Three things I’m loving this week

1. S.I. Mobile. I was on Sports Illustrated magazine’s website looking for a link to a story I wanted to share, and I discovered that my print subscription not only gives me full access to the website, but also allows me to download each issue to my Smartphone or tablet (which I would totally do if I had one).

Yes, I subscribe to Sports Illustrated (It’s not Dan’s subscription). While I don’t generally give a crap about most sports and breeze right through the sports section in the paper every day, S.I. always has at least one (if not two or three or more) really well written, in-depth human interest stories. Sometimes the storytelling manner annoys me (they let their writers play with a lot of alternate story-telling formats), but, in general, the articles are worth the effort required to read them (keeping track of who’s who, following the flashbacks, etc.).

For the record, I opt out of the swimsuit issue. Blech.

2. The playhouse’s new season.  The Erie Playhouse has some good shows lined up for the 2012/2013 season including Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, Sense and Sensibility, Legally Blonde, and more.  And, the Youtheatre is doing some fun stuff, too, including The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr., Godspell, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

I always buy the 10-show Youtheatre choice card. It’s just $83 and allows me and the girls to go to every Youtheatre show.

 

3. Squash. Where have you been all my life? I know, I know…quietly sitting there in the produce aisle, looking attractive, but hard to cook (Do I peel it? Do I eat the skin? How do you cut through that tough exterior?).

But, the dietary changes I’ve made in my life mean eating a lot more vegetables, so I decided it was time to put on my apron, fire up the big-girl oven, and try something new.  And, thanks to the power of the “Interwebs” (inside joke), I can learn how to cook anything in minutes, often with helpful, step-by-step photos and/or video.

So far I’ve tried butternut and acorn squash, and I loved them both. Spaghetti squash is on my shopping list now. I hear it’s delish.

Three things I’m not loving this week

1. The school’s automatic call system. At first, I loved this system because it was an effective & useful way for them to let us know about things like 2-hour delays, school cancellations and other important school news.

But, now? Well, now they are just abusing the system. They are calling us five and six times a week (often twice in one day) to remind us about the school play, Scholastic Book Fair, sports boosters meetings, and when the PSSAs are so that we can be sure to put our kids to bed on time and feed them a good breakfast (because normally I just let them party all night and go to school hungry).

 

AP photo

2. The annoying I-must-insist-on-anonymity lottery winner trend. Apparently, the lawyers have gotten to the big lotto players because now those who find themselves a few hundred million dollars richer are insisting on anonymity. As if. (Can you hear my eyes rolling?)

I used to routinely thank God I wasn’t born into money because I’ve seen first-hand that wealth (beyond what you need to live comfortably) will mess you up for life (jealousy, anger over who has more, fear of losing it, wondering who “really” likes you, etc.).

Call me a little black rain cloud, but I don’t see how winning that kind of money would be good for anyone (unless, of course, they spend it on other people and, one would assume that if they want to stay anonymous, that’s not their plan).

 

3. Kids after 8:30 p.m. I’ve discovered that on weeknights, there’s a time limit on how long I can be a good, patient, kind, and compassionate mom. After 8:30 p.m. (on a good night 9 p.m.), I begin to lose my s@#$ and, while I manage to stay calm, cool and collect on the outside, the dialogue in my head goes something like this: Go to bed. Get in bed. Go to bed. Get out of my face. Go to bed. Why are you still here? Get away from me. Stop talking. Go to bed. Get in bed. Stay in bed. Go. To. Bed.  AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!