Archive for August, 2010

Hearing Loss And Teens

Remember when you were a teenager and your parents would call you? You didn’t answer and when confronted you lied and said that you didn’t hear them calling? You know you did…

These days doctors are saying that teens really might not be hearing as well as they could and the culprit; ear buds and iPods. There is no conclusive evidence that the ear buds alone are the exact reason but they hypothesize it could be.

Teen hearing loss was studied by Dr. Josef Shargorodsky of Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Most of the hearing loss that was detected was slight however, the longer they are exposed to the possible causes the worse it can become. There are headsets that come with preset volumes. If you can hear what the person is listening to then it is too loud. Parents you are allowed to dictate what you kids listen to and how loud it is. If they don’t like the rules, take the device.


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Being Romantic

I am a romantic being; at my very core, that is all I am. It’s why I enjoy JeLisa’s blog so much. Listening to the love and respect her and Galen have for one another. Even though April and I are romantic, April likes for me to leave our personal life out of the blog and I can respect that. This time is different. April told me I should blog about our day. I don’t know what makes Monday different from any other time, but I am thankful. Okay, April just told me she wants other wives to be treated the way I treat her. So I guess this post is for the husbands of the world.

Romance… It’s why I love cooking for April and rubbing her feet when she’s had a rough day (not at the same time). It’s why I love giving her a massage when she’s not expecting one but her body language suggests she needs one. It’s why I like listening to almost every word April speaks and I don’t mind doing the dishes. It’s why we waited until we were married for a physical relationship. Romance is in my heart and I never want to purposely take her for granted.

Saturday night I convinced April to play hooky Monday and enjoy a long weekend for a change.  I woke up early Monday and made her favorite breakfast and served it to her in bed. Fresh strawberries, waffles and fried eggs. After breakfast we showered together and I washed her from head to toe and didn’t get any shampoo in her eyes this time! I dried her off and dressed her. I proceeded to tell her that I had mapped out her morning and afternoon for her and all she had to do was follow the directions on the dashboard of her car. It was about 9:30 am when I kissed her goodbye and watched her back out of the garage.

On the dashboard was a series of mixed music CDs I made for her. The first one were some of her favorite love songs and the second was my favorites. The third, I kept with me for that night. Her instructions were to play the second one first and then the first. By the time she returned home she should have been able to listen to both CDs. First on her list was to pick up her friend Rochelle. Rochelle had the rest of the schedule for the day. Museum of Art, lunch at Ruth’s Chris Steak House and a 2:00 appointment for a pedicure and manicure.

Disc Three


While April was out I put my plans into action. I had been planning this for a few weeks now and without Rochelle’s help I don’t think I could have accomplished things just the way I wanted them to be. Thanks Rochelle.

It might not sound very romantic to be apart from one another, however, April works very hard and I wanted her to have some ‘me’ time. I called her every so often and told her I missed her, loved her, to look under the seat for the red rose I left her or after lunch to look in the glove compartment for a love note (not to be opened until she was getting her pedicure.

First thing I did was fix a picnic dinner as soon as she left. I made pasta salad and spicy barbecue shrimp, Chicken Parmesan sandwiches and some strawberry lemonade. For dessert I made lemon meringue pie. Then it was time to work on the backyard. I got bags of sand and poured it out on the backyard lawn, set up an umbrella and placed the stereo speakers out near the mound of sand. I placed the blanket and oils on the table and just waited for April to return. She got home around 4:45. I met her at the door with a smoothie. I undressed her and we took a shower together again.

After the shower she told me about her day and showed me the photos she took at the museum. I put in a movie and popped some popcorn. We watched the movie and then fell asleep until about 9:30 pm. I woke up and watched my wife sleep. She looked like an angel. I smiled and listened to her breathing as her chest rose and sand with each breath. I woke her up and asked if she was hungry. She was and it was finally getting dark enough to enjoy a night time picnic and the weather wasn’t so muggy.

I escorted her out to the picnic area, spread the blanket and turned on the music. The first song was It’s You That I Need by Enchantment. I left her there to listen to the words while I got dinner ready. When I came back I could tell she had been crying. She loved the lyrics and I told her I’ve always felt that way about her — even before we met.

We ate, talked and I gave her a massage. We talked some more and danced, laughed and chased each other around the backyard. We made love and drank champagne.

Our backyard has very tall bushes and the homes in our neighborhood are spaced far apart so being naked in the backyard is something we always do, but for some reason it seemed to April that we were being watched so we went inside, rinsed the sand off and fell asleep in each others arms. While I was cleaning up the sand Tuesday afternoon I found a Frisbee stuck in one of the bushes. We might have been watched…

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A FEW TIPS ON BEING ROMANTIC


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1. Place the needs and wants of your spouse above yours. (Offer to give a massage without expecting the favor in return)
2. Think outside of the box. (Instead of going out to dinner, prepare the meal together or cook for your spouse)
3. Romance doesn’t mean spending lots of money. (Renting a DVD, drinking Pepsi in champagne glasses with a huge bowl of buttered popcorn)
4. Figure out what the two of you like to do together. (Maybe it’s bike riding or long walks)
5. Romance starts when you wake up and not just ten minutes before having sex. (Spend some time cuddling before you rush about your daily living)
6. A woman’s idea of romance is different from a man’s. (Men you might be at your sexiest in her mind if you take the trash out without being asked)

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Scam: Don’t Like The Facebook Dislike App

Millions of Facebook users have been wanting (craving), a button that would allow them to dislike a post. Right now choices are to either like a person’s post or comment on it. Some users want the ability to dislike a post. Just yesterday that ability is now reality. The problem is however, it is a scam. If you download the fake application to use on Facebook, you will dislike it.


You will be prompted to complete a survey and directed to a Firefox for a browser based dislike button. The Firefox add-on is not a part of the scam, however, you can go to the Firefox Add-on page without going through Facebook and avoid the scam and add their dislike button. Not sure why a dislike button is necessary but since so many Facebook users want the feature, I’m also not sure why Facebook doesn’t appease the masses and give them what they want.


After signing up for the dislike button and filling out the survey, everyone of your friends will be spammed asking them to sign up for the same dislike application that you signed up for. The creators of the scam get paid for everyone who visits their page so regardless of whether they choose the application, they make money.

Share this post or let all your Facebook friends know that there is no official dislike button and to avoid the tease, FACEBOOK DISLIKE BUTTON FINALLY HERE!, like the plague.

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