Monday, January 31, 2011

Musicals Monday


Dirty Dancing is one of the movies I grew up with.  We all wanted to be Baby, she was a modern day princess.  Every girl wanted the dress Baby wears in the final number, and every woman, no matter what age, wanted Patrick Swayze as their dance partner!! 

I don't know if Dirty Dancing actually qualifies as a musical, since no one is ever singing, however, there is A LOT of music throughout the movie, and people are dancing all the time.  Since this is my blog, I'm calling it a musical!

Today for your Musicals Monday, enjoy the final musical number from Dirty Dancing, "I've Had the Time of My Life".

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My New Page

Hi everyone!  Be sure to check out the new page on my blog, Ten on Tuesday.  Each Tuesday I will have a new list (meme) filled out and I hope that you will take the time to send your answers to me too!

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Who Sings It Better?


Moulin Rouge is a great musical, one of my favorites.  It's another example of actors who can truly sing; well, more Ewan McGregor than Nicole Kidman, but she holds her own pretty well.  And who are we kidding; I'll watch Ewan McGregor any chance I get!!

For today we have two versions of the love song, "Come What May"; the only song actually written for the movie. 

First off, the version from the movie:

Next is a "remix" version that I first heard while watching all the extra footage on the DVD.

So, which do I prefer?  Well, I'm a sucker for a good love song, and the slow version of Come What May is just that; a sappy, sweet, wish -Ewan- McGregor- was- singing- it- to- me; love song!

The fast version isn't bad, it just sounds off to me.  At times the music doesn't quite match up to the singing, and you can tell that it wasn't a fast song to begin with.

The slow, movie version wins for me.

Which do you prefer?

Star Wars Saturday

Everybody who knows me understands that I LOVE STAR WARS.  Not the stupid "special editions" where George Lucas decided to change and add things (how stupid does Jabba the Hutt look talking to Han Solo?!), and not the crappy prequels that almost destroyed the glory, beauty, and wonder that are episodes 4-6.  I love the ORIGINAL Star Wars.

If I'm listening to the soundtrack, I know exactly where it is in the movie.  I can pretty much "line for line" the movies to you.  I've enjoyed most of the expanded universe novels (only those that deal with the main characters, not their children), and Brandon loves them too; let's face it:  I am a Star Wars geek, and PROUD OF IT!
That being said, I'm discovering that there are people on this planet who are FAR MORE COMMITTED to Star Wars than I am. 

I found pictures of people who've had tattoos placed on their bodies that are all about Star Wars.  Now, I'm all for wearing the high heels (oh, I'm still trying to discover if those shoes are real or not; if anyone finds them, PLEASE contact me!!), but I just can't do tattoos.  Besides the fact that I don't like pain, I just couldn't do that to my body.

If I were to ever get a tattoo (don't worry mom, it's not going to happen!) it would definitely be of Star Wars.  This is something I have loved for over half my life, and my love for it won't go away. 

Here are some pictures of people who tattooed Star Wars on their bodies.  These people are a lot further down the "Star Wars geek path" than I am!

 This is beautiful artwork!!!

Of all the tattoos, this one is my favorite.  The tattoo artist is AMAZING, doing an excellent job of recreating the characters images.  Wow, this man is committed.....and a little crazy!

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Student Said What?!?

Today I had the opportunity to sub at the elementary school that I just finished my long-term job at.  Before school started I went to visit a few teachers, including the lady I subbed for.

One of her students, we'll call her "K", struggles in school a lot.  Earlier this week her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother came to see the teacher.  Where the teacher was concerned about K's school performance and failing grades, and wanted to discuss that, her family was only concerned about something that happened with the sub.....meaning me.

Apparently K told her family that I told her that she needed to take her braids out because they were ugly and looked bad.  What, excuse me?  The teacher wanted to ask me about it. 

Here's the kicker:  She never had braids in her hair during the six weeks that I was her substitute!  I would've noticed the braids, especially since her hair is usually in shambles and it looks like she just woke up and ran to school.  If her hair had been nicely done, I would've said something about how wonderful it looked!

I was very grateful that the teacher said something to me because K has a family that would run to the principal and complain....and that's just what I need...complaining parents when I'm trying to work my way into the school district!  Luckily the teacher knew it was a bunch of hooey, but wanted to get the whole story. 

Amazing, absolutely amazing.

YouTube Friday


Yeah, another week is over!

For your enjoyment today, I've decided to show a video from one of my favorite movies, The Italian Job (the remake, not the original)

I like this clip because it shows the highlights of the movie in about 3 minutes!  If you haven't seen this movie, this clip will have a lot of spoilers in it, so this is your warning!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Who Sings It Better?


Our match-up today is a song that I first heard from the movie Cars, "Life is a Highway".

The first version is by a man named Tom Cochrane, a man I had never heard of before.

The second version is from the movie Cars.  It's by Rascal Flatts, the group that made country music fun for me instead of making me want to throw up whenever I was unfortunate enough to hear it!

Which do I prefer?  Well, as it is in most cases, I enjoy the version I heard first, Rascal Flatts.  There's really nothing "wrong" with Tom Cochrane's original, but I think the Rascal Flatts cover is much more fast paced than Tom Cochrane's version, and the video is much more fun. 

Brandon also LOVES this song, and always asks to hear "Life is an Alice" when we're in the car.  Why he thinks they say "Alice" is beyond me, but it's just too cute!

So, who sings it better?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ten On Tuesday

Ten (well, 8) News Stories/Celebrities You're Tired Of (not in order)

The "Birthers"
Is Obama a natural-born citizen?  LET IT GO.  Worry about the fact that he is doing a horrible job as president instead!

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
I'm thrilled that they are happy, but we don't need to know every time they go on vacation with only half of their children!  Plus, I'm still getting over the fact that he left Jennifer unforgiveable! 

Lady GaGa
I just don't understand the obsession with her; she is a weird person.  After wearing this meat "costume" did the FDA have to test her for Salmonella Poisioning?!?

Glenn Beck and Fox News Channel
I'm not tired of Glenn or Fox, I'm tired of how they are treated.  Stop blaming Glenn Beck and Fox News Channel for everything that is wrong in this country.  He's one man who is expressing his opinion, and one news channel that actually provides the whole story!

The entire cast of Jersey Shore
I've never even seen an episode, and you couldn't pay me enough money to watch one, but I'm tired of them!

Bret Michaels
Now, I enjoyed him on Celebrity Apprentice, I enjoy his music, and I'm thrilled that he is now healthy after some scary moments, but his personal life is something I am just SO TIRED of hearing about!  From all the stupid VH1 "reality" shows about finding love, to actually finding love, enough already!

Keith Olbermann
I don't think this needs any real explanation.  Maybe MSNBC is coming to their senses.  He's off the air (for now), again, LET IT GO!

Joy Behar
Why does ABC allow her to remain on the air when she says the most ridiculous things?  Besides saying stupid things, her actions are horrible.  Remember walking out when Bill O'Reilly was on the program?

I realize this is only 8 stories/celebrities, but this list was harder than I thought it was going to be!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Musicals Monday


Annie (the original) is the musical of my childhood.  I can remember watching this movie and just singing and dancing to every song.  I knew the dance moves, the words, you name it.  Every girl wanted to be Annie, which was funny since she had such a rough life before Daddy Warbucks came along!  I remember wanting all of the dresses and shoes she had, especially the red dress from the last song.

As an adult, one of my favorite parts of this movie is the incredible performance given by Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan.  She truly is an amazing actress, and is a joy to watch.

Today for Musicals Monday, Little Girls, by Carol Burnett.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Star Wars Saturday

I've never watched the show "Family Guy" before.  Heard about it, never cared to watch it.  However, I discovered yesterday while walking through Wal-Mart that they have made spoofs of "A New Hope", "The Empire Strikes Back", and "Return of The Jedi".  I went onto YouTube and found a few looks funny; for a crazy Star Wars fan like myself!

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Search Is On

It's that time again.  With another long-term substitute teaching job beginning in February, we again start searching for another wonderful daycare/preschool for Brandon.  I am SO EXCITED that he will be able to start going again, and so is he.  Brandon asks me every morning if he's going to school!

In California, the preschool choices were limited, which made it an easy choice to make.  You either chose one or the other.  In the city we live in, there are over 20 preschools!

So this morning I went to a few places that I'd done some research on to find the perfect fit for not only our checkbook, but for Brandon.  Going into this, I knew what I was looking for.  Brandon has been in daycare/preschool since he was 1 1/2.  I want structure, since Brandon THRIVES on that.  I want a place where he will learn all day, and not be in front of the television.  A place where there is singing and music, since he LOVES music.  A place where they discipline with a kind, but firm hand.  The biggest thing I kept telling myself was to trust my instincts.

Preschool #1
The first place I went to is pretty close to where we live.  That is a plus.  Walking in my first thought was about how small it is.  And by small I mean I felt like I was walking down a narrow hallway.  The preschools he's attended in the past have been very open.  I just couldn't get past feeling like I was walking down a jail corridor.  There was no art work on the walls, and it simply didn't feel like a preschool.  And the first thing you see when you walk in is a room to the side with a television.  Apparently they watch a movie in the morning until 9am when the "structure" begins.  I didn't like that at all.  It's a good price, but I left Preschool #1 very unimpressed.

Preschool #2
I see this place everyday when I drive Brandon to my sister's house.  It's a lot further away from our apartment than the first place, and it's the most expensive of the three places I toured, but I love this place.  #2 felt like a school from the moment I walked in.  The director is a very nice lady.  Art work on the walls, cubbies for the kids, a more open environment, wonderful structure, and fun days like "PJ day", and "pizza day" happen each month.  During the summer they have a fun day each week where something like a bounce house will come for entertainment, or the fire or police department come and teach the children.   I left Preschool #2 pretty much knowing I wanted Brandon there.

Preschool #3
When I first started researching preschool's in the area, I found a website about this place.  I was blown away by the incredible things that they taught.  Social Studies, Drama, Music, P.E., along with the other basic curriculum, it sounded like this place was going to be most like "real school" out of the three I toured.  Walking in, I was impressed.  It's the most open of the three schools.  I soon discovered that being as open as it is has it's disadvantages.  A few children came walking out of their classrooms and were just standing around.  That was a red flag for me.  The children shouldn't be allowed to, or even able to simply walk out of their classrooms and wander with no adult around.  Another thing I immediately noticed was how chaotic it was.  There was A LOT of noise.  Having dealt with preschools, and being a teacher, I can tell the difference between learning noise and just plain noise.  This was the latter.  I just couldn't get past how crazy it felt in there.  Brandon is at his best when there is structure and routine.  Now, it could've been an off moment, but it started to feel like there was just too much going on there.  I also discovered that Brandon wouldn't move into the 4 year old class until May.  He turns four the end of March.  That means he'll be the oldest (and a lot older than most of the kids in the 3 year old class) until May.  I left Preschool #3 very confused.

After having a chance to think about it a little more, I really want to go with Preschool #2.  The environment felt right, the director was wonderful, taking her time to show me around, answer my questions, give me all the information I could possibly want.  It's further away, and a little more expensive than the other two, but I want the best for Brandon.  We've been very lucky in the past when it comes to preschool; they've both been wonderful.  I believe this place will fit him well. 

Here's to hoping it all works out!!

YouTube Friday


Back in November ABC broadcast the American Music Awards.  Like the MTV video/movie awards, I rarely watch this show anymore either.  However, this year I tuned in (well set the DVR!) because of one act.  My beloved New Kids On The Block were going to perform.  The only down-side/weird thing about it was that they had teamed up with The Backstreet Boys and this was their first performance as a "new" group before going on tour together.

For the most part, I enjoyed this performance.  The beginning of "I Want It That Way" was AWFUL...he was COMPLETELY off key.  They did a good job of making their songs into medleys.  And I really enjoyed the last 2-3 minutes of it.  I think it was clear which group still "has" it, and which group needs to just go away!  (and yes, I mean NKOTB is the better group!!!)

Would I pay to see a concert by both groups?  I would never pay to see The Backstreet Boys; but having only seen NKOTB once in my life, and missing the opportunity to see them when their latest album came out, yes, I would pay to see NKOTB!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

To Move Or Not To Move...

That is the question!

Well, here we are two days after the traumatic knock at the door and I'm very disappointed that our landlord doesn't seem to care about our loud neighbors and what happened.  We've been told that we can move into a new apartment on February 1st, but that's all the accomodating they will do for us.  They need to take their "noise patrol" and shove it!

There are pros and cons to moving or staying put.  The biggest con is simply having to actually move.  I have NO DESIRE to do that again anytime soon.  We just moved here, and we love this apartment; the location, everything.  Plus, there really isn't any time to do it, now that I've landed another long-term sub job that starts in February.

Of course the biggest pro for moving is that we wouldn't have to deal with the loud neighbors.  Now that I know that "noise patrol" and our landlords won't be doing anything, I suppose I'll just learn to deal with it better.  And hey, if it gets really bad, maybe one day I'll just return the favor and call the police on them! 

One thing is certain:  when our lease is up in September, we are OUTTA HERE!!  Maybe by then we will be more financially secure and able to actually rent a house...imagine that!!!

Who Sings It Better?


I'm finding that my "match-ups" tend to be easy decisions.  While toodling around on YouTube yesterday, I found a song that may be a tough call.

"Bring Him Home" from the musical Les Miserables has always been a powerful song, and one of the highlights of the musical.

First up, Michael Crawford, also known as The Phantom from the musical "Phantom of The Opera".  I apologize in advance for the quality of the video.  It's the music that's important to listen to!

Next up, another powerhouse singer, Colm Wilkinson, who has played many characters from Les Mis throughout his career onstage.  I would encourage you to listen to the clip before actually watching it....this clip is more exciting and I don't want it to influence your decision!!

So, which do I prefer?  This is probably the hardest call for me to make yet.  Both men have such incredible voices.  Normally the first version I hear is the one I prefer.  The first time I heard this song, Colm Wilkinson was singing it.  However, that being said, Michael Crawford's version is equally amazing.

For the first time, I think I have to call this one a tie!  I could listen to each song over and over and not tire of them.  Wow, it finally happened; I found two versions of the same song that I actually like!!

Who sings it better?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ten On Tuesday

Today's topic:  10 Best Movies I've Seen Lately

This will be a very lame list because I don't get out to the movies very often.  The last movie I saw in the theatre was Inception; before that was The Blind Side!   So my 10 best movies seen lately might just be the last 10 movies I actually saw!

10.  Rudy

9.  National Treasure

8.  Twilight:  Eclipse

7.  The Proposal

6.  Robin and the Seven Hoods

5.  Guys and Dolls

4.  The Italian Job

3.  Star Wars

2.  The Blind Side

1.  Inception

Yep, it's a very sad list, but oh well!