Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Naming.

A little while ago my mom sent me an e-mail of how I got my name. Its a short story (less than a typed page) written from my perspective... as if I had any say in the matter....

so I've decided to blog it...

Long before I was a twinkle in my mother’s eye, and I mean LONG before, my name was destined to be Anna. As a child my mother grew up in the knowledge that she had been named after her great-grandmother – a brave woman who had been widowed in her homeland Germany, lost a child, and immigrated with her two young children to the United States during a turbulent era of the earth’s history. It was with this great sense of pride that she decided that HER first daughter would also be named after a great-grandmother, her beloved “grandma with the cows”. (My mother had great plans… first daughter named Anna, second daughter named Alyce – after her other beloved grandmother. Alas, she was only blessed with one child – me.)

My middle name was a source of contention between my mother and grandmother. My mother wanted to name me Anna Michele, my grandmother detested the name Michele claiming the only women named that were crazy – as my mother’s friendships with various Michele-Mashell-Michelle had demonstrated. But, my mother stood her ground and Anna Michele it would be. Until I was born. Then everything changed.

My mother is a single parent. Always has been. The story for that best left to another time. Suffice it to say that my birth, while not anticipated, was welcomed with excitement and trepidation. Mostly she was just scared out of her mind – but, having been blessed with goodly parents and siblings, she knew that we would be ok. But I digress… this is about my name.

Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Roxanne were all present when I was born. When the doctor announced I was a girl he asked “what’s the name of this pretty little girl?” to which my grandmother responded (begrudgingly, I’m sure) “Anna Michele”. My mother, while in the midst of those things that happen AFTER a baby is born and being exhausted to boot, responded with a fuzzy “No, its not”. My grandmother looked at her, exasperated, and asked “then what the hell is it?”

My mother responded slowly (drugs?) “Its Anna…….P…P...Paulette”. My grandpa’s name is Paul. I’ve had him wrapped around my little finger from that moment on. There’s more to the story of my arrival – for later.

so thus I was named Anna Paulette....

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

January the month of Movie and TV AWESOMENESS!

Now that the holidays are over I am getting super stoked for my shows to return. I realize that most of them haven't been gone for very long, and others I've been anxious for them to return since their season finales. Here is a list of my 2010 Winter TV premieres, and Movie releases.

January 8th
Leap Year

(taken from IMDB) A woman (Adams) who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an Irish tradition which occurs every time the date February 29 rolls around, faces a major setback when bad weather threatens to derail her planned trip to Dublin. With the help of an innkeeper, however, her cross-country odyssey just might result in her getting engaged.

I love Amy Adams. And this movie seems too cute to pass up. Though I'm a total romantic comedy addict.

January 10th
Chuck returns (part one of two)
Now that Chuck has the new intersect in his head and know Chuck-Fu, this should be a very interesting season. I'm glad to see Chuck getting a little more brave and not being such a wuss.
January 11th
How I Met Your Mother (100th episode)

ITS THE MUSICAL EPISODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gotta love me some singing NPH. Plus sources tell me that we'll meet the mother!*insert fangirl squee here* Though of course I'm the most excited for some singing Barney! It's going to be legend.... wait for it.

Chuck (part two)
Could it get any better than to have TWO days of Chuck plus a singing HIMYM ep. I think not. I shall go to bed happy.

January 14th

I love Bones! thats pretty much it. No other reason than I love it.

Grey's Anatomy, and Private Practice also return, but I'm not as excited about that.

January 22nd
its not the first episode back but the one that airs February 5th is the one where Michael Shanks (from Stargate SG-1) guest stars as Hawkman... that I'm really excited for.
January 29th
When In Rome...
(taken from IMDB) Beth (Bell) is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love, and is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.
thats right... My Kristen Bell obsession surfaces as I will be seeing this movie opening weekend regardless of if its actually worth it. Plus it has the incredibly yummy Josh Duhmel in it too.
February 4th
The Office
Need I say more??? Its the Office!
Then stupid American Idol is pushing the Glee return back to April!!!!
its horrid...
so to tide me over guess I'll just have to settle for wearing out my zune listening the soundtracks and watching the first half of the season.
and watching this over and over...

(authors note: yes I do realize that I watch WAY too much tv.)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Years Resolution(s)

So for the year 2010, I have decided to forgo any resolution to lose weight. Mainly because it never works. I have however decided to make a few that weight loss may be a side effect.

2010 Resolution One:
ween myself off caffeinated and carbonated drinks, and start drinking more water.

I already know that I have a horrible addiction to Dr. Pepper and Pepsi. Something that is really hard to overcome. The bubbly goodness of soda just gets me through the day sometimes. So I'm not saying I'm going to quit cold turkey, but I am going to start getting myself unaddicted to it. Starting with caffeinated drinks then moving onto carbonated drinks.

I've always hated the taste of water. I don't know why (since water doesn't really have a taste) so I find it hard to drink eight glasses a day of it.

2010 Resolution Two:
start eating actual meals.

I love eating out as much as the next person, but I'm getting kind of tired of eating out all the time. I need to cook more. I think at work its the worse, I need to start bringing lunch that is a decent and filling lunch... not just a microwave dinner.

2010 Resolution Three:
read more books than I read this year.

Orginally I was planning on reading 50 books, but I may be setting my sights too high. So I've decided to just try and read more than I did this year. I think I read about 15 books this year so as long as I read more than that I'll be satisfied. The books have to be books I haven't read before (I have a habit of re-reading books/authors that I love), and I'm going to document them on this blog.

2010 Resolution Four:
when November comes try and actually participate and finish NaNoWriMo.

I keep saying I'm going to do it then never actually do... so heres hoping this year will be different.

I hope that 2010 bring good things and hope to all those who need it.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


so its recently come to my attention that I might need glasses. At work its been getting harder and harder to concentrate on my computer screen and i've been getting monumental headaches from it. so tomorrow I go in for an eye doctors appointment....

wish me luck!