Friday, January 16, 2015

Trending Now... winter is cold?

I find it funny...
in the odd kind of way...
that suddenly there is an awareness of the short-comings in the wardrobes of teens across America.

Why?

Because contrary to the belief of the moms who are complaining because their kids are heading out the door in freezing temperatures wearing shorts...
This phenomenon IS NOT NEW!

Hey, I just turned 49 the other day and...
you guessed it...

I did not wear a coat to school.
Okay, I did wear pants...
or skirts if the mood struck, but...

Many of the kids I went to school with never wore coats...
and they lived in shorts and a sweat shirt
 (sorry hoodies were not yet 'IN')

My own son, ManBoy, who is 25, wore shorts all the time...
Actually, although he no longer lives at home...
I am pretty darn sure he still wears shorts 99% of the time.

And SIX?
He is 16 now and shorts are definitely the dress code of choice for him and his friends...
no matter what the weather.

So why are all of these mom bloggers and TV hosts suddenly up in arms about the lack of leg covering on kids today?

Perhaps it is because they are now the parent...
Not the child...
and not only have they forgotten that they too, most likely...
dressed just as foolishly in their youth...
and how perplexed and down-right angry their parents were too.

Me?

It's just clothes and really...
If the kids aren't cold...
If they refuse to acknowledge the cold...
If they get frost bite...

Well, it's their choice to make...
And I will get them medical attention...

Right after I tell them...

"I Told You So"

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dr Phil... He's Stirring Up Trouble on ReRuns

After yet another terrific night of no sleep I found myself wide awake at 5:57am
Once I had ascertained the time was indeed AM and that the day of the week was in fact Saturday...
meaning I did not have to wake anyone for school or work...
meaning that I did not actually HAVE to be awake at all...

I found myself channel surfing to occupy my sleep-deprived brain...
as I attempted to lull myself back to sleep.

I was unsuccessful.

After watching Nate Berkus redecorate a lady's house that had become a 70's time capsule...
and re-pinning about 100 DIY and craft projects and life hacks that I will never, ever get around to using...

I realized that a Dr. Phil re-run from 2010 had come on at some point.
And this is the statement that pulled me out of the world of pinning...

"The average stay at home mom has 30 hours of leisure time a week..."

Evidently, some guy, okay he's some kind of doctor...
the PhD kind, not the M.D. kind...
I think...
did some kind of study...

And that study somehow came up with 30 hours of leisure time in the average mom's life...
using these definitions as to what leisure time is...
according to the man who did this study...
Of course.

Organizational leisure time is:
Volunteering, clubs, church

Entertainment/Social leisure time is:
events, movies, parties

Recreational leisure time is:
sports, hobbies, travel

communication leisure time is:
Media, conversation, reading

So, using the above, leisure time would include ...

traveling from home to preschool to drop off and pick up kids... travel category

running through Walmart, Sam's club and Dollar Tree to get all the shopping done in the 2.5 hours the kids are at pre-k... sports category

repainting the wall where the 3 year old drew a pretty picture in Sharpie while you were hosing off the 2 year old in the kitchen sink after she "helped" you make pancakes, even though you weren't actually planning to make any pancakes... hobby category

drinking a cup of coffee and reading the back of the Clorox 2 box while waiting for the 1st load of laundry to be ready for the dryer at 5:30 am before you have to wake the rest of the house up at 5:45... reading category

Yep... I am positive that I had more than 30 hours of leisure time a week back when TheBusyFamily offspring were... 18, 14, 9, 3, 18 months and 6 weeks old... and at anytime before or after December of 1998 ( that's when they were those exact ages...)

Of course, the leisure time was fit in between the full time be at home Mommy duties and my 'real' job as a full time pediatric night nurse...

And I had the audacity to complain about being tired and never having enough time to get everything done...

Silly me!






Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Aging Gracefully... Or Something A Lot Like That

This is the year I turn 49...
in 4 days to be exact.
Me- age 48 1/2
slightly out of focus makes me look okay

Because I never want to be the lady that looks like she has 6 kids...
looks like she's almost 50...
looks like a frumpy housewife or crazy dog lady or...
you get the drift...

I decided this is the year that I undo the last 15 years of my life...
by losing weight...
de-wrinkling any where that has accumulated wrinkles...
finding a way to gracefully go gray...
because covering it is fast becoming an exercise in futility;

Basically I want to spend the next 6 months finding the ME I used to be that is hidden somewhere deep inside.  

If someone somewhere would like to send me some free samples of wrinkle cream...
Bliss - The Youth As We Know It™ Anti-Aging Moisture Cream
the name makes me want to try it...
 because looking young is the instant recipe for happiness?
or hair color that actually covers the gray...

or a weight loss program like say, Jenny Craig or Physicians Weightloss or NutriSystem- that I can discuss over on my Color Me Thin blog...

(please note that of the 3 programs I have tried thus far... NONE have had long term results but I am still trying to lose weight )

or makeup that makes your skin look young and dewy and ... well, young


Foundation Makeup | Age-Defying Liquid Makeup

 I admit it, I like Covergirl products, and if I can look like Drew Barrymore or Brooke Shields...
Color Me Covergirl!

I am more than willing to try any and all things in the interest of bettering the human race...
or at least the female portion of it

Friday, May 30, 2014

Traitors and Heroes and... rose-colored glasses

( the views stated here are my very own and you are allowed to disagree... as long as you remember that I respect your right to your views and expect the same courtesy as well...after all, that is what America is all about)

In the news they are promoting the interview with Edward Snowden...
A kid who grew up in my area...
who actually was in elementary school with my son-in-law.

A poll of american viewers has 60% calling him a patriot...
40% a traitor.

I don't have any answers, but...
Seriously, does the American public believe that it is okay for one person to directly jeopardize the lives of operatives around the world because the public NEEDS TO KNOW?

Why do we need to know?
Does knowing make a difference?

Well, actually, I think it does make a difference.
In a bad way.

I know that there are things the government does that I do not know about...
I probably don't even agree with...
But, I accept that in order to make my world a safe place things get done.

Covert operations happen all over the world that John Q Public has no knowledge of...
But these operations make the world a safer place for John Q Public.

And when JQP finds out about these things what does he do?
He complains about the rights of people to privacy and full disclosure...

If JQP would step back and look at the operations that have been declassified and use his imagination to imagine what would have happened if any one of them had not been carried out...

What a very different world we would be living in.

One where we speak German?
One where there are no Jews or any organized religion?
One where Mother Russia is alive and well and covers the entire globe?
One where every state is a separate country?
One where being different, having an opinion, being able to voice an opinion, are punishable by death?

And the list could go on and on and on and on...

So, John Q Public...
instead of complaining about what you see as an infringement on your rights...
stop and think about those rights and why you are able to have them...

Those men and women who have been fighting and dying...
on and off the battlefields of the world...
since Columbus stepped foot in the Americas..
Those HEROES who have been striving to make a difference since the beginning...
They deserve respect...and the same rights as everyone else...

And try, just try, to wrap your mind around the idea that the rest of the world is not a nice place and is filled with bad people...
As is our own country...
and isn't making it harder for those bad people to win...
well, isn't that what all of this is really all about?

Not everything is black and white...
But looking at the world through rose-colored glasses isn't the answer either...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Writers Workshop... Texting from Teens

Today's blog  post is part of the infamous MAMA KAT's Writer's Workshop :
The Prompts:
1.) A recent text exchange that made you laugh.
2.) A blog post inspired by the word: misunderstood.
3.) Talk about a time one of your siblings made you angry.
4.) What you’re most looking forward to (or dreading) this Summer.
5.) A list of 10 things every parent needs to survive Summer.
I am using prompt 1... you knew that already from the title, right?

So,  SIX spent the Memorial Day weekend at the NCAA Lacrosse Championship games in Baltimore.
He went home with a teammate on Friday and I heard nothing from him all weekend.

He had been given money to buy food with and told to text me score updates and to just touch base now and again...

Let's just say that it was a good thing BratChild went with them on Sunday and kept in touch via text throughout the games...they weren't televised and Salisbury was playing!
 ( Salisbury girls won...men lost to Tufts but hey, it happens!)

So, Monday I spent the day out by the pool.
I had a couple Leinenkugles and a couple blue pina coladas...

And then SIX texted me...

SIX: I just got back
ME: Okay. Are they bringing you home or can you call [BratChild] she's at Josh's
SIX: alright man!
ME: Who won today? Did Duke win
SIX: YES! Their my favorite team!
SIX: Can you come get me?

I had to laugh because:
1) obviously he was high on life after watching his FAVORITE TEAM win the Championship
2) since when was Duke his favorite team anyway?
3) he apparently was not really reading my texts...
4) I did mention I had had some adult beverages throughout the day, right?

I did call him and explain that no, I could not come get him, but that TeenBoy would be coming to get him momentarily...

He made it home safe and sound and totally psyched for summer LAX season...
First game next Tuesday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

24 Is The New 50...That's What Kelly and Michael Said

A few years ago media was spreading around a little tidbit...

50 is the new 30...

Like all 50 year olds  were still young and vibrant and desirable...

But really it was for 50 year old women because we all know...
Men don't age...
They become distinguished and dashing and sexy with age...
While women?
Yeah, we just get old.

So today...just as I am on the cusp of 50...
I hear that 24 is the new 50...
And it is disheartening.

Due to higher stress levels and hectic schedules and trying to be and do everything...
Mental alertness, speech and vocabulary...
Memory...
and general fatigue...

Are creating a new generation of OLD PEOPLE...

So, here I am stuck between the Regal and Vibrant already 50's...
And the Haggard and Rundown 20-somethings...

Which makes me what?

48 and about to be fabulous?
or...
48 and so far over the hill that I should  just throw in the towel?

Me?
I say I am on my way to being more fabulous than I have ever been before...

What do studies and Kelly and Michael know anyway?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Modest is...As Modest Does?



Today's Post is using one of Mama Kat's  prompts...
                   And the winner is ...

                          Prompt #1!


A blog post inspired by the word: Modest


Modest is an adjective. The definition is as follows:
1) unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one's abilities or achievements.
2) relatively moderate, limited, or small


As I sit here thinking about this word I am struck by just how often it is used to describe so many things in life.

When starting out in your career...usually just out of school...your income is described as Modest by your parents when they talk to their friends because....
Well, paltry or measley just makes you sound like a slacker.

And your first home?

Yep, that's a modest row home or bungalow or cape cod...because telling your co-workers you live in a shoe box with windows would be humiliating... or a glorified shed.

And then there are the myriad decorating books that give advice on how to make your modest home, loft or efficiency appear larger, grander, more....everything.
As if your guests won't notice that the couch doubles as your bed or that your kitchen and bathroom  sink are one in the same.

Modest clothing covers those areas of the body that are considered improper to show...
but what exactly the criteria for that determination is seems to depend largely upon the person wearing them.




In Victorian times arms and ankles were not to be shown,...
but cleavage falling out so as to leave nothing to the imagination was okay....as long as you were of the upper classes...the poor people all seem to look  like nuns in comparison...






In the 40's ankles could be seen,.. but do not leave home 
with your head uncovered...even if you were wearing a ghastly rendition of a bird's nest or flower arrangement.
( which btw are neither unassuming nor moderate)










Modest attire in the 1960's and 70's consisted of mini skirts with slight v-necks, long sleeves...
( although being small or limited does seems to be appropriate here)
and bell-bottom skin tight low-cut pant suits often without the proper foundation garments...
and to think...

Those young girls are the Grandmas of today!

The concept of what Modest is has changed over the decades...centuries even.
But one thing remains the same...

Modest does not always mean bad...or good...
because really...
It's all in the eyes...
Or minds...
of the beholder....
or recent grad, or new home owner, or fashionista or...

TheBusyMom who really thinks that those girls at the Homecoming Dance last year ...
the ones that could not bend over without everyone in sight knowing they were wearing a thong and needed a serious Brazilian... 
Yeah...they looked a lot like this only make those black mesh thigh highs and 6 inch hooker heels!
(photo from www.walmart-people.com...yes, these people do walk around in public like this!)
Could benefit from someone teaching them the meaning of the word Modest...
and maybe a dictionary for Christmas so they can look up the definition of the word : Tacky