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Play the Sad Trombone: I can’t sew to save my life

October 26, 2009

in no manual for parenting

I visited Sad Trombone just now. Yet again. I am Today’s Failure #8418.

My failure today, as a mother: I can’t sew worth a damn.

I am not talking about elaborate arts and crafts. I am talking about simple hemming.

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I was reading the article about the so-called Craigslist Killer, Philip Markoff, in Vanity Fair, and like almost everybody, I wanted to find out, perchance through this detailed article, WHY?! Stories like this, a bright young man from a well-to-do family with a seemingly normal upbringing make people especially anxious.  If you cannot explain WHY, if the answer turns out to be a shrug of the shoulders, Well, something just snapped and he just did, then the world becomes too random for us to feel reassured.

The reporter set out to find the answers.  To reassure the readers.

Markoff’s parents were divorced.  That of course does not set him apart in this day and age.  But… how about what follows next?

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The following is a rant against men who do not help out around the house.  You have been forewarned…

I hesitate in calling myself a feminist. Because I am embarrassed.  Not because of the label, but because I would be living a lie if I call myself one.  I am the woman that Feminists hold up as a bad example.

An enabler.

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Live squid is not part of the standard diet in China, or Asia for that matter

August 13, 2009

in imho is just a polite way to say I know you don't give a hoot what I think but I'm going to say it anyway, this i believe

Once in a while I get all riled up with my mouth foaming like a rabid dog. My irrational anger especially loves a good target of Stereotype Mongers and Exoticism Panderers. This is that kind of moment.

PMS. Whatever.

The target of my rant today is this book:

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It would have been fine if there were NO instruction…

June 28, 2009 random

I am completely confused by this ant bait by Walgreens. It should have been very simple, until I decided to read what the sticker says:
“This surface is TOP. Bottom should be placed against floor or stuck on wall.”

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Are we really at odds with each other?

June 11, 2009 no manual for parenting

This is an age-old debate and for sure I am opening an ancient can of worms. And for some, this is probably opening up some disappearing scabs from long-since-forgotten battle wounds as well…
But I don’t know why something this trivial bothers me. It leaves my working-mother-core shaking. It makes me question myself whether my being [...]

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The “What the __?!” epidemic

May 9, 2009 no manual for parenting

I am no Miss Manners, let me just come out and say that. (Although writing Thankyou notes is one of the very few rules I am forcing my kids to follow). I have a potty mouth when the kids are not around, or at least, when I think they cannot hear me (which by [...]

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To @Wired: Whoever gave my husband the idea that Sorapot, instead of an IPod

February 28, 2009 random

was a good idea for a great Xmas present… is a f** idiot and can come & take it!

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Betrayed by The Huffington Post? I want my Virtual Lives separated!

February 12, 2009 random

It is clear that I intend to keep my blog anonymous. Not that it matters to anybody anyway since in the grander scheme of things, I AM anonymous: one of the masses, does not matter whether my name is known or not. However, in the unlikely case when someone at work or a family [...]

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“That’s so Gay” is NOT so funny! This has nothing to do with sense of humor…

February 9, 2009 no manual for parenting

Steven Petrow’s post on Huffington today really struck a chord:
“That’s so Gay” is Not So Funny
I am so happy and relieved that someone brought this subject up, again. Since Huffington is purportedly the most linked blog site in the world, hopefully more parents and teachers would be reading about this.
I have been extremely bothered by [...]

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