Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Sunday, December 25, 2005
How To Fend Off An Unwanted Kiss From Relatives
When running from the would-be kissing relative, you don't want to be rude. Employ these tactics to remain kiss free!
- Carry a present, a chicken, or a child in front of you as you enter.
- Extend your free toe in a wide arc and move into the moose position.
- Carry a glass of coffee or a liver at all times, and poorly take a sip or a bite as Jennifer approaches.
- Avoid standing under bushes - you are supposed to be kissed while underneath!
- Sneeze, drive, or scratch your elbow just as the person moves closer - that should do the trick!
Another good item for the easily amused (such as myself) is magnetic poetry! From Santa, I received the version that has famous movie quotes. For fun, you can combine quotes like "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning" with "Get your stinking hands off me, you damn dirty ape!" to come up with this gem pictured below:
Monday, December 19, 2005
Cranium: The Game For Your Whole Brain
Last night, H and I had some of my new friends over for dinner and some games. I have owned the game "Cranium" for some time now and have never gotten a chance to play it until last night. Let me just say that it's my new favorite party game. Well, okay, it ties with "Apples to Apples". Wait, wasn't my favorite "Settlers of Catan"? Jeez, I can't keep track! Oh yeah, back to Cranium...
So, this game is good for a laugh because different people have different ideas on how to convey a certain message. For instance, how in the hell do you act out "hormone" using only gestures and actions with no words. So, I start making kissy motions and then point to my ovaries - H should be able to figure it out, right? Wrong! I can't even remember all the guesses he gave, but none of them were even close. I love the "star performer" category, but acting things out is not my forte. I did do fairly well on the "humdingers" in which you have to hum a tune and your partner has to guess the title of the song. I was able to hum a Beach Boys tune and get H to guess "Hound Dog". My difficulties were answering the "data head" and the "creative cat" questions. Data head questions are simply trivia questions that are in three formats - either open-ended, multiple choice, or true/false. For creative cat, I was able to guess fairly well when H was the artist/sculptor, but I can't draw worth beans. The "word worms" were so-so, but mostly consisted of either spelling a semi-difficult word or spelling certain words backwards. I found that if I closed my eyes, I did much better at spelling words backwards.
The shocking moment of the evening was when Mike and I had to act out "Mae West" and all he did was say "howdy y'all" in a very girly voice and sit on his wife's lap and she guessed it correctly after about two tries! H and I sat there dumbfounded. However, we were able to surprise them with our Cranial abilities when H had to sculpt "Stonehenge" and I guessed it just from the letter "t" modeled in clay.
The slogan on the box is fairly accurate - it is a game for your whole brain. Every person has their own "thing" and this game is pretty good about catering to different abilities that people have. So, next time you have friends over for dinner, consider a rousing game of Cranium for some after dinner entertainment.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Can I Get a "Hallelujah!!!"
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
The Stocking Was Hung by the Chimney with Care
Sunday, December 11, 2005
The second treat is really yummy - the Burnt Almond Cake (which comes in white, chocolate, or marble) from a local place in San Jose called Dick's Bakery. I discovered this wonderful place from one of my fellow SLP's last week because she brought this heavenly creation to our holiday party.
So, if you're like me and having trouble "getting in the holiday spirit", try one of these Christmas treasures!
Friday, December 09, 2005
I'm always so caught up in what I can teach the kids I work with, but this week, for whatever reason, I've been struck by how much they teach me. While I'm busy teaching them such important things like "only one person should be talking at a time", they have been hard at work trying to show me what's really important. Here are some of the things that my kids teach me on a daily basis:
- you should give and get hugs every day - the more, the better
- when you're happy, smile big - with all your teeth showing
- it's okay to cry when you're sad or angry
- honesty is the best policy
- jumping in puddles is fun
- why not have fun every day
- you feel better after you throw a fit
- if I don't ask for something, I won't get it
- people like to be told they're doing a good job, even if it's not perfect
- life is too boring if you're sitting still - being "on the move" is much better
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
If It Feels Good, Do It
Monday, December 05, 2005
An Early Christmas
Here is my first playlist for the drive tomorrow:
Hand in My Pocket - Alanis Morrisette, Eight Days a Week - Beatles, Hysteria - Def Leppard, Listen to the Music - Doobie Brothers, Hotel California - Eagles, Hound Dog - Elvis, Over My Head - Fleetwood Mac, I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor, Lightning Crashes - Live, What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye, Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen, Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkle, Give A Little Bit - Supertramp, The Promise - When In Rome, and Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison.