Dec 6, 2013 What's Going On
As much as I wanted to watch the live presentation of The Sound Of Music last night, I was busy picking Jake up from a late rehearsal and going to bed early. But I feel like I didn’t really need to watch it, because it was all anybody was talking about on Facebook and Twitter. And based on all of the comments, here’s what I learned.
1) Carrie Underwood has a pretty voice but can’t act. Well, duh. A nice voice does not a musical theater star make. If they really wanted to do this the right way, there are so many actual, seasoned musical theater actors whom they could have cast as Maria (one of them was already in the building and has played Maria before!!!). But they were going for audience numbers. And Carrie has a lot of fans.
2) People on the internet don’t seem to understand how hard it is to put something like this on TV live. There were so many comments along the lines of “Well I saw The Sound Of Music in [insert name of theater here], and that was LIVE, so I don’t see what the big deal is.”
3) A lot of people didn’t understand that this was the stage show and not the beloved movie, which made a lot of their complaints really dumb.
4) Audra MacDonald completely stole the show. Even if she was a black nun in Nazi Germany, which was weird.
5) Apparently there’s this vampire named Bill Compton, and nobody knew he could sing.
6) Carrie Underwood yodeled really well. Or terribly. Or too realistically. Or too southern. There was a lot of talk about the yodeling, but nobody could agree.
7) The hills were not actually alive, and several people wanted their money back.
8) An old dude kept hitting on Liesl, and it made a lot of the internet uncomfortable.
9) None of the accents were right. (But really, if you’re going to make that complaint, you have to make it about the movie too.)
10) A lot of people must have ended up really, really drunk.
Dec 5, 2013 Paid/Sponsored Post
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Fiona’s beautiful – but crooked – smile
On Monday I got a call from the school nurse. She always starts out “This is the school nurse; it’s not an emergency” which is much appreciated. Fiona had come to her because her gums were so swollen she could hardly eat lunch. (I’d packed her a bagel. That doesn’t work with any kind of mouth injury.)
The earliest dentist appointment I could get for her was Wednesday morning, and by then, of course, her gums were fine. So we went in for a check-up.
Fiona goes to my dentist, the same one who told me that Invisalign would never work for my teeth. It’s working just fine, thank you very much, and seeing what some of her friends are going through with braces, Fiona wants to get Invisalign too.
While he was cleaning Fiona’s teeth, the dentist mentioned to her that braces were probably in her future. I tensed up as she interrupted him and said “No, I want to get Invisalign!” And he launched into the same speech he’d given me, filled with vague claims about how it just doesn’t work, and how traditional braces are best.
I let him finish. And I waited to see what Fiona would say. She stayed quiet, so I chimed in. “I think she wants to get Invisalign because I’ve had them for the past seven months, and she sees how well they’re working for me.”
So of course, he changed his tune just enough to match the new facts presented to him. “It’s not that Invisalign doesn’t work,” he explained, “it’s an issue of compliance – kids don’t wear their Invisalign trays as much as they should; braces they can’t take off.”
And there is some truth to what he’s saying. Before I got my Invisalign trays, my orthodontist took a lot of time to stress to me that if I did not wear them for at least twenty-two hours a day, every day, we would not get the results we were looking for. There’s a lot more responsibility on an Invisalign user than on a braces wearer.
But when faced with the choice of wearing and taking care of braces versus wearing Invisalign, Fiona is adamant that she will be responsible. And Invisalign Teen gives you a way to check for compliance: there’s a dot on each tray that changes color if it’s been worn for a sufficient amount of time. So, her orthodontist and I can monitor her progress, and the threat of braces will be there if she doesn’t follow the rules.
I like my dentist, but he’s obviously made up his mind against Invisalign, for no good reason. This is why it is so important to get a second opinion about it. If your dentist doesn’t have any experience with Invisalign, it’s totally possible that he will steer you towards a product he can make some money with (his office does regular braces). Find someone who has a lot of experience with Invisalign by going to the Invisalign website. My orthodontist is one of the top 1% Invisalign providers in the country! He knows what will work for which mouth, and sometimes that’s braces, or a combination of braces and Invisalign. But if your orthodontist doesn’t have all of the tools at his disposal, how will he help you choose what’s right for you?
I’ve avoided having a check-up with my dentist since getting my aligners, because I know he’s against them (I could just take them out, but the attachments all over my back teeth are a dead giveaway). Now that I’ve outed myself to him, I guess I should go in for a cleaning. Maybe I can convince him to check out Invisalign again.
Dec 5, 2013 Randomosity
I slept for ten hours straight last night. My husband had come home sick from work that morning, and by the evening I was feeling exhausted and run down. I was afraid I was coming down with whatever he’d had, so I put a very lazy dinner on the table (canned everything), said goodnight, and climbed into bed. I highly recommend it.
If left to my own devices, I think I’d probably sleep about 9.5 hours each night, either straight or combined with a nap. I’ve always needed a lot of sleep. I’ve functioned for long periods of my life without enough sleep, and the result is not pretty. Now that my life is less crazy and my kids are older, I’m trying not to do that anymore. It feels good.
In case you missed it, I posted many many pictures yesterday from my decorating lesson with The Cake Boss. So much fun!
Heading to an event today at GameStop, and I wanted to bring some old video games to trade in. Asked Omer and Jake about five times last night to gather a few before they went to bed. Of course they didn’t! So now I have to try to guess. This should be fun. It would be like them trying to guess which kitchen tools I’m ready to part with. (The answer is “None.”)
I’ve seen #31 & #33 many times, and they make me cry every single time. Thanks to my friend Sandra for posting this on Facebook and brightening up my morning!
This poor woman was live tweeting about a car accident while listening to her police scanner, when she gradually realized something awful about the fatal wreck.
This Christmas tree is a real Scream. (I want one.)
Two unicorns for sale on Craigslist. Serious inquiries only.
There’s a good reason why we tend to launch our rockets near the ocean. China hasn’t quite learned this yet.
And I leave you with possibly the best Christmas song ever cobbled together on the internet. "Shut up Wesley!"
Dec 4, 2013 What's Going On
On Monday I had a really fun morning: I got up even earlier than usual (5am! Ack!) and headed to Times Square to the M&M’s World Store. It was closed and quiet. The employees were getting ready for their day, which included a public appearance at the store by Buddy Valastro, of Carlo’s Bakery and Cake Boss fame.
I knew you could get customized M&M’s but I didn’t know you could get your FACE!
But before that, Buddy would be teaching me and a few other bloggers some of his decorating tips! We each had a station set up with some of the tools from the Cake Boss line of baking tools. I’ve used a lot of different brands of baking tools over the years, so I can say with some authority that these were really great, and I was thrilled to be able to take them home at the end of the event.
We started out with some cupcakes. The icing we were using was super fluffy and light, and very easy to make pretty. Buddy showed us the “Buddy System” for filling a piping bag – have a buddy hold it for you with both hands while you fill it. :-)
Thank you for this picture, Vera!
Using one hand to hold the piping bag and another to turn our cake decorating turntable, we made easy, pretty designs on our cupcakes.
Then, we added the magic of M&M’s to make our cupcakes festive! Buddy says that M&M’s are great for decorating because you don’t need a lot of skill to make things look pretty. Not confident enough with a piping bag to make a border around a cake? Make a border with M&M’s!
After the cupcakes we moved on to cookies. We spread some very liquidy chocolate icing on, like the kind they use to make Black & White Cookies, and I tried my hand at a clock cookie. While I’ve had some experience piping with royal icing, this was thicker and a little harder to work with – it didn’t really “flow” like I’m used to (my cookie guru Gail thinks that maybe it was buttercream). But not bad for my first try!
Buddy’s tip for writing with icing is to hold and squeeze the piping bag with one hand, and “give it the finger” with the other – hold the tip of your middle finger against the bottom of the piping bag to guide it.
We tried writing happy birthday on a cookie next, which Buddy of course made look easy.
Shh! Vera and I are concentrating! (Thank you to Diane Bondareff for this picture.)
Again, I think I did pretty well! Plus, I prettied mine up with M&M’s.
Buddy’s cookie on the left, mine on the right!
I totally took Buddy’s Happy Birthday cookie home. I asked permission first! The answer was, “As long as you don’t sell it on eBay.” As if. I totally ate it. It was Cake Bossalicious.
Buddy and me! (Thank you to Diane Bondareff for this picture.)
Buddy’s last words to us were that he hoped we’d go home and decorate some desserts with our families. I knew Fiona would want to. In fact, I didn’t even get a chance to ask her: when she got home from school and saw the supplies I’d brought home from the event, she begged to decorate some cookies!
When Omer got home, Fiona was waiting to give him the cookie she had designed especially for him.
And honestly, giving something I made to someone else feels almost as good as eating it myself. It’s a huge part of why I love to bake!
Dec 4, 2013 Randomosity
This morning started out with a dentist appointment for Fiona due to really painful gums, that were of course better by the time the actual appointment rolled around, but it was too late to cancel. Then my husband headed home from work with what sounds like the flu. Hoping the rest of the day goes as planned, because I need a nice, quiet, productive day.
Please note: if Christopher Walken can’t get a cab, he will accept a ride with fans.
This is just awesome: the true story of why NORAD tracks Santa on Christmas Eve. It involves a wrong number published in a newspaper in 1955.
If you have any issues with flying, you might not want to watch this video. But it’s really cool. You might remember a little while back when two planes collided in midair. One was carrying a bunch of skydivers getting ready to jump. Three of them were knocked unconscious in the collision, but their parachutes opened automatically and they survived. The rest jumped and landed safely. One pilot was able to eject, and the other landed his plane after getting it out of a wicked spin. In other words, everyone survived. Amazing.
But here’s the other amazing part: all of the jumpers were wearing helmet cams. Several of them captured the collision and explosion. It’s pretty amazing.
Alright. More putting together of furniture today. Because you can never have too many shelves. But stop by in a few hours, when I’ll be posting a bunch of pictures from an almost-private decorating lesson I had with the Cake Boss on Monday.
Dec 3, 2013 Randomosity
I think I have a case of the Mondays this morning. Except it’s Tuesday. I just have to be different.
Over the weekend I went to my friends Kris and Sarah’s annual Latkefest. There was, once again, a You Buy It We Fry It contest. Kris won her own contest with a stroke of genius: panko-encrusted, deep-fried deviled eggs. Trust me, they were amazing.
This is an amazing collection of pictures of 80s musicians as they look now. Frankly, most of them are still hot! The ones that didn’t age so gracefully are the ones that are trying too hard to still look like they did in the 80s. The only really OMG pic? Pete Burns of Dead or Alive. A botched cosmetic procedure turned him into Donatella Versace. Sad.
Thanks so my friend Ilena for sharing on Facebook!
This lip-syncing chatroulette guy is at it again, this time with Wrecking Ball. I could watch this 100 times.
And the most searched-for celebrity on Bing in 2013 was…
This Russian commercial for tampons gets to the point in a way that American commercials rarely do.
Don’t want to get a flu shot? Fine. You’re in good company (my husband walks amongst you most years). But if you’re using any of these excuses, you should know the truth.
My friend Ciaran posted this amazingly simple holiday decorating idea. I’m totally doing this!
This Pizza Hut manager took a stand and refused to open his restaurant on Thanksgiving, and he got fired. While he’s since been offered his job back, I hope someone offers him a better one.
Somebody please buy me this.
This is the only curmudgeonly thing I will say for the rest of the holiday season about Elf on the Shelf.
The video in this article is AMAZING. Divers were wearing cameras while searching a shipwreck, and found a man who had survived for three days in an air pocket. Really incredible.
And last, I thought this was a really interesting (if rambling) interview with Joe Jonas, former Disney Channel star, formerly of The Jonas Brothers. It’s a little look into what it’s like to be catapulted to stardom by the Disney star-making machine.
OK, I’m off to put together furniture. Because you can never have too many shelves. My husband would say I should just stop buying things, but buying the things and then buying more shelves works for me.
Dec 2, 2013 Contest/Giveaway
Last Friday I posted about the Tassimo T55. It was the perfect time for me to try out this brewing system, sent to me by Tassimo to review, because my mom was visiting. She drinks tea, my husband drinks coffee, and I like neither of those but love hot chocolate. So between the three of us we were able to try a bunch of different Tassimo drinks, and they were fantastic!
If you’re looking for a great gift (even if it’s for yourself!) I have a discount code for you to use today only, Cyber Monday, December 2nd 2013.
Just go to TassimoDirect.com and use the code TACYMON3.
With this code you can save 20% off of Tassimo T-discs, or save 20% off of Tassimo brewers and get 2 Free Packages of T-discs.
Please note: Valid in the US only on TassimoDirect.com. Cannot be combined with other offers. Limit 1 coupon redemption per customer. 20% T DISC discount limited to 6 T DISC packages. 20% brewer discount limited to 2 brewers. Offer valid only on 12/2/2013 and ends at 11:59PM PST.
One of my lucky readers will win a Tassimo T55 Brewer, complete with a sampling of T-discs, so that she can unlock her own perfect cup! This prize is worth approximately $190.
All you have to do to enter is tell me what your favorite kind of hot beverage is. Just leave a comment on this post.
For a second entry, you can tweet about the giveaway with a link back to this post. The tweet must contain “@SelfishMom” (but should not start with it). Or, you can just copy and paste this:
Want to win a #Tassimo brewing system from @SelfishMom? Enter here: http://slf.sh/1jVTdyB
Make sure to leave a second comment with a link to your tweet, or it won’t count (instructions on how to find and post the url of your tweet can be found here).
That’s a maximum of two entries per household please. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter, and the prize can only be shipped within the US. Void where prohibited by law.
The giveaway ends at noon-ish on Monday, December 16th, 2013 and the winner will be chosen approximately 24 hours later. The winner will be chosen by random.org. The winner will be emailed and the winner’s name will be posted at the top of this post once the winner is verified. It is each entrant’s responsibility to make sure that her entry appears in the comment section, and to contact me before the drawing if there is a problem. Entries that do not follow the rules stated in this post will not be approved. See my complete Giveaway Rules page for more information.