Monday, December 29, 2008

Nay's Favorite Faces pt. 2

Friday, December 12, 2008

i couldn't make this stuff up

I went to Tulsa this week for a training. Luckily, they sent two of us AND put us up in a swanky hotel (The Sleep Inn, anyone?) so it wasn't too bad. The material presented in the training was actually interesting and the time didn't drag on too slowly. However, 8 hours in a room for two days in a row is a long time no matter how you slice it. During one of the longer stretches of time, I started observing the people around me and made a little list of the people that usually turn up at these trainings. It's possible this will only apply to "my kind" of people i.e. mental health professionals, who tend to be crazier than the normal population, but I swear I have been to dozens of these presentations and EVERY time at least one of these characters turn up. Here we go:

1. The Obvious Example Guy: "These single mothers need to really think about the kind of men they let around their children." Thanks, buddy. We hadn't figured that one.

2. The Guy Who Answers Rhetorical Questions: "Is it better to just end up in an unhealthy relationship? Or to really decide about the person you want to spend your life with?" "It's better to make a decision about it." No shit.

3. The Older Lady Who Answers Her Cell Phone In The Training Because She Thinks She Has To Answer Every Goddamn Phone Call: "Hello? Yeah, I'm in a training. No, just tell her that the file she's looking for is in my desk. No, IN the desk. Uh-huh. Okay, well tell her I'll call her when I'm done here. Okay. Okay. Yes. Okay. Bye." (Of course the woman who answered her phone was SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO ME. I was cringing with embarrassment and tried to surreptitiously scoot my chair away from hers.

4. The Too-Cool Table: At the table next to us, these assholes read a newspaper, texted on their phones, talked at a normal volume to each other while the presenter was talking, came back from EVERY BREAK at least 15 minutes late, rolled their eyes at every activity. It was like high school all over again.

5. The Kiss-Ass: They don't go to the bathroom on breaks, instead they sidle up to the presenter and pretend to ask questions, but really they just want to tell him their version of why they are going to be the best thing that ever happened to this new program he's telling us about. I always feel sorry for the instructor when these people lock onto him. There's no escape. I know it, and he knows it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

proust questionnaire

My favorite magazine, Vanity Fair, has a feature every issue called the Proust Questionnaire. You can look at some of the archives here. I decided to fill one out myself while waiting for my last client of the night.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being off work for several days, a clean house, a stocked kitchen, and low maintenance people to spend time with.

What is your greatest fear?
Whales in the ocean, someone I love dying. (not in that order)

Which living person do you most admire?

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Not speaking up when I should.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Constant drama, one-upmanship.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Magazines! I buy 10,000 a month.

What is your favorite journey?
Driving to Nebraska to see my family.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

On what occasion do you lie?
To spare someone’s feelings. Or to get out of trouble.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Well, I hate it when my brother calls me “Cheeks”. And he is talking about the ones on my face.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
All the bad ones…

What is your greatest regret?
Not having more confidence in myself in high school and college.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Nicholas. And diet coke.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To play the piano extroidanarily well.

What is your current state of mind?
I’m on vacation mode all the way.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
Not as much distance. Also maybe make some of them less funny than me.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Passing my LMFT exam, after taking it 8 days before my wedding and was stressed to the max.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A writer.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. That kid’s living the life.

What is your most treasured possession?
My engagement ring.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being alone when you REALLY don’t want to be.

What is your favorite occupation?
I always like the idea of teaching, but in the end couldn’t imagine myself doing it.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Red hair.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Will laugh at my jokes.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Bad language.

What do you most value in your friends?
Sense of humor

Who are your favorite writers?
Irwin Shaw, Marian Keyes, Chaim Potok, Larry McMurtry, JK Rowling

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Thomas Jordache from Rich Man, Poor Man or Lee from East of Eden.

What is it that you most dislike?
People who scoop the punchline.

How would you like to die?
When I’m feeling selfish – before any of my friends and family so I don’t have to endure their deaths. When I’m feeling generous – pulling children out of a burning building.

What is your motto?
I’ll borrow one from my hero, Mary Pipher: “Get more rest, do good work, take things a day at a time, and find some people to love.”

Sunday, November 23, 2008

i feel so inexperienced after doing this...

Stole this from The Sheila Variations. Makes me feel like I haven't done much with my life. Maybe I should do stuff other than see 4 movies in a weekend? Nah.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (maybe. See #64)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Thursday, October 30, 2008

true story

10-29-08 approx. 7:00pm at work -
me: I've had this watch for 6 years and I've never had to change the battery.

10-30-08 approx. 1:45pm at work-
coworker: what time is it?
me: 11:30 am. wait. shit.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Reason Number 8,444,332,435 I am glad I'm married to Nicholas:

He put the latest episodes of the Shield and Gossip Girl on my flash drive so I could watch them at work and he included a note that said:

The Shield Episode 8....this shit is CRAZY! I love you wifey!
(oh and I put some show called Gossip Girl on there.)

Nick (not GG)

Dreamy isn't he? Referencing Gossip Girl? Granted he won't ever do it again since I'm making it public, but ya'll know I have to keep it real over here at the Fossey house.

Monday, October 20, 2008

1 year down...

Today, our marriage is one year old! 366 days ago Nick and I said "I do". (Thanks leap year!) Originally I planned to publish our very own "Wedding Story" a la TLC, but I know no will read it all the way through. Instead here are some favorite memories of our big day, in bullet points.

The Rehearsal Dinner:

  • The wedding rehearsal was the most relaxing fun day of my life. It was so fun and casual and LOW STRESS.
  • My 8 year old cousin making a speech at the rehearsal dinner. She said something like, "we never expected Benay to get married...or speak Spanish."
  • Nick's grandmother planting a slightly tipsy kiss on Beacon, the best man.
  • Dancing all night at Cookies, the world's smallest bar, with all the people I loved.
  • A drunken rendition of "Son of a Preacher Man" sung by yours truly.
Pre Wedding:
  • Waking up early, early and driving from the hotel to Nick's house where I crawled into bed with him for a few minutes. I knew we wouldn't be alone the rest of the day. Plus I wanted to make sure he still wanted to go through with it.
  • Putting on my BRIDE tank top, finally!
  • Going down to the lobby to meet the girls so we could go to brunch and the salon and seeing a white stretch limo arriving to pick us up! A surprise from my brother and my mom.
  • Giving gifts to the bridesmaids at lunch.
  • Having my mom give me a surprise gift, a pretty bracelet.
  • Seeing Nick before the ceremony and crying like an idiot.
  • Take picture after picture.
  • Being surrounded by all of our friends and family made me realize why people have weddings.
  • Right before walking down the aisle, feeling panicky and short of breath.
  • Tyler calming us down with some jokes.
  • Tyler and mom flipping my veil over and kissing me on the cheek.
  • Reazling that my shoes are killing my feet.
  • Actually listening to the wedding message from my dad, and being in awe that this was happening to me.
  • Trying to figure out a way to slip off my shoes, like Audrey Hepburn did in Roman Holiday.
  • Nick's beautiful vows to me, hand written and so well thought out.
  • My blubbering, incoherent vows, completely on the fly.
  • TJ's song being interrupted by the train.
  • Being pronounced husband and wife and being showered with rose petals!
Post Wedding:
  • Taking my shoes off immediately after making it back down the aisle.
  • A tearful hug from Soni.
  • Spending time alone with Nick in the bride's room and taking some pictures.
  • "I think you just got pregnant from that kiss." - our photographer after some steamy shots against the barn.
  • Being announced to the Monday Night Football theme. The things we do for love.
  • The first dance. I wanted it to go on forever.
  • Dancing with dad. I don't know what we talked about but the pictures show us laughing. As usual.
  • The cake. So good. So sad we didn't get to eat more.
  • The toasts! Beacon's was SO sweet and of course Soni's made me cry.
  • Gary's song to the newlyweds.
  • Greeting everyone in the barn; getting hugged and kissed more in a day than I had in years.
  • Dancing with everyone to Footloose and Love Shack, my faves.
  • The last dance of Twist and Shout; felt a sudden pang of sadness that it was over.
  • Taking our last picture by the Surrey in the barn.
  • Seeing the decorated car. Sheesh.
  • Continuing the party at the Skirvin.
  • Opening the gift from Nick's groomspeople: Rockband! Or at least the promise of Rockband in a Hannah Montana singing card.
  • Waking up the next morning with a sense of huge relief and a huge let down, until I remembered there were presents to open!
It has been an amazing year, harder than I thought it would be. More fun than I thought it would be. It's just amazing when you realize you have finally found your home. I'll leave you with part of our wedding message...

    • Nick:

    • Do you also promise now to take Benay, to be your wife, loving her as she is and continuing to love her as she grows into the woman she will be?

    • Do you promise to share with her your joys, sufferings, fears, victories and share in her joys, sufferings, fears, and victories as well?

    • Do you promise to be faithful to her, in body, mind, and heart, and to make the decisions daily to keep yourself faithful?

    • Do you promise to treat her with patience and respect, listening deeply to her, and accepting her influence in your life?

    • Benay:

    • Do you also promise now to take Nick, to be your husband, loving him as he is and continuing to love him as he grows into the man he will be?

    • Do you promise to share with him your joys, sufferings, fears, victories and share in his joys, sufferings, fears, and victories as well?

    • Do you promise to be faithful to him, in body, mind, and heart, and to make the decisions daily to keep yourself faithful?

    • Do you promise to treat him with patience and respect, listening deeply to him, and accepting his influence in your life?

Exchange of rings

    • Do you have rings as symbols of your promises?

    • Please place the ring on her finger and repeat after me.

    • With this ring

    • I devote myself to you

    • Until death separates us

    • I am your husband

    • And you are my wife.

    • With this ring

    • I devote myself to you

    • Until death separates us

    • You am my husband

    • And I are your wife.

I love you Nicholas!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Whenever Jerry from the yellow team on the Biggest Loser does ANYTHING: run, limp, laugh, cry, I get choked up. I just feel so sorry for him and I don't know why. When he and Colleen were trying to decide who goes home, I was a blubbering, quivering mess. What the hell is wrong with me?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

men i wish were my grandfathers

You read correctly. I was not blessed to be close to my grandfathers. One of them lived on the other side of the country and died when I was in high school and the other one was a jerk. So, today, I was watching Sports Night, an amazing TV show that only ran for 2 seasons. And there was a scene where one of the associate producers Natalie was upset about a break up and her managing editor, Isaac, played by Robert Guillaume (who you might remember from the show Benson). Anyway, so Isaac cradles Natalie in his arms and smiles and says, "It's okay. It's okay, baby."

And I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried a little and I thought, "Aw, I wish Isaac was my grandfather." So I started thinking about other men I wished were my grandfather. Let me preface this by saying, I want these characters to by my grandfather. The actual actors could be alcoholic, self-absorbed losers. I already mentioned the first one, but I'll give you a visual.

He looks so trustworthy, doesn't he?

An obvious choice. The episode where watches his twin grandchildren is one of the greatest episodes of all of television. Don't even get me started on his relationship with Olivia.

Honorable mention to Heathcliff's father, Russell.

Richard Gilmore from the Gilmore Girls. I know he can be kind of stuffy, but there are some very tender moments with Rory. They both like to read, they like old-timey music. I bet I could totally bond with Richard.

This one is a bit of a reach, considering this man has a possible drinking problem and uses terrible language. However, Lester Freamon, from The Wire exudes wisdom and love to all who know him. He shows kindness to the stripper/prostitute, he gives tough love to his detectives, and his is beloved by all. Especially in the Fossey/Owens/Nguyen households.

I'd want Lester to be my grandfather or the President of the United States.

Monday, August 11, 2008

to grandmother's house we go

Tyler, Nick and myself drove to Nebraska this weekend to celebrate our grandma's 80th birthday. Let's look at the trip in numbers...

Number of miles put on the rental car

Number of states the rental car is supposed to stay in

Number of states the rental car actually went to

Number of times we stopped to pee

Number of grandkids present at the house.

Number of people in my grandmother's house at one time

Number of large pizzas that my uncle ordered which he thought would feed all 22 people. Some poor souls had leftover lasagna that afternoon.

Total number of times the rest of the family gave said uncle shit for ordering a measly 3 pizzas for 22 people

Number of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books I read on the trip.

Number of Shield episodes we watched on the way home.

Number of inspirational sports moments watched as we sat uncomfortably as out-of-towners in a local bar.

Number of Jaeger shots consumed by my husband, because it was a free round of drinks.

Number of wrestling matches that occurred in the living room between various relatives.

A whole bunch
The number of times I thought, "in spite of all the crazies I am related to, it's good to be home."

Thursday, July 31, 2008

this guy

turns 27 today! (Even though he has chosen NOT to acknowledge any birthdays since 24, attention needs to be paid to this wonderful person. here goes.)

27 things i love about Nick:

I love that he knows a little bit about everything.

I love that he knows ALOT about football and technology.

I love it when he laughs so hard he cackles.

I love how much fun he has with my family.

I love how we like MOST of the same television shows and have no shame spending 14 hours watching them.

I love his gorgeous thick red hair.

I love how he holds my hand walking around outside.

I love how he loves and spends time with his grandparents.

I love how he cries at the mere mention of Rudy, Rocky or any number of sports movies.

I love that we have so many inside jokes that we can't remember them all and sometimes we bring up some ones we haven't used in awhile.

I love how he dances when one of his favorite songs comes on; he sort of shrugs his shoulders and moves his hips back and forth.

I love how he goes to the grocery store for me.

I love how he can fix anything with sometimes very unconventional means.

I love how he idolizes his father.

I love how he says, "Love ya!" to my family members when he says goodbye on the phone. Even I don't do that.

I love sneaking into movies with him. Sometimes 3 in a row.

I love the cute dimple on his right cheek.

I love how he gets so frustrated during football game that he makes up cussing phrases that don't exist. Remember GF?

I love watching him and Beacon (his BF) interact.

I love that his friends adopted me into their lives.

I love how loyal he is. If I complain about someone, he is always on my side.

I love how he reluctantly watches Sex and the City, and laughs sometimes.

I love how he tucks the blankets all the way up under his chin and looks so cute when he sleeps.

I love it when he talks about our future children.

I love/hate it when you take SO MANY PICTURES OF ME.

I love him for always getting me a drink of water when I need one.

I love the fact that I can come to him with any problem I have and he tries his hardest to make it better. He takes good care of me.

I love you Nicholas! I am so glad you were born.

Friday, July 18, 2008

reflections of a batman

What I did expect from the midnight release of the Dark Knight:

  • Teeny Boppers. I loathe them, I'm pretty sure they loathe me but unfortunately we are forced to coexist at Quail Springs mall. You know, the mall that's located near the 2nd richest high school in America, next to Beverly Hills High School. You can imagine the kind of entitled assholes that showed up last night. We arrived at the theater at 1030 and waited for an hour and a half before they let us in to sit down. Then some Cancun boys (as my brother calls them) saunter up at 11:35 and stand near us. They start dropping F bombs and playing on their iPhones and one them asks me, without looking at me because he's too cool, "Can I see your ticket?" And I just stare at him suspiciously and ask, "Why?" "I just want to make sure I'm in the right line." "Well, this is line for Theater 1 and it ends all the way back there." He scoffed at me and continued to stand too close to me until we get into the theater. Also, during the movie some 14 year old girls got up and down and walked in front of us FIVE times. About the 3rd times I gave the passive aggressive ultra loud sigh and slowly shifted my feet to let her through. I HATE TEENAGERS.
  • People in costumes. Confession time: I am the proud maker and owner of a pink shirt that reads, "Mrs. Harry Potter." I wear it to the book releases and to the movie premieres. My little T-shirt got its ass kicked by all the full on costumes we saw last night. A group of miscreants was walking around terrifying small kids (and me to be honest). One of them looked like he escaped from the basement of Saw. He was dressed as the character Bane, who I'd never heard of. He was pretty overweight and sporting a white t-shirt with the sleeves cut off and grey sweatpants. He was also sporting a gas mask. The Scarecrow, the Riddler, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Cat Woman, Harley Quinn, and Two Face were all there. And of course several Jokers. A normal looking couple showed up in regular clothes but had lipstick smeared all over their faces, Joker style. There weren't as many Batmans as I thought there would be. I guess he's not as interesting. Plus only one guy in a million can pull off the suit and that man is Christian Bale.
  • A Harry Potter trailer. NOPE. Nothing. I was nearly ready to leave when the movie started because I was so disappointed. Now they're saying that the trailer will come out before the stupid, nerdy Star Wars Clones movie that I won't see. Hopefully someone will leak it onto the internet, please God!
  • An amazing movie. I knew the movie would be good, everyone did. Remember in a previous post where I said (regarding There Will Be Blood) that you know it's a good movie when a character leaves you squirming in your chair because you don't know what he'll do next. I was literally scared whenever the Joker came on screen. In most movies, you're not TOO scared of the bad guy because you know the good guy will prevail. But all bets are off in this one. After his first few appearances, I was uncomfortable during the scenes he WASN'T in because I knew it was coming. I knew he would do something terrible and I dreaded it.

What I did NOT expect from the midnight release of Dark Knight:
  • To cry. But I did. Twice. And I definitely didn't expect Nick to cry. But he did. And at a different time than me. So there are potentially 3 tear inducing scenes. Be prepared.
  • To have no idea what was going to happen. For all you comic book connoisseurs (sweet Jesus, that's a hard word to spell), this will probably not be the case. But the plot takes so many turns, it just keeps going and going. With most comic book movies, you can guess the entire storyline from the preview, but not this one. Beacon said that he watched every video clip that emerged about this movie and about 45 minutes into the film, he'd seen every clip he'd already watched. Brilliant.
  • To agree with the hype that Heath Ledger will probably win an Oscar. He vanishes into the role, Philip Seymour Hoffman style. It's heartbreaking and exhilarating to watch.
We're seeing it again on Sunday. Best movie of the summer. Now if only the *$*&#(&$ Harry Potter trailer would come out.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Girl Crush

Um, is a coincidence that my new glasses are almost identical to Tina Fey's, my declared girl crush?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

kramer vs. kramer

What a perfect movie to watch on Father's Day! Apart from the really sad parts anyway. I saw the movie years ago and loved it, but watching it this time, I paid more attention to the subtleties of the relationship between Ted and Joanne. It's a perfect movie.

Some of my favorite parts are the interactions between Ted and his single female neighbor, Margaret. They swap stories since they're both abandoned spouses and if it was a modern day movie, they would have fallen in love. Instead they support one another. In the park when she talks about how hard it was to get divorced, he touches her face in a way that's not sexual or romantic, but you can tell it had been awhile since anyone showed her tenderness.

I think it's easy to hate Joanne in this, but I just felt sorry for her. I can understand feeling like you have no identity outside of your family and I can understand feeling that if you weren't totally fulfilled by your child and husband then something must be wrong with you.

What I love about the movie though is even though he is so angry at her for coming back suddenly and interrupting the life he has created with his son, there is still so much between them. So much connectedness. The scene in the courtroom when the mean lawyer yells at her and asks her if she's ruined the most important relationship in her life, the one with her husband, she looks over at Ted and he smiles at her and shakes his head and mouths, "No, you didn't." And she smiles wryly back and answers yes.

And the scenes with Billy and Ted? Forget it. The way Ted is so careful not to vilify her and explains that Billy is going to live with his mom. And Billy starts crying and asks, "If you get lonesome will you call me, Daddy?"

I've seen so many kids for counseling who are a product of divorced parents and it is amazing how protective they are of each parent. So careful not to hurt anyone's feelings or show a preference to either parent. Even if a parent was neglectful or abusive, they are almost afraid to be angry about it. One 7 year old client said in a moment of extraordinary clarity, "I don't have a a good time at my dad's house and it's not fun, but it makes me feel bad that he doesn't get to see us very much, so I still go over there." I spend alot of time convincing kids that's it's normal to be angry at being put in that situation and counseling is a time to get it out. This may not be the life you wanted or deserve, but it can still be a great life.

And alot of time the kids teach me the same thing.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Backyard Fireworks

Americans have a special bond with fireworks. Perhaps it has to do with our national anthem having that bit about "rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air."

No other town epitomizes our countries love of fireworks more than Joplin, MO. I would estimate that they have one of the highest ratio of fireworks stands/stores to people in the country. You can also buy hard liquor at Wal-Mart day or night.

I lived there for about 3 years and I will never forget the first 4th of July I spent there. I didn't know anybody so I decided to stay in. Shortly after dark all hell broke loose. I went outside and it sounded like WWIII, but it was hundreds of individual fireworks displays shot off right from people's front yards and driveways. It was amazing. Every direction you looked there were rockets and showers and shells lighting up the sky. And since it was a nearly windless night, there was a thick cloud of fireworks smoke hanging over the town like fog.

My last 4th of July in Joplin Benay came up to visit. I decided to finally get in on the action and I bought a bunch of fireworks from my co-worker's daughter who was selling them as a fundraiser. (move over world's best chocolate and girl scout cookies, who wants those when we can buy explosives) They had names like "The Big One" "Death From Above" and "Run Hadji Run"(the best of the bunch BTW)

It took us almost 40 minutes to shoot them all off. It was amazing. I don't have a whole lot of fond memories from my Joplin days, but that 4th of July with Benay is definitely one of them.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

over it

Or should I say, over her? And by her I mean Katherine Heigl. She withdrew her name from the list of Emmy contenders because she does not feel she was given material worthy of an Emmy this season on Grey's. She's also trying to get out of her Grey's contract so she can focus on her movie career.

Honey, just because you got lucky with Knocked Up and 27 Dresses doesn't mean you're the shit. Why don't you ask David Caruso how that worked out? I think that career move has only worked for George Clooney.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Foss' Favorite Faces

Friday, June 6, 2008

amazing births

Original source here.

These are incredible stories.

This baby had a large tumor growing out of her tailbone. So, when the baby was 6 months old they took the fetus out, removed the tumor, put the baby BACK IN, and she arrived 10 weeks later. She was born twice.

Three of these babies are identical triplets. There are fewer than 100 documented cases of identical triplets plus one. I feel kinda sorry for the odd one out.

This girl delivered her baby at home in the shower. Then she jogged 4 blocks to the hospital with the baby still attached by the umbilical cord. Think someone was trying to hide being pregnant?

This one is my favorite. This baby is a badass. Her mother delivered while she was going to the bathroom on a TRAIN. Mom passed out, baby fell through the toilet and onto the tracks! They found her TWO HOURS later. Alive. She only weighed 3.22 pounds.

This cool lady gave birth to her twin GRANDchildren. She was a surrogate for her daughter. Oh and she was 51. You know, my mom's turning 51 soon....

This lady gave birth to her SECOND set of TRIPLETS last year. The odds of this are 1 in 64 million.

This sweet baby was born weighing only 10 ounces.

This big, old, honking baby was born weighing SIXTEEN POUNDS.

This lady had quadruplets, three years after having triplets. As Izzie says on Grey's, "You really gotta read the fine print on those fertility drugs."

This 62 year old woman just gave birth to her 12th child. At the time of his birth, she already had 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. It would be pretty wild to be present at the birth of your great uncle.