Friday, April 25, 2008

Two peas in a pod

My sister and I are a lot alike in many different ways. And, we also know each other pretty well.
One example of this is that during a recent shopping excursion, I saw a dress out of the corner of my eye, but since I was looking after Nathan, I couldn't go look at it. Laura wandered off and returned shortly, dress in hand and said "I thought you might like this."
Today was another such example.
We both had been looking for very specific shades of nail polish. Between us we probably have 30 bottles, but we were sick of all the colors we already own.
After looking online, Laura found a Maybelline shade called Speedy Hot Tamale. Being a nice sister (she'd disagree!), I went to Walgreens and bought it.
We went to Walmart tonight to look at some other shades and after looking, Laura brought over a shade of Sally Hansen called Flaminglo - the very shade I'd looked at online and loved.
Perhaps we are too much alike.
I'll post pictures of the shades as soon as we get our nails painted. After I get Nathan to bed.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Sick days ain't what they used to be

I stayed home sick on Tuesday. I woke up at 6 a.m., my chest tight, hacking cough.
It's rare I stay home sick. I'm usually a "Oh, it'll pass" type of girl, but yesterday I could barely hold my head up. I showered, put on clean PJs and piled up on the couch.
Remember when you were a kid how it was fun to be home sick? You could watch cartoons, eat food you weren't normally allowed to eat (because you were sick and your parents wanted to get something in you) and play with your toys while your friends were stuck in class.
Sick days aren't as much fun anymore.
Daytime television still features cartoons, but at 31, I don't really enjoy them (unless Nathan's around to watch too.) There are talk shows and soap operas, but I'm really not interested in those either.
I wound up watching a lot of TLC's programming - which was mainly about babies and parenting. In between I slept.
Needless to say, it's nice to be back in the newsroom today.

Monday, April 07, 2008

You let your toddler do what?

Would you let him out of your sight?
Neither would I, nor do I.
My sweet Nathan will be two in May, and I think he does very well for his age at obeying the rules we've set forth for him.
I would never expect him at his age, though, to be able to take care of himself essentially for any length of time.
I encountered two different instances this weekend of parents/caregivers letting their children take care of themselves.
One child couldn't have been more than 6 to 8 years old and was playing alone at a local children's attraction. Pitifully, when my family and I were getting ready to leave, she asked not once, but twice, "But who's going to play with me?"
The other child was less than two years old, and was left alone for more than 10 minutes to entertain herself while the adults in her life shopped.
Bottom line: If you're not going to take care of them, don't have them, don't offer to be responsible for them. Enough said.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

An NKOTB reunion? But do they still have the right stuff?

So, on Friday New Kids on the Block will be on the "Today" show addressing rumors of a reunion. My guess is, since it's been 20 years since their rise in popularity, they are going to do a new album.
I have to admit, I LOVED New Kids back in the day. I actually heard "The Right Stuff" on the radio the other day and screamed just as I would have 20 years ago.
But my question is .... if they do come back, will they still be as appealing to me as they were when I was 11?
And .... are there still any other die-hard NKOTB fans in Cleveland County?
I'd love to hear from you. Send your comments to me at
I'll be hangin' tough until then.