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Monday, April 29, 2013

Once Upon A Time - Season 2, Episode 20 Recap: Evil Queen, Saucy Pirate, Perfect Pairing


We start tonight's episode in my favorite fashion: with a big ole dose of Hook! Tamara and Greg have moved him up to the clocktower to show him that the job he thought he'd finished (and oh my GOD do I love the way he says "sated"...) is not entirely so. Rumplestiltskin still lives.


Hook is understandably furious over this development, and Greg and Tamara offer him a deal: if he helps them capture Regina, they'll help him end Mr. Gold. "We know how to kill magical creatures," Tamara assures him.

Back we go to the Enchanted Forest, where Regina, looking amazing in a tight crimson full-length brocade coat and jaunty feathered hat is bursting in on what she thought to be Snow White's hiding place. She pulls the villagers out and demands that they turn her in. No one will give her up, despite Regina offering them a rich reward. In a fit of anger, she orders her guards to kill everyone in the village.

I Was Going To Blog About This On Friday, But, As Usual, I Procrastinated

Hi, my name is Ellie, and I'm a life-long procrastinator.

It's been eleven minutes since my last act of procrastination, and I feel another coming on. I need an intervention!

Psychologists have been known to define procrastination as "the gap between intent and action". Mine is more like a chasm! It's not that I'm a total slacker, mind you. Things get done, but usually at the last minute, and not nearly as many of them as I had planned.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I Am Not Above Using Children To Do My Grunt Work

Today was "Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work" Day, and my employer had a wonderful program in place. I had planned to take both kids, but unfortunately, today was also the day of David's class field trip, so only Anna got to come along for the ride.

The kids were all in scheduled activities until the early afternoon, and after that, they were expected to "shadow" their parent until the end of the work day.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Today Is Administrative Professionals Day - Do You Have Any Idea What We Do?

National Administrative Professional's Day is upon us, and some of you may know that's what I do as my day job - at least until I win the lottery or writing about my kids starts paying the bills. *sigh*

Since it's inception in 1952, it's been the hope of everyone like me who sits at the desk in front of the important door (or behind the reception desk, or next to the projector and the laptop in the big meeting room, or in the car running a bazillion errands for the department) that you'll remember who does the nitty gritty grudge work around the office.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

With Autism, It's The Little Triumphs That Keep You Going

Three big things happened in the last few days. The first, and most welcome is that David went to school yesterday wearing jeans with a zipper and a button.

You parents of neurotypicals are probably thinking, "So?" But for the rest of us who have kids that don't like pinchy, itchy, scratchy or confining clothing, this is a certifiable big deal. David has worn nothing but elastic-waist pants his whole life, vigorously refusing and tantruming whenever we tried to put him in "big kid" jeans and pants. It was not a huge issue for a lot of his early life as they were easy enough to find, but once your kid is out of 6-6X, just about the only thing with an elastic waist is sweat pants in one form or another.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Once Upon A Time - Season 2, Episode 19 Recap: There's Something About Lacey


Tonight we start with Henry's birthday party, held for some reason at Gold's shop. Grandpa Gold allows Henry to pick out any present he wants from his shop and Henry picks a black wand. Gold uses it on Henry, turning him into ceramic, right before he takes his cane and smashed Henry to bits (by the way, this was an exceedingly cool bit of CGI).

And whooosh! It's all a dream and Gold is waking up in bed, grasping his chest in panic.
Off to the other side of town, where Gold is now looking on as Neal is pretend sword-fighting with Henry, and up strolls Regina. He lets Regina know that they are now related via Henry, and she's understandably freaked out to learn that Henry's birthfather is Gold's son. She points out that it can hardly be a coincidence, and Gold replies that it's not a coincidence, it's fate. And fate, he adds, clearly has a sense of humor.

"They won't accept you," Regina tells him. "I've seen your dark heart, and it always wins out. If your own son couldn't bring out the good in you, who will?"

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Girl Rising" - The Movie We All Need To See With Our Daughters

Over the weekend, I went to a movie at Regal Cinemas and since I'm a Regal Crown Club Member, I received a bonus free ticket to a movie titled "Girl Rising". I know nothing about this movie and quite frankly, I assumed it was just some dumb teen movie. I was going to throw the ticket away, but I looked the movie up just in case I knew somebody I could pass this along to.

Thank God I did!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dove Shows Women What They Really Look Like - And I Love It

Dove paid a forensic artist to draw people as they describe themselves and then draw them as others see them. The results are incredibly moving.

I repeat once again, the wise words of my friend and author, Suzanne Finnamore:

Know yourself beautiful.

Monday, April 15, 2013

An Open Letter To The Pedophiles Who Search And Find My Blog

One of the things you like to do when you're a blogger, is check your stats. How many people visited my page today? How many unique page views? If you're one of the lucky bloggers that actually makes money from ad revenue, those numbers are especially important. If you're a Mom blogger who just likes to hear herself blather, it's more an exercise in vanity.

One of the stats I like to check every so often is the referring site. Where did you come to me from? Did my Facebook page send you over? Upworthy? Woman's Day? Twitter? Or did you search me out on Google or something?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Once Upon A Time - Season 3, Episode 17 Recap: My Love Is An Anchor Tied To You


Yes, I titled this recap with an old school song reference. But it's an awesome song so listen to it after you read.

This evening we begin on a quiet road in the Enchanted Forest, where a coach clatters along. Suddenly, a helmeted knight appears! No, that's not a euphemism!

The coachmen asks who the man is and he replies (in a very deep voice) that he's there to rob them, and even with the helmet obscuring his face and hidden by a suit of armor, there's just no mistaking that crisp, Shakespearean elocution. Hello Hook! And don't you look dashing in armor!

It turns out that Hook and his crew have turned to banditry in lieu of a ship, and they head off to celebrate their latest haul at a local tavern. The men have chipped in and bought Hook some female companionship for the evening (as if they'd have to pay any woman - please!) and he heads off with the tasty morsel, only to pay her off twice over with her promise that she won't tell the men he was sending her on her way disappointed.

Awwww. A faithful pirate. My heart.


And the reward he gets for his undying devotion is a club to the back of the head and a knife to his throat, courtesy of one really, really pissed-off mermaid.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dear Marvel: I Can Save Myself, Thanks

A good friend who knows how much I loved loved loved "The Avengers" was kind enough to clue me in to this bit of offal, courtesy of the marketing execs at Marvel.

And let me be among the first to say "What the hell were they thinking?"

Thursday, April 11, 2013

This Is What An Occupational Therapist, A Physical Therapist, And A Little Boy With Gumption Can Do

Do you know what this is?

This is perseverance.

This is the first place trophy granted to my son by his gym teacher after the gym class badminton tournament. My son and his partner took top honors.

My son, who spends a few hours out of every day working hard to be as normal as the other kids at stuff they don't have to work at.

My son, who has a hard time relating to his peers, but found a way to work as a team with his partner.

I am having a full-on Mommy moment, and you'll just have to indulge me, here.

This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, and it will be displayed in a place of honor in my home.  

That's my boy, everyone. 

That's my boy that did that.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reliving Three Of My Favorite Childhood Memories

Anna told me yesterday that she wants to skip straight to fifteen and be in high school. Of course, my heart seized up in my chest at the thought of her in high school, and I told her that wasn't such a good idea.

"Why not?" She asked. "I'm tired of being a kid."

"Oh Anna, don't lose a minute of this time. Don't rush it, and don't try to skip over it. You'll get to fifteen soon enough, I promise."

"But I want to be there now!"

"Oh Boo, do you know what I'd give to be a kid again?"

She doesn't know, of course. And she won't realize it until her childhood is well behind her. Life's not fair that way, but that's how it is.

Monday, April 8, 2013

"Know Yourself Beautiful" - Some Sage Advice From Author Suzanne Finnamore

Last week, I was on my way into work, driving the Pennsylvania turnpike as usual, when I pulled into the toll plaza and handed the tolltaker guy my cash, as I've done five days a week for a whole lot of years. He's a familiar face, and I've encountered him a couple of times a week for a good long while. Nice guy, smiles a lot. The usual.

Except - this time he asked me if I wanted a receipt. Weird, because I never do, but not a completely strange request. I said no, he hesitated a moment longer, and then finally confessed that he's seen me come through the tolls for years now and always meant to tell me that he thinks I'm beautiful.

I turned red, thanked him, and headed off to work, where I spent the day wondering where the hell that came from, and what to do with it.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

How's This For A Heartbreaking Statistic: One In Five Teen Births Are Repeat Births

Yes, you read that correctly. One in five pregnant teenagers are having more than one kid in their teens. After my blog entry last month about my daughter's pregnant  pre-teen schoolmate, this statistic hit me right in the gut.

This info comes out of a report published this month by the CDC.  The report tells us that more than 365,000 teens aged 15-19 years gave birth in 2010, and almost 67,000 (18.3 percent) of those were repeat births.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"I've Got Boy Like Him At Home"

Yesterday, my daughter and a gaggle of her besties took to the mall in great glee for a birthday shopping extravaganza. Five girls and six hours and of course, I wasn't allowed to acknowledge that I even knew her during that period of time. She turned twelve, you know.

And while she and the girlpack were roaming around, I had to entertain a nine year old boy with autism at a shopping mall -  all day long.