Category Archives: Stuff

Television

For those of you that know me on a personal level know that I actually loathe television. I like movies and a few good or hilarious shows. The part that I can’t stand is the TV set being on all day long for no reason. I always find myself mindlessly staring at it never getting anything accomplished. Even if I don’t like the show. A lot of people tell me “I just like having the noise.” Really??? Because I feel like I’m going insane because every 30 sec someone is trying to sell me something. I prefer the radio. I love that my hubby’s great grandma has Sirius XM on her satellite. It rarely gets put to that but those channels have NO commercials and minimal talking.  I also found that my mother-in-law has Pandora that goes on the TV and it has nobody talking at me- ever. I know I’m probably waaaay behind on the times but this was news to me. I thought Pandora was just on the computer or in the car.  😛

But yeah- I love DVR. That way I can record exactly what I want to watch and can SKIP all the commercials. I do happen to like quite a few shows so if you’re interested these are the things I’m hooked on right now. (My top 3 are actually tied for how much I like them!)

  1. The Client List (I love Jennifer Love Hewitt!!! I was sad nobody picked up the Ghost Whisperer!)
  2. The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (I know this is the 13 season but its great even though I’ve only watched half of one other season)
  3. MLP– YES! It’s true I love My Little Ponies. As a “grown woman” I really shouldn’t but I do and I’m not ashamed.
  4. Project Runway Teams ( Another show thats been going for a while that I’ve watched here and there but I’m hooked on the Teams aspect of it!)
  5. Ridiculousness (I think that this new season they’re re-using a  few clips from last season so far it seems like every episode has at least one I’ve seen them show before.)

For some of my ALL TIME favorites they’re usually old or “old people” shows.

  1. Gunsmoke 
  2. Bonanza
  3. Matlock

And probably a few others. I could waste the day away if there was a marathon of any of those old shows because I actually haven’t seen that many.

As for movies….that could be a WHOLE other post and a very long one…..

 

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All I’ve Got Going On…; Kids Books

So some may find this sad and depressing but after about 2 years of being a stay at home (like really stay at home, never go anywhere-) mom, you get used to it.

You sit on Pinterest a lot and try to find fun new imaginative things to keep children at bay busy. Also I should mention- don’t stay on Pinterest too long because that doesn’t help with the whole keeping children occupied. Another thing about being a stay at home parent is that you seriously need a million books, but at the same time it doesn’t really matter because they quickly develop favorites and your stuck reading a very wordy princess book over and over, causing strange princessy nightmares. But more surprisingly is that you too start to take a liking to certain books. My all time favorite that I have memorized (accidentally, honest!) is Goodnight Moon. I cannot even type that title with out starting to quote it in my head. I think its a great one to start the whole bedtime reading routine even with little tiny babies. Hey, if they’re alert and at least looking around period, they will definitely like hearing you talk to them.

Almost all Dr. Seuss books are great! I only say almost because those are some of the ones that are favorites that are requested to be read immediately after it is finished, and your tongue can get awfully tired after the 6th time.

Call me lazy but I mostly like short to the point books with great pictures, that way I really don’t mind reading ten in a row. Even with wordy books I still don’t mind reading more then one. It’s a great way to kill time. My 5yr girl received a nice little set of classic stories (they’re Brighter Child Keepsake Stories) that are mostly correct in my opinion and are long enough to make her satisfied and not so long that the 2 yr old has left pages ago. So right now I’m just going to cut to the chase and leave a list of all time and current favorite books for kids- young and slightly older.

All Time Favorites:

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. The Cat In The Hat  by Dr. Seuss
  3. The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
  4. The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

Current Favorites:

  1. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  2. Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson
  3. Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

So that’s all I can think of at the moment! I did want to mention that the current faves have excellent writing. Little Blue Truck is #1 for a reason. I see that there’s more for Little Blue and I’ve been searching for more Bear books, they are just too cute and the kids pay attention. OH, and if you’re wondering, I pretty much never recommend  pop-up books or the ones with the little tabs you pull or turn because until they are at least 4 yrs old you’re just asking for it. You might as well flush $10 down the pipe. It’s just too tempting for little explorers that want to push everything to the limit. Even my first child who (no joke) was angel of a baby- very soft and gentle, easy going, didn’t even cry loud and knew  to take your word for things being hot- couldn’t handle not accidentally ripping the nice noise making pop-up book grandma sent her into at least 6 different non fixable pieces. Needless to say the hell raising 2 yr old boy will not be anywhere near those kinds books, he almost can’t handle normal ones.  But not to be a complete spoil sport you probably could have these kinds of books and keep them nice if you put them under lock and key. *Putting things up high just makes your children smarter and they figure out how to use chairs or just straight climb things.*