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Friday, June 22, 2007

Tidbits Updated.

If I haven't said enough about Paris Hilton recently, read this. The Hilton family should be ashamed.
ABC and NBC should also be ashamed. There are so many better uses for that money that buying an interview with that 'girl'.
Makes me sick.
Dear American Press, We need to be interviewing some better role models.
Update: Today (Sunday) it was just announced that both ABC and NBC have backed off because of the publicity on the money and offers last week. Larry King will be doing the interview and is not receiving payment.
Dear Mr. King, Please question this girl on her morals and the life she is leading in front of our nations most impressionable. Don't just sit and let her play the famous victim and poor little rich girl. Please.
Regardless of where you stand on homosexuality, this letter to the editor will hopefully make all think about how they treat those who are different from them not just this Sunday at church but all Sundays. And while I do find many points in the gentleman's letter that are entirely debateable (Marriage/Becoming a Pastor) I think he makes a good general point. Our job is to love all.

If you've ever been interested in birth order studies you can take a wander over to this article which now says that the oldest children have the highest IQ's in the family. I think birth order studies are very relative to certain families and dynamics such as age gaps, gender, parental involvement. What do you think?

I know there are a few readers of this blog who read it for the "step-family" content and writings, I recently was invited to participate in a study for the University of Buffalo (NY) on being a stepmother. If you're a stepmother and interested in taking the survey you can go here. It takes about 40 minutes to complete but your experience and thoughts will be helpful to the research project.

Mayor Bloomberg's recent speech to college graduates is getting some slack. I have to agree, whatever happened to valuing family and time? His claim is in order to get ahead one must be the first to work, the last to leave, no vacations. He claims his daughters were raised 'thanks to their mother' and turned out fine. Umm, that really the message we want to send to our future?

A popular blogger wrote about her thoughts on being a stay-at-home mom not being that hard and it sent the mommy blogging world in a tizzy rather quickly. I didn't add my two cents to the topic but I did enjoy reading the comments and craziness that it stirred up. She wrote a follow up post here. I've got more to say on this topic sometime soon, but for now...what do you think?

Finally, here in our household the kids and I celebrated summer solstice yesterday by visiting our local Caribou Coffee for free coolers. It was the second annual cooler giveaway. The kids each had friends over so we dragged them along. Needless to say the only child who liked their cooler was Miss. M, so I was fairly caffeinatted. (I couldn't very well waste them, could I?)
We're looking forward to a weekend of sun which will hopefully provide a family beach day, but in the meantime H practices floating on his whale float inside.
M's been busy tending to her new pet caterpillars that she caught at baseball the other night. They are uniquely named; Jeff (her dad), Lori (her mom), Samara (me, her stepmom) and Gregg (her stepdad)....I've always hoped to have something named after me, and it's finally happened.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the excitement at your house, all good! Glad you got your cooler, I know that was an important item. LOL Mumsy

June 22, 2007 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger LeRoy Dissing said...

I have always been fascinated by birht order research and I am usually pretty good at picking out the oldest and the youngest in the family - bat a 100% with an "only" child. How can a person go wrong? :) What I am not sure about is the conclusion that oldest necessarily have higher I.Q.s. In fact, I am not so sure I put a lot of stock in I.Q. tests. I have seen many folks with supposedly high I.Q.s and not using it - so what good did it do them? I think emotional I.Q. has more merit than intellectual I.Q.

I won't comment on how hard it is to be a stay at home mom. I will let those in the trenches do that. I will only say I know how hard it is when both parents work different shifts and avoid daycare altogether. It rewarding but tough - very tough all the way around!

June 23, 2007 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger LeRoy Dissing said...

BTW - love the pics. Your description reminds me of when our mom took us four kids to the Dairy Queen for 5 cent cones - opps! Dating myself!

June 23, 2007 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

Can't tell you how happy I am to hear you have gotten a caterpillar named after you...don't let it give you a swelled head (as my Mom used to tell me when good things happened to me).

I read the higher IQ studies in the Chicago Tribune yesterday, and
got deflated because I am the youngest of FOUR. But, the oldest in our family sure has made some of the stupidest choices over the years, even though he is truly brilliant. So, I guess I'll settle for being a little less smart, but a LOT more happy!

June 23, 2007 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Megasue said...

good decision about the coolers...bringing the kiddo's guests ensured that you had plenty to drink!

June 23, 2007 at 12:11 PM  

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