Friday, May 7, 2010

UN Mother's Day?



It is that time of year when mom's everywhere will be treated to mushy cereal, warm milk and runny eggs.  That time of year where moms are given trinkets of love and affection.  When we were kids, we would ask our mom what she wanted for Mother's Day.  Her response was always the same, "I want the house to be clean."  And you know what?  We never did it.  And now years later, I realize and fully appreciate that response. 

A few weeks ago, my mom and I were talking about Mother's Day.  And she came up with a brilliant idea!  We should have an UN mother's day.  A day where we moms don't have to do anything, except maybe hang out at the pool that's at the hotel we are staying at.  A drink of your choice (diet coke for me please) one of those big obnoxious floppy hats and a cushioned lounge chair.  There is no laundry to be done because this is UN mother's day.  You don't have to wipe any butts or noses because it is UN mother's day.  No dishes.  No settling arguments.  No pets to clean up after.  No toys to trip on.  Ahhhhh.  It truly sounds fabulous.  But the plan has one tiny flaw.  It will all be there....waiting...when UN mother's day is over.   I am suddenly reminded of an email I received a few years ago.  The husband comes home from work one day and there are toys all over the yard.  It wasn't an unusual site, but he when got to the porch he saw there was empty juice boxes, food wrappers and other things strewn about.  Upon entering the house, the messes grew and became more and more disturbing.  Fearing the worst, he ran up the stairs and found his wife in the tub with bubbles, candles lit around the room, magazine in hand.  Dumbfounded, he asked, "What is going on?"  His wife turned her relaxed head in his direction and simply replied, "You know how you ask me what it is I do here all day?"  he nodded, still confused.  "Today I didn't do it."

Here's to all my sister friends, mothers, daughters, cousins, sisters, nieces, daughters and granddaughters.  Have a wonderful day this Sunday.  Yes, it is a day to celebrate mother's, but I also believe we should be celebrating women.  We are a unique and beautiful group of people!  You all play an important part in people's lives.

To my Mother-In-Law I will say:  Thank you for loving me and making me one of your own.  Thank you for being impartial, loving, and kind. 

To my own mother I will say:  Thank you for teaching me, for giving to me, for helping me.  Thanks for all those times I read those same silly joke books over and over.  Thanks for battling with me in the middle of the store with wrapping paper rolls instead of telling me no.  Thank you for opening your door to my friends for sleepovers and get togethers.  Thanks for letting me rattle on and on about my celebrity crushes.  The torch has been passed.  I am who I am because of you.  I am forever learning from you.  I am the mother I am because you can help me see things differently than my otherwise frustrated brain can.  I love you, Mom.  Now... what do you want for Mother's Day?

 My moms!
On the left:  My Mom. On the right:  My other Mom!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

P is for Pity Party


I have a waaaahbulance standing by just in case.  P is for PITY PARTY!  I am having one.  You all can join me if you want.  Misery loves company you know.  Really?  I guess so...I have "frownies" for comfort.  So why the Pity Party?  Well I am glad you asked.

A few weeks ago, we had to have our water heater replaced.  Not a big deal. We only had to pay for the service call.  Only a day and half without hot water.  Hot showers are awesome!  AnyPity....on with the Party.    The next thing to break was our furnace.  I discovered this when one cold morning I came downstairs to see my thermostat reading at 63*  Yeah 63 freaking degrees!  Where's my 70!?  I want warmth.  I am a cranky person when I am too cold.  I am also a cranky person when I am too hot.  Better keep me comfortable.  So, I call the home warranty people and they have a guy come out that same day.  He finds the problem.  The temperature gauge is not working.  It's this little tiny thingie jigger that looks like a plug with a small wire attached to it.  It tells the furnace to shut off when the temp is where it is supposed to be and/or if gets too hot.  He did some other poking around and he then ascertained that there must be a blockage somewhere in the ducting system.  Warranty people don't like the sound of this, as it will likely mean tearing into walls and costing money.  So they sent out a second opinion.

Opinion number two found a crack in the heat exchange of the furnace.  Bad.  Very bad.  This means it is leaking carbon monoxide.  Well, I like being here, so let's not have that.  He was shocked that the other guy missed it.  He then informed that he had to red flag it and he shut off the gas supply and unplugged the furnace.  Whoah!  Time out!  It's cold right now.  Not bone chilling cold, but cold none the less.  I guess that is what fireplaces are for.  He then told me something even more disturbing than carbon monoxide poisoning.  He told me that we would be paying for:  the vent pipe and electrical modifications, rack and filter, gas, flex and hard piping PLUS a state required duct test and permit to do perform said test.  The warranty covers up to $250 of the permit.  I likened it to you get a free car, but you have to pay for the motor and smog test.

I went two weeks without heat, which most of the time we had fare weather so it was okay.  We have two fireplaces and put them both to good use.  Now after all has been said and done, we are out $974.13.  Yeah.  A huge chunk of change.  This change was supposed to help pay for car maintenance and registration and smog testing.  Forget about going any place that costs money this summer.  Who cares if you need dental care.  And Christmas, well Christmas is a whole other animal I don't feel much like tackling!!!  I warned you it was a Pity Party!!!  Woes me!  Will someone please pass the BOOHOO?

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's Getting Harder

It's getting harder as we draw nearer to the end of the season.  The competition is getting tougher and the celebs are getting better and better.  Who do you vote for?  At first, you vote for everyone because everyone should get a shot.  Usually after the first week you know who is going to go early on.  Sometimes people get stay for a while because of popularity.  But now it's getting harder, especially when out of no where the ones you are worried about or think should go away make an overnight transformation!

Maks and Erin were first with a Quick Step.  Maks wants to do a bit with him taking his pants off.  Erin is not happy.  At all.  They actually had a real fight this time.  Of course it all works out in the end, and Maks indeed takes his pants off to reveal another brighter pink salmon pair of pants.  Their dance was fabulous.  And Len absolutely loved the bit with the pants and the dance calling it Erin's best dance yet!!  Bruno and Carrie Ann commend her for beautiful lines and for paying attention to detail the entire time.  The only criticism they could come up with was she leaned too much on Maks' shoulders.  That's the difference between a trained professional and a viewing audience member.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27

Cheryl & Chad.  The Dance:  Viennese Waltz.  This time Cheryl brings in Tony to help Chad.  Since Tony is no longer competing it's okay.  Chad says he's going to channel his "inner dancer."  Ummm....ooookkkkaaaaaayyyy.   Well whatever he did tonight, it worked because that was his best dance ever.  A complete 180 in my opinion.   What a nice birthday gift for Cheryl!  And that diamond studded heart necklace wasn't too bad either.  Everyone keeps asking if there is something going on between them.  They don't say anything.  I have always thought Cheryl was married.  I guess I was wrong.  Anywaltz,  Bruno was very impressed.  "I can't believe you can be so gentle and graceful."  He wants him to watch his hands and keep the fluidity throughout.  Carrie Ann said there is nothing sexier than a man being so graceful and gentle.  Will somebody hose her down? Len had this say, " Your arms were full of fluidity.  I won't say what these two are full of. But I will say,   May 3, 2010 was the night you became a contender!" 

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 9
Bruno: 8
Wow!  Len got fed and a nap!
Total: 26



Nicole and Derek  The Waltz.  Derek wants to do a pure waltz.  Nicole is very stressed out and wants to make a good impression on Len.  Really she is her own worst critic.  And people are saying she shouldn't be on DWTS because she has dance experience.  Well I disagree with that, I think the more accurate term would be "stage" experience.  And yes she dances...hip hop.  Not Ballroom.  Carrie Ann told Nicole that she dances almost as Derek's equal.  This is not the first time I have heard this.  Derek is an amazing teacher.  Len loved the routine and the performance.  Bruno called it royalty.  Then he cautioned her that because her standards are set so high they stand out.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27

Pamela Anderson/Damian White:  The Dance:  The Waltz.  I was not overly impressed with her dance this time.  There weren't any glaring mistakes, it wasn't sloppy; in fact it was danced nicely.  It just seemed like it was missing something.  Of course, Len and Bruno were smitten as usual by her.  Len pointed out that in this dance she can't show off her "assets" and that she needed to firm her upper body.  Carrie Ann scolded them and told them to focus.  Say what?  Weren't you just drooling oggling talking about Chad's assets abilities?  Just sayin'.

Scores:
Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

Niecy and Louis:  The Dance:  Quick Step.  I had never seen Niecy so focused.  She wanted to get this dance right.  And she nailed it.  I was so happy for her.  Bruno told her that she never looked more gorgeous, that it was her best footwork ever, and her best dance.  Carrie Ann concurred.  And Len, still feeling the love, agreed but told her to lift her rib cage.  "I have a lot to lift!" she defended. 

Scores:Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 25

Evan and Anna:  The Dance:  Argentine Tango.  This should be good.  And it was. Spot on.  Of course I thought he was spot on last week, but the judges didn't like it. Tonight however was different.  Carrie Ann told him he was sexy and refined.  (There she goes again) And that he had the perfect combination of power and control.  Len said that Evan is nice on ice, but he had doubts that he was "good on wood"  (groan) He went onto say he was proved wrong. "That was fantastic!"  Bruno...I love Bruno!  Is there a Bruno fan club on facebook?  He said, "You danced like a true alpha-male!  Strong. Powerful. Aggressive. Sexy.  Everything a woman wants!"  It's better to HEAR and SEE him. 

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
30 First perfect score of 30 in this season.  Nice.

Tonight is Team Dancing.  They are dancing the Cha Cha Cha.

Team Gaga:  Pamela/Damian Cheryl/Chad Derek/Nicole
Nicole hasn't danced the Cha-Cha-Cha yet.  I could have sworn she had.  Then I remembered it was the jive.  Totally different.  I digress.  Their dance routine is great with lots of difficulty.  Pamela had some slip ups.  One where her hair literally got in her eyes and she worked hard to cover it up.  There were other little slips from her, but otherwise a job well done by Team Gaga.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
27  Each couple will get these scores added to their own.


Team Madonna:  Louis/Neicey Erin and Maks and Evan and Anna

Evan has not done the cha cha either.  Again, it's not a problem.  Team Madonna's dance wasn't quite as technically difficult as Team Gaga's, but theirs was the cleaner performance.  Wellll...except Chad left his inner dancer in the dressing room.  Oh well. 

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

I always hate results night.  I am sure they hate it more.  To be tortured all day and until that last minute of the show-literally--when they find out if they are going home.  In the bottom two was Maks & Erin and Pamela and Damian.  I don't want Erin to go.  I don't want Pamela to go.  It's just too hard.  But, (sigh) someone has to go.  And tonight it was Pamela.  You will be missed.  Take Carrie's advice and try Broadway!  I bet you would have a blast and that you would do well.
Photos from ABC's Official Site

Prediction Time:  I predict the final three to be:  Derek & Nicole, Evan & Anna, and Erin & Maks.  But what do I know?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Post-it

It's time for Post-Its...or Sticky Note Tuesday.  You can play along with everyone else over at Supah Mommy's Blog.




 

 

 

 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Making Waves

 Photo from Google

I am not a fan of making waves. I go out of my way to keep things peaceful.  This is not always a good thing.  Some times it is good to rock the boat.  That being said, I am going to rock the boat today.  If you have a weak stomach, you may want to disembark at this point.  Otherwise, secure your life vests that are stored under your seats and let's get this boat moving.

A couple of weeks ago, I overheard a conversation that caught my attention.  I will admit right here and now, that I am a nosy person.  And if I find a conversation interesting, I will listen.  So be careful what you say around me.  I just might be listening, and then it will end up on the world wide web. 

This conversation was about not vaccinating your children.  Whoah now!  Sit down everyone.  Let's not throw anyone overboard.  We are all friends here.  The conversation was about how some doctors won't even treat a child if they haven't been immunized.  Now I think that is extreme.  You are a doctor, and you took an oath.  One person said they would rather risk the disease than the possible side effects of the vaccination and added that the disease in question is all but obliterated.    This conversation got me thinking.  It got me thinking about rocking the boat a little.

I am of the opinion that we should vaccinate our kids.  All three of my kids are healthy and strong.  All three are current on their shots.  Which by the way, you have to have special permission from schools, or work out an agreement to enroll your child if they are not vaccinated.  I had chicken pox.  Guess what, it sucked.  I itched like crazy.  I was miserable.  Guess what else?  My kids won't ever have to have it.  And I am okay with that.  They also will not be subjected to:  polio, rubella, measles, mumps, tetnus and a variety of other terrible diseases.  Yes, they are practically non-existent these days, but there is a reason for that.

Now, I did learn that our babies are given a total of 38 shots before they are 2.  Is it really 38???  Now I feel evil.  I need to go and look at the records and count.  It can't possibly be 38!  But even so, I still feel like vaccinations are the way to go.  The worse side effect I ever endured was a cranky baby.  And Tylenol was usually a great cure for that.  If not, it was short lived and they were good as new in a day or two. 

I do not believe there is a link to Autism and other like illnesses and vaccinations.  I do think in that last 20 years we have learned and discovered more about what Autism is.  40 years ago people with Autism were simply diagnosed as retarded.  But that is no longer a case.  Autism is a very young illness and we are still learning what it is, where it comes from and what causes it.

I want to know what your opinion is.  Now, before you speak get up slowly to allow others to steady themselves.  Use kind words and absolutely no throwing anyone overboard.  That will not be tolerated on this boat.  Seriously, I am just looking for opinions.  I want to know what you are thinking.  If you don't agree with me, or someone else, that is fine.  We just can agree to disagree.  It's good.

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