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February 28th, 2008

I love this crazy clip. Thanks to my father-in-law for sending it along.

Thursday Thirteen Ed. #134: Thirteen FRICKIN’ AWESOME THINGS about Disneyland

February 27th, 2008


Dear, long-lost Thursday 13ers and All You Usual Suspects,

How the heck are you, friends? I’ve been… everywhere, man.

“Done laid around, done stayed around
This old town too long;
Summer’s almost gone, winter’s coming on…”

Oh, wait. Winter’s almost over, it’s almost spring. Whatever, it works for me. What does all of this have to do with Disneyland? Nothing. It’s just — we haven’t talked in awhile. I wanted to catch up. Here’s your list:

13 Things I Must Say Blow Me Away About Disneyland

1) They don’t perform weddings anymore next to the castle. How magical is that? Not very. (My friends C & K got married there — so romantic.)

2) The Electrical Parade rocks just as hard as everyone said it would.

3) My kids love it. Love it for 12 hours straight and want to go back the next day for more love it. They’re kinda cynical, for an 8- and 5-year-old (geesh), but not once did I hear “This is boring.”

4) The Tiki Room? Always a hit with me. I don’t care how dusty those birds are, or how hokey it is. If I could have the Tiki Room attached to my house I would be in seventh heaven. Tiki Heaven. Especially with a Pineapple Whip in hand.

5) Large asses. I have never seen so many large asses in my life. We have photos to prove it. (Like we need to. Ha.) “The Asses of Disneyland: A Series.”

6) Pirates of the Caribbean: Betta than evah.

7) Vodka in frozen lemonade? Well, you can have it if you remember to sneak in a flask.

8) Line for Mickey: Way Too Long. Line for Goofy? Not long at all! But he went on break right as Wacky Girl got to the front of the line. Damn dog. “But he shook my hand, it’s OK! Just didn’t sign my book!” All is forgiven, Goofy.

9) Speaking of Toon Town — my daughter went ga-ga for Toon Town — we had to go back twice. I didn’t expect that.

10) Jungle Cruise: Closed for repairs. It’s A Small World: Also closed for repairs. The looks on everyone’s faces: Priceless. (Those are my two favorite rides, though, so I was a little bummed.)

11) Admission? Let’s not discuss that. Instead let’s talk about Downtown Disney…

12) Build-A-Bear: Yes! Build two!

13) Beignets and cafe au lait at the New Orleans place — always a hit.

More on the trip later… Happy Thursday.



“Are they made out of real Girl Scouts?”

February 26th, 2008

Name the movie that line came from.

Yes, Internets, it’s true. I went to Southern California and did not visit Miss Vixen, or Y from the Internet, and I barely spent any time at all with my auntie. Selfish brat. (Me, not her.) I did spend a little too much time at Disneyland and LegoLand, however.

(Did you know that if you eat two Thin Mints with a cup of coffee, it’s just like having a peppermint mocha? Girl Scout cookies are here…)



I love you and I love you and I love you

February 25th, 2008

That’s it! What else would you like to hear? Do you think it’s odd that the Nekkid Neighbors returned home from their trip at the exact same minute we returned from ours?

Kooky is what that is!


Miss Otis Regrets

February 24th, 2008

Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today.
She is sorry to be delayed,
but last evening down in Lover’s Lane she strayed, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today…”

Oh, now. It wasn’t anything grim, don’t get excited. But I wasn’t able to lunch with y’all last week because I was… Where? You guess. Vixy was the only one who missed me, apparently. (And no, you don’t get a guess, girl. Cuz you knew!) (Ditto the rest of yins who already know the answer.) So, where in the world did the Wacky Family go on vacation?

And did it really warrant removing the children from school for an entire week? (I’ll answer that one: Yes, it did.)

Would you like to know the lyrics to the song my daughter sang most of the way home? Yeah, OK. Here you go:

“That darn party pooper there he goes,
pooping out parties!
Paaaaaaaarties once again! Yeah, yeah.
Shake that booty, right in the Baaaaaaaaaarbie’s face! Woo!
Where’s… Super Granny? Where?
There she is! Look Super Granny, it’s the party pooooooooper!
‘Little girls, do not be crude!’
That darn party pooper, Super Granny can’t solve the riddle.
Oh! Oh! There’s my pizza, left over from yesterday!”

(Like how she worked the reality of finding old Pizza Hut in the car right into the song, no problemo?)

Her brother, in a deep voice: “Super. Batman. Is. Here.”

Yes. Imagine all that, times 2,000 miles. (That’s a hint.)



QOTD: Nicholas Sparks

February 23rd, 2008

“Writing the last page of the first draft is the most enjoyable moment in writing. It’s one of the most enjoyable moments in life, period.”

— Nicholas Sparks, author (1965- )

QOTD: Hart Crane

February 20th, 2008

“One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment.” — Hart Crane, poet (1899-1932)

looking for more bloggy blogs?

February 20th, 2008

“A word after a word after a word is power.”
— Margaret Atwood, poet and novelist (b. 1939)

Ten more good reads:

I am doing the best I can (because she writes about sex toys and makes me laugh)

Sweetney (because she’s anti-V.D., in her own special way

Three Kid Circus (because I’m trying to get better at all this, too)

My Own Circle of Confusion (I can always relate)

The Life of Riley (cuz I love hearing about Olive. I heart Olive. All of you out there planning to name your babies “Olivia” should please consider “Olive”)

Sundry Mourning (baby!!!)

Phoood!!! (especially for Planet Nomad, that one)

Sean Slinsky (Holly’s Sean! That link is one of my favorite posts she’s ever written, by the by.) (When you start reading Nothing But Bonfires all the sudden you start throwing around phrases like “by the by.”)

Butterflies! (just wanted to see if you were paying attention)

Crazy Bob’s House of Random Thoughts (just because I said so)

All for today!



Post-a-Vistas #5: An Interview with the Amazing, Quite Lovely, Crafty Lelo

February 18th, 2008

Post-a-vista No. 4:

Lelo, this is everyone. Everyone, this is Lelo in NoPo. There! It’s done. Now we all know each other. Smooch. No. How about BIG SMOOCH!!!! Group smooch, get over here, y’all.

So, Post-a-vistas!!!!!

“If the system makes you want to “tweak,” then maybe you need tweaking!!! Time will tell!!!” (Our mantra.)

In the meantime, here’s an interview for you. Lelo is amazing, pretty, fearless and cool. I can only imagine how jealous you are that she did a meet-up with me and Melissa Lion and not you. Lelo makes aprons! From scratch! (You can buy one right here.) Our Lelo is “undergoing a reinvention.” She adores her adorable wife, AdRi!!! They get recognized in public and honestly, that is a kind of fame which your friend Wacky Mommy has just not achieved yet.

(Here are some really cute pix of Lelo and AdRi.) And… she is not just “a” sassy gardener, she is The Sassy Gardener over at Just Out. Now let’s hear what Lelo has to say!!!!!

1. Describe your family: AdRi is my partner of 10+ years. I’ve never introduced her as my lover (but if I did I’d pronounce it luv-ahhhhhhhhhhhh), but I have convinced people we’re not sisters and yes, we really only want one bed when checking into a hotel. We have a maltipoo named Wink Satine, a fluffy tail-free cat named Frida, and 15 year old Picasso, the Queen of the household. She rules us all with her feline ways.

2. Name one thing America is doing right:
AdRi: “The United States has always fostered creativity and invention. Inventing new things, new cures, new fuels: in the US we can do that.”

3. Name one thing America is not doing right: Confusing religious beliefs with political policy and decisions. The lack of separation of church and state is a major concern to me.

4. What’s one thing that really “riles you up,” makes you ready to work for change?: Confusing religious beliefs with political policy and decisions. The lack of separation of church and state is a major concern to me, and the need for some Christians to evangelize. It just seems to be in direct conflict with the true intent of what Jesus taught. Applying church philosophy to government policy, whether if it’s to build a fence between the US and Mexico, keeping gays from being able to marry, or funneling tax-payer dollars to religion-backed abstinence-only sex education teaching really bothers me.

5. Who’s gonna get your vote for President ’08 & why? (Feel free to ignore this one.): I wish I could say I have a resounding answer for this question. A few weeks back I felt I had clarity when reflecting on what started me on my road and beliefs of social change, fighting injustice, and it was feminism. As a proud feminist I realized I needed to support Hillary. This world would be a better place with a woman running the US. I just wish she’d say something to me that made me feel strongly inside for her, and if I didn’t think the right would just riddle her with holes from their many many bullets.

6. Name one thing Post-a-Vistas could do to be a better place?: Get pissed off more often and do something about it: write a letter, call your government representative, serve on committees. Put your time in to make your world a better place, don’t just bitch about things.

7. What’s your fave thing about living in Portland?: Our summers and lush green surroundings: it’s just gorgeous in the city, with accessibility to farms, produce, and agriculture.

8. Anything else you think we should know about you?: I’m a firm believer in saying it out loud and making it happen: if you want to see change, be it. Make it, live it, embody it. Go you! Go Wacky Mommy!

Go you, babes. I just follow you and AdRi around, waiting to see what you’ll do next. Keep coming back, it works!!!

Barack Obama at Jefferson High School?

February 15th, 2008

“We are not as divided as our politics suggest. That we are one people, that we are one nation, and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story, with three words that will ring from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea: ‘Yes, we can.'”

— Barack Obama

(Also, there is talk of Mr. Obama this spring visiting my neighborhood’s very own Jefferson High School, here in Portland, Ore. If you’d like this to happen, please contact his campaign headquarters.)

“Clear Eyes! Full Hearts! Can’t Lose!”

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