Friday, February 24, 2006

Audacious Acting for Adolescents


Well, I'm off to teach my acting class. I love the kids I teach. I usually have about 12 kids. It's really a trick to get them to be quiet. I asked the Foundation Director, "So, how do you keep these kids quiet?" She replied, "You don't"
We-he-hellllll..Malena's got the answer! Pizza and sparkle stickers, hats and feather boas! Ohh yes!(Divert their attention!)If Lorraine were here, she's do her stand up routine with a little fiddling. Kids LOVE Lorraine.
I'll be sure to take some photos today. I showed one little guy the LaM CD yesterday. I said, "This is what I do when I'm not a Mom"
He just kept looking at it with bewilderment. Then he finally said, "That's You?"
and I replied, "Real Life is dissapointing isn't it."

Hee heee. Maybe today I'll wear make-up! Naaaaaaaaaaaa! I'd rather spend that time making journals and giving out pizza. The great thing about kids is, they don't care what you look like as long as you love them.

23 Comments:

At 6:25 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

hot for teacher!

 
At 8:05 PM , Blogger vandaluna said...

Gurrrrlie!
I don't care what you say.
Make up or no, you have to be gorgeous to begin with!
I love the fact your working with kids. They can be really wunnerful.

Otay, I'll brag a bit now...
My pechupkin scored in the 85 percentile on Math and 90 percentile in English on the SAT test. She is only 12 years old! Dang! she scored better than most college bound seniors!!! I am a very proud mother and it is an honor to have my Alchemy as a daughter.

 
At 9:38 PM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

Wow, that's excellent, both Malena for working with kids, and vanda's daughter for doing so well! If you want, tell her I'm a junior in college and know kids who couldn't pull that off! Sadly, a friend once told me that as he was standing in line to receive his diploma (for his B.A.) he heard a guy behind him bragging that he'd gone to the school for 4 years, was graduating today, and had never once entered the library.

Again, great job!

 
At 4:58 AM , Blogger vandaluna said...

Thanks apple. I told Alchemy about the guy who had never once entered the library, she gave an exasperated sigh and said, "honestly". We were reading about Columbia University on line this a.m. and when we read they have a reknowned library system with (IIRC) 11 libraries, she got quite excited. She's learning Chinese on weekends (our Chinese friends have a 'Chinese School' to teach their children the language) and has taught herself alot of Japanese from watching and reading waaay too much anime, so when I told her Columbia has program in Eastern languages, I think she was sold on that.

I've been told I'm jumping the gun a little by discussing college choices with her when she is only in 7th grade, but I think that when possibilities are presented and are discussed in the framework that they are something that will happen, children pick up on that. It goes beyond "expecting" that your child will excel to them believing that excelling is something they want to do.

I love this parenting thing. It is all a big experiment and is such fun. The rewards are astounding!

Oh, and the percentages I quoted? Thems be the national averages. Her averages for Florida? Florida should be nuked. ;-)

 
At 7:27 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Cool Malena, my daughers were all involved with local theater groups and loved it. I've done some community art projects with kids here and its always a fun time. Vanda -brag away and congrats to Alchemy! She is headed for a bright and wonderful future! Good for her! And its never to early to begin to dream and plan.(oh, and I looked up the horse avatar pic, wow, what a beautiful piece Ravyn,and lucky you Vanda for getting such a nice gift)

 
At 5:27 PM , Blogger Malena Medium Cool said...

Vanda..Your daughter's name is Alchemy? How cool is that?!

Kitty! We miss you. Great photo...has vogue called yet?

 
At 9:19 PM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

Yay for working with kids - and encouraging them to do fun things while building character and self-esteem! :D

And I don't think 7th grade is too early to start interesting your kids in college. Now, granted, my mom is Japanese and spent most of my high school years periodically reminding me that Japanese children were encouraged toward making college decisions starting at age 3... Still, encouraging your kids in a direction in which they're already clearly interested should start at whatever age they are when they're showing interest! Go Alchemy!

 
At 6:38 AM , Blogger vandaluna said...

Okay all you wunnerful peoples...I'm going to hijack this bloggie and get the mojo moving! ;-)

Actually, I just want to share my morning goddess discoveries....

I woke up with an urgent need to affirm my understanding that eau de toilette is a little stronger than eau de cologne, which I did. In the mean time (love that expression...it could mean so many things...mean time) I found an awesome page on perfumery complete with absolutes, oils, and other fabulous ingredients:
http://www.essential-oil.org/

So, as is our custom to get eachother hooked on fabulous, expensive products, Da Ravyn gave me some Ojon products for Yule for my hair. Incredibly intoxicating scent that stuff. Smells like coffee, cakes, cigarettes, and Tabu perfume...reminds ya somehow of ya grandparents...doesn't sound good, but dang, it is. I was searching this morning for information on Ojon and ran across the long hair community. They have great advice for hair care:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/

Finally,
I received my Midnight rattie and Grim Ratter from Lisa yesterday! Wow!! I think I like Midnight best...okay second best after my Neil rattie (I have #3 since that is my favorite number). What gorgeous little things, Lisa's rats. And they make great gifts. I also have two jesters by Lisa modeled after the little jesters on Neil's Luck Be Nimble sculpture. I saw a pic of the little yellow jester when Lisa was working on the sculpture and I fell in love and asked Lisa to make me some...which she did. Anyway, guests came by the house yestiddy (my boss and wife, and a friend) and they all noticed my jesters hanging from my mantle and were so impressed. I have a penchant for things that hang, drip, dangle. These little critters are just so delightful to me. If you haven't seen one, I suggest you high-tail it over to Lisa's website at www.lisasnellings.com and check 'em out.

Okay, enough.

 
At 2:31 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

I have always said I liked teachers because they must be wonderful people to spend their time teaching, giving that most precious gift *knowledge* and *experience* onto kids. So... yeah for good teachers (as compared to the 'other' kind). So since I am sure you are a wonderful teacher, YEAH for Malena!

and CONGRATS to Alchemy. I am so glad to hear of cool smart kids like her, especially cool ones who like anime!!... and I love her name.


Lisa's Jestery things are GREAT... I haven't seen one in person but the website sure is cool... and so are the little harliquins.

 
At 2:54 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Yes, I agree Rubius - I have one of Lisa's jesters, red/black and white dangling in front of me as I type - very cool and beautifully made. ahhh - do I wish I could have long, thick hair. sigh. not in the cards for me!

 
At 3:07 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

ivenotime- hair extensions are your friend.

Lisa Snellings rocks my world. I like her art too......

 
At 4:14 PM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

Personally, I'm a minor Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab addict when it comes to scents. Not that they need any more business, but they are wunnerful. :)

And hair extensions are more than your friend, they are a way to keep people sane when they can't afford to fry their hair any more because otherwise it'll just fall out. Got sick of your hair and cut it to 3" long, but now you want it long again? No problem - what colour(s)? Hair kind of thinned out and limp? Have a weft or four. Can't afford to bleach your dark hair to put in neon blue highlights? How many streaks do you want?

-squeaks
(currently sporting hair with various reds, oranges, black, ribbon, lace and a few other things in it, not to mention the usual grey streak)

 
At 6:54 PM , Blogger vandaluna said...

lorraine: I posted once asking if your colors were extensions and the post was lost...
Lisa WAAY rocks. I feel really close to her eventhough we've never met in person. My "moon sister". ;-)

rubius: thanks about Alchemy. She'll be at balticon. She's a really cool person. I don't think you'd ever believe she is only 12 if you meet her. And she is awesome at Magick the Gathering.

Malena: somehow I missed your post...
Yeah, Alchemy Wren Tocla are her first and middle names. She has two last names. Ravyn is supposed to set up an account for her, wren at ravyn dot come. She says if she dies she wants a tombstone with all her names on it. What a macabre wish. I did a series of paintings while I was in grad school called "alchemy" and my brother suggested I should name her that name. Tocla...that is a long story and I will tell it at balticon, or if I am bored one night on line.
Hey, I hope you'rs over your dread disease!!

mistressmousey: you have ribbons in your hair? That is awesome!! I want colors and ribbons!! I don't think they do that in podunk PC. Your mother is Japanese? Oh, Alchemy would love to hear what your mother could tell her. She wishes she were Japanese. She actually insults me in Japanese...it is so funny. She gets so frustrated at my accent. Her favorite foods are eel sushi and ramen.

My days never go planned. Why should I even have a plan? I thought I would be cooking a nice meal for the fam tonight and chillin'...heh! Cousins, aunts and uncles dropped in for a counseling session. Eh, I'm not complaining, I love the chaos and unexpected.

Panama City got a new Vietnamese restaurant. Tried it today. The food was improperly spiced and we all got an upset stomach. Such a shame because this podunk place needs more than meat and seafood joints.

 
At 8:21 PM , Blogger vandaluna said...

http://www.catatonicstudios.com/photo/pages/DSCN0668.htm

A pet black widow I had.
This pic is taken through a gatorade bottle...gave a nifty effect. The image has served as my desk top from time to time.

 
At 8:32 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Ok, extensions..um..I have heard you all talk about them, but at the risk of sounding really stupid, uh, where does one get them? Are they real hair? or synthetic? and how are they affixed? woven into the stuff on the head? I have fine hair, very fragile that can barely get to chin length. So do I need to see my stylist? or do this myself? tho I must admit to not being too good at styling my hair beyond a quick blowdry and comb in the a.m. Miss Mousey, your hair sounds lovely, and one of my daughters would be insanely jealous of your parentage! Hmmm, Vanda, how does one prepare for law school with a series of paintings??? Sounds like Alchemy is very much like her mom....

 
At 10:29 PM , Blogger Malena Medium Cool said...

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At 10:42 PM , Blogger Malena Medium Cool said...

http://www.milesteves.com
/Malena/viewforum.php?f=4

Vanda, go to my forum in the health room and check out the recipes.

 
At 11:47 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Hair extensions can be real hair or synthetic. Real hair is really pricy, and so , I get the fake. You would need to go to a stylist who does them, and they will sort of braid them into your own hair.

They need to be re-done every 6-8 weeks, and the cost varies, I get a whole head of the things, as my hair is very fine, and I like the colours, and it costs about $140 and takes two hours.

Tomorrow I am going and getting the little darlings re-done. Malena has talked me into GREEN in honour of St Pats, so green . blonde and black I am thinking.

( Malena has gone crazy decorating the site for the various holidays , and now she is decorating my HEAD!!!! )

 
At 1:51 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Thanks Lorraine! I will talk to my stylist - sounds like fun! and I could have a THICK HEAD OF HAIR! HA! something I have always always wanted. Green will look great for your gig- specially with blonde/black accents. Malena's influence reaches far and wide!

 
At 11:55 AM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

Ivenotime - there are also places online that will show you a few tricks on extension basics. Really, they're only good for you if you want to throw in a few streaks of colour for yourself somewhere near the front of your head (where you can see in a mirror), but it'll give you a better idea of what they're all about. There are also several methods of putting them in - Assuming Lorraine gets hers done at Hair Police, she has the pinch braid/string method. It's the hardest to do on yourself. But it's still fun to try. :) More info on DIY hair extensions here.

vanda - dangit, now I'm hungry for Japanese food! :D

Yay for green hair for Lorraine! I'm thinking of doing mine green again too. Nothing as huge as it was at Fiddler's Green, but the same colour scheme - green, light green, some white, and maybe bits of purple for flair. :)

 
At 5:15 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Your hair was *amazing* at FG.

 
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