Posted in Mama Adventures

I really want to be a good person

     One of the first things I told Curls when she started kindergarten was, “You don’t have to be friends with everybody. Just be nice.” And she has done remarkably well. She hears me yell at other drivers when we are on our way to school. She hears me swear when I drop something or hurt myself. And the more I do it, the more I think, “Why can’t I be more like my daughter??”

     I want to set an example for my kids just like any good parent does. I want to celebrate the good things and the let the bad ones slide off my back. So when I came across this post on Momastery (another of my favorite blogs), it stuck with me.  

     I love the message that Glennon of Momastery puts out there. She is all about love, no matter what she has had to face (and she has stared down a number of obstacles). So if I can see how lucky I am with my amazing family, great friends, and the ability to do what I love, I can maybe greet everyone like Glennon and Chase with the Onion Man. Even if I have to swallow my bad words and negative thoughts and have a constant gag reflex, I will TRY.

     So when Curls comes home and tells me that the one student in her class is still not being nice, I will tell her again that this student is probably the way they are because they are sad. And she doesn’t have to be her friend but she can still be nice.

    Hopefully I will remember that the next time some jackhole decides to go 15 miles below the speed limit.  

Posted in Pop Culture

Movie Trailer Monday: Celeste and Jesse Forever

Hubs and I rented Celeste and Jesse Forever this weekend. It’s the story of Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) as a recently separated married couple. They have been best friends since high school and still hang out every day. Jesse lives in the studio behind Celeste’s house because he is unemployed. Their friends think they are crazy that they still hang out but they don’t care. When Jesse starts seeing Veronica (Rebecca Dayan), Celeste starts to lose control of her life and realizes she may not want to be without him.

Jones and Samberg are very likeable actors. Jones is that beautiful girl that can be just one of the guys while Samberg is responsible for a lot of recent classic Saturday Night Live sketches. Together they have an ease on screen. It is a sweet story with more drama than you would expect from them. Los Angeles is an integral part of the story with places like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Chateau Marmont, and underground clubs setting the stage for banter between the main characters and date locations for Celeste.

Overall, Celeste and Jesse Forever made me laugh and cry. A lot of it had to do with Jones and Samberg and how well they play off one another. I would definitely recommend it. Here is the trailer to see if it is up your alley. Have a great week!

 

Posted in Good Things

Good things: NYX Cosmetics

I’m not much of a makeup girl.  When I was in college I was mono brow girl with orange eye shadow (not pretty).  As I get closer to Cougarville, I have gotten more confidence and excited about makeup.  I have thankfully been introduced to threading (highly recommend over waxing) so I now have two eyebrows.  And eyeshadow, lip gloss, lipstick, blush, and bronzer make me squeal with glee.  My new favorite cosmetic brand is NYX.  I first discovered it when I was looking for an eyebrow kit on Amazon and it has just snowballed from there.  Here is my collection:

NYX

I get my NYX fix at the greatest makeup store ever, Ulta, in addition to Amazon.

Side Note: I have not worn my makes-me-think-of-PriscillaQueenoftheDesert glitter eyeshadow palette as of yet, but damn I love to look at it.

Posted in Mama Adventures

I’m “that” Mom

     My Curls is very smart. She has got mad math skills. Her reading is, in my opinion, way above her grade level. And don’t get me started on her spelling. Red is equally awesome. He was potty trained in three days. He sleeps in his own bed like a big boy. And he talks really well for a three year old.

     If you are still reading, I have one question for you: On a scale of 1-10, how obnoxious was that last paragraph? What’s that? An 11? Yeah, I am inclined to agree with you.

     I wish I could say that I have always been aware of my annoying ability to brag about my children. But 5 years, 6 months, 20 days, 5 hours, and 20 minutes passed before self awareness kicked in. And damn it’s a bitch. I was reading my morning blogs when I came across a new post from Baby Sideburns. She discussed how milestones in our lovies’ lives suck. She goes on to discuss those parents that are always talking about how advanced their children are and they are the only ones who are doing such and such. Call it an epiphany, call it the light bulb lit up, etc. I sat back in my dining room chair and went, “Huh. I do that.” Am I that bad? My inner voice didn’t even hesitate to answer, “YES.”

     So this is my formal apology to all that have had to listen to me talk about Curls and Red and how amazing they are ad nauseam. I really never meant any harm. And moving forward I will save how proud I am for the grandparents and for those who ask. And maybe for the poor, unsuspecting Starbucks barista who makes the mistake of telling my how cute my kids are….

Posted in Pop Culture

Movie Trailer Monday: Kick-Ass 2

I have mentioned numerous times that I really, really like super hero movies. Kick-Ass is no different. Kick-Ass is the black sheep to the Marvel and DC comic superheroes. And I love the underdog no matter what. For those who haven’t seen the first Kick-Ass movie, it involved a nerdy high school teenage boy (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who wanted to make a difference so he dresses up like a superhero and tries to save the day. His first save doesn’t go so well. In fact, he gets his ass kicked. And then there is Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her pops, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage). Big Daddy trains his baby girl to be a superhero by shooting her. But when they band together they prove they have got what it takes to take on crime boss Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong). The movie is a fantastic dark comedy and it launched the careers of Taylor-Johnson and Grace Moretz.

When I heard they were making a sequel I was stoked. It comes out this June and this time around Jim Carrey joins the cast. It looks just as good as the first. Check out the red band trailer. Have a great week!

Posted in Pop Culture

ThinkGeek

     When I have writer’s block, I do one of two things. I either clean or shop. During a recent bout of writer’s block, I came upon the website ThinkGeek. And it was like I found the mother ship and it wanted to take me home. This website has anything and everything a geek loving gal like me could want. Once I got over my squealing I was able to narrow my wish list down to a few items. My birthday is next month so hopefully hubby takes this as a hint…

Because I have wanted to be her since I was 8: Princess Leia hoodie 

Because I really, really want to be a part of the Whovian culture: Dr. Who T-shirt 

To appease my horror film obsession: Blood bath bloody hand towel