I'm not talking about easy things, I'm talking about the actual phrase "easy peasy." It grinds my chaw everytime I see those words written and I have no explanation why. Overused on craft blogs, perhaps?
At left is our neighbor squirrel, Acorn, doing something that is not easy peasy. She is munching on our spent sunflowers (picture taken on a warmer, less dismal day).
What phrases annoy you and why?
And no, it isn't because of the obscene amount of posts of late about Daniel Craig. It is because I haven't done a lot of things on this list (what I have done is in bold):
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
Here are a couple pictures of areas in my car that I want to improve. I know I could do a quick fix if I could bring these pieces inside near my ironing board and sewing machine. But I feel stuck seeing as they are affixed.
The first area is the cover for my sun roof. It appears that it was left open by the previous owner and a light in the car was left on and burned a spot in the fabric. Suggestions on how to cover?
The second area is the visor on the driver's side. Looks like the former owner stored their briefcase or suitcase in that area so the elastic is not taut. Suggestions on how to make it tighter?
I'm sure I look a little silly here but I really don't have any ideas.
I've always been a Cary Grant fan but this past week I made a decision that he was absolutely perfect looking in his prime (see dreamy photo at left) and pretty darn hot in middle (see North by Northwest) and old age, too.
Part of his appeal is his humor, which seems to show up in many roles he was in. I want to believe he was playing himself. Have you ever seen Suspicion? Jeff and I were cracking up at him constantly though the Hitchcock movie was supposed to be suspenseful (and was, too).
Anyway, given my feelings toward Daniel Craig, it came as a surprise to me that I would take Cary Grant any day over him. Now if only Cary Grant would have worn a swimsuit Daniel Craig Casino Royale style...
IMPORTANT UPDATE: According to IMDB, Ian Fleming was supposed to have modeled James Bond with Cary Grant in mind. It is all making sense to me.
I started reading Perez Hilton's gossip blog a few years ago when Aidan was a baby. Back then, it was something like pagesixsixsix.com but he was ordered to change it.
I was a stay-at-home mom and dare I say, bored a little bit. I don't think I'll ever be like the perfect stay-at-home moms and craftsters whose blogs I read on a daily basis. Yes, I exclusively breast pumped and fed Aidan for over 15 months. I did make his baby food from scratch. I did start my own business out of the home. However, I don't live up to some of the other moms out there as Aidan does watch TV, he does have plastic toys and, I must sheepishly admit, I read gossip blogs.
A few years ago, before Perez became as big as the celebrities he gossiped about, I would drop him an e-mail every now and then and he would always respond. I liked that he wasn't afraid to tackle any subject (except maybe that blond heiress that he fakes being a cousin to) or any person. I may not agree with all the things he does--for example, outing homosexuals not ready to be outed. I think that like the little tramps who don't like to be photographed in underwear that are oblivious to the women's movement that worked to allow them to be able to do this, Perez is too young to realize how fresh the wounds are in a nation that is too slowly embracing all people. It wasn't too long ago that Matthew Shepard was savagely beaten to death. However, the idea behind what he is trying to do is something I understand.
When Aidan was having his surgeries and I was scared, I heard from too few friends. I think that is the downfall of being a stay-at-home mom in a time where most households are two-income ones. It is difficult to find good friends. The Internet is the only thing that kept me connected to the people I did know and to new friends made through my eBay store. I also was able to escape my many worries by reading the gossip blogs.
I wrote Perez during this time and he did something super nice for me. I'd rather not go into detail about it but it was extremely thoughtful and I was very touched. I still am and will always be grateful to him, other strangers that were kind to our family, and of course our loved ones who helped during a scary time.
I guess I have outed myself as being a closeted gossip reader. Whether or not gossip is good or bad is for another post. But I want to say a proper thank you to Perez (Mario), who I think has a very kind heart.
You know how annoying it is when you are at the store or at work and someone is clearly ill and should stay home? That person feels some sort of obligation to be out and is clearly only thinking of their needs and not that they could be infecting many others. Andrew Speaker, the TB patient in the news recently for traveling the world with a rare, drug-resistant form of TB, is that annoying person X 1000.
I cannot fathom how this guy, who was told by several health officials not to travel, saw fit to traverse across Europe on his wedding and honeymoon and then find a way to SNEAK back into the US after being busted in Europe. Isolation is not enough to punish this guy. Hopefully, when his health returns, he will face some serious charges for his willful neglect of other human life. Even more hopeful is that he didn't infect anyone during his travels or his flights.
So there is a bit of a controversy in the blogosphere about Maggie Gyllenhaal breastfeeding her young daughter in public and being photographed doing so. I think it is very weird that someone took a picture of it but that is another story.
I think breastfeeding is an awesome, natural, wonderful thing. I don't care if women breastfeed in public and probably wouldn't care too much if they didn't cover up though they shouldn't be surprised if someone looks or if someone takes their picture if they are a famous actress.
I don't know what Maggie's intention of doing so publicly was (other than feeding her daughter). She seems like a "jump on my bandwagon" type of gal so I'm guessing she knew she would be photographed and didn't care. She might be trying to send a message and I think it is a great that someone who has some type of celebrity is actually sending one that might open the eyes of some people.
I never had the opportunity to breastfeed in public. However, I did have the janitor cleaning the hallway leer through the doorway while the lactation consultation was trying to help me feed Aidan. Nice. I was uncomfortable. I also pumped milk in the car once. I was uncomfortable.
Aidan's heart problem made it difficult for him to breastfeed so I pumped and fed him exclusively for 15 months. You could say that I had a real commitment to breastfeeding because pumping and feeding is a real way of life and isn't always easy. Aidan was super healthy despite his heart problem and has a great palate for all types of foods. We may never know all the benefits he will have in life by having breastmilk during those vital months.
All that being said, if I have another child and an opportunity to feed in public, I don't know what I'll do. I like to think I have a bit of modesty left even though you lose a lot when you give birth. I don't think it is wrong yet I don't know what is right for me. I support women who feed their children in public. I think discretion might help the cause but I am not sure if I think it is wrong to not be discreet.
I am hoping that Maggie will help some people learn about the benefits of breastfeeding and the use of breasts as something besides a sex object. Maggie probably is in wonderment of what her body can do right now. However,my guess is that the pro-breastfeeding in public people will cheer and the anti-breastfeeding in public people will jeer and all will be the same. But you never know... maybe just a few people will think about the issue deeper than what it appears to be on the surface.
My gut feeling on the whole matter (and I have seen the picture) is lucky baby.