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Monday Teeny Poll

Monday, May 24th, 2010
By Glinda



Well, it’s no surprise to me that we have quite the literary bunch here in the Manolosphere, as forty percent of you stated you prefer to read in your downtime.  When you get downtime, that is, which doesn’t seem to be often enough, eh? The next most popular activity was watching television at sixteen percent, with just being somewhere alone followed closely at fourteen percent.  A few of you were a bunch of greedikins, who wanted to be able to choose almost all of the activites on the list, which wasn’t going to happen. Ahem, yes, I’m talking to you.

As for today, how could I not ask about one of the most talked about television shows ever to hit the airwaves?

Sunday Brunch Buffet

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
By Glinda

For some lazy Sunday browsing…

The Babbymama (aka Christa) tries to let go of the ick factor that comes with having kids.

Raincoaster schools you on Sir Ian McKellan.

Huggies makes diapers that look like denim. Bad idea.

Parent Hacks tries to make that summer road trip a little more bearable.

Candy breaks the rules by talking about Baby Fight Club.

Open letters to the creators of Lost and Grey’s Anatomy

She’s a Jersey Girl at heart.

This has nothing to do with kids or families, but is totally bizarre and I thought you would like to read it.  Because, you know, I’m weird that way.

Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

Friday, May 21st, 2010
By Glinda

Simon Baker put up the best fight yet against Hugh Jackman, and wasn’t all that far behind at forty percent of the vote. However, Simon doesn’t have the time to play catch up, and so unfortunately he is declared the loser. I do admire his hair, though. If it was a battle of hair, he might have won.

Today I’ve had to travel out of Australia and go back to England. This next international actor has been all over the news as of late, starring in a hit show and recently becoming engaged to costar Anna Paquin. He has a son from his first marriage, though, so he definitely qualifies for CDF.

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Taye Diggs Goes to the Dogs

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
By Glinda

Taye Diggs and dogs

He’s not with his son, but this picture was too cute for me to resist!

Boys vs. Girls- And Everybody Loses

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
By Glinda

boys vs girls


One of the Munchkin’s oldest and best friends is a girl.

Well, was one of his best friends.

I’ll get to that in a moment.

They attended the same preschool, kindergarten, and are currently at the same school for first grade, although not in the same class.  They’ve been to each other’s houses for birthday parties, gone to the movies together, had playdates galore, gone trick or treating together, and basically hung out like good friends do.

The other day I asked him how Jessica* was doing. 

“Oh, we’re not friends anymore.”

Wait, what?

When pressed for details, he explained to me that both of them are being teased by people calling them “boyfriend” and “girlfriend,” girls are the anti-christ, yadda yadda yadda.

In the first grade? Already?

I knew that at some point some kids would say something similar, but I didn’t expect it until much later.

Silly, stupid me.

Don’t I know that kids are becoming mini-adults at an ever earlier age?

When I was in first grade, I’m not sure I even knew what a “boyfriend” was.  And I had a very good friend who happened to be a boy, and it wasn’t until middle school where things got a bit awkward and we kind of went our separate ways, but with no bad feelings.  But then again, I”ve been told that I was quite sheltered as a youth. 

So, what’s next?

Do I tell him to shrug off what is apparently some pretty serious peer pressure?  Do I condone only being friends outside of school, and pretending at school that they aren’t?  Or do I just let the drama play out as it will and not be a helicopter parent?

But I sure do have a strong desire to fire up those blades right about now.

*not her real name, obviously

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Things I Hate: Babies Talking Like Adults

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
By Glinda

I might be the only one, but watching babies speak with adult voices creeps me out.

I didn’t like it so much in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” which was the first time I remember seeing the concept. But at least it was understandable as a plot device, and it was an animated baby, which made it a bit easier to swallow. And maybe because it was just an awesome movie in general.

The E*Trade commercials are the ones that really freak me out, because it is a real baby with a (poorly) CGI’d mouth, and some snarky, slacker-sounding dude doing the voice. The dissonance is what is supposed to get your attention, but it makes me actively loathe them in a manner that just isn’t seemly.

The jury, however, is out on this one. I find it strangely compelling, but it certainly doesn’t make me want to buy Evian.

Actually in watching that again, I think the scariest part is the French voice at the end, which sounds like a parched, chain-smoking adolescent. Which come to think of it, makes me think of drinking water. So touche, Evian, touche.

Classic Toys- Anatex Rollercoaster

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
By Glinda

Anatex rollercoaster

My grandmother bought this very toy for my cousin, who is now 21 years old.  My son played with it lo these many years ago, and it is sitting on my living room floor at this very moment, in pristine condition, waiting for my daughter to play with it. Because even though she is fascinated, all she wants to do right now is gnaw on it, not necessarily play with it.

And that is what I love about quality toys, often as not made out of wood, or at least mostly made of wood.   They can last twenty years and then some.  They are often expensive, but I think a bit of extra money is worth it, especially if you plan on having more than one child.  Now, let’s see if this can last to perhaps a grandchild of mine?  Totally worth the sixty bucks.

Anyone Who’s Ever Parented a Toddler Can Empathize

Monday, May 17th, 2010
By Glinda

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