Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Round-Up: Lydia Was TV, Cookies and Star Wars

This week's very exciting round-up includes cookies! And Star Wars! And loads of videos! Can?! You?! Feel?! The?! Excitement?!

Have you ever dealt with the 5 Minute Car Nap? It sucks balls. One of our gorgeous and talented RFML mommies sent us this video of her doing everything within her power to keep her toddler from falling asleep in the car and we thought it was awesome, so we wrote about it. Click here.

First up, if your kids like Star Wars, check out the top 12 Star Wars-themed videos on YouTube. Geeks and non-geeks alike will enjoy it, as I strongly believe that everyone can benefit from more Weird Al Yankovic in their lives. Click here.

It's Girl Scout cookie time and that means you will soon fall under the thrall of that evil, dark goddess THIN MINTS. I have such a special relationship with Girl Scout Cookies of all kinds, that I renamed them. With better names. Like "PTA Chronic", because we all know that stuff is mommy-crack. Click here.

Oh and of course the big news is that Lydia was on TV by herself and she didn't fall down! Or throw up! Kate's fancy job on Rock Center with Brian Williams means she can't go on TV anymore. So after a couple of months of Kate nagging her to go ahead and do it on her own, Lydia - like an idiot - decided she'd give it a try.

I think we can all agree that the result is a wonderous combination of whuck and whaaaa? I talked to the very sweet but somewhat undernourished talk show host Melanie Hastings, like I would talk to one my friends in real life. And then I watched the video and I was like - "That's what I sound like? OH DEAR GOD."



When it was over, I got a text from my friend Mimi that said: "I wuv you!! You awesome. Glad you did not choke on your vomit."

That may have been the best text I have ever received. And it pretty much says it all.

That clip also makes an announcement for me. I got a part time job teaching classes in Global and Community Health at a local university and I'm really, really excited about it but also extremely concerned that at any minute they will call me and tell me they were just kidding. People pay good money to send their kids to that school. My academic credentials notwithstanding, we all know that my children have eaten my brain. There's very little left. Just the part that knows how to make coffee and say "Don't forget to flush the potty."

But it's also sort of magical. Because I get to teach the class that changed my life when I was an undergrad. I love Public Health! Could I be a bigger nerd? I love Public Health and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy! There.

Hugs,
Lydia

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32 comments:

  1. Loved the clip of you Lydia. I thought you sounded awesomesauce.

    I was wondering if you guys would do a post on discipline and alternatives to time out. I have 2 boys aged 4 and almost 3. I lose my scmidt daily. Nothing seems to work for these guys. We've tried time out, quiet time, a swat in the tush, they just think they rule the roost. I keep thinking it will get better, it will get better, but man oh man, its not. Somedays I don't even like them. I know that sounds horrible and I feel horrible saying it, but that's what I feel. Ugh! We are trying the Positive Parenting Program now, and while we seem to get a lot more good days, the bad days we literally count the minutes to bedtime. Is it just the age? The fact they are boys, could they be hyper? Should I buy a treadmill and chain them to it?

    Anyway, love you ladies. Love how real you keep it here, and just am thankful for you. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Hey, chell, Good luck with the Positive Parenting Program. I'm not familiar with it but the name sounds hopeful. If that doesn't do it for you, consider 1,2,3 Magic. I was a non-believer but saw it work with a friends two young boys. I used it with mine, and am now a convert. My boys are 14 and 12 and still hear my emotion free, "That's 1" or see one finger go up (not THAT finger) and pretty much give up the fight. Bonus - I didn't even read the whole book, more like the first chapter or two and then skimmed the rest. Who has time to read a parenting book when you are already a parent?

      Lydia, I thought you did a great job on the talk show! No sign of nerves or vomit at all. Awesome.

      Susie

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    2. I also did the counting with my older son. I never read the book, but after the first few times of getting to 3 and giving him a punishment, it clicked in his brain and I rarely ever got to 3 again. He's 12 and I still do it. He was a difficult child and this seemed to be the only thing that worked. I'll start it with my almost 2 year old once he understands a bit more.

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    3. I have two boys and can tell you that is VERY NORMAL. I have three girls as well, and I can tell you that generally speaking, boys have a lot more energy to burn off than girls do. My boys need to RUN, climb, jump, and get fresh air, even when it's cold outside. Finding a way to let them be physical in a positive way will almost definitely improve your daily life. I even let them jump on my king-sized bed sometimes if it's too nasty to go outside... any damage to the mattress is well worth it. Hang in there!

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  2. Lydia, you really don't give yourself enough credit. Your kids also left the part of your brain that knows how to operate a corkscrew.

    Seriously though, I'm SO PROUD of you! I love your hooker face.
    xoxox
    GL

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  3. I don't know how you feel about ice cream, but in our house its sacred and the second best thing about girl scout cookie time is that Edy's makes cookie flavored ice creams with the actual cookies! I hoard that stuff worse than actual cookies. Now give me a scoop of the tagalong ice cream!

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    1. Oh yes, that ice cream is divine - my son knows where they keep it in the "special" cooler at the grocery store and he knows that is the one time we are allowed to buy three cartons of ice cream in one shopping trip!

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  4. You did AWESOME! And I love, love, LOVE the fact that you said "get your hand out of your pants" on TV.

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  5. "Get your hands out of your pants, we're in church". Hands down my most favorite line uttered on television. YOU ROCK! And are very sincere and not the least bit hooker-looking (only in the good ways... hee hee)
    xoxoxoxoxo
    Thank you for your kick-arse blog!!!!!

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  6. I love L.O.T.R. trilogy, too! Just yesterday I was watching trailers online for the new Hobbit movie. I HEART BEING NERDY - it's so much more natural than trying to act cool. Plus, it really embarasses my kids - even YESSER!

    Way to go on the new teaching gig. You're gonna rock it.

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  7. man I remember the excitement in New Zealand a decade ago when we got a second type of Girl Guide cookie - chocolate dipped, as opposed to plain! That's a lot of girl guide cookies there!

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  8. 5 minute car nap - that is the worst and I try to avoid it at all costs. Cute video. It is unfortunate that the carseat is being used incorrectly. Those straps won't do anything for that sweet guy in a crash. The straps should be at or above his shoulders, they should be tight enough to where they can't be pinched and the chest clip should be at armpit level.

    Great job on TV, Lydia! I can't believe you tell your kids to turn down Phineas & Ferb, though. That's the only cartoon that doesn't make me want to lobotomize myself.

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    1. Ok...58 y.o. Grandma that can sing the entire Phineas & Ferb theme song by heart. LOVE them. It's hard raising a 6 y.o. boy ~ he is much, much more active and combative than my daughter was. But you guys help me out every single schmidt losing day. Thank you!

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    2. I agree about the car seat. I have a habit of changing my friends and neighbors car seats everytime I see them installed wrong, or when the straps are loose/twisted/at wrong height. Thankfully they appreciate the free service!

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  9. I love you, Lydia! You are my hero! Congrats on the job, lady.

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  10. Lydia, you looked and sounded fantastic - very *professional*. Congrats on the adjunct gig!

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  11. You did fantastic on your segment! Very well spoken, very likeable.

    Congratulations on your new job!

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  12. If I lived by you, I would totally take your class, even though public health has got to be the.most.boring.topic.ever, imho, and I work in the medical field! You will make it fab, for sure. Sorry you had to do the TV bit without Kate, but you were awesome! Love you like cake,
    Kady

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  13. Will someone please tell that funny mom of the 5mcn boy to fix his carseat? It would be heartbreaking if she (god forbid) got into an accident with him in the vehicle. Those straps need to go up a notch and actually be tightened, otherwise he might as well not be in the carseat at all or worse yet, not even be buckled in. It would be terrible to see the outcome of the current seating arrangement.

    As for your video, you looked fabulous and you did great! No way I could tell you were nervous!

    As for the cookies, I am a sucker when it comes to the carmel delight ones!!!

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  14. Consistency in the cage for a teenager. It works. :P

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  15. Lydia your clip is SO full of awesomesauce! I didn't see a single boobstain and have no idea how the other woman kept from laughing her butt off. I enjoy every second of it, and the fact that you keep a straight face while delivering those zingers makes it even funnier! YOU ROCK!! Way to go on the church line too. CLASSIC!

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  16. You did great! I was especially impressed that you remembered to credit Kate. Not that I think you don't or something, but more like if it were me 75% of my brain would be too busy thinking 'Don't CURSE! DON'T FART!!! Whaaaaa?" Leaving the last 25% to handle breathing and drooling and stuff. Once I met a famous(ish) cook that I really like and was so excited/freaked out that even though my school's name was on my JACKET, WHICH WAS ALSO MY SCHOOL UNIFORM, when she asked me where I went I could not remember. Yeeeeeah.

    I also think your shirt is really pretty. NO BOOBSTAIN!!!

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  17. LOVE -- especially the part about how being consistent means we as parents have to be better humans than we are inclined to be! SO.TRUE.

    You look beautiful, Lydia -- I want to see more of you! Wait -- not more like more SKIN but more of you TALKING. :P

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  18. I love that you question your daughter being a howler monkey. I'm always texting my one year old son's babysitter asking how Climbin' Simon, the howler monkey is doing! The child is nuts! But very entertaining....I'll give him that.

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  19. Don't worry about your "Mommy Brain" while teaching! Your students won't notice when you have a "mommy moment"like asking the twenty year old who just returned to your class if they flushed and washed their hands-yup been there done that-all the students will smile and secretly thank you because they really do miss their mother while away at school.

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  20. Lydia - You did awesome and awesomer!!! I loved everything you had to say and you really rocked!! It is amazing that you remembered to give Kate credit because I so would have had mommy brain and not processed that until after and then have some explaining to do.... ahhh!! Anyway, you look awesome - is that a new hair color - it is great!! You get so much credit for going on the air solo - hope you get to raise a toast to yourself!
    Maura

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  21. Great job on the interview, I can't believe the host of the show kept a straight face while you said some of the things you said, apparently she is not human herself, lol.

    I went to the link of the woman yelling to keep her kid awake in the car (having done that many, many times myself) and I was pretty bummed to see the crap job she did on fastening her kid's carseat straps. No, I'm not perfect, but my kids have never been in their carseats so loosely that their shoulders are completely out of the straps. Horrible. :(

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  22. Oh my gosh, you were fabulous! Great job... in our family we were raised with and practice creative discipline based on natural consequences (i.e., you don't get grounded from the TV if your grades are down because you talk/text 24/7 - which is how back in the day my younger (and far more creative sister) learned to rewire phone jacks!) Thanks for pointing out it's okay to apologize to your kids when you overreact (and who among us has not overreacted?!)

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  23. As a fellow MPH gal and college instructor, I wish you all the best! Congrats!! I think your sense of humor would be a trip to see in the front of a classroom. Lucky students!

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  24. Why can I see your video clip on my iPhone?

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  25. I would totally go back to school just to gawk at you everyday!! Way to go, momma!! (Sorry she blabbed your job news if she wasn't supposed to though - that's uncool.)

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