Thursday Open Thread

It’s Thursday! And it’s December! How the heck did that happen?

In the news:

Idiot Michelle Bachmann is still an idiot.

McDonald’s has found a way around San Francisco’s ban on the sale of Happy Meals: they will charge 10 cents for the useless plastic toys that come with the meal and donate the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House.

In Georgia, sheriff’s deputies refused to evict a 103-year-old woman whose house is being foreclosed on. God bless them and the woman, who has been battling the bank for years.

And in facepalm news, hundreds of people flocked to an Arizona gun club’s Santa Claus photo shoot. The novelty? Pose with Santa and $170,000 worth of automatic weapons!

I thought Christmas was supposed to be about peace on earth and goodwill to men. Why isn’t Fox News pointing to this as another example of the War on Christmas? /snark

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!


Thursday Open Thread

It’s Thursday! And even though the summer heat is making me grouchy, I’ve decided to focus on the things I am thankful for. Like:

Air conditioning. Our AC unit can’t quite keep up with our demands for coolness, but I’ll take some coolness over none at all.

Kiddie pools. We bought a $20 number at Target that features a sprinkler. My kiddos had a ball splishing and splashing, and I got a residual sprinkling, too. Aaaahh….

Nap time. Those two hours of quiet in the afternoon while baby sleeps? AWESOME.

What are you feeling thankful for today? What else is on your mind?

Chat away!


Thursday Open Thread: The Good Wife Edition

Happy Thursday, y’all!

On my mind today: what makes a “good” wife. This article, on a woman who blogs about how to be an ideal wife, caught my eye.

On her checklist:

Tip No. 17: A good wife should always shave her legs every day or every other day.
Tip No. 4: A good wife should wear beautiful nightgowns to bed.
Tip No. 8: A good wife always cooks a big Saturday or Sunday breakfast for her family.

Um, OK. Not my cup of tea, but if that’s what floats a wife’s boat, then cool, I thought.

Then I read further. It turns out this impeccably dressed domestic goddess who aspires to look like Betty Draper and keep house like Martha Stewart is not even a wife.

She is a single woman who has always wanted nothing more than to be June Cleaver. She creates “Make-Out Playlists” for wives. She suggests tips on how to iron your husband’s newspaper.

Yes, you read that right.

Is it me, or is that whack?

Even weirder, she works as a personal assistant to actress Monica Horan Rosenthal, who played the sister-in-law on Everybody Loves Raymond.

A philanthropist, Monica leaves the day to day household tasks to Taryn: planning birthday parties, picking out the children’s wardrobes, grocery shopping and running errands.
“It’s strange,” Taryn says. “But I love doing the dishes and laundry.” Especially in a dress, preferably vintage.

So… does that mean Cox’s own employer is not a Good Wife? Or is she a Good Wife-by-proxy because of Cox’s mad domestic skillz?

Cox insists that her appearance will remain impeccable once she becomes a wife. Her home will be spotless. There will be freshly mixed martinis waiting for hubby, and a make-out mix playing on the stereo.


Whew, I needed a good laugh.

Seriously though… what does being a “Good Wife” mean to you? For me, it means being a partner and a friend. It means being my husband’s biggest supporter. Listening to his doubts and offering reassurance. Dreaming about the future and worrying about the kids, together. And yes, it means carving out some time alone, little moments of romance and intimacy, even the occasional night away.

But I’ll just say I was a newspaper reporter for 13 years, and ironing my husband’s newspaper? Never. Crossed. My mind.

Beautiful nightgowns at bedtime? Only if I can whip my breast out of it in the middle of the night to nurse my crying baby. And shaving my legs every day?


Had any good laughs lately? What’s on your mind today? Chat away!


Thursday Open Thread

It’s Thursday, y’all!

I’m frantically preparing for Alex’ 1st birthday party. My planning was sidetracked by Maya’s prolonged illness, but just 24 hours after finally being prescribed antibiotics, she was back to her old self. Whew! She’s back to school today, after missing 4 days.

I’d love to squeeze in a facial and a pedicure, but that’s looking unlikely. I did get a giggle over this article about the latest spa treatment for your- ahem- private parts: vaginal steam baths.

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, chai-yok (not to be confused with bok-choy, also good steamed) is a “centuries-old Korean remedy that is gaining a toehold in the West,“ thanks to its many purported health benefits.

Those benefits – none of which have been studied – are said to include everything from reducing stress to fighting infections to helping with infertility. Not surprisingly, vaginal steams are also supposed to help with hemorrhoids.

Treatments cost anywhere from $20 to $75 (depending on your location) and basically involve perching naked on a bottomless stool over a boiling pot of water infused with mugwort, wormwood and a variety of other herbs.

While some women swear by the “V-steam,“ (a 45-year-old woman interviewed by the LA Times says she not only had fewer body aches and more energy, she also became pregnant after just five steams), doctors seem dubious.

“I just don’t understand physiologically how putting steam up the vagina is going to change your fertility or help you relieve stress,“ says Dr. Laura Riley, director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General in Boston.


What’s your favorite beauty treatment, and does it involve your vagina? 😉

Here’s an article on how to navigate parent-teacher night once your kid goes to middle and high school, and you have to vie for the attention of six different teachers.

This is a tricky topic: should hospitals ban all photography and videos in labor and delivery rooms? I have to say I would have been majorly pissed if I hadn’t been able to take some photos as soon as I wanted after birth. Some hospitals are even banning cell phones:

For the hospital, the issue is not about “rights“ but about the health and safety of the baby and mother and about protecting the privacy of the medical staff, many of whom have no desire to become instant celebrities on Facebook or YouTube.

Their concerns take place against a backdrop of medical malpractice suits in which video is playing a role. A typical case is one settled in 2007 that involved a baby born at the University of Illinois Hospital with shoulder complications and permanent injury; video taken by the father in the delivery room showed the nurse-midwife using excessive force and led to a payment to the family of $2.3 million.

What say you?

Lastly, watch out for the newest menace: HICKEYS!

A New Zealand woman was partially paralyzed after receiving a “lovebite” from her partner, reports a New Zealand news site. When the 44-year-old visited the emergency room at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, she was unable to move her left arm. Her only other injury: the hickey on the right side of her neck.

An unfortunate chain of events followed: The hickey was covering an artery, and all the sucking it takes to create a hickey caused some bruising inside the blood vessel, resulting in a clot. That clot went into the woman’s heart, triggering a minor stroke — hence her frozen arm.

Doctors treated her with an anticoagulant, and her clot almost completely disappeared within a week.

That is some weird shizz.

What’s everyone up to? Chat away!


Thursday Open Thread

Happy Thursday everyone!

Elisa and family arrived last night… SQUEEEE! As far as I’m concerned, the weekend starts NOW.

Our husbands will go on a bike ride this morning, after which Elisa and I will hand the kiddos off and head to the gym. And Elisa will be cooking that yummy Tortilla recipe for us tonight…. YUM.

What’s on your mind today?


Thankful Thursday Open Thread

It’s Thursday! And every so often, I like to stop and take stock of everything I am thankful for.

I’m thankful for my health, for my happy marriage, for my nascent career as a stay-at-home mom. I’m thankful for our comfortable home, for the plentiful food in my kitchen cupboards, for never wondering where our next meal will come from.

I’m thankful for sunny days, hot showers, fluffy pillows and the occasional decent night of sleep.

But what I am most thankful for can fit in an ordinary laundry basket.

My funny, sunny, hyper, sweet and whip-smart Maya turned 6 years old yesterday. My smiley, squirmy, vocal, delectable Alex will turn 1 year old in just two weeks.

Motherhood can feel overwhelming, exhausting and occasionally thankless. But I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.

What are you thankful for on this Thursday? What else is on your mind? Chat away!


Thursday Open Thread

Happy Thursday, everyone!

On my mind this morning: President Obama’s stirring, heartfelt, pitch-perfect speech at last night’s memorial service in Tucson.

He is a masterful speaker, of course, but he really rose to the occasion at the most delicate of moments.

Here is the excerpt that hit home with me:

“We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved – and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”

And here is the passage that made me weep:

“That process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions – that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires. For those who were harmed, those who were killed – they are part of our family, an American family 300 million strong. We may not have known them personally, but we surely see ourselves in them. In George and Dot, in Dorwan and Mavy, we sense the abiding love we have for our own husbands, our own wives, our own life partners. Phyllis – she’s our mom or grandma; Gabe our brother or son. In Judge Roll, we recognize not only a man who prized his family and doing his job well, but also a man who embodied America’s fidelity to the law. In Gabby, we see a reflection of our public spiritedness, that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.

And in Christina…in Christina we see all of our children. So curious, so trusting, so energetic and full of magic.

So deserving of our love.”

What did you think of the speech? What happens next? I am praying that this was a watershed moment in the ugly political atmosphere that we’re currently embroiled in. I am hoping that the silent, reasonable majority will finally sit up, take notice and see the difference between good and reasonable leaders, and those who are self-serving at best, and ignorant and vindictive at worst.

This is an open thread, so chat away!


Thursday Open Thread

Well MTers, we made it through Maya’s first day of kindergarten! Many tears were shed, none of them hers. I actually held it together OK until the drive to work. Once at work I uploaded some photos to facebook and that’s when I really lost it. I spent the rest of the morning randomly bursting into tears and generally being useless.

I finally decided to sneak away in the afternoon to pick her up on her first day. She looked rumpled and happy and DH and I took her out for ice cream. I have decided this will be our first day of school tradition from now on.

I went back to work much more calm and collected. I am so proud of my amazing, fearless and curious little girl! Still, she’s growing up so fast. This morning she asked me, out of the blue, “Mami, are mermaids just pretend?” I dodged it and said I don’t know because they live under water and I have never been under water. LOL. Her innocent sense of wonder is starting to wane, which is normal I know but oh! I miss my wide-eyed baby. Wish I had a time machine so I could go back and visit her on occasion…

Thank you all for the virtual hugs and support! I didn’t expect this to be so emotionally taxing :-)

What’s up today?


Thursday Open Thread

Happy Thursday! What’s up?

I was naturally pleased to learn that a federal judge blocked key parts of the proposed Arizona immigration law that would have required police officers to check people’s immigration status.

[The judge]delayed provisions that required immigrants to carry their papers and banned illegal immigrants from soliciting employment in public places — a move aimed at day laborers. In addition, she blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants for crimes that can lead to deportation.

“Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked,” Bolton wrote.

What do you think? Will this end up before the Supreme Court?

In more frivolous news, President Obama will be on The View today. Among the tidbits you can expect: he reveals he was not invited to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding this weekend.

In even more frivolous news, a recent poll shows that Californians prefer Barbara Boxer’s “So yesterday” hair to Carly Fiorina’s ‘do. Lefty coifs FTW! 😉

Today is my Friday, and T.G.I.T.!! I’ve hit a huge wall, exhaustion-wise. Going back to work, followed by a lovely visit from our niece and nephew, and now an upcoming visit from Elisa and our other dear college friend, and I’m fried. Happy, but fried!

What are you up to today? Chat away!


Thursday Open Thread: Summer TV Edition

Happy Thursday everyone! What’s on your mind today?

On my mind: TV (or the lack thereof lately). It struck me last night that our TiVo selection is looking awfully meager and sad now that all our favorite shows have gone on hiatus for the summer. On one hand: less TV is good! On the other: I need something to watch while I’m typing away at my laptop. I can’t be expected to actually focus while I work! 😉

So here’s what I’m into this summer: So You Think You Can Dance, Intervention and catching up on In Treatment via OnDemand. We are also wrapping up the first season of Mad Men on DVD.

What shows are you into this summer? Any suggestions?

And please, chat away about anything at all!