Hot Rollers: Are You Still Using Them?


I was watching the Real Housewives of the OC reunion show last week, and evidently Gretchen Rossi’s hair is a big deal. I think she always looks pretty (and she is my favorite housewife!), but I never really noticed her hair. During the show they talk about how many viewers are in luuuv with her hairdo. (Scroll down to the comments to see what I mean.)

She says she doesn’t wear extensions and she achieves her look with big hot rollers. Hot rollers! Wow, I haven’t thought about those in forever. In fact, I haven’t owned hot rollers in about 10 years.

I certainly used them back in the day, but we all did. My friends with long hair would even sleep in foam rollers for the big, bouncy head of curls the next day. Out of curiosity, I checked out the hot rollers at CVS and chuckled. They haven’t changed much. This week, I’m going to check out what Target has and if they have the really big rollers, I might even indulge.

What about you? Are hot rollers still part of your beauty secret?

Soap Operas: Really? Please Explain.

Back in the day, like twenty years ago, I understood soap opera addiction. My mom had her “soaps” and my grandmother had hers, and they both followed them religiously. Watching soap operas was just something women did. I recall staying home from school with the flu and watching soap operas for days on end. A typical sick day began with The Young and The Restless – the Victor and Nikki days. Then the Bold and The Beautiful was on for about a half hour – Ridge and his huge ears. Then it was As The World Turns and then Guiding Light.

Even as a kid, some things never made sense. Why were rich people were wearing formal attire 24/7? Because that was the only way viewers would know they were rich? Nobody ever spent more than 5 minutes at work. Children went from being cute little toddlers to bipolar teens within 3 weeks.

I haven’t watched soap operas in about ten years. Well, until last week.

I was somewhere waiting for something last week, and the soaps were on television. I watched for about 10 minutes and could not even believe the absurdity. Within the first few minutes I heard a tearful plea, “if you leave me, I’ll hook up with Johnny.” I heard a handsome doctor use the words, “brain scan.” And my favorite was some nerdy girl ranting about her “proclamation” to “The Jackal.” I was completely dumbfounded! Millions of viewers still watch this?!?

The scripts and the acting are beyond horrible. The actors all look exactly the same. There are a million storylines going on at once. The dying heartthrob who has been cheating on his wife with her secret twin stole a baby from a crazy lady who is actually his mother’s father’s cousin, but in alien form.

Everyone knows soap operas, while ridiculously cheesy, have some of the most loyal fans around. Soap Opera Digest and Soap Central are certainly not hurting for viewers. Are you a fan? If so, drop me a comment and let me know why. Is it because you’ve been watching forever and you can’t let go or is it because you just really enjoy them? Do tell!

I indulge in bad TV too, so I’m certainly not passing judgment. With so much great bad TV to choose from, I’m just wondering why soaps are still so hot.

Sesame Street’s Bert Pinched My Sister

Sesame Street. Need I say more? The pioneer of all educational kid’s television shows. It debuted in 1969. According to Wikipedia, an estimated 77 million Americans watched the show as children. Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Grover and Cookie Monster were the funny characters that we loved.

Thanks to Gund, your child’s favorite Sesame Street characters are interactive and cuddly, even on the inside. These colorful puppets remind us that Sesame Street is still a favorite, even in the days of iPod and Wii.

On a personal note, I’m not a huge fan of Sesame Street. I remember watching it as a kid, but not really loving it. I was more of an Electric Company kid. “Hey, you guys!”

However; my younger sister was a big fan of Sesame Street. On her 8th birthday she got the big Bert puppet. See photo. Yep, he only had four fingers. And there wasn’t anything cuddly about him. In fact, even as kids we thought he was creepy.

Anyway, Bert sat right beside my sister’s bed at night until he got a bit too handsy. My sister swears he pinched her on the butt. She says she woke up and he was floating above her (he didn’t have feet!) and he pinched her. In fact, if you asked her about it today – and she’s in her 30s – she’d still tell the same story. No, she’s not delusional or drunk. She’s just a normal adult with a funny story to tell about her creepy puppet. We laugh about it all of the time. It’s a family classic.

Needless to say, Bert lived in a box for the rest of his days in our home. Poor guy, he never really had a chance. So what kind of funny, yet odd, childhood memories do you have about your toys?

Word World is a World of Fun


When it comes to educational television programs for your youngster, there are so many choices. And yet, in my opinion, so few are truly entertaining. I’m not only recommending this show because it will make your toddler laugh out loud, but also because YOU will find yourself watching it, intrigued and thoroughly amused.

The show is called Word World and the title couldn’t be more fitting. All of the objects in the show are made of words – words that take shape and come to life. It’s a PBS Kids show (partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education) and won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award in March 2008.

The endearing Word World characters really spring into action thanks to the 3D CGI animation. Every day Frog, Sheep, Pig, Duck (my son’s favorite) and Dog go on comic adventures, and are ultimately faced with problems that can only be resolved by building the correct word. The songs are catchy and the stories are clever. It’s wholesome, fun and funny. Now go tune in and build a word…