Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Got me some new Edward Cullen the other day. WOOT! I was doing my shopping at Walmart and noticed a Twilight poster display. I have several posters already but this one just jumped out at me. There are a couple others I'd still like to get but the reality is I just don't know where I'd ever put all of them?! I have tons of old U2 posters, The Crow, all of my Titanic posters, and now all these Twilight ones...and NONE of them are hung up. We'll need to add a room onto the house (which hubby wants to do anyway, lol) just for my unhealthy indulgences.
I don't know why I suck at posting lately?! I'm back into my old rut of having so much to write about during the day but once I get to the computer it all seems like trivial nonsense. I will *try* to get better because I really do enjoy doing it, and it's fun when readership is up and comments keep coming in. I'll try, people. I'll try!
Let's see, last post was May 27 and the big news items were Ty's upcoming graduation, the dreaded party, and our new Wii. Ty's graduation was a huge success. Even so, I'm greatly relieved it's all done.
Friday, the 29th, he had finals in the morning, then they did a graduation practice, and then got out of school early. Saturday, the 30th, I went shopping for all the food and last minute items for the party. We'd changed our minds on the menu a few times and in the end went with the burgers/brats on the grill like we'd planned way back in the beginning. We were busy all day with getting the lawn mowed and cleaned up, and setting up the gazebo finally. I didn't want to do actual decorating because it was windy with a threat of rain, and I didn't want it all blown away and ruined by party time. We went to my brother's to borrow his picnic table, two other tables, and some lawn chairs, then got a call and offer of another table so had to sidetrack over to a friend's to get that.
Sunday morning, the 31st/graduation day, we were up early and working on last minutes preparations....dragging lawn chairs and coolers out of the garage and getting them cleaned up. I had done some house cleaning on Saturday but rapidly gave up on alot of things I'd intended to get done as Sunday morning ticked by. Hubby started grilling the meat early with the intention of throwing everything into the nesco cooker thing he'd borrowed from his parents. Wouldn't you know, that ancient thing didn't work! And he'd already started the food! I had to run to town at 10am to pick up the cake so I swung over to Kmart to buy a new nesco. Of course, they didn't have any! So here I am, panicking in the middle of Kmart, trying to get a hold of anyone I thought might have a nesco. My sister-in-law Peg said she had a huge crockpot that would hold quite a bit, so I told her I'd be over to pick it up on my way home. I still didn't have the cake at this point so I sent hubby a text, telling him to run over and get Peg's crockpot.
I raced over to Pick-n-Save to pick up the cake, and was a bit disappointed with how it turned out but at this point I was reaching a meltdown point and just wanted to get home. And really, what could they have done? It wasn't a hideous cake, as you can see, but it just seemed a bit sloppy and I was wishing I'd gone with one of those airbrushed designs instead. Oh well, everyone seemed to like it, and it tasted wonderful...confetti cake with butter cream (?) frosting.
(Pic is a little dark, I know.)
Anyway, got the cake, grabbed several bags of ice and some beer to get the beer drinkers started, and raced back home. Hubby was gone at that time, I figured to go get Peg's crockpot. So I continued on with the prep work, getting things decorated, etc. I still had a million and one things to do, and the reality that my firstborn was graduating high school in a few hours was sinking in, and I was getting all frustrated and emotional. I finally had a total meltdown, sitting out on my wicker chair in my beautiful gazebo, crying hysterically. I don't know where it came from but I let it happen and then things seemed much much better. lol
I kicked myself back into gear and we got everything done that we could do before the party. Ty had to run into Buttmunch quick for more ice, and hubby had to run over to a friend's to pick up a nesco that was offered, and I finished up the decorations...and we were finally able to sit down and relax for a short time. (Found out later that hubby had never stopped at Peg's to get the crockpot or even let her know we didn't need it now. I hadn't let her know either cuz it slipped my mind that we'd just never gotten it. DOH!)
My mom and stepdad arrived extra early. My stepdad is 81 years young and was not going to be attending the school ceremony. He was going to wait at our house while the rest of us went to the school. Ty had to be there early so he left in his own car. I wanted to be there early enough to get my desired spot, so we left quite early too. My sister had been texting, saying they would go right to the school (coming from Iowa for the event) and would be there closer to start time. Other than that I wasn't sure who would actually be at the school, or if everyone was just coming to the party.
I found my spot at the rail in the upper area that looks down over the gym. I knew with the zoom lens I'd be able to get right in there for the happenings at the stage, and from in the upper area I could get pics of the whole class, the whole gathering. The only real disadvantages to this were that I couldn't get any pics of the grads coming into the gym from the far end, wouldn't get any good shots of Ty as they made their way up the aisle, and I couldn't actually see the senior video from where I stood. I wasn't too worried about that one though because I knew they were getting a copy on cd or dvd. Luckily, my sister was sitting near the back and got this pic of Ty entering...
The Class of 2009...
My biggest fear was that I would absolutely be bawling thru this whole ceremony and embarrass myself. I'm an overly emotional person to begin with, and I did not graduate, so to have my own son graduate from the same school I went to was an incredibly huge sentimental dorky point for me. I think my meltdown at home earlier in the morning helped because I got thru the ceremony quite easily. Sure, there were some happy tears now and then but it was much easier than I'd expected! LOL
I ended up using my video camera way more than my digital camera because the lens zoomed way more, and because it was just easier. I know there is a way to get still photo 'grabs' from the video but I haven't played around with it enough to figure that out yet. My sister got some pictures and some video. Between the two of us, I think we got most of the important bits covered.
The senior video was, as feared, crappy by my 'back in my day' standards. Well, the photo part of it was ok, although Ty said it was a bit stupid that the same clique of people seemed to keep showing up again and again. The music is the part I'm always harsh on. Back in the ancient days when they started doing these presentations (with two slide projectors alternating pics, and a hand-mixed tape of music) they tried to use music that was more related to the situation...things like The Best of Times, by Styx, and Time, by Alan Parsons Project, etc. They used decent sized samples of the songs and the blend of photos seemed to work with it. The last three graduations I've been at (nephew Dan, niece Amanda, and now Ty's) they seem to use this total hodgepodge mess of music that means nothing and relates to nothing. And the samples are very brief, like you barely have time to get into the song and the next one is playing. Also, the tendancy to crank the volume to 11 is highly annoying and probably not appreciated by the older folks in the audience.
This year was not much different. I don't think the volume was quite as extreme as the last ones, but it was that same makes-no-sense technique. I did realize however, that I think they were just using samples of popular music from over the years since these 17-18 year olds were born. I heard Mmmbop, by Hanson, and Name, by GooGoo Dolls, and Runaway Train, by (gah, can't remember!)...all of which I know are from Ty's baby/toddler days. And then my sister mentioned in a blog comment that maybe they just use a program to mix the whole thing and yeah, it seems to make sense now. I wonder if there IS some program or whatever, enter the years, it puts together a selection of songs from then, and gives you a mix. Still sucks compared to the old days but at least I would understand how/why they're coming up with the apparent nonsense it comes out as.
I was greatly relieved to hear that there were cheers when Ty's pics came up. How embarrassing for those kids who get near silence when theirs come up? Gah.
So, ceremony finished and we're stuck in the chaos of people outside the school. Usually the kids are running around trying to get pics taken with everyone. We had told Ty not to worry about rushing home after but that we (hubby and I) had to get back to get the food set out, etc. My sister, mom, and I managed to find him for a moment outside while he was taking pics with his friends, then it was off to the car to wait in the traffic jam leaving the parking lot.
We got home to find hubby's parents already there, keeping my stepdad company in the house. My father-in-law doesn't get around very easily these days so I think they skipped the crowded school too. Some brief 'hello's when we got home then hubby and I were busy setting out the food and everything that could not have been put out ahead of time. People were almost immediately starting to show up, and the party was on.
It was a wonderful turnout (51 people) and I actually had a great time. I didn't get to talk to my sister, or my family much but it didn't look like anyone was sitting around wallflowering so I'm hoping everything was good for all. I thought it was very cool how many of Ty's classmates stopped by! He's not a very social kid, and we were not allowing underage drinking, so I was impressed by not only how many came but by how long they actually stayed. I was quite surprised by the lack of alcohol consumption in general! I had bought two packs and we still had well over half of that the next morning! And the weather was quite nice too. It became a little chilly as the afternoon turned into evening but compared to the crap weather we had before (and since) it was like a very pleasant gift from Mother Nature for the day. The last of the partygoers helped us clean up, pick up, pack up, and were gone by about 9pm. A long day that started out with extreme levels of stress...ended up being a greatly satisfying event.
I have tons of pics from the whole day posted in an album over at Facebook if you'd care to see more. There are many more great ones over there than what I've included here. Please take a peek, and leave a comment or two while you're there. :)
After the party, we relaxed in the house for a bit before bed. Ty opened his cards and gifts. As expected, the huge majority was cards with money included. That boy is richer than he's ever been. He was most thrilled though with the cellphone we got him. He'd been sharing mine up to now because, like I said, he's not very social. We figured that now he'll be out there doing the job hunting thing, stepping into the adult world, and it was time he has his own. I was even sneaky and put all his friends' numbers in beforehand, and some of us had sent congratulation texts so they were all there waiting for him when he turned the phone on. lol
And since then he's been living the life of leisure. He doesn't turn 18 till June 17 so we're not yet pushing him too hard to find a job. He has no plans for college, but I think I've maybe got him thinking about a class or two at tech school for computer graphics or something. Yesterday he was at EB Games/Gamestop in the mall waiting for the hottest, coolest new blood-n-guts video game to arrive (*rolls eyes*) and it occurred to him that it would be cool to work there. We printed out the application and next week he'll go drop it off.
(Yes, we are aware that he can be working while he's 17 but from things I've overheard at my own workplace, we might as well not deal with the whole 'part-time only cuz he's not 18' thing right now when he's only days away from being 18.)
The other big thing in my otherwise boring life is our new baby, the Wii. That thing is a blast! Even if you don't think you want to play, once you start you can't help but get into it 110%. We were doing the bowling again last night and got so into it that Casey set a new record of six strikes in a row, with a high score of 205. We're already planning rematches for tonight when hubby gets home. LOL!
I've been goofing around with the Wii Fit the last few days. I had not done anything with it since that day we first got it. I've only done the balance games so far, and while they're hysterically funny to do and to watch, they really do get your muscles working. And it amazes me how far out of whack my body is. I mean, I knew it was cuz I'm old and fat now, but...wow. If nothing else, it does get you thinking about how you move and carry yourself. I'd like to get more involved in the other exercises but right now it's hard with my schedule and with the boys being home and playing their own games or watching crap on TV.
I still haven't been watching movies. The only one I've seen since my last post was another Gamers movie. It's not even worth linking to the pic or description, it was that bad. While the other Gamers movie was bad but in a campy fun way, this one was just plain old bad.
I'd been bumping all the Doctor Who stuff up on the Netflix list for hubby and the boys to watch during the pre-graduation days when my mind was definately not into movies anyway. And now that it's over I find my mind and mood are still not into movie watching. There are things I'd like to be doing outside but the weather is just sooooo not summery that it does little to motivate me. So I've been spending all my time working on my photo projects. I've borrowed all of my mom's photos, and have been scanning ones I don't have, and ordering prints from Snapfish. I'm redoing all my photo albums....again....to accomodate old pics I'd missed. I still need to get some sort of order/storage for my tons of digital photos. This is what I've been doing, and should be doing now.
So I'll wrap this entry up for now.