One Year Anniversary

One year ago…

!!-modified-pic-of-July-21st-!!See that look on my face? That’s how I felt for over 5 weeks. I couldn’t navigate my world without serious momentum and slip on shoes. On this day one year ago, my mom had kindly taken me to a local mall to walk/waddle around. We were hoping to start labor. It was in the high 90s. I know, I know….First World Problems…

Less than 48 hours after this pic was taken, I was 7.6 delightful pounds lighter (maybe a bit more), with this little miracle in my arms:

IMAG0233And one year later, that little piece of pure love has blossomed into this:

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See that beautiful girl? She’s mine. She talks (sort of) and walks and grips and grins and reaches and explores. She is my link to a human chain so large and long that it is overwhelming. I gush over her in the same way that I used to see other parents do, when I would roll my eyes at them and think “Yea, yea, you’ve got a kid. Cool.”  But karma is a delightful bitch, and now I’m just as goopy over her as other parents are over their kids.

I can handle being a cliche. That’s fine. Cause I’ve got this:


I believe the saying is “Bitches be crazy.” Or something like that.

!! crazy 1 !!I don’t have many friends who are cray cray or drama royalty. Didn’t tolerate the nuts in high school or college. I kept it low key. I’d prefer to hang with more repressed types of neurotics. Or, better yet, even-keeled people. Emotional healthy people are so refreshing sometimes. My particular brand of crazy is enough to deal with, so I definitely don’t need to be adding the really obnoxiously vibrant colors of crazy into my life.

But they do keep trying to find me. I forget every so often that there are some incredibly messed up people roaming freely around my city, but I get the occasional reminders that “Bitches be crazy.”

Here’s where I find them:

#1- Walmart. Hands down, they are always in Walmart. It’s like a wild nature preserve of crazies.!! crazy 2 !!

#2- Craigslist. You could be buying or selling something totally on the up and up. The weirdos will still find you. And solicit you. It’s a rule.!! crazy 3 !!

#3- Government offices. There are some AWESOME people who work for the government. I know a few. And, without exception, each of these wonderful, non-dramatic friends of mine can tell stories of the most awkward, unprofessional, kooky paper-pushers you’ve ever heard. If you know someone who works for the Gov, get them drunk and ask for some stories. You won’t be disappointed.!! damn striaght !!

#4- Education. I’ve worked in education. Same story as for government offices. You’ve got some great ones. But HO-LY SHIT, are the crazies bad in there! I think tenure has something to do with how long the bad ones can cling on. 408908_10150487249143683_501143682_8919326_1260729836_n

#5- Public Transportation. Yea, I don’t need to explain that one.

I think I’ve made my point. They’re out there. I do a pretty good job of avoiding them…mostly.

Much Ado About Whedon

I am a GINORMOUS Joss Whedon fan. Seriously, I don’t even pretend to be unbiased. As far as I’m concerned, the man shits Emmys and coughs brilliance.

!! joss whedon

So about a year ago when I heard he was doing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (already one of my favorite Willie plays, thanks to Kenneth and Emma), I already knew it would be a masterpiece…in my own mind, at least.

!!! joss-whedon-much-ado-about-nothingWell, this past Saturday night, in a rare date night with the Hubs, I actually got to SEE IT. In theaters. Without interruption. (Here I will note, admitting to the TMI, that I rarely pee by myself these days, so watching an entire movie without interruption is a luxury beyond reckoning.) Soooooooo, there I was, watching some of my favorite actors- he likes to use familiar faces cause people love working for him- striding around Whedon’s own California home, spouting Shakespeare and tripping down staircases. Words cannot describe my excitement. Wait, yes they can…

Best. Date night. Ever. Period. Infinity. No takebacks.

!!! much-ado-about-nothing-nathan-fillionThe movie was typical Whedon. If you’ve seen The Avengers, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Song-a-long Blog, or The Cabin in the Woods, then you know what I mean. His humor is a singularity- either it sucks you in, or you escape (poor you) without a scratch. Joss just has this way of being funny that pierces you- like an aboriginal dart or an STD. You weren’t planning on it, but now you have to live with it. Except, unlike an STD or a poison dart, it’s a sickness you’ll never want to shake. You like yourself more for liking Whedon’s take on the world. At least, that’s what I’ve found.

So he takes Shakespeare and puts it in a modern setting. You might think that would make it boring and confusing. You might not know Whedon. It’s hi-LAR-i-ous. Seriously. It’s like the Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta– it makes Shakespeare understandable. When I watch Whedon ‘do’ Shakespeare, I get the jokes and the innuendos and the stakes…because of the way the actors deliver the lines. It’s golden. I love it, and I make no apologies for it.

!!!!-much-ado-about-nothing-amy-ackerThe entire movie was great. And brief. The perfect combination. Whedon cut I-know-not-how-much to make the movie a mere 1 hour, 49 minutes. Stop and appreciate that for a minute. It’s Shakespeare. You’re pretty much guaranteed to have a growth spurt during most Shakespeare performances, yet this one is roughly the length of a Pixar film. You get the story without the sore ass. Mission accomplished. Who needs Cliff Notes?

No surprise, I give the movie 5 thumbs up. I recommend it, and will talk about it incessantly to anyone who happens to ask me at parties.

Ha! Just kidding. I don’t go to parties. I’m a parent.

But seriously, I recommend this movie. You should see it. You’ll thank me.