Thursday, July 31, 2008

Minor Panic Attack - First of Many, I'm Sure

My daughter will be going to kindergarten in less than a month. I just got off the phone with the YMCA, getting all the details about the after-school program, which actually sounds so fun. I hung up the phone and imagined the exchange between me and Chloe on her first day of school:

Me: OK, Chloe, you'll be in this strange new place all day. Obey all these grown-ups you've never met before and make sure to play nice with all the kids (even the big, huge ones) you're meeting for the first time. Eat your lunch (in that big, strange cafeteria) and don't eat the treat the healthy stuff too. And after school you'll be going wherever one of the new adults tells you to go and doing things you've never done before until I get here to pick you up at about 5:30 pm. OK?

Chloe: (whimper...)

Monday, July 28, 2008 just doesn't even begin to describe it.

Last weekend was supposed to be one of the best weekends ever. I had been planning a glorious road trip with Heath to Wichita, Kansas to see MxPx at a show they were playing there. It was going to be perfect. Heath's mom is off work for the summer and could keep the kids for us for 4 blissful days and we could just get in the car and drive and hang out together.

But everything ended up falling through. We had an unexpected expense come up and and then my mom needed us to watch my 13 year-old brother, and was all over but the crying. And let me tell you I have done some crying. Call me a baby; call me selfish; call me what you will...but I am utterly and completely bummed!

Heath promised me that we will go see another show soon, but that's pretty unlikely. I'm sure it was more the kind of promise that's made to get a girl to stop crying than one that is well thought out and formulated to succeed. I've looked at the tour dates and unless we somehow become rich enough to buy airline tickets to Belgium, Holland, Germany, or even L.A., and come across someone who can watch our kids during the school year, it's just not gonna happen. This was our only chance to see them this year. The drive was doable (6 hours), I would only have to take one day off work, and MxPx was the headlining band. I don't want to go see a show where they are only playing 4 or 5 songs as an opening act for RANCID or something. I wanted to see them, not somebody else!

Anyway, so here I am stuck in a cube today, crying my eyes out wishing I were in a car riding home with my best friend, hungover from the adrenaline of seeing my favorite band, my ears still ringing from punk decibal overload.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Uncle Timmy

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

today kinda sucks

I can't take it when the one person who is supposed to understand me and love me and be nice to me is disappointed in me and mean to me.

It's crappy and I hate it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Internal Struggle

Over the weekend, Heath and I caught the last half of the movie "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" on Encore. These are the kind of stories I love. The kind of stories that stir up a righteous anger in me. Hmmm...I don't know if that's the best way to describe it...but let's just go with it for now.

I've known in my spirit for a while now that Wal-Mart is probably the devil, but have put off reading too much, watching too much or researching too much about it for fear that I'd have to take action...make changes...inform others.

But I found myself at that crossroads on Saturday - in that sacred place of enlightenment that God often brings me to. That place where He shows me an injustice and watches to see what I'll do about it.

I'm tempted to list off all the horrible things that Wal-Mart does to the communities it descends upon, the workers that depend on them, the laborers that work for less-than-nothing overseas to make the toy I just bought for that kid's birthday party, the environment, and every other person, place or thing they touch. But I won't. Instead I think I may host a public screening of the movie. If anyone is interested in watching or has a location we can use, let me know.

After I watched the movie, I knew I could never shop there again. (I'm sure this won't be an easy feat...but something I will do anyway.) I also researched Target, and found what I already knew - that they are really no different than their evil twin. They just come in a prettier package. So what now for me? Where will I buy birthday presents, groceries, adorable cheap clothing for my kids, get my photos developed? The list goes on and on...
I don't know the answer to those questions. But I trust that God will lead me. I know that the Wakeland family can't single-handedly bring down the big, bad corporate Goliaths - I'm not that naive. But I do know what God expects of me personally and from my family. And to Him I will submit. The right thing is not always easy, but it is always right.

Take on an entirely new way of life – a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you. Ephesians 4:22-24 (MSG)

PS- Please don't take this as a judgment if you shop at Wal-Mart. Obviously the opinions expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of anyone incredibly important. :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I swear this isn't an 80's Blog, but...

This morning Lauren and I were chatting online while we were working. We were reminiscing about all the good memories we have of her dad taking us swimming in the summertime as kids. He always packed us a great lunch and it always, always included New York Seltzer - the yummiest drink ever created! My favorite was Vanilla Cream! MM MM! Anyway, I got online to see if you could still buy the stuff anywhere. Apparently Big Lots carries a new version of it in some places in the U.S. but the location by my work doesn't have it. I know because I checked on my lunch break.

But in my quest to find this delicious drink online I found a fun list that's a bit too long, but I don't want to take the time to edit! So for your reading pleasure:

"You know you're an 80's Child if..."

1. You had a crush on one of the New Kids on the Block members.
2. You wanted to be on Star Search.
3. You ever uttered the word "Radical!"
4. You wore jelly shoes and jelly bracelets
5. You thought "Ghostbusters" was by far the coolest movie
6. You remember watching shows like "Punky Brewster" , "Webster", You Can't Do That On Television" , "Wild&Crazy Kids" and "Double Dare"
7. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off. Or even when he had those freaky eyes in "Thriller" at the end of the video.
8. You wore a banana clip in your hair or one of those slap on wrist bands at some point during your youth.
9. You rolled up the bottoms of your splatter painted jeans.
10. You wore loafers with everything, and you put the laces in those little rolls.
11. You had slouch socks, and puff painted your own shirt at least once.
12. You owned a doll with 'Xavier Roberts' signed on it's butt.
13. You knew what Willis was "talkin' 'bout."
14. You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, Wax off."
15. You can name half of the members of the elite "Brat Pack."
16. You can remember watching Full House and Saved by the Bell for endless hours!
17. You have seen at least 10 episodes of Fraggle Rock.
18. You yearned to be a member of The Babysitters Club, and tried to start a club of your own.
19. You sat on your back porch, playing with your "My Little Pony" ,
"Rainbow Brite" , and "Strawberry Shortcake" dolls
20. You know that another name for a keyboard is a "Synthesizer."
21. You hold a special place in your heart for "Back to the Future."
22. You know where to go if you "wanna go where everybody knows your name."
23. You thought Molly Ringwald was REALLY cool.
24. You know what "psyche" and "not!" mean
25. You fell victim to 80's fashion : big hair, crimped, combed over to the side, big hoop earrings, and possibly the worst:you wore spandex pants.
26. You wanted to be a Goonie, or Elliot from E.T.
27. You owned an extensive collection of Cabbage Patch Kids and trolls.
28. You knew "The Artist" when he was humbly called "Prince."
29. You actually saw Ted Danson as the MacDaddy he played "Sam" to
30. You ever wore flourescent (neon, if you will) clothing....
31. You could breakdance, or wished you could.
32. You know who He-Man and She-Ra are.
33. You remember when ATARI was a state of the art video game system. 34. You know all the words to "Ice Ice Baby".
35. You remember MC hammer well.
36. You can still sing the rap to "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".
37. You own any cassettes.
38. You were led to believe that in the year 2000 we'd all be living on the moon.
39. You remember and/or own any of the CareBear Glass collection from PizzaHut.
40. Pizza Hut was the coolest place to hang.
41. Poltergeist freaked you out.
42. You carried your lunch to school in a Gremlins or an E.T. lunchbox.
43. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the ONLY female smurf.
44. You wanted to communicate with some being named Cinergy, or you wanted green hair like that lead singer of the Misfits.
45. You totally LOVED Barbie's cooler, punkier counterpart, "Jem"
and her "Rockers"
46. You wanted to have an alien like Alf living in your house.
47. You wore biker shorts underneath a short skirt and felt stylish.
48. You wore tights under shorts and felt stylish.
49. You layered your multi-colored slouch socks, and added suspenders to make your outfit complete.
50. You ever had a Swatch Watch.
51. You actually spent countless hours trying to perfect the care-bear stare.
52. You had a crush on one of the Coreys.
53. You remember when Saturday Night Live was funny.
54. You had WonderWoman or Superman underwear.
55. You wanted to be The Hulk for Halloween.
56. You believed that "By the power of Greyskull, you HAD the power"
57. You thought that Transformers were more than meets the eye.
58. Partying "like it's 1999" seemed SO far away!!!!!!!!!!!!!
59. You ever owned or wanted any of the NKOTB action figures or dolls.
60. You remember when Deborah Gibson was "Debbie" Gibson.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ten Fond Memories of a Child of the 80's

1. Punky Brewster

2. Strawberry Shortcake

3. My Little Ponies

4. Rainbow Brite

5. Popples

6. Barbie and the Rockers

7. He-Man & She-Ra

8. Ewoks

9. Side Ponytails

10. The Get-Along Gang

Monday, July 14, 2008

You're so vain...

You prob'ly think this post is about you.

You're soo vain. You prob'ly think this post is about you.

Don't you? Don't you? Don't yooooooou?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

This one goes out to the one I love.

OK, I really want to put the actual video up here, but Universal Music Group is not very good at sharing. Obviously they missed that day of Sunday School. So just click here to see a music video that captures my feelings lately.

PS- This is from one of my favorite bands, mxpx. If you don't like punk rock though, you may just want to skip this. (But I must say, it is quite delicious...)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

When life gives you lemons...

Make lemonade, right?

So I decided I could mope and whine a while longer or I could just take the kids to a different playground tonight and make some more photographs. I chose the road less traveled. Here ya go, world...enjoy!

And what's a narcissistic mom like me to do when her kids start whining about too many pictures? Duh, turn the camera on herself!