Friday, September 04, 2009

Friday Fragments

Friday Fragments?

Welcome to another edition of Friday Fragments - please visit my friend, the lovely lady Mrs.4444.


This has been a crazy busy week. The last full week before school starts next Tuesday. Days spent visiting friends, a week that was sprinkled with many a reflective moment, for obvious reasons. A week that was crazy but with nothing to show for it...what did I do all week? In fact, what have I done in the past 5 years! Sheesh!

I've really got to get organized.


Any "So You Think You Can Dance" fans out there? The Canadian version is now in full swing and wouldn't you know it, there's a local girl in the top 16! Turns out she shares the same orthodontist as my boy - that's where we first found out that she was in the the dance show. And she is GOOD! Melanie M - not quite the doctor her parents wanted her to be (at least not yet) ... but she's on fire on the dancefloor.

So, is it just me, or are the choreographers obsessed with the "I'm a crazy stalker girlfriend who cannot let go of the man who continues to diss me" storyline as the backdrop for their dances? This is a continuing theme, which to be honest, is starting to get on my nerves. It certainly makes for drama (girls flinging themselves at the guy, clawing at them, pleading with them...) and it's art, I suppose.

I think Katy and Twitch did it best...

But can we move on now?


As I scour the latest fashion magazines to figure out what I should invest in for my new work wardrobe, how shocked (and so NOT prepared to go there) was I to find that the 80's are again in full force. Those sharp angled shoulders, bright neon colours, harem pants ... uh, no thank you.

Back to work shopping is on my list of things to do, and I'm in the market for a couple of good suits. Should make great Fashion Friday fodder. What was that again?


Speaking of "Back to", how much back to school shopping have I done for the kids? Let's see .... a big fat ZERO! I'm hoping that their backpacks haven't had any holes drilled into them by the bacteria that lies within, attracted by juicebox drippings and cookie crumbs circa June 2009.


I took the kids to see "Bedtime Stories" again, but this time in the open air at our nearby soccer field. It was the last of a series that ran in our community for the first time this summer.

We met up with good friends, set up our lawn chairs, got out the popcorn, and enjoyed the film under the bright moonlight. It was fun to see the kids chattering way, little G giggling with her BFF, while stuffing her face full of popcorn. The boy intensely playing with his DS, but at least interactively with his friend (and BFF's big brother), cracking up at the game and at the movie every so often.

As the evening cooled down, and the girlie started to get tired, she climbed up on my lap for a snuggle. At first I was hit by a tinge of sadness. After all, I'm not anything if not melancholy.

This would be the last carefree summer with the kids. No more hanging out, at friends' pools, popping over for impromptu coffees with other moms in the neighbourhood, shuffling the kids off to the library for programs or just to catch a few moments with the magazines and books. At least not during the day. Oh I know, your heart bleeds. But it has been a very special time for our family.

Nothing lasts forever.

Then I realized that it's not entirely true.

The sadness faded away and was replaced by the loving cuddle of a little girl who was nestling her tired sweet face into the warmth of her mother's embrace. Her mother embracing the Now.

This, this is what I cherish, this love that I have for my kids, my husband, my family. And this love, it ain't ever going away.


That's a wrap. Have a great weekend!


Kori said...

What? I am back in style? That is so cool!

I loved this post; you capture so well the feelings and the setting. Thanks for the reminder to cherish the now.

Ginaagain said...

Yes the 80's are back and apparently so is punk. I discovered that while shlepping my teenaged son (!) from one mall to another looking for "skinny jeans".

I love your writing Karen. It's so easy to forget that what is really important is right now because we won't get this moment back.

Momisodes said...

I loved the way you captured this. I'm so glad you all had a lovely summer.

I am a huge SYTYCD fan! They don't air the Canadian version here (I don't think), but I love watching the show they have here :)

Rima said...

I'm only excited about the 80s coming back because of the leggings. Also perms. (Shhh! I didn't say that out loud.)

Momo Fali said...

I hate 80's fashion, but if I could somehow get back to the size I was in 1985...I would totally wear my paisley jeans again.

Cherry said...

Awww! This next season of "Back To..." is a big one.

I love how you captured the moment at the movies. So sweet.

And uh... SYTYCD! LOVE IT! I haven't seen any of the performances from Canada though. We have a few of our favorite moments recorded and we still go back to watch them every once in a while. Specifically Jamie and Hawk (we loved Hawk on America's Best Dance Crew too!) and then this last year's Breast Cancer dance... I cry every time I see it. Amazing.

Good luck with everything this week!

petite gourmand said...

I'm so not sure I want to revisit these new 80's styles.
Been there- done that.
Also not sure what the other almost 40 year old mom's would think of me if I started sporting neon American Apparel tights and leg warmers...
"but I'm a cool mom..."

SYTYCD Can. great talent this year.
But is it me or do the costumes seem second rate this season? not to mention the camera work.
Sheesh- sometimes it makes me dizzy.
budget cuts this year perhaps?
Also I can't take Jean Marc- he really gets on my nerves- he talks entirely too much.
Especially considering I have no idea what he's talking about half the time.

otherwise the dancers are great.

enjoy this last precious weekend and good luck this upcoming week.

a new chapter....

Mrs4444 said...

I don't watch that show much, but I loved the video clip--beautiful.

80's? Oh, say it isn't so! Well, I do like high-waisted pants (they cover he muffin top much better.) Good luck with the shopping. I love New York and Company for work clothes--they have really nice, classic stuff with some new trends thrown in for good measure, too.

Your family is transitioning. The good thing is that you are together and love each other. Hope the ride is smooth :)

J at said...

Very sweet lovelyness.

Cherish the days where you can get this far without back to school shopping. My daughter pretends that school will never happen, until about a week beforehand, and then she suddenly wants her hair done, eyebrows waxed, not one but TWO trips for back to school supplies, followed by a VERY bored trip to the supply store for paper, pencils, etc.

Still, I love to see her all fresh and ready, and I love the opportunity to clean up her room and get her all organized in the name of "back to school"...

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

awwwww, I remember summers like that.


Kirby3131 said...

I'm with Rima - I love permed hair. My hair looks just awful long and straight. OK, not awful, just not good.

Anyway...I loved that you finally got it, that you should embrace the kid in your lap and not think about the times when she isn't going to be doing that. That was a great moment for you :)

Kristin - The Goat

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

You had the best years at home with them, they will NEVER forget that, nor will you. Change is hard but usually once you settle in, it's nothing but good.

Can't wait to see your new work duds!

And when did the 80's travesties of fashion come back in? Ugh.

Heidi said...

I also noticed the '80's look is back when I shopped with my daughter for school clothes. One of the outfits is a jean mini skirt that she wears black leggings under. Black with lace trim. Oh dear, she's almost a teenager.
It sounds like you appreciate the moments with your kids and will now appreciate the changes coming in your life.
I wish there was a place to see movies outside like that around here. The closest is about 30 miles away.


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