Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Letter to Sesame Street

Imagine my surprise when reading to the girls when I found Cookie Monster munching on Celery!!!  What has this world come to?  Being the "letter writer" that I am I decided to write to Sesame Street about this issue... see excerpt below.  I'll post when (IF) I get a response from them!

Sesame Street

Having grown up with Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the rest of the gang on Sesame Street I relish the opportunity to now share these characters with my children.  Not only do they provide enjoyment and entertainment but learning opportunities as well.

However, recently when I was reading the book “Ding Dong It’s Elmo” to my adorable twin girls I was a bit shocked to see Cookie Monster munching on “celery”.  While I no doubt applaud Cookie Monster for making healthy lifestyle choices there are a few issues with his celery choice that I feel need to be addressed:   

  • Namesake -  His given name is “Cookie Monster” – not “Celery Monster” and he needs to be true to his descriptive moniker. 
  • Character Development - There was no character development or discussion about what lead Cookie Monster to eat celery over cookies.  If there needs to be a monster that devours celery, then perhaps a new character should be developed.
  • Celery?  Really? - I mean, who really eats Celery?  If it weren’t for the occasional celery in my chicken salad to provide the textural crunch I would be celery free!  Perhaps a more appealing vegetable is in order, one that it is eaten by many…maybe zucchini?  Or squash?  Or green beans…he could be the Greenie Meanie…that sounds good, doesn’t it?
  • Everything in Moderation:  Isn’t this what we are supposed to teach our children?  You can have cookies if you have your vegetables and protein too?  Perhaps Cookie Monster can still stick to eating cookies if he has his vegetables first.  Just saying!

I’m sure this letter will get absolutely no attention because I myself have been responsible for opening and sifting through mail at an organization (but it will be on my blog for all to see!)  On the off-chance it gets through to someone who cares about the sanctity of
Sesame Street
characters I hope it falls into the lap of someone with an open mind. 

Thanks for your time.

Sesame Street Lover and Mother of 2

Monday, August 8, 2011

What's in a Name?

Everyone knows that the name you are given at birth somewhat defines you...I mean do you ever expect a girl named "KiKi" to be valedictorian?  My mother was moments away from naming me Prudence (seriously!) when my dad intervened!  (Thanks Dad - I will forever owe you on that one!).  Like it or not our names give us character and identify us to the world...so I had to put some thought into what to name my blog! 

I have to give props to Brian for coming up with "Jill Knows Jack" - which is soooo fitting on so many levels!  But, worth sharing are some honorable mentions that didn't make the cut...for a variety of reasons!
1.  Jillicious (at risk of always getting caught in a spam filter)
2.  Jilly Bean (that would be referencing a coffee bean, not a candy)
3.  Just Jill (just didn't quite do it for me)
4.  Jilligan's Island (I mean, how do you come up with an original theme song?)
5.  Jill the Thrill (what happens in college needs to stay in college)
6.  Jillanigans (combining Jill and Shenanigans...but made me feel like I was an Irish pub)
7.  J-I-L-L-O (don't know if I need the image of jiggly associated any more with my name)

Once Upon a Time A Blog Was Created...

At the urging of many friends I'm jumping into the blogging world...new realm, new possibilities, new chances to make mistakes...but also new chances to have fun!

If you're looking for a blog that expounds on life, is politically correct or uses correct grammar consistently - I'm not your gal!  But I do plan on posting about life, my observations, humorous experiences (humorous to me anyway), my adorable baby girls, my sweet husband (who gives me lots of material to work with) and even some pet peeves!