Signs can be very confusing to a 1st grader in a big elementary school, especially when refining reading skills.
7yo (concerned) - "Mom, there was a sign at my school that said "Free Drugs", it was yellow."
Me - "Buddy - where was it?"
7yo - "In the hall on a big yellow banner. We're not suppose to do drugs"
Me - "That's right buddy, don't worry, that sign probably said "Drug Free", that means that you don't do drugs"
7yo (relieved) - "Oh, I thought the 5th graders were putting the signs up"
When dentists and orthodontists take a staff picture and use it in their ads or as mailers, it always looks to me like a polygamist Christmas card of sorts.
Generally you have middle aged gentleman surrounded by young, lovely ladies all dressed the same (ok, ok, so they are not wearing farm dresses and rocking the big bangs, but they are nonetheless dressed alike!).
Please consider this an open letter to dental professionals everywhere to abandon the practice and find better graphic designers or ad agencies to create your marketing campaigns. The "dirty old man" campaign is not working well for me!
(example picture found in a 2 second search on yourdentistryguide.com)
Why? Because I like it.
My favorite definition from the Urban Dictionary (compliments of @gemgem76) was:
A beezy is a b*tch or another name for a female
Damn, that beezy is hella fine!
But if you were offended by that (and I did include an asterisk to protect you), you could always go with #7:
A jewish slang term for belly button.
I have an outtie beezy.
So for all you beezy's out there, we are starting a club. Are you in? (as in, are you in the house). If you are ready to call your peeps "beezy's" you can come roll with me and @gemgem76!
6yo had to get 2 teeth pulled at the dentist the other day (thus our first visit from the tooth fairy). They offered laughing gas - but he didn't want it so he just went for the numbing shot in the mouth. Next time - I am mandating laughing gas!!!! Look at what we missed out on!!!!!! (this is a YouTube clip - not my child! ;)
I thought I was something noble and peaceful like a horse . . . but apparently I'm a SNAKE! And the truth is - Snakes are rockin' it in 09!
You can find your 2009 outlook on Yahoo Shine -
The Snake has an incredibly favorable year ahead. The year of the Ox provides many opportunities for the Snake to fulfill long awaited career goals and achieve more than he/she ever imagined. Your wisdom and patience are tools that prove successful in all aspects of your life. Relationships could be taken to new heights and deep and meaningful friendships are acquired. This year proves to be one of action, the year that all of your planning and waiting pay off for you. The later months prove to be especially successful, tying a year of arduous work into an extremely blissful culmination.
79% (10 favorable and 2 neutral months)
Your wisdom proves to be most resourceful this year, particularly in your career endeavors. Colleagues will admire your input and your opinion will be well respected among business circles. Your work will take you to new levels in your career, as you may see a promotion or a position change that offers you a direction that is more suitable to your skills. March, April and May are strong months for a career change or an upswing in your current position. Be prepared for an outstanding year in your work and don't be surprised if everything you do results in success
The Snake's social life will bring a high amount of satisfaction to you this year, as will your family life. Though you tend to be more of a loner, this year will provide occasions that may bring you out of your shell. You have always been a good listener and you will benefit from being more assertive in social situations. More to the point, you may be thrown into a position to be more assertive, rather than volunteering. Your quick thinking will prove to be most useful. Single Snakes may find the romantic relationship they seek, as romance is favored.
The Snake will not suffer any more than minor health issues, but you may want to watch what you eat and make it a point to exercise more often, as these may be areas that you tend to neglect. Your busy work schedule and social endeavors may make it difficult to maintain a regular schedule of exercise, but you can find time here and there to do something active. This will help your heart and may relive stress from a long work week.
The Snake will do well with your conservative approach to spending. You have always been disciplined in your finances and this year proves to be no different. If you maintain your frugal manner, you will find that you have accumulated enough by the end of the year to make a large purchase that you have been planning for a long time. If you are in doubt about a particular endeavor, don't hesitate to receive a second opinion before committing.
So I have this reoccurring dream about someone stealing my favorite tree out of my front yard. It's a Japanese Maple and it's even a little jacked up. In my dream I am devastated. And every time I wake up I rush to the window to make sure my trees are all in tact.
It's like the ultimate sin in blogging . . . taking a month and a half off! It's not that I haven't had a lot to say - it's that I've been so busy it makes my eyes bleed a little. But amidst the craziness, there is always a little ray of sunshine - FOTC. So to kick of my return from sabattical - here is one of my favorites:
Do you know what I HATE? And HATE in a way that I almost yell out the windows of my care at people . . .
Speaking of sports and girls! I've always remembered a commercial that Nike ran when I was in high school (1995). I was on my high school softball team and played soccer and swam at the time. This commercial has always left an impression on me - I even excerpted it in the Sports and Rec chapter of our first book in our first market for TodaysMama.
A thought to chew on . . . how did Title IX change your life as a girl? I'd never considered it. Title IX passed 5 years before I was born.
I was a tom-boy growing up and loved and played sports. My best friends were generally guys. I played baseball with the boys at recess I rarely felt that I didn't measure up to them. I never remember feeling less than boys, or like the boys had special rights that I didn't. (except for when I joined Girl Scouts, and our campouts were in the backyard of our leader and all we did was make quilts! I was mad. I tried to join the Boy Scouts, but it didn't work out). So with the exception of Boy Scouts - I never felt like I got the short end of the stick.
I think that our generations relationship to boys and our view of ourselves has been reflected in all of the decisions we make, even the quality of our marriages and what our relationships are based on. I think you see the distinct difference in men 35 and younger as well. In my opinion, in most spheres, we are very much on the same playing field and it is a rare experience to come across a man that seems to have not caught on to the fact that girls in fact rule. ;)
So with great interest I attended the kick off reception of the new documentary "Kick Like a Girl" a film by Jenny Mackenzie.
It's about a girls soccer team who played for 2 years in all girls leagues undefeated. Finally the coach (one of their moms) decided to enter them into the boys league. It's an incredible movie that every mother of girls AND boys needs to see! I loved it!
The other cool thing about this film? It's made by a mom! She had just recently gone back to school in film making - I love to see women continually reinventing themselves and accomplishing cool things. Congrats!
So we had the real live dreaded Influenza at our house. All of us. It wasn't so horrible because after my husband suffered a long horrible week with it as soon as the rest of us got symptoms our doctor prescribed TamiFlu which helped a lot. However, as I admit to the world that we had the real Influenza I feel like I'm saying that we had the Black Plague. But I have heard that so many people have had it this year and that the flu shot was bascially worthless at this point.
And then my 5-year-old is telling our neighbor that "I don't have Fluenza. I have the B-strand".
Things you might not know about me . . ..
I generally dig inappropriate humor – top on my list:
I hate public restrooms, I generally flush the toilet with my foot!
Sometimes when I type I chew my hair
Sometimes I wish I had absolutely nothing to do
I don’t really like dogs and small animals
I think other people’s babies are gooey
I frequently use four letter words of all varieties
I’ve had my nose broken upwards of 7 times, and reconstructed twice
When I was 12 I won a state competition in piano
Things I still want to do in life:
Become a midwife
Take up piano again
I’m a Yellow and Red personality split right down the middle – 1 more yellow than red
I wish I loved to shop. I hate it. But I want to love it. One day, I want to shop – a lot.
I’ve never had a cavity
I had my belly button pierced by a hairy woman in a tattoo parlor in high school
I’m an idealist
I’ve never had a sip of alcohol in my entire life . . . until my 30th birthday, when I sipped my friends “mojito” -- it tasted like toothpaste. I still think alcohol smells like rotten sippy cups. Nasty. But now that I’m a mom and older and all that good stuff, I see how the people on TV have shots of things at the end of the day.
I have an abnormally large head and tiny eyes. I can wear childs sunglasses and XL baseball caps.
I’m a better wife and mother because I have a business. It’s like a genetic default that I had to pour into something or I would have exploded.
When I close my eyes and stare at the sun, I swear I can see little amoeba’s in my eyes
I don’t like chewy candies, suckers, or taffy
I started wearing makeup when I was 29 – I wore chapstick and mascara the day I got married
Mostly, I like Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch
I knew I’d marry my husband after knowing him for 2 weeks
I’ve known him now for 10 years
I’m getting grey hair, and it bugs me. Not because of how it looks because I’m blonde, but because only my parents are suppose to have grey hair.
I have a distinct memory of the first time I noticed grey hair on my dads arm when I was a kid – and the realization that he would get old. It made me sad.
The first thing that I ever bought off of eBay was a car.
I’ve been skydiving and bungee jumping.
I went to Africa by myself in college.
I have no desire to do anything remotely adventurous since I’ve had kids. I’d rather take a nap, read, or get a massage!
It’s 1:00 in the morning and I couldn’t sleep – so I read my friends blogs, and that’s what made me post this big fat list!
I thought this was interesting - I found this on utahpolicy.com this morning --
Another View on Global Warming
By Raymond Takashi Swenson, JD, LLM Environmental Law, Idaho Falls, ID
Mr. Webb: Since you commented recently on the global warming issue in your Utah Policy Daily column, I thought you might be interested in the story that was carried last week by BBC News, which is linked at my blog. Basically, the story reports that scientists expect that the La Nina configuration in the Western pacific will cause lower temperatures worldwide in 2008, ensuring for the tenth year in a row that the average global temperatures do not exceed the recent peak in 1998, a peak which was due to El Nino conditions. In 2007 NASA announced that its previous data needed to be adjusted to reflect the fact that the average temperature in the US in 1934 was actually higher than in 1998.
From 1934 to 1975, global temperatures declined, even during the buildup of CO2 emissions caused by World War II and the postwar development boom. This led to speculation that the next ice age (which is overdue) was about to begin. Then about 1976 temperatures started to rise gradually, peaking in 1998, and being lower than 1998 since then. In other words, the world is cooler now than it was in 1934, when CO2 levels were almost half of their current value. The question this raises is, since the net temperature trend since 1934 has been no net increase in temperature, why should we (a) assert the world’s climate is warming over the long term (75 years), or (b) assert that it is warming in the short term (10 years)?
While it is all well and good to be working on alternative energy sources with long term potential, the rush to “do something” has a consistent record of stupid decisions. TIME’s cover story points out that ethanol 85 is probably not a net reduction of greenhouse gases, but does drive up the cost of corn and food. The notion that “we must do something” results in doing lots of things that are very costly and don’t do much at all. The bills in Congress now call for drastic reductions in CO2 emissions of as much as 80% by 2050, barely 40 years from now. The cost to our economy generally and to individual taxpayers is not even being thought about. Those economists who have looked at it have concluded that we could totally shut down the US economy, and it would have no noticeable or certain reduction in temperatures for 50 years, and even then, only a small amount. The CO2 that is in the air has accumulated there for decades, and will not decline rapidly. The notion that Americans should commit CO2 suicide to save the world, while China builds a new IPP size coal fired generator every week, in the hope that our example of (stupid) self-sacrifice will inspire them to emulate us, is ludicrous. Our example of 222 years of democratic government has not made a dent in China yet; it may take more than 200 years for them to decide to follow the US example of self-sacrifice.
The fact is that global warming is not here yet, that if it comes it will happen slowly, that the average forecast in computer models is of only 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit, that many of the effects are beneficial (cutting way down on burning fossil fuels for heating!), that the sea levels in an unconstrained scenario will only rise 3 to 10 inches by 2100 (versus one foot from 1900 to 2000). People rich enough to have beach houses can darn well pay for their own protection and not make me walk five miles to work so they can stay in their beach houses (which get rebuilt after every major storm). Stopping all CO2 emissions around the world will make only a fractional difference in the temperature in 2100. Furthermore, higher temperatures than this have been part of natural climate variations, including the Medieval Warm Period around 1000 AD when vineyards were growing in Britain and ice melted off much of Greenland. Most of all, what Al Gore does not want to talk about is how much it will cost to reduce CO2 emissions, and how little difference it will make in temperatures. Even the most drastic proposals will NOT prevent MOST of the forecast warming. Basically, we can bleed ourselves dry, but most of the global warming forecast for 2100 is going to happen no matter what we do.
A more rational approach is to build up society’s wealth and capital and scientific resources and mitigate the effects of warming. If it is actually coming, it is NOT going to be large, most of the effects are decades away, and it will be cheaper to mitigate the bad effects and benefit from the good ones, rather than to stop all of the effects at great cost.
Today I turn 30. And what did I get in the mail?
A letter informing me that my health insurance went up $70 a month because I'm 30.
That's me! I resolve to be better -- brace yourselves my 2 dedicated readers, I'm bringing the heat in 08!
I was cleaning out some old papers and magazines today and came across an article I ripped out from Women’s Health in June contributed by Leslie Bennetts, author of The Feminine Mistake and writer for Vanity Fair.
The excerpt was entitled “Letter to my Younger Self”.
Let me preface the rant I am about to go on by saying this:
• I haven’t read Leslie’s book, just the excerpt from the article referenced above and a bit of info about her online
• I wholeheartedly agree that women (and men) should plan for the unexpected personally and financially whether through financial planning, insurance policies, ongoing training, etc. etc. That is a book about finances – not about women selling out.
The fast facts that accompanied this little excerpt where:
• 5.6 million – Moms who stayed home with kids in 2006
• 4.4 million – Moms who stayed home in 1995
• 43% -- Percentage of moms with graduate or high-honors bachelor’s degrees who have left the workforce
And here were some of Leslie Bennett’s core messages; (some taken from her bio as well)
• Bennett says that stay at home mothers are “misled by the fairy-tale version of life, in which Prince Charming comes along and takes care of you forever.”
• “What animates the most interesting person I know is the passion for their work and the lives their work has given them”
• “The truth is, most women end up alone, one way or another.”
• “It’s meaningful careers, well-earned success, and enough financial security to ensure a broad range of options that sustain women through the rough patches of life”.
• “My career has given me more enduring gifts than my lovers ever did.”
• Stay at home moms are unwilling to look at the risks of staying home
• She says that the stay at home moms she talks to insist that “bad things would never happen to them, only other people.” I’m waiting to meet one of those women.
• Full time mothers have an overcapacity for denial
• They demand that their choices be respected and attack those who question them. (wow, maybe they should put on their aprons and hand out cookies?)
• Magazines are afraid of offending the stay at home “mommies”, they didn’t want to wake the “cranky children”
• Stay at home moms are buffered from harsh realities and preserve their illusions about their choice
My (longwinded) Take
So here are the juxtaposed messages between the stats bolded in bright red at the bottom of the article and the authors message: - More women are choosing to stay home with their children than ten years ago – and Leslie Bennett is screaming from the big glass building at Vanity Fair, “Big Mistake Ladies”!!!
Let me be a little rude. -- You are a day late and a thought short for this generation Leslie. Your message might have fit for the hungry women’s libbers of the 70’s or the droves of women returning to work in the eighties to go head to head with the boys. But the new generation of women and mothers in the workplace and at home have learned a thing or two from the women of yesteryear. We don’t want to fit in the box of whatever you think we should be – We're perfectly content to navigate our own lives - thanks.
We’ve watched our parents and our grandparents hack it out and the impending results over time. So we want to make changes to make our lives work out a little better. The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Praise for the women who decided to leave corporate America for motherhood for a little more fulfillment AND praise for the women who decided to go back for a little more fulfillment or financial advancement. Praise for choices!
For those who left corporate America and those who want to leave right now: We don’t want to bank on failed marriages, late nights proving ourselves in the workplace and the over-riding sense of guilt wondering if we’ve failed our children AND ourselves. You no doubt find “GEN Y” and many of our “GEN X” counterparts entitled – because we want more control of our personal time than ever. Generally speaking we place a higher value on family and the time we spend with them. And watch out boomers – apparently we’re poised to bring on a GEN Y baby boom that may rival that of the post-World War II population explosion. There could be a 17% population increase in the next 10 years. Say goodbye to the 2 kid average and hello to the impending new national average of 3 kids per household.
It’s not surprising that 43% of moms with graduate or high honors bachelor’s degrees have left the workplace. They are smart! The flexibility is just not there and it quickly becomes “not worth it”. We can’t all write for Vanity Fair. You also fail to mention the fact that 40% of those women who leave the workplace start their own businesses. Why? Once again because they are smart and talented women with much to offer the world – and their children. We didn’t give it all up as the “giant feminine mistake” – we took back what was ours. The ability to have an identity with and without our children, and to be happy at what we are doing, and to contribute at many levels.
The fact that we continue to evolve is ignored. Bennet seems to think that today’s stay at home mom is living on Plumb street with cookies baking in the oven, a glint of emptiness in her mind, and happily cashing in daddy’s pay check. I wonder where she’s living?
Women today have more choices than ever. To have anything that is truly valuable there is a price to be exacted. There is a price exacted to stay home with your children, there is a price exacted to work full time, there is a price exacted to start your own business, there is a price for supporting your husband through medical school, there is a huge price to educate yourself and overcome as a single mother. At every level there are prices. Who is this woman to say which ones are worth it for which people.
I’ve all ready hopped on a soap box about how I think the Mommy Wars are a big lie that we inflict upon ourselves and how much I hate labels so if you’d like to continue to hear me rant on that level you can click here.
Here is the bottom line:
The feminine mistake is that we are led to believe that we belong in a box with limited decisions and paths set in stone. “Stay at home mom, working mom, etc. etc.”
The real feminine mistake would be following someone else’s advice rather than following your own path. It would be taking Leslie Bennett’s advice and listening to the people in the big glass buildings instead of the divine inspiration that we are all entitled to. Be who you are, love what you do, pass that on to your children!
Thanks Leslie Bennett and Women’s Health Magazine, for throwing us all in one jar and stepping back a few decades when women thought they had to choose one or the other!
Whew! If you read that long rant – thanks! I just had to get it off my chest! ;) Thanks for enduring!
Let's face it -- I've never formally been tagged before -- thanks Abi! I feel cooler now!
4 jobs I've had (let's go non resume style)
- A telemarketer (most loved person in the world)
- Food Prep Girl at a natural foods deli
- Waitress in a serious dump with rats
- Shoe sales at a sports store
4 Movies I can watch over and over
- Talledega Nights
- The Notebook
- Curious George/ Night at the Museum (they are tied in the kid category)
4 Places I have Lived
- Park City
- The Ghetto (highest zip code for stolen cars!)
4 Favorite TV Shows
- Grey's Anatomy
- The Office
- Conan O'Brien
- Little House on the Prairie (let's be honest, it sucks you in)
4 of my favorite Places I have been
- Switzerland (best dairy products ever)
- A Kibbutz in Galilee
- Hawaii (any island will do)
4 Favorite Foods
- Carnitas/Fajitas/Chips and Salsa -- all at the same time!
- Granola and yoghurt
- Coffee ice cream with toffee bits
- Most anything - let's face it - I love to eat
4 Websites I check daily
- Google Analytics
4 Favorite Hobbies
4 Places I'd Rather Be
- San Francisco
- Breathe Day Spa
- In a hammock
4 Friends I'd like to tag
Last summer the boys across the street put duct tape around the 2 handles of our next door neighbors front door, rang her door bell and ran away. So obviously, her attempt to answer the door was hilarious (for the boys). She actually thought it was funny too – and turned around from the door – laughing. That was the end of the trickery from the boys across the street. I think the key – is a low level response.
Contrast that to the story my husband shared about his retired neighbors growing up. They would doorbell ditch them, and each time the couple (who were in their late 60’s) would surface screaming out the door with a bat and a gunny sack! Yes, you heard me right, a bat and a gunny sack!
Of course, the boys continued (and continued) just to see them jump out screaming with a bat and a gunny sack.
The key to warding off these wild little neighborhood tricks is then in my opinion – a low level of response – which will be hard for me as years go on. I can’t help but imagine when my house gets toilet papered (and I have lots of trees) the rage that I will probably feel and the vengeful feelings that will percolate through my body. I’m afraid that I will be the one hitting the streets to one up them with a better trick. I was unfortunately one of those bored teens who spent late nights toilet papering, saran wrapping cars, and throwing feminine products soaked with various drinks out the windows of our cars into the windows of other cars. There was pleny more mischief and I wish I could remember it all! :) Need I remind anyone about pickle loaf and peeps?
Completely random -- but completely entertaining! Click here to watch!
I just wanted to point out to anyone that might have missed this momentous day -- the date today is 5-6-7
It only happens once, and we have all lived to tell the tale! :)
My dad was playing tennis with a friend the other day who just returned from a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. His friend was on the ship that this happened on!!!
A man and a woman fell off the cruise ship in the middle of the night, 65 feet from their bedroom balcony. The man was naked, the woman was in lingerie, I'm sure you can fill in the blanks! Apparently they were also intoxicated.
Luckily there were people who saw them fall and obviously more that heard their screams! It takes a cruise ship a long time to turn around - so it took them 3 hours to get back to the people who fell out of the boat. The man by that point had jellyfish stings all over his naked body (including the place a man would least want to be stung by a jellyfish).
They had to tread water, drunk, in the middle of the night, naked, while being stung by jellyfish, for 3 hours! The woman apparently hit the water face first! Falling 65 feet from a cruise ship would feel like hitting concrete!
The couple was brought back on the boat and a helicopter had to come and get them to take them to the hospital.
My mom said that their was a Front Line on awhile back discussing all of the drunk people that fall off cruise ships (some never to be heard from again)!
The real moral of this story --- if you are going to be participating in those activites on the balcony of your room on a cruise ship - you might want to consider anchoring in with harnesses and ropes. Make sure your partner is "on belay".
I'm still laughing . . .
My hotel is full of dogs. Yes, dogs. In sweaters, in leather jackets, with hair styles, and clippies and jewelry. The dogs are everywhere. It took me a minute to figure out if I had checked into a pet boarding facility or not, but I soon realized that it's dog show time! The big Westminster dog show/competition was going on right across the street at Madison Square Garden. And lucky for me, I'm rooming next to 2 of the wildest contestants in the show. Good thing I brought my husbands Skull Candy (noise reducing head phones).
The premise behind "The Secret" is that our thoughts become our reality. Sounds simple? Analyze your thoughts -- are you constantly expecting the worst? Are you full of anxiety and worry or do you have a glass is more than full mentality. It only makes sense that where we focus our energy and thoughts that our lives can't help but follow the same pattern. This is true in our relationships, in our lives and in our businesses.
From Seth Godin's business perspective: if you can cause coincidences to happen, people are going to talk about you. And that might be a good thing.
is in my basement . . . in the form of Reeses White Chocolate Christmas Trees -- I bought them for the kids stockings -- They've been tucked away hidden, but I find myself sneaking down there several times a day. I tell myself every time as I'm headed down the stairs "This is the last time . . . you've gone too far". But I'm addicted. I would venture that Reeses has placed addictive chemicals in their peanut butter trees, and that I am not truly responsible for the wild ravages that are taking place in a dark corner of my basement.
Scary. It looks like I've got a 12 step program to enroll myself in for the new year.
When instead of twirling you around the room, you do the centrifuge spin!
We went to a party at one of our neighbor's tonight celebrating his 30th birthday. We met a couple who lives in our neighborhood who I didn't know very well. The husband, is a scientist! You don't meet a real life scientist every day. Apparently he does the centrifuge spin at their house!
As my husband said tonight . . . "Rachael in motion, tend to stay in motion." ;) You'll see what I mean by the attached picture of the laundary I've done this weekend. I've also washed the windows, organized my office, uploaded a bunch of C.D.'s, paid bills, balanced my checkbook (which I haven't done in 2 years), and the list goes on. It's 11:45 p.m. But I had to stop for a minute because my husband's comment made me laugh, and then it reminded me that the power of intertia had stopped on my blog for the last month. So brace yourselves-- I'll be catching up! Rachael in motion, tend to stay in motion."
More to come . . .
Hmmm . . . I wish I knew how to insert images properly into my posts. Trying my best ya'll.
We came home from church . . .the kids went down for naps . . .the basement was all clean . . . So what did my husband and I decide to do? Get in a war with a giant excersize ball!
My best move is when I deflected one of his attacks with my knee and it launched up at his face - The momentum on that baby rocked! He ducked though and missed it by an inch.
I can't believe how out of shape I am - I finally gave up and collapsed to the ground. Hucking a giant excersie ball is killer on your lower back muscles. I've got to start doing some endurance training.