Friday, February 22, 2013

Scentsy

Just letting everybody know that as of February 1st, I became a peddler of the most awesome smelly goodness in the world - Scentsy.

I have the best-smelling house on the block, and you can too!

Just click here, and let me help bring scented goodness into your life.  :)

Love cinnamon buns, vanilla, birthday cake or coffee?
How about lavender, lilacs, roses, or sweet peas?  Beaches, thunderstorms and spas... lemons, limes, and berries.  It's all there!  (Even if you want your house to smell like a hot man... we've got that too!)

There is something for everyone - over 80 wax fragrances, and many, many warmers.   Lotions, hand sanitizers, car air fresheners, travel tins, room sprays, even fragrances for your washer and/or dryer!  And don't forget the kids - Scentsy buddies with built-in pouches for their favorite fragrance packs.  :)

If you want to try it out, or need a consultant, I'm your girl!
Want a catalog or to sample a seasonal fragrance?  Let me know!

http://jdawn.scentsy.us


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dignity In The Digital Age

Oh, holy mother of God, sometimes I get freaked out about being the mother of two beautiful girls.  I love them so fiercely, and I want to protect them, obviously.  Sometimes it feels like I will need to move them to a remote cave in order to do that, though.

A woman I knew in High School has daughters who are now in Junior High... and she posted on FB about an ongoing problem amongst kids in that age group - sexting, and using smartphones to send nudie pics.

In JUNIOR HIGH.
In Junior High (oh, my bad, now it's Middle School) girls are sending nude photos to their 'boyfriends'.  I wish I could talk to those girls, and tell them some things....

I wish I could make them understand that it's not about nakedness or shame, it's about respect.

 * Not about him respecting you, but about YOU respecting yourself.  Ever get the 'bad feeling' in the pit of your stomach?  That's your inner voice letting you know that you've compromised your dignity and let yourself down.  LISTEN.

I wish I could really get through to them that naked pictures are not about him admiring your body, or thinking you are beautiful.  It's not about THAT.

 *  It is easy to fall into the trap of being flattered that he wants to look at you -especially because the internet is rife with porn.  He can look at any manner of women/girls with a few keystrokes, but he wants to look at YOU.  Awww.  Honey, it's not like that.  It's a CONTROL MANEUVER.  He wants pictures of you
because he wants to know how far he can get you to go FOR HIM.  Don't be flattered... the little jerk just wants you to do it to validate HIM.  If you do it, he's puffed up like a peacock "Ha!  I'm the man... look what she'll do for me!"  Don't get me wrong - he and his five best friends will enjoy your contribution... but don't for a minute think that it's any kind of testament to you as a person.

I wish they would really stop and think about doing something they can never, ever undo.  In the digital age, it's not at all far-fetched to say that pictures are FOREVER.  And they are hard to control... they can easily be passed around in secret.

    *  "I trust him.  He wouldn't do that to me!"  All it takes is an insecure desire to impress a friend... or a drunken moment on an iPhone, and suddenly your body is a trophy.  Whether it's done out of spite, out of machismo, or a drunken mistake - now your body is no longer private.  All it takes is one little judgment lapse to turn your body into a detached tool of amusement, and your dignity into a punchline.  In the digital age, pictures are forever.  They can be saved here, there, and everywhere, passed on with the click of a mouse, and duplicated over and over and over, and there's not a damned thing you can do about it.  You can't stop it.

I wish I could make young girls understand what it took me years to figure out - your body is not a tool you can use to gain love, respect, or devotion.  Your body (and everything you do with it) is a gift to the one who ALREADY  loves you, respects you, and is devoted to you.  You won't gain those things by virtue of your body - if they're not already present, you're wasting your time and throwing away your dignity.

Gosh, it scares me.
I know these things now, but how on earth do I really make sure my daughters understand when the time comes?  How do I get them to see...?  We all have such big egos and think "It's different with us!" or "That won't happen to me!"  We do it all the time.

Young girls throwing away their dignity; whether it be on the floor of a random bedroom, in the back of a car, or via their smartphone makes me sad.  I didn't really know better... I didn't.  But I want my daughters to.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ah, What A Busy Month!

Oh. Em. Gee.

Long day, here.  Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, a long week.

We're in the middle of Girl Scout cookie season here, which as you all know is a Big Deal - it kind of consumes the thoughts of the adults involved from late December until... well, until we finally unload that last box of cookies we ordered for cookie booth sales.  Could be February, or could be March... or it could be that come May we still have some we're trying to GIVE away.

 Don't get excited... it's never Thin Mints.  It's always that year's 'misfit cookie' like the unfortunate Shout-Outs last year, or (I'm predicting) the new Mango Cremes this year (they have been unfortunately described as tasting like a) air freshener or b) hand lotion).  Not a winner.  Somehow I have a sneaky suspicion they will be the ones that get unloaded on our unsuspecting military overseas via Operation Sweet Treat.  Hey, don't blame me... I'm in the 'hand lotion' camp, and wouldn't feed them to my dog.

Cookie booths...we have a ton, and they are nearly every weekend starting last weekend, until we collapse, run out of cookies, or both.

Anyway...
So besides that, I had my Scentsy launch party last weekend, and did pretty darned well, I think!  I already earned the 'Shooting Star' award (after 11 days - and only 4 days with my kit in hand), and can't wait for the new catalog items to be available in March!  :)

As I mentioned before, I'm homeschooling Annalise, and it's going well!  However, we visited the doctor and found that because of her meds (they kill her appetite), she's only gained 2 lbs over the last 3 years... so we felt it necessary to try to find a new medication that will be effective, but allow her to gain weight.  And it's happening in the midst of all this other stuff, so it's a bit challenging.  I really have to watch her closely and evaluate her... keep tabs on her appetite, intake and weight as well as the overall effectiveness of her meds.  It's a good thing she's home with me so we can do this properly!  She seems to be flourishing in the homeschool environment, though... I have noticed such a difference in her demeanor and attitude - all positive.  And her studies are going well, too.  :)

I've gotten back into my quilting lately, and have done two baby quilts for my nephew and great-nephew arriving within the next month.  It's a veritable boy extravaganza!  I will post pics as soon as they are sent off to their new owners.  :)

I'm back in school too, and exhausted tonight... long day, and long class this evening.  It's a three-hour class, but she almost never keeps us for the entire time.  Well, tonight she very nearly did, and I was dead on my feet by the end.  Boy, this getting old thing is GREAT!  /sarcasm

Aside from that, I am still trying to train our newest dog, who is just out of isolation from heartworm treatment. (Not our fault!  She had them when she was picked up by Animal Control.)  In addition, we have recently acquired the following:  a hamster (yes, again), four hermit crabs, and an anole (little lizard).  This is in addition to the two dogs, cat, and turtle (the hissing cockroaches have left the building - more about that later).  I'm up to my eyeballs in animals.  I think my kids have more pets right now than I had throughout my entire childhood.

You're probably wondering about the cockroaches, right?
I had been telling my husband for months "I think a couple escaped in the garage.  I saw one on the landing, and I'm pretty sure I found cockroach poop."  His response?  "Oh no, there aren't any loose out there.  That was the one Anna lost, and it got put back in its cage - it's all good."  I wasn't buying it.  At all.  I believed whole-heartedly that a couple had gotten loose, but he wouldn't hear it.  Until about two weeks ago....

You see, my husband got a great new little car (a Fiat Abarth) that he loves, loves, loves.  And apparently he wasn't the ONLY ONE who adored it.  He brought it home, and about a week later called me driving home from work.  He says "I just nearly had an accident driving down the interstate.  I thought I saw something moving, and guess what I saw on my dashboard?  A HUGE freaking hissing cockroach.  The damned thing is sitting on my arm right now.  It must have gotten into my car from the garage."  Ha!  Vindication!

Or, so I thought.  But he still maintained that it was a fluke, and that no drastic measures were necessary.  (I was of a completely different opinion, and have been for some time... he has intervened and stopped the executioner's axe (aka: me) on several occasions.)

And then it happened AGAIN.  (Bwahaha!)
Same scenario... only that time he agreed that they had. to. go.  So I committed mass bug-murder - I froze those little suckers solid and disposed of them.  (Hey, I looked it up - it's the most humane way for them to go).  I'm NOT sorry to see the back of them.

So.  Yeah.  The last couple of weeks have been busy and eventful, with very little real 'free time'.  But what little free time is available, I have used to discover a show that I absolutely LOVE!  Downton Abbey.  If you haven't seen it, do!  The first season is on Netflix, and it's so worth it, especially if you have a fascination with English nobility.  :)  Great show!  (Death to O'Brien, the loathesome bitch!)

And now I will end this, because I'm tired, and my glass of wine is starting to make me feel deliciously fuzzy around the edges.  Ahhh....

Goodnight to all!  (Assuming anyone is actually reading - ha!)

Saturday, February 9, 2013