Thursday, September 28, 2006
Yes, it's not even October yet - but it's time to start thinking about getting ready for Christmas. We all know that if we prepare early, we spend less money and have more time to do those homey things that make Christmas special. Christmas tends to get very expensive and hectic - so hopefully we can find some ways to avoid that.
Alternatives for Simple Living was begun in the early 1970s as a way to help people get back to the real meaning of Christmas and get away from the mass commercialization of the holiday. We all know how much worse things have gotten in the last 30 years. Check out Alternative's website - it has lots of great ideas and resources of how to prepare our lives so that we can truly enjoy the time we have together in December.
Monday, September 25, 2006
*students talking about "Oldies Music" aka '80s music; they were impressed with how I knew all the words
*slipping away to Provision's in Southport for their world-famous Crabcake Sandwich (an absolute must)
*people always thinking I'm a local in Southport and on Oak Island
*being woken up several times during the night by people laughing and having fun (in spite of Ambien)
*getting a short visit with one of my mentors who has been a minister at a church there for 15 years
*coming home and discovering that Hubby could not find the 30 minutes to do the cleaning I asked or to get the kids to finish their homework before 7pm Sunday evening (but the kids were safe and fed - gotta count for something)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Do you know that there has been very little on tv at 10pm Monday nights that is worth watching? For a few weeks, BBC America had Life on Mars - a show I really enjoyed - but you know the Brit seasons are usually only 6 or 8 weeks long. Well, last night I saw that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was premiering at 10pm. It's a new Aaron Sorkin dramedy that stars Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Steven Weber, and Bradley Whitford. The setting is a behind the scenes look at a SNL type show that is being reworked after the on-air meltdown of the head of the show (Judd Hirsch - you were great in that guest role!)
There are just a couple shows I try to watch during the week - and I think I will add this show to my list. When the hour was over, I wished the premier had been 2 hours long. I already cared about the characters and the future of the show - even though just a little has been revealed about these characters. They are intriguing. Satire, humor, social and cultural commentary were all intermixed wonderfully. I especially appreciated the character (played by Sarah Paulson) who is an comedic actress on the show, and a Christian. It's so hard to find someone who calls themself a Christian on a tv show, but is not a harsh, right wing fanatic. The majority of Christians are mainstream (and unfortunately, too silent in our society) and it's great to see a fair representation of someone struggling to be authentic. I look forward to seeing more of her. But she is just one character in an ensemble - there are so many characters and so many possibilities - it should be interesting.
I sure hope this show lives up to its first episode. If it does, it will be a true joy to watch when I'm beat on Monday nights.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Most people know by now that models are far more thin than they were just 10 or 20 years ago. Hollywood stars even (who are not runway models) are on average a size 0 or 2. I remember when Jane Kracowski (of Ally McBeal fame) was called a "big girl" because she wore a size 6. Andie McDowell (who I have seen in person and is truly tall, thin and beautiful) has stated a number of times that she could never be a model these days (and she started off in modeling) because she would be too big.
People in the fashion industry believe they are not to blame for the rapid increase in eating disorders. They say it's because of the moms at home who are always dieting. But why are these moms always dieting?
When Restless Mama and I were on our way to NY for the USOpen, I picked up a More magazine. The trip was in celebration of our 40th birthdays, and More is targeted at women over 40. (seemed appropriate) Throughout the magazine were pictures of impossibly gorgeous women of various ages over 40. I realized it was only making me feel bad about not being as gorgeous or thin as someone 20 years older than I (even though they may have personal chefs, much more disposable income, personal trainers, etc.). So - I put down the magazine. If I need to compare myself - much better to do it with the tired, overworked, and financially strapped moms I see at my job or at my kids' school!
We can't blame just one area for the pervasive and growing issue of eating disorders. Our society as a whole has created this environment where women are starving themselves and thus killing themselves. It's created a world where women can barely put food in their mouth without some sort of guilt. It's created a world where much of my job with college students is referring young women to counseling for eating disorders, and trying intentionally to model healthy diet and lifestyle. It's created a world where my 5th grade son talked about a girl in his class who would sit at lunch eat day, say she was fat (when she was not),cry and say, "I just can't eat!"
I don't put all the blame on the fashion industry - but it is part of the entirety of the problem. Bravo, Madrid.
Monday, September 11, 2006
|You Are a Glam Rocker!|
You put the "show" in rock show with your larger than life self.
No doubt, you are all about making good music...
But what really gets you going is having an over the top show.
Glitter, costumes, and wild hair are your thing - with some rock thrown in!
--Aztec Indian Prayer
Friday, September 08, 2006
Quite recently, I was asked by a certain 12 year old boy when I went on my first date. "Depends what you mean. Do you mean like a date in a car with a guy or do you mean going with somebody, having a boyfriend?" "Well, either." So I provided information as best I could remember. I also said that being able to drive a car was a good indication of when someone could go on an actual date.
Said young boy grinned and spoke up, "I asked someone out last week."
"You did what? How did this happen?"
"Mindy (name changed to protect the innocent) and I were at lunch and just talking. And then I said, you wanna go out with me sometime? She said - ooohhh, FRIENDS!" He kept grinning and thankfully didn't seem crushed by the rejection.
"So what did you think about that?"
"I think she likes me. She kept flirting with me at the retreat." I then went on to ask how two 12 year olds would go on a date (if they went), how they would get there, where they would go, and who would pay. Those apparently were inconsequential details. I then asked what his best friend said when he told him about the rejection. He grinned and responded, "He said that must suck for you."
I think this is the most entertainment certain young man has provided since he was in kindergarten.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
This past weekend I was able to fulfill a dream I have had for many years - I was able to attend the US Open. Restless Mama and I have been planning this for a while. I have never been to a professional tennis tournament. Restless and I were able to see the day session on Friday (then got rained out Fri night and all day Saturday), and then the day session on Sunday. So - here are some things I learned during my weekend.
1. First impressions can be changed - Andre Agassi and all his image stuff really got on my nerves in the 80s; but for some time I have really admired him, his work ethic, his philanthropy, his love for his family and friends, his wisdom, and his graciousness. Just being on the grounds during his last match was an honor.
2. There are some great older women out there - Restless and I really enjoyed the Carlos Moya match (and not just for his great forehand). A woman beside me (probably in her 50s) spoke of how hot he was during a changeover - I of course agreed - and then she commented on some other similarly blessed men on the tour. Not much later, I heard a woman in her 70s make similar remarks.
3. A mother can never impress her 12 year old son - "Did you see Agassi?" "Well, no I didn't have tickets for the big stadium that day." "What about Federer or Roddick?" "Well, no - but I did see Nadal." "Huh" - as he dismissed me.
4. There are lots of friendly people in NY - I felt like I was part of one big family at the Open - everyone was talking to strangers, sharing lots of info, being kind and patient (even on a record setting attendance day). The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was a really nice, friendly place to be.
5. Doing one's homework pays off - I have obsessively watched tennis on tv for years. I always read my Tennis magazine, and I scour the web for tennis news. My first day ever on the grounds was Friday - and I found myself giving directions to various people (I had the grounds map memorized), finding toilet paper in the bathroom for people in empty stalls, and explaining some of the various seating arrangements. I felt like Rory Gilmore the day she first visited Yale.
Pictures will be forthcoming!