PURE MICHIGAN! I'm so glad to be back in my home state! I started out of CK105 in Flint and, man, was I AWFUL. From there I worked at 92.1 The Edge in East Lansing and Wings 103.1 in Lapeer. My first Detroit gig was Z-Rock followed by 102.7 The Bear with Ted Nugent: talk about fun! Ted was hilarious and so great to fight with in the studio. When Ted took his show to his house and out of Detroit, things got a little less lively, so I took a job at WMMR in Philadelphia.
In Philly, I met my husband and we had our daughter, Mackenzie. I left WMMR and went to work part-time for WYSP while being home with our daughter. When Mackenzie turned four, we moved to Washington DC and I worked for DC101... also a riot. Washington DC is beautiful! There is nothing like the Cherry Blossom festival: simply amazing. We checked out museums and took ghost tours: the city is incredible.
A few years later, I started working for WRNR in Annapolis. I love the Annapolis vibe and the amazing people that populate Maryland's capitol. While with WRNR, my husband and I had our son, Jake, and I worked from home as WRNR's Digital Content Manager.
If I may tell you what you already know, Jay Towers is good people. When I found out I was going to be Jay's co-host, I literally screamed like I'd won the lottery. This is the funnest "job" I have ever had. Jay is a BLAST and he's also genuine, decent, a hard worker and also family oriented.... all values I hold in the highest respect... just please, don't tell him I said that... I like to keep him guessing.
The MTV Video Music Awards haven't even begun and I already threw up a little.
A few observations from the pre-show...
1) There will be A LOT of lip syncing... so much that they had to push some of the lip-syncing into the pre show. The most dangerous thing I can think of right now is having a college drinking game where you drink every time someone lip syncs tonight.... no one should EVER be that wasted.
2) Katy Perry is an AWESOME PERFORMER AND SINGER.... however, her ability to think on her feet and the over all quality of her speaking voice is painful. An Internet fan asked her to, "Give me three words to describe you live shows." I'm pretty sure the first two words were, "uummm" and "uuuuummmmm." Then she said she needed to give him an sentence for the answer and said, "Rough, tough and ready to rumble," which is not a sentence. I'm already confused.
3) Song of Summer: It's gonna be One Direction and I feel like pulling a Kanye West on their acceptance speech. One Direction is awesome! However, Robin Thicke has just 37K in MTV's on line voting and One Direction has 8 million. The gap should not be that drastic.... some teen age girls need to have their Internet restricted, me thinks..
4) Trojan please stop with the majorly phallic prophylactic commercials. Please.
My son Jake just turned three. Cutting his hair has been a challenge. I'm the only one who cut his hair before I came to Michigan... usually sneaking in quick snips while he was in the bath tub.
I took my husband over to see George at 6 Salon. I make no secret that I LOVE George and his skills. George is AWESOME with the kids. He keeps tootsie pops on hand and ALWAYS wins the kids over.... but we're talking about Jake here.
When Jake realized that we wanted to give him a haircut too, the bottom lip came out. That's fine... np. Then Jake started to cry. I had to take him outside. I explained, "There is no crying in the salon. If you want to cry, you can, but we'll have to stay outside." Jake sucked it up and we went back in.... and then he started to cry again. Beck out we went. And then we did that again.
After the 3rd removal from the salon (I don't mean to sound heartless, but ppl come there for relaxation... I can't have Jake crying in 6 Salon), I took Jake next door to Einstein Bagel. We got a drink and he chilled out. Back we went to 6 Salon.
George is also one of the most determined people I have ever met. He had been hanging with Jake and trying to butter him up. Two tootsie pops later, Jake was still giving George no love, but George stayed strong. George ended up cutting Jake's hair while Frank held him. lol. The picture says it all. George wins... always. :)
After we got home, Jake looked at me and said, "I see Jake's haircut video?" I didn't have video, but he looked at the pictures repeatedly and seemed very proud of himself.
The crying in 6 Salon was not fun, but I was super glad that Jake seemed to think the experience was memorable and he was proud of himself.
Was I too hard on him in the salon? It's so embarrassing when your children start crying in public and it's not because they are hurt. I try to stay strong and let my children know very clearly what the expectations are and let them choose their own path. I told Jake he could cry, but if he was crying... we'd need to go outside. I'm sure the people on the street in Birmingham LOVED that choice. You're welcome!
Our oldest child, Mackenzie, was a piece of cake when it came to getting her to sleep in her "big girl" bed. She never climbed out of the crib. She was just over two years old when we switched her out to a regular bed. We talked to her, encouraged her, and we put a gate across her door for a couple of nights: DONE. She got it.
Our youngest child, Jake, was/is a different child and we are different parents... the kids are 10 years apart. Jake was climbing out of his crib before 18 months. For safety reasons, we HAD to get rid of the crib. The first night (picture left), we tried the same thing that we did with Mackenzie. Jake's reaction was quite different. He had a fit, cried and eventually fell asleep wedged under the baby gate we had put across his door. Being the awesome parents we are, we buckled and let Jake sleep with us.
Fast forward 18 MORE months, and I woke up Saturday morning with a baby foot in my face. Jake is STILL sleeping with us.
First there was the move from Maryland back to Michigan: During the move, any hope for routine was thrown out the window. Once we got settled, we tried returning to routine of reading to Jake at 8:30pm and he would go to bed with me around 9pm. I got no sleep, he was awake and acting like a baby bumper car until my husband took him downstairs.
To be fair and clear, we did not stick with the routine... we folded like a house of parental cards. We tried the "go to bed with Mommy" routine for a week... most other plans did not last that long. There's also an issue with the fact that we want time and quality sleep to our selves, but at the same time, Jake is so stinking sweet and cute and we love having him sleep with us... he's only this age once.
What worked for you? How can we get Jake safe and comfortable in his OWN bed and take back an hour or two a night to watch "Walking Dead" or simply spend some time together as adults? Should we even bother? I miss my "me" time, but one day, I'll miss this bonding time. How did you get your kid out of your bed? How old were they?
I try to give helpful advice when I can, but this time, I am straight up asking for help. Suggestions? Please and thank you.
Ever try a craft project only to discover is was WAY MORE INVOLVED than you thought? My sister decided to make pinatas for the kids for our upcoming family reunion. She thought it would be a make one day / decorate the next kind of thing. I told her I'd help out and finish them when the project became way more than a simple couple hour project. I have been making pinatas ALL WEEK. Waiting for the flour and water to dry, painting them was a pain (till I switched to spray paint lol), and I had glue everywhere.
Every try to DIY and find out the project was a pain in your "pinata?" What was the project? Please share!
I'd love to know what else to stay away from... haha!
If you're hardy crafting folk and want to try out making your own pinata after my ringing endorsement, you can get started here: DO IT YOURSELF PINATA The site has easy to follow instructions and cute ideas... but it will be time consuming and messy. JS.
BTW, having ripped the pinata project, the kids LOVED the pinatas... which made it totally worth the labor and glue encrusted hands. They went nuts for the Mike Wizowski, Monsters INC pinata!
There is a difference between busted and broken. Everyday I see our traffic reporter, Bri, and everyday I see her i-Touch. Every time I see Bri's i-Touch.. it's a little more busted, but it still works! Today I took a picture.
Bri said it was OK to post this picture, even though she is embarrassed by the condition of her i-Touch saying, "Maybe it will shame me into getting a new one." ha!
Bri said she keeps dropping it and things get a little worse but it still works! Should she even bother replacing it until it's outright BROKEN? This baby still works great even if it doesn't look too hot right now.
How "busted" does somthing have to be before you replace it?
This cake looks JUST LIKE A BABY. It was created for a baby shower. Sounds nice, right? Problem: to eat the cake, you kinda have to eat the baby.
My husband, Frank was watching a show called "Ridiculousness" on MTV. Our 3 year old son, Jake, was in the room at the time. On the show, they showed the cake, then they showed the cake half eaten. Now they have a "half eaten baby." THEN they show the people slicing in to the top of cake... the baby cake head.
I looked over and see Jake's eyes POPPING out of his head. I quickly said, "It's a CAKE, babe... it's just a cake... like cupcakes... that's NOT a real baby! It's pretend! It's a fake baby!"
Then I turned and gave my husband the stink eye: The stink eye was NOT FAKE. That stink eye was for real. Frank switched the TV back over to Nick Jr. Another reminder that we are not saving for the kids' college. We're saving for therapy.
My niece's kids get bit up like there is no tomorrow in the summer. Some blood types (Type "O" is the tastiest) are more desirable to mosquitos. The serum the mosquito injects when it takes our blood usually causes an allergic reaction... thus the itching and swelling.
I am NOT a medical professional... however, I researched some natural methods for treating bug bites and here is what I found that made sense: except for banana peels. That I included cuz I think it's HILARIOUS and you never know when your only course of action may be the pulling of the peel. Desperate times can call for desperate measures. Do with this info what you will, but I certainl;y hope it helps.
This "way-underutilized" home remedy can help stop itching due to its acidity. Diluting two or three cups of vinegar in a bathtub of warm water to treat all-over bites or putting a few drops on cotton and wiping an individual bite. Apple cider vinegar may be an even better bet, since it's slightly less acidic, and it's likely that the pH of itchy, red skin is off balance to begin with.
Just like (cooled!) tea bags can reduce under-eye puffiness, they can ease swelling on bites, too. The tannins in tea act as an astringent, drawing extra fluid out of the bite.
"Sodium bicarbonate is a mild alkaline compound that can help neutralize the pH balance of your skin," Dr. Linda K. Franks told Prevention. "This 'buffering effect' may help quell the inflammation that occurs at the skin's surface, easing your soreness." Try dissolving some into a warm bath and soaking for 30 minutes, or mixing some with a little water to create a paste to apply directly to the bitten skin.
The aromatic leaf naturally contains camphor and thymol, two compounds that can relieve itching, says Schultz. It's easy to crush some up and apply it to bites, or buy the essential oil and dab onto the skin.
While some people swear by this home remedy, there (perhaps unsurprisingly) isn't a whole lot of credible research to back it up. It “could” be that the sugars in the chemical makeup of the skin of a banana could be soothing and draw fluid out from a bite.
While it's primarily thought of as sunburn relief, aloe shouldn't be ignored in treating bites. "It's very good for itching and swelling and really is very soothing."
Jay asked me get pictures of the following: a guy I went out with, a guy I went on a date with but didn’t date, a crush and a guy I rejected. Please enjoy my test results:
A GUY I WENT OUT WITH: Mr. M… we went out MANY times. We’ve had a relationship since 2nd grade. I’ve known his partner since they got together when Mr.M was 19 years old. He enjoys movie soundtracks, entertaining, and travel. (pic left)
A GUY I WENT ON A DATE WITH, BUT DIDN’T DATE: Mr. W… actually, we didn’t go out, but he was really cool to hang with at the reunion and I wish I could say that we had. He has really nice teeth! (bottom left)
A CRUSH: Mr. Mc… I really did have a brief crush on him. I told a couple of people and 15 minutes later the whole school knew so, of course, I denied from that point forth. (bottom middle)
A GUY I REJECTED: Mr. U… I didn’t reject him for a date, but I did reject him on the repeated requests for a better view of my produce. If he wanted to check out melons, he should have hit the farmer’s market. (bottom right)
MY MISSION IS COMPLETE!
1) My high school affinity for TPing:
--So embarrassing. We went out, on more than one occasion, and I was sure that I was a bad a$$ rebel for throwing some rolls of Charmin into neighborhood trees with out getting caught. The last time I tp’ed a house was when I drove of my friend’s FOOT and she ended up on crutches for weeks. She was also unable to play in our powderpuff football game and attended Homecoming on crutches. Nice job, Doni. Well played.
2) The evening I had a slumber party and several guys from school showed up to moon us.
--That was great.
3) The fact that my classmates thought I would become a doctor or lawyer.
--Good times: I went into the stable world of radio. No masters required, but a BS preferred.
4) That my mom asked me if I wanted her old pants:
--Thanks for that, Angie K. Also thanks for streaming Fresh through iHeart Radio :)