Sunday, 31 July 2011

Marriage Is Healthy


A Daft Scots Lass on her wedding day. 
Dress by Biji Couture

Married people, especially men, live longer, heal quicker, have less depression, vices and illness, earn more and are happier.

Is that because there is always a wee wife standing by in the appropriate sexy outfit?

Anyhoo, you’ve heard them all, I’m sure.  Jokes like 

“Marriage is an institution in which a man loses his Bachelor’s Degree and the woman gets her Master’s”

or 

“Marriage is something that puts one ring on a woman's finger and two under a man’s eyes.”

or my personal favourite

"Marriage is not a word its a sentence".  

There are a bazillion of them and they all play on the idea that the men who are foolish enough to wave goodbye to their carefree bachelor days and submit to "the old ball and chain" are getting a raw deal.

The jokes are pretty fucking funny, but the reality is quite different. In fact, both sexes benefit enormously from the institution of marriage but men benefit more.  Obviously!!

Both men and women gain significant health benefits from being married. They live longer, heal quicker, and have less illness.

Married people also tend to earn more money and to build more wealth than single people. 

Overall, however, men tend to benefit much more from matrimony than women do.

Let’s break it down, Dawg:

We’ve known about the longevity advantage since the 1850s, when a British epidemiologist (are you googling yet?) called William Farr examined French records and found that the single and the widowed died much younger than their married peers (and the widowed died younger than the single).

However, since then, more sophisticated research has shown that the longevity benefits of marriage are much greater for men. Studies show that single women have a mortality rate that is 50% higher than married women (that is, in a given year, single women will die at a 50% higher rate than married ones), which is pretty significant. Single men, however, have a mortality rate that is 250% higher than married men – a much greater difference.

Lets put another way, that ain't so fekking statistically loaded - Research indicates that nine of ten married men and women who are alive at age 48 are alive at age 65, while only eight of ten single women and six of ten single men make it to that age – a disproportionate benefit goes to married men.

Put THAT in yer pipe 'n smoke it, Plonkers!


Married men are half as likely to commit suicide as single men and one third as likely as divorced men.

Single men drink and smoke more than married men and married and single women and take more drugs.

Many studies have shown that married people report greater levels of happiness and satisfaction with their lives than single people do, but, you guessed it, men once again do better than women. 


Overall, then, men benefit much more than women from the trip down the aisle.

While both sexes enjoy significant benefits, the gap between single men and married men, in terms of health, wealth, and happiness, is much greater than the gap between single and married women. 
A large-scale, multinational study involving the World Health Organisation found that marriage reduces the risk of most mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, for both sexes.  This study echoes findings from many similar, but smaller studies over the years.

Yet again, however, men seem to get more of a benefit. Lucky, bastids!

In the words of Shakespeare’s Benedick

“Prince, thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee a wife.”

Saturday, 30 July 2011

And The Winner Is...



The winner of this week's Caption My Freaky Photo Competition #15 is BlackLOG!

Congratulations, dude not only did your caption make me laugh but it was the longest and most descriptive caption we've ever had. 

What a lively and vivid imagination you have!!!

Here it is:

"Steve soon realised that when his wife finally agreed to swinging they were still worlds apart in their understanding of the concept. He was just grateful hers didn’t involve rope but was starting to wonder how she was getting on with the nice couple he had setup them up with and hoped she wouldn’t react too badly when she found them naked in her living room…."
Contact me at info@redpepa.za.net and I'll send you a wee something for winning!


{The Thrift Collection} Giveaway

Recently, I bought this awesome Beige Trench Coat with pretty frills and round hem as well as a few other goodies from {the thrift collection}

Pippa collects vintage treasures and sells them on her blog.  This local lady from Durban is quite a sweetheart and when I received my parcel from her, I was super excited! 

I could tell she had taken such care and love puting my goodies together.  Because of that, I want to give her blog a Shout Out so that all you South Africans give her a visit and make a purchase. 

Wearing my new Trench Coat

Pretty Package from Pippa

Such care and love went into her delivery complete with an awesome recipe.  What a gorgeous wee touch!



Friday, 29 July 2011

Friday Follower and Shoegasm

I am dead chuffed to introduce my new weekly feature - Friday Follower.  I have had such a fabulous response to bloggers wanting to be a part of it.  I'm blown away!  So here how it works.


I will be featuring one of my BRILLIANT followers every Friday because firstly, I want to tell you how magic you all are and secondly, give their awesome arses a wee shout out for visiting and leaving dazzling comments.

This week's Friday Featured Follower is my lass,  Xmas Dolly.  

We visit with each other every Monday for Music Moves Me and through our love for music, we've become good pals!  Here's what Dolly had to say...


Tell us something funny about you?  

Hmmmm Funny huh? Okay, here it goes. I was once a Go-Go dancer. Is that funny enough? I was single and had a baby I had to support and I got laid off from my job. I was a mess and worried up a storm. 

After I cleaned out my desk I stopped at a neighborhood bar and as it was afternoon, there wasn't too many people in there and me and the female bartender/owner started to talk. 

One thing lead to another and she asked if I could dance. The rest is history. 

I never went topless got paid 30 bucks a night plus tips. 

Thought I was kiddin' huh? I was 23.

How did you first get involved in with blogging? 

My daughter is a blogger (NightOwlMama) I'm disabled and a retired legal assistant. I work from home now. She said I would love it and it would give me something to do when I wasn't busy.

Who is your favourite blogger and why? 

I'll have to say NightOwlMama. She is my daughter, and I'm very proud of her. She really made her blog work for her and she has soooooo many followers and friends.

Have you met any of your readers in real life? 

Yes, I have. As I said, NightOwlMama, but we're related. ~snicker~ 

I've met GlitterBabe. She lives near me and we had lunch one day

Do you have a favorite post? 

I think my favorite was when I told all my friends/readers how I met my hubby. 

"My future was a wrong number". 

Why do I love it? Because I still don't believe my happiness could've happened from a wrong number. Granted he could've been some creep, but sometimes in life you have to take chances and I just had a gut feeling.

How did you get involved in Blog Giveaways? 

My daughter hooked me up with a couple of easy ones to learn how. My first one was Uprinting.

You are a transcriptionist. What exactly is that?  

Transcribing is when my boss sends me interviews of people in a MP3 file, and I type them up through a dictaphone. Regulars you get two days to type it up, but a rush is 24 hrs. I've typed up scientists interviews, Hugh Heffner, Sam Lay (famous jazz drummer) and of big corporate companies. I've also typed up nurses and doctors from University of Chicago and so many others.

You crochet.  What is the weirdest thing you have every crocheted? 

Weird? Nah, nothing weird unless you call doll's clothes weird.

How has your diagnosis changed your life? 

If you mean my Spinal Stenosis it would be a long story. I use to be  a very active dancer and in my husband's band too. I played keyboards and was back up singer. My husband is also a roller coaster enthusiast. We've been to so many amusement parks and coaster and four times to Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure. I guess I miss that the most. 

I had back surgery in 2006 and since then I've also put on weight because of not being able to get around. I've also developed Chronic Venous Insufficiency which is poor blood circulation, but the doctor says she can't help me until I lose weight. Caught between a rock and a hard place now. Right now I'm taking shots to relieve the pain. It works for a month. I can get them 3x a year because of insurance rules. I'm also going to go to a doctor to see if I'm a candidate for screws removal. I have four and a plate. So wish me luck!

If your life was a movie...

Probably the Seven Faces of Eve because I've played so many different roles in my life time. Who would play me? hmmmm Renée Zellweger.

Now go give this awesome gal some love.





Now time for a little shoe shopping....  Rising Taste.com has some adorable shoes (and accessories).  Go pick up a couple of pairs of cuties, grab my button and linky-link up.  Don't forget to leave a comment to say that you've done so, and I can come visit and drool over your selection of Shoegasms.


Adorable Apricot Pumps $18.00 at Rising Taste
Pretty Blue Bows $18.00 at Rising Taste
Snake Skin Furball Pumps $20.00


Plaid Dots Buckle Fish Mouse Pumps Blue
Buckles White and Yellow Pumps

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Fondue

For Norman's 29th birthday (yeah, 29 again) we had a fondue. It was all very civilized until the Stroh rum came out. Then, all hell broke loose.

The Huge Table

Getting Started

The Merriment

The Drinks

The Birthday Boy


The Fondue Pots

The Silliness

And some XCUs

The Birthday Prezzies

The Stroh Rum

The Dancing

The Blue Hair


Shopping Spree and Megan Gets Gold!

My Wonderful Hubby surprised all his gals with a shopping spree over the weekend.  We spent most of the morning at the shops and the girls were so excited to get new goodies.  He gave them each a budget to stick to and off they went!  By the time the girls got what they wanted and needed, I really didn't know what to get.  

Its not like I'm used to spending money on myself for stuff that I don't really need.  I guess that's  how mums think.  We always put everyone else first.  

R then suggested I get another iPod because the one I have has sellotape holding it together and is VERY temperamental.  Its not like it doesn't work so its not something I thought of.   

Anyhoo, long story short, I got a brand spanking new twinkly 8G iPod and Megan and Kaylin each got a new toys and some shoes and clothes.

I ♥ Shopping!



Megan took part recently in the Alberton Eistedfodd and received a Gold for her Poetry Recital.  

Well done, Megz.





Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Daft Things Men Do

One of my favourite shows at the moment (I can't wait for Season 7) is How I Met your Mother and of course my favourite is the awesome Barney Stinson. The supremely confident womaniser played by Neil Patrick Harris never lets anyone forget how awesome he is. 

The show may be about the road to romantic love for the main character Ted Mosby, but the funniest parts of any episode are the hilarious one-liners and bold proclamations made by Suited-up Barney. He's such a Dooche but he always gets the girl and he's so fekkin' funny.

Instead of saying "Hi Five!" he yells "Up Top!" which has become the new catch phrase in our wee house.  And of course his favourite saying "Legen....wait for it....Dary!".

Here's one of my favourite quotes from the show, of course uttered by The Barn-Dog!

Getting defensive about his potential love for Robin: “You know who is confused? Bimbos. They’re easily confused. It’s one of the thousand little things I love about them. I love their vacant, trusting stares; their sluggish, unencumbered minds; their unresolved daddy issues. I love them Lily, and they love me. Bimbos have always been there for me, through thick and thin—mostly thin. B-man don’t do thick crust, what up!”



 And here's some other random crap that men do

I would have some seriously sterns words to say if this was my living room.

Rudolf the Redhead Reindeer

Ran outta petrol, Plonker?

At least he's making cake










Remember to come back on Friday for a wee lookie at my new feature that I'm starting called Friday Featured Follower.  If you want to be one of my featured followers email me info@redpepa.za.net.
 
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Caption My Photo Competition #15


Its Toozday which means...*drum roll* Caption my Photo!  Oh Yes, Plonkers, you could win one of my awesome Daft Scots Lass tattoos just like My Own Private Idaho did.

Thanx for the photo, dude and you'll be posted in Blogheads with a linky-link.  Whoohoo!



Now here's this week's photo. 
So what are you waiting for, go caption it~



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Monday, 25 July 2011

Monday Music Moves Me

Happy Monday everyone!

This weeks M4 over at the gorgeous Xmas Dolly, is the theme song to your favorite TV show.  And of course I'm so predictible....everyone who reads my blog knows that I'm a HUGE, no... HUMONGOUS Big Bang Theory fan!

I can't wait until we get Season 5 here. Its only due to be aired in mid September though....











And The Winner Is...


had the biggest response yet!  Thanx everyone for being so awesome and leaving brilliant captions and comments.

Congratulations nitebyrd your caption made me slap my thighs with laughter. 

Contact me at info@redpepa.za.net

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