Posted in Good Things

Saturday morning cartoons

I miss waking up Saturday mornings with a bowl of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch and orange juice in my McDonald’s Hamburglar glass to watch cartoons.  Smurfs was my favorite but I also loved Tom and Jerry, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, and the Snorks.  Curls and Red will never know the delayed gratification of waiting all week to watch these 15 minute long shows before being pushed out the door by their parents to play until the street lights came on.  Now it’s Musical.ly, YouTube, and at least a tablet or videogame console to occupy their time.

I for one would still like something to look forward to at the end of a long week of working, running my kids all around town, and just handling STUFF.  We all need a little happy so I compiled a list of clips that either made me laugh, cry, or both.  Enjoy and have that extra donut with your coffee or tea.  I won’t tell anyone.

Celeste Barber: I just recently discovered this unabashedly funny Australian comedian who spoofs celebrities.  She has a following of 4.7 million on Instagram for a reason and her recent collaboration with Tom Ford had me dying:

You can find her here on Instagram along with more footage of her with Tom.

John and Hank Green: I will love the Vlogbrothers until the end of time.  And what John did for Hank’s book release had me in tears:

Billy on the Street: Billy Eichner started the new season of his loud and energetic show on Youtube.  Him running down the streets of New York with celebrities while screaming at passerbys always makes me cringe and laugh.  The first episode is with Emma Stone but I have also attached one with Paul Rudd (who wouldn’t want to sleep with him??) and Keegan-Michael Key:

Mary Halsey and Missy Elliott: If you haven’t seen the clip of Mary Halsey covering Missy Elliott’s “Work It”, you can find it here.  Then you can watch this clip of Missy surprising her on Ellen.  The anticipation of watching Mary performing knowing that Missy is about to come out on stage made me feel like a kid waiting for her presents on Christmas morning.

Posted in California Livin'

This One is for All the Parents Out There

It has been a jam packed summer at the Wilson house. We did Seattle at the end of June, followed by Fourth of July smack in the middle of the week, and then cousins from the East Coast came to visit last week. It didn’t leave much time for writing which left me grumpy but grateful for vacations, holidays, and family.

You know how when you walk into Target/the mall/the grocery store and you have that talk with your kids? The “we are only here for ___________ and that’s it?” And they nod like they are actually listening and understand what you are saying?

But five minutes later you are a fire breathing dragon screaming, “No, you cannot have that!”

Well parents, I have the convention for you. From June 20th til June 23rd, VidCon enthralled kids of all ages at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. VidCon was created by Vlogbrothers John and Hank Green as a conference for online video creators. Tickets are not cheap (we did the early bird special and they were $100/each but Red was free because he is under 9) but what we got in return made for a magical experience. And my favorite part was that all I had to pay for was parking and food. Everything we saw, everything we did, and everyone we met were included in the cost of our tickets:

STUFF WE DID

DOUBLE DARE OBSTACLE COURSE (MY EXCITEMENT MAY HAVE EXCEEDED THE KIDS)

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MR. JAZZ HANDS, ALWAYS READY FOR THE SHOT
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HASBRO BOOTH

CURLS LIVING HER BEST LIFE PLAYING PIE FACE

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CHOW CROWN

 

 NERF TENT

INVISALIGN HAD A TRAMPOLINE WITH GLITTER AND IT WASN’T WEIRD AT ALL

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UGLY DOLL BALL PIT = SIBLING FUN

 

LARGEST INDOOR INFLATABLE COURSE (ONLY A YOUNG MAN’S GAME, FYI)

Check back on Friday for Part Two and have a great Hump Day!

Posted in Bookworm

Friday Favorite: Turtles All the Way Down

I have a soft spot for John Green.  The Fault in Our Stars exposed me to a new type of young adult novels where before I was only reading dystopian (The Hunger Games) and fantasy (Harry Potter).  He does YouTube videos with his brother Hank called the vlogbrothers and he is open about his mental struggles.  His newest release is called Turtles All the Way Down and even though it doesn’t beat The Fault in Our Stars as my favorite, I enjoyed reading it and the story managed to surprise me.

The story is about Aza Holmes, a high schooler who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Her best friend is Daisy and she lives with her mom, a teacher.  She misses her deceased dad every day and drives his car to school.  Aza has obsessive compulsive disorder.  She is constantly worried about the bacteria that could be infecting her body.  And when she decides to investigate the disappearance of a local billionaire with Daisy, her mental health starts to spiral out of control.

Green has used the missing person angle before.  Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns both deal with boys going after girls that they are fascinated/infatuated with.  When I began Turtles I thought I was getting more of the same.  Aza’s singular focus on what is going on in her body irritated me as the story of the eccentric billionaire didn’t hold my interest.  But as I kept reading, I began to empathize with Aza.  I don’t know if it is because sometimes I wish I could get out of my own head because of the destructive thoughts or if I could relate to her feelings of almost drowning.  The mystery became secondary to her getting worse and those around trying to help.

If you like young adult novels (and you really should because there are so many great ones out there), I recommend Turtles All the Way Down.  John Green obviously cares about the younger generation and it is reflected in these characters he creates with attention.

I hope you have a go to list of things that make you happy and you get to enjoy them over the weekend.  Thanks for reading!