As most of you know, I don’t watch TV. When I say that, I mean I don’t watch it, yanno, at its regularly scheduled time. And really, I don’t watch it much AT ALL.
But the kids and I do watch exactly one episode of SOMETHING every school night after I’ve finished my word count and they’ve finished their homework. Sometimes it’s a documentary like Ancient Aliens. Sometimes it’s Dr. Who, the X Files, or Stargate.
Even though it only ends up being 45 minutes or so four nights a week, I look forward to the downtime. My only complaint is that one episode a night doesn’t get us very far on anything! But that’s okay, I’m REALLY trying to keep us at that level because I think keeping TV to the very bare minimum has been a big part in raising super creative kids.
Our newest favorite is The Walking Dead, though now that we’ve finished season one we have to wait for season two to come on Netflix. It’s got a lot of production value for a TV show. Plus, I keep thinking how awesome it would be to be one of the actors and act like a ZOMBIE.
What about you? Which TV show would YOU like to guest spot on?
Halloween was the kickoff to what is always a crazy two months of back-to-back holidays. Now we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving, and after that, we’ll barely have time to catch our breath before Hannukah/Christmas followed by New Year’s.
Despite it’s business, I love this time of year, though I think it has more to do with the cozy atmosphere than anything else.
Last week, I saw this picture on Facebook of beautiful model Tara Lynn. It was accompanied by the following story;
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”
The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:
“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness. They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia. They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish? They would have no sex life and could not bear children. Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad. And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies. We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated. Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! ”
I thought this was a beautiful story about finding and accepting oneself as beautiful at any size. I don’t have any problem with thin, fit, slender women. I just think it’s important that we accept the idea that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Slender women have opportunities to feel beautiful and sexy every day. A photo like this one just gives everyone the opportunity to feel beautiful.
So tonight’s poll (on Saturday instead of Friday, because I’m crazy like that) is about body image. Not the way you see other people, but the way you see YOU.
Of course, you DO get what you pay for, and there are things that the Fire won’t have that the iPad does. But it’s impossible to deny the appeal of a $199 device that allows for reading ebooks, listening to music, watching movies and videos, surfing the internet, and participating in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. The device also has a touch screen and is in color, which allows for the reading of magazines, a big selling point for me because I hate seeing magazines pile up on my coffee table and hate thinking of all the tress that were cut down to print them.
This could be a real game-changer in ereaders, especially for young people, whom I think have seen ereaders as things for old people who read a lot. And in all fairness, much of this functionality can already be had in the Nook Color, but for some I haven’t seen teens rush to the Nook as of yet. I’m super curious to see if the Kindle Fire brings more young people into the ereader market. Teens will be able to read, listen to music and check their Facebook on the same device and at a price point that makes it a viable holiday gift.
Most of all, I’m curious of all to know what YOU guys thinks. So weigh in with the Friday poll, will you?!
And please note that there are two different polls for different age brackets. Choose the one that’s appropriate for you!