Posted by Mrs. Shoshana F
Who knew that losing weight would be so expensive?
I know there are ways to get around that. I don’t have to go to Weight Watchers. I can walk around my neighborhood. I can pick up sewing as a hobby and take in my clothes.
But I think if I did that, it wouldn’t be quite as much fun.
It’s fun to see how creative you can get with your salads. It’s fun to weigh in every week at the meetings and get closer and closer to goal (at 10 percent you get a gold star keychain). It’s fun to get glances at the gym when you can switch from baggy pants and t-shirts to shorts and tank tops. It’s a whole new realm of fun to walk into a store and head straight for a size you haven’t been in years.
I made a promise with myself that by the time I reached our one-year wedding anniversary (and subsequent vacation), I would have lost enough weight to justify purchasing a new swimsuit.
I’ve done it – with my husband’s help.
Both of us are now the proud owners of jeans that are too big in the thighs and shirts that feel like tents. We also own two new formal pieces for a wedding we are attending next weekend: a black suit from Men’s Wearhouse that my husband never thought he could wear and a dress from Nordstrom that I put on and almost started to cry.
And, thanks to Exercise TV on our Video on Demand (VOD) system, I can workout at home when I don’t feel like spending gas money to shlep to the gym (incidentally, the episodes are free).
I’m almost at that gold star – one more Bridal Bootcamp episode from VOD and I’m there. Considering the price of gold these days, maybe I can sell it to pay for next month’s gym membership.
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August 14, 2008 | 6:46 pm
Posted by Mrs. Shoshana F
What the 2008 Olympics taught me: Sometimes it is OK to hit mute, fast forward is your friend and it is OK if you can’t watch everything.
When you are staying up until midnight or later to watch Team USA dive, swim, tumble, spike and cycle, you need to be as flexible as the IOC when it comes to the ages of the Chinese gymnasts.
Wait, did I say that?
I meant you need to be as flexible as the IOC when the Iranian swimmer claimed he was “too sick” to compete in a heat that just happened to have an Israeli entrant.
Darn! Let me try again.
You need to be as flexible as Jason Lezak when he kicked trash-talking French booty a few nights ago in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
My husband and I didn’t plan to get sucked into the Olympics, it just worked out that way.
The only sport I looked up a schedule for was women’s gymnastics. But those darn people at NBC splice the broadcast so much that you end up watching three to four other sports. We found ourselves watching synchronized diving. Yes, I’m so ashamed.
We invited some friends over to watch the Opening Ceremonies. We added a drinking game component to the festivities (don’t worry, we used sparkling grape juice). Country you’ve never heard of? Take a shot. Announcers make stupid comment? Take a shot. Anyone mentions human rights violations or pollution? Take a shot.
I know that people like to think the Olympics are a way to bring the world together. Truth is, I can’t think of anything more divisive than the Olympics. You want to bring people together? Having the duke it out in a variety of sports only brings viewers together. It benefits the corporations more than the countries.
Here’s to you IOC:
•You put the games on in a country that forces the U.S. viewers to either stay up really late or wake up really early. Very crafty.
•You make the U.N. look fair and balanced.
•You allow a country called “Palestine” to participate but make Taiwan enter as Chinese Taipei.
Let’s hope that by the time Chicago gets the games in 2016 – as it will because the Windy City rocks – you will have these details worked out.
In the mean time, I will go back to watching Michael Phelps kick butt – right before I turn into a pumpkin.
August 6, 2008 | 6:38 pm
Posted by Mrs. Shoshana F
When the TV show Designing Women was at its heyday, there was an episode called “Working Mother” (October 1, 1990) where new stay-at-home mom Charlene and 9-to-5 mom Mary Jo get into a fight that starts when Mary Jo comments that it must be nice to watch soap operas all day. The two make up with the following conversation:
Charlene (referring to a neighbor who commented on Charlene’s new position): I said I work – I work in the home. Something that …I have chosen carefully and thoughtfully and deserves respect.
Mary Jo: It’s so hard these days – whatever choice a mother makes you feel guilty. Like the world is judging you whether they are or not. What we have to do, the stay-at-home moms and the 9-to-5 moms, is to keep from turning on each other.
Charlene: I have a confession: I was watching that soap.
At the end, they bring over a computer connected to one at Sugarbakers so Charlene, the accountant, can work from home since her replacement was an utter dunderhead.
But these two groups of women are nothing compared to this recent article about stay-at-home wives.
We’re talking Samantha Stevens. We’re talking Gabrielle Solis. We’re talking Lucy Ricardo—pre Tabitha, the twins and Little Ricky.
“What do you do all day?” is a question Anne Marie Davis, 34, says she gets a lot.
Davis, who lives in Lewisville, Texas, isn’t a mother, nor does she telecommute. She is a stay-at-home wife, which makes her something of a pioneer in the post-feminist world.
Dr. Scott Haltzman, author of “The Secrets of Happily Married Women,” says stay-at-home wives constitute a growing niche. “In the past few years, many women who are well educated and trained for career tracks have decided instead to stay at home,” he says. While his research is ongoing, he estimates that more than 10 percent of the 650 women he’s interviewed who choose to stay home are childless.
Daniel Buccino, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine clinical social worker and psychotherapist, says stay-at-home wives are the latest “status symbols.”
“It says, ‘We make enough money that we both don’t need to work outside the home,’” he says. “And especially with the recent economic pressures, a stay-at-home spouse is often an extreme and visible luxury.”
Davis says her life isn’t luxurious. “Tuesdays are my laundry day,” she says. “I go grocery shopping on Wednesdays and clean house on Thursdays.” Mondays and Fridays are reserved for appointments and other errands.
But her schedule also allows for charity work and leisure: reading, creative writing and exploring new hobbies, like sewing.
It’s a lifestyle, Davis says, that has made her happier and brought her closer to her husband. “We’re no longer stressed out,” she says; because she takes care of the home, there are virtually no “honey-do” lists to hand over.
We’re not talking about women with children. We are not talking about women who are older and their husbands are ill and need care. We are talking about women in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have to care only for themselves and their husbands.
A whole day to grocery shop? Does she just float from line to line – or from store to store?
Let’s see. I commute to and from a full-time job five days a week, I’m on a neighborhood board and sisterhood board and I freelance. And with all that, I am able to not only spend quality time with my husband, but go grocery shopping, do laundry, keep things clean and do errands – plus have plenty of time for fun and relaxation.
It might make life less stressful for the wife, but I know that if I stayed home all day while my husband was in the rat race, it would cause more fights, not less.
I worked too hard to get where I am – and I’m still paying off a student loan. Should my husband be asked to pay it back for me? Does Mrs. Davis get an allowance?
Sorry stay-at-home wives … I think your days went out the door with black and white television, vacuuming in pearls and finishing schools.
August 1, 2008 | 1:20 pm
Posted by Mrs. Shoshana F
I came across a recent article on Ynet in which Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger said that a woman who does not take her husband’s last name is keeping the home from being united:
Advice to women from the chief rabbi: Married women should give up their maiden name, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger told hundreds of women at a convention Monday dedicated to Jewish family values and religiosity.
“We are currently in an era of permissiveness and there are many messages that create cracks in the Jewish home’s whole structure,” the rabbi told the women in attendence
Turning his attention to the question of last names, Rabbi Metzger said that even though this was not a Jewish law issue, but rather, a move that took root in the past 200 years, a woman should stick to the husband’s last name and renounce her maiden name.
“The agenda whereby a woman wants to bring the independent entity of her last name to the home should be reconsidered,” the rabbi said. “If this came out of unity it’s one thing…but If there is a message that the woman is an independent entity and the husband is an independent entity, this does not unite the home into a whole home.”
At the end of his talk, Rabbi Metzger recommended that women “reconsider the phenomenon.”
Since I was not at the conference, I did not have a chance to voice a response. But, on the off chance that Rabbi Metzger or someone in his office goes online, please take note:
Dear Rabbi Metzger,
Until you actually become a married woman, I would say that speaking out as to whether or not a married woman should change her last name is arrogant, ignorant and, dare I say, insulting.
Why not say that the husband should also take his wife’s name? Isn’t that just as unifying?
I, too, am a married Ashkenazi Jew, and since I have never met you, I can only guess that your false logic stems from one family you met where the difference in last names became an issue. I want you to know that this is not the case in all families. Not every couple where the wife keeps her maiden name is falling apart at the seams. Just like not every couple where the wife takes her husband’s name is perfect.
If there are cracks in the Jewish home, I think the couple has more important things to worry about than the wife’s last name. And if that is the dividing line between them, maybe the issue should have come up before they married.
A wife keeping her own name is not the end of Judaism or civilization. It just means that women — who chose to marry and keep their maiden names —no longer have to feel like they need to erase who they were because they add Mrs. before their first name.
Mrs. Shoshana F (who is legally keeping her last name – and her husband is fine with it)