Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Hubby Guy!!

Yes, believe it or not it's ANOTHER post from me!
So today is Hubby's 37th birthday and the poor guy is upstairs asleep because he caught the cold/virus that Big B and I had last week. Hubs spent the whole weekend trying to sleep and recover but my guess is he still has another two or three days until the virus is finished with him.

Hubby is one of those hard to shop for people so his gifts this year consisted of money, a pocket watch, a DVD, and some Cadbury eggs. Exciting I know but the rotten shit buys himself anything that he wants so that leaves nothing for the rest of us to use as gift giving ideas.

MonkeyBoy just helped me make Daddy's cake a few minutes ago and then tonight I will be making Jaegerschnitzel for Hub's birthday dinner. It seems to be one of the few meals I cook that he actually likes plus it's really not that hard to make so it works fo me! *smile* Someone please slap me the next time I think eating chocolate cake batter is a good idea. I didn't even eat very much and I feel like hell! Evil damn death by chocolate!

Since Hubby is sick we are just hanging out here at home today but that doesn't mean MonkeyBoy didn't try to get us out of the house anyway. He felt he had a great idea this morning of what we should do for Daddy's birthday...Chuck E. Cheese!! That's right, MonkeyBoy thought it would be a good idea for all of us to go to Chuck E. Cheese's to celebrate the day. Of course, Daddy can relax and just sit in a booth and MonkeyBoy will play all the games for him. Awwww how sweet and selfless of MB! *snort* That kid is way too smart!

Happy Birthday Hubby. It seems like just yesterday that you were turning 30 instead of 37. I'm glad I've been there for all of it though and while there is much I would change out the last 8 years together, being with you wouldn't be one of them. Love you sweetheart and I hope you feel better very soon.

Okay, back to watching Superman cartoons with MB. I can't help but have one question though... how come the Superman in the cartoons we grew up with could breathe in outerspace but the one in the newer cartoons has to wear a space suit? Hmmmm? It seems to me that this newer version is nothing but a big ole red skivie (on the outside of his tights) wearing wuss! That's right, I said it. His mama dresses him funny! HA!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Kickin' Off 2008!!

I didn't want everyone thinking I had disappeared again especially considering it's a brand new year. Hopefully 2008 will be a great year for everyone. I'm still having problems with fatigue but it's getting better each day.

I just wanted to post some fun things to kick off the new year. Nothing too serious to start you know? So here we go...

~ I guess Parent Bloggers Network liked the review I did on Printakid for them because they quoted me many times on their site. Go take a look! Isn't that cool??

~ Voting is going on for Blogger's Choice Awards which means LWH has another chance at Best Blog About Stuff. So don't embarrass me people, go vote and if you are up for an award let me know too. I love checking out and voting for other blogs as well.

My site was nominated for Best Blog About Stuff!

~ Over the last few months several friends have given me some more awards and I didn't get a chance to thank them. So Andrew, Janice, Angie, Christy, and anyone else I might have missed... thank you for always thinking of me. You can find ALL of Life With Heathen's awards HERE.

~ Thanks to some fantastic friends, I've been having alot of fun snapping pictures with my snazzy new camera and hopefully I'll get to share some really great pictures with you soon. The hard drive went out on my computer but it's almost back up to par which means I'll be uploading pics soon and then I can show off how awesome my new camera is! I'm so excited!!

~ In a few weeks a very lovely friend of mine will be arriving from England to stay for a bit. She has fibromyalgia as well (only the poor dear has it much worse than I do) and is coming back to the States to seek treatment at a clinic in Denver. I'm looking forward to watching her progress and if it works out for her I will definitely be looking into the clinic for myself. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the folks at this clinic will be able to bring her some relief to the constant pain she's been in. I can't wait to have her here, load ourselves up on painkillers, and just sit and do nothing but talk to each other. LOL. Hey, when you have fibro that IS a good time! *snort*

~ The only thing I even have to complain about right now is another stinking sinus infection. :( Actually I think I've got both a cold and sinus infection. Yay, fun for me. So far the only one of the kids who has it/may have given it to me is Big B. He's been just as miserable as I have for the last three days. Poor kid. Tomorrow I'm having some antibiotics called in to try to get rid of this and then no biggie.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Are You Lonely Tonight? HeHe

A Hot Date with LonelyGirl15

Ahahahahahaha! Sorry, I couldn't help myself. :) I have a new review up over at LWH Reviews on the Cranium Bloom which are some really cool learning games for the kiddos. I also have a review due here for PBN but I will follow that right up with a real post.

I actually haven't been avoiding blogging, the hard drive crashed on my computer and with hubby working full time it has taken a little while to get it back up and running. So here I am and I have so much to say that there should be plenty of posts from here on out. YAY!!

Enjoy that hawt LonelyGirl up there. She's a looker isn't she? *snort*

Monday, January 07, 2008

Mother Talk: Body Drama

The year is just starting and already I have a new favorite book. Body Drama by Nancy Amanda Redd focuses on being real about our female bodies and loving them the way they are. Never before have I seen a book that covers every part of the female body and what it can do without trying to make a woman feel ashamed but thanks to Ms. Redd we now have one.

The book is separated into five main sections- Skin, Down There, Boobs, Shape, and Hair & Nails. Each section covers everything you could ever want to know about the subject including the not so great things our bodies might do.

In this book you will read about how to take care of your skin, the honest truth about getting rid of stretch marks, how to make an emergency pad, loving your boobs no matter what size they are, everything you need to know about your "hoo-ha" (my favorite term for it), and much more.

The book is a little daunting at first. I mean, millions of women were raised to think their bodies were disgusting and we definitely did NOT learn anything having to do with our va-jay-jays. That part of our body was definitely taboo! Don't touch it, don't look at it, and don't talk about it! That was the "code" many of us were brought up with which is honestly a very sad sad thing. Did anyone else's mom tell them that they would burn in in hell if they touched themselves? Seriously!

Men are taught that their "packages" are these great awesome things that they should show off and be proud of yet women are shamed for loving their own bodies. Contrary to popular belief, women's bodies aren't just for babies and sex. The female body is a beautiful thing and we need to teach future generations of women to love themselves just the way they are. Eating disorders are rampant among teenage girls and for what reason? They are made to believe that the women in magazines, movies, porn, and TV are perfect. Thanks to Photoshop and other programs they have perfect skin, perfect figures, no blemishes, tight asses, and then of course they diet constantly. This image just isn't real and we as women need to take a more active role in teaching our daughters that bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Women are beautiful just the way they are and being the size of a walking stick is NOT attractive! Body Drama covers all these things and more.

When the book first arrived I handed it to my 13 year old daughter and told her to read it then let me know what she thought. Considering that we're very open about everything in this house I figured she would enjoy learning from Body Drama and maybe even feel a little bit better about her own body. Instead I found just the opposite. The pictures embarrassed her and the talk about vaginas had her turning three shades of red. This actually upset me because she shouldn't have to feel that way about these subjects. It did give us a perfect chance to sit down and talk about the book and why it was important to know about our bodies. After that she felt more comfortable and the fact that her best friend read through the book as well finding it no big deal (great job C!) helped as well.

I am proud to have had a chance to review Nancy Redd's book. Body Drama is definitely not for any woman who isn't open to learning more about her body. It is a book for the woman who wants to know about herself and help her daughter love herself more too. This book actually makes a woman feel normal instead of disgusted by her body issues. It's a great book and I'm grateful to Ms. Redd for writing it.

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