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What rhymes with evil?

2 Apr

Today is Medieval Fair day.  The kids have been eagerly awaiting its arrival all week.   Jousting, human games of chess, bow and arrows and last but not least: turkey legs!  (Quite possibly my favorite fair food.)   There’s nothing like walking around with a turkey leg the size of a baseball bat to make you feel content in life.  [wink]

In celebration of the fair, the kid’s Aunt made them cloaks to wear to the fair.  Looking the part is half the fun.  Oh how the kids love them.  They’ve worn them about the house and yard all week.  Yesterday morning while getting ready for school Jaden commented about her cloak:

Jaden: I can’t wait to go to the Medieval Fair!  Although, I don’t know what I’m going to wear with my cloak.

Me: It will be okay.  We’ll look through your closet and find something.

Jaden: (In all seriousness and with a hint of dismay)  [sigh]  I just don’t know if I have anything that will make me look evil.

After stifling a laugh I did my best to explain that “Medieval” did not mean “evil.”  She rebutted with the fact that there would be knights there and everyone knows that they’re evil.

[hanging my head in defeat]  We’re in serious need of a history lesson.


Weeping Angels

1 Apr


Don't blink



A few weeks ago Jordan ordered the most recent season of “Doctor Who” on Blu-ray and we’ve been slowly re-watching all the episodes with the kids.  Watching “Doctor Who” is one of our favorite past times and for the first year of our marriage, Jordan and I watched every season of Doctor Who with the kids starting when the show started back up with Christopher Eccleston.  Talk about some family bonding.  [wink]  The show is known for having some pretty scary monsters, at least for younger viewers are concerned.  Quite possibly the most intimidating” monster” Jaden & Fisher have encountered while watching Doctor Who has to be the Weeping Angels.

It’s fantastic stuff.  The angles can only move when you’re not looking at them so half the time you turn around to find yourself nose to nose with an angel like this one.  The kids make sure to have plenty of pillows to hide behind when we sit down to watch.  [wink]  (The angels even made them reconsider yard gnomes and lawn jockeys…what are they doing while everyone is asleep?)

Earlier in the week the Weeping Angels showed up in one of the episodes we were watching.  It’s been a while since we’ve seen them and I must say that I was glad to see them back.  The kids?  Not so much.  It’s kind of a love/hate relationship for them.  Almost like watching a train wreck.  They don’t want to watch, but they can’t look away.

The next evening we went out to eat with Jordan’s parents.  I ended up sitting between Jordan and his dad while Fisher ended up sitting between Jaden and Jordan’s mom.  I commented on the fact that I was the creaming filling in a man sandwich.  (Pretty original, I know.  Fisher then remark, with much disgust, that he was the filling in a girl sandwich…ew!  He was so appalled by the realization that I asked him what was scarier, monsters on Doctor Who or a girl sandwich.  His response?  A girl sandwich!!

[laugh]  Well, let’s just hope that Doctor Who never has to battle a girl sandwich.  It may be Fisher’s undoing.


20 Sep

Gosh, darn it.  Look how cute we are at my first OU football game.  Go ahead, pinch our cheeks.  You know you want to.

(Well, maybe not.  It was 95 degrees and we were definitely perspiring.)

The only other time I’ve been to a college football game was when I was 6 months pregnant with Jaden….in August.  You can imagine how much fun I had that day.  (Clue: None.)  Thus, I have always judged the concept of outdoor sports against that experience.  But Raine, you went to this game…what changed?  Besides the fact that I’m older and wiser, *ahem*, I am also not pregnant.  Evidently that’s all it takes to have a good time at a football game.  Who knew?  ;)

It’s a good thing that I don’t have a bun in the oven, because the F-16 flyover shook my organs like Santa Claus’ belly.  It was freakishly loud and amazing all at the same time.  Now, don’t get too excited.  Fighter jets do not normally fly over the OU stadium at home games.  It just so happened that we were playing the Air Force and they felt like showing off.  Rightly so.  If I had an F-16, I’d want to show it off myself.

Psh, you say?  The F-16’s fly too fast to enjoy?  Well, never fever.  An enormous cargo plane flew over at half time.  So, stick that in your juice box and suck it.  ;)

How cool  is that?  Since we were sitting on the 6th row, we could only enjoy the full awesomeness of the band from the big screen.  (I know, how cool are those seats?)  ;)

I never thought in my wildest of dreams that I would A) Enjoy an organized sport & B) Willingly sit out in the heat of summer to watch said sport.  But I did and I loved it…and I’d happily do it all again tomorrow!  So, step back folks, you’ve got a Sooner fan on your hands.


(Oh, and did I mention that we won?)  *wink*


25 Nov
After such a warm and fuzzy blog yesterday, I feel as though y’all probably need something a little more action packed for today.  Thus, I present to you:  Reasons Why I Love Natural Disaster Movies.  *drum roll, please*
Before I dive into a crazed speech about my love for mother nature’s rath, just let me say that I’m not crazy.  I don’t like fava beans with Chianti and I don’t make human skin jackets in my spare time.  I just admire the awsome power of nature.  So there.

On Sunday my cousin, Demi, and I went to see 2012.  I have been dying to see this movie.  Earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis…does it get any better?  Give me a natural disaster movie and I will be a happy camper.  I’m not sure why I am so fascinated by this genre of film, but I can’t get enough of it.  There is something terrifyingly terrific about what the earth is capable of.  However, I am also a very anxious person.  I don’t handle tense moments with much grace and I fall apart if harm comes to a child, even if it’s in a fictional movie.  Thus, I spent most of the movie clutching my seat for support and/or crying like baby over children swept away by tsunamis and earthquakes.  I felt like I’d run the Boston Marathon by the time the movie was over. 

During a few particularly tense moments, I leaned over and asked my cousin if they were going to make it.  Turns out that she is one of those people.  The kind of person that won’t give in to the pleas of their fellow movie goer.  They want you to wait and find out for yourself.  Psh.  Didn’t she realize that I might burst with anxiety?  I could spontaneously combust right there in the theater and she’d have to clean up the mess.  Thankfully for her, I held it together and muched feverishly on a box of hot tamales she’d given me. 

I found comfort in the fact that nothing on the scale of what happened in the movie could ever happen in real life.  Though, the eruption of the Yellow Stone Volcano was spectacularly creepy.  Plus, John Cusack played a leading roll…quite possibly my favorite actor.  It almost makes me want to have a John Cusack marathon.  Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity….is there anything better out there?  I think not.  *wink*  Ooo, guess what I’ll be doing this weekend?  :)

Mah-mah-mah-my Shiraz!

14 Oct

(In case you were wondering, the title is a reference to the song, “My Sharona” by The Knack. If you haven’t heard of it, listen to it and love it.)

That said, I had a fabulous glass of Lindeman’s Shiraz Reserve 2007 last night….yumness. Now, I’m not professing to be a wine expert, I’m far from it. However, I feel like I know enough to pick out a decent bottle. The Reserve was fabulous…similar to the Lindeman’s Shiraz, but much more smooth on the finish. Deeelish!

There are few things more relaxing than curling up in an over sized chair with a glass of wine and your favorite show/movie on the TV. Last night’s show of choice was “Fringe.” If you haven’t seen it yet, just know that you are missing out. Totally. It is, by far, my favorite show for the time being. Jordan and I are working our way through Season One right now. (Thank you, Netflix) I detest horror movies, but I love nothing more than a creepy/gross sci-fi thriller. Give me the undead or mad scientists and I am a happy camper. It’s is like The X-Files met CSI. (A match made in heaven)

So, if you need me tonight, I’ll be cozied up in my living room watching “Fringe” with one of my favorite glasses of red. Bon Appetit!

Please drink responsibly. Moderation is a must.

Star Wars Reference # 1,892,761

14 Oct

“Leia, your hair looks ridiculous.”
“Oh, Darth.”
Okay, not my best lead in, but it’s all I’ve got at the moment.
If you can’t tell, we watched Star Wars over the weekend. Jordan wants to start having a family movie night on the weekends, so what better way to kick it off than with Star Wars Episode IV?
After inhaling some pizza, we turned off all of the lights in the house and curled up on the couch together to view one of the classics. (Watching movies in the dark is not only fun, but is the only way to get Fisher to focus on the movie…he’s easily distracted) Jordan was kind enough to narrate the movie for the kids and also added in extra nuggets of information by naming just about every alien in the Cantina…my husband is a genius…and a nerd. It’s one of the many reasons I married him. *wink* Fisher thought that the aliens were the coolest thing ever…but who doesn’t love Jabba?
I must say that it was a lot of fun. I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I’d gotten a dose of the “force.” We plan on watching Episodes V & VI next, then we’ll move on to old monster movies. Godzilla, here we come! (I’m talking about the black and white version…oh yeah) Our kids will be the coolest kids on the block when we’re through with them. *laugh*
So, stay tuned folks. More nerdy goodness is in your future.

I Got Opinions

19 Sep
Jordan has a score of art blogs and other websites that he visits everyday. This was my favorite find for the day (because who doesn’t love, cute androgynous creatures?):