Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Marveling With Mother Goose

THE RHYME: THREE BLIND MICE

Three blind mice, three blind mice
See how they run, see how they run
They all ran after the farmer's wife
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As three blind mice?

Okay- so upon my first read I think this rhyme is pretty straight forward. Three blind mice running around this house and somehow they must mistake the smell of the farmer's wife and cheese and end up running after her. This lady, the farmer's wife is terrified of mice and grabs a knife and cuts off their tails and then we have three blind mice running around with tail stubs.

But, what does this rhyme actually mean??
According to rhymes.org this rhyme came from English history. The "farmer's wife" refers to King Henry VIII's shunned daughter Mary I. Mary I would later take over the throne from her father after his death (and then death of Henry's only son). She was given the nickname "Bloody Mary" for the death and persecution she brought to Protestants. Mary was a staunch Catholic and as we all know Henry threw that out the window and made himself head of the church.
The reference to "farmer's wife" is a guise for the three massive estates that Mary and her husband owned. The "three blind mice" were Protestant noblemen convicted of plotting against the Queen. They were burnt at the stake.

So to summarize:
Three blind mice, three blind mice - three noblemen who are blinded by their faith (perhaps?)
See how they run, see how they run- see how they plot against the Queen (perhaps?)
They all ran after the farmer's wife (they all plotted against Queen Mary for her Catholic persecution of the Protestants)
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife- Queen Mary had them burned at the stake
Did you ever see such a sight in your life- Did you ever see three men so stupidly blinded by their faith that they would openly try to destroy the Queen
As three blind mice- As these three noblemen

The Epic Weight Loss. Week...19...I think

So far I have lost 16 pounds and counting. Woo!
I'll get there before the year is over. I've got another 25-30 I'd like to lose.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sew, Sew, Sew Happy

So we are abour four eliminations into the newest season of Project Runway. This just so happens to be the only show I watch religiously and plan my Thursday night around. I've never done this for any TV show!
I'm going to make some predictions for this season- we'll see how close I can get.

These are my predictions for the final three designers that I think are going to make it to Bryant Park.
1. Christopher (I love his play on hard and soft fabrics)
2. Althea
3. Shirin

I think the dark horse that could upset one of my choices might be Irina.

The person that I think will be eliminated next week is...Nikolas

Hooray for Project Runway!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Marveling with Mother Goose

The Rhyme: Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To get her poor dog a bone
But when she got there
The cupboard was bare
And so her poor little dog had none.
In my initial glance at this nursery rhyme, I would say this one is pretty straight forward. This old lady is obviously poor and can't even give her starving dog a bone.
Not so! Here's what the research has provided:
Some speculate that Old Mother Hubbard could be a portrayal of Cardinal Wolsey, King Henry the 8ths advisor- for some time. If you've ever watched The Tudors on Showtime (love!) he's played by the guy from Jurassic Park. He was a VERY important man for his time, but failed to follow through with the King's divorce from his then Queen Katherine of Spain. As the story goes, he wanted a divorce so he could marry Anne Boleyn.
In this rhyme, the "dog" is King Henry and the "bone" refers to the divorce. The cupboard of Old Mother Hubbard is a symbol for the Catholic Church
Therefore, Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard: The Cardinal went to the Church
To fetch her dog a bone: To try and get King Henry a divorce.
But when she got there, the cupboard was bare: But when the Cardinal presented his case, he was shut down
And so her poor dog had none: And the King wasn't granted a divorce.
Interesting!!

Real Housewives of Montana

So in my pregnancy and then again after I had Caderyn, I got hooked on Bravo's Real Housewife show. I wasn't the person that would sit down and watch it religiously, but if it was on and I just happened to be settled in front of the TV, I watched it.
Its a horrible show, showcasing the lives of women who have a real warped sense of reality and I can't stand half the women but for some reason I have to watch. Which frustrates me.
Most of these women have had their wealth handed to them by marriage and exploit the heck out of it. They don't do anything except prove the materialism of America and in most of these women's cases uphold America's standards as one of the highest divorce-rate countries.
Doesn't anyone believe in saving money, not spending it.
Doesn't anyone believe in love and not money.
Doesn't anyone believe in working for a marriage?

Therefore, I'm going to promote myself to become a part of the next Housewife installment, Real Housewives of Montana. Oh yes.
Montana born women working for a living, working toward a strong and dedicated marriage and working toward not spending money and enjoying nature at its finest.

Not all housewives have to be rich or have plastic surgery or be successful. Doesn't being rich in love count for anything? What about determination and the willingness to keep after the grind day after day?
The cameras should follow me and of course a few other women around as we do our day to day routines while enjoying the splendor of Montana.
Half a million trip to Rome? Please! Try a $100 trip to Yellowstone.
Millions of dollars in jewelry? My wedding ring is all I need, plus I can go and find my own rubies and sapphires in the mountains!
Sit at home and paint my nails all day? Psh. Follow me around during my day job and then follow me home to my night job as a full-time mommy. No nanny and its just me because Jeff's at work. I can guarantee my kid won't be screwed up.
Porsche? Hummer? BMW?
Try a Subaru on for size- this car can do anything!
$700 on shoes that hurt your feet?
Try $150 on snow boots that will last for five years and probably save me from falling down.
Money, money money, falling out of the sky?
Oh dear lord I wish! See how real people deal with their stupid insurance companies and the mounting piles of bills.
I think it would be a hit! Don't' you?
Here's me, your average working woman/housewife:

And here's the unrealistic stupid housewives:
http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-york-city/episode-8-game-set-feud

Despite the glitz and the glamor and the fakery, which one do you think would be more fun?