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Liz’s rant: Santa’s coming!

Can you believe this is the week of Christmas? That in only a few days, Santa – the man in the big red suit – will be coming down the chimney? Maybe it’s just me but it seems like those last couple of weeks before the most wonderful time of the year always fly by. Sometimes, even that ritual visit to see Santa gets put off until the last minute. So this year, I figured I’d be one step ahead and actually plan the day for our visit. We headed to Lexington Green before 9 a.m. on Saturday. The plan was simple: I’d pick up a few things from the bookstore, and by the time we were done there, Santa would be arriving, Colton would divulge his wishlist, and we’d be … Read entire article »

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The Coupon Queen – Liz’s rave

No matter where I live, there’s always one drawer that’s devoted to the coupons. I’ll note one exception: that was when I decided I was done with coupons and would never clip another one. What, you may be asking, could possibly send me so far over the edge that saving money seemed more trouble than it was worth? Enter exhibit A. The coupon drawer. (You know you have one, too. Admit it. It will make you feel better.) Oh, sure, I’ve tried those little pouches with a slot for all the dairy and all the frozen and all the meats and all the beverages. But the fact of the matter is, I still had no clue what coupons I possessed. Just because all dairy was in one slot, that cute little coupon … Read entire article »

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Back to school – Liz’s rant

We’re at T-minus 3 days until the first day of school in our neck of the woods. Which means it’s time once again, to review the dreaded school supply list. Time to start going to bed a little earlier, maybe do a little last-minute studying, time to wish we’d done more over the summer break. Sigh… Time to ask probing questions, like: Are Ticonderoga really the best pencils? (Turns out that  yes, they are. And much to my child’s chagrin, mechanical pencils are still off-limits.) Does our county actually have a large enough stock to supply each child with one large bottle of hand sanitizer? Will this be the year we discover whether or not demerits are issued if we buy a 48-count box of crayons instead of the 96-count box? Is the request … Read entire article »

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Twitter Dee, Twitter Dumb – Liz’s rant

It’s been more than two years since I opened my Twitter account, but only a few months that I’ve been actively using it. Notice I said actively, not successfully. I figured since everyone else is tweeting, I should be tweeting, too. It was time. Time to join the hoopla. Time to network like a pro. Time to embrace the latest (whatever) and greatest in the world of instantaneous communications. God help us. And is there really any other way to master anything other than to jump right in with both feet, hoping you can swim because you’re too lazy to throw on that life vest? I think not. Which could be an issue I need to re-address. Because I’m a tad bit prone to royal screw-ups, when left to my own … Read entire article »

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Happy Independence Day

Well, you guys know Kate – she’s out putting firecrackers in mailboxes again (just kidding). Seriously, we’re both out and about today, celebrating the birthday of our great nation. Please remember the cost of freedom, and the brave men and women of our military who fight tirelessly as the ultimate flag-bearers for freedom. God Bless America! Happy 4th! … Read entire article »

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Some Fourth of July fun (made really easy) – Liz’s rave

We’re T-Minus 5 days until the Fourth of July, when we celebrate our nation’s Independence! My house is fairly patriotic year-round, but even more so on holidays like this one, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day and Patriot Day (September 11). Red, white and blue fill the house and the yard, and there’s always a reading of the Declaration of Independence. I have a plethora of small flags in two different sizes. The larger ones are perfect for lining the driveway and sidewalk, the smaller ones really jazz up potted plants and smaller spaces. Big Lots and the Dollar Tree usually carry packages of soft mints, wrapped in the colors of Old Glory, Tootsie Roll puts out a patriotic Tootsie Pop, and if you’re lucky, you can find red, white and … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Why we need the three R’s

And I don’t mean “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle”. Sigh. Oh, no. I’m talking about the original three R’s – reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic.  And maybe you already know what I mean by the need for them. Because all too often, it seems those r-words have been replaced with a double-D word: dumbed down. You probably also know this is another one of my rants in the making. I initially pondered writing about this subject a few months ago, when a trip through the check-out line went downhill faster than an Olympic skier. My bill had come to $11.81. I handed the cashier $21.81. Quick, people – do the math. My change? An even ten-spot. $10. The cashier looked at me as if I’d lost my mind by daring to throw a wrench … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Holiday blues

Every year after Christmas, my mood really mellows. Once New Year’s Day is over, it tends to mellow more. This year, though, we have a double dose of melancholy in the family – especially where my daughter is concerned. Her fiance deployed overseas yesterday for what will likely be a seven-month tour.  Adam, who is a fantastic young man, is actively fighting to protect the freedoms you and I enjoy each and every day. There’s something very special about those men and women who sacrifice their daily lives – and sometimes, life itself – to fight for the United States of America. It’s a job that only about 1 percent of our nation takes on. And while I know this  tour will be difficult for my daughter, she’s the lucky one in … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: 15 pounds of carrots

That’s how it started. With 15 pounds of organic carrots, water bath canning equipment, cans, lids, rings and a book: Canning for Dummies. Except that Niki hadn’t cracked the book before arriving at my house.And I’d never canned carrots. (Insert large red flag, flapping in the breeze…) On the surface, the idea was a sheer stroke of genius. We’d get together before Christmas and can some very special homemade concoction, tying the jars with pretty ribbons and attaching homemade labels, wishing those lucky enough to receive such an inventive gift the merrriest of Christmases and most prosperous of new years. Apparently, that’s the magic of carrots. Unless they can’t be canned in a water bath because they’re low in acid. That’s right. If you’re gonna can carrots, you need a pressure canner. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The play on words

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve about had it with someone, somewhere, who’s decided that classic pronunciations of words should be changed – and that words once known as nouns should now be known as verbs. For example: Let’s take the country of Chile. As far as I’m concerned, Chile is pronounced just like that warm winter stew we all know and love – you know: chilly. But apparently the earthquake shook up things enough that all of a sudden it’s become known as Chil-ay. Rhymes with Oil of Olay. And it drives me crazy. Tied for getting on my nerves the most is another phenomena: nouns that become verbs – or verbs that are used for things that they shouldn’t be. Prime example: I hate it when someone refers to “growing … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Twinkies for breakfast

No, this doesn’t mean I’ve deserted Operation Athlete. Far from it. I’m just here to tell you about a recent story that involves someone else having Twinkies for breakfast… and lunch… and dinner. Oh, sure, he shakes it up. He throws in a Ding Dong or Nutty Bar – even some Doritos and sugared cereal and Oreos. These junk foods, as my mom would call them, account for 66 percent of his daily food intake. Anywho, the Twinkie diet man is actually a nutrition professor who’s lost 27 pounds in 10 weeks by reducing his caloric intake by 800, yet consumes foods considered to have no nutritional value, all in an effort to prove the point that it’s not what you eat, but how much you eat. Since beginning the diet, … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: My eyelids hurt

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Colton’s hockey coach, Ted Butler. While this isn’t verbatim, you’ll get my point: Hey Hockey Moms!!!Are you ready to feel like a million bucks? Ready to be in the best shape of your life? Ready to be a hot mom? I guarantee this will change your life!!! Hmm, I thought. There’s gotta be a catch. But I like Ted. And I trust him. So I started giving the proposal some thought. Until Sunday, when email two came, with something about sending out a personal request to his favorite hockey moms in the subject line. Guess who took the bait? Hook, line, sinker. I sent Ted an email that read more like confessions of an out-of-shape, laden-with-bad-habits, … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The snow is snowing

Ever notice how the silliest things have the capacity to turn into discussions that just make your head spin? Case in point would be my little argument with Hannah over a Billie Holiday Christmas song, where the late great singer bellows out lines like, “The snow is snowing, the wind is blowing.” “Why is the snow snowing?” I asked. “That’s what snow does, Mom – it snows.” “No the snow does not snow – it falls.” “Mom, you are so misguided. When it snows, we don’t say ‘it’s falling’. We say it’s snowing.” “Then why isn’t the wind winding,” I asked. “Note that even Billie admits the wind is blowing. Snow can do that, too. But I still maintain the snow doesn’t snow. Nor does rain rain.” “Then what does rain do, Mom?” “It falls, too. Sometimes … Read entire article »

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