I will put put a warning on this post. If you are a huge Martha Stewart fan and believe that she comes up with all of the ideas on her show, magazine and truly does all of the following things you may be upset by the following. I however think some of the ideas that are on her show/magazine are creative but who really has the time to do these things. This was sent me me by a friend and I couldn't help but laugh I know so many working Mom's trying to do it all and feel like failures at the end of the day.
Martha Stewart Christmas Wish
I rarely ask for much. This year is no exception. I don't need diamond earrings, handy slicer-dicers, or comfy slippers. I only want one little thing, and I want it deeply.
I want to slap Martha Stewart. Now, hear me out, Santa. I won't scar her or draw blood or anything. Just one good smack, right across her smug little cheek. I get all cozy inside just thinking about it. Don't grant this wish just for me -- do it for thousands of women across the country. Through sheer vicarious satisfaction, you'll be giving a gift to us all.
Those of us leading average, garden-variety lives aren't concerned with gracious living. We feel pretty good about ourselves if our paper plates match when we stack them on the counter, buffet-style, for dinner. We're tired of Martha showing us how to make centerpieces from hollyhock dipped in 18-carat gold. We're plumb out of liquid gold, unless it's of the furniture polish variety.
We can't whip up Martha's creamy holiday sauce, spiced with turmeric. Most of us can't even say turmeric, let alone figure out what to do with it. OK, Santa, maybe you think I'm being a little harsh. But I'll bet with all the holiday rush, you didn't catch that interview with Martha in last week's USA Weekend. I'm surprised there was enough room on the page for her ego. We discovered that not only does Martha avoid take-out pizza (she's ordered it only once), she also refuses to eat it cold. When it was pointed out that she could microwave it, she replied, "I don't have a microwave." The reporter, Jeffrey Zaslow, noted that she said this "in a tone that suggests you shouldn't either." Well, lah-dee-dah. Imagine that,Santa!That lovely microwave you brought me years ago, in which I've learned to make complicated dishes like popcorn and hot chocolate, has been declared undesirable by Queen Martha. What's next? The coffee maker? In the article, we learned that Martha has 40 sets of dishes adorning an entire wall in her home. Forty sets. Can you spell "overkill"? And neatly put away, no less. If my dishes make it to the dishwasher, that qualifies as "put away" in my house!
Martha tells us she's already making homemade holiday gifts for friends. "Last year, I made amazing silk-lined scarves for everyone," she boasts. Not just scarves, mind you. Amazing scarves. Martha's obviously not shy about giving herself a little pat on the back. In fact, she does so with such frequency that one has to wonder if her back is black and blue. She goes on to tell us that "homemaking is glamour for the twenty-first century," and says her most glamorous friends are "interested in stain removal, how to iron a monogram, and how to fold a towel." I have one piece of advice, Martha: "Get new friends." Glamorous friends fly to Paris on a whim. They drift past the Greek Islands on yachts, sipping champagne from crystal goblets. They step out for the evening in shimmering satin gowns, whisked away by tuxedoed chauffeurs. They do not spend their days pondering the finer art of toilet bowl sanitation.
Zaslow notes that Martha was named one of America's 25 most influential people by Time magazine (nosing out Mother Theresa, Madeline Allbright, and Maya Angelou, no doubt) The proof of Martha's influence: After she bought white-fleshed peaches in the supermarket, Martha said, "People saw me buy them. In an instant, they were all gone."I hope Martha never decides to jump off a bridge. (Or maybe,on second thought....) A guest in Martha's home told Zaslow how Martha gets up early to rollerblade with her dogs and to pick fresh wild blackberries for breakfast. This confirms what I've suspected about Martha all along: She's obviously got too much time on her hands. Teaching the dogs to rollerblade.What a show off. If you think the dogs are spoiled, listen to how Martha treats her friends: She gave one friend all 272 books from the Knopf Everyman Library. It didn't cost much. Pocket change, really. Just $5,000. But what price friendship,right? When asked if others should envy her, Martha replies, "Don't envy me. I'm doing this because I'm a natural teacher. You shouldn't envy teachers. You should listen to them." Zaslow must have slit a seam in Martha's ego at this point, because once the hot air came hissing out, it couldn't be held back. "Being an overachiever is nothing despicable. It is only admirable. Never lower your standards," says Martha. And of her Web page on the Internet, Martha declares herself an"important presence" as she graciously helps people organize their sad, tacky little lives.
There you have it, Santa. If there was ever someone who deserved a good smack, it's Martha Stewart. But I bet I won't get my gift this year. You probably want to smack her yourself.
So I started my blog and then life got really really busy. I'm going to put forth more of a effort to post at least once a week. With the holidays in full motion I have been in such a wonderful mood. Something about getting all the Christmas Decorations out from the basement and beginning to decorate. I started the process last weekend, since we were going to be out of town for a few days for Thanksgiving. Finally got my tree decorated, This brings me to ask how do you decorated your tree? Mine is all German glass ornaments, with lots of gold sparkly decor and finally wrapped in gold ribbon. This year I added some peacock feathers that are usually in a centerpiece on my dining room table for just a little something different.
Nothing is more frustrating than having someone talk to you about a topic you know nothing about. This happened to me this weekend, my car had to go to the dealership to have some routine maintenance done or so I thought. When I get the phone call that my usual oil change, tire rotation and winterizing is not enough I freeze Mr. SS usually deals with the cars. The man proceeds to tell me my struts need replaced (who knew I had these), a valve is loose and needs to be repaired, and something is leaking. All I hear is blah blah blah....After being very patient and hearing him out I say please just do the routine items and I will talk with my husband (who is out of town and this is why I have to deal with this mess, but that is beside the point) be there to pick up my car.
In the mean time I call a friend of a friend who is a mechanic and recite the whole conversation to him. He puts all my worries to rest and tells me to ask some specific question with my trusty notebook in hand I call the dealership. Wouldn't you know it the man tells me I should come in so he can "show" me what he is talking about rather than tell me over the phone. Like I know what I'm going to be looking at anyway. Lesson learned once I arrived at the dealership and proceeded to ask all the questions I had written down I walked away with my routine items only. I understand the economy is tough and everyone needs to make money but should you take advantage of people for your benefit.
I am a new to the blogging world. Many friends have blogs that I have enjoyed reading over the past few months so I decided to give it a try. Starting this process and not even knowing if I will even have much to write about. Choosing a name of my blog was not too difficult as my husband and I live in the suburbs but we feel lost in this life of mini vans, soccer practice and everything that comes along with the suburbs. Since we do not have any children YET, where do we fit into the suburban mix?