Okay...have you read it? Good. What are you thoughts? Do you give your daughters the type of advice Ms. Skiffer's parents gave her? Do you give your sons the type of advice Mr. Coote's parents gave him?
What do you think of the lesson she had to learn? Do you think her parents helped her stay in her own way? Or do you think she's a product of much more our society has turned girls into? Women who believe the only way they can succeed is to not let a man derail their education and career plans?
In your experience...do you ever truly know when you're in your own way?
Yall know I LURVE doing my table! It makes me HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!
The meal is going to be a one plater. LOL! Yes...I made that up. I didn't go overboard with the menu for once.
Prime rib with red wine mushroom sauce
Garlic mashed potatoes
Brussels sprout saute
See...one plater. Everything you want can fit on one plate. No salad. Informal setting. Red wine, wine white, sparkling wine. Simple.
Centerpiece filled with hydrangea, hybrid lilies, garden roses, berries, ranuculus, magnolia leaves and inhibition roses. (I wish I could let yall smell it cuz BAAAAAAABY...those hybrid lilies are TO.DIE.FOR.FABULOUS!
Check out this garden heart rose:
Yall know I always buy myself something awesome for Christmas so check out one of this year's gifts:
IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! GO ME!
Dinner around these parts will be around 2pm. What about in your neck of the woods? What time do you guys generally eat Christmas dinner? Yall having a one plater or a two plater? Are bowls needed?
Well, I ordered our Christmas cards from Tiny Prints again this year even though they messed up the shipping last year. The quality of their cards is just so good, I keep ordering them. I thought that maybe having them delivered to me and not letting them ship them to our recipients for us would alleviate last year's problems but alas...that simply isn't so.
I ordered them on December 10th. It's December 22nd and I still haven't received them. There were some printing issues which delayed shipping. They didn't tell me this mind you...I had to find out by calling them when I hadn't received my cards by the date I was supposed to receive them by.
The customer service rep I spoke to offered me some sort of discount but I was too frustrated to deal with that. I told her I'd call back to deal with that once I've received my VERY.EXPENSIVE.CARDS.
I haven't received them yet.
I'm quite upset but honestly...I'm totally going to move past this. I'm CHOOSING HAPPY. I'm not going to let anything put me in a foul mood for Christmas. I bought some cute cards and I've been sending those out. No pictures. Handwritten notes. It makes me think about each individual person as I'm writing them a note and it makes me smile.
Christmas is going to be PERFECT this year! PERFECT! PERFECT! PERFECT!!!!!!!!!
I received an email from the significant other of someone who reads this blog. He asked me to ask what would you like to receive for Christmas. I told him that it would be REAL RANDOM if I just asked someone from the blog out the blue...so yeah...I'm just going to ask everyone.
What would YOU like Santa to bring you for Christmas and maybe...just MAYBE...your Santa is reading. :)
You're doing the laundry and find a receipt from a lovely jewelry store in one of your husband's pockets.
It's close to Christmas.
You're giddy and ish.
Christmas comes and you do NOT receive jewelry but you know jewelry was purchased by your husband.
How do you handle? You have kids.
I eat at Founding Farmers pretty regularly. I love their food, the ambience, etc. The concept of clean eating feeds my soul and, when there isn't much out there that I can eat on the fly...it's nice to know I can pop over to Founding Farmers and grab a seat at the bar and have something I can eat relatively quickly.
Well...Saturday I had my first bad experience there and it was pretty bad. I won't go into all the specific details...but I basically stopped talking so I didn't snap and curse and let my friend do all the talking. Long story short...we were there for about an hour and a half before our meal came and those around us were coming and going. The truth never really came out...but I sense our waitress simply forgot to put our order in. Wouldn't have been a big deal except she didn't tell her manager the truth so there was a tad bit of confusion that I decided to NOT participate in.
Before we left...a manager came over and gave us his card. He told us to email him or call him before we ever came in again so he could personally make sure our experience was a good one.
I thought about it all day and determined that I liked that. Dude was, quite obviously...a class act.
We've all heard the story of the ugly duckling who turns into a swan but does this actually happen in real life? Has anyone gone from ugly to pretty or I'll even take average to beautiful? What kind of reactions did you get from strangers before and after? How did it change you? Do you now take advantage of your looks?
When I was in high school...I wanted a Polo flag sweater. I mean...I wanted it so badly I knew it would be life changing. I begged and begged and begged for that dang sweater but my mother wasn't having it. In her opinion...the sweater cost too damn much for someone without a job to own in hot azz Louisiana.
One day I came home from school and there it was. Sitting on my bed. Looking FABULOUSLY AWESOME AND FLY! I was the absolute happiest girl I knew. With a sweater...in hot azz Louisiana walking around pretending I'm not hot as hell and all shiny 'bout the forehead with sweat.
Knowing what I know now of my parent's life and of my mother, specifically...I know she probably watched that damn sweater until it was as cheap as possible. I know she probably didn't have it hidden anywhere to surprise me with later. She probably put it on my bed the SECOND she came home with it, excited that she was able to get her baby girl what she wanted.
Knowing what I know now...and not looking at my parents through the eyes of a child...I know she probably sacrificed a lot to get me that damn sweater. She probably always had it in the back of her mind how much I wanted it and promised herself she'd make sure I got it.
Knowing what I know now...it should come as no surprise that when I walked into the mall recently and saw a Ralph Lauren flag sweater...I burst into tears amid all the holiday shoppers.
Knowing what you know of me...I'm sure you're not surprised that I bought one and consider it a Christmas gift from my mommy.
Anything you loved in the 80s coming back that you want?
I'm sorry to tell you this because it seems as if many people think that once you fall in love and take your relationship to the next level...everything is going to be perfect. Disney birds are going to start flying around your house, magical music notes will float up from the floor under your every step. Love will make it all perfect and you will be in seventh heaven.
Your home will always be lovely. You'll have amazing meals seated at a table every.single.night with matching place settings and healthy, heart happy meals.
You will always, ALWAYS, want to be right up under the one you love just breathing in yall's perfection as a couple knowing you're doing it all right.
And then one day you'll wake up from that damn dream and see what it's REALLY like and you'll start to have problems because your crazy azz has been living in never-never land and Michael Jackson put the key inside a big azz tiger or some shit.
Cuz yeah...that shit is a fantasy.
Ladies...gentlemen...please help us out here. I have a young newlywed who is finding out that the hazy, bubble she was living in inside of her head was all a dream. Please let her know that WE ALL know good and well that it's not always Disney birds and shit even though it's good most of the time. Tell her about how you can ask your spouse to do something a hundred GAMILLION TIMES and it doesn't get done until you snap and jump all the way cray-cray-crazy. Tell her about how, even though they KNOW, Christmas is coming, they will still complain about picking up the tree knowing GOOD AND DAMN WELL THEY LOVE IT WHEN THE TREE IS UP AND EVERYTHING IS ALL CHRISTMASY PERFECT! Tell her about how you can love your spouse to the ends of the earth and beyond but sometimes...SOMETIMES...you just need some down time without ANY TALKING until you can talk again.
These younguns need advice on how to handle the non-blissful stuff. Please advise.