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Mad About It Mondays: Toodles The Saboteur

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Check back tomorrow for pictures of my adorable child. Also, I love Disney.

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I’m not entirely certain how the love affair started but at some point within the last 10 months my child has developed somewhat of an obsession with Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse“. Being a Disney fan myself, I don’t have a problem with that. I do, however, have an issue with the fact that Netflix has only one Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show available to stream from my Roku device. Really?! Doesn’t Netflix have an agreement with Disney?! I mean, honestly….come on. That’s not even what irritates me. If it was, this M.A.M post would be awfully short, am I right?! Want to know what really pisses me off?! It’s Toodles.

Toodles is a whiny bitch.

There, I said it. Now we’ve seen some of the old shows where he was sweet, didn’t talk, and was relatively helpful. Now? Not so much. I’ve probably seen “Road Rally” (please, Disney, for the love of all that is holy make more available on Netflix) a couple hundred times and every time I watch it, my hatred for Toodles grows just a little bit stronger. If you’ve never seen it, here’s a re-cap:

Mickey and friends decide to go on a fun road trip together where they stop at various points throughout their journey to solve mini-mysteries. Each time they get through one of their pit-stops, they’re rewarded with a special surprise (whoo! Exciting!). Before they’re set to leave, Goofy realizes that he doesn’t have his bike to travel with so the professor gives him a handy rescue truck that he’s been working on to take along. The only requirement is that Goofy agrees to use the rescue truck whenever anyone needs help. Sounds simple, right?! Wrong.

Why?! Because their group has a saboteur in the mix. That’s right, Toodles, I’m onto you. The group is met with a series (as is the case with every episode) of unforseen obstacles along the way and guess who just so happens to have exactly what the group needs to continue along?! Ding ding ding! Toodles. Hmmmm…. sneaky sneaky.

I’ve always been a little suspicious of Toodles but he really shows his true colors in the episode. When Goofy comes to the rescue to help out the team, Toodles looses his shit. And here’s the thing: Minnie actually feels bad for him and tries to rally support. What the hell?! Are you freaking kidding me?! You’re a manipulative bastard, Toodles. And when the trend of recovering from, what I believe are, staged attacks on the group on their own continues, Toodles just ups and leaves. The team feels sorry for him, goes to look for him, and then gifts him with a surprise that’s bigger than everyone else’s at the end. Wow. Just wow.

Even if the obstacles are not of Toodles’ design, he needs to learn that it’s ok for someone else to help out for a change.  What’s more, by placating him, they’re only feeding his insecurities.  He needs tough love.

Dear Toodles,

Knock that crap off.


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Mad About It Monday: Oh, It’s Okay…I Didn’t Really Want to Sleep Tonight Anyway.

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Marco Rubio & Water

Lies and The Lying Liars Who Like To Tell Them

Never Enough

Today I want to talk about my beautiful, kind, loving daughter and the one thing she’s been doing lately that really just grinds my gears. I might not be winning mother of the year but there’s very little that I can’t handle when it comes to parenting. Not getting sleep, however, is one of those things. Somewhere between the joys of her second birthday party and two days ago she learned (and coined) the phrase: “I don’t want to _________” followed, usually, by “take a nap,” or “go to bed,” or “lay down”. *Facepalm

She works herself into such a frenzy about the possibility of sleeping that she actually seems to catch a second wind. At a certain point, toddlers who haven’t gotten enough sleep actually have trouble sleeping and that’s definitely true for my little one. It isn’t from a lack of effort on our part…we go through all of our normal bedtime steps with C right down to the same goodnight hugs and kisses we’ve been doing for months. Last night was the first night in a while that she actually went to sleep without a headache and it was glorious but again today the no-sleep monster attacked again during naptime leaving me wondering where to go from here.

Naptime used to be glorious.  Not that I don’t cherish my time with her (I do) but it was the one time during the day that I could get some cleaning done around the house, maybe catch up on some TV that the husband doesn’t care about, or maybe even (gasp) take a shower.  Even on the days where she was a little resistant, sometimes we would snuggle together and we would both take a nap, and that wasn’t so bad either.

No longer.  Now “naptime” (quotes are needed because no napping actually takes place) is a time where my child repeatedly screams the aforementioned phrases of doom while throwing her pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals out of her crib and then begging me to come give them back to her. Sometimes, she even takes off all of her clothes in protest (read $#!* Happens). Fun times.

She’s only two years old…barely two years old at that, so how in the world have we already given up daytime napping?! It isn’t possible and I refuse to accept it. Every child is different but for C, fear of going to sleep seems to stem from not wanting to be away from mommy and daddy. I know that seperation anxiety seems to rear it’s ugly head again around this age and so I’m trying (with all the patience I have in me) to understand that and work with it but that night time wakefulness is driving me up the wall.

I’ve got a few ideas I plan to test out this week and I’ll definitely update and let you guys know what works for us and what doesn’t. In the meantime….I may try to get what little sleep I’m able to before my child wakes up again. Wish me luck! Zzzzz….

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Mad About It Monday: Marco Rubio & Water

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Since we’ve been out of town I’ve had a lot of opportunity to listen to my satelite radio and so I’ve heard most of the coverage detailing Marco Rubio’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. I have to say that I, too, am appalled by the sip.

CNN provided hours of coverage for what they’ve called “the sip seen around the World” and I couldn’t be more proud of them for the hours that they’ve spent covering the late breaking news. Situations like this need to be discussed. Let’s not waste time focusing on what he said because it really doesn’t matter…

CNN brought up an interesting point in that this sip could cost Rubio the 2016 election and I couldn’t agree more. If he can’t handle a dry mouth during a speech, can he really handle North Korea?!

The sip of water is a clear sign of arrogance. Why should the American people have to wait two seconds for him to rehydrate?! He obviously doesn’t value your time.

No Water

Perhaps this was yet another failed attempt by the Republican party to connect with American voters by pretending that they’re just like us

For Republicans who consider voting for candidates based on their politics and the changes that they can bring to this country, I urge you to reconsider.

Kudos to Wolf Blizter, Anderson Cooper, and their friends over at CNN for covering stories that nobody else gives a crap about. I probably would have voted for Rubio in 2016 but, once I heard about the sip of water, I said H2…uh oh.

I feel that CNN missed out on some important potential headlines and so I’d like to share some of them with you:

Could A Sip of Water Drown His Chances in 2016?!

Why Water? We’ll Have the Anwers America is Thirsting for Coming Up…

Did the Blunder Dampen His Political Career?

The Republican Response Dripping with Disrespect.

Outrage Pouring Out Over a Sip of Water.

A Sip of Water Overflowing With Arrogance.

*Please note the sarcasm in this post. Do I really think that CNN should have spent hours covering this story?! Absolutely not. My Mad About It Monday is this: These attempts to distract are ridiculous. Instead of focusing so much of your time on a sip of water (which other politicians have done) why not spend that time discussing what was actually said?! I mean, really…come on.


Mad About It Monday: Oh It Burns!

Allow me to introduce myself: Hi, I’m an ordinary blogger and I love pizza.

We eat pizza at least once every other week. Why? Because it’s delicious.

Here are some of my favorites:

Costco sells their ridiculously large, absurdly amazing, whole pizzas for just under $10.

My dad introduced me to the glory that is Red Baron pizza a few years ago. At just under $3.50 per pizza, it’s a great (and inexpensive) way to enjoy a pizza night at home.

The Dish is a restaurant just outside Kansas City that serves Chicago style pizza and, trust me when I say that it is absolutely amazing.

By now you might be A) salivating and B) wondering why I’m posting things that I love on a “Mad About It Monday”. There is almost nothing, I repeat, almost nothing, worse than pizza burn on the roof of your mouth. The burning sucks. It’s horrible and I hate it. Pizza burn = the devil.

So that’s it, my MAM for this week is pizza burn.

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Mad About It Mondays: Corporate Irresponsibility

Vacant buildings depress property values in neighborhoods. That’s not a theory, it’s a fact. It’s hard for an area to recover when it begins to decline. What’s worse is that people eventually stop caring, stop trying, and move away into better neighborhoods. When my husband and I first got married we lived in the north part of Kansas City. When it came time to purchase our first home, we opted to move south because it was a growing area with lots of potential and offered significantly better bang for our buck. Several shopping centers in our area have vacant space available in their buildings while shiny new ones are being built down the road. That makes me a little sad. I’m not saying that businesses aren’t allowed to have space of their own, I just wish they would make an effort to try to use the space we already have available instead of cutting down trees to build a concrete jungle.The new businesses aren’t what upset me the most, though, it’s the ones who move into new buildings and just abandon their old ones. It’s a horrible practice. It’s bad for the neighborhood, it’s bad for property values, and (worst of all) it’s bad for this planet.

The first time I saw this happen in my area was when On The Border built a new restaurant next to their old building. It’s LITERALLY right next door and shares a parking lot with the old building. The empty On The Border has been a vacant, abandoned eye sore since the new one opened a couple of years ago. That makes me sick. In my opinion there is absolutely no excuse to validate that practice. The most recent example of corporate irresponsibility is the CVS that closed its doors to open a newer, snazzier building just down the road. I have no doubt that the old building will sit empty for the next several years as well.

 I once worked for a company where the CEO was adamant about proposing solutions when you oppose an issue and so I often think about what I would do if I had the power to make the kind of changes I feel are necessary to help restore our area. At this point, what’s done is done and you can’t go back and change what’s already happened. What you can do, however, and what I think both CVS and On The Border should do is give back to the community. Maybe On The Border could open up its first ever “cooking school” where they teach people a certain recipe for a nominal fee or perhaps they could use that building to host events catered by OTB. Maybe CVS could start caring about the community and open up a health and wellness center where they have volunteers who come in to teach classes on health, wellness, and nutrition. I’m not sure if this kind of thing happens because the people in charge are ignorant to what they’re doing to the community or if it’s because they simply don’t care but maybe they could each do something that doesn’t involve walking away and leaving a property empty and a neighborhood desperate for someone to bring it back to life.

Maybe, just maybe, people will start to care enough to speak up and not support businesses who are too shortsighted to see what they’re doing to the community. If you see something like this happening in your area, I implore you to say something. Speak up. If we don’t, nobody else will. When it comes to corporate irresponsibility, we all suffer. When businesses leave vacant buildings for months or years on end, property values decline, other businesses eventually walk away, the area loses its appeal, people move away only to start the cycle somewhere else.