Friday, November 28, 2014

Funny Friday - I'll Have What You're Having

Me -

When I was little, we went to lunch with my great grandmother. She gave me some of her fruit. The whole rest of the meal,  I kept pointing to her plate, and I only wanted to eat what was on her plate.

Mom -

When Aurella was little, she always wanted a taste of my food even we were eating exactly the same thing.


We welcome you to share your funny stories with us. Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Love Note

Me- The Love Note, wow! The Love Note was mostly good. My favorite character in the show was Jessie, the main character's imaginary friend, Airy. She was just such a great actress! She was so animated. I love the way she over-exaggerated all her emotions. There was something about Jessie that bothered me. The character of Brittany was a typical mean girl except that later you learn there is a reason for her meanness. I love the mean music that played every time she came on. The bookworms played their parts very well, and they were very believable as nerds. The girls who played the mean girl's entourage were good too. The music was good but only one song was really memorable, and I can only remember one line from that song. The songs were entertaining though. There was one about detention and one about lunch, for example. There was another about a love note. There was one that was a duet between Jessie and her imaginary friend. That was the best song in the show. There was one that the lunch lady sang about mean people. It was sad. It seems like there should have been romance in the show, and they seemed to be heading that way. However, nothing ever happened with that. I was disappointed because I love romance. The story started out great and had so much potential. I didn't like the end though. There were too many lose ends that didn't get wrapped up. It was good that the show dealt with the important subject of bullying. However, the way they dealt with it in the end was unrealistic. Over all, it was a decent show.
Mom- There was a lot to like about The Love Note. Bethany McNeill was suitably sweet and innocent as the bullied Jessie. Courtney Rada was ebullient and childlike as Jessie's only and imaginary friend. Katie Mebane personified the typical mean popular girl. I love the evil theme music that played every time she entered. The bookworms and the mean kids were all well cast and suited their roles well. The songs were for the most part enjoyable including songs about a food fight and about a boy and a girl wanting to approach and talk to each other but not really sure how. I like the show's ultimate message that you should put yourself in the other person's shoes. However, I don't think that is always so easy to get people to do. The other message of the show is that all people have worth, we need to show people that they have worth to us. The Love Note of the title is not a note to a boy from a girl or vice versa. It is a note from a mother to her child. Jessie's mother hand packs her daughter's lunch every day and leaves her a love note in it. The bully, Brittany's parents neither pack her lunch nor leave her love notes. The authors seem to imply that Jesse knows she is loved  and that she is able to get past being bullied  because of that and because Brittany does know that she is loved she is a bully. However, I don't think things are always so simple or else there would be a lot less teen suicide and bullying. A lot of kids who are bullied have very loving families, but that doesn't take away all of the outside of the family pressures. Also, not all kids who bully come from homes where they are not shown love. However,  I do agree that we need to show people (kids in particular) that we love and cherish them as is suggested on the show's web-site. Also, I think that anything that shines a light on the problem of bullying and at least attempts to deal with the issue in anyway is worthwhile and that is why this show is important and worth seeing. 

And that's our view. What do you think is a good way to deal with bullying?

Tune in tomorrow for Funny Friday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Where-To-Go Wednesday - The Love Note

What: The Love Note

Where: The Actor's Temple Theater
            339 West 47th Street
            New York, New York

When:  Now through December 21, 2014  Wednesdays at 11:00 AM
                                                                   Sundays at 10:00 AM

Who: Age 6 and up

Our view: The Love Note is an important musical in that it deals with the serious subject of bullying .  The acting is good. The singing is good. The songs are fun although not necessarily memorable. The problem with the show is that the ending is a little simplistic and doesn't seem real. Also, there are a lot of parts to the story that don't seem to fit together in the end. It is still a show worth seeing, however, especially for teens and tweens because whether they are the bullies or the bullied or just the bystanders, they will recognize themselves in this show. This show doesn't have all the answers. The problem of bullying has been around for much too long and is much to complex to solve in an hour and a half. However, it does focus attention on the subject and could easily serve as catalyst for a serious discussion of this very important topic. Therefore, it is an especially great show for schools and other youth groups to see. However, it is also a good show for parents and their kids to see together particularly if they are prepared to really talk about the important issues raised by this play. So if this show gets people talking about the issue of bullying and gets them thinking about what can be done about it, that is important and that is worthwhile in and of itself.
And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for more about The Love Note.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tips for Tuesday- Apps., Web-Sites and YouTube Channel

Me-Today I am recommending Covet Fashion. It's a really cool fashion game. You enter contests where you have to make a specific type outfit. You earn money for entering contests that you can use to buy new outfits from the store. When you win contests, you get a prize like a piece of clothing for free. It is so much fun to put together so many different outfits. It's really addicting.

Mom- Today I am recommending AIP Surveys. You won't necessarily get a lot of surveys from AIP. However, they do not send you a lot of surveys that you won't qualify for and their surveys generally do not take a lot of time. For more information go to http://us.aipsurveys.com/en/.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, November 24, 2014

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Monthly Mashup for November 2014

Me -My topic for this month is how much I hate to wait for things. Right now, I am waiting for June 8 because the final book in my favorite series is coming out. It is called Forever. It is by Chanda Hahn. It is part of the An Unfortunate Fairytale series. I am waiting for the holidays because I want presents, and I want to be off from school. I am waiting for my birthday because I am getting an iPhone, and I am also looking forward to having red velvet cake. We really don't eat red velvet cake that much except on my birthday because my father hasn't gotten over when I was 2, and I got my red velvet cake all over him.  However, it is one of my favorites. I always can't wait for Wednesdays because I love to watch Nashville. It is is so dramatic! I can't wait for all the couples I love on the show - Rayna and Deacon, Skyler and Gunnar, and Juliet and Avery to get back together. The only thing I can wait for and don't look forward to is getting up for school every weekday morning.

Mom- My topic for this month is holiday shopping. I have a love/hate relationship with holiday shopping. I love buying things for my kids for the holidays. I like to surprise them with a mix of things they asked for and things they may not have specifically asked for but I know they'll love. My younger daughter is still at the age when she usually loves everything I get for her. With my older daughter, I never know. Sometimes, I think she will love something, and she doesn't even like it. I hate buying things for other people not because I don't like to get things for other people because I never know what to get them. Now, in our extended family we mostly shop for the kids anyway. Years ago, everybody bought presents for everybody. Then, we started doing a grab bag where each person got a present for one other person. Now, we haven't even bothered with that in years. I love that it makes things easier having less people to figure out what to buy for.  I hate that it makes the holidays just another time that was a lot more special when you were a kid like birthdays. We don't exchange birthday gifts in our family either. In fact, we barely exchange birthday cards (as in we sometimes send cards to each other we sometimes don't) although we do call each other on our birthdays. I hate shopping in the stores for the holidays. I can't stand the crowds, and I think that holiday shopping really brings out the worst in people rather than bringing out the holiday spirit in people. I don't even like to set foot in the stores from Thanksgiving until New Year's unless I have to. I love shopping on-line. It's quicker. It's easier. It's less stressful. I only don't like it if I have to pay shipping fees, but since I do most of my shopping through Amazon, and I have Amazon Prime that is not that much of a problem. In any case, love it or hate it, I am always glad when my holiday shopping is done.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.
 
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