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