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     The other day I babysat the new arrival from next door.     She’s sweet and round and smiley and cute and a little stinker and hungry and observant and loud and generally a very curious creature to the kitties- just like me.     And like me- even though she arrives with accoutrement galore, […]

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     This. Should. Be. Interesting.     Later in the month I am going to attend my very first Conference that’s all for me! (BlogHer13) in Chicago.      I will not be a ‘plus-one’.     I’ve been to hundreds of conferences in my life (with the Hubby), shaken enough hands to be a world class […]

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  • Sharon Greenthal - Can’t wait to meet you at BlogHer, Cheryl – you’ll do just fine!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh, I know I will- just thought I’d put out the shrinking violet post so that I don’t scare anyone. HahahaReplyCancel

  • Stacia Ellermeier - You do know that you just wrote out what EVERYONE is thinking, right?ReplyCancel

  • musingsonmotherhoodmidlife - Cheryl, Looking forward to meeting you. Loved this line.. “punting into ‘photo-ops'”. BlogHer is a wild ride, but if you don’t set your expectations to the roof, it can prove extremely rewarding in terms of making connections, getting some fun swag (but be picky), and building your brand.

  • Stephanie Sprenger - Oh you crack me up, lady! And I for one can’t WAIT to meet you there! (Boy, I hope I don’t disappoint!) This conference is causing me to crack the whip and tame my rampant neuroses into submission! But I sure am excited!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - OMG STEPH!!!!! I’m going to swing you around and hug you sooo tight! But first I have to recognize you- funny world we live in with these internets. HahahaReplyCancel

  • Sally - Yum! I have been craving homemade pretzels lately. So glad that Bloppy facebook page led me here!
    Have so much fun at the conference. I still feel like an outsider in the blogging world, even though I have been at it for over a year. Sigh.

    • A Pleasant House - Well I’m only a newbie too! Just a little over a year and I LOVE the Bloppies! So nice to meet you. Now I’ve got to skip right over to your site!!! Yippie! A NEW Friend!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie the Singingfool - I’m excited to meet you at Blogher! And I’ve had the same thought process as you (WHAT IF THEY ALL HATE ME??), so you’re not alone.
    If you bring homemade pretzels to Blogher, you will guarantee my affection forever. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Cheryl,

    Love it! You will do fine and I know you will (so I guess that makes it so – hahaha!)

    I feel the same way you do but I know it will, in the end, be all worth it.

    I look forward to meeting you IRL!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Why of course that makes it so! If your wishes weren’t the world’s commands it would simply stop spinning I’m sure. I count on it.. and you can count on meeting me at BlogHer!!! Whooppie!!!!ReplyCancel

  • JulieBoolie - I do so wish I were going to be there, following in your wake – or perhaps holding on to you! I’ve never been to such a gathering but hopefully will do so next year. Have a blast!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hahahahaaaa. Well maybe next year we can hold onto each other! But, in the meantime, I’m pretty sure I’ll be posting about it on my return. Stay Tuned!ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - One always questions an event before attending. The problem only arises when the questions remain after it’s over. Have a great time! I’m anxious to hear all you guys learn … so I can steal it for free! lolReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - Neat – I’ve heard of a non-mommy bloggers almost coming to blows with Mommy bloggers at BlogHer conferences so it should be an interesting scene. Bunch o’ ambitious cat-itious bloggers – makes for a delicious time! Fill us in on all the details!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Really? To Blows?? God, I hope not, but just in case, I’m going back to the Gym to practice my left hook.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - I think we’re all in the same boat. I’ve never been to a conference. All these parties and beakout’s are instructions are making me certifiably crazy. If it takes pretzel making to calm me down. I’ll do it. I’ll be in the back of the room with you. I think a bunch of us will.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - But if everyone’s in the back of the room- then that’s the front! OK- I’ll meet you up there. HahahaReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I hope you enjoy it!ReplyCancel

     OK People.     I’ve had it.     I know that this blog is usually ‘Pleasant’ and hopefully funny, and maybe just a tad interesting, but I’ve just HAD IT!     With the woman’s RIGHT TO CHOOSE conversation (not really much of a conversation, more like a Sunday Sermon).     I’ve been holding back […]

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  • Terrye - If she really was your friend, she would support you regardless of your decision. And I agree, it’s a personal issue and no one has the right to muck about in it. I was also raised Catholic.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Holy Crap Terrye- you got here quick! and thank God for it. Tomorrow will bring, I hope, a lot of conversation. It wasn’t necessarily MY decision- just the right of any woman to choice. No one is free until everyone is free- and all women need to consider the role this topic plays in the political arena- which overwhelmingly elects men to office. Thanks for giving me the courage to write about this my friend!ReplyCancel

    • Terrye - My pleasure, girlfriend. Yep, you’ll probably get points of views from all over the map. I think too few women are afraid to run for office because of the ‘good ole boy’ club that runs most of politics. And it’s easier for media and a majority of the public to pick on women in politics – they are turning their backs on their families, they don’t have the backbone like their male counterparts, or if they do show backbone, then they are branded as being a bitch.

      I respect you even more for being bold enough to put your opinion out there and to stand by it. That, my friend, takes guts. 😉ReplyCancel

  • kblakecash - There is much I agree and disagree with in this article.

    I will start by saying that generalities are handy when you’re in a hurry, but indeed there are some people who are “pro-abortion”. Prominent members of NOW have stated that abortion is a positive experience and every woman should have at least one. I had a friend who actually used abortion as birth control (NO, I never had sex with her) and during one year had three abortions.

    I believe that abortion is a political football (or hockey puck) used to divide the population, the same way race and religious beliefs are used. Many of the “divisive issues” of the day are manufactured issues, with perhaps seventy percent of the population in the center with the remaining thirty percent at the extremes. By creating the impression that it is an “us against them” situation, the “you’re either for us or against us” extremists cleave the population into two camps.

    Outlawing abortions will not end abortions, but it will certainly reduce them. Unfortunately, illegal abortions are unlikely to be early or safe. Had obtaining an abortion been more difficult than obtaining birth control, my ex friend would have either used birth control or had a child. She had abortions because it was her easiest option.

    Much like laws against prostitution, it does not need to be one sex that is criminally charged. In the same way that arresting “johns”, publicizing their names and confiscating their cars can reduce prostitution in a neighborhood, incarcerating the abortionist would be more effective than prosecuting the clients. Each crime has to be approached in a manor that reduces its occurrence.

    As a man, I DO care about the issue. I care that our society is so uptight that it can’t openly discuss issues that have any connection to sex without losing track of ethics and becoming lost in a fog of hormones. This is not a male/female issue, it is a life/death issue. If we could discuss the topic openly, there could be more understanding for those who have had to make the “choice”, more compassion for those who have struggled with the decision, less stigma, and perhaps a thoughtful, intelligent understanding of sexual responsibility among both sexes.

    I don’t expect it to happen in my lifetime, but I do expect it to happen.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks for stopping by my friend. Shall we discuss?
      1. I was not in a hurry and don’t believe I used any generalities.
      2. NOW sucks and the evidence is in the pudding- or in this case- their Pro-Abortion stance. Regrettable and outrageous.
      3. Anyone, ANYONE, who has three abortions in a life time is an idiot- I don’t find your friends defense that she used it as birth control because it wqs more accessible as a reasonable conclusion.
      4. I’m not talking about criminalizing the Doctors who perform them- legally- but the men who impregnate these woman. That’s what I mean when I say ‘consequences’.
      5. I’m not saying men don’t care about this issue- just not in the same way.
      So that’s it. I’m glad you chimed in. It wouldn’t be a thoughtful conversation w/o you.

  • Cathy - It IS very much a personal decision – and for most an agonizing one. Women should not have to endure worrying they may be arrested or scorned at as well.

    Your friend? She was never your friend at all. Not with an attitude like that.

    You are brave in writing this post. I loudly applaud you.

    P.S. Women are, unfortunately, many times each other’s enemies. Lines are drawn in other areas of our lives with each other as well. When they are, I run as fast as hell the other way. Give me honesty and trust in a friend any day of the week. Those women are no longer a part of my over 50 world.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Cathy. I don’t require anyone to agree with me to be my friend, but when someone says they would actually TAKE AWAY my Rights? Oooohhhhh.ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q-Vega - Hi Cheryl! I agree with on several counts. Women can sometimes be women’s worst enemy. I work in the medical field, and I once saw a case where a 14 year old girl was forced (by her religious parents) to carry to term her neighbor’s baby. He had raped her! She was a virgin when he brutally raped her and her parents insisted that God wanted her to keep this pregnancy. I was against abortions until that day. It opened my eyes. Those parents were punishing a little girl that was innocent with their ignorance, and what kind of future do you think that baby will have with a mother that resents it. It’s an awful decision to have to make, but if anyone has the right to make it, it should be the woman who’s carrying it.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh dear Lord Vashti! Your retelling of this incident is heartbreaking. I’m simply shaking my head…. thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Spreen - I am with you 110%, completely and totally, except for the part where you refer to political hockey pukes 😉ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Moore - We are each other’s worst enemies because we’re working through different filters of experience, emotion, spirituality. We’re not all out to seek the best for each other – at least sometime’s we can’t see that (like with your friend and her Jesus comments). Well-put, well-though out sharing. It’s kind of hard to separate ethics and morals, however, and everyone isn’t working from the same set of social standards. People will continue to share from their emotions and their sense of self-righteousness regardless of facts. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I once heard a saying that might help distinguish Ethics from Morals:
      A man who is having an affair and painstakingly hides it from his wife so as to not hurt her is Ethical (maybe).
      The man who would never HAVE the affair to begin with is Moral.
      Thank YOU for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • The Desert Rocks - Nothing personal about the fact that God gives us life and only he should take it. Our bodies are on loan to us, as is clearly stated many times in the Bible or in Catholic and Christian teachings. Pro-abortionists should be happy their mother chose life. You, my friend might consider me an idiot, and as far as creating life goes you are definitely correct. I can’t imagine what God thinks of those who want to end his greatest gift.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Anne Payne - Oh boy-this is a good one-and I agree 100%.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - of course I agree!! Anyone who thinks that women just undergo that ordeal just for the heck of it is just insane!ReplyCancel

  • The Shitastrophy - The love just grew.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Well said!! I completely agree.ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - Believe it or not, I wrote a term paper on this topic in high school for my senior year. Back then, abortions weren’t legal, in any situation. Tales of coat hangers being used, back alley doctors, and trips to Mexico filled the air. Unwanted children were abused, neglected, and abandoned. It is a personal choice, and not one that anyone has the right to legislate. It’s time that people stopped meddling in the affairs of others, and paid attention to their own lives. I’m with you!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - We are of the same generation- abortions illegal under any circumstances. In my hometown, there was a doctor that would fudge the paperwork and have girls admitted to a real hospital. He even had to have his own daughter admitted once. Of course, birth control was also difficult to come by- you had to go to a ‘free clinic’ in a dangerous part of the city. Why oh Why?ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - It’s a personal decision. No one has the right to cast their own moral world view on a woman who has to make that decision. It should be safe and legal.

    Unfortunately too many opportunists and zealots think they have every right to interfere.ReplyCancel

  • A Pleasant House - I thank you for summing it up so eloquently, William. Your comments are always appreciated.ReplyCancel

     I’ve been thinking (oh ohhh)…       Why is it…       that seemingly intelligent people get caught-up, believe in, allow themselves to be influenced, spread the word, make decisions, judge character, based on the amazing hyperbole of media ten-second news bytes that are obviously skewed to increase regurgitation of the same shit […]

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  • onepairofshoesatatime - Thank you for making me laugh. It never ceases to amaze me how we are expected to be taken in by blatant manipulation of publicity. But that’s what PR is. Maximation of the minimum at the least cost and most exposure.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It really is amazing, isn’t it. Not the PR aspect but the willingness of the Average Joe to just scoop it up!ReplyCancel

  • NJGirlinCO - I just got back from a week vacation and just found out about the Paula Deen blunder. If she is off the air for a while I do believe that sales of butter will decrease.

    Watching her cook with butter, butter and more butter was very comical. I think we could all use a good dose of learning how to cook healthier.

    And yes, the media wants to hype up things so we watch their broadcasts (er milliseconds of worthwhile information and 10 minutes of pitching Tide detergent) so things are so overly hyped it is pretty darn comical.

    People get sucked in easily. I’m glad I was on vacation and didn’t hear a peep about this issue.

    So question – why isn’t her show on tape delay? Why aren’t mistakes and junk filtered out? Or was the network trying to get rid of her and let her do it all by herself……

    Either way I am sad people feel they can verbally slur different races and cultures …….. she messed up. Oh well, enjoy your millions Paula and relax and have some dessert and coffee. You are done.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Lucky you to have been on Vaca during this crap-fest du jour.
      The butta was a bit over the top- as her diabetes diagnosis is testament to.
      None of this happened on her show- oh no, she was being sued by an ex-employee, and gave testimony as such, saying she had used the ‘N’ word in the past. What WAS taped was her FIRST apology (she’s done many since then- each one more professional) and it was spliced together, edited to give the most emotional display she could butta-up.
      As for SLURS- I don’t believe there are degrees of insults (so no free passes) and wish everyone would just SHUT TF-UP and try some empathy for a change.
      Great comment! Come back and visit soon NJGirl!ReplyCancel

  • Another Clean Slate - They say any publicity is good publicity… it gets people talking!ReplyCancel

  • enchantedseashells.com - Umm, thats’ rather large scoops of cat poop. Just how large IS your kitty?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - You are very observant. The kitty is doing well, and eating like a horse- as you can see. My posts are classy- don’t you think?ReplyCancel

  • bookworm - Honestly…this Paula Deen stuff is news????? Compared to people losing jobs, people losing their homes, people getting run over by tornadoes and floods, Supreme Court decisions and all the things happening overseas? Is there such a thing as an actual news channel anymore? Or an actual cooking show?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - No. No there is not. Keen observation Oh Wise One. And on a lighter note: Thanks for stopping by bookworm!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - You’re preaching to choir here, my darling. I hear you … loud and clear. But must say that if you find a market for your piping hot cat shit cupcakes … well, I do believe we will be rich! Love your visual! Only a blogger extraordinaire would compromise her cookware for the perfect picture.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I just actually DID laugh out loud. No shit! (sorry for the pun). The visual is a masterpiece. I know. Now let’s start working on a new start-up with this idea.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndi Calhoun - Ha! Look at those cupcakes! LOLOLOL
    And yes, sometimes there’s coincidence, but big names and businesses plan ALL that crap out: the unveiling of a product that gets touted by someone’s surgery that same week. Yes, yes.
    Good points and thank you, too, for your wonderful insights over at the ‘Tude. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Well thanks Cyndi. It really amazing what get’s ‘scheduled’! And it was my pleasure to comment on your blog. I’m a regular stalker at your site.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - You are so right Cheryl. I am so sick of hearing about Paula Deen and how the newscasters go in depth about the right or wrong of it. I am on board for more news worthy discussions about the economy, snooping, and IRS targeting, so…as they keep harping on Paula and the current murder trial for that matter, I change the channel to X the rating out for them. Kitty Poop Cupcakes rating for the news is a good one. They can be rated as one scoop, two scoops, or a whole litter box.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I love your idea about rating the news in shit scoops. BRILLIANT! (why didn’t I think of it?) Hahahaha. How bout u and I just turn the boob tube off?ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - PR baboons, of course, are the first cousins of marketing chimps, after all…ReplyCancel

     ~ This is a recycling of a previously published post that I am re-posting because I didn’t have enough readers at the time, and God Damn it, I want to know!       When I was little, I watched with fascination, as my mother, and grandmother, would swirl around their kitchens, baking, cooking, […]

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  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - What a great look back, I particularly enjoyed your description of the way your mother shopped for her ingredients; local butcher, farm…the car ride, beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Elin! Those were great times. Too bad many of us don’t have those places to shop any more- the butcher, the baker the candlestick maker…ReplyCancel

  • donna - I have a vivid memory of using a collection of cookbooks with my mother: “The Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cooking”. We were practically nomads growing up and over the years the books slowly disappeared. One day, abut 6 years ago, I found the ENTIRE 12 volume set at a yard sale for just $1 per book! It was so cool to have my daughter create from it :0). Thanks for the memory :).ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Now this is the kind of story I was after! So happy you were able to find a complete set after all those years!!! I just love that most people have some kind of memory of a cookbook- or at least a kitchen memory. Thank you for sharing this Donna- I appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Betty Crocker is the only cookbook I can recall in our house growing up. Making oatmeal cookies with my Mom is a memory I have. When I was little I remember I asked her if I could shop for my own food. She gave me my own kitchen cabinet to store the food I picked out at the grocery store. I was in heaven.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - That’s so cool! Your own cabinet! My Mom never gave me my own cabinet, but she gave my Dad one- in the garage. HahahaReplyCancel

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