Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year 2007

Happy New Year Everyone!

I wish you a year of Wonderful Health & LOTS of Happiness & LOVE!

Well, the Bears didn't win their last game but I'm thrilled Brett could go out in a great way, just like "For Love of the Game" that movie!

I must be getting old! Chicago's celebration for the New Year is just pathetic...for many years now. NY puts us to shame! It was so great when I was a kid! I'm not thrilled with rock bands for the general celebration. Who wants to see that? The young kids maybe & I know I'm young but give me sentimental New Years celebrations...rock can be later afterwards. I'll be 80 yrs old & they will have rock bands on? Who are they marketing for? I don't to listen to that. Maybe they think everyone else older is in bed already but that is just not true & quite frankly if they are this is why! So have some great entertainment & then 20 minutes after you can have rock! HA! And Collective Soul isn't even doing that great of a job anyways! Get Tony Bennett on! And they have older announcers than me with the rock band...that doesn't even look right! Have some multi-cultural celebrations on stage or something! 

Well, need to get some sleep. Big Party tomorrow...tell you about it later!
Stay safe...Don't Drive if your nose still tickles & you don't have any more bubbles! :-)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

It's A Wonderful Life Pt. 2

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would update my posting on seeing "It's A Wonderful Life" on the big screen & meeting Karolyn Grimes "Zuzu" from the movie while I wait 20 more minutes to call Dr. Z. & see if I can get in to have him look at my foot.

The picture above is her now! Wow! She is 66 yrs old! I wish I could look like that then! Now to refresh your memory, ZuZu is the little girl Jimmy Stewart is holding below. In the movie it is "Zuzu's petals" from her rose she won which he places in his pocket. Zuzu is the one who says at the end of the movie "Everytime a Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings" :-) I got this picture as my autograph! :-)

I had the time of my life! Well, at first I thought I might not! I got there at 4:10 & the 6:30 show was sold out! I was so lucky, I didn't even get to feel any disappointment because they right away told me they added a 8:30 show! I bought my ticket right away! I then went shopping a bit & came back at their suggested time of 7:50 to get in line. I got to meet Karolyn, get my autograph & I also go the ornament below, which was the first on my tree (I'll post on that later!) and the cookbook below. Well, the cookbook had TONS of pictures & stories of behind the scenes & personal stories so I just had to have that! :-) I took a picture with Karolyn. She was so sweet! After a bit the manager came & told us that we would not be seated until about 9:10! YIPES! Well, apparently Karolyn was taking 20 min before each show to talk with us & tell us info which was sooooo valuable. Everyone seemed to be ok with that when they heard the reason.

We got in the theater, I got a great seat! I was going to order some food but I had eaten dinner at Max & Erma's so I wasn't really hungry. Got the popcorn...ICK! Never order theirs again. The people next to me did too & didn't eat it. I should have asked for a refund but...then later when I wanted something the kitchen was closed? Huh? Well, it was much later than usual so...

Ok, so I took notes...well I'm a prof what do you want! Ha! Plus I know after grading my life away my brain is mush so here you go...

Karolyn was 6 yrs old when she did the movie. She started acting when she was 4 yrs old & had done 4 movies before It's A Wonderful Life. There is a museum for the movie in Penn and she is on the board. She was born in IN & her mom died when she was 14 yrs old of Alzheimers. Then the next year her father died in a car accident. The state awarded her to an aunt & uncle in Iowa where she lived & she really did not do acting after this. Her mom was the one who got her into acting really so her mom didn't have to go to work.

She told us that the movie was Jim Henson's favorite & so yes the characters of Bert & Ernie on Sesame Street do come from the movie! I always that it was quite coincidental!

The movie was nominated for 5 Academy Awards but did not receive any. If I recall right a gentleman wrote this as a short story & put it aside for like 5 yrs. Then he pulled it out & read it to guests for a Christmas Party he had. They all loved it & encouraged him to finish it. He did & sent it out with his Christmas Cards. One recipient worked for a movie company & suggested it be a movie. Frank Capra had bought the rights & had several rewrite it for a script but didn't like the scripts so he kept some parts and wrote it himself. I believe it was a play too because I think some of the lines he kept from the play. Frank Capra used for the first time I new type of SnowFlake material. Seh made us watch for scenes with the snow to notice it running. Apparently, before they used Cornflakes painted white & it would always crunch & they had to do the audio over it. Frank Capra made the snow with the foam they use for fire extinquishers and Ivory Soap Flakes thus it would run when it got wet & melted. Down a car is the biggest area you can see it. Another spot is the River Keeper when they jump in the can see onhis shoes.

Everytime the blackbird appeared it meant Potter was coming. And if you look on Potter's Desk you will see a Skull with a chain attached to it. Capra had a lot of symbolization in the movie & this was to symbolize George being chained to Potter & death if he accepted his offer.

Jimmy Stewart was in 6 Capra movies & so was Beulah Bondi (played George's Mom). They shot 35,000 feet of film but only used 11,900. Such a shame they still do not have this now. They also destroyed the props in 1950. Karolyn does have one ornament from the tree.

(Update...I had to leave & I'm now finishing this...BTW soft cast just on my foot for right now, but about 5 "If it gets worse call!" UGH! I think he is trying to tell me something again! I'll keep you posted.)

Jimmy Stewart's favorite part of the movie was when he asks God for help. Karolyn's was on the bridge when he says he wants to live again.

There were 2 mistakes. One is quite obvious, you may have noticed already. When George comes in the Savings & Loan he throws the Christmas Wreath on the desk but then they cut next to him & he has the wreath on his arm. The other was actually when Uncle Billy is drunk after the party for Harry's new wife & he goes the wrong way. This was not planned! A worker placed something on the wrong side. It was funny so they left it in & the worker got a $10 bonus. I'm guessing in that time $10 was a great bonus.

Karolyn also told us that when they are in Martini's you see quickly a woman with a flower in her hair & you hear her singing in the background. She told us this was the woman who was Snow White's voice. Her name was Adriana Caselotti (Check out her pix!) 

Zuzu was only in the movie for 6min! She has a website and you can see many pictures, order items ETC.

Karolyn was also in The Bishop's Wife playing Debbie. I love this movie also. Just watched it last week! :-) She said both Jimmy Stewart & Cary Grant were very lovely to her. In It's A Wonderful Life during the scene where George returns & is carrying all the kids down the stairs, she has her arms around his throat, basically choking him to death & they had to do it many times. She said he let her down every so gently each time. She said Jimmy was 6'4" so he towered over the kids so much but they loved him.

Ok, that is all I can read of my notes so far. If I figure out anything else I will let you know. I'll also be reading the cookbook so I'll let you know some tidbits from that as I go along! Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

This is Getting VERY OLD!

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know the reason I have not been posting is because last Friday I went to get down to sit on the floor & I think I wripped my foot muscle again...bad!  I've been just trying to survive getting through Christmas. I didn't call my doc, I mean it was Christmas Weekend & I really didn't think he'd come in for me & then if he did I'd have to get ready with a cast so...only problem is making it worse without so??? I did get to sit on Christmas Eve & Christmas & rest it more. Today I found out Dr. Z. doesn't come back until tomorrow so I rested until noon & then headed to see "The Pursuit of Happyness" which was a bit slow but still good. So that was 2 hrs of not walking. Then I went for a pedicure (& manicure) figuring if I had to go in a cast I might as well get my foot in good shape. I also thought I'd try to relax & perk up my spirits with some green glitter polish for my toes & red glitter for my fingers!   

Afterwards I walked just a tad in the mall because there wasn't much time & I couldn't walk too much. I think it was just the thought that I may not be able to for a long time after today that made me want to a bit. Bought some really THICK socks. I can't find too many. My toes will be cold & my feet are a bit anyways. Then I went to Ruby's & ordered a Pina Colada (they have the best!). I figured why not that rather than Vicodin! HA! Vicodin just knocks me out & does nothing for the pain anyways. Had my Caroline Chicken Salad...yum.

I'm really trying hard to not let this get to me. I mean when it happened, I knew right as I was going down & couldn't stop mid motion. Once it was I just figured it is done, nothing I can do now. It wasn't like I did the wrong thing. I picked up my other foot & went that way because my knee was bothering me. I think it is that fall a few weeks ago that made it weak so it couldn't handle the flexing of the foot. I had just seen Dr. Z. the day before & he checked it out & when it seemed ok he said I was Very Lucky usually they cast for a tear of that muscle...which he said was not the muscle they repaired so...I'll have to tell him he jinxed me! Ugh! 24 hours later it goes! It is big, hard, numb & burning. Ugh! Well, hopefully they can take me tomorrow. Just not a great ending to the 2006 & certainly not a great start for 2007. Not how I was thinking the New Year would be! I thought I got away with it being not so bad this year as the previous but now it is worse this year than the previous with 2 set backs.

Well, as soon as I know something I'll let you know & then quite frankly if I'm in a cast, I'll probably be back posting a lot since I'll have to be sitting so much again! Ugh!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Wassail Recipe!

Here is a recipe from Geneva my family LOVES! Of course the amount of rum is up to you! Remember, Friends don't let Friends drive when they are Full of the Holiday Spirit!  Enjoy! I can't wait to have some...too busy right now...I'd get less done if I was nipping at this now! HA! Great for New Years too!
Persimmon Tree's Christmas Wassail
6 cups apple Cider
2 cups cranberry juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp aromatic bitters
1 cup rum
3-6" sticks cinnamon
16 whole cloves
1 tsp whole allspice
3 oranges, studded with cloves
Combine first 4 ingredients in saucepan. Break cinnamon sticks into pieces, add the cloves & allspice & put into cheesecloth bag (or use "Good Time Mulling Spice"). Add spices & oranges to saucepan. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove spices, stir in rum. DO NOT BOIL! Pour into warm serving bowl & garnish with the clove studded oranges. Add red food coloring if desired. Makes 9 - 8 oz servings. To Triple the recipes, use 1 1/2 times the spices.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

It's A Wonderful Life Pt. 1

I'm heading to go see "It's A Wonderful Life" on the big screen at this dinner & a movie place. The woman who played ZuZu will be there! I'll tell you all about it when I get back! :-)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

I'm FREE!!!!

Ya, right! HA! I know...but grades are in & I am FREE! Woo Hoo! (No comment on Easy!)

Well.....Now I just can't decide what to do first since I have SOOOOOOO much to do! HA! Just keep repeating "Hakuna Matata!" HA! What do you think..."Hakuna Matata Clubs"  Well, they have that red hat ladies one so....Somehow I'm not sure it would work! HA! They should have bumper stickers with people don't road rage....hey...that was my idea...don't anyone go make a mint....I gotta contact Disney! HA! I think I'll print this pix out & tape it in my back window! HA! Maybe on my door for my students!  

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Santa goes Vegas!

Got this in my email from my bro. Santa is losing money I guess & needs to supplement a bit with a vegas act. HA! It is cute!

 Hear Santa Sing!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Another Doc...UGH!

Ok, saw my Mom & sis's doc for my knee today. He listened & x-rayed & says...
"Ah did that lateral release work out on your left knee long time ago? Any problems since then?"
This is where they just, if I remember right, cut the ligament on the outside of the knee so the knee cap goes more in line with the hips. Maybe that is why I am having SI & hip problems??? You just can't win! I remember my old PT guy once telling me a guy had back trouble for 10 yrs...they fixed his knee & no back trouble. I wish they were all more wholistic!
Well, he says what I am describing is to the tee of needing that but he says we will try PT first, then shot, then last surgery. Ugh!
He agreed probably vicious cycle with my foot. Said those boots are horrible on the back & then my other leg took over so it got more load & wear & tear. He seemed pretty nice.
He said it could be masking something else...showed me a bit of loss of space on the one side my knee hurts & it is popping & said there is a thick line beginning which might indicate meniscus (SP) problem but no where near my mom's knees. Good, considering I'm a lot younger! Now this is my "good knee" ugh! I guess it just switched! My other one really has been pretty good since my surgery in college.
Said it seems the whole bursur is inflamed down my leg even, so Motrin & PT for now when my PT guy gets back from his Mecca trip. 1 mo of PT & then if I have progress ok, if not then next step. I know losing weight will help so that is of course on my list as well. Hard to do when you are in pain though...just not fair! It isn't really hurting like it was before thanksgiving those 2 days when I couldn't straighten it. He pushed on the side & down the leg & that was pretty bad so must take that extra push. Now I'll have to heat it & always end up hurting more when you get out. "Does this hurt?" "Well, it didn't until you did that!" Ha! Or put your leg this way for the x-ray. If I could I wouldn't be here! HA!

Now this is on top of my labs results the other day. My sugar is back in normal range (ok, high normal but heck it is normal!) but my iron store is horrible. Hemoglobin in normal but my store was like 9 & it should be 46 so I have to take 2 iron pills a day. My cholesterol was the worst it has ever been in my life. 232! The highest I had in the past was like 203 & when I was on Atkins it was like 170s. LDL was great but my HDL went up from 110 to 170 since June! Dang, what am I eating different? I really think it is the lack of exercise due to my foot but we'll be working on that let me tell you. She says 6 mo & she'll consider putting me on meds & I don't want that so...I am making a conscious control decision...I don't care about family & friends who start to say I'm selfish...yep, I won't mention names & I hope it was just out of being upset if not they have a problem but I am going to be taking care of myself! It is high time after doing for others for so long. I don't get that...if they had to do these things they would not think they were being selfish and just caring about themselves. If I don't care of myself how can I be there when they need me so....Maybe they are just not on the same point on this path that I am & they will realize later.
Well back to grading. Can't wait until 12:01pm Fri! HA!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Petition: Longer Warrantees!

Ok, my aunt sent me this cute thing below & I think it is cute...ya right as I start to realize my model is starting to begin to take on these attributes! Just 10 min ago asking the pharmacist what was up with the Arthritis Tylenol etc. It only has 150 mg more of Tylenol...nothing special. Taking 600mg of Motrin already when I need it with Extra Strength Tylenol.

I would normally have just a couple of times a winter some arthritic pain. I think I've had like 8 so far & this is just in the last few weeks because we have been unseasonably warm this year. Ugh! I may have to move out to AZ with my folks! I love the seasons & how the holidays are here but....not sure if moving there will make it worse, that I won't be able to handle the cold at all then or if I wait too long here if it will not make a difference if I do move later? I guess I should start by talking to the doc to see if there is anything else I can take. I know exercise is a big thing so right after grades are in Friday it is going to be a big goal to get into place before school starts up again in Jan. Even though those who think I'm being selfish lately, because I can't do things with them or for them as much as I have in the past (great thanks huh), I'm just going to have to concentrate on me a bit more. The only way to do more for them is to take care of me right. I'll never get a buyer now! HA! ;-) 


            IF MY BODY WERE A CAR

If my body were a car, this is the time I would be thinking about  trading it in for a newer model. I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish and my paint job is getting a little dull, but that's not the  worst of it.

My headlights are out of focus and it's especially hard to see things up close.

My traction is not as graceful as it once was. I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather.

My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins.

It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed.

My fuel rate burns inefficiently.

But here's the worst of it --

Almost every time I sneeze,   cough or sputter.....either my radiator leaks or my exhaust backfires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really, I swear I'm still alive!

I know, I know but I'm really busy with work! I'm currently getting ready my last final exam & my cousin sent me this & it just made me laugh & I thought it was a quick one I could share with you.

What gets longer when pulled. Fits between your tits. Inserts neatly in a
hole & works best when jerked?

You all have dirty minds don't you! On Santa's Naughty list like me huh! HA!

It is a Seatbelt...ha!

I know I will never look at doing that behavior the same again! HA! Leave it to the guys to think of a sweet innocent behavior like that! Thank God for Guys! HA!    

Ok, well after Noon Friday I am done so then I promise I will be back. Then it will just be clean & get ready for the holidays & I'll want to relax in the evening by playing on here! Have a great week! Wish me luck...and no STRESS! UGH! Got any good jokes email them to me...I'll need them next week!