Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Not only did I just get wifi back after being like 5 days without it, but it is raining!  And I don’t mean a little.  The backyard here in Arizona is flooded, and the street is flooded onto the sidewalk.  Some great thunder and lightening! Of course, my niece didn’t get to sleep before it so she’s a bit freaked out, but the dogs will keep her feeling safe.

The other day while not having access I wrote a post thinking I’d be back on the next day… since I wasn’t .. here ya go!

While digging through information about Elizabeth Bathory for my paper rewrite I stumbled upon something rather interesting. A movie that I had been meaning to see again for some time, Stay Alive, was based on Elizabeth Bathory. Not by any means is it historically accurate – I mean come on it bases the story in New Orleans.. centuries after the real one lived. But, it is still an amazing movie.

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I’ve been trying to watch this recent season of Orphan Black, but the internet has not been kind. In fact, I am writing this to post tomorrow because the router died. No gaming, no streaming. It’s a hard life. haha.

It is nice to have a quiet house while the kids are with their dad, but it’s odd too, I almost don’t know what to do with myself. Lucky for me I have movies to watch and things to write. I do wish I had things to code as well.

For now I am enjoying Les Miserables. I truly love this movie. The actors really put all they had into it. While I’m speaking of musicals I highly recommend seeing the play Into the Woods starring Bernadette Peters. They are making a movie version that will be out in December, and it has a lot to live up to in my eyes.

And recently we spent a bit of time teaching the kids about the ‘old movies’ we love.  We introduced them to The Princess Bride and The Breakfast Club.  In the next week or so we will find some more for them to love.

 

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So like most places, Arizona is unusually hot this summer.  Like so hot we don’t go swimming during the day.  And the one day I did we spent 6 hours at my bestie’s pool and wanted to die after lol.

It’s fun hanging out with the kids for the most part.. and then there is the part where they annoy the crap out of me and won’t leave me alone.  Luckily, my nephew goes to summer school in the afternoon so I get a little break from him.  That does leave us with my niece who can’t seem to find enough to do and has to constantly ask us to do stupid crap.  Which makes me wanna scream.

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4th of July is coming up and I don’t know about all of you but I plan to swim, eat bbq, and drink a bit.  Should be an interesting time.  I hope all of you have fun and stay safe!

On a sadder note, I was informed that when I get home to Maryland that we might be down a dog.  Sissy is 16 years old and has been acting weirder than usual. I can’t say this is sudden, but it’s still unwanted.

We are watching Pitch Perfect for like the millionth time because my niece is obsessed. She seriously knows this movie by heart.  Although, it is cute when she dances along.  I’m going to go melt in a corner now because it’s freaking 104 degrees outside and barely after 1pm.  Popsicles have become my best friend!

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P.S. Blue rocks.

A lot of you know that whenever a big “break” comes up – winter or summer – I go visit my family and friends in Arizona.  The upside to being an underpaid tutor is summer off!  Although, I can’t wait to get back to work because it is incredibly rewarding to watch students get that ‘aha’ moment and start to shine.

Just before leaving to come visit Arizona I went with Kristen to see Maleficent. See it. I freaking loved this adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, and I’ve seen a lot of versions.  The movie is amazing.

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Angelina Jolie has always been one of my favorite actresses and she really knows how to be the perfect villain.

So far vacation has only consisted of a little drinking, a bit of swimming, lots of being annoyed by my niece and nephew, and a little baking.

I totally forgot to take pictures, but so far this week we made homemade pizza, homemade bagels, and my sister made the best cookie bars ever.  Apparently the bagels rocked because all 12 were gone before 24 hours was up.  I’ll have to try different versions with this household as guinea pigs.

I keep trying to work on redoing my Alice site, but the kids bug me about each little thing I’m doing and “why is it taking so long?”  Hopefully, I’ll get a little free time this weekend so I can get things rolling.  I am hoping that my best friend’s little sister wants me to create her a site (she’s a fabulous artist) so that I have something to do this summer, because I miss coding all day!  Of course, come fall I’ll complain of coding too much when I go back to school for my Bachelors.

Crossing my fingers I can do something about our internet here at my sister’s tomorrow because it keeps eating shit whenever I want to stream a game or show.  Which makes me and my nephew super cranky.  Tried to watch Pacific Rim earlier so I could get my Charlie Hunnam fix and it died like 20 minutes in.  I’m losing it waiting for the next, and sadly last, season of Sons of Anarchy.  I am super excited to see who Marilyn Manson’s character is.

The upside and downside of being somewhat emotionally stable is boredom.  I don’t really care and I don’t really feel like doing things, but want to do things at the same time.  How do ‘normal’ people handle this all the time?  At least when I’m being all bipolar things are interesting.

Another project I’m going to work on this summer is recreating a paper I wrote years ago on the evolution of vampires in our culture.  It’s sad that they are no longer scary.  I much prefer the blood and guts versions.  It is interesting to see how we progressed to sparkling vampires and I hope I can find some of the same references I had.  I still can’t believe I lost both the written paper and the file on my flash drive.  Probably threw it away in some manic cleaning phase. Oh well.

Wow, I can’t believe that it has been almost a year since I posted something.  Time really flies when you are busy!  I am now 1 class away from my second Associate’s Degree, ugh stupid math, and am currently doing an internship.

I finally have a site that I built live. While I am annoyed with her right now, I will share …  andymcfly.com.

For now I cannot share the site I am doing for my internship, but hopefully soon they will approve it and then I can.

During their Spring Break my sister brought her kids up, and they were sooo happy about the snow.  I’m glad someone was, because all of us here in MD were so over it by the time March hit.  Anyway, while they were here we made some awesome TMNT cupcakes!

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They had to have more than just happy faces according to my nephew.. so some apparently had their pizza stolen and had to cry.

I found an interesting show on History… Cryptid The Swamp Beast.  It is a mix of fact and fiction and pretty damn interesting.

OH and don’t forget to go to Curse.com and check out the beta keys for Wildstar.  Seems like it is going to be an awesome game.  I played some of the beta this past weekend and I can say it was pretty good.

On that note.. I’m going to go play some video games since work is slow!

Things happened so fast I didn’t even have time to warn any of you!  At the beginning of July I drove from Maryland to Arizona.. alone.. longest 3 days of my life!  Got to hang out with my sister and her kids.. partially helping her survive cuz she had surgery.  Then on the 20th we flew to Orlando, FL!  Great week at Saratoga Springs Resort, got the kids to go on Splash Mountain, and did lots of swimming.  The only thing that really sucked was that it rained so much we missed going to the beach.  We did go to Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain tho! Best sundae ever!!!!

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Now I’m back home with a still swollen and painful ankle, that I twisted in the airplane on the way to Florida.  Nice to get some rest now though.. as much as I love those kids they can wear ya out.  Couple weeks til school starts so it’s time to get ready for that.  Gotta buy some books n such.

 

Disney World definitely needs more Jack Skellington.  He was confined to the corner/one wall of the Christmas shop.  Tragic.  However, I did get myself a new coffee cup and this awesome purse –

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Plus we got to make some magnets, banners, ceramics, and coloring pages at the resort with the kids.

 

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Time to catch up on my gaming.. I’m behind and feel out of sorts since I don’t know whats going on in Guild Wars 2.  Plus, no one is really playing Neverwinter anymore and I’m being subjected to DC Universe.  I think Neverwinter is better than DC… so if you find yourself in need of a free game.. choose the first!

 

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