Where Are Your Parents, Honey?

Second-Hand StoriesWhat’s the best story someone else has recently told you (in person, preferably)? Share it with us, and feel free to embellish — that’s how good stories become great, after all.

One day while at a previous job, a really funny co-worker told us a story about the kids coming to her door at Halloween. She told us how one group was really in performance mode and explained how priceless and clever the gag was.

Jessie from Toy Story/image: tumblingwestblogspot.com
Jessie from Toy Story/image: tumblingwestblogspot.com

She hears a knock and someone say “trick or treat.” Answering the door she see’s a little girl standing there who looks about 3 or 4 years old and is a cow girl like Woody’s girlfriend Jessie from Toy Story. So right away Ann the co-worker get’s upset because she doesn’t see the little girl’s parents. So she asks cowgirl, “Where is your mommy or daddy honey?” Cowgirl, is standing with a rope around her waist being pulled slightly, and says, “They’re not here, because I had to get my cattle because they ran away.” So, Ann asks, “What cattle, hon…?”

And as Ann looked down the lawn at the other end of the rope, she saw two parents roped around the waist together, waving at her in their cow costumes. So she laughed hysterically and gave them all her candy in the bowl!!! Also she took pictures but I don’t have those. This was before the days of camera phones.

My Ms. Know It All!

Ladybug at a weddingDelayed Contact ~ How would you get along with your sibling(s), parent(s), or any other person you’ve known for a long time — if you only met them for the first time today?

The person would be my daughter, and she would probably get on my nerves because my daughter is a Ms. Know It All. When she was younger and in elementary school, she had answers for everything, since she grew up right in the age of computers and the internet, she would look it up and answer any, “I wonder why” question, I or someone she and I were with ever had. And her running answer to most of these questions was I saw it on myth busters. What I mean to say is, when I would ask her about her sources for answering the question she would say I saw it on myth busters and as she got older it just got worse.Read More »

No, No, No, Not Again Dream

Daily Prompt: Do you remember a recent dream you had? Or an older one that stayed vivid in your mind? Today, you’re your own Freud: Tell us the dream, then interpret it for us! Feel free to be as serious or humorous as you see fit, or to invent a dream if you can’t remember a real one.

The dream that keeps repeating itself, over and over and over. When this happens it makes restful sleep impossible, tossing and turning waking yourself up only to doze back into the same place doing the same repetitive thing your were doing when you woke yourself up before. This dream is so annoying, sometimes I think, “maybe this is how mental illness starts?”

Wow, this prompt wants me also to try to interpret it? Well, this will be hard, how do I interpret nonsense? Ok, I will try. I think this dream has something to do with being stressed about something in conscious life and since you can’t figure it out there, you won’t figure it out in your dream either. How’s that???

What I do know for sure is when I get on the loop inside my head, it’s time to get up no matter if I’ve had enough sleep or not and go to my blog. This seems to quiet the repeat mode inside my brain. My blog has become my security blanket, thank you blog! I can picture myself rocking in a corner holding on to my laptop tightly as I type or read lol.


J. Leguizamo, B. Cannavale, and J. Favereau/image: www.contactmusic.com
J. Leguizamo, B. Cannavale, and J. Favreau/image: contactmusic.com

Jon Favreau, actor, director and writer of Chef, has been pretty mediocre in his acting abilities since Swingers, but fortunately he’s a pretty good director and not a bad writer. It’s also nice since he’s been around for a while he has very good actor connections and can enlist heavy hitter’s like Robert Downey Jr., Vince Vauhan and Dustin Hoffman.Read More »

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Original Cartoon/image: providencejournal.com

If you want to see a great kid’s movie this is the one. Why? Because, it stays true to the original show, which aired in the 50’s and 60’s.  I watched the reruns in the 70’s, and enjoyed the show immensely.

The premise, is about a super educated dog that adopts a boy he names Sherman.  As he raises the boy he teaches him all he knows about life.  Peabody then invents a machine that goes back into the past called, The Way Back, and takes Sherman in their spare time on adventures.

When Sherman starts school he runs into trouble with some kids and gets teased about being so smart.  One girl in particular, named Penny, ridicules Sherman, and when Sherman retaliates, Peabody and her parents have a meeting to iron things out.  While Peabody charms the parents, at his home, Sherman and Penny decide to take The Way Back for a spin, even though Peabody warns against this.  So the story continues from there.

This premise works well, as it teaches kids some history, and makes it fun.  All the voice actors are exceptional, with Ty Burell, Modern Family, at the helm,  and perfectly cast, captures the voice of Peabody with little effort.  The voices of Sherman, Max Charles, and Penny, Ariel Winter, gave the movie super cuteness, and the animation was right on.  Fast pace storytelling moved things along, so the movie never gets bogged down.

I must digress here and mention marketing strategy for this film, I think it was very cleverly demographed for grandparents to take the grandkids.  The reason; because most parents would not know about Peabody and Sherman, as children, but grandparents would.  So well done on that too.

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Mr.Peabody&Sherman, the movie/image: image wallpaper.com

The sum up: This movie gets an A; theater worthy, see it in the theater, it’s that good; for keeping to the original story; the extreme puns Peabody makes, and kid friendliness.  I recommend this one for anyone 4 years and up.  This movie is rated PG, for a few adult jokes. ~ Musings&Rants

In A World

Lake Bell and Michaela Watkins/photo: lylesmoviefiles.com
Lake Bell and Michaela Watkins/photo: lylesmoviefiles.com

In A World, is an awkward, silly comedy about voice over actors, and more specifically a woman voice over actor.  Lake Bell, No Strings Attached, actor/writer/director of this film, has an interesting kind of acting style.  She concentrates on how uncomfortable life is in her own skin and fleshed that out magnificently, with not just herself, but with almost all the characters in the movie.

Voice acting is interesting, because few people know exactly what it is.  Or how cut throat it can be. The movie starts off showing just that, how competitive, and one-dimensional it was.  With only one man, the real life, Don LaFontaine, being at the helm of voice over acting, until his death 2008.   Not that others didn’t do voice acting, but his voice was one of the most, if not the most famous of all time.  Which is why, In A World, became LaFontaine’s catch phrase.

Lake Bell builds off the premise, that, not only is this business narrow-minded but, it also discriminates against women, and even her own father,  Fred Melamed, A Serious Man, descriminates.  As she tries to become a female voice over actor, mirroring after her voice over fathers success, she gets blocked by her father who is mentoring a young guy, Gustav, Ken Marino, Burning Love, who’s become very sought after in voice over.  Bell is upset by this because her father has a chauvinistic attitude about women being in this industry, and Bell tries to thwart that attitude by becoming successful without his help.

Bell, has a sweet way of being silly, and because the story premise is not sexy or provocative, she manages to add that aspect to the movie without it being too obscene and crass.   The movie, manages a romantic comedy without all the melodrama, and featured love song, yay.

Also, it’s refreshing to see unknown faces on-screen with a few familiar one’s speckled in.  Most of whom are probably friends that wanted to help make her funny, cute, movie.  She shows, an interesting take on family, that feels real, and her dialog had a very funny interesting rhythm to it.  Also, the familiar skylines of Los Angeles, were comforting because the movie is filmed, in my hometown of Silverlake, near Hollywood, CA.  This movie gets a B+, because A is for movies that are still in theaters, with no safety alert, and some language, I enjoyed this film.  This movie is rated R, for some language and content.  

Daily Prompt: Fight or Flight/The High School Chronicals

When faced with confrontation, do you head for the hills or walk straight in? Was there ever a time you wished you’d had the opposite reaction?

John Marshall High School Mosiac, created by Yuriko.
John Marshall High School Mosiac, created by Yuriko.

When I was in high school, 10th grade in fact, I liked this 12th grade boy he was very popular and transferred from a different school. He started my school second semester.

He was very good-looking, he reminded me of a young Robert DeNiro the actor, and I had a crush on Robert DeNiro.

His name was George, and he was a jock, he played football, but he wasn’t a very big guy, in fact, he was rather scrawny to play football.  However, he had a Letterman jacket which was full of accolades for all his football stats from his former school, which by the way, was our rival high school.

So, on top of being a cute new face on campus he was also dangerous, since you just didn’t wear your rival high school Letterman’s jacket, without getting flak from the other students, but he didn’t get any flak.

In 10th grade I wasn’t a super goober, but I was a goober.  I wouldn’t have been in the A group, but maybe B/C group.  Just above drama and musical geeks.  I hung out with the smart kids, not because I was so smart, but because I was in gifted classes and those were the smart kids.

So, since I was a goober, and in 10th grade, and part of the smart kid group, I had a lot working against me.  I mean, he was a 12th grader with superstar status.  What was I thinking?  Nothing really cause it would never happen.

All I wanted to know was, did he have a girlfriend, and was she super pretty?

One other thing going against me was, he and I weren’t the same race, he’s Hispanic, which is fine with me, but who knew how he felt about me?    It was supposed to be  a dream sequence, as far as I was concerned, meaning it would never happen, and I didn’t really want anything to happen, anyway.  Really!!!!

So, I asked a few of my girl classmates about him, and they gave me the skinny on the new guy. My friend, Maria to be exact, knew him personally.

She said, “no he doesn’t have a girlfriend but, he’s super popular, she also said, “a lot of girls like him.”  So I nonchalantly said, “well I just want to say, he’s super cute.”  Not that I was putting my bid in, I just wanted her to know my opinion.  I also wondered if she liked him?

So what does, Maria do?  She goes and tells him that some 10th graders think he’s cute, then proceeds to name, names!

When she told me this, I was mortified and embarrassed, but wasn’t too worried being that he didn’t really know me anyway.  Maria explained, that, he was a family friend to her family, and she saw him all the time at her house chatting it up with her brother.  Also, that he liked going to this new school.  She said, “it just kind of came out.”  She explained, she wasn’t trying to embarrass us, but she wanted him to know that he was getting positive feedback since being there.

I thought, HOGWASH!!!!  Why does a guy who looks like him need positive feedback?  So, then she tells me, “I told him, even a black girl likes you.”  And that is when, I nearly fainted on the floor.  I was in utter panic, I wanted to throw up, run screaming down the halls.  And to think I just saw him that day, and he knew.

No wonder he was staring at me today, when yesterday he didn’t know I was alive!!!  I thought, yep, I’m telling my mom tonight, there is no way I can ever step foot on that campus again, my anonymity was gone.  So I needed to go, and unfortunately homeschooling wasn’t popular back then nor was dropping out, a viable option.

So, for a week, I was able to play sick, until my mom finally said, “if you still feel bad tomorrow, we are going to the doctor.” So, obviously, I didn’t tell my mom about what happened, nor was I going too.  She would have just laughed and said, “it’s just growing pains, you’ll live.” So, I mustered all the strength I had in me, first, not to kill Maria, then to face the music.

So I did it, and after that true confession, he never stopped staring at me or smiling at me.  I was always awkward around him dropping books, feeling like an idiot, trying to avoid him every chance I got.  For the rest of the of the school year, he stared at me.  Til, one day, as I walked to my locker, he was standing there with Maria, so I did what any goober would do, I turned around and made a b line for the bathroom!!!

I mean my goodness, all I said was he was cute, I didn’t expect that to turn into a stalker fest, sheesh.  I tried to get myself together and come out, but I waited til the bell rang and walked out.  It was all clear, I came out of the bathroom, ran to class, since it was last period, when class was over, I busted out of the classroom and started walking home quickly.

That next Monday, I decided that no matter what, I would at least say hello to him.  So, I saw him as I was walking into to school, and as he saw me he said teasingly, “hi Sharon.”  I smiled and said hello, with my head down and walked right passed him.  When I got to home room Maria said, “so what happened to you when you were walking to your locker, you know he saw you right?” I said, “yes, but I wasn’t ready, and you could have given me a heads up.” So she said, “after school today he wants to meet you, will you be ready?” I said, “yes.”  Finally, although painful, facing things head on is always better, for nerves as well as building up character.  What’s the saying they use now?  Lean into it.  My suggestion to anyone reading this, is face it don’t fight it or runaway, it might turn out to have a interesting ending, mine did. Shazza ~ Musings&Rants

Daily Prompt: Say Your Name/Sharon

Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

Photographers, show us YOU.

I like this one, my first name is Sharon. My mother told me when I was born, my dad named me. She said since I was his only girl child she felt sorry for him and let that be my name. I thought how funny, she felt sorry for him.

My mother said she didn’t like that name, so she named me my middle name which is Lorraine.

When I was a little girl I always told people my name was Sharon, which was kinda confusing because my mom never called me that. Especially, since my dad no longer lived with us. I would always forget to tell them my mom calls me Lorraine so don’t be confused, my real name or wait Lorraine is my real name too. See?

She always referred to me ONLY as Lorraine, unless she was angry with me.

I’m not even sure I liked my middle name, it seemed more like a nickname, since only she called me that. Then a family friend for years started to call me that. She said, “I like that name better so I’m also going to call you Lorraine.” She was my mom’s friend so could I really argue?

Talk about being mixed up about what my name is. What I wished, is that my first name was Lorraine and my middle name was Sharon, then my mom would call me that, right?

What makes this even more confusing is, I’m my mother’s only child and anytime I made new friends, and they would come over my house, my mom would call me Lorraine and confuse them. So many times my friends would whisper to me or their sister or brother, whomever was with us. “I thought she said her name was Sharon, so why is her mom calling her Lorraine?”

Good question, my poor friends.

On one occasion I was at my friend’s house, my mom called and asked to speak to me. My friend runs to get me, looking truly scared and said, “your mom is on the phone, and she’s calling you Sharon, you must have done something wrong!” I explained, that she will also call me Sharon when she refers to me around other people. Wow, mom, so many rules and exceptions to the rule. All that to say my name is Sharon, and since she’s passed away only one other person calls me Lorraine, and that’s that old family friend. So now, it’s a sweet endearment to hear that name, since my mom died at 50 years old. I love you mom and miss you, and of course now, I like my middle name. Shazza ~ Musings&Rants

Mama MarilynMy mama, a year before she died 😦

Star Trek, Into Darkness (no spoilers)

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Chris Pine/photo: www.guardian.co.uk 

Ok so I went to see this movie and I must say it was very well done. All the acting was better than good and it had lot’s of action. Special effects, awesome, and this villain was better than the first installment villain, of the J.J. Abrams production. star_trek_into_darkness_by_greenteaduck-d5nx0wg

Look baby Star Trek crew, and villian, cute and hilarious, all at once!!!/photo: greenteaduck.deviantart.com

But I might be biased here, because I do love Benedict Cumberbatch. Ok, the writing was very clever, even though some of the story was predictable. All the way around, I grade this one A+. Kids 9 and up can see this one, very clean for the rating, although there is some language. Oh and I must say, Chris Pine’s eyes were super sparkly, in some scenes they were almost blinding me!!!! 🙂 Shazza ~   Musings&Rants