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One of my sisters watched a show on MTV (they’ve dropped the “music television part of the logo but they should really just change to “teen drama tv”) called “16 & pregnant” about some high school girls who find out they’re pregnant.  I’ve only watched 3 episodes & 2 were from last season but those kids are nuts!  I have a feeling I was similar although I never would have spoken to my parents the way that these kids do.  Only one couple (yep, the boy stuck around) gave up the baby for adoption.  Only one.  The other two girls go out & party @ night expecting their parents to take care of the baby.  This scares me.  This could have been me.  It really could.  Except for the part where I treat my parents like crap.  I couldn’t have done that.

The teen pregnancy rate is pretty high down here especially @ one of the hs’s that my kids could go to.  Luckily we have a choice since our school district doesn’t have a hs – we’re only k – 8th grade here in our three schools.  I think what really scares me is that things I swore up & down my kids wouldn’t go through (constant runny nose, binkies past the age of 2 & other little things) my kids did.  Heck, we didn’t get rid of binks until both of my kids were over 3!  Hubby would freak out if this happened but then again I probably would too.  I hope that I would be able to talk them into giving the baby up for adoption but….

We do talk to the kids about this stuff according to their ages.  For instance the Prince hears that kissing isn’t even something he should be doing until he’s oh, 25 (I’m joking on the age thing there- I would like grandkids once they’re grown & able to support themselves & a family!) but not until then.  Yes, we joke but we’ve also told the kids that they won’t date until they’re 16 & then it will be group dates.  Yes, we know that you can get into “trouble” even in a group but hopefully they will try to stick to the values that we try to teach them.  Have I mentioned that the kids don’t watch most of prime time tv programing & that ABC Family is banned most evenings?  Yes, sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll are out there but we’re trying to teach our kids that there are some things to completely avoid, others need to be put off until they are older & ready for the responsibility (we’ve had casual conversations about how sex is a responsibility & that even one time can get you pregnant, or a girl friend!!!) while some are okay for now but that not everything is as good as it is hyped up to be.

I don’t mean to lecture but wow!  MTV is quite the education these days & not necessarily in a good way although I do think that most of the show’s moral is that it is hard to be a teen parent & raise a kid.  This latest episode was w/ Janelle & Andrew (a loser who is so messed up it isn’t even funny).  Janelle ends up dumping the boyfriend but then she just goes off the deep end into party girl central.  Even some of her friends are concerned.  Towards the end I thought she’d decided to give the baby up but she didn’t.  The really funny thing is that her mom would have totally supported her in giving the baby up; a lot of the teen’s parents didn’t want the girls to give the babies up.

Yeah, I know that this is a rambling editorial but I had to get this out.  Things that scare me can overwhelm me (I have some pretty bad panic attacks sometimes) so I have to let them go.  Here’s to me letting go & all of our children listening to us & understanding that we love them & want the best for them.  That includes them being children until they’ve had the chance to actually grow up.  That includes them becoming productive members in our society.  That includes them not doing drugs (yes, I’ve tried some but am really grateful that I am so deathly allergic to drugs – I can never become an addict as I’d die first), waiting until marriage for sex (old-fashioned but very doable) & enjoying rock ‘n roll!

Jack’s back!  Jack’s back!  I finally am getting a chance to watch him & all I can say is they’d better not let him go to California yet.  I have PLANS for watching that beautiful man save my day.

You are now returned to your regularly scheduled programing.  Or in my case, to listening to the border patrol helicopter buzz my street.  That is all.

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I survived my first assignment.  I thought I’d better let y’all know that right off.  Since I did everything I was instructed to do I wonder if this means I got an “A”?  My first “A”.  Aw, shucks.  I mean all I had to do was log into a certain program & once online email the instructor.  I think it went well.  It should’ve.  I mean it really wasn’t that hard once I booted the Princess off her Strawberry Shortcake site so that I could actually use the internet.  Guess I’d better plan on making sure my homework is sent in before the kids get home.  Such pressure.  Phew!

I’m sitting here feeling a little bit, well, guilty.  I’ve gone on & on about my disdain for most social networking sites & I’ve let the Prince have a Facebook account.  Of course it’s as private as I could possibly make it & I’ve got all of his passwords so that I can check & see what he’s up to.  Oh & I let the Princess watch over his shoulder.  If nothing else that should keep him on the straight & narrow.  He has realized that his little sister will sing like a canary (quite literally if you let her!) if he does anything he shouldn’t.  She’s @ that age ya know.  The one where they’re getting over tattling but still do it all the time?  Kinda like Brick on this last weeks episode of the middle.  His mom tells him that she can always tell when he’s lying & the show springs into a flashback of the little kid telling the mom something & then whispering to himself but loudly enough that everyone can hear him, that he’s lying.  That phase.

But back to the Prince & his new obsession.  Part of why I am feeling so guilty is that there is a age limit & I let him age himself by 3 months.  It’s not a lot but what am I teaching him?  I’ve tried so hard to teach him to not lie & then I let him go ahead & lie to the world.  Well, not really since his account is private & isn’t supposed to turn up on any of the search things.  Um hmm, right.  What kills me the most & I’m totally admitting to giving into social pressure here, is that he’s now “friends” w/ all of his friends from church.  The ones who are all YOUNGER than he is!  Like by 3 months.  Which means they are all only 12 1/2.  Ugh.  Being a mom is tough.  Having a conscience is just as tough!  Oh & I think it didn’t help @ all that Hubby didn’t see anything wrong w/ it.  The same Hubby who wouldn’t be caught dead w/ a Facebook, my space page, twitter account or a blog.  I really did feel outmaneuvered.  Yes, I’m totally trying to justify it.

And just so that y’all don’t think I’m always such a downer I’ve got a little bit of a joke that Hubby sent me today.  I love it & I want some too!

Yesterday I had a flat tire on the interstate. So I ease my car over to the
shoulder of the road, carefully get out of the car and open the trunk. I took
out 2 cardboard men, unfolded them and stood them at the rear of my car facing
oncoming traffic.

They look so lifelike you wouldn’t believe! They are in trench coats exposing
their nude bodies and private parts to the approaching drivers.

But to my surprise, cars start slowing down looking at my lifelike men. And of
course, traffic starts backing up. Everybody is tooting their horns and waving
like crazy. It wasn’t long before a state trooper pulls up behind me.
He gets out of his car and starts walking towards me. I could tell he was not
a happy camper!

‘What’s going on here?’

‘My car has a flat tire’, I said calmly.

‘Well, what the hell are those obscene cardboard men doing here by the road ?’
I couldn’t believe that he didn’t know.

So I told him, ‘Helloooooo, those are my emergency flashers!’

So I know that the Vampire Diaries & Eastwick (loved the movie w/ Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon & Michelle Pfifeifer btw!) are more than a bit campy but I love them.  They can be super romantic as in romance novels type & well, campy but still, I love em.  Gonna be sad to say goodbye to Eastwick.  Well, that & Trauma.  That one I like better than Mercy but I’ll live w/ Mercy.  Man!  Why do the networks keep canceling everything?  I haven’t even mentioned my other & most favorite one.  The Dollhouse. I won’t even get started on how stupid the CW is to let this on go.  I’m hoping that the SciFi network will pick it up but not holding my breath too hard if you know what I mean.

That’s my rant & love for right now.  I’m getting caught up on the things I missed while the kids were out.  (we don’t let our children watch most of network tv.  we just want to protect them for a bit longer although the Prince is starting to watch NCIS.  That one doesn’t deal w/ a lot of sex.  I love that!)  Of course if you haven’t heard of Leverage you need to catch that one.  It’s great although I really miss the Sophie Devereaux character.  Gina Bellman plays Sophie & she was missing for part of the season to have a baby, I think.  It’s just a fun show along the lines of the Oceans movies.  Fun, flirty & fast paced.  I love how the characters intermingle.  They just have a great time together & sometimes the hidden things you learn about the characters are the most fun.

Two more shows that I’m so excited about them returning are Castle & Chuck.  I read somewhere that the actress who plays the main character, Rick Castle’s daughter, Alexis (Molly Quinn), that when she auditioned w/ Nathan Fillion (Castle) she immediately wanted the job because he made the interview so much fun.  And the show is a blast.  If you haven’t watched how wonderfully the characters interplay you really need too.

And Chuck.  Chuck was due to be cancelled but has been given another shot.  Oh, heavens, people.  WATCH this show!  It is seriously funny &, well, fun.  I love all of the unrequited love that is so cute I don’t mind my 12 yr old watching.  And the action is great.  The main character is flawed & so is everyone around him.  Makes this show wonderful.  So watch it!  I’m really tired of some of my favorites being cancelled!  AS in SERIOUSLY getting ANNOYED!

Can you tell that I’m excited for my tivo to actually have new stuff to record?  I’m getting tired of nothing new being on my play list!  I NEED my TIVO to be FULL!!

That is all.  Thank you for your time & patience.  You will be returned to your regular blogging now.

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