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Friday, January 6, 2012

Please don’t wear your pajamas

For the past four years I’ve had at least one child in the head start program. When the current school year started in August the county head start program opened at a new location and combined a couple of the locations. One of the things I noticed right away was the number of parents wearing pajamas as they dropped their kids off at school.

Taking a child to head start is not the same as dropping them of at school. We can’t just drive up to the front of the building and let the children out, we have to park, walk inside, sign them in and then leave. Normally, I’m dressed casually in low heels, shorts, jeans, tanks, shirts as well as the occasional pair of slacks and three-inch heeled clogs. And, on more than one occasion, I have felt overdressed.

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I’ve seen parents dropping their children off in complete pajama wear – from the tank or t-shirt to the pants and slippers. Don’t even mention slippers ‘cause that seems to be the footwear of choice around these parts. I’ll never understand that. I have had full view of panties because of the thinness of pajama pants, I’ve seen the underside of pregnant bellies, I’ve been a bit horrified by the big-tittied women with NO bra and the woman who wears a shower cap (maybe she thinks it’s a sleep bonnet). There are all banner of scarves (and not the stylish, keep-you-warm kind) and what not that make me just shake my head.

What puts the icing on the cake, in my opinion, is the memo that went out to parents yesterday afternoon. The subject: “Special Concerns: Parent Dress Code.”

Here is what it said, “… Program strives to uphold professional environment at all times. Dress code is one of the areas that we ensure that our staff, parents and volunteers plays a vital role as role models for the children that we serve. Effective January 3, 2012, we will no longer tolerate parents wearing clothing’s such as pajamas, house coats, house shoes etc. to drop-off and pick up their children during school hours. Any parent observed with inappropriate clothing will be asked to leave with the child and can return with proper clothing. …”

(I’m not even going to talk about the grammatical nature of that paragraph. LOL)

I told Anna’s teacher (and the teachers who taught Andre and Amareah in previous years) that I’m not taking that memo. I’m offended. Of course, I was laughing when I said it. I am one of the parents who has never worn “bed clothes” to the school and it’s ridiculous that a memo involving that subject had to go out. As I sit here typing this I recall sending a text message to an old head start parent during one of the meetings telling her about the parent committee secretary who had on slippers one day. During the meeting. And stood to read the minutes.

I’m sure there have been times when my jeans are a little tight, shorts a little too short or a bit too much cleavage is peeking out. Not to mention the days when my hair looks like I was caught in a wind tunnel. But… seriously? Pajamas?

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How hard is it to throw on a pair of jeans and slip your feet into some flip flops? Yes, you may be tired, running late or any combination of the above – and most of us understand that – but … well, what else is there to say?

What’s the worse or most inappropriate “outfit” you’ve worn out or seen on someone else? What do you think about the head start director having to distribute a memo on that subject?

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Where do you get your tire covers?

Have you ever pulled up behind another vehicle that has a spare tire on the back and seen one of those cute spare tire covers? You know the ones I’m talking about, right? I’ve seen them while out running errands and have wondered where people find covers with popular logos, smiley faces or common phrases. But they seem easy to get when you find a reputable place that has what you’re looking for and 4WD.com is just the site to surf for a vast assortment of Jeep tire covers.

Whether you are looking for a solid, professional or standard wheel cover or one with a fun, playful logo, 4WD.com has you covered. They carry a cover for every dimension of tire including from wheel size 26.5 to 37-inch tires. You will also find covers in a variety of  colors including black, tan, charcoal, khaki, gray and spice as well as in the material(denim, vinyl or fabric) that suits your needs and style.

If you’re in the market for tire covers then I’m sure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for when you visit this site. It’s easy to navigate with categories clearly listed and includes clear photos as well as sufficient descriptions so you know exactly what you’re getting. And, for the layperson like me, you’ll discover that the tire cover is for more than just esthetics; it’s to protect your spare from the elements so that when it is time to use it it will be ready and in prime condition.

The quality of tire covers available is ideal for the diehard “care for your car” enthusiast and the person who just wants their vehicle to look nice. Whatever your reasons you’ll find the ideal tire cover for you.

Is your tire cover plain or colorful to represent your personal style?

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What do you think of my book idea?

I’m in the process of reviewing the book “How to write a book proposal” by Michael Larsen. Although I have a couple other books in my personal library on the subject I took on this book because it’s actually something I’m in the process of doing and it doesn’t hurt to read and learn as much as possible about the topic.

One of my commitments (what you may call resolutions) this year is to finish my nonfiction book proposal and a minimum of three chapters of the book. While reading the book I discovered a few ideas to try out and see if 1) I have a good idea and 2) if the suggestions in the book work. So over the course of reading the book and working on the proposal you can expect to hear a lot about what’s going on.

The first idea I’m trying? Test the idea on your network. I figure what better group of people to ask than people who read my stuff anyway. So, here it goes, you’re my first “test subjects.” (Don’t you feel honored?! LOL)

Given my slightly suspicious nature I don’t think I’m going to give you a specific title just yet. My book is a how to guide on establishing and maintaining a strong, healthy relationship with your daughter. The plan to write one specifically geared towards relationships with sons is brewing in the back of my brain.

DSCF4605 I came up with the idea years ago when my oldest daughter was about 13 years old, but prior to that age different people would comment on how close we were and that it would change when she became a teenager. I refuse to buy into that. I believe a relationship – any relationship – is what you make it. When I was pregnant with my third child, my normally talkative, momma’s girl started withdrawing. She would go into her room and close her door after school instead of leaving it open like she used to. She was moody, easily rubbed the wrong way and I felt like I had to walk around on eggshells with her.

One day, as I stood outside of her bedroom door feeling apprehensive to open the door, I had an “ah ha” moment: I was feeling scared. Scared! Of my own child. Then I realized the problem. As parents – and as individuals in general – we fear change. A child who is growing into a young adult and trying to find themselves is in the midst of change; what we don’t realize is we have to change with them.

Parenting children doesn’t come with a manual, but it does take trial and error. That day, I made a decision. I cheerily bombarded my daughter everyday after school by asking her questions, listening to her talk, finding out about homework and friends – it was rather exhausting, but… and here’s the important part… whatever she was going through eased up a little and I was right there waiting for my baby.

Sure she had changed, but I changed a little with her as well as kept my own parenting style. When Amber hears me tell other parents about me pushing myself on her she’ll chime in by saying, “Yea, I hated every minute of it, but I’m glad she did it.”

DSCF4685 Imagine that! Pushing myself on my daughter worked. I didn’t give her attitude about her piss-poor attitude, I didn’t ask her, “What’s wrong with you!” and I didn’t accuse her, alienate her or show that her loved her any differently.

Does that make me an expert? Well, yea, in a way. You know why? Because it worked and it’ll continue to work with the children I have. Now I can tell other parents how to do it along with input from Amber to make it the perfect how-to guide for mothers and daughters.

So, I have a couple of questions for you:

  1. What do you think of my book idea?
  2. Have you had an experience like this with your children?
  3. Do you have advice or warnings for others?
  4. And, if so, would you like to be featured in my book?

I can’t wait to read your comments. I really look forward to your input and opinions.

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Browsergame-World.de

I am always surprised to find out how many people enjoy playing games online, and it never dawned on me that there are gaming sites in different languages. At Browsergame-world.de German-speaking gamers will find Browsergames in German. How cool is that?

Even though I don’t understand German, I checked the site out and found it to be cleanly designed. It also appeared easy to use.

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Let me know if you check it out.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Surprising bump cure

There’s one thing that time hasn’t changed too much and that’s the teenagers’ angst about pimples. Fortunately for me I was one of those teenagers who rarely had a pimple and, unfortunately, I’ve had more pimples in the past 10 years than I’ve ever seen in my life. Although to some my “pimples” are not worrisome, I can’t stand to see a lumpy, unattractive bump on my face.

And, without being too gross, I also can’t stand hair bumps. You know the ones that appear in your armpit, the inside of your thigh or within your very private triangular area? To my dismay, over the past six months or so, those inner-thigh bumps have popped in the blink of an eye. Not only are they unsightly, but they can be extremely painful.

Trying to get rid of them is always my first priority. I normally apply a hot compress, massage the area, use rubbing alcohol, press them and anything else I can think of. Yes, I know I should squeeze, but we all know that’s hard not to do.

One day about a month ago I was in the bathroom, opened one of the drawers and saw my Neosporin lip treatment, which I had bought because of an allergic reaction some time ago. I didn’t use it much at the time because I couldn’t tolerate the smell and ended up buying something else. I had thrown the tube in a drawer and forgot about it. There I stood, turning the little tube around in my fingers and considering whether I should dispose of it. I couldn’t do it because I hate being wasteful. I peered into the mirror trying to figure out what I could use it for.

A few minutes later I discovered the dreaded inner-thigh hair bump. The size of that thing was appalling and something had to be done to get rid of it. I bet you can guess what I did. Yup, I applied the Neosporin. I went on and got dressed not thinking twice about the bump, but later that night when I was getting ready for bed I remembered it.

I rubbed my hand down the inside of my thigh and discovered the bump was more than halfway reduced in size. I couldn’t believe it! I contorted my body trying to get a better look and rubbed around to make sure I had my hand in the right spot. It was true, the bump was almost gone. Two more applications later the bump was gone and the discoloration that usually lingered afterward wasn’t there either.

Maybe it was just a fluke, I thought. So, late last week I tried it again. This time a pimple popped up on the side of my face. I applied the lip treatment and, again, the next day it was halfway gone. One more application later – totally gone.

Eventually I’ll do some research on the active ingredients (Allantoin 1.5% and Pramoxine HCI 1%) to see if I can figure out what is doing the trick. That seems like such a small amount of those ingredients to even make a difference so it could be possible that the petrolatum, vitamin E, olive oil, cocoa cutter, cottonseed oil, sodium pyruvate or proplyparaben has something to do with it.

Who knows…. and, right now, who cares! I’m bump free.

I figured I’d share it with you and maybe you can try. Of course, I must say, this is not to be taken as medical advice just my personal, layperson’s opinion about a product I use for something it’s not intended for. Do you use products for something they aren’t intended for? Leave a comment and let me know.

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