My Real Life

November 20, 2012

My New Pastime

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

Okay, it’s not really my new pastime.

In fact, it’s not really even something I do every day.

However, when I get a minute here or there, I find myself thoroughly enjoying Quora.

It’s kind of like Pinterest for words.

People ask questions and people respond.

Sometimes, the answers are funny or snarky:

Question: How did Neil Patrick Harris get the job of Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother” considering he’s gay?

Answer:  It’s called acting.

Sometimes they are serious:

Question:  What are the Obama girls really like?

Answer:  Nobody knows.
That’s by design.
There is a time-honored tradition in the USA that the children of the president are off-limits in any public forum.    No pictures not posed-for-with-the-prez, no speculation, no gossip.
They didn’t run for anything.    By an accident of history they are known world-wide.
It’s hard enough growing up with a team of secret service in tow and a helicopter over-head.
Let our curiosity give way to decency.

It’s also an area for people to create boards and share and store information they find.

Some of those boards are fun:

Famous Barney Stinson quotes (can you tell I was browsing some “HIMYM” boards?)

“Jesus waited three days to come back to life. It was perfect! If he had only waited one day, a lot of people wouldn’t have even heard he died. They’d be all, “Hey Jesus, what up?” and Jesus would probably be like, “What up? I died yesterday!” and they’d be all, “Uh, you look pretty alive to me, dude…” and then Jesus would have to explain how he was resurrected, and how it was a miracle, and the dude’d be like “Uhh okay, whatever you say, bro…” And he’s not gonna come back on a Saturday. Everybody’s busy, doing chores, workin’ the loom, trimmin’ the beard, NO. He waited the perfect number of days, three. Plus it’s Sunday, so everyone’s in church already, and they’re all in there like “Oh no, Jesus is dead”, and then BAM! He bursts in the back door, runnin’ up the aisle, everyone’s totally psyched, and FYI, that’s when he invented the high five. That’s why we wait three days to call a woman, because that’s how long Jesus wants us to wait…. True story.”

Others aren’t funny, and I won’t share them because…well, they can be boring.

You can type in just about anything and find information that is entertaining and relevant.

Granted, it’s written by regular people who aren’t necessarily experts, unless they are quoting research (which they often do) but it’s just a great site to get sucked into.

Teacher friends, so much discussion, insight, and information on teaching and education.

It’s like professional development on your couch.

Anyway, if you find you have a moment or two, head on over.

It’s a blast.

Daily Gratitude, Day 20

Today I am grateful that I have a life where I can engage in some mindless browsing of a site like Quora.  Too many people in this world are working three and four jobs to make ends meet and downtime and free time are words that have no meaning.  How lucky I am to have been given the opportunities that are denied to so many.

November 19, 2012

Monday Musings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

I’ll be honest with you, folks.

I got nothin’ today.

I’ve been trying to come up with a topic for today’s blog all weekend, and just keep coming up empty-handed.

Our dryer broke, so we’re washing clothes and then taking wet loads to our parents homes to dry which, logistically, is a bit of a pain, but how fortunate are we to have our parents all living within a five-mile range of us?

Here’s the irony.

Is it irony?

Probably not.

Here’s the thing.

Yeah, that’s better.

So, here’s the thing…

When we got married, my parents bought us our first washer and dryer as a wedding gift.

We took them with us when we moved from house 1 to house 2 and then from house 2 to house 3.

When we moved into house 3, the owners left behind their washer and dryer, but we wanted to keep using ours, so we gave the ones that were already in the house to my father-in-law who had a washer and dryer held together with rubber bands and chewing gum.

Then, when we bought this house, it turned out they had the exact same washer and dryer (forgot to see how old they were) so we decided to leave our wedding gifts at house 3 and go with the ones that were left behind here.

My bet is that the ones we left behind are still going strong.

This one?

Not so much.

Anyway, we spent our Sunday with Real Man up to his elbows in wires and tools and electricity and then researching washers and dryers and ordering and scheduling delivery for my new babies and driving our wet laundry around and drying it at our parents’ homes.

Saturday was spent at school, for Monkey Girl and I.

It was the dance auditions for the musical, and that eats up a Saturday.

However, once again, I have to say that the other directors are people that I enjoy immensely, and that takes the sting out of working all day Saturday.

And…I LOVE being the musical director of the show.

This year, we are doing Annie and it’s one of my favorites.

It was actually the second show we did when I started working at my current school, and I’ve always hoped we could do it again.

Saturday night, the monkeys were playing in the basement and Real Man and I were watching television in the living room.

As we flipped through the channels, Jaws was on and I commented that I had never seen the movie.

I’ve never seen The Godfather, either.

Apparently, I’m missing out.

Anyway, we started watching and Monkey in the Middle came up to ask me a question.

He got sucked in and crawled under the blanket with us.

About five minutes later, Baby Monkey came upstairs to see what the hold-up was and got sucked in, as well, and also snuggled under the blanket with us.

Finally, Monkey Girl, having been abandoned by her brothers joined us, and Real Man and I were no longer sweetly snuggling together on the couch, watching Jaws.

Instead, we were completely smushed into the couch, while three relatively large children were sprawled on top of us, asking a million questions about the movie.

I’d say they watched the last 45 minutes of the movie with us and, surprisingly, weren’t too scared by it.

I swear Baby Monkey has seen the movie before, because every few minutes or so, he’d say “You know what I’d do if I were on that ship?”

And whatever he said, the characters did in the next few minutes.

Love that kid.

Anyway, it turned out to be a really nice ending to a long day.

So, busy weekend that left me with no actual topic.

Hope you didn’t mind the recap.

It’s all I’ve got today.

Daily Gratitude, Day 19

Today I’m grateful that I have a career that I love which take the sting out of Monday mornings.

November 18, 2012

Contest Winner!

Filed under: Contest — Amy @ 6:00 am

So, we poured out the dice, lined them up nicely, and began to count.

Monkey in the Middle began to jump up and down with glee, as his guess had been 57 and the contest rules said that the closest without going over would be the winner.

I teased him that his buddy, Will’s, mom was going to be mad because he outbid her by one. (He loved your comment, Sandi!)

So, I took the picture (above) and the said “Hold on a minute.”

And looked closer.

I forgot all about our 3 “die in a die” dice!

Three extra, which brings our total to 61, making our winner Marianne!

Marianne, your iTunes gift card will be coming to you and I’ll be making the donation to Sandy relief in your name today!

Thank you all so very, very much for participating!  This was fun and we’ll be holding another one soon!


Daily Gratitude, Day 17

Today I am grateful that I have this blog as an outlet for writing and that I have people who actually read it! 🙂

November 17, 2012

Six Question Saturday

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 8:24 am

1} What snack/drinks do you eat at the movies?

Real Man and I usually share a monstrous sized popcorn and we splurge and go for a monstrous sized Coke.

We don’t have soda in the house, so it’s a big deal and it’s just so darn good.

Sometimes…sometimes, if I’m feeling particularly naughty and have been really good about the carbs and sugars I’ve put in my body that day, I’ll go for a bag of Reese’s Pieces.

And eat every last one myself.

2} What’s one food you refuse to ever try?

Oysters. They sound gross and they look gross and I’m just betting they taste gross too.

(disclaimer: this is the exact answer that Kate wrote when she posted the questions for Five Question Friday this week, but I couldn’t have said it better myself)

3} What’s your favourite nail polish color?

I don’t really wear nail polish, but if I do, I like light pastels.

I’m not a blood red girl.

Also, coral.  Every book I read, the woman has short, well-groomed nails painted in coral.

So, yeah…coral.

4} What is your favourite Thanksgiving tradition?

Mashed potatoes.

Not much of a tradition, but basically the only day of the year we eat potatoes, (not in french fry form), so yep…mashed potatoes.

5} What are your least favorite words in the English language?

“We’ll talk about it later.”


I want to talk about it now.

Because later…never comes.

6.  Why are you posting Five Question Friday on Saturday and masking it under a different name?

Because I forgot yesterday.


I just forgot.


Last day to enter our contest to win a $15 iTunes gift card and to have $15 donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief in your name! 

Click here to enter!


Daily Gratitude, Day 17

I’m grateful to work with people that I enjoy, so that going in to work on a Saturday for five hours or so is relatively painless.

November 16, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 7:21 am

Don’t forget to enter our contest for a chance to win an iTunes gift card, as well as $15 donated in your name to Hurricane Sandy Relief!
Daily Gratitude, Day 16

It may be trite, but this week, in particular, I am so very, very grateful that it is Friday.

November 15, 2012


Filed under: Contest — Amy @ 6:00 am

So, we’ve decided to have another contest at the blog!

Doesn’t require any hard work…just good guessing!

This is our dice jar.

When the boredom whining begins, sometimes I pull out the dice jar and they make up games.

The cool thing about the dice in the dice jar is that they are all different shapes, sizes, and colors.

Some have 4 sides, some have 20.

What does this have to do with the contest?

We are asking you to guess how many dice are in the dice jar.

It’s tricky because of the variety of dice inside, but we have faith in you.

The winner will be the person who (just like in the Showcase Round on the Price is Right) is closest without going over.

So, please put your guesses in the comment section below.

Winner get a $15 iTunes gift card.  Might be a nice gift for the holidays!

The winner also gets $15 donated to Hurricane Sandy relief in their name.

A little something for you, a little something for someone else.

Contest closes Saturday night at midnight.  Tell your friends!

Daily Gratitude, Day 14

I am grateful that even though I love to plan, sometimes life throws me some pleasant surprises.  Example: Tiny

November 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — Amy @ 6:00 am

Daily Gratitude, Day 14

Today I am grateful for friendships that bloom and take you by surprise.

November 13, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 7:40 am

So, I didn’t sleep for even one second last night.

I had a migraine before bed, so I’m thinking the migraine pills may have been the culprit, considering they are essentially pain relievers plus caffeine pills, but Monday nights are always rough for me.

Anyway, I have a few observations.

First of all, apparently, if you are going to make a movie about the daughter of the President of the United States, the plot must go like this:

First Daughter goes to college, wants her freedom

POTUS puts a secret Secret ServiceMan who is young and gorgeous in her midst to quietly guard her.

They fall in love.

She finds out he’s a SS agent and is furious and breaks up with him and goes home.

They come back together  (inspired by a talk from Daddy) and live happily ever after.

I saw that movie twice last night.

It had two different names.

“Chasing Liberty” and “First Daughter.”

Mandy Moore and Katie Holmes as adorable/beautiful brunette first daughters.

Marc Blucas and Matthew Goode as gorgeous secret Secret Service agents.

Good flicks, but utterly predictable, even if you hadn’t already seen the other one.

However, watching those led me to another realization.

Matthew Goode,

who I absolutely have loved since I saw him in “Leap Year,”

should play the father to this kid:

Freddie Highmore, who starred opposite Emma Roberts in “The Art of Getting By,” which I also watched.

Another thing to note is that old episodes of “Friends” can still make me laugh out loud with glee.

Also, there are some truly horrifying movies out there.

I wound up getting sucked into a movie called “Mother’s Day” starring Rebecca DeMornay and let me tell you…it was insane.  Very much like “The Strangers” but even a bit more twisted.

And, finally, “Die Hard With a Vengeance” is still my all time favorite action movie.  There is nothing about that film that I don’t like.

Here’s hoping for some zzzz’s tonight!

Daily Gratitude, Day 13

Today I am grateful that the smallest problem I have in my life is one night of insomnia.  Small potatoes compared to what so many are dealing with in this world.

November 12, 2012

How We Spent our Weekend

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

There were trains.

There were computer games.

There were (many) cups of tea and books.

There were (2) hockey games.

There were snacks.

There were catalogs to browse.

There was laundry to be done. (Isn’t there always?)

There were college football and pro football games. (Giants…what have you done?)

There were Russian nesting dolls to play with.

There was pizza, paper plates and candlelight.

It was a good weekend.


Daily Gratitude, Day 12

I’m so grateful for my husband.  I really, really love that guy.

November 11, 2012

Veteran’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:05 am

Never forget.


Daily Gratitude, Day 11

Today, I am grateful for the brave women and men who serve and have served in our armed forces.  Thank you.

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