Swearing and a Kids Life

What did you just say?  Be honest, do you or your kids swear?   

When I was a small kid, my mom and dad did not approve of swearing, but every now and then I would say something under my breathe. I still don’t think they ever found out, shhhh.  

“How do people, like, not curse?  How is it possible?  There are gaps in speech were you just have to put a ‘f*ck”, wrote Nick Hornby in A Long Way Down.   

Do you catch yourself saying sh*t or f*ck?  I do when I am not even thinking about it.  The first time my son swore it was of pure innocence.  He said, SHIT when he couldn’t tie his shoe. The one bunny ear would not go inside the other bunny ear or something like that.  I’ll admit, it was slightly funny until he said it at school and well, it made me think of what happened to Matilda?  Jk.  There aren’t scary chairs at kids’ schools anymore.  Now, he sais, language and gets a quarter every time I accidentally swear.

This made me think of lyrics to a popular song where one of the words could be played around with and may sound like a curse word.  

Before we leave

Lemme tell y’all a lil’ something

Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up

Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up

I said Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up

Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up

Uptown Funk By Bruno Mars

Last night, I was shuffling through paperwork and said, f*ck by accident, again.  My son overheard me and said, MOM!  I knew I was in trouble so I went ahead and paid my dues plus went to time out!

What did you just say?  Tell me, do you or your kids ever swear?

Photo by Joseph Crachiola

 

Love lots,

Christina

 

Not Your Average Blog Post – I Am Just a Girl with a Playboy Bunny Tattoo

Warning: This is not your average blog post!  I am just a girl with a playboy bunny tattoo!

I don’t know what it’s like to hold sweaty or not sweaty hands with a special someone

I don’t know what it’s like to watch fireworks or sparklers with a significant other or even know what a spark is

I don’t know what it’s like to go to bed and wake up with a soul mate

I don’t know what it’s like to surprise a partner with gifts and excitement or a prank

I am just a girl with a playboy bunny tattoo

I don’t know what it’s like to hold sweaty or not sweaty hands with a special someone

I don’t know what it’s like to watch fireworks or sparklers with a significant other or even know what a spark is

I don’t know what it’s like to go to bed and wake up with a soul mate

I don’t know what it’s like to surprise a partner with gifts and excitement or a prank

I am just a girl with a playboy bunny tattoo

I don’t know what it’s like to go on a fancy or regular date and hope for a proposal or a bubble gum machine ring

I don’t know what it’s like to have a magical moment unless it’s a magic moment from Disney where you get free ice cream

I don’t know what it’s like to be in a long-term relationship, even the stray cats leave me after I purchase them gourmet foods

I’m def not investing in steak cat food next time

I do know what it’s like to have a loving and supportive family, even when I forget to cook a turkey

I am just a girl with a playboy bunny tattoo

I do know what it’s like to wake up to my 6 year old crazy son who attack’s me in the morning as a wake up call

I do know what it’s like to not be angry and instead enjoy life’s bothersome things

I do know what it’s like to have friends who have my back including when I just want to rip pillow stuffing out and throw snowballs at people

I do know what it’s like to have freedom and the choice to do what I want

I am just a girl with a playboy bunny tattoo

I do know what it’s like waking up and feeling loved, happy, secure, and safe each and every day

I do know what it’s like to be a positive single mother who stays looking out a little boy and who sometimes purposely looses nerf gun fights

I do know what love is and hope that everyone understands that love isn’t always about being in a relationship with a man or woman, but love can be true in other ways

I am just a girl with a playboy bunny tattoo

I don’t know what it’s like to go on a fancy or regular date and hope for a proposal or a bubble gum machine ring

I don’t know what it’s like to have a magical moment unless it’s a magic moment from Disney where you get free ice cream

I don’t know what it’s like to be in a long-term relationship, even the stray cats leave me after I purchase them gourmet foods

I’m def not investing in steak cat food next time

I do know what it’s like to have a loving and supportive family, even when I forget to cook a turkey

I am just a girl with a playboy bunny tattoo

I do know what it’s like to wake up to my 6 year old crazy son who attack’s me in the morning as a wake up call

I do know what it’s like to not be angry and instead enjoy life’s bothersome things

I do know what it’s like to have friends who have my back including when I just want to rip pillow stuffing out and throw snowballs at people

I do know what it’s like to have freedom and the choice to do what I want

I am just a girl with a playboy bunny tattoo

I do know what it’s like waking up and feeling loved, happy, secure, and safe each and every day

I do know what it’s like to be a positive single mother who stays looking out a little boy and who sometimes purposely looses nerf gun fights

I do know what love is and hope that everyone understands that love isn’t always about being in a relationship with a man or woman, but love can be true in other ways

I am just a girl with a playboy bunny tattoo

 

What describes your not so average love life?

 

Love you,

Christina

What Does it Mean to be 30 and Single?

What does it mean to be 30 and single?

Most of friends and I are 30 and single.  What do we call ourselves?  Single ladies like Beyoncés song, “Single Ladies”? Are we Destiny”s Child without a Destiny? Maybe housewives of Pittsburgh, with a child and without the wife part.  We could even consider ourselves being the main star of the Bachelorette show, but instead there’s no commitment at the end. Yes, I tried out for the show, but was not chosen.  

My friends and I are regulars at speed dating and haven’t got the dating part down yet, we only succeed at speed meeting.  Perhaps, the host feels bad for us.  Is it sad he knows my sons basketball schedule and my gramma and granpas name?  

30 and single!

What do other people see when they look at our group of 30-year-old single ladies?  In real life, when is the last time we went after a cute guy we spotted at Starbucks?  Probably never.  One time, I was about to make a move after my work shift in the North Side of Pittsburgh.  Then, realized I was an embarrassing human who spilt a PSL all over my light grey blouse and had a chocolate face from the instant urge to purchase and eat 5 melting chocolate chip cookies.  

Why are a group of girls like us still single and 30?  

Do we occupy ourselves with Hallmark and Lifetime specials so much that our list of expectations for a man extend further than a football field? I can say, this is not true at all, I cannot even name three shows from the Lifetime or Hallmark network.  However, I can name at least fifteen Disney shows and ten Nickelodeon cartoons.

Has the single status, doing things independently, going places alone, and calling our girlfriends become such a pattern that we know no different?  Possibly and possibly not.  We live by a routine such as going to yoga, getting manicures, and taking our kids to soccer practice.  30 and single.  Are we stuck in a solo or single mom and child pattern?

What could be the reason behind the single ladies at 30, ongoing lifestyle?  Does anyone have the answers?  Is being single meant for some and not meant for others?  Have we tried online dating?  Yes!  My failed attempts to date online have nothing to do with my personal particular choices of wanting a guy with blonde hair, white teeth, and one who wears blue sneakers.  Why the blue sneakers?  Who knows.

What about networking?  Believe me, we’ve been to almost every event in the city and strive to meet new people.  We may score a first date.  However, second, third, and ninety ninth dates never happen.  Will we ever find the one?  What are the steps?  Can we throw a love spell on someone we find attractive?  These questions remain up in the air. 

Is dating like finding a job?  

In my opinion, these two goals are very comparable.  For example, you may search online and network for prospects.  Then, you may express an interest through an application.  The result, maybe one or two companies call for an interview.  Similarly, one or two matches request a date.  Of course, all your prospects and matches end up the same way, one party decides against moving forward.  In other words, these matches do not work out.  Finally, the result is, no commitment.
How many others are single and 30?  Is this common?  Will we ever find the pot of gold?

Love always,

Christina

3 Online Dating Tips You Must Read

Welcome to my take on creating a lasting impression when dating online.  Follow these three online dating tips within each step to find the best match.  Life is meant to be fun, let’s keep it that way.  

The Online Dating Profile

Tip #1, Create a solid profile

Do not create a profile on every online dating site.  You don’t want to break the internet with your face.  Remember, not everyone is the Kardashians.  More importantly, aim to be desirable, not desperate.  Here is a list of popular online dating sites:

Tinder

Bumble

Plenty of Fish

Christian Mingle

eHarmony

Meet Me

Sugar Daddy

Zoosk

Farmers Only

Black People Meet

 

I have to admit, at one time I wanted to make myself available and created profiles on multiple sites, Tinder (worst mistake), Bumble, and Farmers Only.  Of course, I had zero success moving past the matching step because I was all over the place.  After creating an exclusive profile on Farmers Only, I could easily interact and meet people.  Lesson learned, stay focused and invest your energy into one online dating site.

 

Tip #2, Do not use Photoshop

Photoshop is not cool for creating online dating profile pictures.  It sucks to find out, your date is 50 pounds heavier and grey-haired.  Save yourself valuable time and a self-esteem fail by revealing your true, everyday self.

Do not take these when creating your profile picture:

Crop yourself into celebrity photos

Prop yourself inside an exotic car

Adjust your weight

 

Tip #3, Avoid fake information

No one likes a liar and Pinnochio is only funny on tv.  Common things you should not lie about include:

Occupation

Actual age

Appearance, for example, using someone else’s pictures

 

 

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The Online Connection

Tip #1, Find a good match

Do not match with everyone.  I mean I love ice cream, but don’t want an every flavor banana split.  Keep your matches to a minimum and only go after those who peak your interest.  People begging for attention will:

Connect with every user

Send mass messages

Call everyone babe

 

Tip #2, Communicate well

Do watch the way you talk.  You are unique and beautiful, like a diamond.  Do not turn into a rock by devaluing yourself.  These steps are no no’s, do not:

Talk forever

Share personal information

Send indecent pictures

 

Tip #3, Stay away from Catfish

We love the show.  On the other hand, it is 2017 and Catfish shouldn’t exist.  Plus, the goal is to  have fun with a real person, not a fake.  Beware of people who:

Don’t have any social media profiles

Change their stories

Do not want to meet in person

Oh man, Catfish is the worst!  Recently, I found myself in a Catfish situation and Nev wasn’t around to help me.  Just when I thought I was meeting a fine gentlemen named Jim, I met a guy ten years older and much heavier than Jim.   Needless to say, the guy I met was not the same guy behind the profile.   Dating online alert: there are and will be plenty of catfish, stay away from them.  

 

The First Date

Tip #1, Save the party for later

Do not make your first date a Party.  Parties are my favorite.  However, having others around can be distracting.  Additionally, be sociably, not wasted or at least wait until the second date to create drunk memories.  Above all, create a good impression and do not:

Bring a pet

Invite your squad

Get drunk

 

Tip #2, Choose a good location

Where to meet?  Getting together is a huge step and could be the date make or break.  Two people have a great connection online and the next step is seeing them in person.   Stay away from these confined meeting places to be safe and enjoy your date:

A bedroom

A friends house

A private place

 

Tip #3, Take it slow

Do not speed up the dating process.  These three conversation starters go too far and will create a lasting goodbye.  Do not use mention these topics unless you want to hear, bye Felicia!

Baby making

Marriage

Moving in

 

Speed dating is fun, getting married on the second date is not.  Take things day by day, time is on your side.

 

I hope you  enjoyed reading my online dating tips.  Now, it is your turn to share an online dating story!  Have you found “the one” from an online dating site?  What is the worst date you have been on?   What are some online dating tips you have?  Please comment and let us know!

 

 

Love Always, 

Christina