Thursday, March 21, 2013

5 Things Tag

Being enormously flattered to have been “tagged” by Sarah over at Two O’s Plus More--where she blogs tons of creative ideas about teaching and feeding her two (super-cute) boyos and bringing the faith into their lives--here I am with my...
“5 Things”

  1. I am an extraordinarily private person. I am very friendly and enjoy sharing things with folks, just not all folks, and definitely not everything! Well...except for cute pictures of my boyos. Like this one: 
    :0) *that face*
    This doesn’t usually present a problem for me, but does make me surprised by how very much people will share with the world!
  2.  I struggle with keeping a “nurse” mentality about life. It is stressful to be a nurse. Attention to detail takes on a whole new meaning when someone’s life is at risk. The struggle is then that ordinary life can start feeling as though it has the same pressure...not a good idea!  Lately, I’ve been taking the advice of my always older, sometimes wiser, very pretty sister, who tells me to give myself a break. To me, this means more chocolate. Win-win for everyone, IMO.
  3.  When I read home/garden magazines, I’m most often left with the thought, “people actually live in houses like that?”, and also, “where is their stuff?!”.  
  4. Do they read those books?
    Do they sit in those chairs?
    Where are the stacks of bills and *important* papers?

  5. I love memes. I had to give up for pretty much ever. Not for Lent, for all time. (Well, mostly...I have looked at it once in a while...see #2). The name of the site says it all...>>click at your own risk!
    I do have Catholic Memes and Maine Memes on my Facebook feed, though. Gotta love laughs like them memes :0)
  6. My best advice for moms/parents is: Do what works. (Of course, everything that I do works, so you should consult me...!) Seriously though, life is too short to try to meet everyone else’s standards for your own family.

Thanks to Sarah for tagging me! I don’t know who to tag now!  I would tag Laura Rydberg...and if you’re reading this, Laura, I don’t have your email, but would love to get in touch with you! (mine is katherine.s.friedman@g(oogl -e)mail-dot-com >>encrypted for safety ;)) 

 ...and then I would tag Simcha Fisher, because she is awesome, but...I don't think she knows I exist! Dilemmas, dilemmas... :0)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wit for Your Wednesday (vol. 4): Fancy Guest Post Edition

*Wit for Your Wednesday*
Brought to you by the color mauve and the letter O.

Once again entertaining you with a guest post from my sister, the beautiful Margaret: 
Mags with J at Portland Head Light.
That is, the light at Portland Head.
One of the top ten most photographed lighthouses in the country.
Right near where I grew up.
Yup, we're basically famous.

She wrote about The Bachelor again.
Draw what metaphysical or existential conclusions you will. 

Tales of a Lazy Gourmet/Impatient Food Lover:
This Girl is on Fire
by Margaret

Almost all my household chores would be or already are better with television.  

Last night I wanted to continue my marathon of Fox's New Girl but there was dinner to be made.  J was at the store shopping cause lets face it I am basically lazy.  So I needed to justify myself a little and actually start dinner.  

I brought my onions and garlic into the living room on a cutting board and continued to watch TV while I sliced.

Problem solved.  

Speaking of first world problems, our favorite show Castle was supplanted by what must have been the third hour of the Bachelor season finale.  Having watched a total of 4 and 1/2 minutes of this reality show I feel more than qualified to give commentary.  

He kissed a lot of women and still we (excluding me of course) are sent into some sort of romantic feel-good state when he proposes to the wide-eyed brunette and they ride off on an elephant.  I have concerns about the elephant.  They were on some sort of seat that seemed to be attached to the elephants hind quarters.  Like stapled on.  I was very distracted.  This is when I thought that maybe Castle was going to be late, but then the "After the Rose Ceremony - Live" came on and dashed my hopes.  

It disturbs me more to think that we actually care about this manufactured, fake, and gag-inducing tripe.  We are tricked into thinking that we care for these people.  This show represents much of what is wrong with our view on gender roles.  Women are literally falling over themselves to trick some fame-hungry man into sleeping with them the most.  Hurrah for feminism.  Hurrah for getting the vote.  Better get back in the darn kitchen and not forget to put on our fake eyelashes.  

Blah.  It trivializes relationships.  It makes women look stupid and men look one-dimensional.  Also, we should demand more from our television.  These reality shows are like the cheap toys in a Happy Meal.  They initially excite, but then we realize that they only have one moving part.  I demand wit, excitement, and a larger production budget.  Those are the shows that will get me to cut my produce in the living room.  

I need a TV in the kitchen.