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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This is not your Mama's Prom...

Saturday night I'm going to the prom. Well, first I'm going to a comedy show and then I'm going to prom for research. My new book, called "Perfectly Dateless" is about the search for the perfect prom date. I bought a prom dress magazine, and I am seriously wondering what the kids will really wear, because I had a hard time finding one I would deem appropriate for my daughter.

Am I getting old? What is with giving away all the goods for free? Isn't that adage about the cow still in play? The cow needs to put her udders away if you know what I'm saying. But I'm going with an open mind and willing ears. Hopefully, I will not be mistaken for a cougar on the prowl. : )

As for American Idol, what did you think? I LOVE the old standards, but I'm a big old movie buff. The Rat Pack was ancient when I was in school. To these kids, it must be like studying Abraham Lincoln. LOL I absolutely HATE that song "My Funny Valentine" though, and I was so bummed Matt Giraud chose that one. It was not his best. Actually, I wasn't all that fond of Adam's performance either. I thought it was too much for the song. See prom advice: Show some restraint.

My favorites for the night were Danny, Allison and Kris. Now, it's off to watch "Biggest Loser" for my all-night reality fest. : )

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At 7:53 AM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

My daughter's 14 and has her 8th grade farewell dance next month. It's dressy but not formal...and the dresses are still cut down (and/or up) to there. Arghh!!!

On another note, did anyone else watch Law and Order SVU last night? Thought you might get fired up about this one, Kristin. They portrayed a mom who chose not to immunize her child as an irresponsible idiot--and charged her with murder because someone else's baby died because she took her son to a park BEFORE he showed any signs of having the measles....

Murder by MEASLES????? Give me a break!

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger SketchGirl said...

It's not even just for proms its people going to the grocery store. I feel uncomfortable with girls who are willing to flash way too much up top. Seriously these girls need to get some Lisa Bevere in their lives!

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

Personally, I hope that by the time my daughter gets to high school (she's 4, now), the Victorian look is back in vogue...buttons to the neck, corsets, bloomers. Today's styles are appalling.

My daughter is pretty conservative, even at this age, and sensitive to trashy styles. She calls them "Doll-Rats" clothes, because she never remembers the name "Bratz Dolls". And she censors my clothing, too. Last summer, I wanted to find a new outfit for my dad's family picnic, and went into a rather trendy store, hoping to update my look a bit. As I was going through the racks, a little hand tugged on my un-trendy shirt, and said, "Mommy, let's get out of here. These are Doll-Rats clothes." And she was right. And we left.

Hope you have fun at the prom! Why don't they have grown-up proms? I think we'd have more fun past 40, than we did in those angst-filled teen years.

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I haven't seen a prom dress that didn't show too much in ages! I don't think they make them. LOL Let us know how it goes! We'll be dying to hear.

Biggest Loser was good! I think this has been the best season though I wish Helen hadn't made it all the way through. She's too selfish. I can't imagine sending my daughter home and staying.

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Here in WI there's some really cute prom dresses. I guess our small town is not ready for skanky quite yet. PTL!! Although, I'm sure a few show up ... in disguise - er - or lack OF disguise.

Idol. Sorry. I love MY Funny Valentine and really liked Matt's rendition. My my dh swears I'm tone deaf after he heard the performance last night and hated it. Oh, well. to each his own. My favorite was Kris though.

 
At 8:57 AM, Blogger OK Chick said...

My baby sister had prom last weekend. My mom said the dresses now days are way worse than when my other sister and I went to prom. My baby sister is 10 years younger than myself. But my baby sister looked great, and didn't have anything hanging out. HA! :)
I hope you have fun at prom.

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Rachel, I didn't see that show, but we're really getting into a peer pressure world. If you don't do everything like everyone else, there's something wrong with you and we'll punish you. Ridiculous. No freedoms.

Hearing you all talk about the dresses, now I am sort of preparing myself. LOL I'm all for the Victorian look. That is so funny about the Bratz dolls. I just worry as these girls grow up with Kim Kardashian (what is she famous for?) that the look is going to become over the top.

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I like Helen on the Biggest Loser. I think her daughter was right to leave her mom there. She needed to stay. It's a lot bigger issue with all Helen has overcome. I think she's so funny. I haven't watched the show, but the kids told me who went home. Next up.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Cathy Shouse said...

I'm among the few who hasn't watched "Idol" or "Biggest Loser."

However, we went out to eat in Indy a couple of weekends ago. The prom couples came in and I wanted to hand all the girls shawls. :)

You can call me old but the dresses that look like halter tops, where it all hangs out, are not attractive. One was a tasteful black number. The rest were of bright shiny material and the girls were a bit heavy.

Spare me!

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger Rhonda/WA state said...

Well, hello girls! Been a long time since I've been here. Let's just say it's been a rough journey. I think things have calmed down now.

It's not the prom that drives me nuts, it's the homecoming dances. These kids dress to kill and some of their parents rent limos for them.

The prom was the big dance of the year when I was in school. Homecoming dance was just another dance.

I think it's the parents responsibility to monitor what their daughter is wearing. I'm shocked to see what some of the girls wear. They develop a lot faster now than when I was their age!

I can't wait for the new book Kristin! I'm rereading the Spa Girls series...so you can tell I need a new read.

Glad to be back. I missed you girls.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Haven been involved in prom for more years than I want to admit LOL, but I see young girls & women at church in way too revealing clothing. Try an at least a double D wearing deeply scoop necked tank and playing violin in front row of orchestra directly in front of music pastor. Then later sitting front row center in front of pastor while he preaches. I prayed for blinders for both men all through the service.

As for Tuesday nights. Yikes! All the great reality shows are on that night. I'm so thankful for the DVR! Idol, then Dancing With the Stars, then Biggest Loser. Last night I didn't think Matt had it. Liked Kris, Allison, Danny & Adam. Not sure who should win though.

On DWTS I'm pulling for Ty Murray, cowboy extrordinaire. Since my special male friend and I love to watch PBR bullriding I'm well familiar with Ty and love how he's impressing everyone with his gentlemanly ways.

Re Biggest Loser. Helen looks fantastic but I don't like her selfishness and I don't care for how Ron lied last night. But I'm pulling for all of them for all the weight they've lost. I hope they've been able to keep it up since going home.

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Rachel, I did not see that episode of SVU, but will have to find it on Hulu.

Even though I looked like a Gone with the Wind reject or a peach stay puff marshmallow woman at my prom (oh so many years ago), my dress was really conservative. Now days it seems like the dresses are getting smaller and smaller. I am glad that I have only boys who will be fully dressed when they go to prom! :-)

Does anyone else think that Mikie has a crush on Tara on the BL? My husband is convinced that he has a case of puppy love. I had forgotten about Helen's selfish choice.

 
At 2:36 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I remember the daughter making the choice, not Helen, I guess. I actually would have liked to have seen Mike's Dad go. He gets a little whiny for my tastes.

Tara is driven, but I don't think she's dealt with her demons yet. Okay, did anyone else want to be invited to Felipe's house for that picnic? Sheesh, that would be hard to lose weight when people cook like that and have all that big love.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I've got a grown daughter. She would take her cues from me even still. I would have had a fit and said NO YOU ARE STAYING! And refused to listen to arguments.

I would like to have seen Ron go last night too. Mostly because he lied about what he told Mike.

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger Sue said...

I think the "old cow" adage went out when girls started dancing like they were strippers :-/

It's scary what the younger girls are wearing. For the life of me I'm 44 yr old and STILL don't feel comfortable in a low-cut top. My nieces practically show it all out there for everyone to see.

Have fun at the prom though ;-) Can't wait to read your finished product!

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I think they should have some kind of regulations for proms. Girls should not be allowed to wear such provocative dresses. What happened to elegance and modesty?

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Today's elegance and modesty are not boding well. I like the idea of regulations, but seriously if all the prom dresses look like that (and I got you a tame one there) where are the girls supposed to go?

We need to go back to Jane Austen's era and get our girls some strategic lace. LOL

 
At 12:03 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Hey they wear bikinis to the proms around here, Lol, just kidding. Seriously, what I've noticed is how drop dead gorgeous some of the girls look. They spend all day having hair and makeup professionally done and look to be in their 20s. They set the bar so 'high' that if you don't go out and do the same thing, you'll show up looking like last night's leftovers.

No matter how it might look, the teen years can be so, so tough for girls.

As for Idol, I felt the same way. No to Matt, no to Adam, yes to the others...Danny G was particularly fine to watch, er, listen to (hey, my husband was sitting right there next to me, ha.)

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

Kristin, I would have jumped at the chance to dress like someone in that era. Now that was truly elegance.

Thank the good Lord I have boys. T

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Leticia, what do you do if one of your boys' prom pictures comes home looking like a scene out of the Bachelor? ACK. It's fearful. Um, honey, let's not go for the Bratz doll next time, k?

 

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