25 February 2010


Did you know this movie existed?

19 February 2010

Escape to...

DISNEYLAND!!! Thanks to Rachel's quick comments, we made spur-of-the-moment plans to go to Disneyland (Yay annual pass!). It was a great day. Best part? Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Also, did you know they revamped the Its a Small World ride? I didnt. I noticed all sorts of things on this trip: Disney characters in Its a small world,
From 2010 blog pics

the petrified tree,
pirate ship sails over the Pirates of the Caribbean building (sorry, no picture of that one)...

Part of the trip included a challenge to re-learn the Pirate's Life for Me lyrics. Well, Here's my first step...

Disney - A Pirate's Life For Me (Yo Ho) Lyrics

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We pillage plunder, we rifle and loot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We extort and pilfer, we filch and sack.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Maraud and embezzle and even highjack.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We kindle and char and in flame and ignite.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We burn up the city, we're really a fright.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

We're rascals and scoundrels, we're villians and knaves.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We're devils and black sheep, we're really bad eggs.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

We're beggars and blighters and ne'er do-well cads,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.

18 February 2010

Health Care

My sweet baby girl* is in the hospital*. I hope the doctor* can save her!

It's amazing how much my sanity and freedom depend on my car. I mean, I am fine and all, but it's only been like 12 hours--most of which I was asleep--and I miss her already. Last night, for example, I was ready to go home but I couldn't because I was dependent on someone else being ready to take me. It was fine, I kept myself busy. (In fact, it was probably a good thing, because there is no way I would have been reading my textbook if I was at home. At home I have A Ring of Endless Light. I'm like 50 pages from the end, and I love both this book and the next book in the series. I also have Rules of the Road, Windless Summer, One Child, Beautiful Child, and about a dozen other books on my "To Be Read ASAP" list.) It's just that lately I've been feeling the need to run away from my life (I'm not really sure why, I just need to get lost***** somewhere) and today, when I actually have time to get out of dodge, I can't because I don't have a car to do it.
(Dear Baby--I'm sorry I've neglected you and made you suffer for so long. You understand, right? Get better soon! Love, Der)


fix everything without exceeding the limits of my bank account
*****I don't know where I got it from, but I love to just pick a road I've never been on and drive for a while. I say that I'm getting myself lost, but I can always find my way home without too much trouble. Well, so far...

17 February 2010

If you know what this is...

...you are probably a nerd. You are in good company, because I am the newest member. I know you don't care, and I really shouldn't admit it to the world, but I found my first cache on Sunday night. A few of us were out looking, and we were looking around everywhere, and we couldn't find it. We were looking and looking, and then I had a great idea and I found it. I've been in the group when the cache was found, but this time I was the one who actually found it! It was great! It's like a little treasure hunt, and the prize is pride. I am totally willing to join you for a trip, if you want.

15 February 2010


Guess what is coming up...
I had so much fun last time, that I'm gonna go again!
Who wants to plan a trip with me?

10 February 2010

Deep thought of the day, Part 2

...This is one of those "things that make you go hmm"*** so it is pretty jumpy and random as it meanders through my head trying to connect the scattered dots and form a cohesive picture. Please be tolerant, if you don't understand it at all...

As hinted yesterday, I often hear snippets of the great debate between nature and nurture. As a child development major, we often discuss which is more important in the development of children. If it's nature, then children would turn out the same no matter what their parents/teachers do (but children raised with no social interaction do not do as well as those with). If it is nurture, then children with seemingly equal upbringing would turn out similarly, and it would be easy "make" all kids turn out in a cookie-cutter-like fashion (but that's also untrue, as children react differently in the same situation). It is largely accepted now that human development is explained through the very complex system in which these two separate ideas come into play.
When I think about it all religiously, I am inclined think that nature is more "important" than nurture, because the characteristics which are nurtured, have to first exist within us (the other great debate: chicken vs. egg). We are eternal beings, and we existed before our birth into humanity, and if that is true, then our characteristics also existed before. But at the same time, if all that is true, what is the point of being here?

Yesterday I heard something very interesting which put this concept into a new light for me. In my class we were talking about basic human needs, and a girl (I believe her name was Heather, oddly enough) said something about how we need to be nurtured. For whatever reason, that instantly brought the Nature Vs. Nurture concept to mind, and I am trying to connect what was said with what is debated. In other words, what she said is that it is human nature to need nurturance. It's just a new way of tying the two ideas together. It is not one or the other it is both (which we already knew) but more than that, neither can exist in human development independently of the other. So far this is just a partial thought that I need to explore more, and have been thinking about ever since. Any thoughts you'd like to share?

More interesting when you add the thought that we need to both give and receive that nurturance.

***(3 stars, just because I felt like it) On a funny and completely irrelevant note: As I was feeding my latest addiction last night, I met a really cute guy who was starting to get pretty drunk. How could I tell? Because as he was slowly showering me with his beer tainted saliva, he shared his really deep thought about how people who are good at dancing are probably using it to their advantage on the dance floor (really!?!?). He then said that the nugget of joy he'd just shared with me was "just one of those 'Things That Make You Go Hmm...' ...Wouldn't it be funny if they started playing C+C Music Factory?" Haha-- Yes, yes it would. And also, I've got to go...over there now.

09 February 2010

Deep thought of the day

Nature Vs. Nurture: which is more influential in human development? How does the idea that a part of our human nature is the need for nurturance fit in to that?

05 February 2010

A Place to Call Her Own

I thought you guys might be interested in this: According to M-M-M-My Pomona, and Ms. Lois at the PPL, the Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable is tomorrow! I, for one, was very excited when I saw this! ...Unfortunately, I will be working, but if you are available, I'd recommend a trip over there to hear a costumed Judith Helton tell Little House inspired tales. And If you do go, please blog about it!!! Oh--And include pictures!

03 February 2010

Any good?

Has anyone watched Life unexpected yet? I remember wanting to watch it, but I don't remember why exactly, just that it looked like it might be good...then yesterday I heard an ad during grandma's news show comparing Life Unexpected to Gilmore Girls. Now I love my Girls. I used to gather with friends to watch the new episode weekly. I was devastated when they announced the series was over. I own all 7 seasons on DVD. I watch them every morning as I'm getting ready for work--just started season 7 2 days ago. And if this show is like that one, I might like it...but it also makes me a little nervous, because I'm pretty sure it's not going to be nearly as good. So, since I have yet to make time to watch it, I'm hoping someone out there can give me a little feed back. What do you think?

01 February 2010

My uncle

Standing where Mel Gibson stood.
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