April 8th, 2009


May 1 is "Stop the Bullying" Day!

From an email I got from the American Girl web site:

May 1 is "Stop the Bullying" Day!

Join girls nationwide as they take a stand—just like Chrissa, Girl of the Year 2009. Visit an American Girl store near you for FREE activities and a special group pledge.


I've seen the trailer for the American Girl movie about Chrissa. Starring Sammi Hanratty (best known as the Pringles Chips girl from an ad campaign years ago) as Chrissa. Blurb: "Meet Chrissa Maxwell. She and her family have just moved, and she has to start at a new school mid-year. Will she fit in? Can she find new friends? On her very first day, Chrissa is seated with three girls who greet her with teasing and tricks. The Mean Bees really know how to stingthey bully her in class, on the bus, online, and even at swim club. Chrissa cant seem to make any new friends; not even with the girl who seems to need a friend the most. When the biggest bully becomes Chrissa's swimming rival, the taunting finally goes too far. Now its up to Chrissa. Will she find a way to stand strong and stop the bullying?"

Buy the DVD here.

Please also help me petition to get this movie into my public library by clicking here. You'll need the following information to fill it out:

Title: An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong
Price: $14.99
ASIN: B001FCD252 (I guess you put it in the ISBN/ISSN spot)

Unusual dreams last night

I had a highly unusual dream last night. Unusual in that it was so detailed that despite the colors being a little dull, I thought it was really happening. And not in the way that people normally feel a dream is really happening. I mean that I remember thinking, "Wait, how'd I get here? Last I knew, I was asleep. Is this a dream? No, it has to be real, the details are impeccable. Yeah, this is real. How did I get here?"

I am so totally not exaggerating. In the dream, I was outside somewhere in a woodsy kind of place, but not *too* woodsy because it was kind of clear. I suspect this was because I was on the side of a hill with rocks. And the level of detail... WOW! I could see the rocks, the trees, the grass, even the dirt in a level of clarity and detail that I've never seen before in a dream or even in conscious imagining. And it was in color! It was like I was really there. In fact, despite being confused about how I'd gotten there, I accepted it as real, figuring it was just dusk (hence the slight dullness of the colors). There I was for maybe 15 minutes, walking around and exploring the area, even climbing up some big rocks, until I woke up.

And before I got there, I had a connector dream that had me riding in the passenger's side of a car, just waking up in the dream from a nap. There was no one in the driver's side, but the car was driving me through some very scenic areas; the level of detail was almost as good as what came later. I think I fell asleep again in the dream and when I woke up there I was in that hyper-realistic dream.

I hope I have that experience again sometime.