Whatever Happened to Common Sense?

I seriously am starting to fear for the future of this country. Whatever happened to common sense? Human being seem to have lost all sense of logical thought and the downfall of humanity is sure to follow.  We have manufactures putting labels on coolers that tell parents not to put babies in them. Someone gets burned by hot coffee from a fast food restaurant and sues the place because the coffee was actually HOT.  Yesterday's discussion on Facebook about the clean eating diet has convinced me that humans are not going to survive another century. Whatever Happened to Common Sense? I try hard not to get in arguments with people on Facebook but sometimes I see something that just requires a bit of logic thought. I am polite about it.  There is no swearing and name calling involved.  … [Read more...]

Getting Old Sucks and Other Lessons I Learned Last Year

This morning I started to get ready to go to the gym and I threw out my back putting on my pants.  Yes, I managed to hurt myself without doing anything more strenuous than lifting a leg and I have decided that getting old sucks.  Once upon a time, I hiked 7 miles up into the White Mountains with a full weekend worth of gear on my back without injury.  Now I succumb to injury just trying to get dressed in the morning.  Oh how far I have fallen since my college days.  I may not be quite as agile as I once was but I think my 40's have brought me a whole lot more wisdom than I had when I was in my 20's.  Want to know what else I learned last year?  Here are just a few life lessons I have finally figured out Getting Old Sucks and Other Lessons I Learned Last Year   Perfection only … [Read more...]

To Judge is Human. To Keep Your Mouth Shut is Polite.

There are a lot of opinionated people in this world.  To find them, all you have to do is scroll through Facebook for a few minutes.  People on Facebook have opinions on all sorts of things and they are more than willing to share them with you.  Whether you want those opinions or not.  See a good recipe?  Bet there are people who think it looks disgusting.  Come across a news report of a child who was abducted?  I'm sure at least one person accused the parent of neglecting the child which thus resulted in the child being stolen.  Love that Target is taking away 'boy' and 'girl' labels off it's toy section?  Boy are there a LOT of people who hate that decision.  And they will let their voices be heard. We judge people and situations all the time.  We think THAT mom is a slacker … [Read more...]

Weird things Pinterest thinks I should be doing

I like to think I lead a pretty average life.  I guess that sounds relatively boring but I'm not a fan of drama and chaos so it works for me.  I work, cook, deal with teenagers, yell at the dog to stop barking (because that works, right?) and try to keep the house clean enough that I don't trip and break an ankle when I get up in the middle of the night to pee.  I do that a lot now that I've hit middle age. I've decided as I browse through my Pinterest feed that Pinterest thinks I have way more free time than I actually do. I wish I had enough time to do the shit that keeps popping up in my feed just so that I could say my life was full of excitement.  Or at least full of something other than stained shirts and dog vomit. I could spend hours gluing tiny Legos to a pair of  high heels … [Read more...]

Are Mom Bloggers Keeping it Real?

I have been a professional blogger for over 5 years. I gave up my career in medical research when I gave birth to my son 15 years ago and spent several years as a stay at home mom. While I was thrilled to be able to stay home with my kids, I was also slowly going insane from the lack of mental stimulation. Playing Barbies and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches isn’t exactly rocket science. I tried teaching preschool and working retail part time but neither of those was really fulfilling. I had gotten into the ‘green and healthy’ lifestyle and really wanted to teach others how to live a simpler and more ecofriendly life so I started blogging at Turning the Clock Back. Teaching others to reduce their carbon footprint and cook from scratch was my new mission. And then I blogged about … [Read more...]

Let’s just let the government do it’s job, shall we?

I know the government is a hot topic in some circles. They create a lot of laws that some people don't like. They pass a bunch of policies which are (quite often) ridiculously stupid. They spend a ton of money and apparently have no clue how to stop doing that. But, sometimes the government does some really good stuff too. Keep us safe (or safer) from terrorists. Help out other countries that are struggling with disease and famine. Destroy okra. Sure, those are all great goals! What?  You don't want the government destroying okra?  Have you actually EATEN okra?  I think it's pretty safe to say that a large majority of Americans would be perfectly happy to never again have to eat that slimy, nasty stuff.  Most of those people live north of the Mason Dixon line.  I grew up in the north … [Read more...]

Musings from the Front Door

Earlier this afternoon I went outside to shake out my bathroom rug and took a look at my front door.  I'm pretty sure that today was the first time that door had been opened in weeks.  The door was covered in cobwebs and the porch was buried under a layer of leaves.  A sad state of affairs for something that is supposed to scream 'Welcome to my home!'.  I'm pretty sure mine screams 'Help!  I am being neglected!'. Musings from the Front Door Growing up, the front door of our house in Connecticut was a hub of activity.  Kids came and went with reckless abandon.  Neighbors brought over a cup of sugar or a pile of magazines to share with my mom.  People showed up trying to sell us things like encyclopedias or a new vacuum cleaner.  My parents still have the encyclopedias but the vacuum … [Read more...]

Unless the latest outfit of the day includes a scrunchie I’m not wearing it #OOTD

As a professional blogger (in my spare time), I spend a lot of time on the internet.  I am truly amazed at how many fashion bloggers there are out there.  They all have perfectly coiffed hair, fingernails painted with decorative designs, trendy clothes and matching accessories.  Most of these fashion bloggers look like they stepped off a runway just to take a trip down to the mailbox to grab the newspaper.  They are the epitome of fashion perfection. I am not a fashion blogger.   Nor am I even remotely fashionable at all.  In fact, my teenagers regularly point out that my outfit may not be suitable to be seen in public.  Too bad.  As long as I am not naked when I leave the house I call that a successful day. I seriously have to wonder if these fashion bloggers actually DO … [Read more...]

Being Cool is Highly Overrated

I have two teenagers who are at 'that age' in life when all of a sudden, 'cool' is becoming important.  Kids are starting to divide themselves into small groups based on coolness.  Herds of mildly uncool teens wander the halls while small packs of 'really cool' kids stand in the corner and silently mock them. At least silent mocking doesn't cause bloodshed, although it can still hurt. I hear my son say 'I can't be friends with that kid there because he is way cooler than I am'.  Discrimination based on coolness runs rampant in the middle school.  And we never outgrow that, even at 40.  At 14 your coolness is based on sneakers.  At 40 you are only as cool as the last vacation you took or the car you drive. Neither Alex nor I had a cool gene to pass on to our kids.  I was in band.  … [Read more...]