Thursday, July 24, 2008

Talula Does the Hula.

You know how I love me some Yahoo news stories...
Check this one out. Poor Talula!

"WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A family court judge in New Zealand has had enough with parents giving their children bizarre names here, and did something about it.

Just ask Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. He had her renamed.

Judge Rob Murfitt made the 9-year-old girl a ward of the court so that her name could be changed, he said in a ruling made public Thursday. The girl was involved in a custody battle, he said.

The new name was not made public to protect the girl's privacy.

"The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child's parents have shown in choosing this name," he wrote. "It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily."

The girl had been so embarrassed at the name that she had never told her closest friends what it was. She told people to call her "K" instead, the girl's lawyer, Colleen MacLeod, told the court.

In his ruling, Murfitt cited a list of the unfortunate names.

Registration officials blocked some names, including Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit, he said. But others were allowed, including Number 16 Bus Shelter "and tragically, Violence," he said.

New Zealand law does not allow names that would cause offense to a reasonable person, among other conditions, said Brian Clarke, the registrar general of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Clarke said officials usually talked to parents who proposed unusual names to convince them about the potential for embarrassment."

Seriously? Talula Does the Hula? Bless that poor girl's heart...

When I went to the Feist concert a couple of months ago, she mentioned she had just taped an episode of Sesame Street. You gotta love any girl who wants to be on Sesame Street! Anyway, I've been anxiously waiting to see her on the big screen, and I guess I must have missed it (we don't catch Sesame Street every single day), but I did manage to find it on YouTube:

Brilliant, I tell ya'. My son is going to be over the moon when I show him this video.

Anyone out there have the "anywhere chair" from Pottery Barn Kids? My son is the proud owner of a denim-covered chair, embroidered with his name on it. For your viewing pleasure, I should have recorded a video of myself trying to stuff the chair inserts back into the cover. Lord, have mercy. You'll remember the recent "Poo Massacre of '08" from a week and a half ago, and well, the anywhere chair was a sad, sad victim of the poo. Thankfully, the removable cover washed up nicely after a couple of 'go-rounds in the washer, but in order to make it look nice and de-wrinkled, I threw it in the dryer as well. Oops. I don't think those things are pre-shrunk. Or at least the ones from a couple of years ago. It was like Jacob wrestling the angel, me and that crazy anywhere chair. Thankfully I emerged victorious, and hopefully after a couple of "sittings", the denim will have stretched a bit back to its original shape. So, a word to the wise, don't put your cover in the dryer. Unless you're a fan of the WWF.

So cute. I just made a batch of cupcakes (from a mix, just because I was craving cupcakes. Don't be a hater.) My son walked into the kitchen after I had taken them out of the oven, sniffed the air dramatically and said, "MMMMMMMM!!! I seh pie!!!!" (I smell pie). I guess right now one of the only baked goods words that he knows is pie, not sure why. And then he looked at me and asked, "a haha barebay, Mama?" (Happy Birthday, Mama?). Being cute has saved that boy's rear end many a time, I tell ya'.


Nancy said...

Oh, I read the same article this morning...what a bunch of crazy so-called adults out there...

I was very careful when I named my kids. With the last name of LEE we could have gone crazy with Sil Lee, Crazi Lee, Happi Lee etc....I would have liked a Sara tho and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the name Charlie, but just couldn't do it....

mo said...

You gotta love a kid who enjoys a good pie. Your cushion stuffing reminds me of when my Father in Law took all the cusion covers off of the cushions from his boat, had them cleaned and then we had to restuff them. There were many bloody bloody knuckles in the house that day. (from the dreadful metal zippers). Congratulations on successfully restuffing his chair!