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Things That Keep Me Up at Night

Okay, these things don’t exactly keep me up at night, but I do wonder about them.

  • How long will we still be using the phrase “hang up the phone?”  We no longer use “dial a number,” we now “call someone.”
  • On a similar note, it is so frustrating to not be able to “slam” the phone down when you are angry.  “Click”  just doesn’t cut it.
  • Why doesn’t Donald Duck wear pants?

Yes, I know I didn’t come up with that last one on my own.  But it does bug me.

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Nunsense

Friends have asked for details about the next show I’m in (and, no, I’m not making that up), so here’s the link for the info!  http://www.moonlightingtheatre.org/

Note:  Friday night for an extra $5.00, you get to play Bingo with the cast before the show!

The Acting Career, Part Deux

I just finished up my second play ever,  “Anne of Green Gables.” 

Mrs. Spencer and her "well-behaved" children

I had a very small part, but I truly made the best of it.  I loved every minute that I spent with the cast and crew, and had an amazing director that was always open to ideas.  Plus, she complimented me on my messed up hair.  (I played a frazzled mom.  So, instead of working hard to make my hair look nice, I pulled it up and then just messed it up.  (I even had my “daughters” in the play take turns making it a mess.)  

I also made some new friends.  Shocking, I know.  And, I learned a lot about the backstage goings-on, thanks to my new friend, Jovanna.  (Love that name)  She was the Stage Manager. 

Something else I learned, and I wish everyone would learn this, is to talk to everyone in the cast and crew.  No matter how large your role, you are not above the other cast members. 

I don’t care if you are old enough to be their mom, or grandmother.  TALK TO THEM!  It’s just plain polite, not to mention that you may be snubbing the next Kristin Chenowith.
 
There you go.  Your lesson for the day. 
 
I’ll remember to tell that one to James Lipton when I’m on Inside the Actor’s Studio. 

 

What a Wimp!

No, I’m not going to rant today, I’m going to promote the website wimp.  I’ve been debating about whether or not to share it, and that is why I didn’t do this yesterday even though I usually give you a website to check out.  But, this morning, the latest video made me teary-eyed, so that was my sign that I just had to share.  My son turned me on to this site (of course) and shares quite a few of the videos.  Some are just “okay” while others are clever, fascinating, or just plain funny.  So, even though you may have to sort through some that you don’t really care for, the next ones may just blow your socks off.

This site adds several videos a day, so it can be tough to keep up with, if you want to see everything.  However, nothing says you have to do it all in one sitting.  And, again, sometimes the title tells you enough that you know you want to skip it. 

I have no idea why it is called “wimp,” but I really don’t care.  It can entertain me for hours.  Not that I watch it for that long, of course.  I have housework I need to do!  (yawn)

Here are a few of my favorites that will show you the range of what you can find here:

Wimp finds videos that are posted worldwide on other sites, and shares the interesting ones.  So, some you may have already seen elsewhere.  But, honestly, this is a great go-to site when you just want to be entertained for a few minutes.  And, best of all–suitable for all ages!  (By the way, I’m not an “animal person,” but for those of you that are, don’t worry, there are plenty of cat and dog videos.)

Feature Presentation

When Mark was a toddler, he would watch videos and when the previews were over the words, “Feature Presentation” would appear and Mark would excitedly shout, “FEATURE PRESENTATION!  FEATURE PRESENTATION!”  It was so cute!  Those big words coming out of that little mouth.

Today’s web site is all about movies.  I’m shocked at how many people don’t know about the Internet Movie Database, otherwise known as imdb.

This is the go-to site for movie info.  I use it to find out the name of an actor that I just can’t remember, and find out where I might have seen him before, since it lists all the movies and TV shows he’s been in.  (And, yes, it includes actresses too, that whole him/her thing just gets old when you are reading/writing.  See?  You are already tired of it, aren’t you?)

After every movie we watch on DVD, I look it up and read the trivia section for the film.  That is my very favorite part.  I love behind-the-scenes kind of stuff.  You often find out who else was considered for the roles, which scenes were ad-libbed, and all sorts of other great trivia.  Frequently, the trivia also includes how many days it took to film and what the original budget was. 

As a side note, the site includes both old and new movies.  Even ones that haven’t yet been released!  The information on those is sparse, but it is still there if you are interested.

Just last night, though, I found another aspect of the site that will prove very helpful.  There is a section for Parent Reviews.  This area is written by everyday people like you or me, not professional reviewers.  It lists scenes of the movie that feature Sex & Nudity, Violence & Gore (no, not Al), Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs & Smoking, and Frightening & Intense Scenes, all which contribute to the MPAA rating.  This section really helps when Tom and I are trying to decide whether or not the movie is appropriate for our kids.  Anything involving Sex & Nudity is OUT.  😉

There are several other categories of information that you might find helpful, but these are my personal favorites.  The site also includes TV shows, but I have found those aren’t nearly as in-depth as I like them to be.  But, it is helpful when you are looking for that actor’s name and where you’ve seen him before.  (For example, in the show Parenthood, Amber is played by the same actress that portrayed Ann in Arrested Development, which drove me crazy until I looked it up.  She changed her hair color, which threw me off, but I knew I’d seen her before.)

Oh, and if you are a registered user, which, of course, I am, you can post items on there as well.  I’ve posted both a goof and a bit of trivia.  Impressed?  You should be.  I’m officially published.  ha

I have this site bookmarked at the top of my screen since I visit it so often.  If you haven’t visited it, you have no idea what you are missing!  Grab a bowl of popcorn and start searching!

More Laughs, but This Time on Canvas

Oh, what would we do without the internet to make us laugh?  Read books?  I don’t usually LOL with books.  Sometimes, web sites are so wonderful, they become books.  See Cake Wrecks, for example. Still my #1 LOL site.

Here’s a web site that has become not one, but TWO coffee table books.  Museum of Bad Art (or MOBA) made me gasp with the first portrait of hideousness.  Apparently, Lucy in the Field with Flowers is “The Mona Lisa of MOBA.”  This portrait was found in the trash in Boston.  And, we are even treated to a behind-the-portrait narrative worthy of a PBS special. 

I knew I had to share this site when I saw the second portrait, Sunday on the Pot with George.  Yep, it is exactly what you think it is.  Good golly. 

I’ll admit that I don’t always know bad art from good art.  I just know what I like.  And, I like this site.  (BTW, you can purchase a print of some of the “finest” in the museum shop.  See?  Your Christmas shopping could be completed already!)

Hungry, but Broke?

Today I’m going to feature a couple of web sites that will help you save some money if you are wanting to eat out, but the wallet is a little light.

First, one of my favorites is www.restaurant.com.  This site is of benefit all across the country!  You just type in your zip code and voila! you’ve got a list of restaurants that offer some sweet deals.  At first, you get a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice for $10.  Register on the site, and you will get emails so that if you wait a little longer, and you get the same $25 for only $3.  Wait even longer, $2!  Some come with stipulations such as “with $40 purchase” or “Monday-Thursday.”  But, do the math, and you are still getting a $40 meal for $17!  There are expiration dates, but they give you at least a month, so you can buy them well in advance.  Or, do like I do, and buy them just a few minutes before you decide to go!  You just print the certificate on your printer!

A few things to keep in mind, though.  Certain restaurants sell out quickly, and may be gone before you get the $2 deal.  Be sure to read the fine print to see what restrictions are in place.  Also, an 18% tip is usually included, but then your $25 coupon often is used for deducting part of the tip.  Some restaurants make it easier to see than others.

The next web site is for St. Louisans only.  It’s St. Louis Meal Deals.  Here you’ll find a week’s worth of deals around town.  From free food (thanks to the Cardinals’ Home Opener, there are several today) to special dinner deals or tastings.  It updates weekly, and sometimes there are daily updates as well.  I have this one on my RSS feed, and sometimes it gets a little much.  But, really, that’s more because we aren’t going out to eat as much as we used to, and it covers the entire St. Louis area, so often the deals aren’t necessarily convenient.

So, if you are watching your budget, but still want a night out, check these sites out.  Tonight we’re having spaghetti.  At home.  Now that’s a deal!  (Especially since Tom is making it!)

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