I Love Spring More Than You

It’s FRIDAY!!! OMIGOSH. I’m so excited. I have next week off. I mean, I hate to rub it in, but I HAVE NEXT WEEK OFFFFFF!!!! I’m so psyched for a break. And so are my students. They were CRAZY this week. And crazy students equals psycho hag teacher. Seriously, at the end of a few of these days, I was like, “I should not be around children right now.” When they know a break is coming, they just all get ADHD. I wanted to pass out Ritalin like Jolly Ranchers.

Very sad news about Natasha Richardson. And if I have my facts straight (which means I’m probably wrong), she was injured on the bunny slope. How crazy is that? I don’t know why this event bothered me, but I’m always impressed with celebs who live their life under the radar. Just proves it IS possible. Poor Liam. And her kids. And Vanessa. And the twins from Parent Trap.

So I watched Castle and really liked it. You can see it here on HULU. I love Hulu! It’s so handy. Minus the commercials that you can’t fast forward through. But it’s still quicker to watch because you only get maybe 30 seconds of commercials. I thought Castle was cool with all the author references. Like at one point the author is telling his poker buddies (real authors James Patterson and Steven J. Cannell, which CRACKED me up) what’s going on in this real mystery and how it’s not quite right. And they two authors are like, “That’s not a story. It’s too clean. It’s too simple. Where are your twists?” And so by using his writing skills, the author cracks the mystery! Sorta. Well, he helps. But I really liked it. Whedonites will want to boil me alive for this, but I’ve never been a Nathan Fillion fan (okay, the Mr. Horrible’s mini blog movies swayed me a tiny bit, but he was a freak job in a few episodes of the worst season ever of Buffy, and I never forgave him or the entire creative staff of Buffy the Manic Depressive), but he really does sizzle in this. I think arrogance is a hot quailty. . .in a fictional character. In real life people it makes you want to deliver roundhouse kicks to the face.

Did you know they are advising libraries to throw out old children’s books because they may have lead in them? But tests are showing that you’d have to probably lick the pages to get the toxins. So you can’t say you have not been warned. Do not lick that old copy of Cat in the Hat. I had to put mine away. It was just too much temptation. But I may bring them to school. . .

For those of you watching Idol, what did you think about Adam’s “Ring of Fire?” It creeped me out. But I haven’t quite figured that boy out yet. I think Randy was right–it was trendy. That style is so in with my kids (appearance AND music style), but a good portion of it was like screaming kitties type of thing. It was just too much of the drama and smoldering eyes for me. Does anyone stand out to you yet as a major star? At least Paula’s face had de-puffed. But the girl fights between Paula and Simon? Ugh. (See note above about roundhouse kicks to the face.)

If you guys could go anywhere on spring break, where would you go? I think this week I’d pick Nantucket. I’ve always wanted to go there. Every year one of my kids does a speech on the place, and I’m always like niiiice. New  York City would be fun too. This time a few years ago, I took my mom, aunt, some other adults, and like 25 kids to NYC on a “field trip.” It was so much fun. Except we went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade and lost my aunt. In the midst of 16,000 people. She had to stop and ask a firefighter where she was. He had no pants on. Just a kilt. I always thought she probably got distracted by all the men’s naked legs. But it was IMPOSSIBLE to keep all of us together. Thank God I didn’t lose a kid. We saw Lion King (half my kids fell asleep) and the evil lion was the husband of Paige from Trading Spaces.That was the only celebrity we saw. I remember we had Q and A time afterwards with the cast, and I was like, “Oooh!Oooh! Me! Me!”
“Yes?”
“Are you married to Paige from Trading Spaces?”
“Yes.”
“Okay.”

Really meaningful conversation. Oh, and they had record snow there in March too. Which made walking 7-8 miles a day interesting. So maybe I’d pick somewhere a little beachier this time.

A few quick things before I go.
1. Airline name on the Simpson’s Ireland episode Sunday night: Derry Air
2. Bumper sticker on a car I saw this week: Honk if I’m paying your mortgage.

Have a great weekend!!! I know I will!

JEN