And an End to the Year

31 12 2008

Well, I for one am happy that the year is almost over and time for a fresh start. So, allow me to end this year with:

Have a wonderful, safe and Happy New Year!





A Special Christmas Gift

29 12 2008

‘Whatever you give a woman, she’s going to multiply. If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So – if you give her any crap, you will receive a ton of shit.’





Happy Chanukah!

22 12 2008

Just a quick Happy Chanukah for everyone! Today is the first full day. Technically, it started last night at sunset, but it’s a good excuse to party all day!

This is a great holiday for eating fried foods – latkes (potato pancakes), doughnuts, chicken… Anything and everything that can be fried. More on that tomorrow!





YYEEESSSS!!

4 01 2008

YES!!! THE RELATIVES ARE GONE!!

Okay, I know that seems pretty mean, but when you’re hosting family for 3 weeks, it’s nice to be rid of them.  My mother always taught me to be the ultimate hostess, howeer, being the world’s greatest hostess gets really tough after a week or so.  After all, there’s only so much that you can do to entertain your guests.  Knowing that they were going to be here for 3 weeks, I told myself that I was going to have to pace it.  A little there, a little here, and as always, leaving out the board games for anyone to play at anytime.  Usually we can get a game going of something amidst all the cooking (and cleaning….)  12 people in one house leaves something to be desired…. like a maid!  It’s hard enough picking up after my own boys on a regular basis with all that we have to do, but adding more people to the house (and those people that have NO CLUE how to pick up after themselves…) just adds more insanity and chaos.

Here’s a small sample of what I’ve been going through.  Two people come in Dec. 19th.  Still here, but they don’t spend much time at the house.  Three more people came in Xmas Day, around noon, and it’s them that I’ve had to keep picking up after.  Two women and a baby.  Hmmm.  Think about that there.  These are two women that had a baby 9 months ago.  They’re over-obsessed with neatness at their house.  Only Organic foods (ALL THE TIME), no plastic toys for the baby, no painted wooden toys for the baby, and he’s practically never put down.  Always in the arms of one of the mommies.  One little cry and they’re both just jumping up to get him.  Talk about whipped.  One of them works in a lab, so go figure that she would always be careful about germs.  That’s a given.  But they’re both obsessed with germs.  And I thought I was bad being a Jewish Mother.  These two take the cake.  They don’t use anything but paper towels to clean up a spill, and then they’re washing their hands for the next 20 minutes.  But it’s okay by them that the now sick-laden baby (from the flight) can drool over everything and them not clean it up.  Or that putting wet towels in the clothes hamper is okay since they’re all going to be washed.  Eeewww. Gross.  Anyone who has ever washed towels know how bacteria laden they can be when left wet to rot in a hamper with other clothes, not only causing nasty smells, but ruining the clothes as well.

Overreacting, am I?  Not so.  These are also the same 5 people that leave their clothes all over the floor in their rooms to trip on, then complain about it.  They use the washing machine to wash clothes, then leave them partially wet in the dryer overnight, then complain about the smell.  Eeewww.  Gross.  Sound familiar?  They also left out pots and pans (without washing, of course) after they used them for themselves or the baby, then proceeded to leave them on the stove, then complain when there weren’t any pots to cook the nightly dinner in.  Oh, and yes, the moms of the baby went out and bought all new food for him at some health store that claimed to be ‘organic’, although I had just gone to the store the day before and bought their requested items.  Apparently, buying food from the local farmer’s market from local growers that only use compost for fertilizer isn’t considered to be ‘organic’ enough by them.  I pointed out to them after they got back the foods that they had just spent a fortune on not only cost them 4x the price, but weren’t truly organic in the first place.  The ‘brands’ that they bought are known to use pesticides and other non-organic crap on their foods, not to mention the genetic engineering that those companies support in order to proliferate crops.

Let us not mention also that they complained about every single meal I cooked.  Good, old-fashioned, good-for-you food, with minimal salts and fats, yet they were tasty, and requested meals by everyone that was going to be staying with me.  Hello?  How can you complain about a $100+ prime rib?  And yet, they did.  Apparently, they thought it was far too overcooked, despite the fact that I had called them to dinner with a 30 minute warning, 15 minute warning, 5 minute warning, and then proceeded to call them for almost 20 minutes after the meat was out of the oven.  Sorry people, but this was an absolutely PERFECT meal.  You have no right to complain.  It’s not my fault that I cooked and cleaned for 3 hours to make that meal special.  Idiots.

Okay, so this is beginning to sound like a rant.  Well, to all my friends out there, I’m sorry if I ignored you these past three weeks.  I surely did not mean to.  It’s a curse, I guess, this being programmed to be a perfect hostess.  Well, I learned my lesson this year.  No one is going to stay for more than a week, and I’m going to let everyone else cook.  I may not be able to eat much due to their inability to cook, but at least I’ll lose those 10 pounds I’ve been trying for (just kidding.)  It’s time to go now, as I need to take person #4 to the airport, so I’ll continue this post in Part II.





Merry Christmas

24 12 2007

The presents are wrapped….

The house is all lit…

Relatives are coming…

And it’s going to be a hit!

Hope everyone has a non-denominational, spirited holiday (with non-alcoholic beverages), for whichever holiday you choose to celebrate!

Nah – Just kidding!  Merry Christmas!    🙂





Let it snow… Oh, right – I’m in Florida

18 12 2007

‘Tis the season of happiness, joyfulness, presents, and…… flip flops! Yep – you read it right. Those tacky, inappropriate footwear that people have made fashionable simply because they’re too lazy to put on real shoes. Once proper only for the beaches, college dorm room showers, and poolside, they now have made their way into our regular wardrobe (okay – not MY wardrobe) to wear to work, to play and to “hang out” in….

Aside from all that, we finally got our ordered cold snap. Finally! The sad thing – people are STILL wearing flip flops in 50 degree weather! Let me just state that I think that is truly pathetic. Okay, Florida has this “Fountain of Youth” image from decades ago, so for some reason, people think that flip flops are appropriate anywhere. Not so people! And you people know to whom I am referring to… You wear your flip flops to the parks, the grocery stores, the malls, and even in fancy restaurants that require a tie. Then you’re surprised when your boss fires you for wearing flip flops to work, even though you’re going to change your shoes before you clock in, and even though your employee manual tells you that flip flops are not appropriate footwear, even for walking through the store! Ummm, Hello?!?! There is a reason for that, and it’s mainly because of Workman’s Compensation rates and laws. And to all of those people that hurt their feet in a retail store (i.e., a box falls on their foot), you deserve what you have coming to you, so don’t bother attempting to sue the store for your inappropriate footwear.

Recently I was at my local mall where there was a major anchor department store. I watched as an employee walked in from lunch,wearing her name tag and strappy flip flops. Please keep in mind that this store has a major policy against flip flops, even employees wearing them inside the store, even if they may be shopping on their own time, the employees have agreed to this policy. I watched as that woman didn’t even make it to the timeclock to punch back in before her boss walked up to her, told her she had violated this policy for the last time after repeated warnings, and was fired on the spot. Naturally, the woman walked out in tears. She had spent 2 years working with this store, the same department, she knew the policy, and yet she thought that it was okay to wear horrendously unsafe shoes in a working environment. Hooray for the boss! If I was the boss, I would have done the same thing.

People, get rid of the flip flops – no one wants to see them or your ugly feet. Me personally – I don’t want to see some fat woman’s fat, half- manicured feet either. Why take care of your feet if you won’t take care of the rest of your body? Get some sneakers with some good arch supports and take your feet walking around that mall. Your body (and feet) will thank you!





Tis the Season

16 12 2007

I hate the holiday season.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and Hanaukkah, I love being with my family and friends, but I hate the way things have gotten so commercialized.  I used to work retail for a couple of big box stores, and the Christmas music always started November 1st!!!  Hello?!?!?  What happened to Thanksgiving?  A celebration of bounty and harvest, as well as time to spend with new and old friends.  The December holidays are supposed to be the same way.  December is also a special time for me, as my birthday is 5 days after Christmas.  Okay, used to be a special time.

Maybe I’m getting a little cynical, but I truly am sick and tired of all these people running around trying to impress others by buying them gifts that only fill up the house, and not the spirit.  There’s a lot to be said by sharing a bottle of wine with a friend, and sharing your time instead of mailing them a $50 iTunes card.  Wait – Wait!  I love iTunes!  Okay, so maybe you could spend that time shopping for movies and music with that friend.  That’s still quality time.

In this ever changing technological wonder of the world, more and more people are “plugged in” to the internet and to their computers/blackberrys/cell phones than sitting down and writing a letter by hand, licking the stamp and actually mailing it.  What people don’t realize is that by spending all of our time on the ‘net, we’re only distancing ourselves from one another.  We think we’re staying in touch – but we’re not.  Yes – we can get in touch faster, which can be a good thing, but now we’re pressured to send our friends and family emails practically every day, and we get scolded if we don’t.

So this holiday season, take time to shut your computer/blackberry/cell phone down and connect with the people that matter the most – and do it in person!  If you can’t be with the ones you love – make the point to have a meaningful, maybe lengthy conversation with them on the phone.  Long Distance rates aren’t that bad!  Don’t ever be afraid to tell your friends and family how much you love them because you may not get another chance.

I lost my mother 3 days after Christmas, and two days before my 18th birthday.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish I had one more day to tell and show my mom how much I love her and how much I miss her, and especially how much I appreciated her.  So, not to sound bitter, but I hate these holidays.  I hate how the retailers and the sheep that follow them fall into the commercial trap of “things” for everyone for the holidays.  Find some way this year to do something creative, or just different!  And don’t fall into the trap!  Your wallet, family and friends will thank you!   🙂