe they use child labour to respond to customer emails. I wrote back that I'm looking forward to hearing from the marketing department.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Some Conversations Should Be Private

Recently I was in a public place. I'm being vague in case someone involved happens upon my blog, because that way I can say, "Wasn't me! Similar but different!".

I overheard a very loud conversation between a husband and wife in a super populated location. One spouse was telling the other about hitting a pedestrian that day. And then when this person saw the pedestrian get back up, he/she drove away. I mean she/he drove away without stopping, even. The person just looked back, saw that the pedestrian got up, and drove away.
*gasp*

There was no shame at all in the conversation. There was actually blame placed on the person who was hit by a car!


Yes, I called the police. I didn't want to be involved, but I suppose I kind of have to. It's part of being a responsible member of our community, which is what we're teaching the kids at school.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Tetley Red Tea

I'm not a tea drinker, but if I was, the Tetley Red Tea commercial would turn me right off it.



Those cloudy red tea shapes remind me of something.

Like...well, I was going to find a delicate way to say it, but I can't find one.

That's what period blood looks like when it hits the water in the toilet.

Mmmmm. A nice cup of tea!

Enjoy.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

ABC Gingerbread House

One of the things the kids wanted to do on New Years Eve was eat our gingerbread house, and so we did. And then we rebuilt it!

See? Now it's covered in chewed gum, licked candies, and half-eaten rejects.

Happy New Year!