• TV,  Vent

    Jon & Kate Plus 8 – Where Have all the Interesting Episodes Gone?

    I am not going to badmouth Jon & Kate. I think there are a number of issues there, just like there are in most families, but they’re going to need to work those out for themselves. So, Dear Jon & Kate Plus 8’s PR rep and TLC, I have been a fan of the show for quite some time. I enjoyed it because, as I raise my own little kids, it’s interesting to see how other families handle tantrums, meals, and just the day-to-day work of raising kids. While I knew it wasn’t a full snapshot of their lives, I appreciated the realism that was there. As the show gained…

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    Fraud Sucks

    Had to cancel my credit card due to fraudulent charges. Don’t like scammers, spammers, and people who can’t make a living contributing something positive to society.

  • Blogging,  Business Stuff,  Vent

    Social Media and Monetization

    There has been some talk recently about the monetization of Twitter streams. Some of the Twitter divas would like to capitalize on their large pool of followers by selling ads on their Twitter streams. I’m disappointed. Why does everything have to monetized? We spend time with our kids without billing someone. We read books or watch TV or walk through the woods without getting paid. And, hey, we have lunch with our friends without trying to sell them things (at least most of us do). Why is it ok to force ads on people who have chosen to connect with you in an online space? Ads on blogs are one…

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    Hurray for the End of the Campaign!

    I loathe politics and I loathe politicians. The presidential race is tedious and depressing. I strongly believe that I can’t trust anyone who is able to obtain a presidential nomination. There is no way to stick to your convictions and stay out of “debt” to others and rise to that level of political power. Add to that shady politics and mudslinging and I just want to curl up in a hole until the whole thing is over. That’s not an option, so I’m forced to listen to idiotic people shout from the rooftops why their candidate is better in terms of extreme behaviors. So and so will run our country…

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    Quiet, Rainy Weekends

    LadyBug spent half the afternoon in time out in her high chair for standing on a chair. I just kept telling her to sit on the chair and she’d stand right back up again. I removed her from the chair entirely and she went right back. I tried to distract her, block the chair, basically anything I could think of. She just got right back up there and grinned at me. I wouldn’t normally use time out for such a young child, but I simply can’t get her to understand that no means no. It took maybe 8-10 rounds of removing her from the chair and placing her in time…

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    Bad Parenting Awards

    Parenting is hard. They tell you that before you have kids, but you don’t really understand what it means until you have a toddler shrieking and throwing blocks at you while your newborn screams bloody murder and you haven’t eaten a proper meal or slept more than a couple of hours at a time in the past 48 hours. Whew. Because I know how hard it is, and because I have found myself screaming things at my kids I swore I’d never say, I don’t like to throw stones. My house, after all, is made from incredibly brittle glass. With that caveat, I’m throwing a stone. A really big stone,…

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  • Me,  Vent

    Sigh, Part II

    Would you believe I did it again?! My domain expired again last weekend and I found out because my email stopped working.  Now, I’ve been trying to move the registration to my current webhost and having no success. You would think, though, that the old host might let me know that the domain is about to expire! Luckily, their support is much better this year and I was able to speak to a customer service rep and work everything out. I’ve registered for two years this time and I’m hoping that someone bothers to REMIND ME to renew…

  • TV,  Vent

    Women are like puppies…

    If you watch Trading Spouses, you may have experienced a whole new level of male chauvenist piggy-ness. One of the husbands actually said, “A woman is just like a puppy dog. If they do something right, you give them a treat – flip ’em a dollar bill or something – and they’ll be all right.” Now, I suppose he could have been kidding, but what kind of idiot says things like that out loud?

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