The Encyclopedia of Mollie
Daily Show, The:
When The Daily Show is on hiatus, I seriously don't know what's going on in the world. I'm surprised I knew about the whole Egypt thing last week, with John Stewart being on vacation. Watching the Daily Show has become part of my daily routine -- not at 11 at night though. Please, I can barely get through The Office at 9p. No, I usually get to it online around 1pm, sometimes during lunch. I tend to miss a few jokes since I'm sometimes working while "watching" -- I listen with my headphones and don't actually see it, so some of the subtler expression-based humor is lost on me.
There have been a few segments recently, however, that were NOT funny. They were actually infuriating, not because I was offended or insulted, but because I was so angry at how our government works.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Rape Victim Abortion Funding|
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|9/11 First Responders React to the Senate Filibuster|
Not sure this really needs an explanation. Anyone who doesn't like Dark Chocolate is a Vampire . . . and not a sexy, sparkley one either.
Ok, if you've never seen it . . . well, you're missing out. If you're a fan of shows like One Tree Hill or The OC, this is the show for you . . . and I'm not just saying that because I work for TeenNick. Degrassi: The Next generation is a spin-off of Degrassi High, a Canadian show from the late 80s. About 10 years after the wrap of Degrassi High, the writers realized that the daughter of one of the main characters would be about 11 years old and ready to start at "Degrassi Community School" (where her mom went and around which the show is centered). This summer will premiere the 11th season of the the series, and you'll never believe how far it's gone! Some of the tag lines for the different seasons have been "It goes there" and "100% Intense." Of course I can't tell you what's going to happen this season (Oh I WISH I could, cause it's AMAZING!!!), so you'll just have to watch. And don't worry if you're not caught up on past seasons -- we always run a "Get Ready for Degrassi" marathon in the weeks leading up to a season premiere, so set your DVRs!
When 2011 rolled around, my husband and I were preparing the all-important 2011 Budget. Reviewing our 2010 expenses proved just how much I love diner food . . . I won't say the number, but it's probably more than a just-married couple should spend on French Fries and Reubens. BUT I CAN'T HELP IT!!! Another issue is that the diner up the road from our new apartment 1) has amazing food, 2) will deliver in about 10-15 minutes, and 3) you can order and pay online. It's our go-to for when we have people over -- just pass around the laptop, people pick the stuff they want, we hit go, and someone delivers it to our door. (Whenever a delivery guy comes to the door, the dog goes a little nuts -- the only time she really ever barks. We always say "Don't worry, she's harmless." And I swear, the last time the diner delivered, I overheard him say, "Yeah, I remember.")
My favorite diner-type food is definitely a good BLT, then Chicken Fingers, then Mozzarella Sticks. Potato skins are good, but can be hit or miss depending where you go. I don't think my husband likes diner food as much as I do, but I think it's because he's always ordering weird things like casseroles and baked pasta, which can be hit or miss in the BEST of places. My goal in life is to find a diner with the best of both the BLT and the Penne Vodka, cause that would be our place. The "diner" near our old apartment (not really a diner, but a cheap family grill-type restaurant) came close. The pasta at the online-order place was a fail, but there is a pizza place down the road that makes a Penne Vodka Pizza, which may just be the best thing ever. I can make my own BLT, but I can't make that!
I also love the Diner Decor. My dream is to have my kitchen look like a diner, complete with vinyl stools at a counter (I already have an island in my new kitchen, so I'm on my way). I've started my collection of diner-esque kitchen ware with the help of Amazon.com and TableCraft, which sells things like these:
(I don't have this cake stand, but now that I've seen it, I NEED IT!!!)
Doula is a word given to a woman who provides non-medical support to another woman during labor, birth, and during the postpartum period. I first heard of a Doula when I was in college; she was one of a few speakers at a panel about the over-medicalization of childbirth. At first I was all, "Honey, that's not a thing. Get a real job." But the more I learned about it, the more fascinated I became with it. Studies show that woman who are supported by a Doula have shorter labors, require fewer medical interventions and less pain medication, lower their chances of having a C-section, have more success breastfeeding, have lower incidents of Postpartum Depression, and report better overall satisfaction with their birth.
Last month I completed a 4-day training workshop, the first step to becoming a certified Doula. I'm not sure if I'm going to pursue it completely, but I have a while to figure it out (the class is good for 4 years). I'm actually getting really passionate about Childbirth Ed, because I feel like everything starts with being well-informed. There was a moment in my own class last week where a 37-week pregnant Mom had just found out that her hospital required her to be on continuous monitoring and to labor on her back the whole time. If you've taken a modern childbirth class, you may know how upsetting that news was for her, especially if she is trying to avoid paid medication and interventions. I couldn't help but think that if she had known to ask the question six months ago, she would have had more options; at 37 weeks, it may be too late.
That being said, I'm going to try to get my baby out successfully, and then I can evaluate how I can help others. Selfish, I know.
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