Posts Tagged ‘Shopping’

Chill, People! (Your Kids Are Watching)

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

I had $2.99 worth of fresh basil (a big container from Trader Joe’s) in the fridge and didn’t want it to go to waste, so I thought I’d whip up a batch of pesto.

Trader Joe’s was out of the required pine nuts, so I figured I’d bite the bullet and stop at Bristol ($$$) Farms on the way home to just grab some, figuring I’d pay maybe a dollar more there. I didn’t see the price, but when the checker rang them up, I saw that they were $23.99! (For about 10 oz of pine nuts, if the bag was even that large…)

I was friendly and polite but said I just couldn’t pay that much for pine nuts, and I asked for a price check to make sure they weren’t mis-marked. What happened next was worth the hassle. Talk about a hoot!

Three or four beautiful-people Bristol Farms customers stood behind me in line — and the body language, exasperated looks and sighs that came from from this crew, because they had to wait two extra minutes for a price check, were hilarious. They looked completely put out, and one man and his wife were so ticked off, they practically got in a tiff right there about whether to stay in that line or find a new line.

We’re talking about a price check that took about 90 seconds. How do they respond when hit with a real problem? Did their parents not teach them anything about being patient and considerate? It eye-opening to watch these beautifully dressed people in their 30s and 40s sink into a toddler-worthy snit over such a minor inconvenience. (And yes, we’ve all had things happen where we HAD to get home to the babysitter in the next five minutes, or we HAD to get to the hospital to be with a family member, but that didn’t appear to be the case here.)

But humorous moments aside, it made me wonder… Do these folks care that their kids are watching them when they behave as if the world exists solely for their convenience and other people are merely road blocks on the way to getting what they want?

(Lots of!) Free Toys at GoodyBlog

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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Why Men Are Never Depressed

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Yale Varsity line-up (LOC)

A fellow harried mom sent this to me, and I just had to share it. I don't know the author. If you do know who wrote this, please let me know because I'd love to give credit and link love! What mom — what woman — can't relate?

Men Are Just Happier People. What do you expect from such simple creatures?

Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans
take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be
President. You can never be pregnant.  You can wear a white T-shirt to
a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics
tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive
to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a
bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress
$5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you’re
talking to them. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One
mood all the time.  

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one
suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the
slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he
or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.  Three pairs of shoes are
more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You
are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.  Everything on your face
stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe
decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of
shoes — one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how
your legs look. You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have
freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.  You can do Christmas
shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

Crocs and Roller Sneakers and Wheelies, Oh My!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

A Rainbow of Crocs

I've been reading lately that some schools are banning roller sneakers and Crocs. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roller sneakers contributed to about 1,600 kids' ER visits in 2006 (the most recent data available on this) and school officials say Crocs can easily slip off and injure kids when they run at recess or play games in gym class.

Another item that is getting the evil eye in some schools is wheeled book bags/wheeled backbacks. Children often struggle to maneuver them through crowded school hallways, and other kids may trip over them, causing them to be banned.

Banning Crocs and roller sneakers? I can understand that. But I always thought of wheeled book bags as a good thing, as opposed to often-overloaded backpacks that can be too heavy for young kids. In fact I've written health-column items on backpacks in the past, and several doctors have said they prefer to see kids with the wheeled version. (Granted, it's best if the kids don't mow each other down in the hallways with them!)

What's on the banned list at your school? And what are your thoughts on Crocs, wheeled backpacks and roller sneakers?

Busy Parent? Sure! But Don’t Forget Your Valuables

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Smashed car-window, Hackney, London, UK.JPG

It started off with a rash of smash-and-grab thefts from parked cars near my son's school. Then I started paying more attention to the local crime reports in the newspaper. Here are some recent reports. Do you see a trend?

°    The victim parked and locked her vehicle on the street and set the alarm. When she returned to the vehicle she saw that the driver’s side window had been smashed out and the GPS system which had been attached to the lower windshield was missing. No suspects were seen or heard.

°    The victim parked and locked his vehicle in his driveway and returned to find unknown suspect(s) had smashed the driver’s side rear window. Suspect(s) took an iPod, charger and a camera that had been left in plain sight.

°    Three separate vehicles that were left unlocked and parked on the street were broken into by unknown suspect(s). Items taken included a GPS system and a camera.

I've talked with moms at my son's school who routinely leave their purse on the car set "because I'm just going to be gone for a few minutes to pick up my son." Or they leave their GPS unit out in plain sight because it's a pain to take it with them or hide it from view. But these are crimes of opportunity, and we can't be so busy with our kids that we forget to grab our purse, camera, laptop, iPod.

Now's the time to set a good example, as well, so that when our kids become teens and start driving, they won't come crying to us when their purse, wallet or camera are stolen from the car. It only takes a minute to secure these items. (And you'll be helping to lower everyone's insurance bills. Thanks.)