Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last post of the year. Last post of the decade. Welcome 2010!

Spending the last day of 2009 cleaning up barf. Logan was sick yesterday with a stomach bug. I had hoped that it was just his stomach retaliating against the antibiotics he needed last week for his ear infection, but tonight Hunter-Pooh-McGoo started throwing up 8 hour old milk. Uh, yuck? I hope we are leaving this junk in 2009. Where it belongs.

Happy New Year all!

Monday, December 28, 2009

TV or not TV. That is the question.

Have I mentioned that I like TV a little more than I should?
Well I do.
I TiVo things.
Soap Operas.
Game shows.
Planet of the Apes marathons.
Oprah.
I got my darling 3 year old on the stuff too.
McJunior is his favorite show.
Nevermind that it is a channel called Nick Junior.
TV sucks me in.
It is such a good friend to me, but it seems to take more than it gives.

It was taking up to $100 a month.

It tells me:
my house isn't pretty enough,
that I don't eat right, but then entices me promises of hot pizza,
I need a beauty product,
that I can't miss this sale,
I need a new couch,
that Oprah knows all the answers.

It also entertains me.

I'm seriously thinking about taking a break from my 52 in bestie.
I have already started by down-grading my satellite service.
We now have the "family" programming.
Thank gawd I still get BYU TV.
The problem is that we are 6 months into a 3 year contract, so we still pay even if we cancel.
Bummer.
I may "hold" the service for a month or 2.
I don't know.
TV or not TV?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My guide to anti-consumerism - Part 1 - Grunge Helped

I am more than sick of stuff. And by stuff, I mean STUFF. All of it: television, ad after ad telling us what a great deal it is to buy more and more of it.

I have always had an anti-consumerism spirit about me. My junior and senior years of high school had me exclusively shopping at thrift and vintage clothing stores. But, I mean, it was the mid '90's. It's not like grunge wasn't in full force and I didn't complete the look with a full sea-green head of ManicPanic dyed hair. It was during that time that I stopped listening to commercial radio, going to see anthing other than "art house" movies, and the only label you could see on my clothing hinted that I was an "All Star". Those were the days of my $8 prom dresses and before original clothing was mass produced. When I was as freeded from the contraints of tapered jeans, as the women of the '60's were freed from the shackles of bras. I owned a first generation Victoria's Secret Miracle Bra. And it felt great.

I boycotted Shell for over 10 years due to the atrocities committed against the indiginous people of someplace, somewhere that Shell obtained oil from. And to think of the uproar against drilling in Alaska. I later found out that the Pepsi Corporation was somehow involved, but since google didn't exist yet, it was too difficult to find out in what way. So I continued to drink Pepsi. I know. I'm such a hypocrite.
I eventually ventured back into the mall and that's when I discovered Express was willing to give me a credit card. Suddenly I found myself grabbing a sweet outfit there before the band I was in had a show. It was the year of the pencil skirt and snappy sweater sets. I was hooked. And it helped that the pieces looked great with my actual vintage duds. I had a credit card, soon four of them, and I started buying into the idea that I "deserved" or "needed" to buy something. At least I did it with style, right?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Santa is coming on a Jet!












I am pleased to list this post at 5 Minutes For Mom's "Wordless Wednesday".

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Birth in the 21st Century

 It is nice to have options for birthing in this modern age.


Some women love the medical intervention they are offered,


but others,


like
my lovely
instructor
D.A.,


go for as
little
as possible.


D.A.
gave birth
to
baby number
5
yesterday.


She was at home.


In a birthing pool.


Surrounded by
her
4
young
boys.
(All
7
years old 
and 
under.)


Her husband
was 
deployed 
"over seas"
less than

month
ago.


This was the
FIRST
birth
he could not
coach
his wife through.


A
simple,
natural,
brith of a
child,
with the
aid
of some 
VERY,
modern, 
technology.


Daddy got to
support
his
wife
with the
aid of
SKYPE.


I know!


All the way from
IRAQiSTAN
(or where ever the heck he is)


It was
especially
exciting
because it
was the
birth
of their
FIRST
daughter!!!!!!!


Congratulations
to you all!


Welcome
Victory
!!!!


don't you all think that's an amazing name?

Monday, December 7, 2009

music, why are you being such a jerk?

I am displeased with music at the moment.
I generally love music.
In fact,
I live for it's
melodic pleasures.
But a switch has been
flipped.
I hear songs
and feel
annoyed.
I give a new band a try
(read that aweful WILCO)
and
could whip
out the Bic
and
dissect my wrists.
I see Tim McGraw on
Oprah
(I know! My life will improve when she retires. I wonder if she's going to get Tyra to replace her?)
and think
who
encourages
his mediocre singing?
And not so much the music,
but the personal
and
prfessional endeavors
of my
ABSOLUTE
favorite band
of
all.
freaking.
time.
PEARL JAM
YOU. ARE. MESSING. WITH. MY.
MIND.
It is coming guys.
I will give you a big ole
slice
of it soon.

Untill then.
I will relax to the sounds of
my
at least I'm
pretty
sure one of them is the
cause of my
swelling womb
It was either them
or
the guy I'm
married
to.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Authentic Christmas

I get all my advise from Oprah.
Don't you?
She recently had Alicia Keys as a guest and asked her if her family exchanged gifts at Christmas.
Alicia replied, "Only if it feels authentic."
Oprah was just delighted that Alicia was so enlightened.

My thought?
Wait just one hot little minute.
In your family, you only get someone a gift if it feels AUTHENTIC?
So in your enlightened universe
you visit with friends and family?
You have a beautiful dinner.
You sing in front of the fire.
Have a little egg nog.
And then you exchange gifts.
One for you.
And one for you.
And....
I didn't get you anything thing
because I couldn't find anything that felt
AUTHENTIC
There was nothing online,
in stores,
or on this
PLANET
that made ME 
feel good enough to give
YOU
But thank you for this beautiful picture frame,
So thoughtful of you!

Now.
Would you ever have the nerve to abandon 
gift giving
 because it didn't feel
AUTHENTIC?

Neither would I.

This concept is more
LAME
than
enlightened.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sarcasm ever?

I like to think I have a way with words.

I am so gifted in the art
that few people are at my ADVANCED level.

Some times this causes a few
misunderstandings.

See,
I forget.

I forget, that regular folk
are just happy to be going about
their business.

Then I come along.

Example:

Folks:
(referring to my pregnant belly
and the 1 and 3 year old I'm dragging behind me)
So, uh, ya gonna have any more?

Me:
Not with this husband!

Folks:
(silence)



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Death. Actually.

Logan: Mom, do panda bears die too.

Mom: Yes, buddy, they do.

Logan: But why, mom?

Mom: Every animal will die sometime.

Logan: Every animal?

Mom: Eventually.

Logan: No mom, ACTUALLY. Not eventually. All animals will ACTUALLY die.