I must have a child home sick. Yes, I know you’re as tired of hearing this as I’m tired of sharing it. It can’t just be my family, though — one day last week 20% of my daughter’s class was out sick. It just feels like it’s my family! Trust me, I don’t keep my kids home for every sniffle. But high fevers and strep … yes. We’ve just had some bad luck I guess. I felt especially badly because my son missed going out trick-or-treating around the neighborhood and his party at school. It’s way too early in the school year to be missing so many days …
Archive for October, 2011
While looking for lunch last Sunday with my niece and daughter, we stumbled across this place called “Lindo’s” on Western Avenue. And I’m sure glad we did! My niece and I both got breakfast food — the portions were HUGE, the prices were LOW and the food was GOOD!! We also got an extra-sweet treat as a bonus. A group of about eight or nine people sat at a long table next to us with a big birthday cake and gifts, waiting for the guest of honor. We were as surprised as the waitress was because the the surprise guest was … the waitress! These must have been some long-time customers of hers who wanted to make sure her birthday did not go unnoticed. Terry kept wiping tears from her eyes and was obviously very moved. It was really sweet to watch.
I just read that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are working on a “Dark Shadows” movie to be released next May. Apparently, as children, both Depp and Burton were big fans and rushed home after school everyday to watch the show. Depp even wanted to be Barnabas Collins — and look, kids, dreams can come true because now he is (the magazine showed a cast photo and Depp could not look more perfect for the role). “Special Aunt” and I were big fans of the show too, though I can’t remember anything at all about it other than that Barnabas Collins was a vampire. I’m not sure if I want to see it (may be too spooky and scary for me now) but should make for a very interesting movie.
ran in today’s Beacon Journal in the Business section (page B6). It promotes the renovated second floor of the building, but business writer Betty Lin-Fisher also mentioned the five “Penthouse Group” artists on the third floor. The only teeny tiny problem was that Betty referred to me as “Carin” instead of “Cari”. Not a big deal: I’ve heard/seen “Carl”, “Carrie”, “Cary”, “Carri”, “Terry”, “Karen”, etc. forever. The story is also available (with the correction to my name) online: http://www.ohio.com/business/artspace-hopes-to-be-beacon-for-creative-businesses-1.242312
galleries) appeared in today’s . Here’s the online version:
I was just listening to Tina Turner’s song “The Best” on my iTunes and it brought back a random memory from 1985. I was 18 or 19 and in the basement at someone’s house, watching videos on MTV with a bunch of co-workers. Tina Turner’s ”What’s Love Got to Do with it” video came on, and the guys all went gaga over her. Someone said, “I heard she’s really old”, and everyone else was like, no way!!! ”Yeah, I think she’s like 35,” the person said. “No way! She can’t be that old,” everyone else protested. I remember thinking, she can’t be that old — she’s walking around in high heels and a mini-skirt. I never did the math until now. She was 44 when the video was made. Yikes! So I had to watch the video on YouTube, now that I knew how old she was. A couple things struck me: first, the video was filmed in NYC (one my most fave cities) but it was weird to see the Twin Towers. Second, everyone but her looks goofy in their distinctfully ’80s clothes — she’s timeless in a black shirt, black leather skirt, jean jacket, black stockings and high heels). Third, she looked dynamite!! Holy cow!! No wonder the guys went nuts! Fourth, I LOVE the confident way she struts — and she should. She was — and is — an amazing woman. (My husband and I saw her for the first time in concert several years ago — she was in her 60s but you would NEVER have guessed! That woman rocks!!!)
If you love sweets you will want to go to (or stay far away from!) this sale … Main Street Muffins’ “No Muffin Left Behind” sale Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank. Imperfect products will be sold at $1.25 per pound and a portion of the proceeds and any unsold product will go directly to the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank. They’ll have muffins, brownies, cookie dough, granola, baked muffins and muffin batters. It’s first come, first served and cash and checks only. I don’t know what the crowds are like now, but I went a couple years ago and the line was insane. But oh the sweets!!!! They’re perfect for holiday get-togethers and the sales help a good cause, too.
The Akron Art Museum is hosting an “American in Paris” themed party in honor of the “Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism” show opening that night. Set designers will turn the lobby into the streets of Paris and there will be crepes from the Creperie, a cash bar and live entertainment. Members are free and non-members are $10. Oooh la la! (By the way, the exhibit runs through February 5, 2012.)
When my two nieces were young and we would go on our fun outings, I would bring a little camera loaded with 24-exposure film. I would tell them they could each take 6 or 8 photos (total) so they’d have to choose their subjects carefully. They took this very seriously. They would often making us all stop, try to frame a photo, then say, “no, I don’t want to use my picture on that”. It was fun to see them look for the best or most interesting shots they could find. Fast-forward a dozen years to the digital era. My daughter used my little digital camera until the battery died, then I (reluctantly) let her use my “good camera”. Without limits, she took photos of EVERYTHING and in five hours she took 134 photos. Again, it’s interesting to see what interests her enough to take photos of. Apparently everything: the books she was reading in the car, the trees along the road, the birds in the aviary, the toys in the gift shop, herself. Make that everything but … me. Hmmm. (FYI: I don’t print the photos out; I look it as a form of relatively cheap entertainment for the kids and insight into their .)
My college freshman niece mentioned a “Day Glow Party” she was supposed to go to in Columbus with a friend this past weekend; the road trip got cancelled when her friend’s mom heard about it and “freaked out”. I had never heard of such a thing; when I asked my niece what it was, she said it was “like a paint ball, only looser”. Curious, I did a quick Internet search. Its Web site bills it as “the world’s largest paint party”. I watched two videos to figure out what it was all about. It’s like a big concert that tours around to SOLD OUT venues around the world. Tickets cost about $60 each. You have to be at least 18, wear white (blue jeans are okay), and the party runs 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. There’s music, performing artists similar to Cirque de Soleil and the Blue Man Group, and big blasts of dayglo paint that spray into the audience. You can also buy your own paint to spray around. From the videos it looks like a good excuse for girls to wear white bikini tops and tight white low-cut shirts, guys to get drunk, and people to get crazy. Your typical college dream come true. (What puzzles me is that these parties have been around for the last six years and I’m just hearing about it. I guess I’m not as “in the know” as I like to think I am.)