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I am a mom, a wife, and a teacher-librarian. I have four boys at home: Main Man (44), #1 (14), #2 (11), and #3 (7). Although they keep me very busy, I also look after a library for an elementary student population of 500 (give or take). I love my family; I love my job.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

From Vegetables to Musicals


I'm trying to decide if I should go downtown to the Farmer's Market this morning. It's overcast - dark actually - and I just know that by the time I get there it will be raining. I'm afraid I'm not quite that devoted to locally grown produce. I know, I know, in some people's eyes that makes me a bad person. Well, so be it.

I went to see Mamma Mia! last night. Loved it! Main Man decided to come with me, and I don't think he loved it as much. The early show sold out, so we went to the late one, which was dangerously close to doing the same. Still, we counted the males in the audience, and I think we achieved a grand total of 19.

So - yes- it's a chick flic. So what? I adored the kitschy-ness of it all.

We had seen the stage musical when it danced through town a couple of years ago, and I think Main Man enjoyed that more than the movie. I enjoyed them both - in different ways. I didn't really find the stage musical kitschy, and that was what I considered one of the best parts of the movie.

Some notes:
1. I'm not a big Meryl Streep fan, but she was amazing in this. She sings beautifully, and with real emotion. I also got the feeling she was loving every minute of participating in this production.

2. Pierce Brosnan can't sing very well, but he makes for great older-guy eye candy.

3. Julie Walters mesmerizes me when she's on the screen. I love her. She is hilarious in this, but I've also seen her in more serious roles that she masters perfectly.

4. Colin Firth seems like he would be the nicest guy if you ever really met him. Who knows though? Maybe he's just a really good actor.

5. If/when you see this movie, make sure you stay for the closing credits. There are scenes worth seeing as the credits run.

6. If possible, see this one with your girlfriends, girls, and not with your main man.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

To New Beginnings


Often at this point of time in the summer, I'm feeling depressed. I look at the glass as half empty, the summer as half over. This summer, though, is different.

July has been a very busy month. Our family spent the first two weeks in beautiful British Columbia. Then, #3 had a dance daycamp in our home city on the third week. And last week, I took him to Calgary to a different dance camp. We spent the week with my aunt and uncle. As wonderful as it was to reconnect with family I hadn't seen in a while, it felt so good to get home at the end of the week.

And - this summer - August is full of possibilities. It's so nice to have all that pesky travelling over with. Now I can concentrate on little projects, field trips with the kids, and some plain, simple R & R.

I feel as if my summer is just beginning!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Out of the Loop


It's been so long since I've written.

I'm sure no one will read this. I feel as if I'm starting all over again.

And in many ways I am.

I've enjoyed the lack of commitment over the past months. I mean - really - should a hobby be a demand on one's life?

I already have a sufficient number of demands. Really.

Still, I've missed the online interaction. I always considered my readers close personal friends, even though I had met very few of them personally.

Well, I'm hoping to join the community of the blogosphere once again - if you'll have me.

I hope to re-enter the loop.

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