The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2009-08-23

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Regular Random Retro Moment

I have this morbid fascination with old medical ads.
And chicken jello recipes but that's a different post altogether.


The ailments people seemed most concerned about if you go by percent of advertising is acid indigestion, sleeplessness related to acid indigestion, weight, pimples, body odor/perspiration and constipation. I often wonder what was in that stuff and thanks to Google the mystery can be solved.

For example:


Sounds benign enough.

I'm thinking it's a sham because if it's got no roughage, seeds, oil, or chemicals and doesn't cause gripping, diarrhea or embarrassing urgency what good is it?

I mean c'mon people, if there's no diarrhea and embarrassing urgency involved in my laxative experience I feel cheated and want my money back.

I Googled Saraka and found a mouthful. No literally, a mouthful. Pages and pages of stuff from old medical journals about obstructions of all sorts from the esophagus down...All the damn way down. Too old to access anything but the first 150 word intro... Which all started like this:

J Am Med Assoc. 1937;108(17):1408-1409


And yeah that dude was O.D.'ing on the stuff...but that article was in 1937, my magazine ad was in a Woman's Day Magazine, 1943...and by 1940 information like this was written:

Psyllium seed and proprietary compounds such as Saraka and Serutan should be avoided, because of tendency to obstruction and irritation of the digestive tract.

So, about this dude.


Does he have a smiley face because he read the article and didn't use it?

Or was this his face after they removed a complete esophageal obstruction?

And sort of related....

In a good and wonderful retro way...

not a nightmarish esophageal blocking way....

I have another Blog Tiara to give out...

blog tiara

Even though she keeps saying I have the best ads, Lidian does at...

Kitchen Retro

plus her posts are poetry.

Poetry, I tell ya...

What are you waiting for, go visit her!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

A boatload of Valium in my future...

"You know you look like you sleep in a blender, don't you?"

That was the answer I got when I asked her why she bought me new pajamas. And I was torn, ya know? It was kind of sweet about the pajamas. On the other hand it was kind of a drag knowing I'm a mess.

On the other-hand I already knew I looked like an explosion at the fabric store remnant table.

On the other-hand, who wants to hear that out loud?

I could go on but I was out of hands several hands ago.

That happened several days ago and hadn't intended on posting about it but I was just sitting here going through a Good Housekeeping magazine from 1954 and found this ad which is a Random Retro Moment for today.


The ad is for LUX products, producers of the Lux Hollywood Theater
every week (on TV I'm assuming).


And here I was in my not-new pajamas but my explosive ones, sitting... Okay, schulmping on my chair looking at Miss Lux doing housework in a dress, a perfect pressed dress, no less, hot red high heels, earrings and stocking with straight seams. Seams, for Pete's sake!

At first I felt bad and than I thought, Well it's just an ad. Than I read the ad and I realized they were selling stuff to wash stockings and I felt a little better. Than I felt bad again because I really do look awful.

I thought about it a little and realized that woman in the 50's aspired to this but probably couldn't keep up either which is why by the 60's most of them were on Valium. But than I felt bad again because I really am a mess.

Hope there isn't a boatload of Valium in my future.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Weekly Weight Watcher Update with a musical twist

Back from Weight Watchers and it's still all that and a bag of baked-not-fried chips for me. I under estimated just how important finding a meeting that you're comfy at really is.

I won't do that again.

My total weight loss so far can be represented on 12 strings...


Those 12 up there.

My son loves music, guitar music especially. He's been known to bring home all manner of stray instruments but his real love is guitars. I have no room left for his love of guitars.


He's going away in two weeks to learn to take them apart, to put them together, to fix them...Maybe to build them, but I'm not sure about that. He's going to learn to be a luthier. From wiki - A luthier (pronounced /ˈljuːti.ər/) is someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments. The word luthier comes from the French word luth which means "lute".

So back to my point -This weight loss moment is you you, baby.

Total loss so far is a Gibson Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard and a Fender American '62 Jazzmaster. The retail on those guitars? About $8200 - ouch!

Weight Watchers is definitely cheaper.

I did RETRO TUESDAY HERE if you missed it!

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Retro Tuesday Healthy Version

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Most, if not all, of the recipes you find in old magazines and cookbooks are horrifically bad for you. This ad for Quaker Oats stands out like a sore thumb against a back drop of chicken jello and artery clogging fare.

oatmeal meatballs

It's from a Good Housekeeping Magazine, 1953 and the thrust of the promotion wasn't health but saving money. Today's advertisers would be all over the oatmeal cholesterol connection but it was a simpler time.

I'm so going to make this recipe.

I may zhoosh it. Add garlic...something.

An aside on zhoosh - that's how you spell it, I looked. Although I would have thought it had more z's....


to zhoosh (third-person singular simple present zhooshes, present participle zhooshing, simple past and past participle zhooshed)

  1. (rare, transitive, Polari and British, slang) To tweak, finesse or improve something (for example, one's hair).

I'm doing a Weight Watchers Update later today!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Peta's new billboard is spinsville...

PETA's got a new billboard.

And here's the story that went along with it:

Our controversial "Save the Whales" billboard caused quite a stir after it was erected in Jacksonville, Florida. Now it's being replaced with the following billboard.

Ever since placing our original ad, which showed a woman whose "blubber" was spilling out of her swimsuit, we've been inundated with calls and e-mails of support from people who want to take our 30-day Pledge to Be Veg. Oregon mom-of-six Ali Bond-Smith is one of the many motivated people, and here's what she has to say:

Many feel the billboards were cruel to the obese and uncalled for on PETA's part. I think what happens in the lives of 'meat animals' is cruel. … I'm ready to take your 30-day no-meat challenge. ... I'd be willing to weigh in before and after a month of no meat and indeed see if losing the meat has helped me begin to lose the blubber.

Since it has been proved that vegetarians weigh about 10 to 20 pounds less than meat eaters do and that a vegetarian diet can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and a slew of other ailments, Ali's going to make an enormous impact on her health, as well as on the lives of animals.

We can't wait to be there with her each step of the way.

Stay tuned for updates on Ali's progress. In the meantime, those of you who would like to follow Ali's lead can take our 30-day Pledge to Be Veglow-fat vegetarian recipes and contact us at for support and guidance.

Posted by Alisa Mullins

I guess their point is...what? It's gone and we took it down but we were right to put it up in the first place?

Or we took it down because we were wrong to put it up but we can't say that? And you can't make us, in print... So there.

And those calls they were inundated with were calls of people wanting to take the pledge? Is that so?

I've looked at PETA's technorati page. I suspect they have as well...Well, let's be frank, based on my visitor stats I'm sure they have... And their blog reactions were not people taking the pledge... They were people sorely disappointed in them.

I suspect many of the calls they refer to were as well.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

She's got Marty Feldman's eyes again ...

I just got home from having my last eye hullabaloo; at least I hope it was my last eye hullabaloo.

It's been a long.... Exhausting. Emotional. Haul.

It started some time last year when I thought I was going blind. After two surgeries and two yag laser capsulotomies I have most of my sight back , except my near vision. My doctor was less than sympathetic on that front. I was upset about losing it and his point of view was pretty much, Hey, everyone loses it anyway. I wasn't feeling that so much. You can read about the eye saga here and here and here if you want to.

The last here is about how the loss affected (I was just at a website to help me decide on whether to use affect or effect - I did my best. Grammar police - I really did.) me as an artist. And how it was both painful and freeing. I posted some artwork in that post and I'm going to in this one as well. I posted paintings in the last post because my eyesight changed the way I painted but it's changed my photography the most.

Photography remains the most difficult thing I do artistically. I still have trouble with focus and using digital editing. I'm not sure I'll ever have the same ability.

But first I have one of those crazy pupils again...


Here is some of my photography; prior to the summer of 2008.

Drexel University Photography Buliding

Drexell University


Winter, my back yard

a ways away

Cape May, NJ

I miss the ocean even when it's calm...

Cape May, NJ


Bedminster, NJ


Jersey Shore


Cape May, Parking lot, Snapple Machine at night


Sunday, August 23, 2009

We're never happy....

No one is ever happy with their hair....

Cartoons by Tracy Reinhardt © 2009
The Crazy Suburban Mom

*If you want to use this please give credit and link back, this image is copyrighted to me*


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