Technologically Speaking – A Meme

For the past few months, I’ve been participating in BlogHer’s Family Connections citizen journalism project as a Momspotter. Which btw, has little to nothing to do with my menses.  In a nutshell, I tweet a few times a day with the #momspotting hashtag about how I use technology in my everyday parenting life.  Or more accurately, how I’m attempting to stay one day smarter than technology so that I appear to NOT look like an imbecile  in front of my children.

And so, in the spirit of conquering technology, some of the momspotters are participating in a little meme.

If you want to play, simply cut and paste, and replace your own answers with mine on your own blog.  Then leave a link to your post in the comments, or tweet it with the #momspotting hashtag.

The Techno-Meme

1.  Which expensive electronic device do you most often let your older children abuse or your baby drool on?

The only person who drools in the house now is Fiddledaddy, whenever he spots a new fangled technological device.  And for the record, I don’t let the children anywhere near my iPhone or iMac.  They have a PC laptop designated for school work.  I do not share well.

2.  How many take-out restaurant numbers do you have programmed into your phone?

Only one.  Take-away service for Carrabbas.  It’s #2 on speed dial.  Right behind poison control.  No correlation.

3.   How many hours of television do you so totally not let your kids watch a week?

Twelve years ago, B.C. (before children) we read all the research on children and television, and vowed not to let our children watch ANY TV before the age of 2.  That lasted 2 months.  Along with the “we will not let our children eat in the car” rule.  Now we just set reasonable limits.  When they start to twitch, we turn it off.

4.   Do you think people who say “we don’t watch television” at playdates but really mean “we just watch DVDs” are lying liars from Liarville?

I don’t know any people like that.  Except for the Duggars, who we watch on TLC on 18 19 Kids & Counting. But I don’t really know them.  I just watch ’em on TV.  It’s ironic, really.

5.   How many miles have you driven with your child and not one device of electronic entertainment in a single car trip?

Two thirds of my children suffer from car sickness.  We discovered that child #3 had the affliction when Fiddledaddy allowed him to play the slide game on his iPhone while driving home from Disney World one night.  The kids who get sick just hang their head out the window, like a dog. No technological device necessary.  The remaining child listens to music on an iPod.

6.   What’s your record for calls to the pediatrician or Ask-a-Nurse in a single day?

Zero.  Why call when you can simply google The Plague.  And btw, my blog gets a fair number of hits whenever anyone googles “vomit.” I’m not sure what to make of that.

7.   What’s the sexiest thing your husband/partner could text you after a hard day?

“Honey, I left a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in the medicine cabinet for you.”

8.   What’s your favorite iPad joke?

A couple of years ago, a blogging buddy sent me a letter she was forwarded, addressed to the president of P&G regarding the whole “Have a Happy Period” sanitary napkin debacle.  I posted it on my blog.  When the iPad was released last week, it resurfaced, and because of the miracle of Twitter, I was able to connect with the author of that letter. I’ve always wanted to meet her.  She’s my people.  She on the other hand may be just a little fearful of me.

9.   What’s the dumbest parenting tool, gear, gadget or device you ever bought?

We had one of those little springy jumpy seats that you hang from a door frame.  Which Emme immediately turned into a sling shot whenever we would place her innocent baby sister in it.

10.   How many years will it take for your child to become more tech-savvy than you?

When Emme was two, she could navigate the computer far better than I could.  Now, my 4 year old son can kick my sorry butt on the Wii.  And all 3 children know how to program the TiVo.  But put me in front of a board game and I can MOP THE FLOOR WITH ALL OF ‘EM.  And then Tweet about it.

A 2009 Bloggy Recap

My friend Jo-Lynne has a fun little carnival going on at her place.  The idea is to post the first sentence of the first post from each month from 2009.

And as I was reading through mine, I was struck by the fact that I really need to rethink the way I begin each post. And maybe, just maybe, I shouldn’t whine so much.

So.

I thought it might be MORE fun to post the first comment I received from the first post of each month.  Especially since much of the heart and soul of this blog comes from you guys.  You continue to inspire and encourage me.  And make me laugh.  I am blessed to have so many sweet bloggy friends who stop by and let me know that I’m never alone in my insanity.

And in a couple of instances, the same commenter was first, so I went down to the second comment, to spread the linky love. 🙂

January

Sarah at themommylogues
“It is after every trip like this that I announce I will never shop with both children EVER. AGAIN. And somehow, it ends up happening.

February
Char
“Yeah, there’s always hope for the “apparently” hopeless! Praise God! c”,)”

March
Angela in Ohio
“Gosh isnt allowed? If you were Mormon you could go with “Oh my heck”. This whole post reminded me of when
Jessica Simpson was on that show with her (then) husband and she started saying “Oh My Ga” to avoid saying OMG.

April

Christine

“Well, I just can’t help you out. I know I looked into it a couple of years ago, but it was very costly at that point, so we stayed the route (me planning for 4 boys).  I will tell you, planning on 3 levels is difficult, but doable. . .
Here’s a thought, though. How are you about someone else being in control?  I mean, it’s one thing to choose a particular course for your child to enroll in; it’s a very different thing to enroll into a complete “program”. (For example, I tend to be “classical” in thought / schooling. . .don’t know many virtual schools that give me that option.)
Maybe, it would be better to develop a list of questions / concerns about “your” (generic “you” here) ideas of schooling so that you can decide definitively whether virtual schooling could work for you.”

May
Karen
“Too funny. I loved Epcot, too. Only with teenagers. I’ve always said, “Never take your kids to Disney World until right before they get married.”

June
The Bug
“I injured my rotator cuff while carrying someone else’s baby into church (she was in one of those car seat carrier things). I guess her eensy mother was used to carrying something that weighed 90 pounds (give or take 60 or so). But childless me is a wimp! Now I get to have surgery. After carrying a baby! Yikes!”

July
Tara
“My mom did day care when I was in middle/high school. I formed the half dozen or so pre-school aged boys into the “Weiner Boy Choir” and taught them that jingle. “

August
Llama Momma
“The Weber white wine and herb marinade is my absolute favorite. So good on pork tenderloin!!”

September
Diana
“I can’t believe those are crocks!! That’s terrific! You GO GIRL, with your rhinestones, bling bling bag and what not!”

October
Carrie
“I ALWAYS superglue my fingers together whenever I use superglue!!! EVERY time!!!! ”

November
Hope
“I am completely in support of uniforms. We live in Australia where all kids wear uniforms – whether it is public or private school. I think it just makes sense (financial and otherwise).”

December
Lisa B.
“We cook the traditional turkey and dressing (ours is cornbread in La.) for Christmas Day. Our favorite tradition is seafood gumbo on Christmas Eve served with hot garlicky french bread and bread pudding for dessert (plenty of carbs there) topped with rum sauce. For appetizers we have olives, pickles and dips. After dinner we also have homemade eggnog with spiced rum..yum! My dad loved letting the grandkids open one gift every hour…he couldn’t stand waiting…I miss that!”

Here’s to another awesomely terrific bloggy year!


January 3, 2010

The Movie Meme

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I sat down to put together this little meme for purely selfish motives.  I found myself in the library (ALONE) on Friday, and wanted to check out a DVD to watch.  A DVD in the ADULT section.  Well, that just came out all wrong. What I mean is, THE NON-CHILDREN section.

And I stood there, along with a couple dozen elderly library patrons and there assorted walking apparatuses, staring at the shelves.  Hoping for inspiration.  I recognized nothing.

I dearly love movies.  But I am clearly out of touch.  The last movie I actually sat in a theater and watched, was “Up.”  And after purchasing the 3-D glasses, tickets, and small popcorn, the sticker shock was more than I could handle.

I vowed that from now on, verily I say, I will only borrow movies from the library system.

But I need a little guidance.  Hence the Movie Meme.

I’m simply tagging everyone in the blogosphere.  If you do this Movie Meme on your own blog, please let me know in the comments so that I can come by and take copious notes.

And of course, if you don’t have a blog, you can participate in the comments.

The Movie Meme:

(please list up to 3 per genre)

Favorite Comedy Film:

  • Best Friends (with Goldie Hawn and Burt Reynolds)
  • Ace Ventura – Pet Detective
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Favorite Romance Film:

  • The Notebook
  • The Princess Bride
  • When Harry Met Sally

Favorite Sci-Fi Movie:

  • Independence Day
  • Terminator 2
  • Men in Black

Favorite Animated Movie:

  • Wall-E
  • Cars
  • Beauty and the Beast

Favorite Disaster Movie: (A favorite genre)

  • Towering Inferno
  • Armageddon
  • Deep Impact

Favorite Christmas Movie:

  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)
  • The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

Favorite Horror Movie:

  • Poltergeist
  • The Blair Witch Project (I STILL have nightmares)
  • The Sixth Sense

Movies With Music:

  • Grease
  • Carousel
  • The Sound of Music

Favorite Book to Movie:

  • The Notebook
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Jane Eyre (book was FAR superior, but Orson Welles…mercy)

Favorite Classic:

  • Gone With the Wind
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • Romeo and Juliet

Favorite Chick Flick:

  • Terms of Endearment
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Always

Movie You Could Watch Ad Nauseam:

  • Same Time, Next Year
  • Yours, Mine, and Ours (original)
  • Raising Arizona

Worst Movie of All Time:

  • The English Patient (there, I said it)

I cannot wait to see what y’all come up with!

DeeDeeSig

Do The Shuffle: A Musical Meme

My husband has a difficult time buying gifts for me because I’m not your ordinary girl.  I don’t wear perfume, have no need for diamonds (especially since my girls bought me those HUGE 100% cubic zirconia rings for Mother’s Day), don’t like flowers because they only die, and have had to shun Godiva Chocolate Coconut Truffles.

May my metabolism rest in peace.

And then, on our anniversary, he had a stroke of brilliance.  He bought me an iPod.

After years of mocking me because I hung on to my canary yellow walkman until it’s untimely death after 18 years of service, he figured I could do with a little something for my tunes.

Something small and modern.  And hot pink.

It truly was the perfect gift for me.  I even got a little thingamajigy that will play my iPod out loud while I’m in the kitchen exhibiting my culinary abilities.

But what he didn’t consider was that he had married a woman with questionable taste in music.

He passed through the kitchen one day as my iPod was playing that classic 70’s hit “My Baby Loves Lovin”.  He stopped dead in his tracks, “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

MOVE ON MISTER.  THIS IS MY HAPPY MUSIC.  DO NOT MOCK ME.  REMEMBER, I PREPARE YOUR FOOD.

And really, should my iPod ever be lost or stolen, I would die of embarrassment.  Because my husband thoughtfully had my name engraved on it.

Well.  My friend, Jules, had a meme on her blog that I could not resist. (This meme was originally created by Elle.)  The following are questions geared toward motherhood.  Only, the answers to these questions must come from your personal musical library (iPod, MP3, Sony Walkman).  Instead of “shuffle”, I did massage my answers.  Because I am, as we know, a rebel at heart.

With that in mind, I will now let my musical freak flag fly.  These are all songs that are on my iPod at this very minute.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MOM?
“Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest

WHAT DID YOU THINK THE FIRST TIME YOU SAW YOUR BABY?
“I Think I Love You” by David Cassidy (SHUT UP!)

WHAT DID YOU DO THE FIRST MORNING AFTER A SLEEPLESS NIGHT?
“If Looks Could Kill” by Heart

WHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN SOMEONE COLORS ON THE WALL?
“Since You’ve Been Gone” by Rainbow

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH A TODDLER’S BODILY FLUID ISSUES?
“Bye Bye” by JoDee Messina

IF SOMEONE SAYS “Can I have a snack?” YOU SAY?
“American Pie” by Don McLean

IF SOMEONE LEAVES THEIR STUFF ON THE FLOOR, YOU SAY?
“Should’ve Known Better” by Richard Marx

IF SOMEONE ISN’T SICK TODAY, YOU SAY?
“Just Can’t Help Believing” by B.J. Thomas

HOW DO YOUR KIDS ENJOY YOUR COOKING?
“Won’t Last a Day” by the Carpenters (See previous post)

HOW DID YOUR KIDS DO IN SCHOOL TODAY?
“Make Me Lose Control” by Richard Marx

HOMESCHOOLERS, WHAT IS THE FIRST SUBJECT TAUGHT OF THE DAY?
“We’ve Only Just Begun” by The Carpenters

WHAT DO YOUR KIDS WANT TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP?
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” by BonJovi

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY AS A MOM?
“Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE AS A MOM?
“You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” by Barry White

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO AS A MOM?
“S.O.S.” by ABBA

HOW DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE REALLY A MOM?
“Homesick” by Mercy Me

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MOST OFTEN AS A MOM?
“How Do You Like Me Know?” by Toby Keith

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY AS A MOM?
“You Never Even Call Me By My Name” by David Allen Coe

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET AS A MOM?
“December ‘63- Oh What a Night” by The Four Seasons

WHAT IS THE BEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE AS A MOM?
“The Great Adventure” by Steven Curtis Chapman

WHAT DO YOUR KIDS DO THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
“Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry

WHAT DO YOUR KIDS DO THAT MAKES YOU CRY?
“You Shook Me All Night Long” by ACDC (don’t judge me)

WHAT DO YOUR KIDS DO THAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
“Lesson in Leavin” by JoDee Messina

HOW DO YOUR KIDS DESCRIBE YOU AS THEIR MOM?
“Venus” by Shocking Blue

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
“Never Been Any Reason” by Head East

WHAT WILL YOUR MOM OF THE YEAR CERTIFICATE SAY?
“You Are the Woman” by Firefall

I cannot believe I couldn’t use a single Donny Osmond song in this meme.

And this is why so many record producers are falling all over themselves to get me to review their new musical acts.

deedeesig

February 3, 2009

Six Unimportant Things About Me

Antique Mommy, from whom I was separated at birth, tagged me for this meme. I will now share 6 unimportant factoids about myself. Because I don’t share nearly enough about me on the world wide web.

I mean, it’s not like I would ever admit that I actually bit into a rock, thinking it was chocolate.

Or let me freak flag fly by talking openly about my cramp issues. Which, btw, until recently, would have killed any mortal man.

Or discuss my cuss jar and how I will be able to fund ALL of my children’s college tuition from the profit. When I know good and well that members of the pastoral staff at my church read this blog. And yes, thoughts do count.

Or brag about eating an entire column of Oreos in one sitting.

I would never be that open…..

What?

Oh.

Nevermindthen.

Here are 6 unimportant facts about me. In no particular order of unimportance.

1.) In high school, I wore bell bottom jeans that measured 18 inches around at the bottom of my matching jean platform shoes.

2.) Donny Osmond put his arm around me when I was 11. He was 13. They called it puppy love.

3.) When I have been knocked up pregnant, people cannot hide their disbelief at my hugeness. I bring new meaning to the term “great with child.” Small children have stopped and pointed. The elderly and infirm have offered up their seat to me. Entire zip codes have been dedicated in my honor.

4.) I use to play poker with Brad Pitt.

5.) I played a hot box girl in the musical “Guys and Dolls” at a Los Angeles theater. Despite the fact that I only sing at gunpoint. And not in any recognizable key.

6.) I pledged Sigma Kappa Sorority at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Where I earned a BA in BS.

I am in possession of photographic evidence to each of these 6 unimportant facts. If you don’t mind losing another 30 seconds of your life, leave me a comment letting me know which of the above facts you would most like to view. If any.

I will then publish the picture of the evidence which garners the most votes. For clearly, I have nothing left to hide.

If you have not participated in this meme, consider yourself tagged.

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April 9, 2008