Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gluttony and Vanity

It's Friday, and you know what that means, right?  What?  You don't?  Well, then let me explain.  Every Friday these two great ladies, Glamazon and Mamarazzi, host Friday Confessional.  You get to share your dirtiest laundry and your juiciest secrets...all about yourself of course.

I Confess...

I am a totally vain woman.  I got my hair cut on Saturday.  I was long long overdue.  She did a weird swooping thing with my bangs and crown.  Didn't like it, but I wanted a picture to share.  I snapped a picture with my phone and then I saw it.  My NECK!  Holy cow!  My neck looked like it was a hundred years old.  I couldn't hit delete fast enough.  No wonder older ladies wear high collars and big chunky necklaces.  Sheesh!  As for my hair, well it didn't like the look either.  Less than 2 hours after I got it done, it settled into its own comfortable places.  Even my hair is vain!

I confess...

Yesterday Emily came to the car after school with a dipstick candy package.  Remember those?  It was just one flavor.  When I was a kid, there were two.  Grape was one of them.  Gross!  I probably liked it then.  Anysugar, she ate about half and didn't even bother to eat up the dipping stick.  I ate the sugar mess and the stick.  It was blueberry something apple.  The powder was blue, but it made your tongue and teeth green.

I Confess....

I only walked once this week.  And I will not be going to Zumba today.  Too much end of year activity going on.  But the problem I am having is I want to eat.  And eating I am.  I bought lots of fruit today to hopefully help me stay in check.

I Confess...

I have laundry sitting in the dryer.  Instead of taking it out and folding and dare I say it...putting it away...I am simply pulling out things as I need them.  Wrinkles?  Oh no, it's okay cause it's unmentionables.  Nobody sees that stuff anyway.  But for me, that is really nothing new.

I Confess...

I want to be able to eat whatever and however much I want and not gain any weight.  Who doesn't right?  Have you ever heard of or played the game:  Would You Rather?  The question was:  Would you rather have an extra year of life(with parties and friends and something else) or an endless supply of Nutella.  I totally picked Nutella. I don't really remember much about the other choice.  I was too busy thinking about the Nutella.

And now you're thinking about it too.  Go on admit it.  Confess!  Link up and play along.


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Proud Mommy Moments: DARE

Emily, my Little Middle, is in the 5th grade.  When kids are in the 5th grade they go through a course for DARE.  They are instructed by specially trained officers who become their friend.  A requirement of their curriculum is to write an essay about what they have learned.  Emily wrote about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.  She went on to say that it is best to keep yourself out of situations where you might be pressured to do things you shouldn't.

At the end of their course, they have a graduation where they hear the top written essay in the school.  Almost like a valedictorian speech.  Then each student gets to shake hands with their officer and the principal.   At the end of the day, they receive their graduation certificate.  They also got a pizza party and a lock in at the local family fun center.  It's supervised by teachers and parents alike, but the kids are free to play and have fun.   It reminds me of when I would go to Knott's Berry Farm with my friends.  No parents.  Just me and my friends.  It was awesome.  I am glad that my kids got to experience a small taste of that freedom.  And I am thankful for this program that aides us as parents in teaching the importance of standing up for yourself and rising above peer pressure.

Do you have a proud Mommy moment?  Come and play along with Emmy Mom and KMama at The Daily Dribbles.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dancing With the Stars Week 9

The dancers are dancing three dances tonight.  THREE! Because two in one night wasn't challenging enough.   On Friday during rehearsals, Kym Johnson sustained a painful and scary injury.



They took her to the hospital mostly for precaution.  As you can see, she was able to dance.  It was awful to watch though.

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Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff 1-800-868-3408

Ralph and Karina's first dance is the Argentine Tango. I like this Tango better than the traditional Tango.  If it is danced right, you can easily be swept up in the intensity of it.  Also, lifts are allowed.  Ralph and Karina did a a great job.  I liked their intensity.

Len said it lacked emotion and it didn't smolder. He said he liked the set up however, and that over all they did a good job.

Bruno told him he needed to bring out the Latin Lover; that he was too"stern."

Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno saying that Ralph needed to connect his feet and face to the music.

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

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Kirstie Alley Maks Chmerkoskiy 1-800-868-3411

Kirstie and Maks' first dance is the Viennese Waltz.  They are at each others throats during rehearsal.  It's nothing unusual this late in the game, and some how despite words and frustration, they dance beautifully and are friends again.

Bruno said that Kirstie had set sail; beuaitful like a majectistic clipper riding the waves holding the American flag.
 
Carrie Ann said that every time she goes on the stage she does something magical.  "You do something different every time."

Len told her he thought she would be a Klingon, but she wasn't.  She was great!  A Kilngon, Len?

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

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Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas 1-800-868-3401

Their Argentine Tango was good.  I know she will be in the finals.  

Carrie Ann disagrees pointing out that these are the semi finals and they will be very picky. She said that they were not up to par, and that it wasn't as dymanic.

Len said her legs lacked fluidity. When this was said, of course booing ensued.  Len held up a hand and simply said, "No grudge against the judge." and then finished saying the performance was other wise  clean and precise.

Bruno said he was fascinated and intrigued.  "They didn't get it!  I got it!"

Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
bruno: 10
Total:  28

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Hines Ward and
Hines and Kym's Argentine Tango was in a word:  HOT.  After it was over both Kym and Hines were teary-eyed. 

Len said, "That is a tango!!!"

Bruno had this to say, "The battle of wills between a man and a woman.  Whose going to be the dominate one?  You never want it to end!"

Carrie Ann was barely able to speak at first.  She managed to choke out, "Wow.  Glad you are okay. That was a serious injury."  She on to say how impressed she was with Hines for the way he supported her.  "The dance was stunning!"

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30 WHOOP!

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Ralph wore a padded booty for their Salsa!  How funny is that?  And how awesome is he?  Len said it was too wild, Bruno said it was "badass" and Carrie Ann said that was the most fun she has ever seen him have.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 7
Bruno: 8
Total:  23/48/60

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Kirstie and Maks dance the Paso Doble for dance #2.  And they are on fire! Bruno said it was "Dance of Trek 12: Wrath of Kirstie,  Carrie Ann dubbed her the Queen of the Paso and Len said she had two of the toughest dances and she did fabulous.

Scores:CA:  9
Len: 9
Bruno:  9
Total:  27/54


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Mark and Chelsea's  Rumba was smoking hot.  She is definitely going to the finals.  Carrie Ann exclaimed, "Now that's what I'm talking about!" Len called it very expressive and told Chelsea that she had achieved her potential.  Bruno said it was romantic and erotic and perfectly pitched.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30/58

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Kym and Hines' Salsa was lots of fun, but the other dance was superior.  Len loved it.  Bruno called Hines a beautiful man and said he was "supremely watchable."  Carrie Ann noted the joy she sees every time he dances.

Scores:
CA:  10
Len: 10
bruno: 10
Total: 30/60

Next it is "The Winner Takes All"  Cha Cha.  It's Ralph and Karina vs. Hines and Kym.  And then Chelsea and Mark vs. Kirstie and Maks.  Then the two remaining couples compete for 15 bonus points from the judges.

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Hines and Kym
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Ralph and Karina

Judges Pick for round one:  Hines and Kym

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Kirstie and Maks

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Chelsea and Mark

Judges pick for the bonus points:  Mark and Chelsea.  In my humble opinion, I think the judges knew who they were picking before they saw the dances.

Going home:  Ralph and Karina.  Oh my heart is breaking.   He said he had the time of his life and that their first dance, The Fox Trot was the most incredible experience he has ever had.  See you next week, Ralph!  Will you do the crane technique anyway?  

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Totally Random Tuesday

I went walking with Emmy yesterday.  It's a good thing too, because I have been being careless lately.  And it will catch up!  Back to basics.  It's also good to go walking with her because we have lots of fun doing it.

I hate May.  It's Sweeps.  Cliff hangers.  Screamer endings.  What the H E double toothpicks are you people doing to me!  Now I have to wait 4 months to wait and see what happens next!  Unacceptable.

Ryan got a split lip yesterday.  He got into a fight with a swing.  The swing won.  He is fine.  Just a tiny little mark.  The teacher said he didn't even cry.

May is flying by.  The year so far has been going at a nice pace.  Last year I remember feeling like it was passing by me and I was running to catch up to it.  I haven't felt that until now.  May is just zooming by.  School is almost over.  Proms have been held.  End of school activities are taking place.  It's just been this month though.

I just got through watching DWTS.  Man.  Basically it comes down to this: Mark and Chelsea vs. Hines and Kym for the mirror ball trophy and Ralph and Karina vs. Kirstie and Maks to make it to the finals.  It's hard.  Voting was not an easy thing for me.  But I did.  Voting matters.

Crystal Light makes an awesome flavor:  Cherry Limeade.  Yum!  Seriously go and buy it.  You will thank me.  You can also add diet 7up to it.  oooh! Doesn't that sound good?  You're welcome.  I was not paid to say all that.  I am just stating a random and true fact.

What's random in your day?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Because Little Girls Need Them


Have you seen or heard of this commercial?  Can you tell who it targets?  Shape up shoes as most of us know, are shoes designed to tone your legs and butt while you walk.  You are not supposed to just wear these shoes and start walking all over the place.  You have to break them in.  Slowly.  Did you know that part?  I didn't.  I also didn't know about their latest line for girls.  Girls ages 7 to 12.  Now as a shoe, and nothing but a shoe, I get it.  It's  a way to reach a bigger demographic.  Fine, whatever.  

I do have a couple of problems with this line of shoes.  Let's step away from the obvious of little girls "needing" a shoe that will firm and tone their butts and legs for a moment.  What about the physical impact?  Our bodies are grown and mature.  Their bodies have a lot of changing yet to do.  What will these shoes do to them?  And back to the bigger problem, the marketing.  Our lovely daughters do not need to further their image issues with a cartoon of cutesy dollie type girls telling them how great these things are.  How are we supposed to empower our daughters with messages like these?

Luckily, my oldest daughter sneered at the ad.  My Little Middle on the other hand, was more perplexed by my disdain at the ad.  She found it fun and saw nothing wrong with the overall picture.  And is it just me, or did anyone else find the boys dressed in food following them around disturbing? Or at the very least, odd.  

Should Skechers pull the plug on this?  Should it just simply be a change in advertising?  Or am I just overreacting? 

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