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TGI Friday Open Thread: What Do You Love About You? Plus! Homework Assignment!

HN8169-001Are you guys enjoying Resolution Week here on Mommyish? If you haven’t noticed, all of our resolutions have to deal with not dealing with things, learning to love yourself how you are, realizing we are all perfectly imperfect, and hopefully getting those we love most to make our lives a little easier. Which brings me to this week’s Open Thread question, what do you love about you? I can pretty much list something I love about each and every one of you, but I want to hear what you guys love about yourselves! I don’t wanna hear about your crooked nose, or your chubby thighs, or your over plucked right eyebrow, I wanna hear all the things you LOVE about yourself!

Tell, tell, tell!

And last night I got a lovely email from Mommyish reader Jessieface that made me feel super great, and she has a homework assignment for us! She wants us to watch the HBO documentary “Trophy Kids” which I plan on doing this weekend and reporting about on Monday. According to Jessieface:

 It is a look at three uber competitive and one semi whackadoo parents around the country living vicariously through their child’s athletic prowess.  It is heart breaking, and like I said I had to turn it off, it was so upsetting.  At one point a parent admits to withholding love until he feels his daughter is at where “they need to be” on the golf scene.  It’s INSANE, and these people should be MORTIFIED.  I am heartbroken for these children, one of the named Justus in particular.

Count me in! I LOVE documentaries so I will watch it this weekend and on Monday we can discuss, if any of you feel like joining me. Thanks to Jessieface for the tip.

So you guys, who will watch with me? Are you recovered from the holiday yet? What are you doing this weekend?

Also, I have noted all of your E-mail and comments about issues with site technicals thingies like pop-up ads and all of that, especially for those using mobile devices, and I will bring them to the tech support team on Monday. I’m sorry for any issues and we will see what we can do.

SO!!! eating? Drinking? Going to see a movie? Staying in and hiding from the snow? And what do you love about you? Because I love how you guys all make me feel like I have a pile of BFFs who I have never met! We should probably do a Mommyish meet up one day!

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  • CMJ

    I have fantastic hair.

    This weekend I am coming down from my Rose Bowl daze and going to spin class, the grocery store, and catching up on my YA reading.

  • Bethany Ramos

    I was just thinking about how much I want to do a Mommyish meet up and would it work in real life?? I’m in!! Man, it’s kinda hard to say what I love about myself, but I do love my sense of humor because sometimes I make myself laugh when I’m alone. :)

    • SusannahJoy

      Yes! Everyone come to Hawaii! My house is way too big, I can totally host!

    • Natasha B

      It’s 1 degree here in Mpls, MN rt now. Let’s schedule this meet up. I need a tan.

    • keelhaulrose

      The thermometer on my minivan read -21 this morning. Don’t offer. I’ll move in for the rest of winter.

    • Bethany Ramos

      This sounds like an amazing dream come true!!!

    • G.E. Phillips

      Mommyish-con!!!

    • Véronique Houde

      I think it would totally work ;). At least, I’d totally make it work!

    • Cee

      Oooh where?!

    • Bethany Ramos

      I think it has to be Hawaii because SusannahJoy offered up her house!! This meetup is sounding better and better…

  • SusannahJoy

    I love my body! It’s not “perfect” and I could probably stand to lose a few pounds, but you know what? That doesn’t matter. I’ve been walking a lot lately, and even started training for a 5k a month ago, and I love it. I love how I feel when I’m moving and stretching and even just bending over to pick up my son. I’d always viewed my body as a thing to hate, to change, a thing that was holding me back, and for the first time I’m really enjoying it and feeling connected to it. It’s awesome!

    • Natasha B

      That is fantastic!

  • LadyClodia

    Let’s see…I love my sense of humor, and my apparent ability to deal with traumatic situations. And I love my face.
    This Sunday is my husband’s birthday, and tomorrow my mom is going to watch the boys so we can go out. We’re going to see the new Hobbit movie (and I will be wearing the cute elf ear jewelry that my husband got me for Christmas.) Sunday we’ll probably just relax and maybe get together with the neighbors.
    I’d like to say that things are winding down from the holidays but not really. Maybe this next week will be a little bit slow, but after that my husband is going to The Netherlands to visit his mom who has breast cancer and is having surgery, and he’ll be there a little over a week. Then once he gets home crap with the kitchen remodel starts. I’m looking for things to slow down a bit in March…maybe.

    • Natasha B

      Ooh wanna see The Hobbit so bad! Trying to talk the grands into visiting so we can go see it!

    • LadyClodia

      When the LotR films came out we went to see them at least 5 times each, now it’s all that we can do to get to the theater to see The Hobbit movies once, heh.

  • Natasha B

    I have long, thick hair that falls nicely and is easy to style. I like my eyes, and I love that my oldest daughter has them exactly, and that people notice and she loves that. I’ve also spent the past few years really researching/investing in my skin, and I really, really like that it’s pretty flawless and I’m comfy in it, even with those lil wrinkles that are starting to pop up.
    We are de-Christmasing the house this wknd, and heading downtown to my absolute favorite restaurant. And sending my lil sis/best friend back to grad school where we only have FaceTime until June :( And napping, hopefully.
    I would be down with a meet up!

    • Magrat

      I read that at first as “de-Christianizing,” and I wasn’t sure what to think about how your holidays must have gone.

    • Natasha B

      Ha! That would be amusing

  • Mystik Spiral

    I love my green eyes, I love that I’m left-handed, and I believe I have a fabulous sense of humor. Though I did doubt the latter briefly recently when my 13-year-old nephew told me that my sarcasm “annoys him sometimes”… haha.

    • Natasha B

      I love that my daughter is left handed :)

    • Lackadaisical

      My eldest son is a lefty, but I am trying to convince him to call himself sinister and always follow it with an evil cackle. I think it sounds so much more stylish.

    • Justme

      My daughter is a lefty. I was very worried about her not being able to make pretty posters for Student Council one day (because of smearing) but my husband says it will make her more marketable for sports. ;)

    • Jayess

      weirdly, all of the lefties I know are super artistically-inclined. I know this proves nothing, but from my “sampling” from the population, your daughter is destined for poster greatness.

    • Magrat

      You just have to be careful about the smearing. Especially when you’re making posters (and not just writing freehand) you can take a little bit longer to let the marker dry between letters. Or we can bring back blotting paper! (True fact: I used paper towels to blot my notes for school for an entire semester once, because I bought non-lefty-compatible pens). But she’ll definitely wow everyone with her knowledge about the various ink-drying qualities of different models of pen.

  • Lackadaisical

    I love my ambidexterity. No, seriously. At this time of year when friends, family and people I put up with slip on the ice and break the wrist attached to the only hand they can write with I have to try hard to contain a little smirk. OK, I admit it, I am evil.

    Oh, an actual good thing about me rather than a nifty thing only useful as an emergency back up system? In which case I love my hair. It may seem unremarkably brown and straight, and it may resist all styling but that is just because it has a mind of its own and if you give it the cut it wants it will always return to the right position despite the winds best efforts to mess it up. Also it is as impervious to tangles as it is styling, the very few brave tangles that try to inhabit my hair can be brushed out easily in seconds.

  • Snarktopus

    I love my hands cuz they’re small and dainty and pretty much what I always pictured lady-hands to be, plus I can do all kinds of neat shit with them (even when I’m clumsy as all get out, I can manage some neat crafts and what-not). Also love my boobs. Yay, boobs!
    This weekend I have to work. Bleh.

    • LadyClodia

      I have old-lady-hands. I know because my 4/5 year old has told me repeatedly!

    • candyvines

      Four year olds are notorious liars!

    • LadyClodia

      Eh, he’s right actually. My hands look 20ish years older than I am. I don’t know why, but they’ve always been like that.

    • candyvines

      Ah, the brutally honest four year old.

    • Jayess

      My very … interesting … hippie friend would say that it proves that you’ve had a couple of past lives. And that you are therefore wise beyond your years and an “old soul” with a lot to offer.

      It might be whackadoodle, but it sure sounds nice! (That was the compliment she gave me on my aged looking hands. I was like, “no, I work in a kitchen and I have hella burns, but w/e.”)

    • Snarktopus

      Haha, I love my hands, but my dear hubband tells me I have the hands of a toddler. Which is…a little creepy, now that I think about it a little. But, whatever. I like them, and that’s what’s important. :D

    • http://www.twitter.com/ilikeswears Dusty

      I’ve been told my hands are lilliputian.

  • Fuzzy Selfie

    I dunno, but I kinda want that TGIF Jack Daniels sauce

  • candyvines

    I love my sense of humor, I can always entertain myself. And I have a very nice bum (not a hobo, I’m talking about my ass.) Tonight M and I are trekking through the snow to have dinner at our favorite restaurant. This weekend is low-key, maybe do some cleaning and cooking.

  • SA

    I love my silliness. I love people who are silly. It is annoying when people can’t laugh at dumb things.

    I don’t think I will ever recover from this holiday and may be cancelling Christmases in the near future.

    I plan on drinking cider and bourbon and wearing my sweat pants…all weekend long.

    • LadyClodia

      I made my boys get dressed today, but once I found out that preschool was canceled I made the decision to stay in my pajamas all day.

  • tSubh Dearg

    I love my hair! I rarely have a bad hair day. I also love my eyes but I’m not sure why and while I have always loved my many many freckles, it makes me happy to hear my OH say that to him “a girl without freckles is like a night without stars” which I am sure he is quoting from somewhere, but I’m not sure where.

    In other news I am excited for tomorrow as I am having a Ladies Afternoon Tea for Ladies with a group of my friends and it will feature dainty sandwiches, a lemon meringue sponge cake and other such delights. Which will be the absolute best antidote to the wretchedly stormy weather that we are currently suffering through here at the moment.

    This evening it’s a cosy evening with a fire going, gin, Ripper Street (which is soo so good) and Civ V.

    • candyvines

      So delighted the title has ladies in it twice. Sounds very very.

    • tSubh Dearg

      The emphasis should be placed on the second Ladies. ;)

      I hope that we shall all be wearing pretty clothes just for the hell of it and then swearing like troopers as we sip our cocktails… ahem, I mean tea, ever so delicately.

  • Megan Zander

    I love my boobs. There, I said it. Also I love my organizational skills, which are coming in handy as I am packing for Disney world, we leave Sunday. We are taking the twins for thier first birthday and I’m trying to figure out how to get benedryl on the plane because the worst-case-scenario in my mind is finding out the boys have a peanut allergy mid flight with no benedryl. And also the plane going down I suppose, but I can’t really DO anything to plan for that. I’m in for the doc, HBO has had some great ones lately,the history of Vouge Magazine was really good.

    • Ddaisy

      I’m by no means an expert, just a fairly frequent flyer, but I can’t imagine any reason why you wouldn’t be allowed to take Benadryl on a plane. Even if it’s liquid, medical items don’t count as liquids. My contact lens solution is apparently considered “medical” and if I can fly with a full-size bottle of that, there’s no way you wouldn’t be allowed Benadryl. I’m 99% sure you’ll be fine :)

      P.S. Have a fantastic time in Disney World! I am so jealous :D

    • Megan Zander

      Thank you, that makes me much less worried about it!

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    I love my snark and honesty, my tendency to be lazy, and my general bitchiness. I love that I have great friends/sisters and we greet each other by calling each other things outsiders might think are mean. I am kind of loving being over 30 because the things that I used to consider flaws are more like, eh, fuck it.

    • Magrat

      I’m really loving my age, too. I’m 31, and it’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve felt together enough to really be confident.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      It’s a good age :)

  • momma425

    I love:
    -My eyes (I’m a natural blue)
    -My boobies (even after being a mom, they are really fantastic)
    -MY FRECKLES- I used to hate them growing up, and have come to love them. I get pissed when make-up tries to cover them and I long for the sun to come out and bring my freckled back out!

    • Natasha B

      Fairy kissed faces unite! My kiddos are bi racial, and take strongly after daddy, but each have a sprinkle of freckles across their noses-all me :)

  • Jessieface

    I really love my nose, and my sense of humor. This weekend I am doing nothing. I am so excited. I don,t even think I’ll be putting pants on or washing my hair.

  • Ana

    My favorite thing about myself is that I can paint & draw really realistically, and the thrilling, proud feeling that comes from taking a blank piece of wood or paper and making it look pretty much exactly like the subject. So I will be painting in my little studio/guestroom when the toddler naps this weekend, and probably having a fire and taking the tree down. Oh, and finally getting around to Thank You notes! I am so bad about those.

  • Rachel Sea

    I love my dry wit, I have to be careful to only use my powers for good instead of evil, because if I make someone spit-take when I’m bartending, I have to clean it up. I love my boobs and hair too, both are unusual enough that they can draw attention, or be a feature behind which I can hide.

  • G.E. Phillips

    I love my eyebrows. Seriously, I pretty much won the eyebrow lottery. They’re perfect. Other ways I am awesome: I can sing “Row, Row, Row” your boat backwards. I can spot any one of you in a back handspring, should you be inclined to do a back handspring. I make ah-mazing vegetarian burritos and lentil soup. I kick ass at any kind of trivia game. And lastly, I’m a DAMN good mother, as well as an excellent sister and daughter. So, you know, I’ve got all that going for me.

    • Justme

      I really hope that one day you let your son know that a bunch of ladies on the internets know him as “Face.”

    • G.E. Phillips

      Ha! I actually had to stop calling him “Face” so much in real life, because I would do it in public and and I got tired of people looking at me funny.

    • meteor_echo

      I saw your brows in the selfie thread. Can attest that you indeed won the eyebrow lottery and I’m super jelly of you.
      Mine are sparse like trees in the tundra, and I also overplucked them a loooong time ago. I had to get them permanently tattooed (thankfully, by a good artist, so they aren’t black or blue and horrible). Now they look much better but I still wish I had brows like yours.

    • G.E. Phillips

      Thank you! I can’t remember your pic from the selfie thread (I’ll have to go back and look) but I’m sure you have 34 other things that I’d be super jelly over. However, I do know without looking that all of your comments on here are smart and hilarious :)

      I love this thread. Let’s all be good to ourselves and each other this year! Compliments up the ying yang!!!

    • Magrat

      Ooh, what do you put in veggie burritos?

    • G.E. Phillips

      Simplest recipe ever: Sautee one bag of frozen peppers and onions in the oil of your choice (I use coconut.) Add one can of black beans and one can of corn, a packet of Sazon, and a generous amount of hot sauce. Add one bag of pre-cooked (microwave or boil-in-bag) rice of your choice, or you can add the same amount of quinoa and a couple handfuls of shredded cheese (I use Mexican blend.). Sautee all of that together in the pan for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Truthfully, I usually skip the burrito all together and just eat the concoction out of a bowl with a little sour cream and more hot sauce, but it’s also delicious in a burrito or wrap. It ain’t gourmet, but it tastes awesome, and can seem impressive to others with the right presentation!

  • AugustW

    I love that my mind is keeping up with school work in a seriously difficult program. I’m on the Deans List!

  • Justme

    I don’t have HBO, so no documentary watching for me…although coming from a family of coaches and athletes, it sounds fascinating. If you enjoy the documentary, you should also read Warrior Girls which investigates the reasons (both physical and emotional) that are behind the statistics of major knee injuries in women versus men. (Hint – female athletes tear their ACLs up to eight times more than men!) A lot of it comes down to women sports becoming more competitive and males finding a role coaching women…but instead of coaching them in attune to their physical and emotional needs, they coach them like men. Well, not like women are subpar or anything, but coaching a girls team is vastly different than coaching boys. Not better or worse, just different.

    • Kay_Sue

      We don’t have it either. So none for me. :( I might try to look it up later though–it does sound interesting.

    • LiteBrite

      I don’t have HBO either, but I think I’d be seriously upset while watching it. I just can’t get behind that kind of competitiveness with parents. It’s the same reason I don’t watch Dance Moms, Toddlers and Tiaras, or anything else of that nature.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ilikeswears Dusty

    Today my OB told me that she loves how laid back I am about this whole pregnant at 40 business. It was nice to be reminded that the parts of me I love are still in there somewhere despite how crazy my life has been the past few years. It also went a long way towards reassuring me that there is hope for me and my dream of being a laid back baby momma.

    My assignment for this weekend (according to the manpanion) is to dig out my old office so we can start on the nursery, lest our baby be forced to live in and out of a laundry basket. So far, it’s looking like laundry basket might be winning.

    • Jayess

      My sister- and brother-in-law carted their first around in a laundry basket constantly. “It’s the perfect size and shape,” they claimed. No shame in laundry baskets.

  • Kay_Sue

    I like me. I know you said one thing, but it’s taken a lot of time, effort and therapy to get to that point where I can look at myself and say, I like me, lol.

    I can’t watch the documentary, because we don’t currently have HBO, but I will have to track it down later–it does sound interesting.

    My partner is out of town until tomorrow, so tonight I am staying at my mom’s and vegging out with her and my boys to a Harry Potter marathon. A little magic for us. ;)

  • EX

    I love my people skills (I guess that’s what I’d call it). I am a good mediator when people are fighting and I can generally argue a point without getting nasty (which is part of why I love the mommyish community). I also really love my pregnant body… sadly this is only temporary. New Years resolution: work on loving my post-baby body. Also, we don’t have HBO so no documentary for me. It does sound interesting though.

  • Cee

    I love my awkwardness and sense humor. I also like my ability to fix various tech issues rather quickly. Can’t say anything about my bod. I gained 40 pounds soooo no.
    This weekend..finally bathing my adopted dog! I wasn’t allowed to bathe him cuz he got fixed before they released him to me. I love him to pieces but damn is he stinky!
    I will try to watch the show! It sounds like something I’d get pissed at too and cry a little too.

  • Tea

    I love my eyes, even if they are derp. I have albinism, and double heterochromia. Lefty is silver, Righty is green with a brown wedge, so I get three eye colors at once.

    I also like my muscles, I can’t see them easily because I’m pudge, but I can pick up my 260lb partner. I like feeling strong, because I’ve always been short and squishy.

    • Jayess

      Not gonna lie, your eyes sound amazing. That is very cool.

  • esuzanne

    I love my uncanny ability to remember things for only exactly as long as I absolutely need to and then forget them completely. This weekend I plan to set up my new letterpress studio.

  • Jayess

    Right now, I love my youth. I know that this is something that will pass, but I love being able to push myself, and then to recover. I love the temporariness of it; I treasure being young because every year that passes means I’m on my way to something new. I also love that my memory is like a steel trap (at least, until I’ve put down my credit card, where the fuck is that thing?).
    This weekend, I am walking the dog and taking down the Christmas tree.

    • Magrat

      I spend way too much of my life looking for my keys and my phone, so I feel you.

  • Magrat

    My biggest struggle with self-love is with my research. I’m laid back about my body and my looks and clothes and all that stuff, but every time I turn in a paper I’m convinced it’s shit. But you guys, I’m pretty good. I’m a good writer, and my stuff is original, but I’m careful enough that it’s not wacko (not the case for everyone). It’s a tricky line to walk between cocky, realistic, and impostor syndrome, especially since I’m still a student, but sometimes when I’m in the middle of writing something I’m really into, I’ll pause and realize how much I’m loving it and how damn good I am. So that’s what I love about myself, even if I forget sometimes.

    • Jayess

      What are you writing on?

    • Magrat

      I’m still in coursework so I don’t have a solid dissertation topic yet. I study the New Testament, early Christianity, and Roman-era religion. If my professor likes the paper I turned into him at the end of last semester, I’ll do my dissertation on epiphany literature, and possibly epiphanies in the Gospels.

  • Ddaisy

    I love my nails. I’m not artistic in any other way, but I have a magical talent for intricate nail art. Even the ones I do left-handed generally turn out pretty well.

    This weekend, I’m cleaning my apartment, painting my nails, and debating whether to buy the regular or deluxe version of the One Direction CD.

    • Ddaisy

      Update: I went ahead and bought the deluxe version. I’m not embarrassed about this at all.

  • pixie

    I like my face, especially my eyes and how they can’t decide whether they want to be green or blue. I also like my boobs. They’re large for my frame and annoying to buy bras for, but I was gifted with a natural pair of 32Gs. I’ve come to terms with that and (confession) at parties I’ll take my shirt off by request. Most of my undergrad program has seen them, but we were a tight group and nobody was creepy towards me (by request by my best friend actually, who’s a female). Strangely, this, uh, showing off, at parties did help with learning to love my chest. It was always my choice and I was never pressured.
    And it’s cold up here, making me want to hibernate and not go outside.

  • LiteBrite

    I love my green eyes (I get complimented on them all the time), and I love my sense of humor (my sarcasm meshes well with my husband’s dry wit). I also love my boobs. Yeah, I said it too. I love them.

    Today is supposed to be one of the warmest days this week. (We may even hit 30 degrees today. Whoo-hoo!) So, we’re taking the boy tubing. Tomorrow starts the deep freeze, with temps dropping to -3, which means I’ll be stuck in the house watching the damn Packer game. Maybe I’ll clean the bathroom floor grout or something instead.

  • jane

    I love that I am smart and good at my job (being a HS teacher). I love my ability to see the key points in an argument and either support it or disagree with it. I also love that I swear like a sailor. HNY everyone!

  • NicknamesAreDull

    I love my feet. I can do a lot with them, like write my name. They came in handy when my daughter was a baby.

  • Peggy

    100 million times yes to mommyish-con!! Hawaii sounds perfect….if we can find a way to learn something, maybe I can get work to pay for it too…..

    Lately, it’s been really, REALLY hard to find things I like about myself for a multitude of reasons I won’t bring everyone down with. That being said, I LOVE that I am basically a media savant. I can quote movies, TV shows, music without a second thought, and I’ve passed that on to one of my boys, which makes me roar with laughter.

    I’m going to start packing for mommyish-con. That so needs to happen….

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    I enjoy my sense of humour. I laugh at my own jokes. I also enjoy the way I speak. I’ve been told I have a way with words :D

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    I missed this on Friday but here you go:
    I love my hair.
    I love my eyes.
    I love my ass.
    I’m pretty good with everything else physically too. Those are my favourites, but overall I’m actually pretty happy with my body/looks.
    I love my sense of humour.
    I love my sense of style.
    I love my willingness to change.
    I love my sense of responsibility and ability to save money.
    I love my past, and what it has all taught me.
    I love my crafting/sewing skills.
    I love my passion for social justice.
    I love that I’m mostly ok with making less money than my peers because I work in the non-profit world.