Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Standardize the Panty Tag Thing, Please

Ahh, this post hearkens back to the great debates of my time: Beta or VHS, DSL or ISDN, Blue Ray vs. HD DVDs, and now, the left side panty tag, or tag less.

I would like to request that all manufacturers of panties for little girls standardize the left side tag or tag-less with writing on the back thing, please.

You see, learning which way to put on your panties is hard enough when you are three years old, but when your parent has to use "if, then" statements, you can just forget it.

The Little One must think I am crazy. I am sure she must think I really don't know which way to put my panties on, either, since we have to keep changing her panties around. Every day, there is a 5 minute discussion as I again go over the way panties are put on, depending on if there is a tag, or not. I don't imagine that walking around with panties on the wrong way is very comfortable for her, either, until I find the error and assist her with it.

So, please, help a little girl out, and her mother.

Pick a method of labeling the underwear. Either put tags on the left, or make them tag less with the writing on the back. That way, I can give The Little One just one simple way to figure out which way her panties should go on. I'll be fine with either one. Just let me know which way you are going and I will throw out all the non conformers and replace them which ever design gets chosen.

Let's just move on this quickly, please. I would like to keep tomorrow's discussion on which way her panties go to 30 words or less.

Thank you for you time.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Oh You and Your Part Time Vegetarianism

As I have clearly stated before, I am a vegetarian. If you want me to be specific, I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian, though I really need to cut out the ovo, and maybe the lacto.

Anyway, what that means is that I eat no meat at all, but I do eat eggs and dairy. I am also a very strict ovo-lacto-vegetarian. I check everything I can for any animal product, and forgo anything, much as I may love it, once I find out what it has. This means I can't eat at so many Mexican restaurants because of the lard in their food. This means that I can't have jello shooters anymore (not that I have actually ever had one) because gelatin is made from animal hooves. The gelatin thing also leaves out a lot of desserts, yogurt, and even marsh mellows, but so be it.

I try my best to buy shoes that are all man made, which let me assure you, sucks when it come to finding great footwear.

I do all this, and more, as a choice. This is my lifestyle. This is the way I want to be.

Let me also state that I do not think it is wrong to eat meat, but I think it is wrong for ME to eat meat. I do not expect anyone else to make my choice. If you eat meat, great. If you don't, great, let's exchange some recipes. I really think that whatever you choose to do, be happy with it, and it is all good.

However, there is one thing I don't understand, the idea of part time vegetarianism. This is the big movement now where people only eat meat sometimes. They may do it for different reasons, but not every meal has meat. In the south, we just called that poor. You see, not everyone, even those with farms and animals of their own to butcher, has enough to have meat at every meal. So, the reality is you don't have it. I doubt any of them are calling themselves Part Time Vegetarians (PTVs).

My own father has eaten meals without meat. He may not like it, but that's how it is sometimes. I dare you to call him a part time vegetarian to his face. Double Dog Dare, even.

My own children could be called PTVs, I suppose. The Big One only eats chicken now, and it must not resemble an actual piece of chicken in any way for her to eat it. No. It needs to be ground, breaded, and shaped, preferably like a crown or star, for her to be into it. I by no means consider her a PTV, nor do I care for anyone else to call her that.

She eats meat. She may not eat much of it,but she likes it when she eats it. She doesn't have a guilty conscience if she eats it. I think all of the disqualifies her from being any kind of vegetarian at all.

I read someone liken being a PTV to being a Part Time Christian somewhere, and I nearly wasted perfectly good Coke Zero. The idea of a part time Christian, only when it suits you, is funny. No one would go around and proclaim part time Christianity. To me, both are based on deep personal beliefs. Granted one is a religion, but both of them represent specific ways of life that you choose to live.

So, why is it ok to only hold true to certain beliefs sometimes, when you think you can count yourself in, but not when it matters. To me, you can't count yourself into the crowd until you are really willing to follow through. We aren't even talking about making mistakes here, but intentional choices. You either choose to eat meat, or you don't.

To call yourself a vegetarian, in any way, when you actively partake of meat on at least a part time basis, is a bit demeaning to the term. I actually am a bit offended. You are not a vegetarian. You just eat less meat. If I walk into the woods dressed in camouflage, am I suddenly a hunter? In my case, I would probably be there to scare the animals away, but still, I participated in half of the appropriate related activity. So, under this same misguided premise, wouldn't I then be hunting? Maybe I would actually have to carry a gun. I certainly wouldn't have to kill anything because many hunters come back with nothing to show for their efforts, even though they wanted to. So, you can't make that a requirement.

I hope I am not alone in seeing the absurdity of someone who is a meat eater calling themselves a vegetarian. Don't get me wrong, I think it is great if you want to eat less meat. Good on you. However, if you really feel the need to label yourself something special as a reward for your effort, try a different word or phrase. I hear people use flexitarian, and that is at least not offensive as calling yourself a vegetarian. Instead, how about you forget about trying get other people to pat you on the back for your sacrifice, and just enjoy a wonderful, flavorful, healthy meatless meal.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Leaving Mommy at Home

Tonight was great. I left Mommy at home, and went out just as me; that fun loving, long talking, but not when I'm watching a movie, chick that I used to be a long time ago.

It was really fantastic. We saw a movie, and then actually discussed the movie. I did not buy popcorn in order to appease anyone. In fact, I didn't buy anything but a ticket. I did not have to run to the bathroom during the movie, and miss any part of it.

The best part, though, was standing in the parking lot beside our cars, just chatting. Talking about boys even. Well, men, but its all the same when you feel like you are young and alive again. Also, to be fair, we were talking about men for someone else.

I loved it.

It wasn't a group, just me and a friend. That's all you need, though, to have a little fun sometimes. You just have to get out there, and remember what it was like to have fun a long time ago. You have to

While I can never truly leave all the mom parts at home. I will always have My Girls in mind, and be thinking about how they are, what they are doing, etc.

Still, It was nice to do something again where you feel like one of the girls again, and not just a mom.