Extremely Peeved Men’s Rights Campaigners Call for Boycott

Extremely Peeved Men’s Rights Campaigners Call for Boycott

Ever since starting my job I’ve become a lot more peeved at certain things, people, actions etc.

I don’t know whether it’s because there is a lot of pressure on me to do my job right, or whether I’m not seeing my friends as much as I’d like to, or whether I’m just unhappy in my job… I just don’t know.

First off, pressure. This month’s campaign is a huge one. September is the busiest time for gyms and I happen to work for a national gym chain. The second largest in the country. This month we’re all about slamming the competitors and saying what’s bad about them in our campaigns. We’ve had a video created by our digital agency and it’s great – it’s funny, and it shows us, as a company, in a very good light. And me?

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Let’s Take a Walk…

…back in time to one of my older posts. This was one of my faves because I love ranting and raving. Plain and simple.

I’m dragging this one out from under the dust bunnies in the archives because I am out of town probably having an excruciatingly bad time trying to wrangle three children on a “vacation.”  What a wonderful opportunity to be lazy once again. Yay!  So, just know, if I don’t reply to your comments as quickly as I usually do, it’s because I’m not actually here.  Duh.  So, thank you in advance.

OK. Now, I can kinda understand (though it makes me crazy) my 3 and 4 year olds saying “yes maam” when they’re asked to do something and then completely ignoring me and doing something else. On the other hand, I CANNOT get a handle on grown people doing the exact same thing. When you are on medication of any kind it is usually crucial to have some on hand.

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101: Watch A TV Show Recording

But today was a special day: I managed to complete one of my 101’s yesterday because… I went to watch Britain’s Got Talent and it was brilliant. We arrived at the theater about 11.30am and saw the queue to get in looping round the building about 10 times over. I was not up for queuing in that! But Lisa, our friend with the tickets, informed us that we had priority over them and we went right to the front – score! After a couple of hours we were finally let in and ended up 6 rows back from the judges, with an amazing view of the stage! We sat there for another hour or so while the crew set up during which time a warm up man came on and got the audience all hyper.

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Throwing Out the Old Year

There is an old Italian custom known as “throwing out the old year.”

On New Year’s Eve, in Southern Italy, people literally throw out the window everything they don’t need or want any more (and this includes furniture, so look out below!) to make room for the new year.  By throwing the old things out, bad luck and unhappiness are banished.  This leaves room for good fortune to come through the door in the new year.

We have a similar tradition in our family, but with one difference ~ we don’t throw things out our window!  Things that can still be used, we leave by the curb in front of our house.  By the end of the day, it’s all taken away by neighbors.  What can’t be used any more, we either recycle or throw away.

We go through every drawer and closet.  Nothing is safe when starting the new year and everything must be touched to determine if we really need to keep it.

Even Tricia went through her clothes and had a large pile she gave away.  I went through all my books and brought over 50 of them to the library book store for them to resell.  This year, we even went through everything in the garage. Read More

Freelance Blogger, Pampered Chef Consultant, and Medical Transcriptionist

Lately I’ve been looking for work and have been unsuccessful.  I know I need more education and certainly more experience.  I want to get in to medical transcription if possible, but for the time being, while I work my way through school, my oldest daughter must first try to get her GED diploma, and I’ll be raising kids and surviving deployment. She is taking GED prep classes provided for free by website called MyCareerTools ( ) and I must admit, it seems to be working fine for her.

This time last year I had it all going on.  I was going to school (taking three classes), working part time, chauffering three kids all over Toronto, doing Crossfit, and then selling Pampered Chef too.

My goal all along with Pampered Chef was to replace my income from medical transcription so I could be more flexible as my husband was going to be deploying this fall and I was going to be going to school still.

Alas, there was a very personal and life-alerting event which derailed everything.  I was forced to look at every aspect of my life and determine whether it was working for me or not.  I felt the need to change nearly everything in my life.  I evaluated my work, my friendships, my parenting style, my wifestyle, and more.

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December Celebrations ~ Welcoming the Light

December is my favorite month.  I know you’re probably thinking it’s because of Christmas and getting gifts and having winter break from school, but you’d be wrong if you thought that.  It’s a quieter time ~ the shorter days and long nights, the colder weather all requires snuggling in with blankets and hot tea.

As I snuggle in, I wonder about my ancestors way long ago who didn’t have the luxury of  light and heat.  They were surrounded by a deep darkness with the land quite bare.  This a time of hibernation and transformation.  The cycle of life is so apparent now.  I can’t help but think of  Elton John’s song The Circle of Life in The Lion King.  Without darkness, there is no light.

From now until the Winter Solstice on December 21, we are in the darkest time of the year, each day getting shorter and probably, for most, colder.  Because the warmth of the sun is enjoyed and definitely needed to grow our food, help the flowers bloom again from deep below the Earth, this is a month filled with many holy days, days honoring the light from the sun and rebirth. Read More

Alexander McQueen was a true innovator

Writing a short piece about the work of Lee Alexander McQueen is a daunting task. By any measurable standard, McQueen was a true innovator and a brilliant artist.main_image-570x335

Prior to his 2010 suicide, McQueen (who started his career at Givenchy before founding his own label and acquired his impeccable tailoring skills while apprenticing on Savile Row) produced a dazzling array of collections that engaged powerfully with themes as varied as romanticism, nationalism, exoticism, and historicism.  For example, his Highland Rape collection (one of his most celebrated), referenced the Battle of Culloden, English imperialism, Scottish identity, and nationalism more broadly.  McQueen’s daring and controversial designs earned him both a dedicated following and a reputation as a provocateur (he was variously termed “l’enfant terrible” and the “hooligan of English fashion”). The catalogue to the recent retrospective of his work at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art described McQueen’s work as replete with “mythic images of chivalry, brutality, and romance, ideals of heroic women, beauty in the unconventional – these ideas infused McQueen’s designs with an unparalleled emotional depth and challenged us to embrace new ideas about gender, history,and nature.” I highly doubt that any commentator could phrase it better. Read More

Halloween Brings Pumpkin Carving and Story Telling

It’s a tradition that on the day before Halloween, we turn a regular ole pumpkin into a Jack O’Lantern.

It was Petie’s turn this year.  He wanted to do something different he said, so our Mom went out and bought some magazines for him to get ideas from.  Well, he looked and he looked and he looked and, finally, he found just what he wanted to do.

He was a bit nervous doing this himself, so Tricia and I said we would be there to help (though Tricia stayed in the background, because she didn’t want to get covered in pumpkin goop when it was time to take out the insides).

After Petie made his outline, he took the crown off the pumpkin to scoop out all the insides.  We were making a mess, but our Mom didn’t mind.  Strings of pumpkin and pumpkin seeds were on the table, the floor and on us (well, except Tricia).  I checked the inside for Petie to be sure he got everything out. Read More

Own Your Recipes

Recipes are an invaluable tool. They help you to grasp unfamiliar ingredients, try out new techniques, and ensure success. Recipes allow professional and home kitchens to consistently put out the exact same dish with the same quality as every time before. Without recipes, familial ties would loosen, restaurants would inevitably close, and certain cultural aspects would be lost.

But, let’s face it, recipes are the color-by-numbers of the culinary world. They serve a very important purpose that I can’t stress enough; there is absolutely nothing wrong with using recipes. Yet, they can be a crutch. Restaurants rely on consistency, but that can get incredibly boring at home. One of the best ways to own your food and make something unique is to alter an existing recipe to suit your needs and tastes.

Let’s start with a traditional, basic, no-brainer recipe: Caprese salad. The three ingredients sing together! Fresh mozzarella, perfectly ripe tomatoes, and garden-picked basil are all you need for a mind-blowing dish. This is ridiculously easy to morph into something just as amazing as the original.

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Find What Works For YOU

One of the biggest lessons in my life right now is the concept of bio-individuality.

In other words, what is right for YOU won’t be right for the person standing next to you and vice versa.

Are they wrong? Why are there so many opposing theories? It’s because they are all right (personal ethics aside)! Doesn’t matter what test (or no test) you choose to decide about your future career. The key is that most of these lifestyles are based on real situations and that is why they work.

I spent a lot of time thinking one way of being productive (whatever it was at the time) was the right way. “Finally I found all that I’ve been searching for,” I would think. I would follow it diligently, feel great, then feel like crap, berating myself along the way if I “fell off” because surely it was my lack of willpower that was the problem. Wrong!

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