Monday, December 31, 2012
Dick Clark and New Year's Eve are synonymous. Even major health issues did not keep Dick Clark out of Times Square. He suffered a stroke in 2004, but that did not stop him from participating in the New Year's Eve festivities that bear his name. He struggled in his speech, and although his enthusiasm remained, I found him difficult to watch in the later years. In April 2012 Dick Clark died and some of the sparkle of New Year's Eve died along with him.
Leave it to ABC to keep Dick Clark around for yet another New Year's Eve although post mortem. Tonight ABC will broadcast Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark. This two-hour special that will go down the "Dick Clark memory lane" of hosting New Year's Eve live from New York City's Times Square since the 1970s. That's about as long as I can remember. Proving Dick Clark does live on, ABC continues the tradition with Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest. (That's a mouthful.)
So set your DVRs if you need your fix of Dick Clark to make your New Year's Eve celebration complete. Happy New Year!
Friday, December 28, 2012
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Monday, December 24, 2012
I wish I could personally wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas but since that is impossible my virtual Christmas greeting will have to suffice. My wish for you is a blessed and happy Christmas surrounded by your family and friends. Cherish this Christmas. I wish you peace, love, and plenty of laughter.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Nearly a week after the horrible beyond belief scenario of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut gun control debates are heating up. Certain types of guns are flying off the shelves in anticipation of a major crackdown on gun sales in the US. Did you know that over 3 million Americans own an AR-15? This was the gun used against children in that horrific massacre last Friday morning. This gun is heavily marketed toward men and promoted on cable TV shows and in video games. Probably the same video games my boys play on the Xbox.
CBS News had an interesting breakdown of why people own a AR-15.
- 49% target shooting
- 22% hunting
- 28% protection
It's sad to think that we live in a country where people truly believe they need a gun of this calibre for protection.
A dozen Sid Dickens tiles hang on my foyer wall. That's about the extent of any organized collection I own with the exception of the collections of dishes I've inherited from my grandmother's overflowing dining room. My husband has countless golf clubs in the basement. Our tiny obsessions perhaps, but it would be difficult to kill a bunch of innocent children in a few minutes with a Sid Dickens tile or a Wedgwood dinner plate.
I realize the right to bear guns is in the US Constitution, but that was written nearly 300 years ago in a completely different time. I'm not against people owning guns for hunting or even self defense, but do you really need a semi-automatic weapon with clips of bullets? Even scarier if you have more than one of these types of guns around the house.
I know that guns don't kill people; people kill people. People carting semi-automatic rifles end up killing people. Maybe it is time to rethink gun control laws in the US. Perhaps it is time to truly debate why civilians need these types of combat weapons given that these weapons are clearly falling into the wrong hands and killing innocent children.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
My first name "Christianna" has 11 letters. Standard boarding passes issued by Delta hold space for only first names with 9 characters. My name is always shortened to "Christian." My name differed from that on my Minnesota drivers license. This was never a problem in all my years of flying until I encountered a TSA agent who was new and not letting anything slip. Christian Shortridge set off all the alarms and the TSA sprang into action.
Now I've had so many different variations of my first name over the years as letters are dropped for whatever reason: Chris, Christi, Christian. My favorite was receiving mail for Christian Book (a misspelling of my maiden name of Boock).
Christian Shortridge and her annoyed teenage daughter were now holding up the security line. The agent would not accept anything else with my full name on it so we had to wait for a supervisor to review my case. The people behind me in line were uneasy and restless because of the hold up. 15 minutes later and 3 separate calls to contact a TSA supervisor finally resulted in a short TSA supervisor waddling over to the podium.
She seriously scrutinized my boarding pass, my government-issued driver's license, and my daughter before finally initialing and handing back our boarding passes. We were free to move on. Before we left, I had to ask her how I could avoid this mess in the future like shorten my name on the ticket so it would fit? Nope couldn't do that—your name is just too long. Sorry!
I'm hoping this was just a TSA fluke and Sunday was Catch Innocent Passengers with Long First Names and Delay Them Day. Watch out if your first name exceeds the allotted 9 characters. It's not your fault, but you may well be delayed anyway.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
So now a shift from shuttling kids around to commuting. The laundry and dirty dishes will remain. The long wanders around Target, the mid-day workouts at the gym, and hours spent volunteering time at the local elementary school are over. It's time to empower my own children to take care of themselves and not rely so much on me. My family can find their way along that winding road without me in the middle guiding them along. The baby days are past, and I'm embracing the next chapter of my life.
That chapter starts on Monday morning. The question on my mind is: How will I ever get myself and three kids (and their lunches, homework, and instruments) out of the door by 8 am? As if that isn't enough of a challenge, Mother Nature must throw in a twist. The first major winter storm of the season is expected to dump up to 8 inches of snow on top of the Twin Cities just in time for the Monday morning commute.
Bring it on! I can handle a few inches of snow after 15 years of caring for three kids. The snow will just make my first day on the job all the more memorable!
In case you are interested, I'll be the new Communications Coordinator for a small Twin Cities non-profit organization that focuses on the humanities. But don't worry, this blog will live on, and I'll continue to post about the adventures of being one chic working Mom in suburbia.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Remember back in 1982 when Princess Diana was pregnant with William and the press never left the poor woman alone. They hounded her to her early death as we all know. Seems that history is repeating itself with Kate in Diana's role—that of carrying the heir to the British throne. If you haven't heard, Buckingham Palace confirmed today that Kate is pregnant. This announcement was probably a bit premature but necessary given that Kate is now hospitalized with horrible morning sickness and dehydration.
I guess in the press corp this must mean: "Let the speculation begin!" All major networks are carrying the news about Kate's pregnancy and hospitalization continuously. Although FOX News took it to the extreme by inviting a prominent doctor to wonder on national live television that perhaps the Princess could be pregnant with twins or triplets given her extreme morning sickness. That's quite the theory coming from a female doctor!
Perhaps the press should pause for a moment and think rationally. The Duchess of Cambridge is incredibly thin and maybe even more susceptible to morning sickness than other women. From my own experience, the first trimester of pregnancy (and even well into the second) means nothing but horrible morning sickness that lingers all day and into the evening. Just because she's hospitalized with extreme morning sickness doesn't mean she's carrying three royal babies.
Yes it's awesome that the royal couple is pregnant, but give Princess Kate a break. Leave her alone in her morning sickness misery and ease up on the "Kate and royal baby" watch! I must admit it is kind of hard to watch the wonder over an early royal pregnancy while on an alternate channel a story plays about children being killed in Syria's civil war and parents in anguish. It's all about perspective isn't it?