Friday, March 24, 2006

Tasty Morsels: The Friday Wrap Up

The Morsels:

1) Have you heard? Mustaches are back. There was a whole segment about it on the Today Show this morning. I have two things to say about that. First of all, the Today Show needs better producers and second, I don't like a mustache unless there's a goatee underneath it. Yes, I know I have one but that's irrelevant. I'm a child of the 70's and I grew up in the era of the 'stache and I don't want them to come back. Ever. We won't even discuss sideburns (sooo unflattering) or the nastiest facial hair ever invented —soul patches. Nope. Not discussing. Yuck.

3) The one thing the Today Show producers are doing right is bringing my bud Stefanie of Baby on Bored on the show to pimp her new book "Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay!" She'll be on the Today Show on March 30th and on Fox & Friends the morning of March 31st. Set the TIVO and support a fellow blogger by picking up her book. Break a leg, Stef!

3) This week Stacy (J's Mommy) wrote a post that keeps bouncing around in my thoughts. It reminded me of how much I miss my girlfriends. Most of the really good ones don't live here anymore and the ones that do are so busy with their kids/family, there's no time for hanging out anymore. And if I wanted to make a new girlfriend, there's just no time to cultivate friendships that don't involve children in some way anyway. I have a bunch of those already and while it's not at all bad to have friends with kids, it's a double-edged sword when the mutual friendship of your children is the guiding force of your friendship. If you don't know this yet, you will.

I really miss the days when you would drag a friend with you everywhere. I remember getting on the phone and saying things like "Come with me to the DMV" or "Wanna hang out while while I do laundry?" My friends were the bomb. We did everything together. Now I do all that mundane stuff with kids or alone and it's such a drag. I can still call my friends to bitch or vent if I need to but it's not the same.

4) I've been pondering going to BlogHer and I'm THIS close to deciding "yes." As most of you know, I wrote a long post about some of my issues with going to a place where I know nobody and have to negotiate being comfortable in a large crowd. While I still have those issues, I have to say that knowing I'm not alone helps immeasurably.

Your comments made me feel much better in numerous ways. I have great readers/friends. Just about all of you that commented are on my Blogroll or in my Bloglines (one of these days I will synchronize them and have the same blogs on both) but there is one person in particular that I don't believe I've ever encountered who left the very first comment, in the middle of the night no less. It was so unbelievably sweet and generous of her to reach out to a stranger and I would be remiss not to give her a shout out --> Thank you, Lena! And to all of you who insist you are not cool enough to go to BlogHer, I just have to say Puh! 'cause I disagree totally.

5) I bought Hubz this shirt from my charity T-shirt line and he looks pretty dang hot in it! If anyone was thinking of ordering something, let me know and I'll give you a promo code for $5 off.

6) My inner Beavis & Butthead thinks this Google ad from is really funny:

Fishy Vaginal Odor?
"How To Smell Fresh At All Times" 68,000 Women Already Know

The Wrap Up:
It's been spring break all week (remember when it was called Easter vacation?) and while I love spending time with my kids (No, I really do...we have a lot of fun) entire days with two of them is exhausting. All week I've been Julie the Friggin' Cruise Director which means I get to find things for my older child, TQ, to do all day long. This includes babysitting for a working friend one afternoon.

I don't mind doing this because then TQ has a playmate and I don't have to hear about how bored she is (yes, five year olds complaining of boredom. I know. It's both unbelievable AND irritating) but since I also have a baby, I never get to cash in all the babysitting credits I've racked up. People always want to watch your kid at their house and now that my 9 month old son is mobile, other people's houses have become "places in which he will surely die" simply because he's into every freaking thing and will put anything he finds right into his mouth. Knowing this will make it a bit difficult to enjoy all those margaritas I planned on imbibing when I finally made my escape....

Unfortunately, I have to resort to such things as free babysitting because we don't live in a neighborhood teeming with children. No...we live in a neighborhood teeming with dog lovers. I mean I like dogs, too, but a dog won't play Barbies or endless games of Candyland with your kid. So would not be an understatement to say it's maximum suckage living here.

PS: Please visit Fidget, my renter this week. She has a great blog full of many things funny, dramatic, bittersweet and of course, mom-ish. Go say hi!


  • I totally hear you about the spring break gig. I love my kids too- but man- spring break is trying.

    (Our kids are the same ages, I have a baby 8 months and a 5 year old)

    Sounds like you are getting through it alive enough though.. haha.

    By Anonymous krista, at 3/25/2006 02:36:00 AM  

  • I feel the same way about the friends thing. I don't seem to get out much, and really do miss the times when I did. I guess the blogosphere kinda helps on that situation (a little).

    By Anonymous rhonda, at 3/25/2006 08:41:00 AM  

  • Those are very tasty morsels indeed. I'm very excited for Stef and I will turn OFF Jojo to watch her :)

    And - if all else fails, Finslippy (Alice) told me that she is going to pee her pants and she expects everyone to point and laugh - so to loosen things up a bit.

    That should work pretty well I think.

    By Anonymous Kristen, at 3/25/2006 09:04:00 AM  

  • I miss my friends too! However it is all my fault for up and moving to another country!!

    By Anonymous chelle, at 3/25/2006 10:08:00 AM  

  • *SO* not into the stache. Fortunately my husband isn't either! ;-)

    I've actually cultivated a real-life friendship since I started the blog -- the mother of one of Mimi's friends. So I am happy and lucky to have that. But I do treasure my blog friends as well.

    GO TO BLOGHER!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Nancy, at 3/25/2006 11:26:00 AM  

  • I guess EASTER is the NEW BAD WORD!

    By Blogger starbender, at 3/25/2006 11:36:00 AM  

  • Hi, sorry I have been missing, thanks for waking me up!

    I think BlogHer sounds fun, but San Diego is so totally on the other side of the country and a really long plane ride away. I am not so good with the planes.

    Spring break is looming for me, but we are going to Florida to see my parents so it should be fun.

    It seems like all the friends I have these days have kids. It is different, but not in a bad way.

    By Anonymous Nixie Knox, at 3/25/2006 12:25:00 PM  

  • I miss girlfriends too. I remember when everything revolved around them. "Chicks before Dicks" and all that. I can't believe I used to talk like that during female bonding rituals sealed with jello shots (keep in mind this was many years ago). I hope that some of the new mamas I have met since the big cross-country-move turn into great girlfriends with or without the teeny people in tow.

    By Blogger Bridgermama, at 3/25/2006 02:00:00 PM  

  • Thanks for plugging my book and appearance. I'm starting to get NERVOUS.

    By Blogger Stefanie, at 3/25/2006 03:21:00 PM  

  • Another Spring break over. Phew.

    And I laughed out loud at the Fishy odor. I have a very juvenile sense of humor!

    By Blogger Dawn, at 3/25/2006 03:46:00 PM  

  • "The Today Show needs better producers"- uh, yeah. It will always be Burt Reynolds to me.

    Fox and friends is the nyc morning show (i think) on fox5, not to be confused with faux news which is the mouthpiece of the whitehouse.

    Blog Her - YEAH!

    By Blogger Mom101, at 3/25/2006 04:55:00 PM  

  • Ooooh, your #3 got me. I called a couple of long lost friends last week, and we blabbed about how we've changed. One of my best buddies said, "Boring people do boring things, but I'M NOT BORING!" She and I have vowed to get together more, even if it means dragging our families with us.

    By Blogger Chaotic Mom, at 3/26/2006 03:44:00 PM  

  • My best friends live in different states. I'm just glad that I have e-mail. Cause I miss girl time alot.

    By Blogger Katkat, at 3/26/2006 08:34:00 PM  

  • So what are you waiting for to make the decision to go to blogher??? Go. :-) Have fun for me, cuz I can't.

    By Blogger MrsFortune, at 3/27/2006 12:42:00 AM  

  • Uh oh...don't get rid of the baby stuff. My mom says it puts you on a sure path to a surprise pregnancy. But that's the kind of thing my mom says.

    By Blogger SUEB0B, at 3/28/2006 10:34:00 PM  

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