Monday, June 20, 2011


I distinctly remember the last time I was truly embarrassed. I was in the 5th grade. Sure, embarrassing things happen to me, but the emotion of embarrassment is something I just don't experience. I am not even sure I can really empathize with those who get embarrassed; for it has been far too long since I felt it. I find this a blessing. Sometimes it's a curse.

I don't have a functional DVD player and I haven't for a few years now. I do rent Redbox rentals for my students at work though. Tonight, I saw a charge from Redbox for not returning a rental, so I called them to find out what it was. I was prepared for it to be something a 15 year old would want to watch. What I got was so much more.

Redbox Agent: "Thanks for calling Redbox, this is Jaylen, how may I help you?" (ok, right there, I know this guy can't be more then 22 years old. His name is Jaylen for goodness sakes. And he just sounded youthful.)

Me: "I need to know what movie wasn't returned on my account?" I then have to deliver a lot of information. I don't sound 15.

Jaylen looks it up. Jaylen chuckles! Audibly laughs. Through the giggles, says "Ma'am, it was Justin Beieber Never Say Never"

Me: "Don't judge me" (about to explain it was for a middle school after school program)

Jaylen: "It's ok, no judgments here, my girlfriend made me watch it, its not bad." Another fit of laughter!

Me: "No, I have an after school program for middle school students... (at this point I realize I sound like I am lying) never mind, just know that I don't have any cats."

Jaylen: (can't stop giggling)

Me: "NO CATS!" and I hang up.

*If only Jaylen only knew that this is the second time I have blogged about Justin Beieber.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Two Lists: Summer and Summer

Summer 2011: Two Lists, One Summer.

List #1- What I am declaring as the next big thing and What's OUT/dead/boring me
  • Home made Popsicles v. home made ice cream
  • Designer Jello Desserts (not kidding) v. Cupcakes
  • Twitter v. Face book (WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?)
  • All sorts of weird and wonderful co-ops v. uninspirational farmers Markets
  • Enjoying the movies v. thought-provoking, deep movies
  • Casual Parisian Cafes (preferably with outside tables & exceptional service) v. Food trucks

And a bonus list tonight, because we are taking to the beach this Friday...

List #2: Beach Bag Essentials!
  • Sunscreen, duh.
  • Aloe lotion, duh.
  • Blistex Medicated, duh.
  • Flip flops.
  • Extra pair of sunglasses.
  • Portable ipod speakers. Some people like to read. I like to jam out.
  • Quarters (about $10 worth). Either to pay for the sno-cone or the parking meter. Beach culture is a cash culture.
  • Baby wipes. They are great to wash the salt water & sand mixture right off. Or the sticky Popsicle residue (see list #1).
  • Plastic bags. Great to have for wet suits, sea shell collections, trash, or to protect your phone from the sand & waves.