Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oh My Aching Head

There is a new migraine medicine on the market, Treximet. In the commercials, women suffering from migraines are standing around holding their heads - at waist level. Apparently migraines are so awful you would prefer being decapitated, presuming of course that you could still go about your day of shopping and hawking drugs on tv. Not being a migraine sufferer myself, I feel like I would rather deal with the headache and keep my hands free for other things. All I know is this spot is bad enough to make me need some heavy duty headache medicine myself - which on second thought might be a really clever ad campaign.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Theory Of Relative Silliness

I have learned so much from the Little Einsteins. For example, apparently if you sail over the Pacific Ocean you come right up to the Alpine mountains, which then cross over into the Sahara Desert. I was definitely under a misapprehension about that geography. Also, I have learned that the Loch Ness monster doesn't like anyone to be happy around him, and will lock you in a cage made of vines if you are too cheery on his shores. Must have been some really shocked scientists who discovered that one!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's Oh So Quiet

Don't be fooled - if you have small children and they are playing quietly, they are not being good. They are probably being especially bad. And don't ever assume you know where they are. You might think they are playing nicely in the bedroom only to find out they have been in the bathroom, where your daughter has covered your son in several bottles of soap and lotion.

Monday, October 27, 2008

I Knew There as Reason I Wanted More Kids

I love the commercials for the Volkswagon Routon with Brooke Shileds begging people to have babies for love rather than German engineering. Very funny. And since I'm currently in the market for a minivan (just can't squeeze three carseats in an SUV), I wish that just being pregnant could guarantee you'd get one.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Yes, But It's A Manly Purple Headband

Last weekend my husband took the kids to Walmart and my duaghter came home with several headbands. There are three fancy ones with beads that she calls her princess bands, and there are two plain plastic ones - you know, the kind that always dig into your head? Well, my daughter doesn't really like those, but my son loves them! We have already lost the obnoxious pink one, but he wears the purple one constantly. He'll put it on himself or bring it to me to put on, and then just grin like a fool and wear it around all day. It's pretty cute, even though my husband isn't exactly thrilled that our sons' faorite hat is a purple headband. But he really pulls it off without any lessening of his masculinity. And of course, we both know that he just wants to wear something on his head that stays on - he has always loved the game of putting a toy on his head, and this will actually stay on, as well as not provide a distraction like a baseball cap that he can see. His sister likes dressing up (she changes her clothes 20 times a day at least), and I can see that he's getting into that as well. I better get him some costumes soon or he's going to be running around in a tutu to match his headband.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I got this in an email and thought it was worth printing here:

History only repeats itself yet we never as a society seem to recall..............

The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. -- Cicero , 55 BC

Why do politicians think that running on a platform that basically only specifies the role of government will get them elected? If I have a job interview, just saying I'll do the job expected, but nothing more, isn't going to get me hired. I have to say I'll do the job expected, as well as go above and beyond to help the company grow. It's about time politicians did the same. Tell us how you are going to let our contry thrive - then fix all the things that you screwed up in the first place and keep them that way.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Please Speak Clearleeyah

About four or five days ago my daughter suddenly began prounouncing anything with an -ee sound at the end wrong. She had been doing it perfectly, but now she is adding and 'a' on to everything, ie. daddy = daddeeyah, sorry = sorreeyah. It is very weird, and frankly, kind of irritating since it makes her harder to interpret. I have no idea where she got it from (my husband joked she's trying to sound Italian), and I have no idea how to stop it since she doesn't seem to hear the difference when I try to correct her. I guess I'm just going to have to ignore it and hope it goes away as quickly as it arrived. Whee. I mean, wheeyah.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Assalamu Alaikum - I Get Winner

So, apparently one of the most widely anticipated video game releases of the year has been delayed due to complaint by Muslims that the soundtrack contains songs with words from the Koran. Whoop de freakin do people. Are fanatical Muslims (or really Muslims in general) really the target audience for PlayStation? I would wager not. The makers of this game should say that they are proud to have a soundtrack that embraces the many different cultures on our planet and refuse to change it. Or barring that, they should tell the complaining group to shove it up their highly devout heinies and go back to subjugating women. Otherwise, we should all just convert now. Oh, and probably bone up on our explosives training.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Take The Pepsi Challenge - It'll Cost You

Yesterday my family and I went to Walmart, and I noticed a couple of vending machines outside. They stood right next to each other, and I immediately noticed something that I thought might affect sales of one machine over the other. One machine sold Coca Cola products for $1 each. The other sold Pepsi products for $1.25. Now, I could be wrong, but I'm thinking the Coke machine probably does better business than the Pepsi machine, especially for their other products, ie Sprite vs. 7up, etc. I mean, as far as cola goes I know many people can be die hard devotees to their brand, but seriously, if faced with the choice of saving .$25, who is going to pick the pepsi machine for the other choices? Maybe it is some sort of marketing test to see what brand people prefer, and if they are willing to pay extra for it. And maybe I am underestimating how attachced people can be to different drinks - after all, I'm not a big soda drinker so the money would matter more to me (although in any test I'm Coke all the way so yay that machine is cheaper!). Honestly, in most cases I would probably walk down to the generic machine where the pops only cost $.35.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Creepy Cool

Bug From Borneo World's Longest - this is neat and all, but it doesn't make me want to visit Borneo any time soon.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Must Sigh TV

I have to say I have been pretty disappointed with the new shows this year. There weren't very many I was even interested in to begin with, but now that I've seen all of those at least once, I have to say I probably won't be sticking with many (if any)of them. Eleventh Hour looked like a neat show, right up my alley, what with a socially awkward genius solving crimes, but I have to say I think it stinks. The main character is not quirky enough to merit the special treatment he gets, nor does he even appear to be all that miraculously smart. I have only seen one episode, but it was so predictable, dull, and lacking in cool new scientific revelations, that I doubt I'll make a point of tuning in again. Plus, the bad guy got away, which I don't object to in general, but for that to really fly the enemy has to be really interesting and introduced as a true nemesis - when that doesn't happen (like it didn't on Eleventh Hour) the good guys just look stupid. Not a great basis for fan following. The other new show I just gave a shot to is The Mentalist. Despite (or maybe because of) its resemblance to Psych I thought I might enjoy it, so I gave ti a whirl last week. So far I'm on the fence. I like the sort of easy going joie de vivre of the main character, but it isn't played up enough. Is he just a trickster like Shawn on Psych, or is he supposed to be more off kilter and unusual like the Charlie on Life? Also, I can't decide if I like that he just knows things by looking at people but the show never explains what clues he's seeing, or if I would prefer to be given the clues myself so I can bette runderstand how he catches the criminals. Because of this I feel it plays kind of uneven, but I think it bears watching at least one more time. In general, I guess I'm glad that there aren't more shows I feel the need to really get into, but it is still annoying when something that looked cool turns out to be lame. My only hope for redemption is Dollhouse, the midseason offering from another of my favorites - Joss Whedon. Neither he nor JJ Abrams has let me down yet.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I've Got Dumb In A Bottle

Because there was a comment on this ad - I want to talk about the Zyrtec commercial which says "I've got time ina bottle." So stupid. You don't have time in a bottle, idiot, you just have allergy medication. Medication which apparently makes you think in lame metaphors related to old songs. Maybe Zyrtec works faster than Claritin (seriously, what medication takes 2 hours to work? Can that be right?), but it doesn't give you any time you didn't already have. Perhaps you would sit at home doing nothing at all until your meds kicked in (if so, buck up, loser, its just a runny nose), but my assumption is that most people can still manage to function while suffering from their allergies. And if you can't do the kind of math involved to figure out when you need to take your pills so that the effects never fully wear off in between doses, than you have bigger problems than hayfever my friend. By the way, since Zyrtec supposedly makes you drowsier than Claritin, have fun using your two new hours to nap.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wendy's Gets Off The Short Bus

I have some hope for Wendy's commercials yet: their latest ads feature comments on the economy as compared to the value menu. The best one features two guys sitting around eating the $.99 cheeseburger and one says to the other that his burger has already appreciated in value. To make his point he asks for a dollar from the second guy, who complies. Then he asks if he can have the second guy's burger, and when he won't give it to him, he says that proves his point. Pretty clever. So either Wendy's has ditched the dingbats they previously had in charge of their marketing campaign in favor of smarter, more clever folks, or the stupidity of earlier ads was just a temporary affliction. Regardless, when the ads are better the viewers win. Yay!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Wash This

Here's a tip: If you are going to give your children the stomach flu, do not do it the week your washing machine is broken. Unless you have more than two sets of sheets, having someone repeatedly vomit all over their bed (and clothes, and floor, and favorite stuffed kitty) without being able to clean the bedding is a real pain. It's bad enough having a sick kid - but trying to make them as comfortable as possible without being able to give them their favorite blankets is no fun. Frankly, in general I would not recommend that you even have kids if you don't have a washing machine or at least easy access. Kids are messy and they spill, spit up, and poop on everything - typically at two in the morning. So if you are planning on procreating at any point, go out and get yourself a washing machine right now. In fact, get a few. That way, when everyone gets stricken down with the stomach flu, if one is broken you'll have a spare.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Let's Just Call This Week A Wash

Clearly I'm not going to keep up with my entries this week so let's just all take a nice breather and move on to next week, shall we? Great. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fill Me Up!

No entry yesterday because I had to be hospitalized for dehydration. Fun. But after 5 or 6 liters of IV fluid and two great meals of broth and popsicles, I'm back home and feeling better. Not 100%, but hopefully I will be by tomorrow.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Sorry I forgot your birthday this year! Won't happen again. Love you!

Monday, October 6, 2008

My Baby Is A Toddler!

My sweet little baby boy is now a toddler - when did he get so big? At least I have one more on the way - it's going to be really sad when I have no more babies at all!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Don't Track Dirt Onto My Dirt!

Last night I saw a commercial for the Woolite RugStick - a cleaning device for carpets. it featured a woman who wouldn't let her friend come in out of the rain because she suffered from "dirty carpet anxiety." This would have been an effective example of someone being such a paranoid clean freak they won't let anyone walk on their carpets, except that the commercial had already shown the carpet to be very stained and dirty. And that makes no sense to me. If your pristine white carpet is already stained with tracked in dirt, then what's the big deal? Shouldn't you have made your friends stand on the porch before they got your house all dirty? Doing it afterwards seems like a pretty stupid plan to me. Especially when, according to the timeline on the ad, you are planning to clean right after your friend leaves anyway. And of course there is always the common sense fact that if you suffer from dirty carpet anxiety what you need is not the RugStick - it's hardwood floors. And maybe a psychologist.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Forget The Manual, Babies Need To Come With Safety Gear

This just has not been my couple of weeks. In addition to the sliced fingers, I have also been beaten up twice by my son. First, he very exuberantly handed me a book (read: threw), resulting in my first ever child-inflicted black eye. Then, yesterday, just as that mark had finally faded, he was overcome with joy while trying to give me his version of a kiss and bit me on the cheek. I actually had four red bruises corresponding to his four teeth all night, although now there is just one mark for the whole thing. I know they always say that your looks suffer once you have kids - I just didn't realize the children would be actively involved in bringing you down.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fall Is My Favorite, Now Bring On Winter (Boo Hoo)

This is my first time being significantly pregnant in the fall - and I find that it has put me in the terrible position of wishing for winter. This is typically my favorite time of year - the weather is perfect, not too warm and not too cold - but I have no seasonally appropriate maternity clothes. My first time around I wasn't big enough for maternity wear, and I could still wear my regular clothes, and my second time around I had already had the baby by this point so i find myself wearing the exact same outfit every day because it is the only thing that works. I have shorts and tank tops that are too summery, and jeans and long sleeve shirts that I jsut get really hot in. It is driving me crazy! Not that my regular wardrobe varies all that much day to day, but literally wearing the same shirt and pair of pants every day is annoying. So this will be the one and only year when I don't wish for a long, moderate fall. I'll just have to hope for a short winter too.