Sometimes I need my mommy!

Even though I’m a grown-up and well into middle-age, there are times I still wish my mommy was around for things like

~~Reminding me to hold the sleeves of my shirt when I put my coat on, so they don’t ride up my arm~~

~~Checking to make sure I got home okay~~

~~Encouraging (okay forcing) me to eat my veggies before I can have ice cream~~

~~Making sure I have enough cash before I leave the house~~

~~Checking to see if the car has gas~~

~~Driving me places, and dropping me off right in front~~

~~Telling me I’m the smartest, most talented (and the prettiest) girl in the world~~

~~and tucking me in at night!~~

While it would be nice to be a little kid again, of course it would have its drawbacks, like for example not being able to drink wine while playing on the computer!!

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Gotta love Improv Everywhere!

I think I’ve mentioned the group Improv Everywhere on this blog before but I have to share their most recent mission, Movies in Real LifeEvery Tuesday they are releasing a new video featuring their own recreation of famous movie scenes in real world settings. So far they’ve released 6 videos, and here’s the most recent one spotlighting Jurassic Park“.

Enjoy!

Dancing amongst the stacks

I love the movie musical, it’s my favorite movie genre!  So this weekend I re-watched one of my favorites, “The Music Man”.  It’s full of some of my favorite songs, and of course every book lovers favorite movie scene:

Of course this is a pretty great movie musical book scene too 🙂

but when I think of a musical number in a library I have to say this one always comes to mind first, even though they aren’t really singing about books, they’re just surrounded by them.  It’s from the 1956 movie, “High Society,

Mobs that FLASH

The first time I ever heard of a flashmob was through a website called Improv Everywhere~~we cause scenes.  I still love this scene they caused in New York’s Grand Central Station back in 2008.

Improv Everywhere describes themselves this way on their website:

“Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents.”

And they really are less of a mob and more of well organized improv group. I love to check in on their website from time to time to see what they’ve managed to pull off on their latest mission. Here is a hilarious video from March of this year.

There are numerous flashmob wedding proposals online,  but this is my favorite and well worth watching all the way to the end. I promise it will bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eye!

Then there is the flashmob at a food court in LA.

and this Star Wars Subway scene!

and a Russian wedding flash mob that I just found today.

I’m always happy when I come across a new one on the internet. Although I really wish one day I would get to witness one first hand or be able to get in on the act!

Bucket list?

Walking is so amoosing!

Last night I was walking with my constant companion, Jasmine, when we witnessed something so endearing. A little boy was taking his first ride on his itty bitty bike without training wheels. His mom was beaming as he anxiously attempted the ride and showed off for us. Very sweet to be a witness to this “big” moment.

It made me think of all the many happenings that my dogs and I have witnessed over the years while we’ve taken our daily constitutional.

Holly, Tulip, Jasmine and I were a well oiled machine when we walked around the neighborhood or at least I liked to think so. As I’ve noted in other posts I am not an outdoors woman so when my doggies and I were walking along one morning and saw a poor dirty looking pooch across the street pacing us, I felt so sorry for it. It looked so bedraggled and hungry I was hoping I would be able to get a look at its collar once we made it home and I could untangle myself from the three leashes in my hands.  But my dogs, being much brighter than I am, knew trouble when they saw it. They started panting, growling and acting so goofy, slow poke that I am, finally figured out what I was feeling sorry for was a coyote. I picked up Jasmine (the smallest dog) and started hauling some city girl booty with the other two limping along behind (they were 12 and 13 at the time) and we made it safely home none the worse for wear. But now I knew what a coyote looked like…a mangy dog!

When Holly was an old girl of 16, she Jasmine and I were walking very slowly through the neighborhood when I saw a sight that made me freeze in place and wonder if what I saw was for real. Tearing out from behind a house comes a red fox with a doe chasing it at full speed. They passed right beside the sidewalk we were standing on and then ran around the house to the backyard. I was gobsmacked and still in shock and waited a minute before deciding to proceed. When I returned home I googled what I saw and actually found several videos on YouTube showing something similar to what I’d witnessed. Just checking to make sure I wasn’t crazy!

I’ve found lots of stuff too, a woman’s work ID (she sent me a gift card as a reward), some guy’s whole work portfolio in a leather folder (he didn’t give me a gift card), a kid’s learner’s permit and a license plate (I called the police and they found the neighbor who it belonged to, the same one who lost the learner’s permit). I’ve seen the cops chasing and arresting some kid in our neighborhood. I watched while he went around one side of the house and the cops the other and they met in the middle…like a Keystone Kops moment!

And today in my neighborhood I saw a new “old” friend, Mildred the Moose! Jasmine and I were walking and I was talking on my cell phone when I saw her in a yard up ahead. I needed to walk past her to get home and I figured she was pretty well occupied with her breakfast to worry about little ‘ol us, but I was wrong. We slipped past her but then she started making her move, jumping over the fence in the yard she was dining in, and heading in our direction. I didn’t wait around to see what was up, I sped up the pokey little puppy and heading quickly towards our house. Jasmine, unobservant dog that she is, noticed nothing! I felt relieved when I finally got the key in the door and got inside.

I decided I wasn’t going to let Mildred get away without have her paparazzi moment, so I hopped in the car with my camera and went back to find her. No Mildred…I sadly headed home and guess what? Mildred really had followed us home! She was around the corner enjoying the breakfast buffet in my neck of the woods. Good old Mildred!

My nemesis, Mildred

she's just noticed her privacy has been invaded

she decides that breakfast is more important than evading the paparazzi

Where would you be without your library?

The little M.N. Spear Memorial Library in Shutesbury, Massachusetts came up with a creative way to earn funds for a new library….YouTube!

M.N.Spear Memorial Library
from their website

The state of Massachusetts said they would come up with 60% of the cost of a new building if the town could prove they could raise the other 40% by the end of June. But this town of avid readers was finding that 40% of $3.5 million dollars is a lot of money, so they got a little creative and made a video which has gone viral on YouTube.

According to a Tuesday post on their Facebook page, they’ve raised over $220,000!

Congratulations to them!

Check out their Tumblr here: http://mnspearlibrary.tumblr.com/