I love underdog stories so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I look forward to seeing who the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest is each year. The winners tend to be of the Chinese Crested/Chihuahua variety. I don’t care what breed wins, I always find them to be adorable. But this year’s winner is a head scratcher. Walle, 2013’s World’s Ugliest Dog, is a cutie pie. He is a mixture of beagle, basset hound, and a boxer. The more I look at his face, the more confused I become. Here is Huffington’s Post article on the contest along with a picture of Sir Walle. What do you think??
Almost six years into motherhood and I am still learning the ropes. I take it one day at a time and when the kids are finally asleep for the day I can collapse on the couch and truly relax.
With summer giving us hours and hours of play, I try to give them at least one constructive thing to do a day that doesn’t involve toys or television. But as good as my intentions are, they still fight like crazy and won’t listen to me.
A few weeks ago the fog momentarily cleared out of my brain and I had an idea. Anytime the kids needed to do something and wouldn’t, I would turn it into a competition. Whoever finished their task first got this or that. And boy did that work like a charm.
I am sure plenty of you mothers out there are like, “DUH, Stephanie.” But like I said, I am a little slow with my parenting skills. For now I am going to feel like The Puppet-Friggin-Master and muuuahahaa my way to a picked up playroom. Because if I have learned one thing, it’s that small victories are HUGE.
I am a self proclaimed movie snob. I admit it. I sneer at Transformer movie trailers and anything else that looks equally mindless.
And then there are Roland Emmerich films. He has done movies like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. Action packed and light on the story. In my opinion (feel free to throw tomatoes) his movies stand out from the rest because of their heart with a side of cheese.
His new flick is White House Down with Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum. Two extremely talented guys and they aren’t too shabby looking. Foxx plays the President and Tatum plays the guy trying to protect him when the White House comes under attack. The trailer promises a lot of explosions and humor.
Instead of the trailer I am attaching the song and video the two leads did together. They originally performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! It became so popular that they created a video. It’s catchy even with all the inappropriateness. It is the best advertising for the movie because it shows that these guys don’t take themselves seriously.
Curls and Red are at the age where they are starting to stop watching the Disney Channel and Nick Jr. Instead they are watching Boomerang and Cartoon Network. I am sad they don’t love the other channels as much anymore because that means they are starting to grow up. And then there are the commercials that Boomerang and Cartoon Network play. It is a constant stream of infomercials. The kids are constantly running to me to ask for a Seat Pet, a Tummy Stuffer, or Magic Drink. And then I saw the commercial for the Chillow.
This gem of a product has the cheesiest and most hilarious pitch that I have seen in a long time. There is sweating, simulated flames, and the exaggerated coolness and relief that comes with having a Chillow. Here is the commercial. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
I have talked about being sad before. I haven’t been professionally diagnosed so I can’t go on record as saying that I am mentally depressed. But one thing I know I have is triggers. Triggers are basically things that push my buttons and put me on edge. Being overwhelmed, not meeting deadlines, constantly having to repeat the same thing over and over again to my children are just a few of mine. I shut down, I cry, and I lash out. I am trying to get better about my reactions and take a deep breath and step back.
Yesterday I was put in a stressful situation for the afternoon. I tried to have a beer to relax but that didn’t help. I won’t go into detail but when the afternoon was over, I had a meltdown. It wasn’t something I could avoid. Later in the day my mind went into overdrive. My blog name is Talktwomuch but my brain and it’s ability to over think things is a whole other matter. I start to think about all the friendships I have lost over the past year and my part in it. Or that I can’t seem to stay on good terms with my one and only sibling. Or that I am not as pretty as I would like. Or that I am messing up as a parent. It goes on and on and shutting it off is not an option.
Eventually the negativity passes and I take charge. I realize I can’t control how people are going to be. But I can control how I am going to be. I am going to stop putting myself down and realize that I am stronger than I give myself credit for. I am not a perfect parent but the fact that I keep trying makes me a good one. There are people who do care about me, as easy as that is to forget. And last but not least, depression lies.
The dynamic duo Scorsese and DiCaprio are back for the new movie The Wolf of Wall Street and hot damn does it look good. Throw in McConaughey and Hill (first names aren’t necessary, dontcha’ know?), 90s excess, some hot blondes, a dark sense of humor, and I AM THERE. Yes, it looks like Wall Street but if anybody can make us say, “Gordon Gekko who?” it’s these guys. It comes out November 15th so I know of one thing I will be thankful for come Thanksgiving.
This book caught my eye on a recent outing to the library with the kiddos. They wanted nothing to do with it but I couldn’t leave its side. Mama and her boy in the top right corner look as if they are dreams and nightmares, coexisting as one. It reminded me of a Guillermo del Toro ghost story.
After only one reading Curls and Red couldn’t get enough. They love it so much they have asked to get their own copies for their birthdays.