Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Check this out...a page from a 1950's Home Economics textbook, teaching young women how to be good wives!
1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.
2. Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking.
He has just been with a lot of work- weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.
3. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.
4. Prepare the children: Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces if they are small, comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.
5. Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.
6. hings to avoid: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day.
7. Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.
8. Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.
9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.
10. The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can relax.
Wow! What do you think? Can you imagine these instructions being in a present day textbook?
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Came across this article in Architectural Digest and thought it was interesting. The former Tate house known for the famed Manson murders was torn down years ago, since no one wanted to live there. Since then, a gorgeous home has been put in it's place, but it's interesting that the article never mentions the house is located at the top of Cielo Drive, on the exact spot where the Tate murders happened. Maybe they thought no one would want to purchase the home if they realized the location? Take a look at the article and the pictures of the house. What do you think?
A Dream Reimagined Homes: architecturaldigest.com
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
A lot going on lately. First, today marks the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. No matter what your personal feelings are toward him, you have to appreciate his dancing and talent. I can't stop watching the videos. I grew up with Michael and loved his music. The first concert I ever went to was Michael's and it was AMAZING. RIP Michael.
Next, I took my parents to see the World of Color show at Disneyland, and wow! It was beyond words. You have to check it out if you get the opportunity.
I've decided to pursue my Master's in English, and therefore have to take the GRE Exam. I'm not looking forward to it, since math is not my strong suit, so if you have any tips, I would gladly appreciate them.
Summer is going well and I'm loving time off. What are your plans for the summer?
Thursday, June 24, 2010
We all know the photo. Check out the article from Yahoo News.
"LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – A nurse famously photographed being kissed by an American sailor in New York's Times Square in 1945 to celebrate the end of World War Two has died at the age of 91, her family said on Tuesday.
The V-J Day picture of the white-clad Edith Shain by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured an epic moment in U.S. history and became an iconic image marking the end of the war after being published in Life magazine.
The identity of the nurse in the photograph was not known until the late 1970s when Shain wrote to the photographer saying that she was the woman in the picture taken on August 14 at a time when she had been working at Doctor's Hospital in New York City.
The identity of the sailor remains disputed and unresolved.
From then on the photograph also made its mark on Shain's life as the fame she garnered led to invites to war related events such a wreath layings, parades and other memorial events.
"My mom was always willing take on new challenges and caring for the World War II veterans energized her to take another chance to make a difference," her son Justin Decker said in a statement.
Shain, who died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, leaves behind three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Dean Goodman)"
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I've loved Hello Kitty since I was a kid. To this day, I can't seem to pass a Sanrio store without wanting everything in it. Like the clerk at the store today said, "It's probably because as a kid, you wanted everything in here and couldn't have it, and now as an adult you can buy all of it." So true. I bought a sleeve for my MacBook Pro today and want the darling Hello Kitty beach cruiser.
Hello Kitty first came to the U.S. in 1976. "Hello Kitty (ハローキティ, Harō Kiti?), is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, first designed by Yuko Shimizu. The character is a staple of the kawaii segment of Japanese popular culture. The character is portrayed as a female white Japanese bobtail cat with a red bow."
MAC Cosmetics even did a Hello Kitty collection a few years back, when I worked for them that sold out faster than we could believe!
What are your memories of Hello Kitty? Do you still love her?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
41 Years ago today Judy Garland died of a drug overdose. Judy had a very sad life, as most people know, filled with depression and anxiety. "Despite her professional triumphs, Garland battled personal problems throughout her life. Insecure about her appearance, her feelings were compounded by film executives who told her she was unattractive and manipulated her on-screen physical appearance. Plied with drugs to control her weight and increase her productivity, Garland endured a decades-long struggle with prescription drug addiction. Garland was plagued by financial instability, often owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. She married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce. She also attempted suicide on a number of occasions."
Judy definitely had her demons, but was a troubled soul because of everything she had gone through in her life. Here are some pics to remember her by.
Monday, June 21, 2010
One of my absolute favorite movies of all time (I know I say that all the time!) is Tombstone with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. The film came out in 1993 and remains a current classic. If you don't know the story of Wyatt Earp and his escapades as a law man, you might want to check out some facts about him. Here are some facts about the film. Check it out!
--Director George P. Cosmatos is quoted as saying that all lightning and mustaches are real.
--Actor Trademark: [Val Kilmer] flipping a poker chip over his knuckles.
--The real Wyatt Earp's fifth cousin, Wyatt Earp, plays Billy Claiborne.
--Although the gunfight at the O. K. Corral plays out more or less as it did in real life, the filmmakers made several small changes. In the actual incident it was Ike Clanton who ran through the corral to escape (in the film it is Barnes who runs out the back). The film instead shows Ike Clanton running into the photographer's studio while firing a few shots back at the Earps and Doc. In reality, it was Billy Claiborne who performed this action before escaping unscathed.
--The Latin phrases spoken by Doc and Ringo have implied meaning beyond their literal translation. The conversation could be translated into vernacular English this way: DOC: Wine loosens the tongue. RINGO: You better pay attention to what you're doing. DOC: Go tell someone else. RINGO: (tapping his gun) Fools must learn through experience. DOC: Rest in peace.
--When the Earps first enter Tombstone, a grave marker can be seen in the cemetery that reads "Here lies Lester Moore, Four slugs from a .44, No Les No more." There is an actual tombstone in Tombstone, Arizona that has that epitaph.
--The expression "I'm your huckleberry" spoken by Doc means "I'm the perfect man for the job." It is not a reference to Mark Twain's Huck Finn, as that book was published in 1885 and this movie takes place in 1881.
--Robert Mitchum was signed on to star as Old Man Clanton. On the first day of shooting he fell from his horse and injured his back, forcing him to quit the part. Instead, Mitchum provides the narration at the beginning and end of the film. The part of Old Man Clanton was eliminated from the script.
--The line quoted by Doc at the end of the fight at the OK Corral is historically true and was reported in the Tombstone papers reporting the fight. When confronted by one of the Cowboys at point blank range, the Cowboy reportedly said, "I got you now Doc, you son of a bitch," to which Doc gleefully retorted, "You're a daisy if you do!"
--Then-72-year old Harry Carey Jr. played Marshal Fred White in spite of the fact that the real Fred White was about 31 years old at the time of his murder.
--Throughout the movie, Ike constantly refers to the Earps as "Pimps". This was due to the fact that the Earps' wives were all Dodge City prostitutes and that the women would sometimes continue to sell themselves out for extra income while they were in Dodge.
--Both Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell played Elvis characters in different films around this time. Kilmer played the role of the Mentor in True Romance (1993) and Russell was the voice of Elvis in Forrest Gump (1994).