Jenn Satterwhite from BlogHer quoted and linked to my Nutcracker post on SV Moms Blog! How cool. I'm still new enough to all this blogging stuff to be flattered as hell when someone comments on one of my posts, let alone linking to one. It's hard to believe (but I'm happy anyway) that people are reading what I write. I guess that's why people blog in the first place -- they have something to say. Even if no-one read my posts, I would still blog. But it's nice that a few people do.
It's late at night, and I've been making my way around the blogosphere, lazily clicking on links and letting them take me where the wind goes. I found myself on a homeschooler's site in the Shenandoah Valley, and she had a great post about "Four Things". I thought I would write down Four Things of my own:
Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. GRO (Guest Relations Officer) at a disco -- sorry, everything I did was squeaky-clean and legal!
3. Office assistant
4. Product Manager
Four movies I've watched over and over:
2. The Sound of Music
3. Balanchine's The Nutcracker
4. The Shawshank Redemption
places I have lived:
1. Manila, Philippines
2. Palo Alto, CA
3. Cambridge, MA
4. Sunnyvale, CA
Four TV shows I love to watch:
1. Grey's Anatomy
4. Food Network Challenge
Four places I have been on vacation:
2. Boracay Island in the Philippines
3. Las Vegas
Four of my favorite foods (note how healthy they are):
1. Chocolate chip cookies
2. Mint chip ice cream
3. Beef fajitas
4. McDonalds Sausage McMuffin with Egg
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. The Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui
2. The Bellagio in Las Vegas
3. on a deserted white-sand beach in the Philippines
4. home, in bed
So, what are your Four Things?
Over the years, I have watched many Nutcrackers, and at each period of my life my experiences have been a bit different. I can still remember watching my very first Nutcracker ballet when I was about five or six, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Like many little girls, my own included, it was my first ballet ever. I remember watching my aunt's Sony Betamax tape of Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov with the American Ballet Theater dancing George Balanchine's Nutcracker. We watched that tape again and again throughout my childhood. Even now, I can hum Tchaikovsky's score from memory. We oohed and aahhhed over Baryshnikov's turns and tried to copy all the dances. Even though I was a chubby, clumsy girl who hated going to ballet lessons, I always loved watching ballet, and I still do. In my teen years, I switched from ballet to jazz and actually started enjoying to dance myself. From my years dancing for Powerdance, I gained an appreciation for the technical side of dance, and began watching the Nutcracker with a more critical eye, admiring extensions, arches and turnouts, imagining myself doing all those fouettes and gasping with sympathy at how tired the sugarplum fairy must be.
I'll take another photo later once they are baked and on their way to our Thanksgiving dinner. Hopefully everyone will like it as much as Graham's officemates did.
Why do people think that children are picky eaters? Sure, most of them won't touch vegetables, but kids will eat things that most grownups can't even think about without feeling queasy in the stomach. Take sand, for instance. What baby hasn't tasted (and loved) sand? Or anything that has fallen to the ground. When the twins were about a year old, I could have used them to clean up the kitchen floor instead of a vacuum. Today I discovered Philip and James in the kitchen, taking turns drinking -- no, GULPING -- down a bottle of Nesquick Chocolate Syrup. Yesterday I caught James sampling some Play-Doh. It must be from Graham's side -- ketchup and rice was as weird as I got when I was a kid. Graham's mother, however, tells me that he used to eat coal.
On a more sobering note, however, this omnivore tendency in kids can be fatal. I actually know someone whose 1-year old child died from poisoning. When his mother and nanny were engrossed in a tv show, he crawled over to the kitchen cabinet and drank a bottle of Zonrox Bleach. So keep your household cabinets locked, moms, and remember that there are worse things than a child who eats only macaroni and cheese.
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