Thursday, March 11, 2010
I am too stoopid to watch "Lost" & other random stuff
MENU OF THE DAY
Latest iTunes purchase: Natalie Merchant does a great version of Neil Young's After the Gold Rush. Check it out. I also bought Lori McKenna's version of the Needle and the Damage Done.
Book: Honolulu by Alan Brennert. Ms. Hippie's mom recommended it. It's about a young Korean woman living in Hawaii in the early 1900's. Not my usual kind of book, but i really like it.
What i keep forgetting: to doublecheck that i actually do have a rental car ordered for our trip to Sedona.
What i remembered: My Xanax prescription for the air travel. It came in the mail a few days ago.
Video: I still love Casey James from my other blog post. This is my new favorite American Idol. Crystal Bowersox is the real deal. The rest of them are not even in her league. Having said that, i sort of hope she doesn't win, because she is too good for the Idol machine. In this video she sings Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason". (Ms. Hippie/Kylee, I know you think I've been picking terrible husbands for you. So let me say this: if you were gay, i would want Crystal to be your wife!)
The Best Thing that happened recently: A few weeks ago I started tutoring again. I work with Hippie/Kylee's mom's best friend's 3rd grade class in the poorest school in our district. I tutor math to three little girls.
I try to make it fun by changing up the math stories. For example If we are buying 8 books at $5 a piece, the books are about Justin Bieber. (When i first started doing this, it was during the Titanic times and i used Leonardo di Caprio.)
However, my first day didn't go well. One little girl would not pay attention and finally i told her nicely, but firmly, that i could take her back to class right then and there because i could always work with another kid if she didn't want to be there. I was shocked, when in reply she put her head down in her arms and started crying. "I will NEVER get this!".
She seemed to hate me that first day (and i wasn't sure i liked her either). I didn't expect her to want to come the next time, but there she was. And i was determined to make this work with her. I am now on my 4th week and i find that this little girl is the BEST of all of them at math and she actually works hard! And she WANTS to do well.
Last week i had to change days and they gave up their Fine Arts class to work with me. When i asked them what they do in Fine Arts, the little girl who had cried (who is named Princess) said they sang songs and drew pictures. I replied, 'oh wow, and you came here to do math instead of Fine Arts?" and she said, "I would rather be here with you."
I tell you what. I tutor only 3 kids and even though i try to make it fun i can feel myself getting frustrated with getting through to them because all 3 are on different levels of math and i don't want to leave the other two out. Princess can multiply by 12s! One girl can't even add 2+3 and doesn't even get the concept of what multiplication is and the other one understands multiplication but doesn't know the tables. How do teachers do it with 28 kids? How do they?
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1. I have been watching Lost since Season 1 back in the day when they had a reasonable number of good looking characters whose names I could remember. This season reminds me of when i tried to read Shogun: i found myself taking notes on the characters names and their personalities from that book because i couldn't keep them straight and it felt like homework, so i quit reading.
2. I still love Hurley and Sawyer, and hate Kate (it's fitting that her names rhymes so easily with hate), and i want to slap Jack, just as i did in Season 1. But the plot is too much for me anymore and I, for one, will celebrate it's demise.
3. One of my favorite earlier Lost scenes is when Sayid (all tied up and held captive by The Others), manages to snap the neck, killing one of the Others with just his legs!
4. I have to admit that sometimes violence is sexy. Does that make me a bad person?
5. Anyway, i will watch til the end, but I think you have to be some kind of wonk-type personality to love it. And i am so not a wonk.
6. I recently watched Michael Jackson's DVD This is It. It was interesting watching how everyone pandered to him, even the director. I can't imagine that a lonelier man walked the earth than Michael Jackson. Can you imagine being around people all the time who are afraid of telling you the truth for fear that you might fire them?
7. Being President must be a little bit like being Michael Jackson. (Say what you will, but another reason i like Rahm Emanuel, because i don't think he panders to anyone.)
8. Over a month ago I found out i have very high blood pressure (170/110). I had no idea, because there are no symptoms, but had been told in the past year or two that i had high readings every once in awhile, only I laughed it off because for years and years i used to have super great readings and i worked out and was healthy and fit.
I'm pissed. I have been a committed runner for 30 years, 5 days a week. Never smoked, never did drugs. I am at a very good weight. And i'm in better shape than when i was in high school. I eat whole grains that i don't even like! I don't even salt my scrambled eggs!
9. I think i am going to start being bad. I'm going to eat only red meat. I am going to quit my job and lay around all day eating potato chips out of the bag while i watch the TLC channel. And i'm going to take up smoking and cocaine and start drinking Scotch in the early afternoon every day. i'm not going to ever exercise again.
10. In other words, i am going to start acting like my ex-husband who is probably in better health than i am. And i'll use all that money i save on running shoes and buy more cocaine.
So what are y'all up to these days? And what's on your menu?