The Red Ribbon!


Yesterday, I got some fantastic news.

Tyler got the Red Ribbon at preschool!


I can’t really remember what that means, except that only one kid gets it at the end of every day.  It has to do with some sort of virtue, I think – like sharing, or listening, or helping, or being kind.  And the Red Ribbon is a very big deal.  It’s an honor.

This was Tyler’s first time getting the Red Ribbon.  He was so excited and proud.  And this auntie’s heart is bursting.

I can’t wait to see him in Kansas for his 4th birthday at the end of the month – especially to watch him ride his tricycle with his short little legs.  (SQUEEEEEEE he is so cute!!!!)

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I don’t quite know how to segue between a preschooler and an R-rated movie – but has anyone else seen “Atonement”?  I watched it over the weekend, and cannot stop thinking about it.  A raw and brutal story set to the percussive rhythm of typewriter keys, it has left me speechless.

You must see it – that is, if you’re okay with some very sexual scenes and graphic violence.  Which… apparently, I am.

I dare you to try to convince me to see “Star Trek,” you nerd Joey.



  1. Greta on May 12, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    What?? I watched ‘Atonement’ on Saturday night with my mom!

    So. GOOD.

    The book was even better. Although I will say, the movie does an excellent job recreating it. What an unbelievable story!

  2. Laura on May 12, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Awww, what an adorable little kid! You’re such a lucky aunt :-)

    And you SHOULD see Star Trek. Own your inner nerd!

  3. Val on May 12, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Atonement is wonderful and heart-breaking and stays with you for days. Weeks. It’s amazing. And that 5-minute tracking shot on the beach? As it weaves through all the soldiers, horses, military equipment? Unbelievable.

    I saw “Star Trek.” I’ve never seen a Star Trek movie or tv show before. But I liked it. Just goes to show how amazing JJ Abrams is….

  4. Margalyn on May 12, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    I guess I’m the only one who disliked Atonement…. Yeah, the cinematography was absolutely incredible, but I hated the story–There was nothing redeemable about it at all. I kept thinking that one day she (Briony Tallis) was going to make things right. Boo. hiss. She didn’t, and they died. It was like what was the point? To show what a miserable existence James McAvoy’s character had because of her? There’s enough real life heart break going on around me that I don’t need some over dramatized Hollywood movie to ruin my day. There wasn’t any atonement at all. If you want to see a movie what shows atonement, see Seven Pounds with Will Smith.

    PS On a side note, Star Trek was really good. Go see it. :-)

  5. Lyla on May 12, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Your nephews are so cute. Glad he got the red ribbon… whatever it was for.

    “Atonement” is one of two movies I’ve paid full price for in the past 5 years. Normally I go to the $6 before noon shows. I would say that it was ALMOST worth the full price. I thought the end was silly. I thought it shoud have ended the way she says it really happened instead of bothering with the initial ending.

    Star Trek was pretty good. Granted, I am a nerd. Granted, I couldn’t wait to see Zachary Quinto as Spock because he looks lot like him and is Sylar on Heroes. Those aside, I STILL think it was entertaining and WAY better than it could have been. Plus it has Simon Pegg is in it. I love Simon Pegg.

  6. Angie on May 12, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    I am very, I repeat VERY much so not an avid fan of Star Trek and up until last week had never even seen so much as 5 seconds of the show/previous movies.

    I went. And, as much as I try to suppress that inner nerd in me, I have to admit, I really liked it.

    Besides, young Captain Kirk is hot. And without the eyebrows & ears, Spock kind of is too.

  7. Sarah on May 12, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    I’ve seen Atonement – loved it – but – I loved Star Trek even more. Give in.

    What’sherface is really a good actress – I had to go look her up – Kiera Knightly. Either she knows how to pick ’em or I like her style. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite movies.

  8. Sarah on May 12, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Oh, I agree w/Angie – Kirk and Spock are both pretty hot in the new movie. And Kirk’s dad, who looked an awful lot like him.

  9. Hope on May 12, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    oh, read it, annie! read it!

    every word is weighty and delicious.

  10. Isaiah Kallman on May 12, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    I don’t know how much I took away from film school, practically speaking. But I did discover this: there is a pronounced difference between a “Film” and a “Movie”. Films are meant to be cerebral and didactic. Sometimes the artiness of a film means there’s no lesson. That’s their point. Oooooh.

    But then again, there are movies. The creators of movies do so to entertain you. You’re supposed to be having fun! Tapeheads, Wayne’s World, Die Hard, etc. Crack a soda and rediscover your love of candy! I’d say Star Trek falls in this category. So I dare YOU to convince me that you don’t like the occasional movie.

  11. wrecklessgirl on May 12, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    i saw atonement last year, and it’s stuck with me ever since. it’s a haunting film. i’m not sure if i was supposed to learn something good from it, as i was something true, and possible.

    also, i’m a total trekky. still love me?

  12. Annie on May 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    You’re coming to Kansas? Mmmm…coffee? :) Annies unite!

  13. Juliette Piwiec on May 13, 2009 at 1:00 AM

    i read Atonement last year and i really liked it, but I still haven’t seen the movie!

    But I did see Star Trek. And it was excellent. I knew nothing of the storyline, but you don’t have to. It’s a great prequel, fun and action packed, the cast is awesome– and James T. Kirk is indeed scruffy and cocky and yummy. Get on it, you know you want to. ;)

  14. Diana on May 13, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    Atonement: book is MUCH better than the movie.
    *sigh* James McAvoy is dreamy!

  15. Erica Tober on May 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Ooooo read the book! I have a copy if you want to borrow it. The ending is a bit different.

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