Archive for May, 2008

Stuck in the Middle

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Our new neighborhood has impressive lawns. Most are landscaped to the nines. Our neighbors on either side of us both rely on a lawn service for weekly cuttings. They use the same company, actually. Every Tuesday their lawns are freshly trimmed with a machine that leaves their grass looking like it belongs on the fairway of an exclusive golf resort. This happens whether or not the grass really needs to be cut. As a result, our lawn ends up looking like the fairway rough. It is noticeably longer and lacks the fresh mowing lines that create the amazing linear patterns our neighbors have. We cut our own lawn with a push mower as needed. If the grass hasn’t grown much, it seems like a waste of time and energy (literally) to mow. We’d be doing it for the sake of having pretty lines on our lawn. So, it is fair to say we will likely be known as “that house with the meadow for a front yard” to our neighbors. Never mind our grass isn’t long enough to feed even one cow. Ooh, maybe we should really let it grow and invest in a little milker of our very own.

It’s Not What You Say…

Friday, May 30th, 2008

“It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” We’ve all heard that before. So true when it comes to cable news channels these days. What is actually being said is lost on me because I’m so distracted by the ballooning lips of the female commentators and anchors. Don’t get me wrong. I have full lip envy just like many women. The Angelina Jolie’s of this world with their full-figured smackers are definitely blessed, in my opinion. There is something lacking and slightly freaky, however, when mini-mouths try to join the club. They are easy to spot. Their inexperience with large lips is highlighted by the decision to dress up those collagen pillows with heavy gloss and liner. Oh man! Coupled with the growing trend to whiten their teeth to a white Clorox can’t even achieve, the overall affect is so gripping I often rely on the commercials to break my trance.

I wonder how many women will seek out enhancement as more television personalities establish plumped pouters as the norm? I know I won’t. Or shall I say I can’t. I’m too cheap and we are doing what we can to watch our spending. There simply isn’t room in the budget to double or triple my lipstick/lip balm expenses.

4 Year Old Honesty

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

My sister’s family stayed with mine over the holiday weekend.  The weather was great so we spent a good deal of time outside playing in the yard.  During one of our play sessions, my neighbors decided to get into a verbal spat in front of their house.  It was pretty intense at times.  My 4 year old niece piped up, “what are they doing?…adults aren’t supposed to fight.”  I explained sometimes adults get mad too and don’t always handle it well.  I told her it really wasn’t any of our business and we shouldn’t watch.  She responded in a relatively loud voice, “I’m trying not to watch but I can’t seem to look away.”  It was priceless and so true.  My neighbors wrapped up their argument shortly after her comment.  I hope they heard her and had the good sense to be embarrassed.

Where could it be?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

There is a commercial on television that talks about a cat litter that is so good your cat will even have a hard time finding the litter box.  Um, I’m not sure that is really a strong selling point.  A cat not being able to find the litter box kind of makes having one pointless.  I’ll pass on that one, thanks.

I’m Back!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I know it has been a ridiculously long time since I’ve written.  I shared the birth of my son 6 months ago.  That wasn’t the only major change going on with me though.  My husband and I had been planning a move from Maryland to Michigan.  The past few months have been filled with all the details of moving a household while tending to two young kids.  As of last Thursday, we are officially Michigan residents again!  Our move is over.  We are settled.  Life is good.