October 20, 2009

Some things never change!

Saad is taking a feminism class at GMU, and last night he brought home an interesting article from the May 1955 issue of Housekeeping Monthly. The article is entitled "The good wife's guide." It is a list of tips for being a good wife.

I'd love to take a moment to share some of these jewels (just the most important ones). Who knows, maybe they will inspire us to be better partners, sisters, roomates, etc.!

Join me on this fun and informational journey won't you? It's going to blow your mind!

1. Prepare yourself (editor's note: you'll need to prepare yourself for this b.s.). Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

2. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

3. Prepare the children...They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

4. Listen to him. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

5. Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

6. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

Seems like good advice right?

Oh, I almost forgot.

7. A good wife always knows her place.

I only have one question. Where the hell did husbands work back then? Sounds like they went to war every day.

I think those wives could have used a few Mouthy Broads as inspiration.

October 19, 2009

Howloday Momtography

After watching the food network for 4 consecutive hours (My mother is a huge Iron Chef fan), I was inspired to do some extreme "on the clock" pumpkin carving. I posted the pumpkins I made to Lavaponyland, its a witch and a skull. I thought these pics were kinda funny though.

Here Baby literally defends the table against wood be intruders. Her ears are back, indicating her intent to attack anyone messing with the orange "turkeys". Once she realized these weren't indeed turkeys, she became substantially less confrontational.

My mom, trying to capture the before and after shots of the pumpkins manages to stand directly in front of the retina-scalding sun. There are 4 other pictures where my eyes are either completely closed, watering, or I'm grimacing from ocular pain.

Stieglitz takes a rare moment to get in front of the camera. I suppose I'm not much good at portraits either. We're still working out the night settings on our Nikon Coolpix cameras.

October 15, 2009

All I do is rant

Whole Foods, why has nobody taught you the art of the hot bar/salad bar?

Your problems start with the type of container you offer. Heavyweight cardboard, with no section dividers? Considering your hot bar/salad bar is $7.99/lb, shouldn't you be providing the lightest container possible? You should deduct $1.50 from the price to account for the weight of the container. Also, no dividers? Do I want the juice from the General Tso's chicken mixing with my cheddar cheese mashed potatoes? No. So I'm forced to use several different containers, which means I pay more because I am charged for the weight of each container.

And what is with your salad bar? Where is the cheddar cheese? The bacon bits, or the diced ham? Where is the Italian dressing? What exactly is "Thai" dressing (peanut sauce or something??) and why is it available instead of Italian? And don't tell me that you offer Balsamic Vinaigrette instead. So not the same! And why are there so many vegan and vegetarian
options and hardly any for us predators? (Vegan beef? Isn't that an oxymoron?) Look, I have an open stomach, but I know what I like when it comes to salads...and garbanzo beans it ain't.

And where is the damn shredded cheddar cheese? Why is it ok to eat cheddar cheese mashed potatoes, or fancy shells and cheese, but putting cheese on a salad is a no-no? That doesn't make sense!

While I'll admit that the steamed green beans were delicious, and the southwestern beef salad was OMGheaveninmymouth, my hot food was cold and my cold food was warm by the time I got back to work. No, it is not your fault that I work too far away from your store location, but it is your fault that I couldn't sit in your seating area and eat my food.

Why? Because you don't have cold sodas at your location! What if I don't want to drink tea, or juice, or Smartwater! (Do I look like Jennifer Anniston?) What if I want to wash down my healthy salad with soda? I need caffeine damn you. Who are you to imply that I shouldn't drink
soda? Also, I had to go back to my office because I had some Italian dressing there.

And why was my total $16.19?? For some lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots. Three pieces of General Tso's chicken, some shells & cheese, green beans and mashed potatoes. No drink, no salad dressing. $16.19?? Really, now I know why people call it Whole Paycheck.

Oh wait, I forgot the cardboard boxes. And the fancy paper bag (which proclaims that if I reuse this bag next time, you'll give me $.05. Wow! Can I just get some cheddar cheese instead?).

Next time, I'm going to McDonald's.

October 12, 2009

Scary Movies in the City

I was explaining to my friend Marcia after leaving "Zombieland" at the movies, that I never went to the movies to see a scary movie until I came to the 757. This was mainly due to the knowledge that I would a. exit local theatre into TOTAL DARKNESS, b. drive into more WOODED DARKNESS, c. followed by a hasty exit down a long secluded driveway into BLACKEST BLACK DARKNESS. Despite the 757's tendencies towards muggings and inner city crime, it's still somehow less scary than the demonic clown that waits for me in my driveway in Covington, or the ghost that sleeps upstairs in my room when I go home.

So during my next trip in, I'm down for some comedies. No scary movies please.

October 5, 2009

He's back.....in Iraq...

So Larry (my brother), is back in Iraq for his 2nd tour until May. Keep him in your thoughts & prayers.

Also send him mental messages to call his mom and sister. Since he doesn't read my blog..hardly ever. lol

October 3, 2009

Two sides to every story?

I tend to see things in black and white, to come down on one side or the other of an issue, problem, argument, etc., rather quickly. And then I'll read something or somebody will say something that shows me a different side of things.

I made up my mind pretty quickly about Roman Polanski, especially after reading excerpts from the questioning of the child/teenager. And I have yet to find the other side.

I've been hearing that lots of people, many of them in the movie industry, are defending Polanski. I guess the crux of their argument is not so much that what happened was ok, but that it happened a long time ago, and that he is a genius director, etc. I did enjoy The Pianist. But that doesn't help me to see the other side of this issue. And it's not because I hated Rosemary's Baby.

Thirteen. Several types of unwanted intercourse. Quaalude. Champagne.

To me these things just outweigh any defense Polanski, or Whoopi, or Half Pint, or Debra Winger (seriously?) can muster up.

Including genius. Scapegoat. Victim. It wasn't "rape-rape." Statutory (this was not an 18 year-old having sex with his 16 year-old girlfriend, which is what I think about when I hear "statutory).

Can anybody help me see Polanski's side? I know it can't be black and white, but I'm really having a hard time with it.....