Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bits and Pieces of Our Days

Magical Mrs. M. really needs her own category on my blog. She recently struck again.

In last week's art class, she had the kids do a project based on Kandinsky's "Colour Study: Squares With Concentric Circles." The results were similar to the picture at this link. She first had the kids create their circles with oil pastels, and they used water colors for the backgrounds. Fun, and beautiful results!


Shirley Maclaine joining Downton Abbey? Is she trying to relive a past life?

Speaking of Downton Abbey, yes, I'm still glued to it. I may not have had time to blog about it, but you can count on the regular dishing that's going on in the kitchen between Anne-with-an-e, Betsy, and me. The fervent following of this show reminds me of a soap opera my sister and I used to watch when we were in high school. I stopped watching soaps by the time I got to college, but during My Soap Period, when I was powerfully addicted, the addiction went something like this: I taped (audio taped, people! We didn't have videotape yet!) an episode of The Young and the Restless for my sister, who was in the Cayman Islands with her boyfriend and his family during a particularly climactic arc in the plot. Not only did I think this was an important thing to do, but my sister thought so, too. She wanted to know what she was missing while she was in the Cayman Islands with her boyfriend.

I like to think that Downton is a bit more highbrow than those young, restless people, but really it's the lame same thing. I have to know what happens next, and I have to hear what Maggie Smith has to say about it.

Hi, I'm Karen, and I have a problem. Downton is the crack cocaine of PBS. Well written crack cocaine.


Remember Invasion of the Body Snatchers? How the earthlings were kidnaped and replaced with pod people? I think we've had Invasion of the Season Snatcher here in Nebraska. We're having Pod Weather. It's nice. It's too nice. Something wicked this way comes. I just know it (cue the retro scream ...)


And also? This clip from Reluctantly Healthy features two women talking about healthy levels of coffee consumption. They think the limit is two cups. Two cups (she said, trembling.)

Ummm, people? This is evil masquerading as internet chatter.


Heidi said...

Ha! "This is evil masquerading as internet chatter." I am de-lurking to tell you that I really enjoy your blog. BTW making a teacher laugh so hard she spills her coffee does not allow said teacher to maintain her dignity. I'll be chuckling all day over that one.

Anonymous said...

Our house is addicted to Downton as well! Love it!


Amy said...

Hi Karen, favorite sister in law here. I am scheduling an intervention for myself in mid-February to deal with post-Downton distress. Let me know if you want in on it. : )

Karen Edmisten said...

Heidi, thanks for delurking! I love delurkers! So sorry I caused the loss of your dignity this morning. :)

Haley, so lovely to hear from you!

And Amy, oh, yes, please count me in. We'll have to include the girls, too. :)

tanita davis said...

Laughing out loud at SO many things. Needed a belly laugh. Past lives!!! Crack cocaine! This is not our mothers' PBS...

Okay. I have to watch at least one episode or two of Downton. Soon. I'm putting it off until I can watch three seasons in one go...everyone is so mesmerized, I know I'll be hooked too, and right now, I just don't have time!

Kim Barger said...

I'm so glad I have a day (ok, 4 hours of not-scheduled time)to loll a bit & catch up. thanks for the giggles!