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June 4, 2010

My mom and I.

I have the coolest mom. Sorry, I don’t care what stories you share, my mom is the awesomest mom that ever was! Every group of friends has that mom. The one who’s a bit younger than the rest of the moms, who can pull off the crazy hair cut or style, and just isn’t afraid to be herself. When I was in grade school, my mom had shoulder length curly hair wore the most stunning jewelry that she got from the artsy store in town and wore black. Okay, it was the 90s. Most people wore black. But boy, she…

June 2, 2010

Dear Disneyland…

Dear Disneyland, Thank you for helpfully sending me one last issue of your Annual Passholder magazine, asking for my family to renew our passes. However, I think it’s time we part our ways. I got my first annual pass when I was in high school. We’d gone to Disneyland (my parents, sister and I) for Father’s Day. While buying our tickets, my dad lingered at the booth and when he came back, informed us that he’d bought us all Annual Passes. We went fairly often, for birthdays and just because we had a free weekend.

May 27, 2010

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” HAS to go.

Right now, the House has voted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) by a vote of 234 to 194. A Senate panel has similarly voted 16-12. The next step to repeating DADT is for the Senate as a whole to include it as an amendment to a Defense Department funding bill and pass it. And it’s about time. The US is big on equal rights. We have constant opinions on Muslim countries and their treatment of women as second class citizens, and yet, we treat gays and lesbians the same way. We acknowledge that those who choose to serve…

May 27, 2010

Celebs who diet? Please.

Admission of guilt: I have a subscription to US Weekly. Ages ago, I did a magazine package deal and as magazine by magazine that I liked shut down, they apparently rolled all my remaining issues into US Weekly. This week’s issue has Lauren Conrad and Kim Kardashian on the cover, and talks about Diets That Work. I know, it’s nearing summer, so there are diets stories a plenty. But I find these issues ridiculous and offensive. Issue #1. The majority of the women in this issue are in their 20s and are probably size 2’s at their heaviest. Even as…

May 17, 2010

On the Road

We’ve finished leg #1 of our trip, which wasn’t too far from home. But it felt like a real vacation. How so? Our oldest spiked a fever and threw up twice. He’s fine now, but it reminded me of a few trips where my sister and/or I got sick. And even as I gave him the world’s most expensive children’s tylenol, it made me smile. It’s our first big vacation as a family. Sure, we’ve gone to San Diego when our oldest was 6 months old. Or the trips to Arizona for Christmas. It might be that this is the…

Erin Andrews performing on Dancing with the Stars

Elisabeth Hasselbeck criticized Erin Andrews: victim shaming at its finest.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck criticized Erin Andrews on the View for her skimpy costumes. Without having seen this season of Dancing with the Stars (or reading the full quote), it is an unfair statement based on what I know about the costuming. The costumes designs are a collaboration by the professional dancers and costumers, with little input from the “stars.” Then, I read the story. She didn’t just criticize Erin’s attire, she framed it by saying: