April 18, 2014No TV
My brother Ray and his lovely wife; Lara only allow their kids to watch television on special occasions and together as a family for movie night on the weekends. I knew these were his rules, so I wasn't surprised during my recent visit to his house to wake and see his sons (ages 8 & 11) on the couch on a Saturday morning reading books. Really, it was 8 AM and they were reading about how toys worked while playing with Legos. Meanwhile, I'm silently going through Cartoon and Food Network withdrawal. Ray and I were not raised with this restriction growing up, we had limitations but still, Saturday morning cartoons and sugared cereal were sometimes the highlight of my week. Ray feels that there's too much trash on Television and he'd rather his sons not absorb this. I'm an "all things in moderation" believer. When we were growing up eating out at a restaurant was a treat; we were not taken to eat out very much at all. Coming from a strict Italian family you were expected to cook all your meals from scratch. Restaurants were strictly used for celebrations like weddings and funerals. Honestly, when my brother and I were able to get around on our own we headed straight for the nearest McDonald's and ate ourselves into a fast food coma. Will this happen with his kids when they are able to make their own viewing choices? It's tough to say, as right now they are beautiful, well adjust boys who think bathroom humor is the best thing in the world. They don't seem to miss television. Their mother is a calm influence who fills the void with many books and puzzles and brownies. Ray and Lara watch television nightly after their sons are in bed. They like Modern Family and Parenthood along with the nightly news. Oddly their most recent purchase was a large flat screen television. They have even left the plastic coating on to help preserve it's newness. Methinks this TV will last a long time.
April 17, 2014Cut & Color
Here I am at the hair salon surrounded by chairs filled with women and one lone male who all have some type of chemical on their hair to change its color. Many have foils popping out all over their head, as this is the best way to process bleach. It's a weeknight and ...
April 16, 2014Warmth
Radio personalities aren't suppose to get laryngitis... Tell that to the cold that decided to land in my throat, making me sound like Brenda Vacarro or Rachael Ray (it depends on which end of the era you swing). I think I got this cold while flying back to New York ...
April 15, 2014Extensions
The other day I was Face-timing with one of my "celeb" girlfriends. Right after we said hello she showed me where she got her Botox shot; I showed her a scar on my shoulder. She let down her ponytail and fluffed out a ton of hair; I could only ask if it was all real. ...
April 14, 2014Pay Up or Get Back
This is a big night for procrastinators. W2's, EZ forms, deductions and write offs are being considered and discussed right now. Taxes are due to be filed by tomorrow. Not only are there many who will be downloading and trying to figure out the latest edition of Turbo ...
April 11, 2014Quiet
I'm sitting in the karate waiting room alone. There are no moms discussing thyroid issues and what to make for dinner. There are no dads nodding off and no toddlers screaming. Yes, class is happening; there are about 15 kids taking an advanced sword class wearing red ...
April 10, 2014Feed the Photographer
My oldest daughter is a Junior in college double-majoring in Fine Art Photography and Art History, with a minor in Journalism. I can't believe I just wrote almost two sentences about her career path when the day she was born is still so very fresh in my mind. My baby! ...
April 9, 2014Yard work
Gardeners and landscapers are read for their busy season. Hopefully, if she needs yard work done she's already called and made an appointment for a Spring clean-up. Otherwise she might have to wait, because from my experience it's hard to find good help, and the good ...
April 8, 2014Surprise
My girlfriend Gracia called the other day and asked what I was doing. The question should have been what was I not doing! She's a single she who runs a high end design studio in Manhattan. I'm a working mom living on the Jersey side. So, I told her I was making dinner ...
April 7, 2014sNOw
Our winter weather on the East Coast is almost comical; we are cracking up due to the absurdly of having snow in April. There is a street in my neighborhood called 'Snow Ridge' and it's totally lived up to its name. We just had a snow storm that was hear and gone in a ...