Sunday, September 26, 2010

Just A Housewife

After the General Relief Society Broadcast last night, I turned to the woman beside me and said "it seems like us women have A LOT to do- what's left for the men?" I don't really think men have nothing to do, but I am learning women have a lot of responsibility! The responsibility to raise and nurture our children, maintain a loving relationship with our husband, care for the sisters of the ward and world, and then all the practical things like clean, organize, shop, etc... I thought since this was women's divine role it was easy, but I'm learning it's not! Other sources just like to tell you being a housewife is "simple"- in a back country woods "Deliverance" way. I thought of this song which comments on this perfectly. All I have to say is, Power to the Houswives!

All I am is just a housewife.
Nothing special, nothing great
What I do is kinda boring
If you'd raher, it can wait
All I am is someone's mother
All I am is someone's wife
All of which seems unimportant
All it is is
Just my life.

Do the laundry, wash the dishes
Take the dog out, clean the house
Shop for groceries, look for specials
God it sounds so, Mickey Mouse.
Drop the kids off, pick the shirts up
Try to lose weight, try again
Keep the troops fed, pick their things up
Lose your patience, count to ten

All I am is just a housewife
Just a housewife, nothing great
What I do is "out of fashion"
What I feel is out of date
All I am is someone's mother
Right away I'm not too bright
What I do is unfulfilling
So the T.V. talk-shows tell me every night

I don't mean to complain at all
But they make you feel like you're two feet tall
When you're just a wife
All they see are the pots and pans
And the Pepsi cans of a person's life
You're a "whiz" if you go to work
But you're just a jerk if you say you won't
People say that they think it's fine
If the choice is mine
But you know they don't
What I do what I choose to do
May be dumb to you
But it's not to me
Is it dumb that they need me there?
Is it dumb to care?
Cause I do, you see
And I mean, Did ya ever think,
Really stop and think
What a job it was-
Doing all the things
That a housewife does?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Product Review!

After I withdrew from school once PJ and I were married, I thought I would really enjoy a job at Bath and Body Works. Only I did not get along with the women there at all (and that is an understatement) and I hate being a sales person. I think of sales as though if a person wants it, they'll get it. After I learned more about the products and left to move to ATL, I didn't step foot in a Bath and Body Works for at least a year. As soon as I went into one, I realized why I dreaded it so much! At every turn there's another 20 something year old girl asking "can I help you with anything?" "Are you finding everything okay?" "Have you tried this new fragrance?" etc.. I am a very finicky shopper and it can take me an hour to decide which $20 candle I want to buy! So after checking my email and seeing the big awesome candles were on sale I hit up the website to order some candles (to get that funky basement smell out- ya know?). I was a little underwhelmed because it took a week to get my candles and I was really excited, but when I opened the package I had a coupon! For $10 off my next order plus free shipping! (that's a $20 value BTW yes shipping is almost $10 for BBW). So I hit the website again because my favorite: Wallflowers were on sale! So I stocked up and also got some body spray. Now let me 'splain.

I don't really enjoy the usual body spray from BBW. Over the summer I got the White Citrus fragrance spray for free so I've been using it and it's OK. I also always thought the Pink line from Victoria's Secret was for pre teens who shouldn't be wearing real "parfume" anyway. But I went out on a limb and ordered me some Pink spray and I LOVE IT! It smells so fresh and light and young but not in a "I'm wearing strawberries on my face" kind of way. I also got TWO coupons this time for 20% off my next purchase plus free shipping so! If anyone is inspired to make their house smell clean and fresh or their bodies, I have some coupons I am probably not going to use. BBW is featuring some awesome fall home fragrances such as Autumn, Cranberry Woods, and then their usual Leaves and Pumpkin smells. I ordered the "Sweet and Flirty" and "Clean" Pink fragrances and like I said I'm in love. To brag a little bit I want to tell you the cost too. Pink fragrance sprays retail at $15. Each wallflower starter set/refill retails at $12.50. I got the 2 for $22 deal for Pink and each Wallflower set for $6. With my coupon I only ended up spending around $44 for everything and I should be stocked up at least until Christmas (semi-annual sale anyone?). The only downside I would say to ordering online is you can't smell anything so you need to already know what key notes (vanilla, type of fruit, basalm...) you like. The great thing about BBW however is they have a 100% garantee so if you order something and hate it, as long as you have the receipt you can send it back, even if you've used half or all of it! Ordering online also takes out all the pushy sales women insisting you really need a duck floatie to finish off bath time (or was that seasme street...). Please try my coupons.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

What Happened?

To start off I love my husband! I needed to rest today so he went with me to go grocery shopping tonight. Only right as we were finishing up we heard bullets of rain! So he told me to wait in the lobby of Wal-Mart and grabbed as many bags as he could, ran out to the car and pulled it around so all I had to do was run out and jump in the car! It's the little things people.

With that said, I cannot imagine losing my husband. He's talked about joining the military and though it would be a great service to our country, I really don't feel I could deal with it. I also couldn't deal with losing him from a car wreck, plane crash, or any seemingly random attack on America. It has taken me until now to really understand what happened 9 years ago. I had never heard of "The Twin Towers". Sure I had seen sky line pictures of NYC but I didn't know at what I was looking. I didn't know what the Pentagon was, and thought a fellow class member was kidding when they said a pentagon had been hit by an air plane. On this day 9 years ago, I was in 8th grade and had just moved to the mountains and was anticipating my birthday 2 weeks away. I didn't know about Al Quida, I didn't know about Muslims, I can honestly say I was a blissfully ignorant young American. We had a bomb threat this same day and while we were outside waiting for the police to clear the school (middle schoolers and their senses of humor), a friend told me she was just in the twin towers 2 days ago. Eventually I knew something bad had happened, but not until having something worth losing did I understand the pain those families experienced and continue to experience without their loved ones.

On an optimistic view, thankfully I was awakened. I have learned and continue to learn about what exactly happened that day and what a threat hatred is to America every day. I have learned to be grateful for the time I have with my loved one, and have learned to be forgiving. I hope we will not have any more disrespectful ideas to degrade one community because they degraded ours first. I hope we will lend a shoulder to our fellow Americans on the anniversary of their loved ones death. I hope we will use these opportunities to unite and remember what is worth fighting for. What happened? A nation was pulled together. Please let us stay together.