randomly thinking: I want my men to be men and other random thoughts

Welcome to my weekly Randomly Thinking post where I share random thoughts that pop into my head throughout the week. Enter at your own risk.

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I need to stop watching The Man From Snowy River. The Australian TV show version. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, it is cheesy, and second, I’ve started talking to everyone in a very bad Australian accent.

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Our new kitten drives me crazy most days. I have to grab her when I let the dog out or when anyone goes in or out of the house or she takes off across the yard or toward the street in front of our house. On Monday we had to take her to be spayed and it was very strange not to have her in the house overnight. I had to admit that as annoyed as I get at her, I missed her stretching up her paws in the morning, meowing until I pick her up. I also missed her curling up on my chest for naps (she’s getting too long for this now). I didn’t miss her running around the house, climbing our window screens, scratching or attacking my daughter when she wants to play or running into the basement, rolling in the dirt, and bringing that dirt back up with her.

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My dad is in self-imposed quarantine after a possible interaction with someone who had a family member who had COVID so I picked up some supplies for them at the local Dollar General. When I drove up their dirt road (we live on dirt roads here in the Boondocks) I saw something in the road, in front of their garage and hoped it was not dirt and their cat lying dead in the road. When I drove closer I could see it wasn’t their cat Molly (no I didn’t name my Molly in The Farmer’s Daughter after their cat), but an opossum. I looked down at it from the car and hoped it was simply “playing possum” and not actually dead, but alas, it did appear dead. I sent this text message to my husband later: “Dead possum in my parents’ road. Thought it was their cat, Molly. On a totally ‘unrelated note’: tacos for dinner!”

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Note to cat owners, or those owned by cats rather: do not buy the cheap cat litter to save money. Just trust me. Especially do not do this if your adult cat thinks she can pee in your kitten’s cat litter, adding a much larger volume of urine to the cat pan each week.

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My parents have horrible internet and a horrible internet provider. Their internet is out and they were told it will take three weeks for someone to come out and see why it’s not working. This means my mom is unable to download books to her Kindle and my dad is now unable to go on Facebook or look up information online. They are also in quarantine and it’s cold out, which means my dad won’t be outside working around the house to distract himself from the lack of internet. This combination of Mom without reading material and dad without a venting outlet (he actually connects with friends from high school on there as well) seemed like a bad idea to me so I drove to my parents’, picked up my mom’s Kindle, and am now downloading a ton of books into her Kindle to keep my parents from divorcing after 57 years of marriage.

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I get the weirdest ads on the front of my Kindle these days. They are almost always for some weird romance book that makes me roll my eyes. One of the most hilarious taglines was something about a woman accidentally marrying a “hot assassin”. The Boy and I kept trying to figure out how a person “accidentally” marries someone. We were like, “what did she say? ‘Oops, it appears I tripped and fell into this wedding ceremony at the exact moment the pastor pronounced us man and wife.'”?

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Here is another winning description on a Kindle romance book ad: “The powerful, terrifyingly seductive leader of Earth’s invaders wants to make her his.” That’s a lot of adjectives. And I’m guessing he’s an alien?

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And another: “What happens when you fall in love with your fake fiancé?” And all I can think is “Why do you have a fake fiancé in the first place?”

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Harry Styles, the kid who used to sing with One Direction, posed for Vogue recently wearing a variety of dresses. Most of the “dresses” Harry wore aren’t anything a person in the real world would wear. They looked like he simply wrapped some fabric around himself and called it “a dress.” Celebrities. Sheesh. When is someone going to tell them they’re not grounded in reality? Oh, right. They like it that way. It’s how they make their living after all. I’d love to see him wear one of those “dresses” on stage while trying one of those fancy dance moves he’s famous for. I bet he breaks a leg, or at least an ankle when his foot gets caught on the hem or up in the fabric.

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It seems to be a popular theme in our society these days that a man can dress or act like a woman and a heterosexual woman will still find that man attractive. I didn’t find Harry attractive even when he wasn’t wearing a dress. I’m old enough to be his mother (if I’d had him at 17 anyhow). I, definitely, though, don’t find any man wearing a dress attractive (this does not include sexy Scottish men in kilts. Those are kilts, not dresses and with the right pair of manly legs, they are sexy.). I want my men to be scruffy, dirty, and all-the-way masculine. And I want them to be wearing pants. Well, not all the time, but if not pants, then shorts or boxers or nothing (gasp!); just not a dress. And okay I don’t really want them dirty either because well — ew. Dirty and sweaty? Gross! But you know what I mean.

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I should probably mention that my husband is not scruffy or dirty. He doesn’t hunt, own a gun, ride a motorcycle, play a sport, knows nothing about cars, and he is a total Comic Book, Sci-Fi Geek. BUT he doesn’t wear dresses or paint his fingernails or put on lipstick so that makes him manly to me.

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Those are a few of my random thoughts today. What are yours? Drop one in the comments and maybe I’ll share it in my next Randomly Thinking installment.

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Lisa R. Howeler

I'm a mom, a wife, a writer, a photographer and a former journalist. I write a little bit about a lot of things on my blog Boondock Ramblings. In September of 2019 I self-published my first novel, A Story to Tell and published another one, A New Beginning, in May of 2020. I enjoy John Wayne and Cary Grant movies, Jan Karon's books, and I have an electic taste in music. Welcome to my blog and feel free to poke around. Fridays are Fiction Fridays, where I share a piece of fiction I'm working on.

14 thoughts on “randomly thinking: I want my men to be men and other random thoughts

    1. I try to make them lighthearted and I try, try to keep politics out of it as much as I can. Speaking of politics — have you seen the “requirements” for Thanksgiving in our state for this year? I finally saw the official list and cracked up. We are having a peaceful protest this year so we are all covered. 😉 Seriously, we only have two extra people at dinner and won’t go over any limits. We also are not following any of their “requirements.”

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    1. I’m glad it made you laugh. I try to share them to laugh and so I can laugh too. I try to steer away from political in these posts and Harry’s could have been considered that but I decided to take it a different direction instead and try to make it all lighthearted

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  1. I don’t know…I don’t think a bad Australian accent is necessarily a bad thing. Course I don’t have to listen to it, so other people may have a different opinion! Praying for your dad and glad to hear he is feeling ok. Haha, about the ads…now I am also wondering how you “accidentally” marry someone….this will now hurt my head. 🙂 Don’t even get me started on men wearing women’s clothes. I. Just. No. Please let men be men! I happen to enjoy my sexy, occasionally dirty and sweaty, gaming, gun loving, sci-fi enjoying, logging, hairy (gasp!), fix-it-up when he can, husband. That’s another pet peeve….don’t shave your chest hair. I can’t even. In movies when the men have no chest hair, my husband and I both are like nope. Nope don’t even. Men are hairy. Get over it. That is all for today! God Bless!

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    1. Yeah the chest hair thing is weird. I mean they have to shave it all off and that seems painful and don’t they have to wax too? And do they have to do that every day? Ouch! I guess I don’t mind the look but the maintenance just seems like a lot for a guy to have to do. It’s not that I mind looking at a guy with no chest hair but sometimes it is so unrealistic in a movie. I mean, the other day there was an Amish guy in a movie with no chest hair and I was like “he’s Amish… there is no way he is shaving his chest. That stuff doesn’t matter to them.”

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  2. Haha, Amazon really is pushing those romance novels, aren’t they? I read something, possibly a blog post around here somewhere, about romance novels. The writer asked if anyone actually knew of enemies to lovers couples in real life and pointed out it’s just fodder for trashy novels. I can’t help but get a good giggle and some eye rolls out of reading romance.

    Well, my brother put on a dress once. When we were kids. Because I, as the big sister, made him. He hasn’t worn a dress since and I think his wife is grateful for that.

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    1. Or how about the romance novel trope “marriage of convenience.” How many of those couples do you know? Ummmm … like none for me.

      Yeah, the guy in the dress thing — I was hoping it was coming out like the teasing I meant it to and not like I was really freaking out about it. Seriously, the guy can do whatever he wants — I usually don’t pay attention to celebrity drama but I saw this one and just giggled because the “dresses” looked so dumb. Of course, they were just for fun and to be considered “art” I suppose. I guess I just don’t have any interest in that art. 😂

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      1. Well, I know marriages between high powered people, which was usually done because of convenience, but I know one of them was also very, um, antagonistic? Definitely not romance novel material, haha. Maybe a future murder mystery. I like the idea of tropes, in a fantasy world kind of way, but mostly find those books more eye rolling worthy than anything else.

        Maybe it’s the pandemic and having to stay home and away from people that has people losing their minds and doing anything for a laugh. I think it might be more amusing if he was putting on those crazy outfits women wear for those runway shows. Thank goodness art is subjective! Or maybe we just haven’t lost enough of our minds to find it amusing.

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  3. I really miss reading your random thoughts. 😀 I agree with you about the dresses. Even if one thinks that idea is a gender-equality one, think about the ‘men’s’ clothes we women wear: they’re feminized. Pants are tight and sewn to accent a female physique….I suppose they’re just like your kilt example.

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  4. Oh my goodness! This had me laughing so hard I was crying! I’ve been getting those stupid ads on my Kindle, too and they’re so stupid!
    And I’m happy to hear your husband doesn’t wear a dress. 😂😂
    I hope your dad is ok and doesn’t get “the virus!”

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    1. So far Dad feels fine. Some other family members have had it and are recovering well, which we are thankful for. He was not in contact with those family members, however. He wasn’t actually in direct contact with someone with it but is still being cautious.

      Those ads are so weird. They never make me want to read those books, even though I know other women like them and they sell like hotcakes. I just roll my eyes at them. At least they give me and The Boy (and you) a good laugh!

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