Archives for February 2011

Today is weird.

Rain is a big deal here in Southern California. With the slightest bit of moisture, all the news channels are on StormWatch [insert year here] and they have nearly every tiny reporter they can find out in the street wearing rain slickers and waiting to tell you how wet it is out there. Last night it rained furiously here. The forecast called for rain in the morning, and while I knew people who had snow, hail and rain… there were nothing but blue skies here. I went out to run errands, and it was literally as though there was some…

Date Night

As I’ve said, I am fortunate to live with my in-laws. First, we get along. I’m not making this up simply because they can read this blog. It’s the truth. They welcomed me into their arms when I was their son’s first girlfriend and have never been anything but wonderful. Anyhow, the advantage of living with my in-laws is that if schedules line up… I have a babysitter available. My mother in law offered to watch the kids on Sunday night, and we jumped at the chance. We decided that we wanted dinner, and I felt like having burgers. We…

Boycotts, Gay Rights, Soapbox time?

Recently, a friend of mine posted that he was boycotting Chick-Fil-A for their direct involvement in groups supporting bans on gay marriage. I have been boycotting them since these allegations popped up. It’s saddened me that so many people say that they weren’t surprised, since Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sundays… but you know what? There are plenty of companies that take such a stance, and most of them aren’t openly endorsing discrimination. There are plenty of Christians who support equality in marriage. Anyhow, my friend also said that he hadn’t been to Target in ages, either. I wasn’t boycotting Target.…

Sick Sickity Sick

Yesterday we bought annual passes for Disneyland. We went (TheBoy and I for my birthday), and it just seemed like the right time to get passes again. We used to go regularly (we also used to live about two miles from Disneyland), but when the boys were littler, it was tricky. It was a great trip- up until I started to shiver and couldn’t stop. Even sitting in the sun wasn’t helping, and I was starting to feel dizzy. So we came home, and I took my temperature- over 100 degrees. Everyone’s been great. TheBoy’s picked up the slack and…

A few things to think about…

Rather than write about one subject (I’ve been a little brain dead this week), I thought I’d post a few links to news stories that I thought were interesting. Serene Branson, the KCBS reporter who suffered from asphasia on camera while reporting on the Grammys had a migraine that mirrors a stroke, but didn’t have a stroke. As I suffer from migraines, this is the sort of thing that scares me. The response to Serene Branson’s on-camera appearance has bothered me. There were those who insisted that it was a stroke, and felt she should have gone to the hospital.…

Gender roles? I stomp on them.

This week, I saw two things that made me wonder how we’re raising our kids these days… and why we haven’t come further. First was an old advice column from 2002 on Dr. Phil’s website. In the column, a woman asked for advice about her 5 year old boy who had two older sisters and preferred to play with “girl toys” and wanted to wear girl clothes. The page is making the rounds of LGBT blogs, who are rightly concerned by Dr. Phil’s attitude. While he says that it could just be a phase, and clearly isn’t an indicator that…

Valentine’s Day Past.

I’m not very big on Valentine’s Day. Sure, when I was a kid it meant special treats and Valentine’s from my friends… but as I grew up, I admit I soured on it. Not because I didn’t have a Valentine (though through high school I never did have one), but because it seemed like forced romance. Let me explain. I grew up with a dad who was a civilian working for the Navy. He worked in a couple different divisions, but all required travel (the first moreso than others). My dad would be somewhere and come back with a small…

The Super Blah.

Yesterday was the Super Bowl, the highlight of American sporting events and home to the edgiest commercials that ad agencies can put together. Right? Meh. I admit, I’m not a big football fan. But I am a big fan of great advertising (I am in love with The Man Your Man Could Smell Like) as well as the halftime show. Following Janet Jackson’s nipple issue, the halftime shows were scaled back. I, for one, didn’t mind Paul McCartney- since I can’t afford tickets to his concerts. But really, the halftime shows have been dull, especially the Black Eyed Peas. Which…

Raising Strong Girls.

I know, I have two boys. Writing about girls might seem silly, but well, I was a girl. Raina Telgemeier, artist/author of “Smile”, tweeted that she’d gotten her first mom-rage review of her book. An autobiographical look back at her own experiences, it’s received plenty of accolades and has gotten lots of girls into reading comics. (It’s a great read) The review, on Amazon, raged that their 10 year old daughter had gotten a copy and *gasp* it was completely inappropriate for their little girl. Why it mentioned girls sort of having boyfriends! A girl was teased and never got…

LAUSD wimps out.

Jamie Oliver is passionate about teaching children to eat better. He revolutionized school food in the UK and his reality show “Food Revolution” had a very well received first season here in the US. The first season had Jamie Oliver trying to change the minds of Huntington, West Virginia about how they see food. Huntington had come up in a CDC study as one of the unhealthiest cities in America. The show was naturally filled with conflict, as the citizens preferred fried and processed foods over Oliver’s healthy alternatives. For his second season, Oliver decided to go to a larger…