Archive for November, 2012

Are you making dirty videos on your phone for hubby?

What’s up with the Samsung Galaxy S III commercial where the husband is leaving for a business trip and his wife touches her phone to his phone and gives him a dirty video to watch?

Are you guys making dirty videos for hubby? Are you shooting them with your phone? Are you sharing them on mobile? (Just seems to have bad idea written all over it?)

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Do you spray for bugs INSIDE the house?

It has FINALLY turned a little bit cold here and the scorpions have all decided it’s time to take refuge in my house for the “winter.”

I haven’t had any type of pest control service since we moved here because we really have very few bugs. There are no fleas!! (My dog loves it.) And no mosquitoes. (So dry and so hot.) But we do have scorpions and they are scary.

After the recent cold front, Michael was stung by a scorpion on his foot as he bathed Lilina. And then while recovering on the couch, he killed another one that had snuck in.

(I know you’re wondering: It hurt him like CRAZY. He said it felt like someone was hitting his foot with a hammer over and over again. He was up all night in pain.)

So I called my neighbor-recommended pest control man. He came the next day and felt like we needed to spray some inside as well as outside. I was not happy about this. (But I don’t want scorpions!) I refused to let him spray upstairs at all. I don’t want them sleeping in chemicals and …

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Woman accused of running over husband for not voting in election

A woman in Arizona who was upset about President Barack Obama’s re-election allegedly ran over her husband with a car after she found out he didn’t vote. She has been charged with aggravated assault.

Here’s the full story from The Associated Press:

“GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — A Mesa woman critically injured her husband by running over him with an SUV during an argument about the presidential election, police said.

Holly Solomon, 28, was upset about President Barack Obama’s re-election and began arguing with her husband when she found out that he didn’t vote, authorities said.

Daniel Solomon, 36, told investigators that his wife believed her family was going to face hardship as a result of Obama’s election to a second term.

During the argument, Daniel Solomon got out of the SUV and gave his wife a dirty look, according to a police report obtained by Phoenix television station KPHO. That’s when she started chasing him through a Gilbert parking lot.

Police said he took …

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Accuser recants allegations against Elmo puppeteer

UPDATE on the story from The Associated Press:

“The man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teen now says it isn’t so.

The man is now saying his sexual relationship with Clash was adult and consensual.

In response to the statement Tuesday afternoon, Clash issued a statement of his own, saying he is “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest.”

The man, who has not identified himself, released his statement through the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm of Andreozzi & Associates.”

Below is the original blog and story from The Associated Press:

Kevin Clash, the longtime puppeteer of Elmo on Sesame Street, has been accused of having a relationship with an underage boy. Clash denies it. Sesame Workshop investigated and said while he exercised some bad judgment, the company couldn’t substantiate the underage aspect. But now the puppeteer is on leave to defend himself.

Sesame Street is in production and a source close to …

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Dad: Your mom says you have to do this!

I was heading out to buy groceries and run errands for the family this weekend, and I told Michael the kids needed to pick up their rooms before I got back.

To which he then yelled to the children, “Your mom says you have to clean up before she gets back.” When they protested, he continues to say “Your mom says it needs to be done.”

So I started wondering why he phrased it that way. Is it just easier to blame it on the other parent to get things done? Does it mean you don’t agree with what they asking?

I definitely say Daddy says to do X,Y or Z because I think they are more scared of him.

I asked Michael later why he said it that way and he said he there was no reason. He didn’t think about it all. It just came out.

Does your spouse ever say: Do XYZ because your Mom/Dad says so?

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Should cursive still be taught/required at school?

Last night, “The Simpsons” mocked cursive not being taught at schools anymore. Lisa snuck off and Bart wanted to know why.  Principal Skinner, Bart, Bus driver Otto and a group of other students followed her to discover her secret. It turns out a former principal was teaching her cursive.

Otto asked don’t they teach that at school?  To which Principal Skinner explained that cursive was “outmoded, no room in the budget and all the teachers forgot how to make a Capital Q.”

When I grew up in Gwinnett, I can remember learning cursive from Mrs. Reddick, my third-grade teacher. I loved all the flowing, fancy letters. It made me feel like a grown up and much like Ramona Quimby of the Beverly Cleary books I liked to write my name on every scrap of paper I could find.

Rose was taught cursive it in second grade and then they used some in third grade. When we were still in Georgia, there was a test in fifth grade I believe you had to write in cursive. But I think maybe that stopped being …

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Breastfeeding doll: Creepy or totally natural?

Breastfeeding baby doll: creepy or groundbreaking?

This new breastfeeding doll is causing a stir. There are sensors in the little halter top that make the baby suckle. (AP Photo)

Talk show hosts, toy reviewers and parents are debating the merits of a new doll that simulates breastfeeding.  Here’s the background from AP, but of course I offer my opinion too.

From The Associated Press:

“We’ve got dolls that wet, crawl and talk. We’ve got dolls with perfect hourglass figures. We’ve got dolls with swagger. And we’ve got plenty that come with itty bitty baby bottles.

But it’s a breastfeeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top at the nipples of little girls that caught some flak after hitting the U.S. market.

“I just want the kids to be kids,” Bill O’Reilly said on his Fox News show when he learned of the Breast Milk Baby. “And this kind of stuff. We don’t need this.”

What, exactly, people don’t need is unclear to Dennis Lewis, the U.S. representative for Berjuan Toys, a family-owned, …

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Who is your straight shooter in the dressing room?

This is Lynn Peck. She's my straight-shooter in the dressing room at my local Ann Taylor Loft. She'll tell you if it looks bad and helps you figure out what works and why.

This is Lynn Peck. She's my straight-shooter in the dressing room at my local Ann Taylor Loft. She'll tell you if it looks bad and helps you figure out what works and why. She cannot be held responsible for my outfit in the photo. I just threw something on to run jean shopping.

After 40 years of life I recently learned that I am “short-waisted.” I had no idea. I also learned that I need the straight fit not the curvy fit – despite being curvy – in my jeans.

I learned all this from the straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it is Lynn Peck, who works at my local Ann Taylor Loft and is a freelance style consultant.

Women may go in thinking Lynn is just there to get them a different size if they need it, but she is really there to tell you with complete honesty what works on your body and what doesn’t.

I hadn’t bought jeans in five years – since after the birth of my last child. I needed some new jeans, and I had a 50 percent off email to the Loft. So I headed on in.  I saw Lynn in the …

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Do your kids turn to technology for class projects?

About a week ago my 11-year-old had to finish up a science experiment at home. She said she had data she needed to work analyze. She jumped on the computer put in her data from heart rate experiments into an Excel file and within minutes had a full-color bar graph.

She printed it out in color and moved on with her day. I’m not sure where she learned that Excel and Google Docs would let her instantly make data charts, tables, graphs and flow charts, but I sure am amazed she knows.

Last year Walsh’s class participated in a school-wide special project. The kids were supposed to create some type of project but it could be in any field. Walsh chose to combine science and computer technology. So while other kids brought in dioramas and poster boards, Walsh used GoAnimate.com to animate a cartoon about the environment. I don’t know how he learned that either.

Walsh has a current assignment to compare character traits from two characters in a Newberry Award-winning book. The …

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Instagram leads to retro/vintage Christmas card trend

These two cards are being offered by Shutterfly. I'm not crazy. That first one looks totally like Instagram an the second looks very retro. Click the link to see more.

This is a screen shot of two cards being offered by Shutterfly. I'm not crazy. That first one looks totally like Instagram and the second looks very retro. Click the photo to see more.

I think the bottom one looks like Instagram too. These are from Tinyprints. Hit the photo to link to more.

I think the bottom one looks like Instagram too. These are from Tinyprints. Hit the photo to link to more.

I was trying to be the early bird and get ahead on making my Christmas card this year. We usually use Shutterfly for our card but I decided to check prices on multiple sites. And what I immediately noticed was a bunch of cards that looked like Instagram photos and had vintage fonts and colors. Some of the cards look like they’re from the turn of the century but the ones that surprised me look more like from the 1970s – like when I was a kid.

Minted.com called them “Vintage” cards. Shutterfly didn’t seem to classify them but had them at the top of their most popular category.  I think the Shutterfly looked the most like Instagram. I am wondering I you are supposed to put your Instagram …

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