Does anyone see a problem with this situation?

26 year old girl: I love Britney!
37 year old man: Me too!

Not how the real conversation went but you got the point. And no the problem is NOT that the 26 year old likes Britney. And this was overheard...not about me at all!

Yo quiero taco bell!

I went for my free taco yesterday...yum yum good stuff! Unfortunately the same lady was working the register (see blog title Aw Man). I think she might have recognized me...my absolutely hideous scrubs are pretty memorable. I felt bad asking for a free taco AGAIN so I had to buy something else...poo! I think I'll go in again next week and ask for another free taco!

I wish I were a bear

If I were to ever be reincarnated, I would like to come back as a bear. I could curl up into my own fat, snuggle up and sleep for 6 months! Wake up and it's warm...I do not like it being so cold :(


Aw man!

So I go waltzing into Taco Bell today and say "I'd like my free Stolen Base in the World Series taco please." First bad sign? The lady at the register looked at me like I was crazy. I explained to her that if a player steals a base during the World Series that Taco Bell is giving out a free taco to everyone in America. Or at least the ones who go in to Taco Bell. She gives a sigh as though she thinks I"m not going away until I get this free taco that I very well may have made up and goes to the back to check with her manager. She comes back and says that I can't have it until Tuesday. I explained very nicely that the World Series started last night (she didnt' look like a baseball fan) and that a base had already been stolen. She stared blankly at me and told me to come back Tuesday. *sigh*




Ed and I broke up. It happened over a month ago. I don't want to talk about him or the breakup. I'm fine I just don't want to talk about it.


Mother...don't plan a trip to Nebraska with me!

I will know your reasoning behind it and you're not getting rid of me that easily!

2nd Out-of-State Teen Dumped in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 13) - A Michigan mother drove roughly 12 hours to Omaha, so she could abandon her 13-year-old son at a hospital under the state's unique safe-haven law, Nebraska officials said Monday.
The boy from the Detroit area is the second teenager from outside Nebraska and 18th child overall abandoned in the state since the law took effect in July.
"I certainly recognize and can commiserate and empathize with families across our state and across the country who are obviously struggling with parenting issues, but this is not the appropriate way of dealing with them, whether you're in Nebraska or whether you're in another state," said Todd Landry, who heads the state's Department of Health and Human Services' division of children and family services.
There was no sign the boy was in immediate danger before he was abandoned, but an investigation into the boy's situation was still continuing, Landry said.
The boy has been placed in an emergency shelter. Landry said the family doesn't appear to have ties to Nebraska and he wasn't sure if the family had sought help in Michigan first.
State officials have met with the boy's mother, Landry said but wouldn't immediately address her reasons for leaving her son. He said he believed the boy's parents were married but wasn't sure if the father agreed to the decision.
"Regardless of why or how, our focus remains on the safety of the child," he said.
Creighton hospital spokeswoman Lisa Stites said she did not know any additional details about the boy abandoned at her hospital early Monday.
Last week, a 14-year-old girl from Iowa was left at an Omaha hospital by her grandparents. The girl has since been returned to her family.
Nebraska's safe-haven law is unlike similar laws in that it allows anyone, not just a parent, to drop off a child, of any age, at any state-licensed hospital without fear of prosecution for abandonment. The law doesn't absolve anyone of other charges like abuse or neglect.
In Nebraska, several of the parents or guardians who have left children cited uncontrollable behavioral problems. An out-of-work widower who left nine of his 10 children said he simply felt overwhelmed by his responsibilities. That man, Gary Staton, has asked a judge to allow him to visit his children.
State officials have stressed that the safe-haven law should be used only for children in immediate danger; some worry the broadly written law could make the state a dumping ground for unwanted children.
State officials have said parents and caregivers need to understand there is no guarantee an abandoned child could be returned to them if they change their minds. The have encouraged parents to seek other resources before resorting to abandonment.
Lawmakers have spoken about the need to re-examine the law, but the Legislature doesn't reconvene until January. Gov. Dave Heineman has been reluctant to call a rare special session.
Landry declined to comment on whether a special session was needed, but he did say Monday that a new law is needed to specifically address infants in danger. Two children coming from out of state is clear evidence changes are needed, he said.
"We need to get back to the intent of the law," he said. "The intent of the law was always the protection of newborns in immediate danger of being harmed."


Well I'm guessing that's a problem...

Man Sues Doctor for Amputating Penis
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 26) - A Kentucky man who claims his penis was removed without his consent during what was supposed to be a circumcision has sued the doctor who performed the surgery.
Phillip Seaton, 61, and his wife are seeking unspecified compensation from Dr. John M. Patterson and the medical practice that performed the circumcision for "loss of service, love and affection." The Seatons also are seeking unspecified punitive damages from Patterson and the medical practice, Commonwealth Urology.
A woman who answered the phone at Commonwealth Urology would not take a message for the doctor Thursday. But the Seaton's attorney said the doctor's post-surgical notes show the doctor thought he detected cancer and removed the penis. Attorney Kevin George said a later test did detect cancer.
"It was not an emergency," George told The Associated Press on Thursday. "It didn't have to happen that way."
Seaton was having the procedure on Oct. 19, 2007, to better treat inflammation.
The lawsuit filed earlier this month in state court claims Patterson removed Seaton's penis without consulting either Phillip or Deborah Seaton, or giving them an opportunity to seek a second opinion.
The couple also sued the anesthesiologist, Dr. Oliver James of Shelbyville, claiming he used a general anesthesia even though Seaton asked that it not be administered.
A message left at Commonwealth Urology's corporate office in Lexington was not immediately returned Thursday. A message left for James also was not immediately returned.
The Seatons' suit is similar to one in which an Indianapolis man was awarded more than $2.3 million in damages after he claimed his penis and left testicle were removed without his consent during surgery for an infection in 1997


Where all my hard work goes...

The Youth Team

The Junior Team

Well that didn't take long

Part of it seems oddly reminiscent of "Slave 4 U" but overall...I like. I wonder if I can learn to drive the car with my foot....


I had Chinese food (not oriental, because that describes rugs) for lunch yesterday so by 10:00 pm I had a horrible headache from the MSG. I think this means I'm getting old because a couple years ago I could eat Chinese food like nobody's business and sans problems. *sigh* Those days have passed...It got to the point I thought I was going to throw up. Where am I going with all this? Britney Spears new video premiered on 20/20 last night (yes that IS real news) and I missed it since the light was hurting my eyes and my head was buried underneath a pillow. I thought for sure the sound of "womanizer womanizer you're a womanizer" would rouse me, but no. I woke up at 11:15 still with a headache and now with heartache. Today will be spent searching the internet for this new video.


What we do during class....

How very sad you made me today...

Oh butter biscuit from Bojangles. Today you were only a 4. Not only were you not flaky and delicious but you were cut into 3 parts...the top, the middle and the bottom. Perhaps another day you will make me happy again.


Donkey or Elephant? Pt. 2

When the moderator has to point out exactly what the traffic light system means...it's not a good sign. These guys want to be the president and don't know/pay attention to green...yellow...red. Red does NOT mean keep going. Bad driver that I tend to be, even I know that one.
I wish I had known that if you give the opposite answer than what the question asks, you get it right. I really could have used that on Monday when I took a test. I could have written what dysreflexia is NOT and what are NOT the signs/symptoms and then argued with Mrs. Stewart when she marked it wrong. If it works for the potential president, it should work for me.
Also, Barack, saying that you are not following the rules because McCain is not, is not a good idea. Didn't your mom ever say "If all your friends were jumping off a bridge, would you do it too?"
I can't wait for SNL this weekend. They are totally going to tear this debate apart.

Donkey or Elephant?

So I'm attempting to watch the debate but really...1 minute to respond. Ok...that means 1 minute. Not 5! Neither candidate can play by these rules that THEY agreed to, why will they play by the rules after elected? This is what I'm hearing from both sides: "Senator, how will you fix x problem?" "Well you see, the other guy wants to do this horrible fix. That's a horrible idea." That is NOT answering the question.
They keep rambling on so here's where my mind is going: Does John McCain still have all of his teeth? Who cleans the president's teeth? Does the same person clean the VP's teeth? How often do they get cleaned? What kind of toothbrush does he use? Does he floss daily?
I still am not sure how I'm going to vote...John McCain is about to keel over any day. Joe Biden is like a creepy uncle (not that I'm calling any of my uncles the creepy one). I just wish the candidates would stop pointing fingers and actually address the issues so I can make my mind up. Is that so much to ask guys?

Let me count the ways I love thee...

Oh, delicious butter biscuit from Bojangles that I ate today....you started out only so-so at a 6. Your top half was a little too crispy for my liking. Your bottom half was delightful. It pushed you up to a 7.5. I loved you while I consumed you. Salty, flaky, buttery, sweetness.



Really? 6 years old and getting a bikini wax? Really? I've always wondered if I would take my kids (not that I have any to worry about but still!) to get waxed instead of making them shave. Ugh, shaving. What a pain in the butt. But 6 years old? Please tell me I won't be that kind of a mom!

Too young? Preteen girls get leg, bikini waxes
Moms are bringing daughters to spas for hair removal before puberty

By Vidya Rao
TODAY staff
updated 6:07 p.m. ET, Wed., Aug. 13, 2008
Philadelphia aesthetician Melanie Engle, whose specialty is eyebrow shaping, is no stranger to odd requests. But nothing prepared her for being asked by one client to book a bikini wax appointment for her 8-year-old daughter.

“The first thing I had to do was try and stay calm, and not yell ‘What are you thinking?’ ” said Engle. “This wasn’t about the girl developing hair early — it was the mother’s obsession with wanting her daughter to be a supermodel.”

Waxing body hair — from the simple shaping of an eyebrow arch to the painful transformation of the bikini line — has long been a rite of passage for adult women. But now, more mothers around the U.S. are taking their tweens — kids 10 to 12 years old and some even younger — to salons to get body hair removed.

“For waxing, 12 years old is the ‘new normal,’ ” Engle said.

The International Spa Association reports that 16 percent of teens who have visited a spa have had a hair removal procedure done, but the organization has no numbers for younger children because they aren’t allowed to survey them. Several salon owners around the country told TODAYshow.com that the number of kids 12 and under coming in for waxing services has increased dramatically over the past three years.

“There is a huge demand for waxing,” said Diane Fisher, owner of Eclips Salon and Eclips Kids Day Spa in McLean and Ashburn, Va., both Washington, D.C., suburbs. “Some kids do have a lot of hair. A 10-year-old with a dark mustache is going to feel self-conscious, and is going to ask for waxing.”

Nearly 20 percent of the clients that Nance Mitchell sees for bikini waxes in her Beverly Hills, Calif., salon are tweens, she says.

“The increase began a couple of years ago,” said Mitchell, who has been doing bikini waxes for more than 30 years. “Some kids come in with their mothers when the mothers are getting waxed, so they want to do it too. One 10-year-old had thick hair coming down her leg, and she had a bikini and leg wax because she couldn’t go to camp like that without getting teased.”

Developing younger or too young for comfort?
Medical professionals say that there isn’t any known increase in medical complications when young girls get waxed, and that because they are younger when they develop, girls nowadays may be growing hair at an earlier age.

“It’s not uncommon for girls to get their period at 9 or 10 years old, and with that development comes increased hair growth,” said Dr. Doris Pastor, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “The waxing itself is not an issue; the bigger issue is whether they are encouraged to engage in risky behaviors.”
Some salons even advertise their services for young girls. One New York City salon, Wanda’s European Skin Care Center, boasts on its Web site that children 8 years and older can get discounted waxing for “virgin” hair. “Virgin hair can be waxed so successfully that growth can be permanently stopped in just 2 to 6 sessions. Save your child a lifetime of waxing ... and put the money in the bank for her college education instead!” the salon proclaims.

The owner could not be reached for comment, but did tell the New York Post that she has seen more than 200 kid clients this year and that kids should begin waxing at 6 years old.

Engle says that the mothers who bring their daughters in for waxing come in two varieties: those who are concerned because their children are being teased about their body hair, and those she calls “perfectionists.”

“Sometimes mothers are clearly overcritical,” Engle said. “While I’m doing the child’s eyebrows, a mother will stand behind me and say, ‘Look at those blackheads, you need to have a facial, you need to go on Accutane.’ ”

Fisher, whose Eclips Kids Day Spa doesn’t defuzz bikini lines on younger children, does see four to five girls, mostly 10- to 14-year-olds, each week for other waxing procedures. The most common service is eyebrow shaping, though some mothers will request removal of body hair for their children. She says that she does see overbearing mothers who pressure their daughters to look “perfect.”

“I had a mother who brought her daughter in, pulled up her shirt and asked us to wax the girl’s back. The hair didn’t seem to be bothering the little girl, but the mom was embarrassed and wanted it done,” Fisher recounted. “I told the mom to wait until the child wanted it, but she refused.” The girl, Fisher added, was 6 years old.

A parent’s dilemma
For others, like Wanda Ramos, permitting their kids to get waxed is a way to stop them from being harassed by classmates. Her daughter, Gabriella, used to complain about the taunts and teases from kids who called her “unibrow” and “deformed” because she was hairy.

Finally, Ramos, who lives in Ashburn, Va., decided to end her daughter’s torment at 12 years old, allowing her to get her eyebrows waxed.

“It made a big difference,” Ramos said. “She feels more confident and other kids don’t make fun of her anymore — she gets compliments on how she looks now.”

But some experts say using hair removal to boost self-esteem is a bad bet.

“Girls are learning the worst possible lessons about body image and body hair,” said Dr. Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston and co-author of the book “So Sexy So Soon.” “Keep your bodies like little girls’ because that’s what men like.”

So how do parents respond when their children want to remove body hair at a young age?

“Have talks about bodies and how bodies change,” Levin said. “Let them know that hair is normal, despite the images that they see, and hear what you daughter has to say — this should be a give-and-take conversation.

Ultimately Levin says, the trend of tweens waxing is indicative of bigger issues, including the sexualizing of young girls.

“Girls shouldn’t be taught so early to focus on how they look and that things like money, makeup and looking good buy happiness, instead of the skills that they possess,” Levin said. “Should parents feed into that negativity or create an environment to help girls resist it?”

Oh crap! Im turning into my brother...

I watched a movie the other day, Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Prices and I was absolutely appalled. My brother has always bad-mouthed Wally World but I had always chalked it up to his whole unionism thing. Oh my gosh this movie is horrible! I will never step foot in a Wal-mart again. Or Sam's Club. If any of you have the opportunity to watch this documentary, I would suggest it. Hopefully it will turn you off Wal-mart as well.
Did you know that Wal-mart encourages their employees to get on Medicaid?
And that they refuse to pay overtime so the managers will go in to the timeclock system under a false user id to move the overtime onto a new week's paycheck?
And that the employees that work overseas get paid some insane amount like $0.13 per hour? They live in "dorms" (they make college dorms look gigantic) and even if they choose to move out of the dorms, the rent is STILL deducted from their measly paycheck.
If any union activity is suspected in Wal-Mart, the store manager is no longer in charge and they immediately fly in a corporate team (on a private jet of course) to squash the activity.
Wal-Mart employees have the opportunity to deduct money from their paycheck to help fellow employees in the event of an emergency (ie: fire, tornado, etc). They gave $5 million in one year. That same year, the Walton family (worth $1 billion) gave $6,000. The Walton family gave something like 2% of their income to charity. Bill Gates gave 58%.
Kevin, I'm sorry I didn't listen to you earlier...Wal-mart really is an evil empire.