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Let’s face it–living in New York City is just somehow better than other places. Now we’re not New York snobs over here, but the best season to possibly live in NYC would hands down be fall.
Something about the bitter chill, the warm subway nooks, the street lights coming on at 5pm, and the colorful leaves in Central Park that make the hustle and bustle all worth while.
1. The landscape views (from your fire escape, friend’s balcony, rooftop).
2- Trees in Central Park.
3- The opening(s) of ice skating rinks.
4- The “new” lights–or shall we say, newly added?
5. You actually feel somewhat cozy on a crowded train
6- Happy hour seems to start earlier, but only because it gets darker earlier.
7- Fall colors go best up against a concrete jungle. Ever notice that your muted clothes look so good up against a background of brick? What’s up with that? FALL is what’s up with that…
8-New Yorkers seem to look better in boots and scarves. We’re not the most attractive bunch without them. Think: if we were in Miami how out of place we’d all look? New Yorkers are not made for bikinis and speedos, so it seems.
9- Football season in HD at every bar/ friend’s apartment. It’s always on the screen, reminding you of comfort, ale, and evening banter–even if you’re not that into football.
10- Even if there’s a blizzard, you can still get delivery–at any time of the day or night. Take that suburbs.
We’ve all been there. Well, most of us have anyways–circling the question of whether or not that “someone” is really into you or just playing you for a fool. For the various reasons she keeps you around, here are the sure, tall tell signs that she’s really, just not that into you.
1- Doesn’t hold your gaze or look into your eyes. If a woman is really into you, she’s definitely going to want to stare in those baby blue/brown/greens for longer than a few seconds at a time.
2- “Hey I have to call you back”–and then doesn’t. This one is kind of obvious, yet most humans want the best from people and expect the best. “There’s no way that he/she can’t be into ME?” Sorry to break it to you, we’re no psychologists over here, but–she’s not that into you.
3- Talks about other men when she’s with you. If she’s yapping about Gary and Tom, her straight guy friends, or references that she still may or may not be in love with her ex boyfriend–she’s not that into you.
4- Not into make-out sessions…with you. Kissing= magic. Without it, you just don’t have the spark.
5- You see new photos of her with other guys on Facebook. Should I say more?
6- She asks for grooming/ fashion advice more than she should. If she does, she sees you more like a guy friend and definitely not a lover. With lovers, mystery is always better, at least in the beginning.
7- She openly flirts with the waiter or bartender. Either she’s not that into you, or she wants to make you jealous. Either way, you don’t need a lady like that.
8- Never brings up her parents, let alone bring you up to them. If she’s never mentioned you EVER to her parents, chances are, you don’t stand a chance.
9- If she seems constantly distracted when you’re telling her a story. (She’s checking her phone, the door, her plate, her fingernails…way more than she’s checking you out.
10- She says “I like you, really. Just, as a friend…”.
A friend is a friend is a friend. And that is all it will ever be, so move on. If she actually has to say it, then there’s really no chance of you getting the girl. It’s one thing for friendship to turn into romance, but when it’s openly verbalized…well, there you go.
The Lessons Adults Can Learn from Five Children’s Movies
Finding Nemo. The ties between family transcend our own fears and love is superior to life’s challenges. A disability is just that, a disability, but one can always make up for it, and use it to his/her advantage. Plus, once in a while, you’ll run into a Gill figure in your life that will propel you to act out of your comfort zone and encourage you to adventure. Who is your Gill? Who is your Dory?
The Goonies. Outsiders can be cool too, perhaps even cooler than the “cool guys.” The sense of community, adventure, and general commradery in this film is a great lesson for all you jaded adults out there. “Down here it’s out time!” Mikey professes while in the wishing well. Chunk and the Giant dude show us unconditional love and that spirit transcends appearance. Plus you know when you were little you had a crush on Andie…
A Wrinkle in Time. Makes a practical use of the theory of entanglement, teleportation, and basic quantum physics through the guise of a child’s adventure story. Get yo science learn on.
Escape to Witch Mountain. Deals with the telepathy of twins, adventures on a mountain, conceptions of seclusion and yea…fun-ness.
Lion King. The prophetic, life altering statement: Hakuna Matata. Concept of family rivalry, childhood love and honor, guilt and shame that would put Woody Allen to rest, and the necessity of an inter-cultural community.
Tangled. What you’ll learn: Your parents aren’t always right. Sometimes they are very wrong. Adult vindication, finally! Hair= power. Men should need to climb, etc.
Tootsies Children Dance wear: Children ballet shoes and tap shoes from Leos Dancewear from toddler sizes to older child size 3 and girl dancewear from toddler size 2T to older child size 12
Are you over or under parenting your child?
There have been numerous reports throughout the past century regarding the proper parenting techniques. Is it possible to spoil an infant (under 1 yr.)? (The answer is a resounding no.) But what about when the child gets older…can you smother him/her with parental affection and attention? The answer is a resounding yes.
Askmen.com has a new article discussing this issue. In a recent study, results have shown that fathers who don’t try to hard, end up being better parents. You know, the fathers that like to compete with each other, “Oh Tommy’s better at this…I take him here everyday…” Studies have shown that Little Tommy will grow up better with a less worried and stressed father, than an over-protective one trying to keep up with the Jones’ family.
“Coping With New Parenthood”
“The latest research out of Ohio State University, which appears in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, suggests that parents who feel pressure to be perfect parents can work at cross purposes. Called the “New Parents Project,” this study is one part of a longitudinal look at how working parents cope with new parenthood. The researchers studied 182 couples who became parents between 2008 and 2010, and found that external pressure to be perfect parents affects parenting skills differently than self-directed, internal pressure to be a good parent.
The difference was most striking for fathers. If new fathers were particularly worried about living up to the social ideals of their peer group, they tended to do worse than fathers who put the pressure on themselves. Mothers, on the other hand, showed more parental stress no matter where the pressure came from. One other interesting note is that fathers who responded to self-directed, internal pressure and didn’t give a hoot about keeping up with the Joneses tended to be better fathers. The researchers added that they weren’t sure what the long-term effects on parenting this kind of internal pressure would have, but for newborns it can be a good thing”
In a recent article published by Psych Central, By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor, Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on November 30, 2011:
“Parents of newborns show poorer adjustment to their new role if they believe society expects them to be “perfect” moms and dads, a new study shows.
While stress upsets each parent, stress influences each parent in different ways. Moms showed less confidence in their parenting abilities and dads felt more stress when they were more worried about what other people thought about their parenting skills.
However, self-imposed pressure to be perfect was somewhat better for parents, especially for fathers, according to the results.”
Nauert also claims that “Societal-oriented perfectionism is “being concerned about what other people think about your parenting,” Schoppe-Sullivan said. It was measured by asking people how much they agreed with statements like “Most people always expect me to always be an excellent parent.”
So next time you want to coddle your 12 year old son, think again fathers. The trick is to be stress-free, a mean between extremes, and always keep your cool.
All You Ever Needed to Know You Learned in Kindergarten
Oh yes, the dreaded/wonderful naptime. When you were five it was a horrid experience, now what you wouldn’t give for those blessed 20 minutes…And actually 20 minutes is all you need. Psychological studies show that the human brain only needs about 20 minutes of naptime (and no more!!) to stay energized throughout the day. Why 20 minutes? Because your brain doesn’t have a chance to fall into REM sleep, yet can get the needed, rejuvanating rest it needs until it’s officially bedtime.
Say Please and Thank You:
Manners go a long way in this world and it’s not up to the South to keep these formalities alive. Getting change from the cashier? Say thank you. Preface every request via speech or email with “please.” Formally end your letters, unless it’s a long series of correspondence.
Eat Little Means (Snack time):
Not only will this keep you satisfied all day, but ti’ll also help maintain your weight. When you don’t snack throughout the day, you tend to eat more (overeat) during your regular meals, causing weight gain and water retention. Also, snacking helps even out your blood sugar and helps battle fatigue, restlessness, and irritability.
Practice Your Penmanship:
Both your wife and boss can’t stand to read your illegible writing, so it’s time to go back to the drawing…err writing board. Unless you’re a doctor and are scribbling prescriptions all day or have a Master’s in Chicken Scratch, most people should be able to read your writing effortlessly. Get back to the tracing board.
You learn that everything has a place…or at least should have a place. Everything can and should fit into your little cubby space, which is translated into grown-up terms like house, apartment, car, work space, etc. Try to get organized by creatively using shelves, folders, compartmental shelving units, minitature cubby holes at your desk/in your bathroom/kitchen and most importantly, your bedroom. Keep loose change in a jar, pens wrapped in rubber bands, and occasionally sing the Barney “clean-up song” weekly for a refined, mature sense of clean.
You learn how to build things and knock them down when necessary. Build your blocks of life, but don’t believe that will last forever–there’s always a time for them to come down. Just like there’s no concrete cement into between your legos (and the Washington Monument), there’s rarely cement to hold parts of your life together. It’s okay if it all falls down.