Monthly Archives: May 2008

Haiku Friday 5/30/08

Haiku Friday
Fourth Grade Play tonight!
Thing 2 was Stage Manager
Did a super job!

A look behind the scenes

Had a small part, too.
A dancer in the first scene.
Check out his cool moves!

Play was a success!
Isn’t he proud of himself?
As well he should be.

For other Haikus with far better production value, check out A Mommy Story and Playgroups are no Place for Children. Have a good weekend!

Oh! And here is my ‘ku written by “the opposite sex” (this week’s theme):

Write a frickin’ ‘ku?
Only if I can write one
Like Andrew Dice Clay.


I really miss Jim Henson

One of the cooler things about being a parent is introducing your kids to things that you liked when you were their age.

Right now, I am watching The Dark Crystal with them. This is a great fantasy movie with creatures from the Jim Henson universe. Ok, maybe not *that* great, but enjoyable nonetheless. It came out in 1982 and I remember watching it in the theater and countless times on HBO. I found it at my local grocery store for $5.00.

The kids are totally grooving on this. I’m so glad that they like so many of the things that Spouse and I did as growing up. When I get to share something that I enjoyed with them, and they enjoy it too, it is so satisfying.

But about the title. Jim Henson was so unbelievably talented and it was such a tragedy when he died so relatively young. I still can’t listen to Just One Person without breaking out into tears. Here, I’ll let you do it, too.

This has to be in my top five songs. Enjoy. 🙂

Haiku Friday 5/23/08

Haiku Friday

On Wednesday I wrote
Good Haiku for something else.
Sorry you missed it.

I am too lazy
To be creative again.
Click here to see it.

I hope that this week
I can go and visit all
Those who visit here.

To find other people who write original posts for their haiku, check out Playgroups are No Place for Children and A Mommy Story.

The most embarrassing workout story ever.

There is a giveaway at CityMama for the most embarrassing work out story. I wouldn’t normally share something so horribly embarrassing, but there is a Wii Fit at stake, and I’m willing to risk it. Besides, this is soooo mortifying, that it has a good chance of winning. Unless of course they pick randomly and then I’ve gone and put egg on my face for no good reason. Except your entertainment. When you are done here, go to CityMama, the hostess of this giveaway, and read more entries. Thanks!

A warning to the male readers of this blog: You may want to go here now.

So I’m in this “Yoga-works” class at my gym. It’s kind of an odd mix of yoga, strength training and cardio work. It’s pretty cool, but also pretty intense. Lots and lots and lots of ab work.

During this session of class, I was, sadly, enduring a visit from our dear “Aunt Flo”. And as such I was using the standard internal protection. Things were going along pretty well until we get to the ab work section. We were doing all kinds of things on the balance balls, and with the balance balls and really using those lower ab muscles to the hilt.

We got to this one pose where we had to squeeze and hold it.

And hold it.

And hold it.

And release.

And out the tampon squirted.

I was wearing loose yoga pants that day, so I was able to get to the restroom before too many people saw the blood running down my leg. But a few people did, mostly guys, and I just wanted to have the floor open up on me and swallow me up.

I think I stayed in the restroom for a good 20 minutes before I got the courage to go out there again.

So there you go. My entry into the competition. I hope it earns me what I’m looking for: an excuse not to show my face there again. 🙂

She told me to…(think Aerosmith)

Today’s Hump Day Hmmm: Walking out of stride—how do you walk out of stride, or do you? What’s it mean to you? For more takes on this topic, visit Julie at Using My Words. Oh, and if you can complete the title, you get a gold star for today. 🙂

Ministry of Silly Walks, Monty Python. Go ahead and watch, it’s a short clip.

Walking out of stride
This is how I live my life.
Slightly off center.

Never like others.
March to a different drum.
Sometimes really hurts.

I don’t understand
What drives so many others.
They all think I’m odd.

It’s not that I’m odd
Or even that different.
Same hole, bigger peg.

Over time I learned
How to make my steps fall in
And yet keep them mine.

This was hard to do.
Many tears along the way.
Worth it in the end.

Look at all the strides
You see around you each day.
Each one is unique.

Maybe you can find
A stride different from yours
And ask it to dance.

It’s time for Virtual Book Club!

No, really. I mean it this time. Things got a little crazy there for a bit and I totally had to go into firefighter mode. Things have settled down a bit (even caught up on the laundry!) and I can think again. Thanks for being patient. 🙂

After the last round of suggestions, it looked like people were most interested in The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. This I know is easily available, unlike the last book. It is also pretty short, which means we can schedule the discussion pretty soon.

So, to sum up….

The Last Lecture, Pausch/Zaslow

Sunday, June 1, 8:00 pm CST.

Hope to “see” you there! I’ll make cookies. 🙂

Friday Haiku 5/16/08

Happy boy today!
Was a cheetah in class play:
Cheetah and the Sloth.

Homemade costume time.
Yes I colored all those dots.
Turned out well, I’d say.

It was so worth it.
It made for a happy kid.
Can’t get costume off!

If you’d like to spot some more samples of 5-7-5, then check out Playgroups are No Place for Children and A Mommy Story.