Life Lately…

Cady

At first I was having blogging withdrawals since my carpal tunnel issues, but I’m starting to get used to not posting and reading. Sorry I haven’t been a good bloggy friend and visiting your sites. The problems have slight improvements if I don’t spend time at my computer since I once spent a lot of time here and sat improperly. I’ve also realized that the way I sleep and do other activities is contributing to the problem. It’s been a major setback on all the things I wanted to accomplish this new year (like learn Photoshop, crochet, make more cakes), but today I’m feeling okay about that.

Quinn at Oyster Creek

We just did the usual types of activities, so nothing crazy happened while I wasn’t writing besides having a great time at the Barney Live, Birthday Bash Tour concert. We went to the library where a little girl kept bringing Tim toys and another little girl wanted to hug Cady with such enthusiasm that they both nearly fell over a few times had I not been cloes enough to catch them. I also went to an indoor play place where I met up with a couple of friends and their daughers. One of them kept thinking my legs were her mom’s and running up to hug them.

Sweet Shot Day

I’m planning on taking an online class for 12 weeks (with about a two week break halfway) at a local junior college, which I’ve read the syllabus for and find pretty interesting. I hope to start in February if we have the money, and if not, I’m sure we will by the time the March class starts. I really think I’ll learn a lot and enjoy it. I’ve also been reading some great books from the library and plan on starting the “assignments” in one book soon.

It’s funny because all throughout college, I was so certain of my major, and now I have no interest in the subject that I got my degree in and have totally different interests. Now I’m like, “why didn’t I study this in college?” Well I know why: because I wasn’t interested in the same things back then.

The “winter” is still bi-polar here. Yesterday it was 70 degrees, but they predict snow for the end of the week.

Tim's cake for Ian

My husband’s friend (who is his “big brother” from his fraternity but is actually younger than him) requested a cake, but he was the one who made it since my hands still need rest. I think he did a great job.

Tim's cake for Ian

Tim's cake for Ian

Tim's cake for Ian 

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Cady’s First Concert

As part of Cady’s Christmas presents, we got tickets to see Barney Live in concert on his Birthday Bash tour, which is the first time he’s toured since 2006. I was so excited to find out about the tour and bought the tickets in November. I’ve been looking forward to it since, but Cady didn’t really know what was going to happen.

Barney's Birthday Bash

We were up late the night before getting ready for the day trip and making her a special iron-on Barney dress. We had to drive two hours to the nearest city where he was performing, but it was well worth it. We timed our drives and missed out on a couple hours of sleep for ourselves so that she would sleep both ways.

Running around the city’s visitor center in her special outfit.

Cady Floor seats. Third row by the aisle.

Me and Cady

Cady

Kids were welcome to get out of their seats and dance in the aisles.

Cady

She made a little friend during intermission who shared some snacks.

Cady

Some shots taken with our point and shoot of the stars of the show.

Barney

Cady’s favorite of Barney’s friends is Baby Bop. This one was especially cute.

Baby Bop

My husband’s favorite is Riff. They have a lot in common.

Riff

Baby Bop BJ Riff

Barney and Friends

During the show she sang, she danced, she did the Itsy Bitsy Spider fingers, she waved, and she said “hi” and “bye” and waved to the characters like she does when she watches at home. She started getting sleepy at the end and just sat in our laps, but she had a really good time and managed to hang in there ’til the end. Now she really thinks that these guys are real, and it’s so cute.

“Everything’s better with a friend like you.”
Barney, the purple dinosaur

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Barney Baby

We love that purple dinosaur at our house. The songs are fun and catchy, he’s a great dancer, and it teaches really good lessons. I’ve definitely learned some important things myself.

Cady loves him most of course. She dances and gets really excited during her favorite songs. Other times, she is deep in focus. The house is very calm during Barney time. We can take a quiet break and relax.

Barney has become part of our daily routine.
It’s the only show that we’ve seen that actually catches Cady’s attention.

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LOST Finale (Don’t read if you haven’t seen it!)

[A photo that won’t give away the ending in case you see the thumbnail]

Well, I still think about the LOST finale on a daily basis and bring it up at least once day with my husband. I figured I should get my feelings about it down somewhere, so that maybe I can let go (yes, I know it’s just a show).

Even though a lot of people will disagree, I think they did an awesome job with the ending. It wasn’t what I expected, but it turned out to be just right. Not only is it the best show I’ve ever seen, it’s the best of anything I’ve ever watched.

I knew when they got down to the final two episodes that all the questions wouldn’t be answered. It was impossible. I realize now that it wasn’t important– in the same way that when we leave this place, the details of this world and it’s workings will be inconsequential to us as well (What is the meaning of life? Why do bad things happen to good people?).

I think a lot of people were disappointed because our window to the alternate universe made us believe that we would see a lot of the pain and suffering the characters experienced undone in this life, but that’s not really possible (as if everything in the show was so possible). I know a lot of people thought the ending was really sad, and I think that’s because we all want to see happy endings in this life. Here. Now (or at least in the foreseeable future). We want to see the pain undone and loved ones alive again with us, but unfortunately that’s not the case.

We have what we have. We find and lose loved ones. We go back forth between struggle and rest, obstacles and contentment. We sin, and hopefully, we find redemption.

Then in a someday of timelessness and eternity, we will be whole. We’ll find our loved ones again and finally be at peace.

P.S. As for the ones who were still dead or died in the alternate universe of the dead (Ford’s parents, Mikhail, Keamy, and even Anthony Cooper even though he was “alive” in a catatonic state), I think they went to hell because unfortunately, they did not redeem themselves before their earthly deaths. Whether or not their soul had another soul inside (since they had no bodies to die there) to fly away to an actual hell place or whether their hell was the horror of their non-existence in eternity, I can’t say. That’s just my own current theory.

P.P.S. If universities have classes that study Star Wars and the Philosophy of the Simpsons, they could definitely spend a semester discussing the themes of LOST.

[The reunions made me teary.]

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My LOST Questions

What is Desmond going to accomplish in the alternate universe?
Who lived on the island that built the four-toed statue?
Is the “monster” the devil?
What is the island? The source of life (the light)? Pandoras box (the cork of the wine bottle)? Hell (and they’re all dead like Richard’s wife said)?
What is the light anyway? If it’s the source of life, why does it turn people evil?
What is the cut on Jack’s neck in the alternate universe?

In the alternate universe where the island was sunk by the atomic bomb in the 70s, is Anthony Cooper still the man who conned James Ford’s parents and caused their deaths? Why did him and John Locke have a different relationship than in the original universe? Why did the Kwans’ relationship turn out differently? Richard still should’ve been able to visit Locke as a child. Why did his adult life turn out differently? Why does Jack have a kid?

How does Eloise know everything?
How did the others (like Richard) get to and from the island before killing the Dharma members and taking use their submarine?

There’s so many things I still don’t know and a lot of them I probably will never know. I’m sad LOST is ending. I don’t know what our new show will be.

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