24 March 2015

Random Tuesday Thoughts


Welcome to Tuesday's Random Thoughts.

Why do great ideas along with writing motivation and inspiration come when I'm in the shower, or driving, or otherwise - you know - unavailable to write?

I feel like we're finally in the mad dash toward summer. The last decorations I have for the school bulletin board are for Easter. So I'll probably need to get another set without a bunny for the rest of the school year, but the envelope now looks like, "YES. You are done."

And in spite of the inevitability of summer, it is currently less than 20 degrees outside. Fahrenheit, for those of you further north. That's colder than freezing. But I thing somehow warmer than other areas of the country. Very sad.

Maybe I should do a post all about my new biz... I'm having a 'Try-It Tuesday' tonight so local peeps can come try what I've got. Oh! It's Perfectly Posh, btw. 

I could honestly write random things all day, but what I really should be doing is rifling through ALL the little papers on my desk to sort out receipts and such I need for our tax appointment this weekend. Ugh!

23 March 2015

Deee-troit Basssketball!!

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13 March 2015

Disney on Ice presents Frozen

Wow! I'm writing this review as quickly as I can, because there's still time for you to go see this show! Click here to purchase tickets to a Disney On Ice show near you! An extra performance has been opened up this afternoon at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Today's showings are at 11am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm. Saturday and Sunday there are shows at 11:30am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen was a surprise for my kids - and I'm not usually very good at keeping surprises from them! We went out for dinner with a friend, and then I suggested the four of us go for a drive. Maggie really wanted to go home and go for a walk, although she said she would ride her bike. I told her we'd see. As we pulled into the Palace, Maggie started getting excited. I asked her what might be going on at the Palace. Our friend suggested a basketball game. Nope.

 The YoKids intro was different, but it got both of my kids out of their seats and moving around (which I think they needed after adjusting to the shock of where we were!). Disney On Ice always delivers a spectacular show, and last night was no exception. It was a wonderful retelling of the instant Disney classic, Frozen. Before the real story started though, there was a really fun intro of some famous movie pairs, including Marlin, Nemo, and Dory, Pumba & Timon, and Jack's favorite - Woody & Buzz Lightyear. Oh, and of course princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and their beaus.

Our seats were wonderful, and if I wore a fitbit, it would have exploded last night from all those stairs to get down almost to the ice where our seats were. Next time I'll schedule the potty break, diaper change, and snack run a little better so I don't have to do the stairs four times, including one carrying the three-year-old. Ahh.. but after a fun late night, I digress again.

The show was a wonderful highlight of the most popular songs and lines from the movie, and I especially loved the young Anna & Elsa, Sven the reindeer, and the trolls. I was also grateful that the special effects and mini firework-flashes of Elsa's magic weren't loud or scary for my little guy.

For all the buildup to this show - it truly was great. Want to stay up-to-date on all things Disney on Ice related? Join Disney On Ice Insiders' Experience. There's still time to get your seats, or a suite with friends, and enjoy while they're in the Detroit area this weekend.

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

12 March 2015

Reading Challenge - Book Six

Finally! A page turner!

While I did stay up too late finishing my last book, I did it again with this book - because I really, really had to! I feel I was more invested in the characters and not just the plot in this one.

I finished my sixth book this year - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - to satisfy the requirements of number 22 on the list, a book that scares you. While in retrospect the book wasn't especially scary, I was worried about reading it late at night (when I usually read) while I was the only one in the room. But once I got into it, I just couldn't stop.

The book is about a boy who thinks he is going crazy about the circumstances surrounding his grandfather's life and death. In order to prove his sanity, he goes on a research trip to find out the truth about his grandfather's history.

I'm thrilled that there's more. The second book, Hollow City, is already out, and a third is due to release in September. I'd highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys great characters and a bit of fantasy.

06 March 2015

Reading Challenge - Book Five

This is totally not going as quickly as I originally planned. See, there's 50 different books/categories/whatever on the list. So that's really close to one per week.
I just finished book number five. It is wayyy past the fifth week of 2015. Oh well.

The fifth book I've finished this year actually satisfies the sixth listed book - a book written by someone younger than 30.

I just finished (okay, actually late last night/early this morning) Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. She was born (very near where I now live!) in October of 1977, and the book was published in 2006, so she was probably only 29 by the time it was printed and available.

It was a long book, and the beginning was a bit slow, but I finally finished it by staying up way too late the last couple of nights because I HAD to get to the end and see what happened. And there was no way three nights ago I could have guessed at the plot twists as I approached the end of the book. Wow!

In the beginning, I was enjoying just another coming of age novel, but by the end, I wish I'd known more about political science to make it an easier read. It was definitely fascinating.

05 March 2015

Throwback Thursday

I love this picture.

The oldest in the picture is celebrating her birthday. It was at the nursing home where she was then living. She was my Great-Grandma Maynard.

To her right (on the far left in the photo) is her daughter, my grandmother.

Behind Great-Grandma Maynard is my Aunt Janet (my grandmother's daughter; my mom's sister).

To Aunt Janet's left, or the grown woman in the white shirt almost at the center of the picture, is my Aunt Deanna (my mom's other sister).

At the far right in the white shirt is my mom.

The three kids are my cousin (in the white shirt - that's Aunt Deanna's daughter), me (in the green dress) and my little brother.

I wish I could more vividly remember that day and all we did. The half-eaten cake, surely the birthday song.
The three women on the left side of the photo are gone. My Great-Grandma died, then my Aunt, and then my Grandma.
Half the people in this picture are no longer part of my life. That's sad, and makes the photo feel really old, even though my heart doesn't feel that far removed from it.

02 March 2015

Disney on Ice presents Frozen!


I know I told ya'll about the crowd going crazy when we went to Disney on Ice last fall and they played a song or two from Frozen? Seriously, half the arena was squealing and screaming in excitement.

Well now it's time for the real deal - Disney On Ice presents Frozen at the Palace of Auburn Hills next Thursday - Sunday (March 12 - 15).

My daughter will be even more thrilled to see not only Anna and Elsa highlights, but her very favorite, Olaf the snowman singing 'In Summer.'

She loves his innocent, quirky, and of course funny lines. While I don't know how they'd break him up like when he falls apart (literally) by the ice palace, I can always feel the warmth of the sun when he sings about his dream to experience it.

From the press release:
The Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa.  Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear.  Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as "Let it Go," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Fixer Upper."

In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney∙Pixar's Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney's The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all.  Director Patty Vincent says, "Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey."

Click here to purchase tickets to a Disney On Ice show near you!

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The REST of the Story

I am so totally grateful to be raising resilient and optimistic kids.

Monster Jam was indeed fabulous. Then the show let out, as Garth Brooks' concert started a couple blocks away, and it was PANDEMONIUM!!

We took Detroit's delightful version of public transportation back toward the garage where our truck was parked. That meant walking a few blocks from Ford Field to the Broadway Station, then riding a very full train to Greektown. At Greektown, the platform was full of people trying to get on the train. So hubby and I each grabbed a kid and agreed to meet at the bottom. But hubby is much pushier than I am and got in front of us (I didn't see him and swore he was still behind us).

Maggie and I waited at the bottom of the stairs, not going outside because it was COLD. Soon, there were no more people coming down the stairs, and I had no idea which way hubby and Jack could have gone. I finally unbundled enough to dig out my nearly dead cell phone, and found a message from hubby that they were in the casino. Ugh. I'm known for my sense of direction. How bad my sense of direction is, I mean.

I finally heard a couple talk about going to the entry to the train. I knew this was in the casino so I grabbed Maggie and followed them. We finally reunited with our boys.

This should be where the story says 'happily ever after,' right?

We walked the block back to our parking garage and got in the elevator to ride to the tenth floor where we were parked. It was a full elevator, with stops on floors six, eight, nine, ten and eleven. There was a touching moment when a couple parents got off on eight, and their small son stayed with grandma and grandpa to go to ten. A nice off-duty sheriff held the door open for them as they said goodbye for the night.

There was a buzzing noise, but we assumed it was because he was holding the door. Until the door finally closed and he realized as soon as we did what the buzzing really was - the fire alarm. The elevator was on an express trip back to the bottom.

Yes, we were two floors from our truck a minute ago, and now we were suddenly at street level, ten floors from our car, with no operating elevators.

The heartwarming moment of the whole incident was about two or three floors up on our long walk up the stairs, when my daughter said, "This will make a great story for writer's workshop." Yes, honey, it certainly will.