To my Grandfather & Abuelito

Until November 11, 2011, I had all 4 of my grandparents living. Both sets had been married for over 65 years and all provided me with healthy achieving role models. 

On November 11, I lost my Abuelito. My Mother’s father passed away with his family by his bed side. He was a Mexican-American family doctor who in fact, delivered my Mother. Always one to entertain, he was a very special grandfather who made everyone laugh.

On May 16, I lost my Grandpa McCabe. His memorial service was filled with people who looked up to him for being an incredible intelligent, devoted and Christian man. He was a WWII vet who was so dedicated to his family.

These men were so special. I am so blessed to have them in my life. I know they are both in a better place but I hope they know how much we miss them.

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The Real Housewives of …

I consider myself to be an intelligent, responsible and interesting person. I enjoy deep conversations with my friends and loved ones over bottles of wine and coffee where we discuss art, fashion and spirituality. While I feel all of this, I do know that I have one major weakness… any possible Real Housewives of ________ shows. I think this brings me down a few notches on the cool scale.

All joking aside, I really can’t get enough of this trash television. I never miss an episode. I love when two seasons are on at one time. I know way too much about all of the cast members. While I am 90% sure that I don’t like the fact that I watch the show so much, I thought I would indulge and write a little bit about the show on here. These are just ramblings and random thoughts.

If I had to put them in order, it would be:

  1. Orange County – The original, so I have to put this on the top
  2. Atlanta – I love Nene
  3. Beverly Hills – So much drama
  4. New Jersey – I am sucked in because I really want them to get along
  5. New York – Since everyone was fired, I am not sure what this will be like moving on
  6. Miami – Is this even going to be on again?

Best moment in Housewives history

  1. The table flip from season 1 New Jersey – this stands alone as the best drama filled moment

Favorite Housewives

  1. _____ I don’t want to put anyone on top of this list
  2. Caroline Manzo – She is just such a badass
  3. Kyle Richards – While she can be an attention hog, I like that lady
  4. Nene Leakes – Fabulous
  5. Vicki Gunvalson – Original housewife and powerful woman
  6. Bethenny Frankel – I really wish she was back on the show

These shows are completely scripted and don’t promote anything positive. The ladies should not be famous and I shouldn’t care about them. However, hey… it’s entertainment!

Is it Time for a Second Dog?

For the last few years, Bryan and I have thrown around the idea of getting a second dog. This is a serious decision.

Right now we have one of the best dogs in the world. We rescued Buster from a pound in Salt Lake City when he was around a year old.  From the beginning, he was a relatively easy dog. We only had to deal with growing pains, accidents and the occasional chewing for the first few months. He is the ideal dog for two busy people. He sleeps all day, and is active when I need him to be. Full of love, he is always at our side ready to cuddle.

The one thing that really changed with him was his interactions with other dogs. When we first took him to a dog park he loved it. He ran around and tried to play with the big dogs. Now (and I am afraid because of his lack of socializing), he stays by our side constantly, and snaps occasionally at other dogs. I’m wondering if giving him a best friend will be the right move.

I thought I would list out the pros and cons and see if anyone had any thoughts.

PROS

  • Buster gets a friend
  • Hopefully Buster learns to socialize
  • Bryan and I get a new baby
  • More fun for us
  • Could be blessed with another dream dog
  • Save a dog’s life

CONS

  • Could rescue a nightmare dog
  • More vet, food costs
  •  Harder to find dog watchers
    (However, I assume now I would just need to get housesitters)

So there it is. I know if we rescued another dog, I would look for that “Buster-friend.” This means another small cuddly sleepy pup.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: My Thoughts

Here is the situation. When I was in Europe between my junior and senior of college I began to read Everything Is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer. I loved it so much, that when I noticed that he had as second novel, I picked it up and devoured it immediately. It is no understatament to say that this book changed my life. It didn’t change my life in the way a self help book does, or a book that brings to light social travesties … it changed the way that I interacted with literature. It gave me a favorite book. It gave me a present to give to people who I care about. It gave me a passion.

So that is back story…

Now you know that the book has become a movie. The critics and viewers are not loving this at all. I went to see it this weekend, even though it has a 49% rating on RT and 6.2 stars on IMDB.

The most common complaints I see are that Oskar is annoying, that they did a terrible job making a 9/11 movie. Most reviews are negative. However, reading them all, it’s clear to me that there should be two categories of reviews: people who read the book, and people who didn’t.

Here are my thoughts, mind you, these are the thoughts of someone who has read the book around 9 times and cried when she found out Tom Hanks was going to be playing Thomas Schell.

Thomas Horn was an excellent choice for Oskar. 
Oskar is a weird kid. He is an extremely odd and intelligent boy who is ultimately 9 years old. Choosing a child, who is a boy genius was one of the best casting decisions I have seen. Here is a kid who is so smart that he teaches himself how to act. He is so believable as Oskar. I do wish he would have said some of my favorite phrases such as “Jose!”

I am so happy that it wasn’t a Tom Hanks show.
This story is about Oskar, not Thomas Schell. Some critics have complained that Tom Hanks was not in the movie enough. He wasn’t supposed to be. The story is not about him, it includes him.

I was confused by what was left out. 
There were multiple times throughout the film when I thought to myself Hmm, that’s missing. It’s inevitable, yes. I know that not everything in an entire novel can be included. There were parts in the book that were so monumental, that I don’t really understand how they could have been left out.

In the end, I need to see the movie again. Everyone I saw it with cried many times. I wasn’t moved to tears because I was doing too much analyzing. Part of me is mournful that I have now lost the “I wish they would make this a movie” feeling. I am also sad to no longer have the anticipation. The truth is I am happy. I will still recommend the book to everyone that I meet and I will always love everything by Mr. Safran Foer. I invite you to watch the movie and judge it for yourself.