I have become a bit of an HGTV addict since a visit to a good friend last August.
Now the channel is the background noise in my apartment. Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, and Love It or List It are major distractions. And I hear this tired cliche from homeowners all the time —
Perhaps I should be thrilled that the woman is ‘winning’ in this scenario, but instead it kinda pisses me off.
I’ve never been married, but I envision a partnership of sorts where decisions are made together and compromise is key. This credo makes it sound like the wife is some crabby curmudgeon who holds every outcome over her husband’s head. If its doesn’t go her way, grudges will commence! Sex will be withheld! Pain will be inflicted!
Geez — where’s the love?
And where’s the husband equivalent of this saying? Is there one?
An unmarried woman wants to know.
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Tagged cliche, commentary, compromise, crabby, credo, curmudgeon, decisionmaking, design, distractions, family, Fixer Upper, grudges, Happy wife happy life, HGTV, home, home improvement, homeowners, Humor, life, love, Love It or List It, marriage, pain, partnership, Property Brothers, Relationships, Television, unmarried woman, winning, woman
What does the term ‘boyfriend jeans’ mean to you?
Loose jeans? Distressed jeans? Or…
Super sexy jeans?
Old Navy is now selling this popular style to girls and babies, and continuing to call them boyfriend jeans. Some parents and psychologists argue that this name is inappropriate for such a young clientele, who shouldn’t be thinking about wearing their boyfriend’s jeans or even have a boyfriend at all.
In the words of Seth and Amy at the SNL Weekend Update desk — “Really?”
I’d argue that the ‘highly sexualized nature’ of the name lies in the minds of these doctors and parents. Jeans shoppers have heard it in the marketplace for years; it simply means ‘loose fitting.’ Any babies and little girls made aware of the name will define it in terms of their own innocent friendships (unless their parents attempt to explain it in an adult context and scar them forever).
Keep calm and carry on, parents. There are far bigger boogie men out there to fight.
Posted in Children, Family, Fashion, Humor, Life, Relationships
Tagged acid wash, Amy Poehler, babies, blue jeans, boogie men, boyfriend jeans, children, clientele, commentary, distressed jeans, Fashion, girls, Humor, keep calm and carry on, life, loose jeans, marketplace, Old Navy, Relationships, Seth Meyers, sex, sexy, shoppers, SNL, Weekend Update
It’s a running gag in television shows and movies —
Dad’s ugly recliner
It often has seen better days, no longer fitting in with Mom’s decorating updates inspired by HGTV. And when Dad sees it, Dad sits in it. And stays.
Oh, the hilarity that the average sitcom has mined from that age-old dynamic. It’s funny ’cause it’s true.
If you remember that chair–or, more tragically, still have that chair sitting in your home and rue the day–perhaps this recliner will help you realize…
It could be a lot worse.
Posted in Design, Family, Furniture, Home, Humor, Relationships
Tagged age-old dynamic, chair, dad, decor, design, family, funny because it's true, furniture, have a seat, HGTV, hilarity, home, Humor, mom, recliner, Relationships, rue the day, running gag, sitcoms, ugly chair
I have seen a lot of articles of late on how to achieve the desired posture while sitting at my desk.
I didn’t use to have to worry about this kind of thing.
The folks who requisitioned my office furniture did.
But I home office — like more and more workers out there — so now the ergonomics of our home office space is up to us.
You can spend a lot of money on desks and chairs and ‘strategery’ your layout, but some spine czars say simple things like putting a pillow behind your back can make a big difference.
My favorite piece of advice?
Put a book on your head. Your body automatically aligns itself to maintain balance. I’ve tried this one, and it works — on me, a little too well.
You see, my head is really flat. I can slump and the book stays.
(That’s why I like this method so much.)
Posted in Business, Design, Family, Friends, Health, Home, Humor, Life, Philosophy
Tagged balance, book on the head, Business, chair, computer, design, desk, ergonomics, family, flat head, friends, furniture, Health, home, home office, Humor, life, office furniture, philosophy, pillow, posture, sit up straight, slump, spine, spine czar, strategery, work, workers
My sister and I visited Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure in December.
Harry Potter was our goal, but we played around in the rest of the two parks as well, trying out all kinds of 3D rides.
One of our favs?
The minions from the movie Despicable Me. It was designed for kids, but I think the adults on the ride had just as much fun.
One thing I did not realize…
Minions are members of the #BBN.
No wonder everyone loves ‘em.
Posted in Basketball, Children, Entertainment, Family, Humor, Movies, Travel
Tagged 3D rides, amusement park, basketball, BBN, Bee Doo, children, Despicable Me, entertainment, family, Harry Potter, Humor, Movies, Sports, Travel, UK Wildcats, Universal Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios
Parenthood, I miss you already.
Your final episode sits in denial on my DVR, as if not erasing it will bring back the series next season.
You Bravermans were that perfectly imperfect clan — often close to imploding but always ending up even closer together.
I’ll miss the endless baseball games and backyard gatherings under the twinkly lights. Everyone singing or dancing for some reason or other. And giving sudiences the first indepth conversation about Asperger’s syndrome on network TV.
Over your six seasons, my obsession with characters morphed and changed with the storylines. But I will always love Julia and Joel, and be grateful for the addition of Hank, because Ray Romano is a wonderful dramatic actor (which I discovered in Men of a Certain Age) and I loved what he brought to Parenthood.
I’m rambling because I hate to say goodbye. Let’s just say, “See ya later…”
Because I will be watching again soon.
Posted in Entertainment, Family, Friends, Home, Life, Television
Tagged Asperger's, baseball games, Bravermans, dancing, denial, DVR, entertainment, family, friends, goodbyes, home, life, Men of a Certain Age, Parenthood, Ray Romano, see ya latet, series finale, singing, Television, twinkly lights