Today on Wacky Wednesday Writers I'm featuring a very special, funny writer who knows how to keep her "snarklings" grinning from ear to ear. Please welcome one of my favorite, humorous bloggers---Teri Biebel of http://snarkfestblog.blogspot.com. I got acquainted with Teri during the Circle Of Moms contest this year and found myself stalking her Facebook fan page regularly for my daily dose of laughter. Teri is known for her funny status updates in the form of songs describing the morning chaos of getting her teenage daughters on the school bus each day (which they tend to miss frequently).
Teri not only writes an entertaining blog, she is also a contributor to the popular book, " I Just Want to Pee Alone." I'm proud to call myself a "Snarkling," and you will too, once you start reading the witty writings of this funny lady!
Why I’m Glad I Watched the VMA’s with my Daughters
I watched with mixed thoughts Sunday night’s VMA’s. Now, why they still show this awards ‘ceremony’ on MTV or VH1 is beyond me, because I haven’t seen either network show a video since I wore shoulder pads and leg warmers, but whatever. Both my daughters are coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs over One Direction, so it was, like, a law that we had to watch. Here is my take on the evening’s highlights and lowlights and the reason why I’m glad I watched.
We have tickets to go see Austin Mahone next month, and my youngest also bought herself a VIP pass for a meet and greet with him. His performance left me thinking maybe I should’ve just bought one ticket for her and I should maybe go nap in the car. Underwhelming. And is it just me or doesn’t anyone ever sing their songs live when doing a live performance anymore?
Lady Gaga was actually really tame (as far as Lady Gaga goes). I suppose I’m getting immune to seeing skin, because I wasn’t really all that shocked at her seashell bikini top and thong. My girls, however, thought she looked like a skank. Score one for my girls.
When One Direction came onstage to present the award for best something or other, and Harry Styles was talking, they panned to his ex, Taylor Swift (for the 352nd time of the evening) and both my girls were horrified to see her mouth the word “Shut the f*** up”. Score, Taylor. Nice and classy. Both my girls were sooooo impressed. Not.
When Miley “I’m not Hannah anymore” Cyrus came out waving her tongue and pleasuring herself, both my girls were horrified. Then, when she got even MORE naked and grinded against (or twerked, sorry, my hip lingo skills went out with the word ‘fly’) Robin Thicke (who, I’m sorry, was dressed like Beetlejuice), both my kids were grossed out. Everyone in my house, at the same time, asked how old he is. I Googled him and found that he’s 36. She’s 20. That’s gross. Everyone in my house agreed that it was gross. Most of the population of FB and Twitter agreed that it was gross. I think that even the foam finger that she was wearing was grossed out.
Jaden, Willow and Will Smith react to Miley’s ‘performance’. The lady next to Will looks like she needs a barf bag. Photo courtesy of MTV
Moving on, my 13 year old was so excited that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won their Moonman for Same Love. 13 loves that song and is so inspired by the message the song holds. Macklemore’s acceptance speech was reason enough for us to watch the show.
We watched with excitement when Justin Timberlake danced and sang for 20 minutes and gave N*Sync 30 seconds of air time, which wasn’t even enough time to get the 3rd ‘Bye’ out for Bye Bye Bye. The girls were excited that they reunited for the brief spot but neither knew who the other members of N*Sync were. So I told them the others were Lance Bass, JC Chasez and Joey Fatone. Oh wait, there are 4 others. I couldn’t for the life of me remember the other guy’s name, and didn’t care enough to Google him because he wasn’t on the screen long enough to care.
When Kanye came on to sing, we all took a pee break, because unlike Jared Leto, we don’t think Kanye is the King, the Jesus of our time, we don’t care anything at all about him, his wife or the baby they named after an airline. No, not Delta West.
So, in a nutshell, I’m glad we got to watch the VMA’s as a family. It reinforced to me that I’m raising my daughters right. They don’t care for showing way too much skin or grinding up against men old enough to be their father. They appreciate the message that Macklemore promotes, they don’t care for Taylor’s use of the f bomb, they felt badly that N*Sync didn’t get more facetime and they can’t stand Kanye. So it’s sort of like validation to me that they are learning that it’s not about how much skin you show or how far out you can stick your tongue while trying to shock everyone into seeing how much you’ve grown up. I’m so proud of the young women they are becoming, and while we may not always agree on everything, we can at least agree that you need to respect yourself if you want others to respect you. And they both lost a lot of respect for Miley and Taylor that night.
Teri Biebel was born in Philly, and raised in Jersey. She's 45 years old and afterworking 24 years in the casino industry, wanted nothing more to do with slot machines, table games and stealing people blind, so she left for the private sector. She's married and has two amazing (and trying) teens, 15 & 13. Teri spends most of her time living like a circus clown,
juggling schedules and chauffeuring large groups of people in a 5 passenger car. She's sarcastic, she's snarky and her oldest has coined the term ‘Snarkastic’ to describe her. People tell her that she's funny and as long they don’t follow that up with the word “looking” shes' totally okay with it.
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