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Meet Me on Monday #59


1. I really need to clean my _________?
Quilt books and patterns. They have been thrown in a pile and look very messy.
2. What food makes you think of Christmas?eggnog

3. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 25, that is when my first child was born. I would love to have kept her a baby forever.
4. What was your first paying job?I drove an ice cream truck.
5. Have you read the Twilight series?Yes, I have. I worry about the effect the latest movie will have on teen pregnancy. I haven’t seen Breaking Dawn yet so I am hoping it is dealt with in a good way since so many impressionable young people will watch this movie.

Demand to Watch Your Shows

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When we were told that our television services were going to change, I was upset. I don’t like change! It would be one more thing to get used to without a positive return, or so I thought.

I have been pleasantly surprised because Charter TV in Digital has a lot to offer. The best thing about it is that we can catch up on our favorite television shows. I always hate to be inside on a beautiful summer night just to watch the latest episode of 24 and now I don’t have to be chained to their time slot. I can go to the On Demand home page and find many of the shows I enjoy. Just this past week, my daughter was visiting and had a friend stay with us. Her friend has a five-year-old daughter who was thrilled that we could use On Demand so she could watch iCarly and Hannah Montana. The listings for movies, premium movies, music, kids TV, HD programming seems endless.

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Sandra Bullock

I have been doing some research for this post. I thought I would review the movie hubby and I watched last weekend, All About Steve, but have changed my mind. It was not the best movie and I don’t feel like making this a downer of a post so instead of reviewing the “okay” movie I thought it would be fun to list a bit of Sandra Bullock trivia.

Fist off, Sandra Bullock has a sister. Gesine Bullock -Prodo is the younger sister of Sandra Bullock, whose nose she accidentally broke when they were kids. She sells Macaroon cookies from her own store located on Elm Street in Montpelier, Vermont. The cookies are made from the original French recipe that calls for no coconut. She attended University of Virginia and Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. She is a lawyer and was involved with Fortis Films, the production company owned by Sandra Bullock. She quit the business to pursue her cookie business.

Gesine’s husband is Raymond G. Prado. He is a storyboard artist and has been involved in many productions. He was the storyboard artist for Practical Magic, one of my favorite Sandra Bullock movies. A storyboard artist is able to visualize any stories using quick sketches on paper at any moment. A storyboard artist is also known as an illustrator or visualizer. They are mostly freelance artists, typically hired by art directors and film directors. Deadlines are always tight, and overnight working is very common. In film, a storyboard artist is hired at the beginning of a project. When a storyboard artist is hired by a motion picture company, the artist must break down the scenes of the script into shots which can be filmed. This is done under the supervision of the film’s director in order to insure the director’s vision from the start of the project. Therefore, it can be helpful for the storyboard artist to know the mechanics of filmmaking when assisting the director. As the production proceeds, the storyboards are presented to the cinematographer who is then responsible for bringing that vision to the screen. Film production companies may also hire a storyboard artist to create polished presentation-style storyboards (which might also include sound) which can be used by an executive producer to raise the money to create the film.

Sandra Bullock’s mother, was German opera singer and voice teacher. She taught voice at Mary Washington College in in Fredericksburg, VA for many years. She was born February 12, 1942 and died of cancer in 2000. Sandra lived in Nuremberg until age twelve, where she sang in the opera’s children’s choir at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. She frequently traveled with her mother on her opera tours, and lived in Germany and other parts of Europe for much of her childhood. She is fluent in German. Bullock studied ballet and vocal arts as a child, taking small parts in her mother’s opera productions.

Sandra’s father was John W. Bullock, a voice coach and executive from Alabama. Bullock’s maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg, Germany.

Bullock married motorcycle builder and Monster Garage host Jesse James on July 16, 2005. They met when Bullock arranged for her ten-year-old godson to meet James as a Christmas present.

Sandra donated $1 million to relief efforts in Haiti following the Haiti devastating earthquake earlier this month.

And there you have it. A bit of Sandra Bullock Trivia for your day. Oh yeah, my favorite movie of hers is Practical Magic with The Blind Side coming in a close second most favorite.

Midwest Sunday

Our daughter is here from Florida and when she visits, we watch movies! Yay! We are settling in to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still. Oh Keanu Reeves! Based on the book, the original movie was made in 1951. Our son said this version is a winner.


Photo by Jim Haines
We just finished watching the pole fill for the Indy 500. Yes, it is that time again. Next Sunday I will be rooting for Danica again. She got jilted last year but those things happen. It is part of racing. I think it is fun to hear all the hype about Alex Lloyd and his fun with the color pink this year. “I’ll wear pink for the rest of my career if it means I can get in a race car,” he said. “We’re working hard to make this more than a one-race deal as well. Hopefully, this can just be the start of Pink Lloyd.” He will start in the the middle of Row 4 in his second Indianapolis 500.

I hear there was quite a ruckus north of us at Notre Dame University. President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech at the university. Anti-abortion activists protested because they think that the university was wrong to invite him to speak. Notre Dame is a Catholic Institution. President Barack Obama received a lengthy ovation from students and spectators. I think is okay to protest in a peaceful manner and that not all Catholics agree with the demonstrators.

Toys that Teach Kids

Some say that kids do not use their imaginations like we did when we were young. I disagree.

The MEGA Brands company is known for toys that stimulate a child’s brain. Take a look at the picture of the toy they have produced from the popular movie, Cars. Just look at all the parts that can be taken apart, rearranged and then put back together. They can be placed in different positions that allow the imagination to take off in many directions. My kids would have loved to have a toy like that or the many other toys offered at MEGA Brands. They definitely stimulate a child’s imagination as they tell stories while zooming the cars around and play acting scenes from the movie. Fun!

There are a couple of Cars sets, including a Tipping Tractor set that has a miniature cornfield! The cars have the capability of being torn down and rebuilt, giving kids hours of entertainment. Kids will love to play with these and other sets from popular cartoons and movies. Imaginations will be used!

When a child plays with toys, they learn to problem solve and reason. They learn what strategies work best with different situations. Toys teach kids to focus and that is something that will help them in their daily lives. Wouldn’t it be fun to be a kid again? I love MEGA Brand’s toys.




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