Archive for March, 2007

Biscuit and Mustard Time

slingblade05.jpgThey’re showing Sling Blade on OnDemand right now on the Encore channel.  What a great movie.  Dwight Yoakam should’ve gotten at least and Oscar nomination for his role as the verbally abusive Doyle  Hargraves.  John Ritter was brilliant as Vaughn, too.  Both of those guys were so good, you forgot you were watching Jack Tripper and Mr. Guitars, Cadillacs. 

Tim McGraw thinks he’s a country singer that can act? Pshhht.

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School of Cash?

cash.jpgThey are building a new elementary school in my area, that #2 will eventually go to.  They are discussing what to name the school and there are some interesting possibilities….Station Camp, which is the name of the high school that will be next door and the roads surrounding the school. It makes sense, but, I think it’s kinda blah. 

Another possibility is naming it Durham Elementary School after a noted Sumner County historian.  Bleh.  The Durhams name is on just about everything in Hendersonville and they have more money than God. 

There’s a few other names of people you would not recognize, but, one name you would…dig if you will, the possibility of Johnny Cash Elementary School….I kinda like his given name better….”John R. Cash Elementary School.”  #2 absolutely loves Johnny Cash and he would be absolutely proud as punch to say he went to Cash Elementary.  How cool would that be?  What could the mascot be?  The possibilities are endless. 

I bet they won’t do anything so cool though. 

Grocery Rantin’

This may come as a shock to some, but, the woman that does the voice on the Self Checkout computer at Kroger is also the voice of the Self Checkout at Publix.  I wonder if the Kroger people are aware of this?

It’s a different voice on the Wal Mart Self Check Out.  I like that one better anyway cause the Kroger one is so damn picky.  The Kroger  one is so contrary about how and when you put your item in the bag.  Wal Mart doesn’t care if you bag it or not.  Like, if you have a pack of gum, it doesn’t weigh hardly anything and the computer at Kroger doesn’t pick up when you put it in the bag, then it says “Wait for the attendant.”  Psssht.  I don’t have time for that.  If I’d have wanted to take lots of extra time, I’d have gone through the regular line and listened to the teen cashiers converse with the teen bag boys.  Gah.

Friday Funnies

Get your Depends on.

I wish they’d have put the clip in here that had Tim Conway as the dentist that accidentally put the novacaine shot in his hand. This stuff cracks me up.

Birds Gone Wild

Perhaps it’s because the last decade or so of springs, I’ve been cooped up in various Cubelands of Downtown Nashville and before that, I was knee deep in looking after little chilren and I never stopped to notice…but…my lord…everytime I walk outside the last couple days, all I’ve seen is birds doing the Wild Thing.  I’ve seen those big ol black birds showing off their massive wingspans, trying to impress the girl big ol black birds, I’ve seen little finches going wild with each other…cardinals and blue jays chasing each other.  EVERY SINGLE time I look outside or go outside. 

Maybe my yard is the hot bachelor pad for the birds cause I’ve got some great birdseed and it’s the hotspot for Bird Dating.  It’s like they’re saying “Hey baby…I know this great yard down the street…Mixed Songbird Variety…how ’bout it?”  I had just plain sunflower seeds up until earlier this week.  That’s got to be it.

Through Prayer and Petition With Thanksgiving

Newscoma tells of a rather heartless email she received regarding why she writes about her experiences with cancer.  Anytime she writes about losing her mother and the journey they took through her illness, I relate to how it affected our own family when my father dealt with prostate  for 9 years before he died in 1992

I found out my dad had cancer in an elevator at St. Thomas Hospital when I was in 8th grade.  Not knowing how to deal with the possibility of having to raise two teenage daughters alone, I’m sure she was quite freaked out at the time.  I remember having kinda the same reaction NC had…just being kinda numb.  We were fortunate that we had my dad until February of 1992.  Initially, he was given 3 years tops, but, made it to 9 years.  Not bad.

In the years since then, I’ve seen a lot of people I know either through work, church, neighbors, parents of my kids classmates, and others who have bravely fought cancer. 

It has hit our family a little closer this time, with my mother in law getting news that she is facing her own bout with cancer.  We are pretty hopeful because the kind she has has a very good cure rate so we’re thinking positive thoughts and trusting that whatever the outcome, God is in control and will give her and the rest of us whatever is needed to face whatever the outcome is. Every one of us in the Smiff Clan believe what Phillippians 4:6 says:

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” 

I know lots of y’all that read this believe in God and in the power of prayer and will pray for Hazel.  She will be getting the very best medical care Nashville has to offer in this particular area of medicine.  She will, we know for sure, be facing major surgery and from then, we aren’t sure.  Her own mother, our beloved Granny Boone, had this same cancer in her 80’s and ended up living to be 92, dying of old age.  We expect Hazel to follow the same path.

Regarding Dancing With The Stars…

I love it.  It makes me want to go dance with Dr. Ming Wang.  Really.  I want to learn the Quick Step.

Thing is, though, it seems to me that a hit show such as DWTS could hire better vocalists to sing with the band.  Who are those people? They are awful!

I’m still waiting for Heather Mills’ laig to fall off right there on live teevee.  Laila Ali is a goddess…John Ratzenberger is a good dancer…Clyde Drexler and Billy Ray Cyrus aren’t…but, it’s a fun little show and a whole lot more interesting than the Sanjaya Show on the other channel.