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So… I went to a Pure Romance party last weekend.
For those of you that are not familiar with Pure Romance parties, it’s just like a tupperware party – but with high-end sex toys and “stuff”.
Yes, I said sex toys. And there’s a lot more that I could say, but my mom reads this blog, and I really don’t want to have to explain a bunch of stuff to her.
And my mother-in-law recently started reading, and let’s just not even go there… (Hi, Bing!)
So – about this party – I think it’s important to point out that it’s not all about furry handcuffs or the “Shades of Grey” collection. They also have great bronzer, makeup, body sprays, lotions and all sorts of pampering products – that don’t have anything to do with the bedroom. Unless you want them to…
Our “instructor” was named Sabrina – and let me tell you – that girl was amazing. She taught me things that I have never imagined – and I’m an avid reader of smutty romance novels. There are even a few things that I’m still struggling to comprehend.
And I pretty much can’t share a single one of them with you because – you know – Hi, Mom!
I can’t even post any of the pictures from the party here because they just wouldn’t be appropriate. I mean – everyone is fully clothed and all – but I don’t think my neighbor would appreciate having her picture on the world wide web holding a giant you-know-what. You know? (You’re welcome, Mrs. Land O’Lakes.)
And – I’m really not sure why I’m even talking about this party because Even Steven has a strict “no S-E-X talk on the blog” rule, so I have to follow his wishes on this one.
(but it’s possible that he looked like this over the weekend.)
Because I made him pancakes and bacon for breakfast on Sunday morning! Geesh – get your head out of the gutter people. PANCAKES. That’s all!
Here’s one tip from the party that is safe to share with you.
Actually two tips.
#1 – Shave down. I’m referring to legs here, by the way. Did you know this? I had no clue. Apparently if you don’t want razor burn and want really smooth legs, you should shave DOWN.
If I ever shave my legs again, I’ll be sure to remember that and give it a try.
#2 – Pure Romance parties are best when you’ve had a couple of drinks before the presentation begins. Trust me on this one. But also trust me when I tell you to know when to stop.
Otherwise, you might wake up in the morning and find that you’ve booked your own Pure Romance party.
To be held at your house.
In two weeks.
If you’re super curious about everything I learned, you can hop on over to Sabrina’s Pure Romance website here.
Have you ever been to a Pure Romance party? Did you buy the $200 trapeze? Did you and your neighbor drink too much and decide that it would be awesome to host your own party? Are you afraid that you’re going to have to talk to your mom about sex toys later today? Give me the scoop in the comments…
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Well, I’m not personally going to solve them. In fact, I’m pretty sure you should never take my parenting advice, especially since my 4-year-old said to me this morning, “Mom – what’s my name again?”
She was referring to her first name.
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Even Steven and I are a lot like most parents.
We’re full of joy and love for our kids.
We laugh at things they say and take pride in small milestones (like when Alice finally learned to wipe herself and get the toilet paper into the toilet afterwards.)
We take our jobs as parents seriously – thinking about what they should eat, trying to incorporate healthy habits and trying desperately to teach Simon that he shouldn’t start kicking his bedroom wall at 5 am each morning.
We are good parents.
And we’re also like a lot of parents with little kids.
Not newborn-baby tired – that’s in a league of it’s own. But just a general, constant fatigue of one more snack, and bedtimes and bathtimes and did you brush your teeth, and someone needs to see a doctor, and who farted, and diaper changes, and I don’t have any clean underwear in my drawers, and who wrote all over the minivan with an ink pen? (It was Miles.)
Not unhappy. Not regretful. Just full-on, parenting 24/7, tired.
And then we went to Florida.
And that didn’t exactly fix our fatigue. Because if you’ve ever traveled with kids, then you know that it’s basically just TRAVELLING with kids. Not really a vacation…
In fact, I was sick for a lot of the trip, and the weather wasn’t all that great (you can read more about that here.)
But something pretty major happened at Florida. And it left us both full of hope.
I already mentioned that we stayed in a trailer park while we were there. But it wasn’t just any trailer park.
It was a trailer park sent straight from heaven.
Straight. From. Heaven.
And it wasn’t because of the giant wellness center or the biggest outdoor swimming pool and hot tub I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t the tiki bar or the putt putt golf course. It wasn’t even the giant bounce house or the cheap price tag.
What was so amazing and life-changing about this experience was that we could call Mort if we were interested in joining the poker league.
If we wanted to play shuffleboard, we had to talk to Ethel and be at the courts at 9 am sharp.
Roger could help us if we wanted to join in on the water aerobics class or perhaps we’d like to have a treadmill brought into the water for us?
Sandy was in charge of the stained-glass lessons, and Doris was coordinating a ladies day out at the outlet mall.
Yes – Even Steven and I stayed with our family at a senior citizens trailer park in Florida.
And it was amazing.
One morning at 10 am, we were sitting by the pool. Miles, Alice and Simon were splashing in the shallow end, while Even Steven and I sat with our toes in the water. The sun was shining. I was feeling better. We were thrilled to be there.
And in walks Hank. His jeans were pulled up to his armpits. His orthopedic shoes were white and shiny. And he was carrying two pitchers of beer and a deck of cards.
His friends were close behind him, and those 8 guys sat at a table at the pool for two hours drinking beer and playing cards. At 10 am.
Do you know why? Because they could.
Every morning, we watched the seniors take on their day in any way they wanted to. Stained glass lessons? Why not? Hop in the steam room for awhile? Why not? Learn woodworking or play horseshoes or just take a freaking nap? Let’s do it!
And for each day that we stayed there – dodging the golf carts and motorized scooters – our outlook on life became more and more exciting.
I have seen our future – and it is bright!
It also happens to be in a trailer park in Florida.
Even Steven and I will come across hurdles over the next 30 years. We’ll deal with illness. We’ll worry as our kids become teenagers. We’ll panic when they learn to drive. There will be great times – and sad times. Highs and lows. And challenges that we have no idea are coming.
But it’s all going to be okay.
Because one day, we will be living in a trailer park in Florida.
And I will be learning how to make stained glass, and Even Steven will be playing bocce ball. And then we’ll drive our golf cart up to the pool and have a margarita in the hot tub at noon – because we can.
The annual trailer park “homecoming” party takes place every year on January 15th – when most residents have returned “home” from the holidays.
I’ve marked my calendar for January 15, 2044. Who’s with me?