VideoPlay, Work Stuff

The One Where I Become an MA

*MA = Medical Assistant.

**I played around with my Movie Studio software for the first time. It was fun! I still have a ways to go before I can edit it the way I really want it, but it’s a start. Hopefully, I can figure out how to add background music later.

***Just noticed there’s a dead spot in the middle of the video – oops. I’m a video-editing newb.


YouTube Stars

My new favorite YouTube star of the moment is … What’s Up Elle.

Whoa. Impressive. This girl has wicked skillz.

(I try to be cool on occasion).

Here’s how she made the above video:

I know, right?? You have to admire her stamina.

I try not to watch too many YouTube videos – you all know why. It’s that strange phenomenon of “I’m only going to watch a few videos for a few minutes,” and before you know it, the entire day is gone and you’re still sitting in your PJ’s, emitting body odor and sporting some mean-looking raccoon eyes.

Whatever. You’ve done it, too.

But when I run across interesting/entertaining YouTube characters, I keep track of them.

Here are the YouTube Stars I’ve subscribed to recently …

Lindsay actually has a blog that I’ve followed for quite some time – so I’m biased. I like her as a person, I had to naturally subscribe to her societal dares.

I like Daily Grace because she’s just so random.

I like Hannah because she’s just so cute – her lisp is adorable. That’s right, I have a girl crush. She’s also really good at improvisation.

And last, but not least … Jenna Marbles … I have to warn you, the girl likes her “F” word – A LOT. So if language offends you, don’t watch it. BUT, foul language aside, the girl makes some pretty good points.

So that is my current list.

Do you have a favorite YouTube star? Do tell …

VideoPlay, Work Stuff

Job Diary – Video #1

Tuesday evening:

I just crashed. I was working along, catching up on emails and suddenly, I just couldn’t keep my eyes open. I had to lay down for an hour. I’m up now because I have to pick Jazz up from practice, but when I get back home, I’m going straight to bed. I think this new job thing is starting to catch up with me.


Jazz had an orthodontist appointment yesterday. He had been instructed to wear some rubber bands on two of his teeth for the past six months. I remember asking him, right after his last appointment, if he knew where he was supposed to wear those rubber bands.

“Yeah mom,” he said with a touch of impatience in his voice.

Well. Come to find out, he was wearing them on the wrong teeth. SO the kid now gets to wear rubber bands for an additional six weeks on the RIGHT teeth.

Good grief.

BUT. They told Kevin (because Kevin had to take him because he’s Mr. Mom now), that they’re thinking they should have a better idea of when they will come off by the next visit. Jazz will have had his braces for two years in November (which – how is that freaking possible?!?) so I imagine we’re getting close to having them taken off.

IF he will follow directions this time.



Dude applied for a few more jobs today. Kevin has started looking at the applications that he’s submitting and yep, sure enough, he had been putting his availability as 9:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.

hahahahahahaha … as IF.

So, we proceeded to give Dude a taste of reality and tell him that it’s HIGHLY UNLIKELY he’ll land a job working 9:00 to 5:00 his very first time. I mean, it could happen, but it’s not very likely. Most likely, he’ll have to take evenings and certainly work the weekends, at least, at first.

So he’s still looking.


Jazz’s band is performing at a football Friday night. I’m excited to go because the band will be in full uniform (complete with plumes) AND the color guard girls should be in their costumes, too. Which means we’ll get to see what they have in store for competitions this year.

And speaking of competitions …

Jazz’s first band competition is this Saturday. We’ll drive down to Tulsa, watch them perform at 3:30 in the afternoone and IF they make finals (they’re going to make finals because I’m going to remain optimistic), then we’ll stick around and see how they do in finals. Which means we won’t get back home until about 3:00 in the morning.

Guess what we’re doing on Sunday?


Home Movies, VideoPlay

Four Minutes of Cutesy Love Stuff


Home video ahead!

Proceed at your own risk.

BYOP (Bring your own pillow)

I’ll supply the drool bibs.

Okay. I’m getting this digitizing process down and it’s going a lot faster than I anticipated. So far, so good. *knock on wood* I’m currently on tape four and I’m BORED OUT OF MY MIND. Seriously. I could never make it as a videographer because I literally have HOURS of film of people eating.

What the …??

I didn’t eat back then to stay skinny, so I think I was wishful thinking – fantasy calories are just as good as the real thing? Right?

Now? *pfft* Pass the buffet, friend.

Anyway … there may not be as many snippets as I had hoped because truly, I can barely stomach watching all of this footage; I would never dream of putting you all through that torment. I mean, I like to consider myself a brutal-sort of blogger, but even I have limits.

This first video is our first anniversary. We gifted ourselves our first video camera and we took a video of us taking a bite of the first tier of our wedding cake saved from our wedding. You can watch the results.

Pardon the mushy kissing part but we were young and in love. (Sorry Kevin, not WERE, but AREARE darling). Actually, we still do that, but now it’s even more gross because we’re old and wrinkled. We only do it in public to embarrass our teenage sons. SCORE.

Also? This was the one and only bite I had of my wedding cake. (Er. Wait a minute, maybe not). I was too nervous and worked up to eat any cake on our wedding day so … I’m really hoping it tasted better on THE day because it was like chewing cardboard that had been soaked in dog urine when we took this video.


Here’s a picture of us with our entire wedding cake, if you’re interested. We’re munching on that top tier you see.

Did you notice anything weird about the Happy Anniversary sign that Kevin printed out on our state-of-the-art ZENITH computer and Epson dot-matrix printer? (You did indeed read that correctly. We’re old enough to have been around when computers were first becoming available to private citizens. And you only THOUGHT I was old, right?) For you sharp-eyed readers out there, a gold star if you noticed that “Anniversary” is missing an “R”. It say, “Happy AnniverSAY.” Hence the reason we say “Happy AnniverSAY” to each other every anniversary. Inside joke. Well, not so inside now, now that I’ve shared the joke with you all.

I will be honest and tell you that Kevin is quite horrified that I’m posting this for all the Internet to see. But as usual, I sweet talked him into letting me have my way so … don’t ruin it for me by making fun of it or anything or my marriage may not SEE year number 22. HA!

Some observations while watching these old movies:

I had BIG hair. No now, we can be honest. There is some footage where it’s literally standing on end. Why didn’t anyone tell me how stupid I looked?!? I mean, good grief. In fact, the next video I’m posting is me, in my hot rollers just to PROVE to you that I suffered all in the name of having awesome early 90’s hair.

Also? What is up with my high, squeaky, hillbilly voice? I had no idea I sounded like that and when I turned to Kevin, just now, my face a mask of petrified horror, and asked him if I still sounded like that, he said, “No. Thank God.”

Okay so I added the “thank God” part, but wow people. All that is missing are my overalls and missing teeth. (And I stopped wearing overalls shortly after having babies because WOW – that did not help disguise the post-baby fat AT ALL).

I have no idea why I have this weird fascination with the cake in this video. I keep picking at it, like I’m excavating for … treasure? Taste? Who knows. Actually, I remember picking through the cake and I think I thought the crusty icing was sort of fun to dig through. I was just as easily amused back then as I am now, it would appear.

And at the very end of the video, I dare to take one more bite. I think I was unwilling to accept the fact that it tasted so nasty the first time, so I was hoping that by taking a second bite, it might taste better.

It didn’t.

The candle in the video is the same candle that we used in our wedding. And yes, we both lit it during the ceremony to signify “unity.” Cheesy, but touching. I hung on to that candle for YEARS before it finally turned yellow and started to smell funny. Actually, we had stored it in a box in our attic and it was starting to melt from all the heat and getting candle wax everywhere.

Not one to be terribly sentimental, I tossed it.

This was taken in our first home, which we rented, which I found because Kevin was working so much in his new career (accounting), that he didn’t have time to look with me. I was shown this house, liked it so much that I called Kevin (from a land line, because we didn’t have cell phones back then *GASP*), and he said, “if you like it, I trust you, get it.” So I got it. We lived in that house for about two years. We moved into the house we own now when Dude was six months old. It was a great first house. VERY drafty, but very comfortable.

Also. I took a lot of video of Kevin’s youngest sister. I had (still do, actually) a girl crush on her and it’s painfully obvious in these old movies. I also noticed that she hardly ever acknowledged me while I was filming her. I bet she thought I was terribly irritating. Now that we’ve known each other for 20 + years, I’ll have to ask her if that annoyed her back then. lol

I love looking back on these old movies. It just brings up all sorts of tender feelings toward Kevin (not that I don’t STILL have tender feelings for him, but you know … did I just put my foot in my mouth?) and makes me thankful that we’ve had such a great life together. I’m truly blessed to have such a great man.

More videos on the way!

Please, contain your excitement.