Memorializing and a quiz

Memorial day is a funny day to celebrate.  People died, that sucked.  But, nonetheless Vivien greeted us in the morning, “Happy Memorial day!”  It was a day off for her and the opening of her cousin’s pool for the season, so it was a happy day.

Later a big table of family and friends went to Campanile for it’s annual Memorial Day BBQ insert shot of me shoving pork ribs in my mouth, had I thought to take a picture).  We had three departed dads between us.  We toasted them.  My father was in the service during the Korean War.  He never left Virginia, but knowing my dad I bet he saw action!  ( ba- dum)

Sometimes there is almost a moment where you forget your loved one is dead.  The  next moment you think it can’t be true.

The food of course was great and I’m picking the rib meat out of my teeth still ( well, I ate leftovers for lunch).  My contribution to the dinner was making a Quiz for the diners.  I love games and I thought I would share it with you.  It’s from a variety of sources.  Answers below.

Have a good week.

1)These three holidays are tops in BBQing.  Please rank from 1 to 3

Memorial Day
Labor Day
4th of July

2) Decorating soliders graves took off during which war?

3) Memorial Day was declared a Federal Holiday under which President?

Grant
Wilson
Roosevelt
Nixon

4) The United States Naval Academy is located in what state?

Maine

New York

Maryland

Virginia

5)Their motto, “Semper Paratus,” means “always ready.”

Marines

Coast Guard

Army

Air Force

6) In which war did Deborah Sampson disguise herself as a man so that she could go to battle as a solider?

 

7) What is the Maximum Number of Dependents (under the age of
18) that one is allowed to have in order to enlist in the U.S.
Armed Forces?

8) Whose picture is on the Purple Heart medal?

A) President Lincoln   B) An unidentified soldier   C)President Washington
D) The First Secretary of Defense
a) One    b) Two    c) Five     d) No Maximum

9) In which war were tanks introduced?

10)
Which Country introduced them?

11)
What was the nickname of the B-17 in WWII ?

 

Answers below

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1) 4th of july is number one, then Memorial, then Labor

2) civil war

3) Nixon… 1971 it became a federal holiday

4) Maryland

5) coast guard

6) Revolutionary War.  I was fascinated with her as a kid.  My mom use to take us to the Sisterhood bookstore in Westwood.  I bought a book called “The Secret Solider“.  How Debra Sampson disguised as a man fought the British.  She was found out when she was shot and they ripped off her pants to give her medical treatment.  She was cool.

7) 2

8)  Washington

9) WW1

10) Britain,  most people guess Germany, but there tanks were not great

11) The Flying Fortress

 

Look at me ma! No wires. (sponsored)

I’ve been waiting for TIVO for radio. I need the rewind button when I space out listening to NPR  (something about the middle east, what was that?).  Plus, I missed my shows and wish I could listen to my favorite political radio show while I make dinner.  Well, now I can.  Sonos sent me their Wireless Hi Fi system to review and I  now have one of their speaker (they call it Play:3 $299.00, Bridge is $49.99)) in my kitchen so I can listen to shows on the internet while I cut my carrots.  Oh, but that’s only one of the uses.  See I did think this would be a gift..

I remember it as if it were yesterday…. ( cue dream sequence)

Target has an in-store promotion for the free wireless bridge with purchase of a Play:3 or Play:5 happening from May 27-June 9 

 

( I have been paid to write to a review of this, but I really did like it)

 

 

No tears meatloaf

A couple of days ago I mentioned how well my meatloaf when over in my house so I thought I would share it with you. Since if the lack of it drove my daughter to tears I’m must be doing something right.  Maybe as a cook, but not as mother.

Needed:

one pound pork sausage ( or you can get ground pork and add garlic, salt and fennel)

One pound ground beef ( The fatter the better.  A store near here has 27% fat ground beef, perfect)

One egg

Splash of water

salt, pepper

1/2 onion, chopped

1 big or two small cloves of garlic, chopped

One carrot, diced.

1 tablespoon of butter

1/3 of breadcrumbs ( I use store bought.  Homemade are great, but I’m not that ambitious)

1/3 cup of ketchup

I always mean to have worcester sauce in this, but haven’t yet and it’s worked out well, so maybe I’ll let go of that dream.

Here is how it all comes together, the food and the family.

 

I’m popular where?

 

So, I was trolling my stats on my YouTube channel.  They are interesting, but usually a chuckle as they differ from the stats from my site.  Here I have largely female viewers.  The most popular videos are those dealing with parenting issues.  But, on YouTube over 60% of my viewers are men.  My number video, has been for two years, “Sliding nursing pads.”  Just the suggestion of titty gets them to click. Or maybe they are fans of “Dancing with the Stars.”

I also know that most of the people who come to this site, and my YouTube channel are living in the USA.  Makes sense. But, what I didn’t know is the country which gets the silver medal for viewing coolmom vids is…PAKISTAN.  Not by a little, almost the exact same amount as the USA.  What?   Here is the ranking.

 

1.
United States
%
2.
Pakistan
%
3.
India
%
4.
United Arab Emirates
%
5.
Saudi Arabia
%
6.
Indonesia
%
7.
Turkey
%
8.
Qatar
%
9.
United Kingdom 10. Thailand

those last countries suffered something in the copy and paste journey.  Pakistan is only 700 views behind the States.  Countries 2, 4 thru 7 are Muslim countries.  Is Cool Mom illicit for some men? Who am I kidding!  If it was I’d have many more subscribers. Maybe  In more restrictive societies is it fun to see my stained shirt.  Hey, maybe it’s nothing perverse, maybe it’s what’s great about the internet that there are common threads to all our lives that we can relate to no matter who we are, what language we speak or what terrorist is hiding in our suburbs. Hmm, further study shows that of my “fans” in Pakistan 90.9% of them are male aged 25 to 54. Maybe it is the milk stain.

You know the only country out of these ten where more women watch my vids than men?  Thailand.  I think of myself as kind of Erma Bombeckish so it seems strange, or maybe it’s that You Tube has all these gamer guys and at some point they click around and listen to me tell jokes about being a room parent.  I was worried when I posted that vid, not because of my cleavage, but because I looked like I was holding Rex like he was a wet rag.

Maybe I should try to get a TV hosting job in Pakistan.

 

Mad dream

You know those dreams that seem so real they are hard to shake?  Last night I had one and I was going to clobber my husband in the morning, except that Rex’s body was half draped across his. Nice the boy protects his father.

I get up hours before Mark does so I had had coffee and breakfast and was able to calm down enough to tell him about my dream.

“We didn’t have any kids yet and you hadn’t lost your money yet. We had just gotten married and where staying a fancy hotel, but you also had an Asian girlfriend.”

Mark, ” I like where this dream is going.”

“No, it was a terrible dream, because on our first day of marriage you told me that tomorrow me and your young daughter-”

“Daughter?”

“Yeah, Oliver was a girl.”

“Named Oliva?”

Exasperated, “She didn’t have a name I was just going to have to mind her while spent a night with your Asian girlfriend.  I was fuming and you didn’t see anything wrong with it.”

“I have a lot of nerve.”

“Yes, you do.  I was bathed in expensive clothes and jewelery and then it occurred to me that I could leave you.  I didn’t have kids with you and I would leave you.  I walked in to the closet where you were and told you so.  You still didn’t get why I wasn’t okay with this arrangement and then I screamed, “who do you think I am ___ ____”  I screamed the name of a women my father had a very icky relationship with that adversely affected my family of origin.

“You were really angry.”  Mark said.

Then I let him have his first cup of coffee.

On the way to school Vivien asked if I had put the meatloaf I had made for dinner the night before in her lunch as she had asked.

“Oh, sweetie, daddy ate the last of it.  But, today is taco day!” normally a winner.  Not today.

“Waaa, I wanted the meatloaf!”  I had a brief thrill that she was so excited about my meatloaf.  But, she was now spiraling down a sensitive little girl path that meant dropping her off at school would not go smoothly.  I called Mark.

“You ate all of the meatloaf, right?”  He had.  The phone was on speaker so he could hear the sobs.  Yes, he had actually done something wrong for real. Well, eating dinner in his own home when he is hungry might not qualify, but it would have to do.

I assured her I would make the loaf of wonder again tonight.

As good as it is, I hope it doesn’t give me bad dreams.

MORE inappropriate sandwich shape

My mind drifts as I make my kids sandwiches for their school lunch.  I started off thinking I would make a little girl sandwich.

 

But, then I keep going.  What if the girl then stuck her finger in an electrical socket?

 

 

Or, when she grows up, goes to college and parties a little hard.  This would be her sleeping off a bender.

 

At least I did stop myself from making a sandwich that showed what that girl did that night and with what!

 

 

 

Should kids go to Hooters?

Recently a mom friend told me that before an action movie that she was taking her sons to they would eat with friends at Hooters.

What?

“Yeah, some people have a problem with it she said.  But, my kids ( about 7 and 9yrs) like to play the basketball game there and they eat the food.”

“Well, maybe they don’t notice the girls in the tight t shirts.”  I said trying to be knee jerk supportive.   Then I thought of how early guys have told me they began masturbating.  Farrah Fawcett posters, etc.   But, hey, that’s not bad, part of life, right?

Now, I know I wouldn’t take my daughter into a Hooters because I don’t want her to get the message that she should be an ornamental woman.  There are enough messages of that left all over the world for her to see, so I’m not going to accelerate that.

I’m also a food snob, so I would have to be roadtripping for hours, super hungry and have to pee to go into a Hooters solo. Chicken wings, burgers formulaic food is not my bag.

But, would I take a boy in there? NOW ( National Organization for Women for those of you who weren’t brought up going to their rallies as I was) takes issue with Hooter’s catering to kids.  The business model of Hooters, is pretty crass.  Do men and boys like sexy girls?yes.  Should that be stopped?  No.  But, I would very uncomfortable being with my son in that atmosphere.  On Parent Dish I found out that they have Hooter gear for kids! Blech.  A parent who would buy their little girl a Hooters shirt might be a candidate for a visit from child protective services. (Check out this photo from Esquire.  I hesitated to even share, except it was already posted.  My compromise is not putting it here.)  Young boy does not look happy at Hooters.

Okay, sorry, my hippie feminist upbringing that strives to be non judgemental was just trumped by my hippie feminist upbringing side that use to spell women with a “Y”.   I think I would rather take my son to a lesbian, socialist coffeehouse than a Hooters.  Than I’m at least supporting a small business owner.

 

 

Banana and child

This is a great collaboration. I was trolling Fiverr ( the site where people post what they will do for five dollars) Jessica Gottlieb had told me about it and I was looking for something practical like getting a video captioned when suddenly my eyes fell on one posting, ” I will make a 50 word movie for you in Bananish”.

So my food group.

I quickly penned a short rendering of what it’s like between me and Rex when he has a poopy diaper. It takes more than 50 words to get Rex to change his diaper sometime, so I shortened it. I couldn’t even stop to count the words I was so excited to have my own custom made banana movie. The artist who did the film is called “neatpuff”. Just in case you too would like your own custom banana film.
My question is: who wouldn’t?

what a mom blogger looks like bloggin

I was trying to edit a quick vid and Rex had rightly had enough of “Mike the Knight”.

“I’m almost done Rex”

My mom told me I could be creative as a mom as long as I could handle interuptions.  She didn’t mention the jungle gym part.

But, even when he is pulling my his little hand covering my face I sigh.  I love his little hands.

Best “momhandling”.  

Working from home.  Hard.