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Friday, April 17, 2009

Seven Quick Takes

Thanks to our hostess-with-the-mostest, Jen.

1.So here's something that will simultaneously denote me as someone who is "out of touch", and will cause a large number of people to skip to the next post: I saw, for the first time, an episode of "Hannah Montana". The premise of this entertainment is that a pop star can hide her identity and just blend in as a normal high school kid in Los Angeles! And that she can keep anyone from finding out that she's a pop star by wearing a wig! (The style of these Disney shows is so broad that it strikes me they could make a lot of money by sending out the scripts to high school drama departments and having them performed weekly nationwide. Why not have a nation of Hannah Montanas and collect mondo royalties at the same time?)

I have a bulletin for these folks. The average kid at La Canada/Flintridge High finds nothing unusual in moonlighting as a pop star, because they're all trying to break into the biz as well. I directed a Christmas pageant once for a private school in Pasadena, and amongst my (junior high) students was a actress/voiceover artist, and a ballerina who was out of school for several days because she was performing in The Nutcracker. No one thought it was weird, or treated these girls differently. Hello, it's Los Angeles! People move out there to make careers in entertainment!

I could go on, because the plot holes in Hannah Montana were of sufficient diameter to encompass Boston's Big Dig, but maybe that just proves that I don't "get it".

2. In regards to household-y stuff, I have two major pet peeves: people spilling glasses of liquid, and people tracking through a pile I'm trying to sweep up. Last week someone knocked over water into my pile of debris. I had to bite my tongue, and hard.

3. O frabjous day: it looks like (in addition to traveling for my sister's wedding and needing to refinance the house), we need to get our roof replaced. Always something, isn't it?

4. Speaking of Wedding, my sister is getting Married two weeks from today. Look for our travelogue from the Great Ohio Sojourn of Ought-Nine, coming soon to this space.

5. I'm sorry, you guys -- I have nothing more for you. It's a beautifully gray rainy day here, and it makes me want to crawl back in bed and snuggle under my duvet. So, a picture:

This is typical of the randomness that shows up on the camera when the girls get a hold of it, and it's a decent picture of The Floor. Respect the floor.


paul zummo said...

You promised seven! I want my money back.

mrsdarwin said...

Gimme the money first. :)

paul zummo said...

I guess I get what I pay for.

Barb said...

I'm hoping your sister has a beautiful day like we're having here today....bright blue skies and 75 degrees. Wouldn't that be awesome?
I'm looking forward to seeing all of you and will be here before you know it! (Maybe that wasn't the best thing to say...);)

Kiwi Nomad said...

The girls show great photographic talents!

Darwin said...

The girls show great cleaning talents!

Or is that picture from a while ago?

mrsdarwin said...

Pshaw, I wish. This picture is from a few days ago, and the living room currently resembles a federal disaster area.

Kiwi -- thanks! You should see some of the other stuff they take -- series of fifteen or twenty shots of the baby getting angry at the camera, or pictures taken with prime view up sister's nose, or whatnot. I'm glad for iPhoto, because I don't mind deleting bad shots, but I couldn't throw away a hard copy.

Barb, can't wait to see you either!

Meredith said...

Sounds like our season: 4 plane tickets to my brother's wedding, a new roof, and just today, a refinance.

It's going to feel good to add money to the bank account again, instead of just spilling it all over the place.

mrsdarwin said...


Ah, you understand...

nicole said...

I have never watched an episode of Hannah Montana either, and I have girls ages 7 and 6, so I consider it something of a miracle that I can say that.

the other Sherry said...

I don't know what kind of roof you have, but you might be able to buy 5 years or more with an elastomeric coating instead of a complete tear off/replace job. In fact, if you use a heat-reflecting version, you might even qualify for an energy efficiency tax rebate *and* reduce your cooling bills. Check with roofers in the yellow pages and see what your options are.

mrsdarwin said...

Other Sherry,

I dunno -- not only is the roof coming up on its age limit, but after a hail storm we have shingles blowing off the roof in rather unfortunate quantities. We did a patch job last year after the storms, but I think that the shingles are damaged enough that we need to replace them.