-Have ya'll seen this app?
Lickety Split or something along those lines and it is AMAZEBALLS. I'm sure you're no stranger to the fact that sometimes, using a timer makes things with kids run a little more smoothly. But MY kids are afraid of the loud DING at the end of the egg timer. And of cats. And of plastic walmart bags blowing through the yard that LOOK like cats. But anyway. You tell this thing two minutes, and it plays neat music, getting louder and faster as it counts down. We haven't missed a time yet, so I don't know what happens if you run out of time before you finish, but I bet it's cool, and I bet it's not as terrifying as the DING of the egg timer. You can use preset things like brush teeth or get ready, or just tell it two minutes, or use it to time how long it takes to clean up, then remember it and see if they can beat that time next time.
Sounds confusing, but trust me, it's cool. And it's free, so what's the big deal?
-I gained seven pounds when Jane was here and now none of my pants fit. It's so embarrassing. I'm doing the dandelion root tea cleanse to try to flush out some of the water weight, but my hopes are NOT high. Mainly because this isn't water weight, it's Snickers and alcohol and cheese and Ritz weight. And no amount of any sort of tea can flush that out.
Can it? Because if you know of one that can, I'm open to suggestions.
-Life without my Mac Mac is getting ridiculous. My Christmas CDs are gone, I put them in iTunes and tossed them years ago. And I have a TON, all the good Very Special albums from when it was good instead of stupid, plus basically every Time Life Christmas album ever created. But my iTunes is on the Mac Mac, and I never did the Cloud thing, and since I didn't BUY these CDs, I just imported them into my library, I can't download them from the magical internet. I just have to NOT have them. It sucks!! I love Pandora as much as the next stay at home mom, but I want my own Christmas music!!!
And also, we're having our pictures done, and part of her program is coming over and showing you the proofs in your own house, on your own monitor. My Mac Mac is PERFECTLY calibrated, and I'm sure the baby Mac is too, but come on, a fifteen inch laptop screen versus my glorious twenty seven inches of crystal clear beauty? Gimme a break. And before you suggest doing it on our TV, our TV is older than our children and routinely has squiggly orange digitized lines running over the display.
First world problems, I know. But that's what's on my mind!
-And if you're interested in how awesome our pictures might be, even if I can't view them properly after the fact, here's the link that sold me on this particular photographer. I just know that having her take my picture is going to render me slender and muscular, with long hair and awesome hobbies and cute little obedient children and basically I'll just be awesome. Even more awesome that I already am, which, let's face it, is pretty awesome.
-Speaking of awesome, we have our plane tickets, our London car rented, our hotel booked in Northwood, our passports (both sets) in hand, and our visas applied for. I'm finally starting to feel like this really might happen!!! On that note, here's the forecast for the week in Northwood.
Compared to what my four children and I have been dealing with for the past three years straight...
So that's gonna take a little getting used to. Nick and I are having a few 'strongly oppiniotated discussions' about the amount of winter clothes we're going to need (long sleeves, pants, socks, undershirts, sweaters, gloves, scarves, hats, coats, boots, HOLYSHIT!!!) and how much these things tend to cost, but we're working through it. From here on out, Daddy is in charge of this, so if you see me posting pictures of blue toes in flip flop feet at Stonehenge...you'll know why.
-I'm up to my eyeballs in photo editing. And I'm just a mama, taking pictures of her kids. I can't imagine what photographers must feel like. I'm getting into the awful habit of wanting to edit EVERY SINGLE SHOT, instead of just the good ones I want to post. I'm trying to cut back, but it's so fun!! With all my new actions, I can literally spend four hours editing one crappy picture!!! It's got to stop. Especially because the battery on the baby mac is lacking and I can only run PSE for about ninety minutes straight before it conks out on me.
-Ben and Kate. If you're not watching, you're looney tunes. I laughed for thirty minutes straight during the Halloween episode. I don't normally watch such dumb shows, but there's just something about Ben and Kate and Raising Hope that I just can't get enough of. I love every single character and just about every single line.
Continuing on the TV newsfront, Up All Night isn't as funny this year. At all. I love the dude playing her brother, but you can't just throw a new character in and act like he's been there all along. It's weird.
I erased all the new episodes of New Girl without watching a single one. I don't even know why!!! I loved it last year, but I just can't get excited about it this year. For me, she went from being cute and awkward to being obnoxious and too cool. I think it was that Siri commercial she did. SOOOOO annoying. We get it, you're so uncool that you're cool. Message received, now quit trying so hard.
I watched the first two Go Ons with Chandler, but deleted the rest. Not sure how that show is still on. It was lame!! And not funny!! Although it did make me absolutely one hundred percent quit texting while I drive. So that's good.
I'm not a huge fan of The New Normal, but I do watch it. I love Goldie. I love them all, it's just not that interesting to me. I usually have it on in the background while I'm doing something else. I don't like shows that border on the realm of fantasy, unless they're a ridiculous show (like Raising Hope.) Don't try to be a real life show and then throw an elaborate wedding for an eight year old. That doesn't happen in real life, that belongs with the mama serial killer who got executed but not really and gets custody of her baby anyway and then gets hit by a bus sort of show. Does that make sense?
Also not a huge fan of Modern Family this year because I think it's dumb that Gloria is pregnant. And gross. And I don't like how Claire is okay with Haley drinking at prom and being hungover in college. Yes, I understand that kids drink, and I understand that it's cool to be cool with it. But as the daughter of an alcoholic, I'd rather Claire condone smoking weed than being drunk. Drinking hurts people!!! Also, drinking hurts, people!! See how much grammar can change your life? Have a plan. Ava will always know that she can call me NO MATTER WHAT, but I never want her to think that I think it's cool that she's hungover.
I have all the episodes of Nashville on, but haven't started watching them yet. I have high hopes. I'm a few weeks behind on The Good Wife, and I think the whole Kalinda and her husband story is dumb. No way would a girl like THAT be under the spell of that dude. No way jose. I hope there's a lot more Abbey from ER and Nathan Lane on the episodes I've got on the DVR.
Person of Interest is still my favorite show. Absolutely. CSI is still the dumbest thing I watch, but I watch it faithfully, every Saturday afternoon. Elementary is my favorite new show of the season, and that threw me for a loop. I wasn't expecting to like it, because I didn't think I liked Lucy Lui, but apparently actors do this thing where, if they're not playing that annoying character in Charlie's Angels, they act differently. It's weird. I love her, and I LOOOOOVVVEEE Sherlock, and I think it's awesome that instead of throwing the Sherlock Holmes ideas onto new characters, they're actually Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Very cool.
If they hook up, however, I'm out.
So that's an embarrassing glimpse into how much TV I watch. Wow. Sort of eye opening. I actually erased a few paragraphs because I don't want you to know how much I really do watch. But trust me, it's a lot.