Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pets

Me -When   I   was    born  my  family  already  had  a  cat. She  wanted  me  to  get  the  hell  out  of  her  house.For  two  whole  months  she  would  not  go  near  my  mom. As  I  grew  older  and  started   feeding  her  and  giving   her   attention   she  thought,hey  might  as  well  give  this  person  a  try.A  while  back   I had  a  bird.She  was  named Frances. She  was  selfish.All  she  ever  did   was  eat.In  fact  I  don't  think  she  even  slept.Every  time  I  went  to  feed  her  I  was  afraid  she'd  bite  me. After  two  weeks only  we  got  rid  of   the  bird  because  I  was  afraid  of  her  and  she  was  messy.  I  was  sad  but  moved  on  quickly.  Around  that  same  time  we  got  a  guinea  pig.We  called  her  Daisy  May.Her  cage  was  put  by  the  window. A  few  weeks  after  she  died  from  coldness. After  we  got  a  new  guinea   pig  named  Olivia   she  is  now  three  years  old  and  will  hopefully  live  a  long  happy  life.For  a   while  I  was   going   to   get  a   fish   because   I   couldn't  get  a  cat.But   one   day   my  dad  was  talking    to  someone  who  happened  to  be  giving  away  cats.So  my  dad   got   me  one.He  always  chased  the   first  cat.And  even  though  he  ate   the   same   thing  as  her  he  only   wanted  her  food.I  have  always  wanted  a  chimpanzee.My  sister  and  I  both  want   one. Probably  just   because   she  always  copies  me.I  have  always  wanted  a dog.Everyone   I  know  has  one.I  want   a  dog   more  then  anything   in   the  world.Aurella  (my   sister) and  I   always  pretend   one  of  us  is  a  dog  and  the  other  is  the  owner.

Mom - Over the years, I have had many different kinds of pets.As am  child, we had fish, both tropical fish and goldfish at different times. The fish were boring. We  had turtles, and a dog. We got rid of the turtles when we found you can get diseases from them. The first dog chewed up the furniture. He didn't last too long in our house. The second dog we had for about 6 years. He was more my dog than anyone else in the families. However, the problem with dog is that it is a pain in the neck having to walk them all the time. Dogs always seem to get into things too, and they are more interested in people food than their own. Our dog was always running away too. When I was older, I had a couple of rabbits. My first rabbit was the most amazing animal I have ever known. He was friendly like a dog, but not over the top friendly, but self sufficient like a cat. I mean we still had to feed him and all, but he bathed himself and didn't need attention all the time or eat people food (except the occasional carrots and other vegetables we gave him). My other rabbit was afraid of her own shadow and spend most of her time hiding. As an adult, I have had guinea pigs. Despite, what people say about guinea pigs being gentle and all and good pets for little kids, we have not ever had a guinea pig that you can be sure would never bite anybody (and we have had 6 of them at different times over the years). Also, they have been known to try to eat our clothing and other things,  and they are messy. We have also had a couple of cats. My first cat is going to be 15 in April. I have had her since she was a baby. She is not over over the top friendly, but she loves her family. Unlike a dog though, she wants to be friendly and have attention only when she wants to. We used to have another cat that was over the top friendly, but he was actually a bit overly friendly and wouldn't leave us alone for a minute. Also, he was always attacking our other cat, and when he got mad at us he would dig his claws right into us on purpose, which was one of the more painful experiences I have had in my life. When I was a kid, I always wanted a chimpanzee, but of course, I never had one. After I heard about that chimpanzee that ripped off that lady's face, I think maybe it is good that I never had a chimpanzee. Now, overall, it might seems like I am focusing a lot on the downside of having pets and maybe I am, but I don't mean it that way. I have loved every single one of the pets I have had over the years (except maybe the fish), I wouldn't have traded the experience of having any of them. I can't even remember back to a time in my life when I didn't have any pets, and I can't conceive of a time in the future when I won't have any.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Video Games Then and Now

Me- I  have  a  ds.  There  are  lots  of  games  for  it.It  is  portable.I  want  a  wii.  They  are   not   portable.

Mom - When I was young there were no video games. They had arcades but nobody had video games at home. When I was older, video games were just starting to get popular. Of course, then people only had games that connected to a TV. There were no portable games. The games were very primitive. Nothing really resembled what it was supposed to be. Most of the games available were sports games or games like space invaders or pong. None of them really interested me that much. I can't get over how much games have changed. These days the graphics on some of these games are amazing, and they get better all the time. Even more so, the variety of games has changed, there are so many more different types of games available now. Some of them are a lot worse than the game they had when I was young. I mean they should not have games where the object is to kill people. Even if these games are rated M and children should not be able to get and play them; that doesn't not mean they don't. Besides, frankly, nobody should be playing games where the object is to hurt and kill other people even if they are not real people.  However, there are also many games that are  lot better than the games they had when I was a kid. Both my daughters, for instance, love games where the object is to take care of baby or a pet or whatever or to be a doctor or a stylist or whatever. I feel like they are learning something about life and/or the future choices available to them by playing these games. Even though I still try to limit their video time as well as TV and computer time because I do not want them staring at a screen all day,  I do not have a problem with them playing video games in general. In fact, if those type of games were available when I was a kid, maybe I would have had more interest in video games myself.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Girl Scout Cookie Selling

Me-When selling  girl scout cookies you have to be careful. Some people are beyond nice. But, some  people slam the door in  my  face. This year I sold 240 boxes including 101 boxes for the food  bank. I  am  proud to be a Girl Scout.

Mom- I have always hated participating in fundraising efforts because I hate having to ask people to buy things. I usually only ask my Mom and my best friend (the one other than my husband) to contribute. The only fundraiser we really make a serious effort with every year is Girl Scout cookie selling. Every year it gets harder and harder though. Every year when my daughter is finished with cookie selling, I feel happy at what she has accomplished, at what we have helped her to accomplish, but also a sense of relieve that it is all over. The next year when it is time to start selling again, my first thought is 'Oh no! Not again! I just can't go through this again!', but somehow we always do. A lot of the girls in my daughter's troop only sell cookies to their families (although some of them have very large families). My daughter sells to our family including the extended family, but we also go around our whole neighborhood too. It was particularly difficult this year with the freezing cold and ice and snow. A lot of people in our neighborhood don't even shovel their walks. Still, my daughter was able to sell 240 boxes of cookies. Over the past several years, my daughter has been interested in not only selling as many boxes of cookies as she can, but to sell as many boxes to be donated to our local food bank as she can. Last year, she set a goal of selling 100 boxes of cookies for the food bank. She was able to sell 70 boxes but did not quite meet her goal. This year she again set a goal of selling 100 boxes of cookies for the food bank. She was able to meet her goal and actually sold 101 boxes. I think she was more excited about that than she was about selling the 240 total boxes. I am really proud of her for that.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Best Friends

 Me-My  best  friend   Aurella   is  also  my  sister. We  have  a  love  hate  relationship. My  old  best  friend,   Dora  is  mean. She  only  comes  around  when  she  has  nothing  better  to  do. Even  then,  she  is  not  that  nice. When  I  come  to  her  house  to  play  and  another   friend   is  already  there,  she  does  not  even  care  what  I  say.   I  end  up  wasting  my  time  even  though  she  lives  five  houses  away  from  my  own  house.

Mom - In TV, movies and books, it seems like people always have the same best friend for a lifetime. In life, it doesn't always work out that way. In my life, for instance, when I was very young I didn't have a best friend. From 4 to 11, I lived in one place and had one best friend. When I moved I had another best friend for a year. When she moved I didn't have any best friends for a few years. I had other best friends over the years, but either they moved or I moved or we just drifted a part. Since I've been older, I've had the same best friends. First and foremost, my husband is my best friend, and really what more can you ask for in life then to be married to your best friend. To me one of the greatest pleasures in life is to actually be friends with your spouse. I think the problem with a lot of marriages is the spouses stop being friends or never really were friends to begin with. I always thought the most romantic thing in the world is  when two friends suddenly realize they are in love with each other. I have always thought that even before it happened that way to me in real life. My husband and I have been best friends now for 13 years and married for over 11, but we have known each other even longer. My other best friend I have known as long as my husband. Even though I am happy to have a spouse who is also my best friend,  it is a good to have another best friend too. My other best friend is the one I can talk to about and participate in things that my husband has no interest in like chick flicks and jewelry parties and stuff. She is the one I can talk to about things that I cannot talk to my husband about  because I don't want to put more stress on him or because it is something he would not understand or whatever. I don't expect her to solve my problems just to listen. I do the same for her. Unfortunately my other best friend has not been in very good health over the past several years, although we are still there for each other to talk to we have not been able to hang out together and go places like we used to. I really miss that.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

DVRs

Me- At  home  my  family  has  a  DVR, but  not  just  any  DVR  one  that  is  crappy! When   we  record  things  we  never   get   the  whole show. The  endings   of   every   show  are   cut  off  so  we   never know  how  things end. With  Glee,  we  had   to  tape  the  end  of  Raising  Hope  which  we  ended  up  liking  anyway  which  makes  it  a  win-win, at   least   for  one    show   we   watch. Every   single  time  my  mom  and   I  are   watching  Disney  Channel  we have  never  seen   the   end  of   an  episode  that  we  recorded  in  our  lives. I  am  serious  about   that   no  lie  no   doubt.  It  would  be  like "I   d" Then  I  always   say  we  will   never  know  what  happened  in  this  one  either .Every  single  time  I  leave  the  TV set  I  think  to  myself   I  would   just  like   like  to  see  the  ending  of  at  least  one  episode. I  mean   is   that  to much to ask for?

 Mom- I thought the VHS was one the of the greatest inventions ever. Being able to record TV shows and watch them when you want as well as being able to rent and buy movies and watch them at home whenever you want that was just amazing. The DVR is truly one of the greatest inventions ever. It took every thing that was great about the VHS and made it even more so. Being able to set a show once and record an entire season instead of having to record one episode at a time, being able to pause and rewind live TV, those things were incredible to me.   Since  I am not one of those people who always needs to have the TV on whether I am watching it or not, I only want to watch what I want to watch when I want to watch,  the DVR was a miracle to me. True you can watch shows any time you want on the computer. However, at least for me, sometimes it is hard to find exactly the show and/or the episode you are looking for especially if you are not willing to pay for it.  I mean why should I pay again for shows am I already paying for through my cable subscription. So for me it is the DVR all the way. However, not all DVRs are created equal and the one we have through our cable company is probably the worst DVR in the world. A good DVR will easily let you search for shows. Ours does not. As a matter of fact, our DVR does not even let you search more than a week in advance. A good DVR makes it easy to skip recording a program one time. Our DVR does not. A good DVR knows when a program is on at a different day or a different time or doesn't end when it is supposed to. Our DVR does not it will not record a program on a different day or at different time unless you specifically set it for that date and time. It ends a recording when it thinks the show should be over not always when it actually is. I cannot tell you how many times the ends of our shows get cutoff particularly shows that are on after sporting events or that are on certain channels like Fox and Disney. A good DVR makes it easy to prioritize your recordings. Our DVR does not. In fact, the way it prioritizes recordings is a big secret  that it obviously handles itself because I cannot seem to find any way for me to do it manually. A good DVR records what you want when you want. Our DVR has been known to record shows that we never set to record or wanted to record. Other times, it won't record shows that we do want to record and did set to record. We prefer to set most of our shows to record first run only. However, when we do that sometimes when one of our shows is a rerun it doesn't record that episode, which is fine, but then when the next new episode is on it still doesn't record. If we set it to tape all episodes of a show regardless of whether they are new or not we end up with too many episodes (especially of my children's shows) and too many conflicts regarding  which shows are going to record at all, which as I said before is something that the machine decides for itself. A good DVR is a wonderful thing. Our DVR is not. I don't celebrate Christmas, and I am long past believing in the tooth fairy  but I hope next year one of them or the good fairy or somebody or anybody brings me a TIVO.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Justin Bieber

Me - Justin   Bieiber   BLECH!I  hate  him. You  know  his  song   Baby  Baby. Well  I  made a   new  version   "Baby  baby  I  hate you oh  Justin  bieber  stinks". He  sings  like  a  girl, and   is  a  big   baby.
He  even   looks  like  a   girl. The   first  time   I   heard   him  sing   I  thought    he   was   a   girl. When   my   family   first   heard   him   my  mom  joked   we  would   put   a   video  of  us   singing   on   YouTube  and  call   it   The  Family  Glee  Club. It  is   because    we  are   into   The  Partridge  Family  and   Glee, but  even   if    we   did,   I  don't   think   we   would   become    famous   because   that  is  not  how   life  works. So   how   did  it   happen  to  Justin  Bieber if    he   can   not  even   sing  well? I  like  to  call   him  Justin Bibler. Even   out   of   my  thirteen   year  old   friends  only  two  like   him,   and  one   of   them   is weird   just   like  him   which   makes  sense  to  me.

Mom- Justin Bieber I just don't get it. What is about him? Although I have heard worse singers, there is nothing special about his voice. It is just kind of average. He is not ugly, but his looks are just kind of average too. There must be tons of videos of people singing posted on YouTube every day, and a number of them must be better singers  and/or at least better looking than Justin Bieber. Yet, he is the that one gets noticed and becomes famous.  How in the world did that happen?  Who are all these young girls who love him? I have two daughters and neither one of them can stand him. In fact, one of the few things my two girls and their 17 year old brother agree on is that they all hate Justin Bieber. In fact, I don't personally know anyone of any age or gender who admits to being a fan of Justin Bieber. Still, I know they are out there because his records and concerts are selling so well. He seems to be showing up in so many places too like on a recent episode of "CSI". So again I have to wonder what is it about Justin Bieber? Do all these kids really love him because they really think he is so wonderful or do they love him because of his fame? I mean he was kind of famous before he became famous. Do kids look at him and think if it happened like that for him, being discovered on You Tube, maybe it could for me too? Or maybe it's even that he seems more approachable to them because he was allegedly  just a regular kid whose mother put videos of him singing on You Tube and the rest, as they say, is history. He was not just some Hollywood or Broadway kid who has been acting and singing professionally since he was a baby. So maybe he seems more like them to these kids and that's why they love him. Anyway, whatever it is I just don't get it.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

TV Then and Now

Me-When  I  was  young   my  favorite  show   was  Jo-Jo's   circus.I   watched   all   those   little   kid    shows  except  Dora   I  never  especially   liked  that   show  but   to  my  sister  it  means  the   world .My  parents  used  to   joke  that   it  is  Dora's  world  and  we  all  just  live  in  it.Now  all  I   watch   is  disney  channel  Glee,and Full  House.Full  House  is  my  favorite   show  every  time   someone  says   something   it  reminds   me  of   something  that  happened  in  Full  House.I  also  like  to   pretend  that  I  am   the  characters.Every  time  my  mom  tells  me  she  has  news  I  say  is  it  about  Full  House  is  it  about  Glee?Glee  is  a  show  my  mom , dad ,  sister,  and  me  like.  I  hope  that  Finn  and  Rachel  get  back  together  and  him  and  Quinn  have  no  part  of   each  other.I  also  hope  Sam  stays  with   Quinn  and  not  Santana  they   can't   put  a  bad   girl   with  a  good  boy.Onto  disney   I  don't   know   how  it  happened  but  I  got  hooked.The  only   shows  I  do  not  like  on  disney  are  Fish  Hooks,I'm  in  the  band,and  Kick  Buttowski.


Mom- When I was very young we had about 7 different TV channels and not everyone had color TVs. There were no specialized channels like sports channels or movie channels or kids channels or whatever. If you missed a show, maybe you could catch the rerun, but there was no such thing as DVR or even VHS nor could you go on-line to watch an episode of show that you missed. A show would have to run a certain number of episodes before it would go into syndication, and you could see old episodes every day of the week. Late at night, there was actually a time when there was nothing on but old movies and informercials and stuff. When I got a little older our town was about the last one to get cable. There were a lot more channels and a lot more options but not necessarily more good options for what to watch. I mean I am not a snob who says I don't watch anything but educational TV or anything (although I am not too fond of reality shows), but  I am sure I never even watch more than half of the channels we receive in our house. In fact, there are 4 of us in our house, each of us watches about 2 or 3 channels regularly. Even if you assume that there is no overlap in the channels different family members watch (which actually is not the case), that would still only be 12 channels we normally watch out of hundreds available to us. So more choice doesn't necessarily mean more good choices.

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