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Roxiticus Desperate Housewives http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com The Best of the Roxiticus Valley: Mendham, Bernardsville, Chester, Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone, Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey Fri, 27 Jul 2018 12:47:47 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.5 en Thanks! A Quick Update On My Mom’s Surgery http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/10/uncategorized/thanks-a-quick-update-on-my-moms-surgery/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/10/uncategorized/thanks-a-quick-update-on-my-moms-surgery/#comments Thu, 11 Mar 2010 02:11:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/03/10/uncategorized/thanks-a-quick-update-on-my-moms-surgery/ Just a quick post to let you know that my mom is doing AMAZINGLY well after her hip replacement reconstruction surgery this evening… I called her room, expecting she’d be too out of it to answer the phone, and she picked up and sounded like she wanted to dance down the halls of the hospital.

So thanks… to God for answering my prayers, to Dr. Goldman for taking such good care of my mom (the confident voice mail he left me said “that hip won’t be giving your mom any more trouble”), and to all of you for your thoughts and prayers. To friends near and far, I tried to send out a couple of personal emails and hope you received them.

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Music Monday: That’s How You Know http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/08/music-monday/music-monday-thats-how-you-know/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/08/music-monday/music-monday-thats-how-you-know/#comments Mon, 08 Mar 2010 05:01:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/03/08/uncategorized/music-monday-thats-how-you-know/ After a rough week — my 84-year-old mom is in the hospital after dislocating her hip for the third time in a month on Thursday and is having very complicated surgery on Wednesday — I considered a repeat of my October “Lightning Crashes” post, but I’ve decided to go with something light and breezy instead of focusing on the cycles of life, death, and growing old.

London and Maddie have been into American Idol this season, staying up way past their bedtimes to vote for their favorites. Our entire family thinks Crystal Bowersox is likely to win it all, but Maddie has rooted for 17-year-old Katie Stevens since her audition. The judges keep telling Katie to sing something “young” and “current,” but it is clear that Katie is an old soul who can’t relate to Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, or the Jonas Brothers. We did some thinking, and came up with a few suggestions for Katie Stevens: something young, but from another decade (e.g., “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton-John in Grease or It’s In His Kiss (Shoop Shoop Song) done by Merry Clayton and Betty Everett in the 60s, covered by Cher in the movie Mermaids in 1990 and featured on Roxy’s Bay Head Blog this week) or something from a Disney movie or Broadway show that would show off Katie’s “big voice”… like “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted… two summers ago, that’s all the girls wanted to sing in the car on the way to Annie’s Playhouse Summer Stars. If Katie Stevens wants to spice it up a little, there’s a Disney Rock version by Demi Lovato, too…

Ladies, enjoy the McDreamy eye candy…

(A Capella, Giselle)
How does she know you love her?
How does she know she’s yours?
(Marlon Saunders - Calypso Singer)
How does she know that you love her?
(Giselle)
How do you show her you love her?
(Together)
How does she know that you really really truly love her?
How does she know that you love her?
How do you show her you love her?
How does she know that you really really truly love her?
(Giselle)
It’s not enough to take the one you love for granted
You must remind her or she’ll be inclined to say
“How do I know he loves me?
How do I know he’s mine?”

Well does he leave a little note to tell you you are on his mind?
Send you yellow flowers when the sky is Grey? Heyy!
He’ll find a new way to show you a little bit every day
That’s how you know
That’s how you know he’s your love

(Calypso Singer)
You got to show her you need her
Don’t treat her like a mind reader
Each little something to lead her to believe you love her
Find More lyrics at www.sweetslyrics.com

(Giselle)
Everybody wants to live happily ever after
Everybody wants to know their true love is true
How do you know he loves you?
How do you know he’s yours?

Well does he take you out dancing just so he can hold you close?
Dedicate a song with words meant just for you?
He’ll find someway to tell you with the little things he’ll do
That’s how you know
That’s how you know he’s your love
He’s your love

That’s how you know he loves you
That’s how you know it’s true

Because he’ll wear your favorite color just so he can match your eyes
Plan a private picnic by the fire’s glow
His heart will be yours forever
Something everyday will show
That’s how you know (x5)
That’s how you know he’s your love
That’s how you know
That’s how you know he’s your love

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Maddie’s Puppy Planning http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/03/maddie/maddies-puppy-planning/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/03/maddie/maddies-puppy-planning/#comments Thu, 04 Mar 2010 01:39:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/03/03/uncategorized/maddies-puppy-planning/ After extensive research, including slumber parties with our Bay Head neighbors’ cockapoo, Cashew, we have determined that London is not allergic to cockapoos. Rex and I have told the girls that, if all goes right with business and scheduling, our family will pick up an 8-week-old cockapoo puppy at the end of June. Maddie has been hard at work, compiling a journal of everything she needs to know about taking care of a dog — feeding, grooming, training, etc. She will soon start posting all of her puppy planning to her blog, I Love Dogs and So Do You, so we hope you’ll stop by Maddie’s blog and check in on our puppy progress…We think we’ll be ready!

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London and Maddie Built the Biggest SnowPeople Ever http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/01/snow-people/london-and-maddie-built-the-biggest-snowpeople-ever/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/01/snow-people/london-and-maddie-built-the-biggest-snowpeople-ever/#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2010 22:30:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/03/01/uncategorized/london-and-maddie-built-the-biggest-snowpeople-ever/

Update on Saturday, March 6th: Even though I will continue to snuggle by my living room fireplace for another four to six weeks, temperatures in the Roxiticus Valley have been in the high 40s/low 50s for much of the past week. Unlike Frosty, our snow people did not hurry on their way. After the four-day snowed in weekend, London and Maddie headed back to school on Monday. While they were celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, our four snow people tipped over and melted away. I’m still surprised at how much our family is going to miss the snow!

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Music Monday: Henry the Eighth by Herman’s Hermits http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/01/music-monday/music-monday-henry-the-eighth-by-hermans-hermits/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/03/01/music-monday/music-monday-henry-the-eighth-by-hermans-hermits/#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2010 16:00:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/03/01/uncategorized/music-monday-henry-the-eighth-by-hermans-hermits/ I don’t think I can explain why this catchy little ditty has been running through my head, but I started to sing it to London and Maddie on our way home from their modern dance lessons at Garden State Ballet the other night, and now my girls have been singing it, too. I think we decided that too many contestants in the early rounds of American Idol chose the same song, so to avoid competing with others singing the same song, the Butter Bites could use “Henry the VIII” for their audition for Simon Cowell’s new show, The X Factor. We dare you to listen and try to stop singing it over and over and over again. This fun video was created by a middle school student for a social studies project… you’ll see a lot of the number 8… which is particularly relevant for Maddie, who turns 8 in March… we are counting down the days to her birthday and her slumber party.

I’m Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She’s been married seven times before
And every one was an Henry (Henry)
She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry
Henry the eighth I am

Second verse same as the first

I’m Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She’s been married seven times before
And every one was an Henry (Henry)
She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry
Henry the eighth I am

—— lead guitar ——

I’m Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She’s been married seven times before
And every one was an Henry (Henry)
She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry
Henry the eighth I am

H-E-N-R-Y
Henry (Henry)
Henry (Henry)
Henry the eighth I am, I am
Henry the eighth I am

Yeah!

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News You Can Use: Simple Kids’ Snowboards for London and Maddie from the Sports Section in Mendham, NJ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/27/best-of-mendham-nj/news-you-can-use-simple-kids-snowboards-for-london-and-maddie-from-the-sports-section-in-mendham-nj/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/27/best-of-mendham-nj/news-you-can-use-simple-kids-snowboards-for-london-and-maddie-from-the-sports-section-in-mendham-nj/#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:26:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/02/27/uncategorized/news-you-can-use-simple-kids-snowboards-for-london-and-maddie-from-the-sports-section-in-mendham-nj/ Roxy’s loyal readers know that, a few weeks back I posted about trying to find a simple kids snowboard for London and Maddie. Since we’ve had so much snow (including four snow days off from school so far this year), I’ve been thrilled about London and Maddie’s new love of the snow… snowmen, snow angels, sledding, and my hope of finding them a simple kids snowboard to use to slide down the hill in our front yard in the Roxiticus Valley (not on the mountains of Whistler, Vail or Deer Valley).


Given the amount of snow we’ve had this year and coinciding with the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, it seemed like the right time for nine-year-old London and eight-year-old Maddie to try snowboarding. However, after doing some basic Internet research on kids’ snowboarding, I had decided I would need Roxy (the snowboard and clothing company) to sponsor Roxy (the blogger) with London and Maddie’s first set of snowboard equipment (stay tuned for happy ending that doesn’t involve sponsorship). While I thought it would be fun for each of my girls to have one of those Roxy snowboards with the cool graphic designs just to slide down the hill in front of our house, I didn’t realize that snowboarding could be as complicated and expensive as skiiing… snowboard, bindings, boots, helmet… While I waited for the snowboard offer to come in from Roxy to Roxy for next season, I considered tracking down a couple of those plastic cafeteria trays used for snowboarding back in my days as a college student at Syracuse University.

Last weekend, temperatures reached the high 40’s and I decided spring was here. However, the snow returned to the Roxiticus Valley on Thursday and Friday.

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Err On the Side of Caution http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/23/dr-mel-levine/err-on-the-side-of-caution/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/23/dr-mel-levine/err-on-the-side-of-caution/#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2010 01:48:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/02/23/uncategorized/err-on-the-side-of-caution/ There have been a lot of stories in the news lately that (1) break my heart, (2) remind me that there are a lot of sick, sick people in the world, and (3) make me want to tell parents and anyone who will listen to err on the side of caution.

Here in New Jersey, police continue to search for 3-month-old Zara Malini-Lin Abdur-Raheem, who has been missing since February 16th. After abducting the girl, her father, Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, told police he threw her off the Driscoll Bridge and into the Raritan River. New statewide Amber Alert guidelines now under consideration would lift some of the current restrictions on issuing an alert when a parent abducts a child. I’m sure the ACLU and their ilk will have some reason to disagree, but please tell me what we would have to lose as a society by issuing an Amber alert immediately and asking questions later.

In nearby Delaware, pediatrician Earl Bradley, 56, has been indicted on 471 counts of sexual crimes against 103 children at his practice, and authorities are urging former patients and parents with any information to come forward. All but one of the alleged victims were girls and some were as young as 3 months old, prosecutors said. Charges against Bradley include first-degree and second-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual contact, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, sexual exploitation of a child and continuing sexual abuse of a child. “These were crimes committed against the most vulnerable among us — those without voices,” Attorney General Beau Biden said. The crimes were “committed by someone with whom an entire community and parents had placed their trust.” Parents, no reputable pediatrician will ever ask you to leave your child’s side for any kind of a medical examination. Ever. No exceptions. Never let your child out of your sight when they need you most.

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Music Monday Earthquake in the Roxiticus Valley: I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/22/music-monday/music-monday-earthquake-in-the-roxiticus-valley-i-feel-the-earth-move-by-carole-king/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/22/music-monday/music-monday-earthquake-in-the-roxiticus-valley-i-feel-the-earth-move-by-carole-king/#comments Mon, 22 Feb 2010 05:01:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/02/22/uncategorized/music-monday-earthquake-in-the-roxiticus-valley-i-feel-the-earth-move-by-carole-king/ Roxy and family didn’t actually feel the earth move under our feet this morning, we’re all just fine, but this just in from the Star Ledger about the Somerset County NJ earthquake on Sunday, February 21st:

BERNARDSVILLE — A 2.6 magnitude earthquake hit just before 9 a.m., prompting scores of phone calls to police but no reported damage, according to Police Sgt. John Remian.

The earthquake’s epicenter was reported in Gladstone, about seven miles away, at 8:59 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.

But Bernardsville residents have logged the highest number of phone calls reporting the quake, according to the USGA.

About 100 people called Bernardsville police in the following minutes, Remian said, after experiencing a loud rumble then hearing what sounded like a boom. “It was felt by everybody here,” Remian said from police headquarters. “It felt like the whole room was shaking around us, and a loud exposion afterward.”

Remian said the area, which sits on the Ramapo Fault Line, experienced a 1.5 magnitude earthquake in January. Though there has been no reported damage after this morning’s earthquake, Remian said, “this was more substantial than the last one.”

The county’s Office of Emergency Management was notified, he said, and Bernardsville Police sent out an advisory notice through the town’s e-mail and text messaging system.

I hadn’t figured out my Music Monday post when I saw the headline, making Carole King “I Feel the Earth Move” an easy choice. Here’s a terrific live performance of the 70’s hit:

I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you’re around
Oh baby

When I see your face
Mellow as the month of May
Oh darling I can’t stand it
When you look at me that way
I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you’re around

Oh darling
When you’re near me
And you tenderly call my name
I know that,

My emotions
Are something I just can’t tame
I’ve just got to have you baby
I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down

I just lose control
Down to my very soul
I get hot and cold all over

I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
tumbling down, tumbling down…

 

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Next Year… Snowboards for Maddie and London http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/20/2010-olympics/next-year-snowboards-for-maddie-and-london/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/20/2010-olympics/next-year-snowboards-for-maddie-and-london/#comments Sat, 20 Feb 2010 13:21:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/02/20/uncategorized/next-year-snowboards-for-maddie-and-london/ Maddie and London have been on school vacation for the past week, but since Rex and I have been crazy busy with work we were not able to get away to sun and fun in Laguna Beach. Instead, perhaps inspired by the Winter Olympics, the girls have been out in the snow every day, sledding down the hill, building snowmen, and having a blast.

They’ve been standing up to ride down the hill on their red plastic sled, so I started to look into kids’ snowboards. We were over at Modell’s to buy softball gloves for London and Maddie’s first year of Little League (little known trivia: Roxy was a fast-pitch softball pitcher on the Branchburg Central middle school team in the 7th and 8th grade) and I asked about snowboards… they were sold out! I guess everyone in the Greater Roxiticus Valley had the same idea after watching the half pipe events in Vancouver… though I have to confess, I’m not sure I could watch my kids doing all those crazy snowboard tricks, even if/when they had grown up to be Olympic snowboarding champions.

A few hours later…

Back from the girls’ basketball clinic and having done some basic Internet research on kids’ snowboarding, I can safely say I’m going to need Roxy (the snowboard and clothing company) to sponsor Roxy (the blogger) with London and Maddie’s first set of snowboard equipment. While I thought it would be fun for each of my girls to have one of those Roxy snowboards with the cool graphic designs just to slide down the hill in front of our house, I didn’t realize that snowboarding is as complicated and expensive as skiiing… snowboard, bindings, boots, helmet… and with temperatures in the Roxiticus Valley reaching a balmy 43 degrees and toppling our snowman, it feels like Spring is here! While I wait for the snowboard offer to come in from Roxy to Roxy for next season, maybe I can find a couple of those plastic cafeteria trays used for snowboarding back in my days as a college student at Syracuse University.

And as I create a long, rambling post, London and Maddie always bring me back to the simpler things in life… they don’t need a trip to California, or lunch at American Girl Place, or $1,000 of snowboarding gear to be happy. They make snow angels. They play in the backyard. I brought two of their friends home with us after basketball and the four girls are in the basement singing pop songs and making up a puppet show. And Rex and I are enjoying another great fire blazing in the living room fireplace…where confidential materials and marked-up non-disclosure agreements burn brighter than ever.

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2010 Olympics Music Monday: K.D. Lang Sings Hallelujah http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/15/lyrics/2010-olympics-music-monday-kd-lang-sings-hallelujah/ http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.com/2010/02/15/lyrics/2010-olympics-music-monday-kd-lang-sings-hallelujah/#comments Mon, 15 Feb 2010 05:01:00 +0000 roxiticusdh http://roxiticusdesperatehousewives.roxysbestof.com/2010/02/15/uncategorized/2010-olympics-music-monday-kd-lang-sings-hallelujah/ Since Friday, when the 2010 Winter Olympics began in Vancouver, Canada, our family has tuned in to see the opening ceremonies, speed skating, ski jumping, and luge competition. While the media have gone out of their way to yammer about a technical glitch with lighting the cauldron to start the Olympic games, I found the opening ceremonies quite beautiful and compelling, even with only three of the four flame chutes in operation.

We were all saddened by the death of 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, and the opening ceremonies provided several fitting tributes. All my life, I’ve had the oddest grief reaction to accidental death… I can’t stop thinking I need to warn the person not to do whatever caused his or her death. Back in 1998, Rex and I returned from our honeymoon to learn that a close friend and client had died after falling from the roof of his house while trying to install a satellite dish. For years afterward, I would awaken from nightmares in which I couldn’t get there in time to tell him not to go up on the roof of his house. On Thursday night, 1988 Olympic bobsledder Mark Wasko gave a terrific presentation to London and Maddie’s 4-H Prep club, and we learned how thrilling and dangerous the sport can be. While I know the Olympic authorities have done all they can to make the luge track safer for the athletes, I’ll still offer up a prayer for the safety of all of the competitors.

I couldn’t embed the video of K.D. Lang’s mesmerizing performance of Hallelujah from Friday night’s 2010 Olympic opening ceremonies in Vancouver (copyright violations), but I did track down the following video from a prior performance for this week’s Music Monday post:

I knew I had heard the song before, but couldn’t remember where… embarrassed when I tracked down the source as Rufus Wainwright on the soundtrack from Shrek! Leonard Cohen wrote and performed the original lyrics:

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

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