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Good Grief, Charlie Brown.

This article sparked my interest yesterday.  Then I read this guy’s post, and now I have something to say.  DadCamp sat down with his family to watch a special that he and his wife probably would have considered a Halloween classic when, oh the horror!, Charlie Brown is teased by friends and gets a few rocks in his Halloween bag.

They have now banned this iconic show as well as all other Charlie Brown specials because they do not want to expose their children to “bullying”.  While I understand that bullying has been put in the spotlight and there have been some terrible cases of extreme bullying, there is definitely a difference between bullying and teasing amongst friends.

DadCamp’s reaction to the tv special set me on edge.  I called my mom and asked her if she thought I learned to be a bully from Charlie Brown.  While I don’t have children of my own, I know that I am 27 years old and have watched this TV special for as long as I can remember and that it didn’t teach me to be a bully.  While Charlie seems to get quite a few rocks, he is still out with his friends.  Sure, he’s called Blockhead but I can think of a song or two that many kids hear that call people worse things.  If a child is not exposed to a little bit of cartoon teasing vs. bullying how will they know the difference?  Also, I feel that if parents see a situation in a cartoon or real life that shows a little bit of the real world that makes them uncomfortable, then maybe it’s a good opportunity for a teaching moment with their family.  If you don’t want your kids teasing their friends because of their costume choice, make sure that you let them know.  Don’t leave it up to the tv special to be the last word.  The Charlie Brown specials are great at illustrating life lessons, good friends, and a little classic Americana.  Would you rather have your kids (or grown children with their kids) sit down with you to watch Linus wait for the Great Pumpkin or wait until you go to bed to watch some slasher movie?

While I don’t want to tell anyone how to parent I do want to say one thing to DadCamp.  Good Grief, it’s just Charlie Brown!

Make sure you watch the Charlie Brown election special!  No really, it exists and I own it on DVD.


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Really? 20 kids?

I have a ritual of watching the Today Show every morning.  I’ve watched since I was a kid and it is just routine.

Part of the Today Show madness includes the Duggar Family announcements.  If you are not familiar with the Duggar’s, they are the gigantic family of 19 Kids and Counting on TLC.  They have 19 kids currently, 1 daughter in law, and 2 grandchildren.  I was certain that when the Today Show did their teaser about the Duggar’s, they would be announcing the engagement of one of their oldest daughters.  They have several children that are well out of home school and ready to move out of the nest.  Surely, they couldn’t be announcing a pregnancy for Michelle as there were sooo many problems with the most recent baby and pregnancy.

Michelle Duggar Pregnant

Sadly, I was wrong.  Michelle Duggar is pregnant with baby number 20!  What a mess…  I can appreciate the fact that they are leaving it up to their faith but to me this seems mildly irresponsible.  She is 45 and she has put her body through 19 pregnancies already.  While I am sure that she probably talked to a physician (I hope) it doesn’t seem like a good idea.  Michelle Duggar has spent more of her life pregnant than not.  She seems very blessed to have this opportunity but how many opportunities has she missed out on being pregnant?  Not to mention she will now have a child younger than her grandchildren.

I have also watched the Duggar’s television show on TLC but I think that will have to come to an end.  I think that the outrageous amount of carelessness should not be rewarded with press and book deals.  While I hope that Michelle and baby-to-be have a safe and healthy pregnancy, I hope that it is her last.


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Another snow storm!

So unfortunately we are two days into November and we have received our second wallop of snow! 

This is the unfortunate view from my window.  Generally Colorado doesn’t see this much snow this early so I hope that it isn’t some bad omen of what’s to come.

Yesterday was a very long day, especially for the Husband.  We had DirectTV installed so he tried to work from home for the morning.  Sadly, that was unsusscessful so he ended up driving in anyway once the guy finished and worked late.  When we got home, the house was a mess due to the install and we only put back what we had to, tonight we will finish. 

It has felt that since he has gone back to work, our house has been a pit.  It has definitely been a challenge for us to adapt to him being back at work.  I am so used to coming home, helping with dinner, and then crashing on the couch with a glass of wine.  Now we have chores and things to accomplish and somewhere in there we have to manage a trip the gym as well once we get home.  I have a two day weekend this week so I am hoping to catch up.  I am also planning another trip to the pool tonight.

Any tips for time management?

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So glad Fall TV is back

I am so happy that my DVR is full again.  After Labor Day, every network starts bringing back the goods!  It’s not that I am trying to be a vegetable, I just love to unwind with a cocktail and a good scripted show.

Here’s what I’m watching.  Links to info under the photos!


Parenthood NBC image

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Photo courtesy of Fringe


Playboy Club

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Photo courtesy of Dexter


The Good Wife

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HOUSE (we’re a season behind, no spoilers please)


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What we’re sad to see go: OUTSOURCED


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What are you watching this Fall?

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What do to about TV

So I have been trying very hard to spend more time interacting and less time vegging out on the couch.  The Husband and I have spent more time together since I made this private declaration!  Granted, there are some times that I just want to listen to Andy Cohen gossip about Housewife drama or hear Gordon Ramsey yell at his newest possible chefs but there are also times when it’s nice to be out enjoying summer.


With this in mind, I have also consider making a major change.  Getting rid of cable!!!  Gasp!  Actually, I don’t think it will be that bad.  I didn’t have cable for most of my childhood anyway.  I know that I will miss the noise of the morning news (who doesn’t love to get ready listening to Matt Lauer?) but I also know that we can save a healthy chunk of change and still be able to get everything from internet sources.  We have had Netflix for a long time and I am now playing around with Hulu so I know there is a lot out there, I just don’t want to miss anything once fall comes around…

Has anyone made the switch?  Any suggestions?


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What a difference!

So I said earlier in the week I mentioned that there are some major differences between the car racing leagues that are popular in this country.  So to explain my background, the Husband has always been a big Indy fan and I am relatively new to it.  Neither of us have ever really watched racing, and the Husband is also a fan of F1.  I was only a fan when I worked for a major company that sponsored it’s own F1 team.

This last weekend, the Husband and I were out and caught the end of a Nascar race and we were watching the interviews.  What I found astounding was instead of nourishing their body with healthy things, every driver was chugging whatever their sponsor was pushing.  The most shocking one was watching a driver chug a 20 oz. Coca-Cola!!  You would think water would be much more appropriate but we didn’t happen to see an water label racing team.

At least we didn't see anyone drinking a beer.

In Indy, the driver has had a severe workout during the race will be drinking water, an electrolyte drink, or the occasional bottle of milk.

I’m sure there are more differences (like the cars, the rules, and everything else) but this was the one difference that made me take notice!


Pictures were borrowed from the Seattle Times and

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The train wreck you can’t turn away from!

So I did survive the dentist yesterday (barely).  Three minor cavities and lots of drilling.  No fun at all.  Once the Husband and I had made our way home from our respective appointments, we went out to enjoy the weather on the St. Vrain Greenway!  Beautiful ride.

Once we got home a cleaned up, the Husband started dinner and I flipped on the TV to see if we had any new surprises on the DVR.  Much to my delight, the DVR was on TLC and “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” was on TV.  Oh….MY…. GOSH!!!  What a fantastic (and frightening) show.  One little girl was wearing a bright pink monstrosity.  It weighed about 140 pounds and was made of 550 yards of fabric! 

The dresses were outrageous and the points of view evening more so!  I have set up a series recording and can’t wait for more craziness!

Even more delightful was the fact that “Extreme Couponing” was next and the Husband was also drawn in. 

We coupon every week and save about 30-40% of our bill but I have never left with the grocery store owing me money.  I have a new goal! I think the Husband will have to build a storage facility/bomb shelter first!



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