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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Whoop Whoop Giggle and Thoroughly Girly Sex

The incredibly sexy, sensual song, "Your Body Is A Wonderland," penned and performed by heartthrob John Meyer, was a nice cause some years ago for women to subtly dream and participate in three minutes (+ _) of perfect romance.

Heavy sigh. Wow, great moments of fantasy.

Uummm . . but for too many women, we are far from being a wonderland and it wasn't feeling as beautiful as it was parlayed to be. That love song was too exacting a fantasy for many women, and too oft we went inward in perusal of our bodies.

For young women who've had a baby, somehow our own bathroom mirrors were turning on us. Pointing, poking and prodding at body parts, we're projecting comparisons of our now post-baby and sometimes awaiting-other-baby body with that ensemble-perfect version of a female.

Or, thusly and hence, on the far other side, we older women are projecting from our younger, toned selves.

Speaking as a woman, it seems that being sarcastic is more a comfortable feeling for us in facing these comparisons. Because they are so true? Yikes! Affects of gravity, stretch marks, and even body parts that we don't want to claim.

I vividly recall an athletic, young friend, Mary* in her late twenties, pointing to unfamiliar and only just found, under-arm flab, blurting out to me, "Look At This!" She played with it. Flicking it with her two fingers, making it wobble-wobble-wobble and earnestly wanting an answer. "What is thisand where did it come from? She exclaimed.

Lord forgive me, but I'm laughing as I write this, remembering Mary's young, stunned face.

To Mary and other women, mommies, etc., uum… well, it can be funny sometimes, sometimes inconvenient. I have to be careful, a body issue of mine is, when I sneeze not to pee. I've blamed it on my daughter for 28 years now.

Fact: being narcissistic isn't usually a female trait, if anything, we judge ourselves too harshly. We give and give to others. We knock ourselves constantly and few women that I know can really take a compliment. I think the shared stories of ‘guess what my body is doing now’ are a way of dealing with the change.

My generation's mothers and peers didn’t encourage us to think of our bodies preparing to enjoy being ‘cosmo girls,’ (although the 'cosmo girls' were certainly having more fun!). That was too ‘way out there,’ almost naughty, like boys looking at girly magazines.

But this is it, this is the thing. We need to get over it and on with it, we need to get fiesty and fired up - and yikes maybe we even need to get some fetishes - because I’ve got a secret for all of you. Men love women’s bodies - Men love YOUR bodies.

Secrets. Since we’re talking secrets, I can tell you about my sex shop story. OK, I was taken there by a girlfriend who blurted to me, as we opened the door of this never-before-entered phase of my life, “Relax. Enjoy this. Let's have fun being girls!"

“Relax,” I’m thinking, “I can’t even breathe and I may pee my pants! Do good girls go in here?”

It was one of the best things I've ever done in my life. I learned how to ‘whoop, whoop,’ giggle, and be thoroughly girly about sex.

Sex Confessions - Marie Claire Magazine ran an absolutely-right on article about things you hear (or wonder about) in a sex shop. An excerpt of that writing, "Confessions of a Sex Shop Sales Clerk," follows:

“ Ultimately, I became an ad hoc protector
of women. Like the time  a bearded book editor appeared.
 After gabbing about  the erotic-lit industry, he explained
a particularly ludicrous double-penetration scenario
he imagined  for his wife. He seemed  to treat sex as an event
strictly for his pleasure, which I found  particularly egregious.
I was sleep-deprived and blurted out, "Sir, what do your
wife's feet look like?" He paused. Then  stuttered. He had
no idea. I suggested  that for the next month, he  spend  a
weekly hour in bed with his wife without using 
his penis. Two  months  later, a thank-you note appeared to
 "the tall saleswoman who taught my husband
how to make love."

Gerk Alert - Ladies . . Ladies,  regarding having concerns about your body, you needn't. For the same reason we ridicule men for being 'gerks' we need to credit them for this . . and if you don't know this, its a big 'gerk-alert' for you. Men love your bodies in ways you just don't know. The two or three brain cells we credit them with include compatible amounts of testosterone (that wonderful sex hormone that stimulates development of men's sex organs and sexual thoughts) that makes our bodies - as they are - sexual wonderlands to them.

From this day on, USE this power. What you and I see as boobs that are unattractive (pancakes when we lay on our backs), are sexually provocative . . . ! I know - who would’a thought! It is hard to believe, but men love our bodies. While we are obsessing about things, there's a man around you that is totally loving looking at you. Hey, if there's a chance that you even remotely think you have a nice a**, show it. Men including our husbands hope for a peak of a ’shadow of a breast’ and try to stifle raging thoughts of you in a particular dress or skirt, which reveals your ‘assets in the below and between’ area. (I love this phrase, your 'Feminine Flower,' which is a sweet segue allowing me to delicately also say that those same men, would love to be able to enjoy your flower petals.) Frankly, ladies, you turn men on!

New Sheriff In Town - So, if you have little gremlins chasing around you at home, shake things up - there has got to be a ‘new sheriff in town’ around your home.

Relaxation / Pleasure Time - Figure out how to get some - you know - that special time that your husband cheerfully makes available to you, that is, once Mr. Wonderful (your husband, remember) 'gets' your new agenda. He’ll start fending off the grabbing gremlins, when asked in your newly found, sensual, soft-spoken voice,

"Sweetest Man In The World, could you prepare me a bubble bath."

In time, he’ll even light your favorite scented candle, and lay out a crisp white Turkish cotton terry robe, which you can replace later with a sweet looking negligee, in reward for his hog-tying and bed-nighting the children.

Maybe you'll need help getting your man started in this new adventure, and there may be a setback or two; but take ownership, you’re the new sheriff in town, your body turns your man on.

Chill about the old visions of you. In fact, warm it up and play with it. Enjoy your sexual being as it is today and even on those nights when you are tired and body-comatose, remember your body is a wonderland to your man. With time you‘ll enjoy moments of new energy from the natural consequences of the two of you together snarking moments of great sex.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We Do It For Our Families - Women In Construction Trades

We Do It For Our Families

So Melina or "ShyeShye" (her AOL 'alter ego') who writes the "Chatter Page," a communication for the organization Sisters In The Building Trades, contacted me recently about my artwork, I did some for her and a couple pieces are shown here.

I am somewhat familiar with jobs in the building industry. Yes, these jobs are hard work; but, ladies, they're not too hard. Of course it has always been a male dominated field (I think the percentage of women in the industry is something bizarrely low like 3%).

These jobs pay very well.

Elevator constructors can earn as high as $50/hour plus excellent benefits.

Ladies - check this out - these jobs are unique as candidates enter through an apprenticeship program where they learn a trade through on-the-job training supplemented by classroom instruction at state-of-the-art training facilities. Typically, most instruction and training is performed by journeymen with years of experience in the given trade. Comprehensive training in any apprenticeship is usually provided through the union and the expense may be covered through your union dues. Is that cool or what?

Organizations like Sisters in the Building Trade (which covers both U.S. and Canada):

* promote success for women who are already in the trade through education, leadership and mentorship
* build the leadership and advocacy skills of women working in the building, construction, mechanical and utility trades
* and finally look to our girls' futures. They believe that when you change the world of one girl, she changes the world around her. They seek to encourage girls to consider a field which she may not have otherwise considered an option! They think that it's important to show a broad range of careers in science and tech to girls.

Just like all trades, plumbers and electricians get paid according to their qualifications, union status, work setting and other factors. A plumber salary will of course be higher for an experienced business owner than for an apprentice plumber who is just starting out.
So, just like we women have always done (we do whatever we have to do for our families), work in the construction industry is suggested as an option, especially during this economic crisis. Our economy is seeing less and less manufacturing jobs, but service jobs continue to increase.
So, any of you gals who are looking to get into a trade, contact the union hall of choice and find out when the next hiring is. Good luck and go kick a**.

Helpful Websites For Those With Interest in Jobs In The Building Industry:
Sisters In The Building Trades
National Association Women In Construction
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Union Of Elevator Constructors
Helmets To Hardhats - Helmets to Hardhats connects Veterans into promising careers in construction.
United Brotherhood Of Carpenters and Joiners of America
The United Association Of Journeymen and Apprentices Of The Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of The United States and Canada
Sheet Metal Workers International Association
International Brotherhood Of Teamsters
Finishing Contractors Association

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Somebody Should Do Something

Somebody should do something about the homeless. Somebody should do something about the hungry. Somebody turned out to be me.

I reconsidered church this year. I understand from the news that reconsidering church (or, being PC, reconsidering your spiritual side) is an phenomenon, during harsh economic times we tend to return to our religious upbringings. It turns out, I'm doing just that.

I wasn't sure that was the case with me and needed to ponder it. Yes, I'd had some personal and economic losses. A divorce I didn't want. Serious financial setbacks. A move from my family home, a move from the State I love, California (because it was no longer affordable for me). Loss of family and friends. Loss of my car when someone ran a red light. Ghack. No car!

We've also probably all heard the adage, one of the best ways to help yourself in a time of loss is to help others. I've said it myself.

Learning the soup kitchen needed volunteers on a specific date and place, I was able to be there because of my church. Learning that I was being asked to give to others, not of what I didn't have, but from what I did have - do you have extra cans of food in your pantry, give a few of those to your local food pantry - you don't have to go out and buy. I learned this in church.

Learning of a woman who has suffered a series of illnesses and losses and who was in need of help, I learned in church. She needed people to help her rid her house of 'too much stuff acquired during years of battling cancer and a life and family out of control'. The church had helped arrange for a dumpster and looking for volunteers to help take the boxes she'd packed and stuff out to the dumpster. I can do this. I tell her I can help carry boxes. But, I CAN BE THERE, I tell her - if she desires - after all the boxes are gone to help her organize her life and put things in some sort of beautiful order (I am an interior designer). This woman is overly comforted with people who care. She cries and tells us it feels like maybe she'll really get her life 'back'. I can do this because of my church. I can do something, I can be a somebody, doing something.

The church thing worked for me. Being in that church building - that spiritual place - offered me a system to connect with those in need, offering me a way to be a somebody doing something. It became a complete circle of comfort, fulfilling that adage that during difficult times, it helps to help others.

Sometimes finding volunteer opportunities where you can do something is a bit overwhelming; here are some suggestions, for you to be a somebody doing something. Click on any of the following for more information:

* Animal Shelters

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Winner Of December 'Going Green Revolution Contest'

What did they do?
What do they get?
How do I get it?
So many questions ...... I know! Rest assured, I'll answer them all.

About The Green Revolution Contest: I made a vow to myself when I went green (no car) that in little everyday ways I would encourage others to go green also. Viola! The Green Revolution Contest!

So, for December, the Contest prize
was $100 Gift Certificate To Sarahjoys Shop

What did a winner have to do? Contestants sent emails to PatriciaLynne12@aol.com saying how they are trying to go green and then they are automatically entered in The Revolution Green Giveaway Contest! Contestants could send as many emails as they like that include green efforts and each email was an entry for the contest. The Girardin family was randomly selected from all of the entries received. Woo-hoo!
Our next contest has a valentine theme, but it is still about going green - look for this contest announcement very soon!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Saving The World - One Green Thing At A Time

Top Great Green Ideas

* Turn down theramastat during winter & raise AC thermastat degrees in summer. * Cook with a slow cooker or a toaster oven (or even a solar oven!) * Switch to a laptop instead of using a desktop computer; turn off the laptop at the end of the day. * Switch to cold water washing for laundry. * Hang dry your clothes. * Plug anything that can be powered by a remote control or that has a power cube transformer (little blackbox) into a power strip, & turn it off, &/or unplug, when not in use. * Turn off the lights when you aren’t using them. * Stop using heat-producing halogen lamps; install occupancy or motion sensors on outdoor lights. * Switch to compact fluorescent from regular incandescent bulbs. * Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket.Insulate your hot waterpipes. * Use public transportation whenever possible, carpool, shop locally & ideally switch to a hybrid or energy-efficient car. * Keep your tires inflated to improve gas mileage.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Rockford Woman Magazine Highlights Me & Caroline - WOW!

ROCKFORD WOMAN MAGAZINE (To read this article at Rockford Woman Magazine, click here.)

A journey begins with one step

Newcomer vows to get around town without a car
By Kelly Epperson

The latest green girl in town has a big heart and big plans. Patricia Loya moved from Orange County, Calif., to Rockford in October and wanted to start fresh with a downsized — and green — lifestyle. An accident totaled her car right before the move. “Why replace it?” Loya said. “I wanted to go green. This will literally be a step in the right direction.”
Living downtown in the William Brown Loft apartments, Loya is just two blocks from the main bus terminal. In nicer weather, her gorgeous, shiny red Schwinn bicycle that she has named Caroline gets her around town.Loya’s first experience with the public-transit system left her slightly baffled. “The bus schedule is thick and not the easiest to decipher,” she said. “And a main transfer point near a large retailer has no bench, no shelter to protect from the weather. There were 40 people waiting for the bus with nowhere to sit. Tired kids and moms with bags of groceries need a place to sit that isn’t the street curb.”
Loya is a doer. She immediately contacted the transit authority, and the retailer. She is working now with the marketing director of the bus system to form a co-op of residents to make using public transportation in Rockford easier.
This entrepreneurial spirit is another way to make life greener. A former interior designer, Loya now is the writer, editor and artist of several online magazines. She also sells her artwork in collaboration with her daughter at cafepress.com/sarahjoy. Working from home is the ultimate green option. No commute means on the nastiest of winter days, she can stay put and not have to worry about the bus or a bike.
The online shop started after her daughter, Sarahjoy, entered drug addiction recovery. Loya’s artwork of encouragement and humor for her daughter evolved into a product line. There also are many uplifting products for everyone, including La Vert Sachet (the green bag), a canvas tote bag with that wording on one side and a whimsical collage of her artwork on the other.
Being green means helping others go green and making it fun and easy to do so. That is Loya’s energy. “The gas issue is going to have more people thinking about moving into cities, so they can drive less. Living in the city and getting involved in the community is what it’s all about,” Loya said. After being in town only a few weeks, she started volunteering at the soup kitchen at the Jubilee Center, a part of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St., and posted a note in her building asking others to join her.
City life. It’s green, and so much more.

Reprint From Rockford Woman
This article was written by Kelly Epperson. The following article, "Look At My Butt," is Kelly's and you can also read another story in my blog which is from her book, "When Life Stinks, It's Time To Wash The Gym Clothes," about Princess Diana by clicking here. You can go to Kelly's website of the same name When Life Stinks, It's Time To Wash The Gym Clothes here.

Kelly Epperson Says, "Look At My Butt"

They’re everywhere. I thought it was a passing fad, but this fashion statement is sticking around. Teenage girls wear sweat pants with words emblazoned across the rear end. No matter the word, “Cute,” “UCLA,” or “Pinch Me,” the real message is “look at my butt.”

I shake my head with envy. Do it while you can, girls.

My fashion consultants, my boys, tell me I could wear sweats like that. “BIG” or “WIDE LOAD” tickle their fancy. They think “Danger: Hazardous Gas” would be hilarious. I think “Made You Look” would be clever.

As women age, more words fit on the gluteus maximus. The classic, “Does this make my butt look fat?” could be popular. Depending upon my mood, I’d wear “Yeah, baby, I still got it,” or “Thanks! No one has checked out my butt since 8th grade.”

Mother-daughter sweats could become a trend. Daughter butt: CHEER. Mom butt: “Would you believe this butt used to fit into a cheerleader skirt?” Mess with minds by stating “Objects in sweat pants are smaller than they appear.” Just for fun, print in vertical letters: Cheek 2 Cheek.

Certain communities are banning billboards so I predict derriere advertising will be common in the future. Young girls can make bucks renting their rumps to Nike with a big swoosh on the tush. Your daughter could earn cash for college by plastering Heineken on her heinie. The Army could attract more recruits with “Be all you can be” brandished on All-American behinds.

It’s bumper stickers, plain and simple. My more mature bumper could work for Jell-o.™ See it wiggle; see it jiggle. Plastic surgeons could drum up business for lipo suction: 1-800-SUCK-FAT. Fitness clubs could do a dual campaign. Tight buns wear “Gold’s Gym.” Doughy buns wear “Gold’s Gym? Is that next to the donut shop?” Sort of the opposite of the old public service ad, “this is your brain/this is your brain on drugs.” This is your butt at Gold’s; this is your butt if you don’t go to Gold’s.

Certain songwriters think bigger is better regarding the backside. Their lyrics could result in size appropriate butt wear slogans. Small: “Bootylicious.” Medium: “I like big butts, and I cannot lie.” Large: “Fat bottom girls, you make the rockin’ world go round.”

“If you don’t use it, you lose it” does not apply to butts. If you don’t use it, you get a whole lot more of it. Sit on it and it will grow. My butt used to be a separate entity from my legs. Over time, they have merged into a new flesh I call the “bleg,” the combined area of drooping butt into upper leg.

I need a butt bra to lift and separate my butt from my leg, giving me back the fanny of my youth. Bleg be gone. Then I’ll wear words across the seat of my pants: “The butt stops here.”

"Look At My Butt" is an excerpt from Kelly Epperson's book, "When Life Stinks, It's Time To Wash The Gym Clothes," which can be ordered by clicking here.

Ms. Epperson is a Columnist, Ghostwriter/Freelance Writer and Speaker and Owner/Driver of a Smart Car.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Winner Of November 'Going Green Contest' Writes A Thank You

Letter From Winner Of November 'Going Green Contest'

I’M HONORED … it’s a great bag … I’ve put it in the car (replacing one of those not very attractive and certainly not ecological, but filled the need bag the day I forgot my bags at home).

Thanks much!

Janet L. Herbert
Special Projects &
Environmental Policy Coordinator
Rockford Park District
401 South Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101
Please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to!

Click here for December contest info.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Artist, Birthday Party Face Painter and Mentor of Future Artists

It was Paige's sixth birthday and I offered to do face painting. It is always fun for me, the kids like it and as an artist, that just so rocks!
We sang two songs to Paige, one, the typical "Happy Birthday Song," and the other, "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," so very appropriate just a couple weeks before Christmas.
My gift for Paige? Paint, paint brushes, a book on painting and paper. My wish for Paige: that she paint her world beautiful. Happy Birthday, Paige!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Party That Is Fun, Easy & Magical

My neighbor Marie's house was normally pretty, but it was instantly, easily and magically transformed into a wonderland as a result of this holiday party. With each guest came desserts, candles and beautifully-varied special candelabra.
I was a guest also of course, myself, husband and daughter, all dudded up in our fancy clothes, carefully carrying gathered crystal candle holders and long, tall tapered white candles and . . . my dessert offering, a delicious peach cobbler and ice cream. Each neighbor did the same and the results were enchanting.
Marie's lovely house was lit up with beautiful candles and exquisite and fun holders and sweet offerings of cake, pie, brownies, cookies. Spread throughout her living and dining areas, the collection of luminescence and delectables was a feast for the eyes and pallet.
Each of Marie's neighbors contributed to the glorious display and evening of sharing of friendship and good food and it had a special feel.
It was a great holiday party concept: easy to do, beautiful and good refreshments. What could be better?