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November 22, 2014

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My Colonoscopy and More!

As a woman and as the mom of two young women, I, for one, will be the first to say thank you to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I'm all about preventive health, and I believe we should all take responsibility for doing whatever we can to be healthy. I eat a healthy diet and I've made sure that my family does as well. My husband has high cholesteral, even though he's a runner and, since marrying me, eats a balanced, heart-healthy diet. His father had a couple of heart attacks at an early age, and later had by-pass surgery. Having seen that, we both have been careful about what we eat and we have both been runners for 30 years. We try to get our screenings and check-ups to stay healthly. But I'll be honest. If I had had to pay for part or all of my colonoscopy, I...

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More Sh** You Can Do When Your Kids Leave Home

You can treat your dog like a toddler! One thing that I never had much time for with three kids and a husband at home was spending time with my dog. We had a Bassett Hound named Frisbee, and, unfortunately for him, Frisbee was last on my list. When Frisbee died at age 14, I really missed seeing his happy hound face greeting me. We used to sit together on the patio chairs in the backyard and survey our domain. I missed that. My daughter Mary decided we needed another dog, so she found Lucy, our chocolate labradoodle on the Animal Rescue Foundation website. We adopted Lucy when she was three months old. Partly out of guilt for not spending more quality time with Frisbee, I think I've gone overboard with Lucy. She's completely spoiled. She won't even go outside by...

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Beat the Heat This Weekend

One of our ad reps who has two young boys came in looking frazzled one afternoon. She said, "We've been making paper airplanes for three hours! Three hours. Our house is covered with paper airplanes." If you can't have an inside day every day, there are other ways to stay cool -- most of them involving water. Whiteside Park is on one of my running routes, and I've enjoyed seeing all the kids getting wet at the new water park as I run by. Whiteside is on 41st between Harvard and Yale. The water park is a little oasis of water splashing from brightly colored fixtures. I've been tempted to jump in myself. Whiteside also has one of the Park system's junior pools, so it's a great place to cool off if you have little kids -- and it's free! I love...

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Sh** You Can Do When Your Kids Leave Home

One of the things my husband and I have been doing since our kids left home is visiting them. So, this is one of the amusing things you can enjoy doing when your kids go off to college somewhere, or start jobs in other states. Most of the time, you will be welcome by your children because you can buy them meals. That's assuming that you're not still supporting them, and they appreciate a nicer dining experience than the dollar menu at a drive-through. Here are some tips to help you with future visits: STAY IN A HOTEL: We just got back from visiting our daughter and her roommates in Conway, Arkansas. She goes to Hendrix College there and decided to stay through the summer. When visiting college students, it's always good to remember that a college living experience is...

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Hello, Austin!

In case anyone noticed, I didn't blog last week. Well, you probably didn't notice, but I'm back. I missed a day of work to go with my middle daughter down to Austin to start a job with Americorps. That simple statement holds a **#&-load of worries for me and my husband. Yes, of course we're proud of her, but what about the traffic? Driving in Austin is not fun. Those overcrowded streets, busy highways....I-35. Yikes! And living with roommates that I don't know. Hell, she doesn't even know them. The Internet is wonderful for those kinds of things. She found three other Americorps young people to live with, and they've already found a house. I've found that it's best to not ask too many questions or look too closely. I trust my daughter --...

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"To Rome with Love" Not Worth a Date Night

I was prepared to like Woody Allen's latest film "To Rome with Love," which opens this week. I liked "Midnight in Paris," and I thought this one might have the same summer-escapist feel to it. All I can say is that I did want to escape. I wanted to escape the theater. It's rated R, so don't think about taking your kids to it. Not because there's anything shocking that they might see, but they would definitely be bored out of their minds. I will say that I liked the cast; although, I've never cared much for Jesse Eisenberg. It's just a personal thing. He was especially annoying in this film. Besides Eisenberg, the ensemble cast is pretty fabulous: Penelope Cruz, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Woody Allen (of course), Alec Baldwin, Roberto...

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ZipLock Bag Ice Cream, Watermelon Salsa, George Washington and Big Time Rush

You really need to take your family to see the George Washington exhibit at Gilcrease Museum RIGHT NOW! Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon opened on June 24 and will be in Tulsa until Sept. 23. Here's the thing. We all grew up learning about George Washington. Every school kid knows who George Washington is, but unless you're just a G. Washington expert, I promise you'll learn something. And if you don't learn something about our country's founding father, then at least you'll be entertained. The short films in the different exhibit rooms were done by the History Channel. Who knew they did anything other than the World Wars and Hitler? There are many artifacts, including a copy of Martha Washington's wedding dress and her...

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Start the Weekend Early

OK, yes, I've watched all the Thunder games. I don't have any fingernails left. Do you think the thunder this morning was a good omen? Maybe the Sports Gods are saying that OKC Thunder might actually pull out a win tonight. We can hope...  If you're not a Thunder fan (gasp!), there are still plenty of things to keep you and your family occupied, beginning tonight. First, Hank The Cowdog and Monkey Business opens today at the Tulsa PAC. It's a fun musical for the whole family. I got to see one of the songs performed as a SummerStage preview, and it was lots of fun. The audience was singing along! Shows are June 21, 23-24 at 3 p.m.; June 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Liddy Doenges Theatre, 110 E. 2nd. For tickets, call 918.596.7111 or www.MyTicketOffice.com. I wish...

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Family Friendly Summer Fun and Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

Nothing's better than a movie in the summer. Whether you're enjoying a family flick outside, cooling off in a dark theater or taking a van-load of kids to the drive-in, there are lots of ways to enjoy films in the Tulsa area this summer. Beginning in Broken Arrow Thursday night, families can take in a free film outdoors at BA's Central Park beginning at 9 p.m. Showing this week is Kung Fu Panda 2. For on-going, almost free entertainment, you can go to Cinemark Movies 8 on Memorial every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. for a kid-friendly film. Shows start at 10 a.m. and they're only $1. Next week's film is Rio, followed by Kung Fu Panda 2, Despicable Me, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 and more. The last movie will show August 8. For the complete list, go to...

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The End of Instruction Test Disaster

How do you feel about your kids taking End of Instruction (EOI) tests to get a high school diploma? Most of you who are reading this probably don't need to worry. Your kids will do just fine. Unless they have a disability. Or test anxiety. Or maybe don't feel well on the day of the test. Or maybe they just don't do well on standardized tests. Then you get into the emotional issues that plague high school students. Supporters of the EOI tests say that these high stakes tests make a high school diploma "more meaningful." I'm not sure how a taking tests in four subject areas one time makes a diploma mean something more than actually going to class, doing the work and making passing grades. What it says is that the Legislature doesn't trust educators to...

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Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

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