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National Friendship Day is this Sunday!

by Larre Green on July 31, 2009

 OK, so you are probably thinking that this is some type of “Hallmark Holiday” made up by the card companies just to push a few cards to boost slow summer sales.  WRONG!  Actually, this is a real and legitimate, honest to goodness, proclaimed by the US Congress, holiday. 

According to website www.friendshipday.org

“The United States Congress, in 1935, proclaimed first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event.”

Now you may not have planned a big celebration for this day but come on, how about a phone call just to say “Thank you for being a friend”…wow, that could be a song cue!  Everybody hum the theme to the TV Show Golden Girls. 

Oh, and get this: Friendship Day isn’t just a US event, Friendshipday.org also states that
it has become so popular worldwide that “the United Nations named Winnie – the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.”

Of course, it is always easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk, so let me take this time to say Thank You to the many friends that I am so very fortunate to have.  I don’t want to put a bunch of names out on the ol World Wide Web, but to the Lucy of my Ethel, to the one I always credit for my career in media, to the one who was my shield when all of the swords were coming at me (remember it can be deadly out here in Social Land) and of course the best business partner anyone could ask for, maybe I don’t always say it, but Thank You, your friendship is something I treasure.

“Friends make you smile from ear to ear.” -Winnie the Pooh

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When Babies Go to College

by Joy Donovan on July 30, 2009

Earlier this summer, Lisa Grossman, a very intelligent, earnest and probably perfectionist mom, assembled a group of  her friends in her Colleyville home.No ordinary night out of bunco playing or margarita swilling, this evening had an agenda.

The purpose? To figure out what she’s supposed to do, as a mom, for her daughter who is off to college this fall. When they’re babies, there’s the handy Dr. Spock to tell you how to feed them, bathe them and potty train them, but where do the moms get info on their much older babies?

Even if they’re 18, they’re still our babies, right, moms? And we all want to do it right, even if it’s launching them into the next big thing–college. So a gazillion questions need answers so a mom can continue to be the June Cleaver kind of mom she aspires to be. What sheets? How much money? Which computer? And just what to do about that awful roommate?

Lisa’s gathering was a mix of moms who were new to this, and moms who had been there, done that and got the parents’ weekend t-shirt. Even as the questions and wined flowed at comparable rates, our hostess was at work. Lisa–I’m telling you, she’s an over-achiever–took notes and allowed that I can share these tips with the rest of you.

As a mom who’s launched three girls and has lived to tell about it, I say don’t worry too much. I once interviewed Dr. Spock, and he said we–meaning all parents–are smarter than we think we are. You’ll muddle through, but know that they’re all different so if one’s homesick, the next one you may wonder if you’ll ever hear from again. And know that even after they go away for weeks on end, you’re still their mom!

Following is a list of tips from the mouths of moms:

 1. There are cable locks for laptop computers that look like small bike locks. A student can lock his laptop to a table at the library in case he needs to get up and walk around. Lisa found one with a combination lock instead of a key for $25 at http://www.tryten.com.

 2. The mattresses at college are thin and hard, so moms said that their kids appreciated foam mattress pads or down-filled feather beds on top of the mattress. Lisa found twin x-long, two-inch thick pads with terry cloth covers for $118 and free shipping at http://www.isoform.com under mattress pads.

3. You should put in a pass code so no one but your child can turn on his laptop. You can also buy LoJak protection for a laptop for $39/year or three years for $89. If it is stolen and then connected to the internet or a phone line, a signal will be sent to LoJak who can track its location and help the police recover it. http://www.lojackforlaptops.com/

4. For dorm rooms in humid areas, you may need a tub of DryOut available at the Container Store. It collects the humidity from the air into the tub where it is poured off and the tub is reused. Each tub should last one semester and costs about $5.

5. Yes, most kids in dorms have a refrigerator, TV and microwave. There should be an ironing board in the dorm, but moms thought a fastidious kid would want her own iron. If girls join a sorority, they can iron their clothes over there.

6. It is a good idea to send a little box of over-the-counter medicines for diarrhea, allergies, stomach upset, colds, etc. and include Bandaids and a thermometer. Show them how to clean a thermometer after use.

7. Moms said that girls usually come home to their regular hairdresser for haircuts and highlights.

 8. Students should set boundaries right away with their roommates about borrowing things, hours for friends in the room and sleepover guests.

 9. Suite-style living arrangements often cause bathroom cleaning and stocking problems. Moms suggested that students should set up a cleaning and supply-purchasing schedule right away with their suitemates. One girl got so frustrated with her suitemates, that she carried her own toilet paper into and out of the bathroom each time she used it.

 10. One mom said she found a shower curtain with pockets for the girls’ shower products at Bed, Bath and Beyond. One mom found a shower pole with four shelves at the Container Store. One college tour guide said that he always took his bucket of toiletries into the bathroom with him and then stored it in his room when he was done.

 11. Moms agreed that $150 was plenty of spending money a month if your child did not have to buy his or her own clothes.

 12. The computer salesmen at one Apple store admitted that they were not usually big fans of extended warranties, but they always bought an Applecare contract for their laptops.

 13. Moms advised parents to stay out of roommate issues and not to arrive and try to organize everything for all the kids. They suggested talking to your child ahead of time about possible solutions to potential problems and cleaning issues. They warned us to beware of one girl arriving first and hogging all the bathroom storage.

 14. Moms suggested requiring your child to stay at school the first three weeks to ensure that he or she gets involved with campus activities right away. They said this would help cure homesickness.

 15. If sharing a bathroom with another room, kids should lock their bedroom-to-bathroom door at night and when they leave, to prevent friends of friends from coming in and borrowing things.

 16. Students may want a nightlight, electric candle or small lamp to leave on in the room until the other roommate gets home and goes to sleep.

 17. Students may need over-the-door towel bars for extra storage.

 18. Everyone should have a flashlight for power outages.

 19. One smart mom gave her daughter a book safe (a real book with the center cut out to store things) and put $200 emergency cash in it. When her daughter’s debit card stopped working she was really glad she had it.

 20. Texas law now allows 16-year-olds to have their own checking account and debit card.

 21. Moms were encouraged to back off on phone calls to their children and let the children call as often as they needed to. The experienced moms said their kids called quite a bit but didn’t feel hounded by their moms calling them.

 22. When kids come home from college, expect some resistance from them about curfews and house rules. You may have to make curfew a little later than it was in high school, but it is still your house and you still have the right to make the rules. Besides, you will still worry about them when they are home but out late.

 23. Go to the Container Store College Night held in July or August. They have lots of good information and ideas. Sign up for an invitation online. http://www.containerstore.com/collegeinvite/

 24. Lisa bought fabric storage cubes (Container Store) with zippered lids for extra linen storage.

 25. Moms warned against taking “everything” on the first trip as the dorm rooms are smaller than you think.

 26. One mom, who was a resident advisor in the dorm, said the most counseling she had to do was about pet grief for pets that died while the child was away at college.

 27. Moms warned that there was a lot of underage drinking in private residences off campus. They said that many universities were very strict about alcohol in dorms and sororities. They wanted us to discuss this with our kids and remind them that it is still illegal to drink in college if you are not 21 and to tell them to never accept an open drink from anyone.

 28. Check out http://www.gordie.org for a true story of the affects of alcohol poisoning and share it with your kids. Students don’t know how dangerous it is to put a drunk friend in bed to “sleep it off.”

 29. Mothers also wanted us to remind our children that what is on their Facebook pages can come back to haunt them. One mom read somewhere that authorities are required to respond to complaints and if a complaint comes in about underage drinking by someone as shown on Facebok, they will investigate.

 30. One mom is going to encourage her child to drink two Mike’s Hard Lemonades in an hour at home so she has some idea of how hard alcohol hits.

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\’70s Disco Fever Soiree

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-07-31

Location: Hotel Zaza, Dallas

Start Time: 9:00 pm
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Description: Costumes encouraged for this flashback in time in the hotel\’s Urban Oasis.

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\’70s Disco Fever Soiree

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-07-31

Location: Hotel Zaza, Dallas

Start Time: 9:00 pm
URL: Click here
Description: Costumes encouraged for this flashback in time in the hotel\’s Urban Oasis.

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REVIEW: Show is Totally All That, You Know?

by Joy Donovan on July 29, 2009

Becky Gulsvig stars as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Becky Gulsvig stars as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Omigod, you guys. I just saw the coolest show in Dallas.

Legally Blonde, the touring show that was on Broadway and before that was that movie Reese Witherspoon did, came to town, and even though I had to put down my iPhone for about three hours, it was totally worth it. Totally.

Like I had to get my highlights touched up because, wow, as if I would show up at a musical where the star–her name is Becky Gulsvig–is the only one with blonde hair. But, ohmigod, she has blonde hair and she can sing. And dance, in the cutest clothes. I think I hate her!

She starts out in a sorority, alot like Theta or Kappa, only goofier. And then she gets this idea to follow her boyfriend to Harvard Law School, but it’s okay because she still takes all her bling. Even though those other kids wear really uncool clothes, Elle–that’s her name–still wears a lot of pink.

Anyway, she gets all up in this other girl’s business working on her trial. Coleen Sexton is the one who plays that girl, Brooke. And she does this wicked jump-rope routine, and she is all over it. While she’s singing! Like, rock on.

And then one of my other favorite parts is this totally cool guy named Jeff McLean who plays Warner. He sings and he reminds me of this guy my mom used to like. I think his name was Donny Osmond. Oh, and this other girl, her name is Natalie Joy Johnson and she plays Paulette, she was pretty hilarious for someone almost as old as the parental units.

And the show is really funny  other times, too, like when there’s a courtroom trial. And they sing and dance some more, and it’s like really funny, you know?

The part I didn’t like too much were these girls, the back-up singers. Actually, they could sing but they couldn’t dance so much. Why would they vote them in? Our sorority would never make the varsity revue, if we weren’t more together than they were. I mean totally.

But even if we wouldn’t let them in our sorority, the show really gets you pumped, even if you’re a brunette. You know, the story just goes to show you that just because a girl likes to have her nails done and maybe wears pink doesn’t mean she’s stupid. You know?

The show is only here until Aug. 2, but then it moves to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. It’ll be there Aug. 4 though 9th, so you can chillax, if you’re going to see this show. Yeah, mom says it was nominated for seven Tony Awards, whatever that is, so I think that means the music is good or something.

Peace out.

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The Ladies of Comedy

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-08-20

Location: Fort Worth Event Center, 2100 Evans Ave.

Start Time: 8:00 pm
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Description: Entertainers include Caroline Picard, Lady Mozan, Rebecca Callegos, Anastasia Bolden and Olivia Allen-Arrington. General admission $25, with advance reserved table seating available. Call 817-923-9305. Benefits the Renaissance Cultural Center Scholarship Fund.

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The 3rd Annual Fort Worth Musicfest

by Joy Donovan on

Start Date: 2009-08-21

Location: Masonic Grand Lodge Parking Lot, 3520 E. Berry, Fort Worth

End Date: 2009-08-23
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Description: Entertainers include The Zapp Band, The Bar-Kays, Morris Day and The Time and comedian A.J. Jamal. Adult admission $20 per day, children admitted free. Call 817-922-9999.

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Professor D

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-12-31

Location: Hyatt Regency DFW

Start Time: 7:00 pm
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Description: Ring in 2010 with a New Year\’s Eve bash that includes an eight-piece band.

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Professor D

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-12-31

Location: Hyatt Regency DFW

Start Time: 7:00 pm
URL: Click here
Description: Ring in 2010 with a New Year\’s Eve bash that includes an eight-piece band.

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Creed

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-09-22

Location: Siperpages.com Center

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Description: The popular band will perform early hits and new tunes.

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