Archive | May, 2012

Reel Time with Middlest: “A” Movie”. “Amélie”

31 May
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Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Year 2001. Rating R. Length 122 Minutes.

Amélie [Original Title: Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain] is a wonderful little movie. I am not 100% confident on who or what introduced me to this film, but I am going to assume that it was introduced to me by my host sisters while visiting L’Angers my senior year of high school. This logic makes sense, as the film is French and during high school I did not know anyone who would introduce me to a film that would require English subtitles. Oddly enough, the other “A” film I was considering [American History X] was also introduced to me by my host sisters. Those girls really know how to pick out Meghan-approved movies!

Picture this: modern day Monmartre, France. Amélie was played by the adorable Audrey Tatou [the lead actress in “The DaVinci Code”].

Amélie as a little girl was painfully isolated and lonely. Her mother died at a young age and her father withdrew himself from the joys in life. This isolation caused Amélie to develop a whimsical imagination to ward off her loneliness. For most of the film, Amélie was a 23 year old introverted waitress who found pleasure in changing people’s lives for the better.

Amélie discovered joy in helping others shortly after Princess Diana’s death. The shock of the death caused Amelie to drop a bottle top, which rolled into the wall, dislodging a tile. The hole in the wall encased a metal box with trinkets from the 1950s. Yadda, yadda, yadda…Amelie discovered who the box belonged to and anonymously gave the box back. She overheard the owner refer the unknown person as his guardian angel. At that point Amelie promised herself to devote her life to bring happiness onto others.

The next scene was one of my personal favorites. Here’s a video of Amélie helping a blind man cross the street. The perfect example of ways Amélie brought happiness onto others:

Another facet of the movie was Amélie’s relationship with her neighbor Mr. Dufayel, who spent most of the movie working on an unfinished painting. His focus was on finishing a mystery girl who was drinking a glass of water. Amélie spent a lot of time with Mr. Dufayel and many discussions were based off of figuring out the missing pieces to this girl. These discussions progressed and eventually Amélie was forced to examine her own life and try to break away from her shyness.

And, of course, Amélie had a love interest. To prevent me from wrecking the cuteness of the movie, I’ll just show you a video.

With album in tow, Amélie now had to return the photo album to the quirky collector, Nino Quincampoix. Amélie eventually returned the book anonymously. She also anonymously expressed interest to Nino, but always shied away from an actual face-to-face meetup with him. And thus began a boy-chases-girl race in Paris.

Now the review shall stop there, for I do not want to give away the endings to the movie. There are, however, a few more things I’d like to add about the movie overall.

  • I think it was interesting that throughout the movie it was evident that the director/writer/whomever had a distaste for people’s reactions to Princess Di’s death. There were many scenes where Amélie or other characters got “annoyed” by people’s obsession with P.Di’s death. It makes me curious on what it was like to be in Europe in ’97 and the years following. Would I have been a babbling slob or would I be the one rolling my eyes at others?
  • The film was beautifully crafted. The scenes were colorful and bright. The music…outstanding! I am tempted to purchase (or Dropbox *hint hint*) the soundtrack. Yes, the language was in French, but the DVD offers both English and Spanish subtitles. I felt like reading the subtitles did not deter me from missing any of the visuals in each scene. Then again, I’m biased as I love movies with subtitles.
  • One of my favorite, quirky characteristics of the movie was that as each character was introduced, the audience got a taste of who they were by their likes and dislikes. It was a fun and clever way to get to know the characters. The likes and dislikes were mostly irrelevant to the movie (save Amélie’s likes and dislikes), which surprisingly still made it fun and interesting. Bonus: the video also introduces Mr. Dufayel better than I can explain him!
  • And last but not least, Amélie sought little revenges to people she had distaste for – and rightfully so. Here’s an example of her sweet little revenge on her neighbor as a child.

Ah, yes. My favorite “A” movie to-date. Still not convinced you should seeAmélie? Well, here’s a trailer that may sway your nay to a yay.

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Middlest

Scoutie Explores da U.P., again, der, eh!?

29 May

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My name is Scout.  For the benefit of mommy, ‘ma and ‘pa like to dognap me for long vacations!  I love being a Yooper pup, a country dog if you will.  Although I miss my furry, squirrely friends in the waggin’ city of Milwaukee, I love my rural lifestyle.  These are my top ten most favoritest things to do at my 2nd home:

  • Sleep in-between ‘pa’s legs, on his Lay-Z-Boy recliner, on top of our camouflage blankey, while watching golf or 60-Minutes. ‘Pa gives the best neck messages.
  • I get to eat off the floor!  Like auntie Meggie, ‘ma can chop rather sloppy.  This is the best fourth meal ever! Sometimes ‘ma will serve me chicken scraps on a silver platter.
  • ‘Ma plays nursey when she applies my flea and tick medication. I perform lots of tricks for my yummy Heart-worm Preventative treat!  ‘Pa play veterinarian while removing black vamps from my ears and thighs…ouch!
  • It’s tubby tub time!  I played in the pond twice yesterday…I smell like lavender!
  • Run, run, run.  Wag, wag, wag.  I love the outdoors.  Is that a porcupine? My nickname is Quills.
  • Three walks a day?  I am never allowed to nap!  So much action! Arf!
  • Rub my belly, scratch my ears‘Ma found a tick – time for ‘pa to remove it with his brute fingers, again!
  • I dig my treats in the red mulch, whine, and then retrieve them a week later. ‘Ma’s so proud of my memory!
  • I love making yellow spots on green grass.  Why doesn’t it grow?
  • I fling sticks in the air when I play fetch, when on a walk, or in my sleep!  Dreaming is the greatest

I’m a Yooper Poochie.

Sh*t my Residents say…

23 May
Sh*t my Residents say to me….
  • “I’m not going to find a boyfriend because I don’t want ‘his’ troubles.” – Rose |This is coming from a woman that I feel has been celibate since her husband passed away over 40 years ago (or probably before that)|
  • A new resident, Bill, has lately been bringing me chocolate bars. Why? I do not know. I don’t even like chocolate but don’t have the heart to tell him this. After thanking him for the Ghirardelli Dark & Caramel bar, he tells me “Don’t get fat,” hits my hip bone and walks away which leaves me speechless.
  • After making a sarcastic comment to my 102-year-old resident, Blanche, she tells me this: “If I were strong enough, I would grab a chair and clonk you over the head with it.” She then decided to tell me she gets the ‘runs’ from tomatoes and spaghetti and will throw her Meals and Wheels lunches away if they bring her that ‘shit.‘ Blanche then mentioned she cannot eat prunes because they do the ‘same thing’ to her. Before leaving, she mentioned that her children are idiots and that she “may be old, but she isn’t stupid nor deaf.”
  • Maria, my Polish lady, told me that Pope she has hanging on her wall in her bedroom is the one who makes sure her pictures and lamp share are ‘dust-free.’ She has never had to dust since she put up that picture. My response...”So you are telling me the Pope up there {I point to the framed picture of Pope John Paul II} is the reason why your bedroom is dust free?” Her response (In her thick Polish/German accent), “Exactly.” My response, “OoOoOokay then.”
  • I asked Lorraine how she felt about last night’s crowning of Dancing with the Stars |We both bonded over this every Tuesday & Wednesday lately|. She asked who won because she had been “too busy” to watch it. I asked her what the hell she was doing at 9:30pm at night. Lorraine said again she was “busy.” Before she could say anything else, I jokingly stated she “probably was doing it last night with her husband.” Lorraine smugly smiled, stating “Indeed I was.” When I gave her a “WTF/Too much/too soon look,” she shrugged her shoulders stating that “You were the one who guessed it.”
And no, I am not making any of this sh*t up. Happy Hump Day!
xXx,
aLi

Fre$h Cents – A cost effective way to keep your greens and things survive a little beyond their expiration date.

22 May

The Champeau sisters are known for being frugal and not being wasteful. There is not much worse when hard earned ca$h is thrown into our garbage disposals.  Like many homes, cleaning out your refrigerator can be the most ‘wasteful’ chore to do on a Saturday morning.  This is not a good way to make your wallet and waistline skinny, people!  It is a well known fact that fresh fruits and vegetables are an easy way to receive your daily vitamins and keep healthy.

Below are some hints and tips on how to keep your refrigerator and tummy’s fully stocked with nature’s fresh greens and colourful treats.

– Mushrooms –
Damp dry with paper towel promptly, layer mushrooms in rows, lining each row with paper towel. Brush off dirt and use.
Keeps Fresh: 2 weeks.

Store in paper bag and refrigerate.
Keeps Fresh: 1 week.
*Discard: slime or bruised spots, rancid smelling, mushy, withered.

–Tomatoes–
If possible, do not refrigerate fresh tomatoes, they can lose freshness this way.  You can store them in a paper bag at coolest room temperature as possible, keeping them out of direct sunlight.
Keeps Fresh:  3-5 days.

If preferred, you can refrigerate tomatoes.  Just make sure you store them in crisper in their original plastic container or a paper bag – lining the floor of containers with paper towel to absorb moisture.  You can also store in a plastic bag, making slots to reduce water loss (like human skin, this causes wrinkles)!   You can remove from refrigerator up to 1 hour to help regain loss of original flavor.
Keeps Fresh: 1-2 weeks.

–Broccoli–
Precut, wash, and pat dry for quick and easy snacking.  Store in airtight container or sealed plastic bag in crisper.
Keeps fresh: 4-5 days.

Before buds turn yellow, you can also keep cut frozen heads and stems in freezer bag.
Keeps frozen: 3-4 months.

–Carrots–
Cut off greens, store in airtight container or a sealed plastic bag in crisper.
Keeps Fresh: 2-4 weeks.
*Discard when limp and shriveled as they have lost their vitamins and crunch.

–Celery–
Store in airtight container or a sealed plastic bag in crisper.  Clean edges and precut for easy snacking. If slightly limp, still usable.
Keeps fresh:  1 Week.

–Cucumbers–
Store in airtight container or a sealed plastic bag in crisper. Cut as you use to maintain longer shelf life.
Keeps Fresh: 5 days.

–Leafy Greens–
Store in airtight container or a sealed plastic bag in crisper. Pre-wash, pat dry, and line bottom of containers with dry towel.  As you eat produce, wipe any moisture in container/bag with paper towel to keep dry and fresh.
Keeps Fresh: 7-10 days.

–Strawberries–
Do not wash or cut heads until you are ready to consume them.  To store, place strawberries on a paper towel in a tightly-covered glass or plastic container in the refrigerator
Keeps Fresh: 2-3 days.

Strawberries may also be frozen whole or in pieces. To freeze, wash and hull, cut if desired. Place in freezer containers or zip-top bags.
Keeps Frozen: Within 1 year.

–Avocado–
Do not store unripened avocado in the refrigerator. To ripen, keep at room temperature for 2-3 days. Ripen fruit may be stored in the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator .
Keeps Fresh: 10-14 days.

**Hint: Only using half an avocado today? Keep pit in leftover half and store in refrigerator in plastic bag for tomorrow!

–Bananas–
Buy bananas with a yellow portion of about three-quarters, they should have some green on both ends with no blemishes. Obviously, the greener the banana, the more ripe it is. Store the bananas on a hanging rack or on the kitchen counter, separated from their brothers and sisters. Bananas will ripen quicker in the summer as heat speeds up the ripening process. When the bananas get to the desired ripeness, just put them into your refrigerator. The skin will turn black, but the banana inside stays perfect for two or three days. Like avocado, never store unripe bananas in the refrigerator. They simply will not ripen properly because the cold interferes with the ripening process.
Keeps Fresh: 2-3 days after ripening.

You can also peel bananas, cut them in chunks, freeze them and eat them as a frozen treat.
Keeps frozen: Up to 6 months.

–Youngest

A review on “Things I have Learned in my twenties” by Ryan O’Connell from Eldest’s perspective

21 May
I saw this article from my Twitter and college friend, Jess Chandler, and thought it would be a fabulous idea to comment on this well written, to the point, true article.  Enjoy both the article and commentary of yours truly. Happy Monday, fools.
xoxo,
Eldest.
MAY. 21, 2012 
  1. You can’t date a jerk and expect to turn them into a good person. Jerks are fully committed to being unpleasant. Those brief moments of tenderness they give you are designed to trip you up and give you false hope. It’s best to stay away altogether. “I learned this lesson way back in the days of high school. No matter what I had tried to do or say, the “jerk” never did change. He chose drugs, booze, and skanks {rumor has it he even got a girl preggers WHILE we were dating} instead of me. At the time, it hurt like a moufo and after some time, I finally was able to let go of the jerk.”
  2. The rumors are true: your metabolism does slow down as you get older! That means if you’re still eating whatever you want, there’s a good chance you’ll start to gain an awkward amount of weight. It won’t be too drastic but your clothes will start to hang differently on your body and you’ll feel an overall feeling of unattractiveness. Start to be conscious of what you eat and strive to live a healthier lifestyle if you want to get your teen body back. (Let’s be real though, that might not ever come back.) “This my friends is a true story in Ali’s life. I was thinking about this the other day and it just so happens that every time I had graduated (high school, the center, SVSU, & GVSU) I would gain some weight. At the time I didn’t think any thing of it, but looking back at pictures and such this changing of my metabolism is, sadly, accurate. Damn you Ali for getting older! And praise Jesus I am done with schooooool!”
  3. You’re going to lose touch with a lot of your friends. With some people, it will be expected but with others it will feel like a punch to the stomach. No friendship is truly safe in your twenties. You’re undergoing so many personal and professional changes that there’s bound to be some casualties along the way. Don’t worry though. You’ll end up with the ones that matter. If someone’s no longer in your life, it’s for a reason. “I never thought I would lose touch with my closest friends from high school. When my parents told me this would most likely happen, I thought they were bat shit crazy.But they were right: Things happen, people change. Sure it sucks, but life goes on.”
  4. You’ll be jealous of everyone who’s more successful than you. That’s okay. Just transfer that jealousy into something productive, like working really hard so you can one day eclipse them and make them feel jealous of YOU. “There was a point in my life where I was jealous of all of my social worker friends who were able to find a job in our field before me {Perhaps it’s the competitive side of me, eh?}. I just couldn’t grasp why I didn’t get chosen for any of the jobs I applied for. I continued to apply for jobs all over the state of Wisconsin and U.P. and would get rejected many times. Praise Jesus I had Kmart to fall back too. I am not sure what I would have done without consistency in my life.”
  5. You’ll question every decision you make and never feel completely certain that you made the right choice. It’s pointless to wonder though. You’re here now so you might as well make it be the right decision. “I will always wonder if I have made the right decision(s) in my life. That, my friends, will never change. The day Eldest stops worrying/wondering will be the day when hell freezes over. Can you imagine what worry free Ali would be/look like? Oof, I don’t really want to know….”
  6. You’re going to give your heart to a few people who don’t deserve it. Then, one day you’ll come to your senses and ask them to give it back. “I have given my heart to several people in my (short) life and I would honestly have to say that I would ask for heart back by two of those bastards. Enough said about that.” 
  7. You’ll see your parents get older. You’ll come home during Christmas break and see new lines developing on their faces. One day it’ll just hit you that your parents are old and going to die. There’s nothing you can do about it, besides treat them with kindness and visit as much as your budget permits. “The dorks (Middlest and Youngest) were just discussing this over Mother’s Day weekend. It is scary to actually think that our parents are growing older and will eventually die. It sucks thinking that years (many years) down the road we will be “orphans” if you will. I am not (nor will I ever be) prepared for that day.”
  8. You’ll have a boss who makes you feel like you’re nothing. It doesn’t have to be in a Devil Wears Prada way. The cruelty can be much more subtle. Don’t let them get to you though. They have no idea who the hell you really are and you’re probably going to have their job someday so… “This hasn’t happened to me just yet {knock on wood}. I feel/felt 95% of the time that I was appreciated at the jobs I have done. Sure, there were days where I want to gouge my eyes out b/c of my bosses/clients/customers, but who really has never felt that way? And if you say you haven’t, you are lying, bitch.”
  9. Doing drugs is fun until it’s not, until it starts affecting your life in negative ways and leaves you feeling guilty and wrecked. If that happens, you should stop doing them. “As Sarah Palin once said about the use of marijuana, {and I cannot believe I am quoting that cra-cra) “I can’t claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled.” Enough said. 
  10. You’re going to puke in public. It’s fine. No one cares. Just puke. “Oh boy will I ever. I just puked in a small Chester’s white cheddar popcorn bag on the ride home from Michigan over the weekend in front of people. Praise the Lord I had a sheet to cover me so they didn’t have to see/hear me doing it. According to Meghan, I am what we call a “quiet” puker. #winning”
  11. You’ll know how to make twenty dollars last an entire week because you spent almost all of your paycheck on groceries at Whole Foods and drunk cab rides. This lesson in frugality will serve you well. “I shop at Aldi’s but do spend a good chunk of cash grocery shopping twice a month. Praise Jesus that I live in the suburbs (and on site where I work) or else I would have to find a third job to support my habits of going into the city/MKE/outlet shopping and blow cash like no other.”
  12. You’re going to betray your convictions. You’re going to feel shame. You’re going to continue to put yourself in situations that aren’t good for you. And then, slowly but surely, it will become less frequent. It might not ever go away completely but it won’t be as bad. In the meantime, stop shame spiraling about it. It gets you nowhere. “True story.”
  13. Loving yourself is hard. Hating yourself is harder. “I am very hard on myself. I didn’t think people/friends/family could actually see that until the other day when one of my residents commented on my “negativity” towards myself. Loving myself is a thing that I will have to work on….”
  14. You’re going to hook up with someone who you would never touch in the daylight sober. Just don’t freak out too much about it. Consider it to be your good deed for the day. “I sure hope this never happens to me. I have; however, hooked up with someone that I wish I could take back in a hot second…Not because I would not touch him in the daylight sober but because I realized {after the fact} that he was a douche bag hoe who really never cared about me to begin with. Lesson learned.”
  15. You’re going to have people in your life who are toxic. They may say that they love you, they may say that they have your back, but they don’t. Get rid of them. “Mentally noted. I am slowly beginning to realize who is “toxic” in my life and who is not.”
  16. You’ll have moments with someone that are so intense, it’ll feel like you’ve been electrocuted back to life. You’ll hold on to these moments for a long time. They’ll give you hope when you’re going through the motions. “I live for those moments and do not nearly get enough of them as I would like. But when I do, I feel like I am on top of the world….”
  17. You’ll always care about your first love. That doesn’t make you crazy, it just makes you human. When relationships end, it’s not so cut and dry. You carry everyone you’ve ever loved into every relationship thereafter. “I’m glad that I am not “crazy” about {still} caring about my first love. He was someone in my life that {at the time} meant the world to me and I grew {or at least I felt} up as an individual. I have some of the greatest  memories from that time I was with him and would not change anything for the world.”
  18. You’ll enter your twenties as a fashion disaster and (hopefully) leave them looking fantastic. If you don’t know how to put yourself together by then, I really don’t know what to tell you. “Thank God for mannequins in stores because there is no way in hell I would be able to dress so fly and classy without them. And if you think I am kidding, I am not. I will go into a store and check out to see what the mannequins are wearing. If it’s an outfit I like, I will buy whatever she has on…”
  19. You’ll realize that the Internet can be a cruel son of a bitch but, you know, http://www.whatever.com. “I love the internet but he is right…The internet can be a cruel son of a bitch…Fuck it.”
  20. So much of what you think matters doesn’t actually matter at all. It’s kind of rude. Like, thanks for making me believe in things that are ultimately so inconsequential, you jerk.
  21. You’ll treat someone terribly. Whether it to be a lover or your friend, there’ll be someone whose feelings you take for granted. We focus too much on whether or not someone is hurting us. The reality is that we might actually be the one who’s hurting someone. “I am guilty on this. I didn’t realize I was guilty on this until my friend called me out on it a few months ago. It was for sure a pot hole in the road on our friendship, but I sure hope that it is mended.”
  22. Doing “grown-up things” doesn’t make you a grown up. Shopping for housewares, buying a plant, embracing domesticity — these things don’t create maturity. If you’re still a baby who hasn’t figured things out, you’ll remain a baby, no matter how many times you pay your rent on time. “Most of the time I enjoy being a ‘grown-up’ but when it comes to having to pay for things like hospital bills, student loans, or rent I wish I could go back to the days of bumming off my parents and working at Kmart without a care in the world.” If only….”
  23. Don’t force yourself into loving anyone. If it’s not working in the beginning, it’s probably not going to work ever. “Also, don’t force yourself into liking just anyone.” I learned that the hard way, boy let me tell you.
  24. You are so lucky to have everything that you have. Stop crying about an unreturned text message and get some perspective. “I am lucky. I have a roof over my head, I have jobs that help me pay the bills, I have food in my stomach, I have an awesome family, rockin’ friends, and I am healthy (finally). It could be a hell of a lot worse, I know this but there are days where I do feel sorry for myself and think a person hates me because they haven’t returned my texts/phone calls/facebook messages/etc. This is where the wine/beer/booze/comfort food/good friends helps. Sure the alcohol is a bit of a depressant, but having a good cry every now and then while watching a tear-jerky movie sipping on some “gin and juice” is just fine…once in a while.”
  25. Don’t go too long without having sex. Ever. TC mark “Duly noted.” 😉

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Toatally Eggscellent Oatmeal Recipe

17 May

I eat oatmeal about 4-5 days a week. Approximately one day a week I indulge in Toatally Eggscellent Oatmeal. Mmmm…!

Oatmeal, my oatmeal – how our relationship has progressed over the years. I remember being a young girl, staring at the bland chunk-o-meal mom would give me to break the fast. Adding a cup of milk and large clumps of brown sugar allowed my little tastebuds to tolerate many breakfasts. It was not until my college years when I explored beyond sugar and milk. Mmmmm…Honey. Raisins. Peanut butter. Dried Fruit. Fresh Fruit. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. The possibilities were endless. Yes, I learned to add many delicious ingredients to spice up my oatmeal, but the preparation always remained the same: Always boiled. Always on the stove top.

Over the years I have encountered some recipes from friends, family, and strangers. Yes, I have researched oatmeal recipes. I have finally concocted a recipe that is so decedent I blush when I eat it. Kind of kidding. But not really kidding. I do not mean to set the expectation bar so high, but it is pretty damn good. And today I’m going to share that recipe with you. It is going to be toatally awesome.

Now, when I decide which type of oatmeal I want – I base it off of two things: time and my plans for the day. Ha. Like I’ve said to many friends & family, steel cut oats rip through me like a tornado. They also keep me super full, so I typically make them when I am going to be working a 12 hour shift. Steel cut oats also take a lot longer to cook than quick oats, so cooker beware. Steel cut oats also require more chewing than quick oats, which makes me very happy. I love to chew. The nice thing about quick oats is that they’re quick, easily digestible, and get “fluffier” from the egg whites than steel cut oats. So, there ya have it. How I rationalize which type of oats I’m going to make.

Toatally Eggscellent Oats

Attached is the recipe that is in my recipe binder. Step 10: Enjoy!

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Middlest

Aside

Coffee Talk with my neighbor Rose

11 May
{Coffee Talk with my Neighbor Rose}
“How’s my favorite girl?”
Before I could answer….
“Do you know why I am here?”
“To get coffee from me?”{Sidenote: She stops by the clubhouse/office every day for coffee}
“That’s right. You make the best coffee everrrrrrr.”
I grab a Styrofoam cup from the cupboard, pour some cold and old coffee into the cup, reheat {One minute}, put one sugar packet in, and stir the shit out of it. Rose then grabs her back stating that her back hurts. She then turns me around, touches my ass stating that it “hurts right around there.” Instead of freaking out/being a spaz {Like I normally would be} I act like she did not violate me by saying “Right about the bum, eh?” Rose nods saying “Yup. I don’t know how I got it. I didn’t do anything or anyone.” She then chuckles to herself, sits on the couch, and starts drinking her coffee through her stirrer.
The next day Rose stops by again for her usual coffee that I “make” for her. While pouring coffee, Rose touched my hair complimenting me on how pretty it was. She then smiled and asked….
“How often to do you wash your hair? Once a week? Once a month?”
“I wash it everyday, Rose.”
“What do you mean EVERYDAY?! Aren’t you afraid it’s going to fall out when you wash it? You need to make sure it all stays ‘attached’….(Thinks a moment) Oh, never mind, you are young. I am old.”
“How’s your little girl?”
“I don’t have a little girl. The little girl that you see here every now and then is Connie’s daughter.”
“Oh. Ok. How’s your husband?”
“I don’t have a husband, Rose.”
{Sidenote: Rose is my neighbor so you would think she would know that I am a spinster}
Rose’s eyes grew quite large and she appeared to be ‘flipping a lid’
“This is the BEST news I have heard all day. You should NEVER get married or have children because you can do whatever you want, whenever you want.”
{Sidenote: This is coming from a woman who WAS married to man she prays for every day at church |he’s dead| and who HAS three children who come to see her all.the.time}
Coffee talk, anyone?
{Sorry I couldn’t get the video to upload on the webpage}

Product Review: Sonicare AirFloss

9 May

As a dental professional, I am constantly giving oral hygiene instructions not only to improve my patients oral health, but their systemic health as well.  In recent years, the American Dental Association and American Heart Association have connected periodontal disease (advanced gum disease) and heart disease.  Generally speaking, their evidence-based research has concluded that the same bacterial biofilm found in the oral cavity is the same found in arterial plaque.  This dangerous plaque can reduce blood flow and/or block it all together.

Routine oral hygiene and dental care not only helps reduce the risks of bacterial plaque found in the mouth enter the blood stream, but it is also essential for the prevention of cavities.  In order to remove these toxins effectively in between the teeth, mechanical removal of plaque is essential.  Rinsing is not enough.  For many patients, flossing between teeth can be an annoying chore to incorporate into their daily lives. There are many interdental tools that can make this task a bit easier for the consumer.

One product in particular that I have been asked about over the past six months uses water and air to remove interdental biofilm. Fortunately, I have been privileged to, at no cost, receive the Phillips Sonicare AirFloss.

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This video below describes how to use the AirFloss Perfectly!

Pros:

  • User friendly; easy to use.
  • Faster than manual floss.
  • Can add antiseptic rinses (Listerine) to help kill gingivitis-causing bacteria.
  • Can add fluoride rinses (ACT Restoring) for caries prevention.
  • Removes food particles efficiently and effectively.
  • Thick handle makes flossing easier for patients with limited dexterity.
  • Aids in hard-to-reach places

Cons:

  • Does not remove bacterial plaque below gum tissue.
  • Messy at first.
  • Quite an investment.

On a scale of 1-10, with one being the lowest – ten the highest, I rank this product an 8.

I would recommend this product to patients who absolutely do not have the capability to manually floss their teeth.  I feel that there is no real benefit of the AirFloss for patients who are frequent flossers and have the dexterity to wrap the floss around their teeth.

—Youngest, RDH, BSDH

Reel Time with Middlest: Numbered Film

8 May

Director Marc Webb. Year 2009. Rating. PG-13. Length 95 Minutes.

“This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he’d never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie ‘The Graduate’. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent’s marriage she’d only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.”


Sigh. This movie is just so good. It’s funny, quirky, awkward, sad, creative – which makes it totally loveable. I like how in the introduction [quoted above] the narrator informs the audience that this is, indeed, a boy-meets-girl story, but it is not a love story. Then blasts Regina Spektor, who makes my heart sing every time I hear her.

The title of the film indicates a vague idea of what the movie is about: 500 days of the relationship between Summer Finn [Zooey Deschanel] and Tom Hansen [Joseph Gordon-Levitt].

One of my favorite things about the movie is that the story is not told in chronological order, but the way the movie is edited saves the audience from getting confused. The intro to each scene indicates which day the relationship is on and the viewer can anticipate the affect of the scene that lies ahead based on the coloring of the intro and the health of the tree that is illustrated. The movie toggles scenes in a way that you see the relationship progress and decompensate almost simultaneously, which is a unique way to portray the story.

Another thing I love about this story is that I adore both of the main characters, Summer and Tom. To me, there is no “bad guy” in the movie – which is a common theme in romantic comedies; there’s almost always someone who is douchey and not worth the other person’s time. But in this flick, both characters are written with a very honest and humanistic quality to them. Very likeable people can relate to either Tom or Summer. Personally I relate to Summer more than Tom, but there are plenty of Tom moments that make me point at the T.V., wink, and say, “Yeah, Tom…You are totally relate-able right now.”

And then there were the “SO TRUE” moments in the film. You know, the moments in a movie, tv show, or a book that makes you shout “that’s so freakin’ true…!” as you stomp your feet in excitement because the moment is so fucking relate-able?! No? Party of one? Ok. Well, a prime example that my sister and I always gush over is how “so freakin’ true” the Expectations VS. Reality scene is in the movie.  In this particular story it’s related to love, but it applies to many facets of expectations in life. Job interviews, how well your writing is perceived, sending out applications, planned night outs, anticipating a concert, first dates etc. Things don’t always work out the way you want to. Or reverse: Expectations are low and reality is the ultimate high! You know what I’m saying. Anyway, the film highlighted that which always makes me smirk, nod, and state, “this is so freakin’ true.”

And then there’s my ultimate favorite scene in the entire movie. It occurs quite early in the film and it’s so awesome  my words will never do it justice. Ah, yes the expectation bar is set high – but will the reality meet the expectation? Ha! See what I did there?! Another example of expectations vs reality. Sigh. Just click on this link and hopefully you’ll fall in love with it, too. 🙂

So, ladies and gents – there ya have it. (500) Days of Summer is the highlighted numbered film in the “Reel Time with Middlest” blog series. If you’re in the Milwaukee area and ever want to watch it with me, please let me know. It’s a flick I can watch over and over again and not get [too] sick of it.

And if you’re a sucker and are not convinced that this movie is awesomely reely good, then watch the preview below.

Fin.

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Middlest

Despite what people may think, you are never too old to be a boy band fan.

7 May
Growing up, I was a hard core boy band fan/freak. My bedroom walls were plastered (literally plastered) with Hanson, *Nsync, O-Town, and even a little BSB. So when I heard about this new and upcoming British boy band, One Direction, I needed to investigate what this hype was all about. Naturally, I decided to watch their latest hit video “What Makes you Beautiful” at work when Lorraine stopped in to see what I was doing. Without saying a word to me and without any hesitation, she drops her grocery (paper) bag containing bananas, frozen vegetables, and salad dressing and starts to dance and hum to the song….Like hard core dancing. Once she was done getting her jive on, she asked me who the “hell that was.” When I told her she was dancing to a boy band, her eyes got big, she shook her head and simply stated “Ah, shit” and walked out of my office.
As much as I think Harry is adorable, I feel I am over boy bands. But let me tell you, if *NSync were to ever reunite for a tour, you bet your sweet ass I would be there. Enjoy the video that Lorraine danced too.
– Me.