Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday Ten

I got my Entertainment Weekly today. It is supposed to come on Fridays. But I think that my mailman enjoys it first. Do ya'll get your subscriptions when you are supposed to - or is there a delay?


Anyway...EW has inspired today's blog post. And if I remember. It might become a weekly feature. For me. It's already weekly for them. Unless they are having a double issue. And then you have a week on hold. But I digress. The feature is the MustList. Or the Top 10 things that they love for the week.

So...I thought I'd tell you my top ten things for the week. Although top is a loose word. Maybe it should be just the ten things that happened over the week. Without the top part. Maybe I should just call it a random post. Now my memory is getting foggy. I am not sure how EW inspired me. Except for the 10 part.

1. Friends! Not the tv show. But my friends. And. Most likely. Your friends, too. I had a fabulous weekend with friends. Shannon, Angie, Lizzy (and even Mr. B) got together for a road trip to Alabama. To help Kori celebrate and remember her husband Richard. We laughed. Compared outfits. Admired our pedicures. And had many conversations way too inappropriate for a family blog. Or for a discussion in the house of the Lord. We are lucky that lightning bolts were not involved.

2. Hangover! Nope. Not an alcohol induced one. But the movie version. At least this time all the laughing did not contribute to a kidney stone. Do you think it's possible that Angie, Shannon, and I are the only ones who have seen this movie after coming from a funeral? AND still in our black duds? We laughed. Hard. Stomped our feet in addition to our laughter. Exclaimed disbelief. And laughed so hard we cried. Again.

3. Eight year old girl children. I am not sure where the one that lives in my house came from. And the fact that she keeps Justin Timberlake in her panty drawer should have given me a clue. But tonight she wanted to discuss with me the intricate details about kissing boys. And she flat out refused to listen to my sage advice of no dating or kissing for a very long time. Like college. When I won't have to know about it. Or even high school. When I might be able to accept it. Nope. She is aiming for 8. And next Friday. At the elementary school dance. (And the child even has the nerve to lament the lack of slow dances. Like she even knows how to slow dance!)

4. Do you know where I will be next Friday during said elementary school dance? I will be on the beach. In Panama City. Camping. Did your world come to a halt as well? I am not so sure about this. And my foggy memory is not cooperating. But I believe I heard beach. And am blocking out the camping part.

And my friend Michelle is going to have to take the shotgun to the dance. Or maybe we should be warning the parents of third grade boys to come prepared.

5. Do you know what is going on in my town while I am camping? The Decatur Book festival. Where I will miss the chance to mix and mingle with Sara Gruen (who wrote "Water for Elephants"); Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn Dixie); my hero Diana Gabaldon (who writes the Outlander series); and Charlaine Harris (of Sookie Stackhouse fame). I need to clone myself.

6. Speaking of Sookie. Do you watch True Blood? I absolutely love the book series. But the HBO show. Wowzers. There are the men.Which is often reason enough. But this show. It's sexy. Campy. And so much fun. There are MANY deviations from the book series. But it works. The changes they have made are great. And the additions. Perfect. Sigh. Eric.7. Let's take a 180 from True Blood. I have been reading a GREAT children's series. It's kinda fun to have the word "JUVENILE" stamped on my books from the library. It's Suzanne Collins' (yep. That Suzanne Collins who wrote "The Hunger Games") series "Gregor the Overlander." I am only on book three of the five part series. But I cannot wait until the library opens tomorrow so that I can my hands on the last two.

8. Many, many thanks to Tressa who kindly agreed to take Madalyn's Flat Stanley on a tour of her Norwegian town. Should I mention that Madalyn wants to be penpals with Tressa's son Dane? Yeah. I thought I should leave that out.

9. When I was in school, I was not a fan of history. It was dry. Boring. And simply a regurgitation of facts. But. When I was in college. I managed to minor in history. Mostly because I had some great professors. Who made history interesting. The homeschool curriculum that we use is history centered. So I have to make sure that Katie has a positive experience with history. And hopefully my enthusiasm will be contagious.

This year we are studying the Middle Ages. I thought it would be fun to throw some movies into the mix. Like: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Or "A Knight's Tale." Or "The Lord of the Rings trilogy." But I thought we ought to bring in some nonfiction as well. And I began to scour netflix for shows from the History channel. That hopefully would be interesting.

And I found a gem. Terry Jones of Monty Python fame has done a series called "Medieval Lives." Where he discusses: the monk, the damsel, the peasant, the outlaw, and other characters. The episodes are fun. Hilarious. Cheeky. And most of all - educational. If you have netflix you can watch them online. And I encourage you to check it out!

10. I have been caught up in the train wreck that is the Duggars. I even tivo their show. But mysteriously, it stopped being taped. Genius that I am, I figured it out. I had set "17 kids and counting" to record. But after they had a baby, the name of the show changed to "18 kids and counting." I am going to have to be on my game now, though. Cause they are pregnant again. Again. Child number 19 is on the way. How DOES her bladder still function? Inquiring minds...


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25 comments:

Elena said...

Seriously!! How does that woman even sneeze without her insides falling out? Wowza, I didn't know they were expecting again.

I can NOT believe you are missing that book festival! I sure hope you enjoy your camping experience to make up for it.

I just bought the 1st Sookie book a few weeks ago. It's sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get done with all the Tudors and Boleyns.

And last but not least...that picture of you ladies is SO cute of every single one of you!

Love this top 10 of fogginess.

oldscratch said...

Terry Jones is a fantastic asset. Make sure to get his PBS documentary on The Story of 1 (available from Netflix) and his juvenile books! I'll look back over our movie log from the Middle Ages to see what we enjoyed.

Shannon said...

1. Y'all are the BEST. Seriously. And yes, we are surely going to be smote down...

2. I've already scoured the paper, looking to see when and where The Hangover is still playing here. I am so going to see it again. Maybe with Shane.

3. Oy. I don't even know where to begin on the 8-year-old already wanting to know about k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

4. I'm convinced you just heard the word "beach" and blocked the rest out...

5. Any way you can back out of camping and we can all attend the book festival? Are you sure you're not feverish? I think I hear a cough coming on...

6. Wowzers is right! Stephen Moyer as Vampire Bill does nothing for me... but this pic if him? HAWT.

7. As soon as I finish the 3 books I'm currently reading, The Hunger Games is next. Pinky swear.

8. Flat Stanley? I missed something...

9. I may just have to check this series out... sounds interesting.

10. I don't even want to know about that woman's bladder. After having my two, I know how my bladder functions... I can't begin to imagine hers! GAH!

Shannon said...

Whoa, I think that was the longest comment ever...

jennifersusan said...

I am so addicted to True Blood. I spent my summer reading the novels and mom and I spend every Sunday night with Bill and Eric...who needs reality?

brainella said...

I don't think she has a bladder anymore...they just don't show her using Depends. Hopefully the truth will be exposed. :)

Susie said...

That's a great list. I love the first one especially:-)

Jen said...

there are so many things in this post, I don't even know where to begin but since a child is crying I don't think I will have time. Sorry. ;)

Wendy Hawksley said...

My subscriptions are delayed, but that is because mail comes SLOWLY to military APO boxes overseas. (Wah, wah, I'm jonesing for "Vogue".)

I have read all the Sookie Stackhouse books, but stopped watching "True Blood" after season 1. I was a bit annoyed by the differences.

Still... The guys? Difficult to resist. Especially Eric! Yummy.

OH MY GOSH, "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" for the middle ages? Perfect! I never even considered that! Great idea!

Mariah said...

I don't know the Duggers or very much of wht you speak, but I would happily camp in Panama with you :)

Finding Normal said...

Loved this post, and not just for those gorgeous man pictures. I felt like I was sitting on the couch and hearing all about your week. Which I wish I could.
Have yet to see The Hangover, but I will when it comes to redbox.
I don't understand the Duggars. I think they're less weird now that I've seen a few episodes, but I just don't get it.

Karen said...

WOW! I think I need to get me some HBO and True Blood!

Oh, and don't even get me started on the Duggars...

Jill said...

Love that you get together with the ladies - that's so fun (despite the circumstances).

And if you need another person to take along your Flat Stanley, let me know! :)

Tam said...

Decatur...and Diana Gabaldon? OMG I can not BREATH! I keep going back to that part of your POST!

I am secretly addicted to watching the Duggars...lets just keep that between us. My friends here think I am weird but that show has a hold on me. They amaze me because I can not manage the things they do and I only have two small little boys.

Tam said...

BTW you That is a great PICTURE of all of you guys!!!!

Samvach said...

Hi, Kat! I am a HUGE True Blood fan. I've read all but one of the books and have watched Season 1 TWICE. I'm really looking forward to Season 2 being released on DVD. Definite treadmill material for me! My daughter and I loved "The Hunger Games" and the sequel came in the mail TODAY from Amazon. I have the first book in her other series - we'll have to give it a try. Loved your list!
Samantha

Grace @ Sandier Pastures said...

Interesting list! I've bloghopped to your blog from a comment you left in mine a year back! :-)

I've never seen any True Blood episode (I live in a cave LOL)but I've read so many wow stories about it!

Brandy said...

Did you say camping? You lost me for a moment. But then I saw Eric, Jason and a good looking Bill. Pale does not do him justice at all.

Aleta said...

I'm sorry... ummm.. I wanted to write about other things in this blog post, but then you showed the True Blood pictures and my mind went blank after that. Hehe. HOT!!! I think Eric rocks. I read ALL of the Sookie books and can't wait for the next one to come out. True Blood does deviate from the books, but it's livable with those guys in it!

Tam said...

After seeing the pictures of those GUYS I sat looking at amazon and thinking about buying Season One of True Blood. The Devil on one shoulder said Tam buy season one and the Angel said Tam no were are to be buying SMENCILS for your Sons Halloween party! Smencils or True Blood......

American in Norway said...

Thank goodness we can't get the Duggers over here...Its like a freak show that I wouldn't be able to turn away from...
Can't wait til Stanley gets here... We will take him some fun places (promise)

Camping...You may just be surprised...I was really worried that I would HATE it.. & ended up really really having a good time!

Thanks for the bloggy advice...: )

Lula! said...

I LOVE your "must list." Fantastic, Kat!

I also love my boyfriend, and his representation on your blog.

p.s. How did you manage to find THE ONE hot picure of Stephen Moyer? It's the only time I've ever thought he was attractive.

Rhea said...

Hilarious post. LOVE it. Madelyn is a handful...wonder who she gets that from...hmmm...

Angie's Spot said...

Wow, this is quite a list! Not sure where to begin here.

LOVED the weekend with my peeps! And I am STILL laughing about The Hangover. I saw Extract today. Look for it on my Tuesday review.

I have put True Blood on my Netflix. I might have to bump it up to the top of the list.

Can't wait to hear the deets about the camping trip and dance. That Madalyn, she's a pistol!

And we MUST make plans for the Decatur book festival next year. Talk about a blast!

Julie said...

I'll have to check out the Suzanne Collin's series. I loved Hunger Games and am on the waiting list for Catching Fire (only 17 more to go!).
Love True Blood too. Can't wait for the next episode!