Monday, February 16, 2009

So, I'm Not as Cool as I Think I Am!

Okay, I admit, I've always thought I was pretty cool. All the way back to when my mom would play her old fogey music, I thought, "I'm going to save my records to show my kids how cool I was"---The Beatles, Herman's Hermits, etc. Even if I'd really saved them, the actual records themselves would be so old fogey, that we don't even HAVE a way to play them now.

Fast forward 50 years. I've been very proud of myself that my grandkids think I'm cool. Steph has related stories about the girls asking her for advice, then telling her it was lousy advice and they would just have to ask grammy. Pump me up. 

There's the clothes issue. On her Christmas list, Morgan put---"anything from Abercrombie---and grammy, I don't want a gift card, I want you to pick it out". Pump me up. 

Boy advice---I'm on top of it.  Friend advice, ditto.  Music, no question. Although I must admit, I threw the girls under the bus last week when a song came on my iPod with really foul language. Butch was outraged. I told him it was obviously the girls' music. They later told me that he was all over them about it. To tell the truth, I didn't even realize I'd purchased an "explicit" song. Not so cool.

Yesterday, we went shopping. Steph remarked at how cold the mall was as she rubbed her hands together. The girls were like, "mom, you are so weird"! Steph said, "do you know how demoralizing it is to have your kids think their grammy is cooler than me"? Pump me up.

Then reality hits. I picked Jordan up from school a couple weeks ago to go to Morgan's basketball game. As soon as we hit the gym, Jordan dropped me like a hot potato--never even making eye contact once she got with her friends. Oh wait, she did "drop by" for money for the concession stand. Okay, I can take it. Let out a little air.

Then the other day, we're coming home from school and a particular song came on that I like. I said, "oooh, is this 3 Doors Down"? The girls both laughed, "grammy, it's "2" Doors Down"! I covered, sleekly by saying, "oh yeah, 3 Doors Down is one door down from 2 Doors Down, ha, ha, ha". Ssssss...

I just need to face it, the girls probably don't really think I'm all that cool. They just like me a lot. It could be the Marble Slab, movies, shopping trips and running them and their friends all over town. That's okay, I'll gladly take what I can get. After all, I'm thrilled to be such a big part of their life at this age!

At least Victoria and Elizabeth still think I'm cool. Mitchell? Not so much. I did tell him that I was going to buy a pair of Nike's just like his and wear them around his friends to show how cool I was. He shook his head and said, "grammy, all I've got to say is, I feel sorry for the girls". He's a boy. I never really thought I'd be cool to a boy anyway. I just love teasing the heck out of him--like dancing around him singing, "don't you wish your girlfriend was HOT like ME"!

I look at it this way, I'm creating fun memories. I can't wait until they grow up and can tell "grammy" stories! That's waaaaay COOL!!!

PS These girls are definitely giving Steph a run for her money. On our way home from the mall, she was all over them about something. About mid-way through her rant, she used the wrong tense of a word. The girls (and I must admit, me too) burst out laughing. Sort of took the wind out of Steph's sails! Ya know what I mean? 

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Grammy Review

And I don't mean ME!
For those of you that missed it, here's the run-down:
Whitney Houston---drunk or drugged?
Jennifer Hudson---forgot to take her napkin off after dinner (apparently someone told her before her performance).
Carrie Underwood---loved the sheer mini dress over the hot pants, she's gorgeous and those legs..
Chris Martin of Coldplay is Hhhhooootttt! and I love their performance--maybe not the greatest fashion icon, but loved the retro Sgt. Pepper look.
Sugarland---still love Jennifer Nettles, she's so cute and she totally KILLED with "Stay"--what a powerful voice---awesome. She can really chew those vowels---as well as Reba.
Kid Rock---loved his performance---"Amen"!
Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus---cute little pair and loved the new song by TS
Alison Kraus looked fabulous!! Robert Plant looks really OLD! Oh wait, he is!
Andy Williams has had some really bad plastic surgery, or else they pulled him out of the coffin.
Jonas Brothers gave their usual great performance, but I have to say, Stevie Wonder nearly ruined their song---and what was that "steal" from Peter Frampton? But I did love the duo of "Superstition" with Stevie and the JB--sounded almost updated for the 21st century. Goes to show, you can't teach the old dog new tricks, but the young pups are still trainable.
Katie Perry---I liked her costume---unusual to see flats---she must be really tall and she can't dance a whit---I guess that's why she hopped around a lot, but the performance was pretty good---maybe because "I kissed a girl and I liked it" too!
Kanye West---I can't stand him, but I do like a few of his songs even if he mostly talks them.
Kenny Chesney---still my country love.
Paul McCartney can still rock it! Sure, his vocals were a little weak, but he's practically an institution! "My heart went BOOM"---and I'm no where near "17"!
Adele---didn't think I even knew who she was, but when she sang, I recognized her voice. Now I just have to figure out which song she does that I like.
The "beautiful" Gwyneth Paltrow (notice how "beautiful" has become part of her name---like thebeautifulgwynethpaltrow?) committed what I think was a fashion faux paux---heavy woolen grey tights with a silver sequin dress---and the hair---not so good.
JT (I've liked him since his NSYNC days) and TI (my new favorite rapper) did a great duet---loved it.
Jamie Foxx, Smokey Robinson, the last living member of the 4 Tops and another guy that looked and sounded familiar butIdon'tknowwhoitwas did a medley of 4 Tops hits that took me waaay back---no way to describe it except "that I can't help myself"---I'll always love Motown music the best! Even Paul was all over it!
Neil Diamond is still "sweet" on "Caroline" and I'm sure glad even if he talked a lot of it. "Good times never seemed so good"!
'Lil Wayne and Robin Thicke did a little New Orleans show with a Mardi Gras band.
I really liked how the Grammy's put together some unusual pairs. For the most part it worked and added a bit of mystery to the show.