MotownMom 47

I'm a 40-something Washington-born, California native, writer, reader, photographer, web site manager and mother of three. This is my 48th year.
life:

With ABC’s Pan Am premiering on Sept. 25, 2011, interest in  stewardesses is, er, soaring. Here, vintage pics of aspiring  stewardesses as they learn the ropes of a high-flying career: Stewardess School: One Flight Up

life:

With ABC’s Pan Am premiering on Sept. 25, 2011, interest in stewardesses is, er, soaring. Here, vintage pics of aspiring stewardesses as they learn the ropes of a high-flying career: Stewardess School: One Flight Up

Where are your daughters getting their life’s wisdom?

My 18-year-old daughter introduced me to Jenna Marbles today. Not in person. On You Tube. Marbles has a very popular video blog. Her channel on You Tube has 14 million views. One of the videos I watched had 24 million views.

Normally I embed videos so you can watch them right here, but these contain copious use of the F-word, so I’ll just show you the link so you can see what teens are watching: Jenna Marbles.

Her videos are everything teens seem to like nowadays — someone who nails the truth but is very irreverent and even profane — she kind of reminds me of Chelsea Handler. I think she’s very funny and my daughter says she likes her because she’s honest.

But I can’t even imagine having watched something like this when I was young — mainly because there wasn’t anything like this when I was young.

This is a topic of conversation this weekend on MomsLikeMe. Some moms think she’s hilarious and others are incredulous. Join the conversation and tell us where you fall in the debate.

My Books

Elizabeth’s bookshelf: read

Presumed InnocentOn Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing NonfictionWives and DaughtersThe HelpA Good Life: Newspapering and Other AdventuresAmerican Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

More of Elizabeth’s books »

Book recommendations, book reviews, quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

I’m a huge fan of books, and for my money, GoodReads is the best place online to connect with other readers. I just finished The Help (which I loved), and I’ve started reading Joy for Beginners.

I’ve included a couple of widgets in this post so you can see what I’ve read. Browse through them if you’re looking for something new to read.

tumblrbot asked: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INANIMATE OBJECT?

I have a beautiful letter opener my cousin brought me from Italy. 

Are you tired of wearing the same old thing? Get rid of the old and get something new! Upload a photo of your most tired outfit and tell us why you want to get rid of it, and MomsLikeMe and Ross could help you get something fresh!
The mom whose photo gets the most votes will win a $100 gift card from Ross Stores!
Entering is simple! Just upload a photo of your most tired outfit and tell us why you don’t like it. 
Deadline for entries is Monday, September 26 2011. Voting starts on that day at 5 p.m.!
Click here to enter

Are you tired of wearing the same old thing? Get rid of the old and get something new! Upload a photo of your most tired outfit and tell us why you want to get rid of it, and MomsLikeMe and Ross could help you get something fresh!

The mom whose photo gets the most votes will win a $100 gift card from Ross Stores!

Entering is simple! Just upload a photo of your most tired outfit and tell us why you don’t like it. 

Deadline for entries is Monday, September 26 2011. Voting starts on that day at 5 p.m.!

Click here to enter

Ansel Adams CALIFORNIA

Photography lovers have a unique opportunity to see the work of Ansel Adams on display in an exhibition that focuses solely on his photos taken in California.

Ansel Adams, California features many of his well-known photographs of Yosemite National Park but also portraits he took of his friends in San Francisco’s art community.

The exhibit is the first display at the new Carnegie Arts Center on North Broadway. It runs until January 8, 2012. 

Carnegie Arts Center
250 North Broadway, Turlock, CA  

Dates: September 10, 2011-January 8, 2012
Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Admission Fee:  $10  (member discounts apply)
More information: 209-632-5731 or Carnegie Arts Center

I’ve finally started reading the book everybody’s been talking about. According to my Kindle, I’m 13 percent of the way through The Help. (Don’t you love Kindle?)
So, far it’s very engaging and readable, although I can’t help but think the writer, Kathryn Stockett, who is white, laid some landmines for herself by telling much of the story from the point of view of black maids using black, Southern dialect. 
We’ll see what other readers think. This is what we’re reading this month in our newly resurrected Book Club on MomsLikeMe. Click on the link to join us.

I’ve finally started reading the book everybody’s been talking about. According to my Kindle, I’m 13 percent of the way through The Help. (Don’t you love Kindle?)

So, far it’s very engaging and readable, although I can’t help but think the writer, Kathryn Stockett, who is white, laid some landmines for herself by telling much of the story from the point of view of black maids using black, Southern dialect. 

We’ll see what other readers think. This is what we’re reading this month in our newly resurrected Book Club on MomsLikeMe. Click on the link to join us.

Who knew boys would be so hard to dress?

I went shopping for my 10-year-old son yesterday because my teenage daughters told me I dress him like a nerd. (An allegation I dispute, BTW).

I brought my middle daughter along to advise me and we went to Target. 

Usually I get my son pretty simple things — t-shirts and polo tops with cargo shorts. But then I took a look at the Shaun White line there. Some of it was kind of neat, but there were a lot of shirts with skulls and ugly things on it. And some other t-shirts I saw had messages on them I didn’t like.

This coincides with a story we’re following today on News10 about a boy at Fillmore Elementary in Stockton who went to school with a shirt with skulls on it, which is a violation of the school’s dress code. In fact, I think the school has a uniform policy. The boy was told to either change his shirt or turn it inside out. Somehow his mother was there and got into it with the principal and is accused of actually hitting her. 

I don’t expect anyone is going to defend the mom in this case. So, my question is why are clothing manufacturers making clothes that kids can’t wear to school — tops that are too low-cut, skirts that are too short, t-shirts with disruptive messages on them. And what’s wrong with parents that they’re buying them?