Monday, January 28, 2013

I Guess it's Not So Brief After All.


Readers have been e-mailing me with comments. It seems there is still something wacky about the Blogger comment feature here. I apologize, you all, but I cannot go back to the Anonymous comment setting. Seriously, I was getting something like 50 or 60 comments a day about Cialis and other crazy things, and I was spending half my day deleting them. For some reason they were not getting blocked as spam. I'm sure this is reason to get off Blogger and move to my own hosting on WordPress at last, but people...I just do NOT have time for all that. At least not now. Please feel free to e-mail me anytime ( if you are not able to leave comments here. Or even if you are!

Moving on!

It's a school vacation day, so this will be brief. I have kiddos at home with me. There's not a whole lot to say, anyway. Just a few little updates:

* My eight-year-old attended her first sleepover last night. It was a birthday slumber party for one of her oldest pals. This year she wholeheartedly wanted to stay for the night, and--hurrah!--it went great. No midnight phone calls to come pick up a homesick child. Whew! What did I learn from this experience? That we waited until she was ready, and she was truly ready. Also, that she needs a "real" sleeping bag (vs. the preschooler-sized Princesses one she got for Christmas several years ago). Yeah, sometimes you just can't keep up with everything in this motherhood gig. "Buy big-kid sleeping bags that aren't licensed-character-themed and are long enough to fit them through high school" was one of those things. I'm sure there are many others.

* I did a book reading for a moms' group last week. A full year after the release of the book, it's still fun to go read from it, sign copies, and chat with other moms. I had a great time. Thanks, moms at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN!

* I saw the film version of "Les Miserables," and I loved it. I'm a "Les Mis" aficionado and I grew up doing musical theatre, so I like to think I know of which I speak, and in my opinion, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway deserve Oscars FOR SURE, they both have great voices (there were a few strained moments for Hugh, but seriously, WHO can truly rock the range required in that show?!? It's insane!), Russell Crowe was fine--perhaps a bit too calm for the character, but not bad--and it was impressive through and through. I didn't love the director's artistic choice to film most of the movie in extreme close-up, but listen--it was really, really good. Also, OMG, the crying. I cried my eyes out. I don't know anyone who can see any version of "Les Mis" without crying; the overarching themes are just overwhelmingly moving. But something about seeing it on the big screen moved me even more than usual.

Yadda, yadda, yadda. I could go on and on.

That's enough for today. E-mail me! Tell me what you've been up to! I need some vicarious excitement.


tricia*kushman*anderson said...

Departing for Austin, TX on Wed thru Sunday with....wait for it.......NO KIDS and NO HUBS! Sweet Jesus sing it loud! One of my oldest/dearest friends is getting married for the first time and a group of girls are making the trip! Traveling together, rented a Vacation home by owner house in the heart of the city and have many fun times planned. I started packing today and I could squeal with glee!!!! How's that for fun???!!!!

Shannon said...

@Tricia: You'd better keep me posted on all your fun adventures in TX via FB! :) You go, mama! Have an awesome time!