31st May2011

Monday Mingle: Scary Cats, Bird Gangs and Distant Cousins

by Daenel

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jen at Eighty MPH Mom.  If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is answer the 3 questions (you can vlog it, write it or stitch on a pillow, just make sure others can find it), hit the linky and you are part of the gang.  Make sure you visit other minglers and leave some comment love, after all, this is an interactive sport.

This week’s questions are:
1. What animal or bug are you completely terrified of?

I’m absolutely terrified of cats and birds.  I promise you, I think they’re conspiring against me.  Have you ever noticed how cats sorta creep along the side of walls, watching your every move, ready to pounce?  What are they doing that they have to be so suspicious of everyone?  And birds…  Those flying rodents!  Swooping down from the heavens, leaving their little gang signs on cars, statues and whatever else happens to be in their line of sight.

2. How many cousins do you have?

Between the Vaughns and the Moseleys, there are a lot of us.  I come from a long line of breeders.  And not just any type of breeder, we like multiples ~ I’m a twin, my aunt was a twin, my cousin had twins, I have twins, I’ve even heard that there may be a triplet in there somewhere.  Yep, breeding is our specialty.


3. What state are most of your relatives located in? How often do you see them?

We seem to have taken over the northeast part of the U.S., specifically the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia regions.

Next week’s questions are:
To be determined…

Don’t forget to join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday…

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is Shoe Style Saturday

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

29th May2011

Loose Threads and Other Random Thoughts

by Daenel

Heart of Haiti

1.On Friday I received a beautiful ‘Heart of Haiti‘ pendant in the mail in exchange for a post that I’d written on behalf of Macy’s, as I read the thank you letter, I couldn’t help but to cry thinking about the artisans who create the pendants.  These are women who create handmade works of art to support themselves and their children.  Items range in price from about $8 to about $280.  I’m not receiving any compensation for this, I just think this is a terrific cause.

The Girls on The Back Mountain Trail

To see more pictures from our walk, click the picture

2.  I bribe my kids.  People often ask me how I managed to have such well behaved kids and that’s the answer, I bribe them.  Not with money, I’m a librarian, I don’t have that much.  I bribe them with walks.  I keep them in the house until I want them to do something, then I promise them some quality time with Mother Nature in exchange for some free labor.  Yesterday I promised them a walk along The Back Mountain Trail.  All they had to do was clean the house.  Mostly I wanted the bathroom done.  But they dusted, swept and mopped their little hearts out.  So we went out.  On a 5 mile walk.  The girls came home and slept from 3 PM til 10:30 PM.  I came home and chilled in front of the TV.

Ugli Fruit

3.  The hubs and I went grocery shopping and as I was scanning the fruit section, I saw those ugly little things above.  They’re actually called “Ugli Fruit”.  Ummmmm, they look like rotten oranges to me.  I won’t be trying them any time soon.

Tweezers

4.  I think I have some sort of problem.  I love to pluck my eyebrows.  I don’t get them waxed as often as I should, but you should see me with a mirror and a pair of tweezers…  There is something, ummmm, therapeutic about pulling out those stray hairs.  Now I’m gonna be tweezing away with the little cutie I found at the store the other day. Seriously, aren’t those the cutest tweezers ever?

5.  So today the hubs and I had a bit of a “discussion” about what is and is not appropriate out~of~house wear.  This is how it started…  I bought a maxi dress yesterday while we were out, at his suggestion because he thought it was cute.  Today I wanted to wear it but my bra was showing, so I said I’d have to find a tank or cami to wear under it and the hubs suggested I go bra~less.  dead I whipped off the strapless, pulled up the dress straps and stood there looking at him, fully thinking he’d see the danger of such a suggestion.  Never mind the fact that everything dropped 6 inches but let’s think about the potential harm that could come from any pot holes.  He assured me that it was all in my head and that things were fine.  As soon as he walked out of the room, I changed into a pair of shorts and a peasant shirt.  With a bra.

So my question to you is, would you go bra~less in public?

27th May2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

Frankenstein Shoes.  Roach Killers.  Snow Crushers.  Butt Ugly Shoes.  These shoes have been called just about every name in the book, yet, they’ve remained in my closet for almost 13 years.  Whenever I feel insecure or unsure about something, these are my go~to shoes.  No, they’re not pretty.  They’re not even comfortable.  Yet, there’s something about them that makes me feel strong and confident when I slip them on my feet.  Maybe it’s the heaviness of the sole that remind me of my days in the Army.  Oh, you should have seen me then.  I was The Woman.  I oozed confidence.  Or maybe it’s the barely hanging on by a prayer strap that refuses to snap, no matter how much I tug.  Cancer, unemployment, returning to college as an adult student, it’s caused me to bend and sway but never to snap…  Yeah, they’re ugly but they’re the footwear equivalent of a wooby.

What brings you comfort when you’re feeling insecure?

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


26th May2011

Classic Book Review: Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

by Daenel

Peyton Place by Grace MetaliousBOOK DESCRIPTION (FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK)

When it first appeared in 1956, Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place unbuttoned the straitlaced New England of the popular imagination, transformed the publishing industry, and made its young author one of the most talked about people in America.  Metalious’s debut novel ~ which topped the best seller lists for more than a year and spawned a feature film and long~running television series ~ reveals the intricate social anatomy of a small New England town.  This new paperback edition, which celebrates the seventy~fifth anniversary of Grace Metalious’s birth, will reintroduce readers to a landmark of American popular culture.  An introduction by Ardis Cameron explores  Peyton Place‘s influential role in American literary and cultural history.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Grace Metalious (1924~1964) was the author of three other novels:  Return to Peyton Place, The Tight White Collar, and No Adam in Eden.  She was a resident of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.

MY OPINION

One of the cool parts about being an American History instructor is that I get to talk about things that I like and one of the things that I like talking about is American history during the 1950s.  Such a dichotomy ~ on the one hand you had these middle~class families who were creating “sameness” in the suburbs with their white picket fenced enclaves of  2.5 kids and fluffy dog and on the other hand you had these under currents of rebellion against “the man” (whomever “the man” may be ~ marriage, racism, domesticity, etc).  It was such a fascinating time…

Then here comes this woman, Grace Metalious, who rips the roof off these staid New England homes and exposes their secrets; secrets that were thought to exist only in “those” neighborhoods.  I mean, women were reading these books with paper bags covering them, they were hiding them from their husbands, teenagers were sneaking peeks, and libraries were refusing to carry copies.  This book was a cultural phenomenon; chick lit before it became chick lit.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes literary soap operas.

RATING
★★★★

Contains sex and violence

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post.

25th May2011

What I Wore Wednesday #9 and Real Momma, Real Style

by Daenel

Have you ever wondered what librarians do all day?  I can assure you, we do not read books…

What I Wore Saturday

Denim Jacket, Tunic ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Corduroy Skirt, Knee Socks, Boots ~ Target
Flowers Brooch ~ Handmade by me

Crocheted Flower Pin and Scarf Set

What I Wore Wednesday #9 and Real Momma, Real Style

Crocheted Flowers and Pin/Scarf Set ~ Handmade by me

Classes have ended and the students are gone, so it’s time for us to rearrange the library.  That means moving furniture, shifting books, scraping up things that can’t be identified except in a CSI crime lab.  So that means sore muscles, tired bones and boring What I Wore Wednesday and Real Momma, Real Style pictures…  Hopefully, we’ll get back to the “clean” side of librarianship soon and I can start posting pretty pictures again.

Until then do me a favor and leave a comment telling me why you love your library.  Library budgets are being cut left and right, and if anyone knows the value of books, it’s us moms.

The crochet flowers will be for sale as either a scarf and pin set or individually.  The flowers can be worn as brooches or hair clips (they have alligator teeth clips attached to them).  The brooches/hair clips will be $12 each and the scarf and pin set will be $25 each.

I’m linking up with

The Pleated Poppy

Real Momma, Real Style

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story. Anyway, I decided to create Shoe Style Saturday as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as to celebrate my love and yours for shoes. So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners. For more information, click here.

24th May2011

Racism, Black Women and Psychology Today

by Daenel

DaenelTHave you ever read something that was so completely ridiculous that you weren’t sure whether to be angry or stunned by its stupidity?  Yes?  Good, because that’s how I felt when I read evolutionary psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa’s blog post, “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” in Psychology Today.  They’ve since removed the article, but there are cached versions out there.  I won’t link to them because I don’t want Psychology Today getting any traffic from my blog.

The post basically states that black women are less physically attractive than other women because they have more testosterone in their systems than women of other races.  *blank stare*  This increase in male hormone is due to genetic mutations that have occurred over time because people of African descent have been around longer.  Kid you not.  Let me clarify personalize this for you so you can understand just how vile, dehumanizing and racist this “scientific report” is.  Kanazawa is saying that my sisters, my daughters, my granddaughter and I are less attractive than you (assuming you are a non~black woman who is reading this post) because our bodies contain more of the male hormone  than yours.  He also states that this increase in testosterone explains why black men are more physically attractive than other men.  I can almost hear the auctioneer pointing out the potential breeding possibilities of the big black buck in the shackles….

That this post was published bothers me but not as much as the fact that it was published on the website of a respected journal like Psychology Today.  I mean, seriously, how did that editorial meeting go?

Editor #1:  “Looky here, we got us a fine piece of scientific research on why black women are so ugly.”

Editor #2:  “Hmmmm, looks good to me.  Let’s print it.”

Editor #1:  “Alrighty then, how ’bout we go have ourselves a rally?”  *high fives all around*

What the heck were they thinking?  This is the type of foolishness that led to the enslavement and subjugation of blacks for hundreds of years.  This “scientific theory” is what led to the slaughter of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.  Did they really think they’d be able to sneak this by the masses and no one would have a thing to say?

When I look at my sisters, my daughters, my granddaughter, my friends of color and myself, I see beautiful women in all shades of brown.  I see tenderness and strength, I see attitude and heart, I see all the things that make me proud to be a black woman.  But I also see women who have been denied the truth of their beauty for far too long by magazines, television shows and now psychologists who say they aren’t good enough.

To Satoshi Kanazawa and the editors of Psychology Today, I only have one thing to say “Black is beautiful and we wear it well.”


To read the reactions of others around the blogosphere, check below:

  • 4 Us Naturals
  • Color of Change
  • Clutch
  • My Brown Baby
  • Psychology Today:  “I Think Black Women are Beautiful!  Satoshi Kanazawa, Your Rebuttal?”
23rd May2011

Makeup Free Monday Mingle: Pets, Comics and Weird Food

by Daenel

Makeup Free Monday

To the author of that Psychology Today article, I have a few words for you...

Makeup Free Monday is hosted by The Beauty Bean as an initiative for women to celebrate real beauty.  I love makeup almost as much as I love shoes but I also like encouraging women to embrace their natural beauty.  Confidence is beautiful, makeup is the enhancer.

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions are:
1. What were your childhood pets and their names?
2. Favorite cartoon or comic as a kid?
3. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Next week’s questions are:
1. What animal or bug are you completely terrified of?
2. How many cousins do you have?
3. What state are most of your relatives located in? How often do you see them?

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is:

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

The Versatile Blogger AwardThank you to Ana at The Artistry Collective for giving me The Versatile Blogger Award, I really do appreciate it.  In the spirit of paying it forward, here are some blogs that I think you should check out:

1.  Avid Accents:  My Style Blog ~ She’s thrifty, fashionable and crafty, gotta love that.

2.  The Chicest Geek ~ Great mix of fashion, motherhood and geek.

3.  House Unseen.  Life Unwritten. ~ Dweej will have you holding your sides, she’s so darned funny.

4.  Little Tech Girl ~ Great blend of techno~geek with fashion thrown in for fun.

5.  Momma Go Round ~ Nina is 1 part fashion inspiration and 2 parts spunk, so much fun.

I don’t know if y’all have heard about the Psychology Today article that states that black women are less attractive than white women, but if you haven’t, give me a few minutes and I’ll let you know the deal…

Click here to read the post.

20th May2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel


Shoe Style Saturday

The hubs says I’m a hippie because I like to wear flowers in my hair and clogs on my feet.  Peasant shirts, embroidered tunics and worn out jeans are my uniform.  I’m trying desperately to branch out by participating in What I Wore Wednesday and Real Momma, Real Style but I always find myself slipping back into my comfy cozy familiarness.

What makes you feel most comfortable?  Is it a pair of shoes, a blanket, a cozy sweater?

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is Shoe Style Saturday

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


20th May2011

Miss 17 Goes to Prom

by Daenel

You know how you have a teenage daughter and they sigh and huff at everything because you just don’t get it because you’re only mom and you’ve never been cool?  Yeah, last week that was me with Miss 17 as we drove around for 5 and a half hours looking for a Prom dress.  Well, it took the hubs all of 10 minutes to solve the problem.

The hubs:  “Why don’t you go online and buy a dress from the same place you bought last year’s dress?”

Miss 17:  “OK.”

Me:  “Grrrrr….”

Seriously, she almost made me give up shopping for good.  That would have meant no food or clothing because that’s just how awful shopping with a teenager can be.  As much as we are alike, we can also be so totally different and she had this picture in her head of the dress that she wanted and nothing I said could change her mind.

Anyway, her dress was ordered on Friday and arrived Wednesday, the Prom is tonight.  Talk about nail biting.  I was guessed at her size and we prayed that her grandmother would be available to do any needed alterations.  She tried the dress on at her grandmother’s house while I was at work, the message on my phone simply said “It fits.”

I never saw her in the dress until tonight….

Miss 17 Going to Prom

I was floored.

This is the baby that I carried for nine months, whose snotty nose I wiped and whose scraped knees I kissed…

Miss 17 Going to the Prom

The only thing that’s seeing me through is that I have 2 more girls left at home to huff and puff every time I make suggestions.

19th May2011

Imagine a World With None of That

by Daenel
Hands on Globe

Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Have you ever been inside so long that you’ve almost forgotten what it feels like to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin?  To hear the sound of birds singing?  To smell the dirty comforting scent of grass?  Well, that’s how I was last week during my switch from evening shift to day shift.

While sitting at the picnic table and drinking my coffee, I heard a plane fly over head and I instinctively looked up.  I watched as the plane flew out of sight and as it disappeared, I noticed that I had been just a wee bit tense.  I also noticed that a group of students had also stopped to watch the plane but they almost immediately went back to their previous activities ~ playing frisbee, eating, smoking cigarettes, being young co~ed students.

When I went back into the library, I told my co~worker about what had happened and she said she still looks up when she hears a plane too and part of her tenses up also…  As we continued talking, it dawned on me that the students who were outside playing don’t have the same frame of reference that my co~worker and I have.  They were little kids ten years ago, they’ve always lived with the threat of terrorism (I did too when I lived in Italy but it was different when we returned to the States)…

Tonight at my daughter’s choir concert, the director introduced the last song of the evening, Imagine by John Lennon, when he mentioned the phrase “frame of reference.”  When we hear Imagine, we think about the Vietnam War, the turbulence of the 60s and 70s and the idealism of youth. Even those of us who are not quite old enough to have experienced that turbulence directly.  This, the choral director stated is not what the kids of today “imagine” when they hear that song.  In order to put the song into perspective, he asked the kids to tell him what they imagine when they hear the song.  For those of you who think music and the arts are not an important component in education, I wish you had seen the video these kids put together ~ it encompassed history, social justice, politics, all the things that we want our children to learn and experience. One of the students stepped forward and said when they heard the song, they saw the hurt in Haiti, the death in Japan, the uprisings in the Middle East, the pain of bullying and they “imagine a world with none of that”.

18th May2011

What I Wore Wednesday #8 and Real Momma, Real Style

by Daenel

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story. Anyway, I decided to create Shoe Style Saturday as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as to celebrate my love and yours for shoes. So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners. For more information, click here.

Now on to this week’s outfits…

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday’s Work Outfit
Blouse, Jeans ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Necklace ~ Handmade by my BFF’s daughter

What I Wore Monday

What I Wore Monday

Monday’s Work Outfit
Cardi, Tank and Cami ~ Target
Jeans ~ Kmart
Gold Hoop Earrings ~ QVC
Crochet Flower Hair Clip ~ Handmade by Me

What I Wore Friday

Friday’s Graduation/Night Out Outfit
Lace Cardi, Black Slacks ~ Target
Cami ~ Deb’s
Flower Pins ~ Michael’s Craft Store
Pearl Necklace ~ Thrifted
Gold Hoop Earrings ~ QVC

This has been dress down week because we’re moving furniture and books at the library, and a girl ain’t trying to ruin her clothes, know what I mean?  And it’s been cold and rainy.  We went from mid to upper 70s and low 80s to mid 50s.  I am so ready for Spring to arrive and stay. How’s your week been so far?

Meme Hosts

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take pictures of what you wore all week, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…  Don’t forget to grab her badge!

Real Momma Real StyleI’m also linking up with Nina from Momma Go Round.  I heart her blog and her meme, Real Momma, Real Style, because Nina encourages women to step outside of their comfort zones and try new outfits. Every week she offers tips and tricks for shopping your own closet and incorporating new styles and trends into your current wardrobe.

17th May2011

Book Review: Judgment Day: A Novel by Wanda L. Dyson

by Daenel

Judgement Day by Wanda L. DysonBOOK DESCRIPTION (FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK)

The weekly cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell promises to expose businessmen, religious leaders, and politicians for the lies they tell.  Suzanne positions herself as a champion of ethics and morality with a backbone of steel ~ until a revelation of her shoddy investigation tactics and creative fact embellishing puts her in hot water with her employers, calling her credibility into question and threatening her professional ambitions.

Bitter and angry, Suzanne returns home one day to find an entrepreneur she is investigating, John Edward Sterling, unconscious on her living room floor.  Before the night is over, Sterling is dead, she has his blood on her hands, and the police are arresting her for murder.  She needs help to prover her innocence, but her only hope, private investigator Marcus Crisp, is also her ex~fiancé ~ the man she betrayed in college.

Marcus and his partner Alexandria Fisher~Hawthorne reluctantly agree to take the case, but they won’t cut Suzanne any slack.  Exposing her lack of ethics and the lives she’s destroyed in her fight for ratings does little to make them think Suzanne is innocent.  But as Marcus digs into the mire of secrets surrounding her enemies, he unveils an alliance well worth killing for.  Now all he has to do is keep Suzanne and Alex alive long enough to prove it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wanda L. Dyson lives on a working horse farm in Maryland, boarding and keepign a menagerie of critters.  She is the author of four acclaimed suspense novels, including Shepherd’s Fall, and she is the co~author of Why I Jumped, the true story of Tina Zahn.

Website:  Wanda L. Dyson

MY OPINION

I used to love to watch investigative/justice themed/debate shows, there was just something about watching an investigative reporter go after folks and say all the things to them that I was thinking.  Honestly, I used to wonder, how’d she get in my head?  I’d sit there glued to the television as the host would all but pronounce judgment on the accused.  Not once did I ever question the credibility of the host nor did I ever wonder about the accuracy of the reporting, I just assumed that because it was on television and it had a quasi~legal environment that everything said had to be true without the slightest bit of embellishment.  Bad librarian.

For me, the biggest takeaway from this book is to abide by John 8:7 which states:

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

Sometimes in our daily lives, we are quick to judge the lives of others without knowing all the details.  And, really, who are we to judgeShouldn’t that role be reserved for the One who is sinless?  Without being overly preachy, this book is a lesson on judgment and how quickly reputations and lives can be ruined by baseless accusations.

I’d recommend this book to readers who are interested in suspense intermingled with romance and faith.  Bonus points for the book being faith based without being overly preachy and not using any profanity without being too precious.

RATING

★★★★

Disclosure:  This book was provided to me free of charge through Waterbrook Mulnomah’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for a review.  This does not in any way influence my review.

13th May2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

This picture was actually taken last year while the hubs and I were driving around the lake.  At this point, I actually begged him to stop the car so I could get a shot of my shoes with the lake as a background.  I love when the hubs indulges my crazy.

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


12th May2011

I’m Guest Posting at the mahogany way birth cafe

by Daenel

the mahogany way cafe

Almost 16 years ago, I traded in my sporty little white Ford Escort GT for a mini van.  Not a “swagga wagon” but a big teal green got a pack of screaming kids in the back and gooey stuff between the seats mini van.  I was twenty~two years old and in no way prepared for three car seats (!), but nine days before I was due to give birth, the doctor announced that I was having twins…

A few weeks ago, Darcel from  The Mahogany Way tweeted about a desire to collect birth stories from women of color for her blog, the mahogany way birth cafe, a birth talk blog for women of color.  I replied that the delivery of my twins took me by surprise (9 days notice, y’all) and across 3 states.  Darcel immediately contacted me and asked if I’d share my story.  Of course, I agreed because Darcel is a fabulous blogger who is creating a community for women of color to share their mothering experiences.

the mahogany way birth cafe is a place where women can gather to share stories about pregnancy, get tips on birthing and encourage each other as they travel this journey called motherhood.  Check her out on Twitter ~ @MahoganyWayMama ~  and Facebook!

To read the rest of my birth story, head on over to the mahogany way birth cafe

11th May2011

What I Wore Wednesday #7 and Real Momma, Real Style

by Daenel

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story. Anyway, I decided to create Shoe Style Saturday as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as to celebrate my love and yours for shoes. So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners. For more information, click here.

Now on to this week’s What I Wore Wednesday…

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday’s Work Outfit
Black Tunic, Jeans ~ Old Navy
Necklace ~ Kmart
Mood Ring ~ Target

What I Wore Thursday

Thursday’s Work Outfit
Cardi, Cami ~ Deb’s
Jeans ~ Kmart

What I Wore Friday

Friday’s Hanging with the Hubs Outfit
Cardi, Tube Top (!) ~ Deb’s
Bracelet ~ Target

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday ~ Bracelet

Sunday’s Work Outfit

My favorite outfit this week.  I bought the cardi years ago because I loved the appliqué flowers, I just wasn’t sure how to wear it.  Between moving it from drawer to drawer and shifting it to the bottom of the closet, it lost some buttons.  I finally replaced the buttons with some that match the flowers and threw it on with a cami and a pair of jeans.  Ummmm, why’d it take me so long to think of that?  And I just love love love my flower bracelet.

Cardi ~ Target
Cami ~ Deb’s
Jeans ~ Old Navy
Earrings ~ QVC
Crochet Flower Bracelet ~ Handmade by me!

What I Wore Monday

Monday’s Work Outfit
Tunic ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Jeans ~ Old Navy
Butterfly Necklace ~ Thrifted

What I Wore Tuesday

Tuesday’s Work Outfit
Cardi ~ Burlington Coat Factor
White Tank ~ Hanes
Jeans, Belt ~ Kmart
Bead Bracets ~ Target and 3 Sisters
Necklace ~ Thrifted

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take pictures of what you wore all week, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…  Don’t forget to grab her badge!

Real Momma Real StyleI’m also linking up with Nina from Momma Go Round.  I heart her meme, Real Momma, Real Style, because Nina encourages women to step outside of their comfort zones and try something new.  See that picture of me with my shirt tucked in?  I never would have tried that had Nina not done it first.

10th May2011

Dude, That Major? Guaranteed to Keep You Unemployed

by Daenel
The world is in the hands of knowledge

Image by iStock

The other night as I was driving home, alternating between singing my heart out and listening to talk radio, something made my ears perk up…  A conversation between George Noory and some guy named “Uncle Ted”.  Can I just pause right here to say that late night radio is waaaay different than daytime radio?  Ok, well, I guess I did just sorta say it, huh? Well, it is.  Nighttime radio is full of aliens, ufology (the study of UFOs ~ I learned something) and Big Foot sightings…  Anyway, George and Uncle Ted were talking about the American education system and how it’s failing our young people.  And being part of the American education system and having young ones in the public school system and being absolutely certain that there was no way this conversation would involve the paranormal, I decided to listen. Can I pause again to say that I was wrong on that last count? But that’s another story for another time

So George and Uncle Ted are talking about how the current economic crisis and the failure of the American school system sorta seemed like they were planned to coincide with each other.  According to Uncle Ted, way back in the 70s he became privy to a document which pretty much stated that the U.S. would be headed towards an economic decline around 2012 (yep, another 2012 conspiracy theory, but stay with me), therefore, the country would be in need of more “worker bees” and not so many power players.  According to Uncle Ted and George it’s easier to keep the people down when they’re not well educated because the folks with the degrees want to get paid.

Now skip ahead in the conversation but keep that other part sorta simmering…

One of Uncle Ted’s arguments is that creativity has been removed from the classroom and children (whom he called “Universal Beings” or something like that, hence, the paranormal aspect) are forced to sit in boring classrooms and learn things through rote memorization.  He stated that his classes are child~centered.  If a child needs to get up and “take the edge off” he encourages them to go into the hall and do jumping jacks, if they have a thought they can just shout it out, etc.  He also argued that the lack of physical activity and creative outlets are possible contributors to the increase in ADD, ADHD and autism diagnoses.  Interesting theories, no?

But the really interesting part of the conversation (for me, anyway) was when they started talking about college education.  George asked the following question (and forgive me but I’m sorta paraphrasing because this show did air almost 72 hours ago and I was driving, looking out for deer and cops and eating at the same time, I was not, however, speeding) should colleges tell students that their chosen major may will not lead to gainful employment?  Now both George and Uncle Ted both stressed the need for students to “follow their bliss” but they also realized that in order to survive in this world, a person has to have an income.

As an example, George used himself.  His father wanted him to be a dentist but he wanted to work in radio, after taking a couple of pre~dentistry courses, George switched majors.  His dad was livid.  At that time, making a living in radio was unheard of ~ people either worked in factories, on farms or became professionals.  It wasn’t until his father saw his name at the end of a news program that George was able to regain some cred with his dad.  Jump ahead many decades and George says his dad may have been on to something, out of the 27 or so people who studied radio broadcasting, only 2 of them were able to find gainful employment.  Wow.

I’ve worked in a couple of academic institutions and I’ve often wondered the same thing.  Do colleges have an obligation to point out the earning potential to students who, say, major in Underwater Basket Weaving or is it up to the student to study up on their chosen major and decide for themselves?

What do you think?

09th May2011

Makeup Free Monday Mingle: Memorial Day, Candy and Other Preferences

by Daenel

Makeup Free MondayMakeup Free Monday is hosted by The Beauty Bean as an initiative for women to celebrate real beauty.  I love makeup almost as much as I love shoes but I also like encouraging women to embrace their natural beauty.  Confidence is beautiful, makeup is the enhancer.

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is:

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions are:

1. Do you have any plans for Memorial Day Weekend?
2. What is your favorite Easter candy?
3. Which do you like better ~ butter or margarine? Diet or regular soda? Manicure or pedicure

Next week’s questions are:

1. Do you watch American Idol?  If so, who do you want to win out of the final four?
2. How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?
3. What is the kindest thing someone has ever done for you for Mother’s Day?

08th May2011

Blogging Through The Gospels: Mark 3:35

by Daenel

SOAP RingSCRIPTURE

Mark 3:35

Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.

OBSERVATION

Jesus is stating that through our faith in Him, everyone who follows Him and does as the Word of God instructs is His family and also ours by virtue of us being children of God.

APPLICATION

Sometimes when I’m having a little pity party, I complain to the hubs that I’m lonely because I don’t any friends or family around.  And he points out all the connections I’ve made through my blog, Facebook and Twitter and how supportive many of my online friends and family have been when I’ve needed them.  This verse is a reminder that if I walk in the Word and carry myself as God would have me, then I am a child of God and sister of Christ and all of those who follow Him.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for including me in your family.   Lord, you know I’ve always wished for a large family and sometimes I forget that I do have that family ~ the people that I’ve met through the Bible in 90 Days Program, Blogging Through The Gospels and the myriad of other ways that we’ve managed to connect.  Thank you for giving me so many brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers in Christ.  Amen.

I’m joining with hundreds of other bloggers in studying God’s word through a program called Blogging Through The Gospels.  If you would like to participate, all you have to do is grab your Bible, read the selected chapter and then write a post on your blog.  Blogging Through the Gospels is hosted by Amy at Mom’s Toolbox.  To link up your post or read her SOAP, go here.

For more information about SOAP and its use for the Blogging Through The Gospels, please read What is SOAP? on Mom’s Toolbox.

 

08th May2011

Happy Mother’s Day

by Daenel

The Kids and Me

This morning my kids did something they’ve never done before ~ they made me breakfast.  In bed.

I got up because I heard Squeekerz scratching at my door, not because he really wanted to be in my room but because he wanted to be away from the kids.  Have I mentioned that our dog hates everyone in the family unless they have bread or Girl Scouts cookies ~ preferably the shortbreads but he’s been known to pilfer a Tagalong or two?  Anyway, I got up to open the door and the dog came charging into the room at full speed as only a half Chihuahua half Jack Russell Terrier (Jackihuahua?  Chirussel?) can.

The kids immediately started yelling: “No!  Get back in the bed!”  “We’re not ready yet!”  “What are you doing to us?”  Ummmm, I was completely unaware that I’d done anything to them, you know, accept give them life, feed and shelter them for 14+ years, you know all the stuff I’m legally obligated to do…  After I saw the tray, I realized what was happening.  Again, I’ve been a mother for 17 years and this is the first time I’ve ever had them make me breakfast in bed.

I climbed back into the bed and the kids nestled the tray on my lap…

Mother's Day Breakfast

Notice the funky sweats?  ‘Cause I was totally not expecting to take pictures this morning…

It was all my favorites: waffles, strawberries, bananas, melon cubes, banana chocolate chip muffin and coffee so strong it’ll keep me awake for the next four nights (long enough to finish Final’s Week at the library).  As the kids stood around basking in their success, something got in my eye and my cheek got a little wet.  This promptly ended up as a status on my kid’s Facebook page:

Mother's Day Facebook Status
I big puffy heart my kids and now I have proof that they heart me too!

How was your Mother’s Day?

06th May2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

I can’t remember when or where I bought the shoes but I can remember when I bought the bag…

I had just graduated from Drexel University and, with shiny degree in hand, was preparing to get my first full~time position as a librarian at a local college.  For the interview, I wanted a stylish briefcase and a cute suit.  Conventional wisdom said to go with one of the safe colors like brown, black or navy leather case but, um, that’s so not me.  I didn’t choose a “safe” black suit either.  Anyway, I happened to be watching TV when this beautiful briefcase came on the air, it was a Dooney and Bourke bag, in all the safe colors, and grass green…  I knew I had to have it, so I picked up the phone, dialed the 1~800 number and a week later I was carrying my beautiful green bag to my first interview for my first full~time job as a librarian.

I still carry my briefcase for important meetings and every now and then I carry it when I’m wearing my funky “stone” encrusted sandals.

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


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