Hissy Fit - April 2016

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

When Life Gives You Lemons, Have a Hissy Fit

Hissy Fit - April 2016

I don’t have anything against lemons. They are a brilliant shade of yellow—one of my favorite colors—and they are simply beautiful to look at and use in decoration.  I love the way they smell so fresh and clean, and they taste deliciously yummy in chicken picatta, lemon meringue pie, old-fashion lemon squares and my mother’s favorite, lemon-apricot cake. What I don’t like is a slice of lemon in my water.

Hissy Fit - March 2016

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Yes or No?: Just Tell Me

Hissy Fit - March 2016

As you all know we now have numerous ways to contact people—telephone, text, email, Skype, Facetime, IM, regular mail, Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat and, of course, face-to-face visits. One would think with all of these innovative, highly convenient, practically instant methods of communication, the rate of return on RSVPs would be on the rise. Not so. It is at a dreadful, miserable all-time low, shattering etiquette books to smithereens and sending Miss Manners dangerously close to her deathbed.

For the record, let’s define RSVP just so we are all on the same page. This paragraph is also a public service announcement for those who have either forgotten or have never fully understood what those four letters in that particular order mean. Officially, the acronym RSVP originated in France and stands for répondez s’il vous plaît, which translated, is simply, “Respond, please.”

Hissy Fit - February 2016

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Intolerables: Growing Numb to them Everyday

Hissy Fit - February 2016

I don’t understand why we tolerate some things. I realize it takes different strokes for different folks to make the world go around, but there are some things Americans need to put their foot down about. Politics are one of those things, but I’m not going there. I am dedicating this article to aggravating telephone practices. And, while those can be numerous, I am limiting my complaints to two:

Automation and communication.

Hissy Fit - January 2016

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Don't Weight: Tomorrow Never Comes

Hissy Fit - January 2016

I have weighed as high as 223 pounds. Thankfully, I don’t anymore. Being overweight for most of my life, childhood included, I became the master of excuses. Once I got real with myself, I was finally able to defeat the false reality waging war in my head, and ultimately, lose the weight.

Hissy Fit - December 2015

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Save the Children Before They All Become Jackasses

Hissy Fit - December 2015

Children are to be seen and not heard. I can’t tell you how many times I heard that from my father when I was growing up. I really never bought into it, but you can bet I immediately shrank into the woodwork when he said it. I knew, in no uncertain terms, that he meant to be quiet and behave, and that meant now! I also knew that if I didn’t, I would be the one on the losing end.

Hissy Fit - November 2015

It's All Pink

Hissy Fit - November 2015

The brilliant work of great minds has shaped and molded the world into today’s advanced 2.0 version. People such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Winston Churchill, Madame Curie, Albert Einstein, Warren Buffet and Steve Jobs come to mind all as movers and shakers who made a difference in the world with their brilliance. Peoples’ genius brought us philosophies and inventions that were never thought possible like the airplane, helicopter, solar power, nuclear power, fax machines and the Internet. (I’m still amazed by the fax machine even though newer technology has made it almost obsolete.) Brilliance is also responsible for putting man on the moon, discovering medicines that cure deathly illnesses and building robotics that perform pinpoint accurate surgeries.

Hissy Fit - October 2015

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Snap Out of It: Turn Them Off If They Turn You Off!

Hissy Fit - October 2015

This editorial is not written to disparage Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner or his decision to become a woman, if that’s possible. (I believe there’s a whole lot more to being a woman than just having the parts. Pretty sure he still has a man brain.) I was happy not commenting until the media had to go and print that he is a hero. That’s where my moral compass draws the line. It seems that America needs a huge slap across the face to “Snap out of it!” just like Cher did to Nicholas Cage in the movie Moonstruck. (By the way, no one called Cher’s daughter a heroine when she had her change.)

 

Hissy Fit - September 2015

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Plus Size, My Ass!

Hissy Fit - September 2015

As a former fat woman, I am still mad about how limited my options were to finding cool, stylish clothing when I was a size 20. One of the best things about being 67 pounds lighter is the endless options for clothing choices. But, that is only because I have gotten myself well below a size 14. Did you know there are certain brands, which I won’t call by name, that only make clothing up to a size 12? If you are bigger than that, I suppose they would prefer you not defile their style.

Hissy Fit - August 2015

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Shaking My Head...Sometimes It's All You Can Do

Hissy Fit - August 2015

SMH is an acronym that stands for “shaking my head” and is usually used in texting or on social media. According to Urban Dictionary, SMH is used when someone finds something so stupid, no words can do it justice. Lately, I have encountered a few SMH moments, which I would like to get off my chest because, quite frankly, shaking my head is not working and I’m hoping words can clear the air once and for all.

 

Hissy Fit - July 2015

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Potty Pig: Get Your Oink Together

Hissy Fit - July 2015

It’s called the ladies’ room for a reason. However, most ladies’ rooms I go in don’t look at all like ladies have been in there. They look like a bunch of pigs have come through. I can’t believe the foul condition in which some ladies, and I use that term loosely, choose to leave a public restroom after they have used it. Tissue on the floor, paper towels on the floor, urine on the toilet seat, toilets not flushed and worse things I don’t even want to mention. I don’t understand. Do these “ladies” leave their home bathrooms this disgusting?

Hissy Fit - June 2015

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

The A-List: Because Life is Worth It

Hissy Fit - June 2015

I recently made a new friend and she impressed me right away. It wasn’t immediate, but it was within the first 30 minutes of our chick-chat. Of course, I asked her if she was dating anyone. “No,” she said. “But I’m working on it.” She then pulled up notes on her iPhone and showed me a list

 

Hissy Fit - May 2015

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Hissy Fit...becuase everyone deserves one once in a while.

Hissy Fit - May 2015

I don’t like it a bit. That little comment—usually women—make. “I read your little article.” “How’s your little project coming along?” “Is your little problem working itself out.” “I just love your little house!” “I enjoyed your little retreat.” “Congratulations on your engagement and your little diamond is so cute.”
I can’t be the only one who hears the venom coming out of these pseudo compliments. Or, maybe that’s just the way some people talk and it is not meant to belittle, but it sure sounds like it is. It’s that one little word in there wreaking havoc: the word “little”.

Reel Corner - March 2015

It's All Pink

A Tribute to "Saturday Night Live" and Its Influence on Movies

Reel Corner - March 2015

When “Saturday Night Live” aired for the first time on Oct. 11, 1975, no one knew it was the beginning of a comedy revolution. Never before had the ‘60s generation’s style of irreverent humor and unabashedly anti-authoritarian perspective found a weekly home on American television. Audiences discovered a hip and hilarious cast of “Not Ready for Prime-Time Players,” which included Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd. This new era comedy show was lead by Canadian Lorne Michaels, an unknown 30-year-old producer.

 

Hissy Fit - April 2015

Elizabeth Millen

Pic Your Battles: Please Stop Taking My Picture

Hissy Fit - April 2015

You’ve probably heard of Snapchat. It’s the fun, hot social media site amongst teens right now, since adults have taken over Facebook. Snapchat allows users to send snap shots, usually of oneself (selfies), to one person, a select group of people or all friends, called a story. The photo is viewable up to 10 seconds and then it is gone forever.

Hissy Fit — February 2015

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

What's Yellow with a Crookneck?

Hissy Fit — February 2015

As I was checking out at the grocery store, the young cashier held up one of my items and asked me what it was. “It’s a yellow squash,” I said. She proceeded to search for the item number so she could ring it up.

Hissy Fit — December 2014

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Save the Children before they all become jackasses. Orginally ran 12/11

Hissy Fit — December 2014

Children are to be seen and not heard. I can’t tell you how many times I heard that from my father when I was growing up. I really never bought into it, but you can bet I immediately shrank into the woodwork when he said it. I knew, in no uncertain terms, that he meant to be quiet and behave, and that meant now! I also knew that if I didn’t, I would be the one on the losing end.

Hissy Fit — November 2014

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Quit Ragging On Me... It's All Good

My mother glanced at the colorful dishcloth hanging from the handle of her oven door.
As she noticed the cloth was slightly disheveled, she asked, “Did somebody wipe their hands on that dishcloth?”

Fully expecting for me to rat out one of my kids, I confidently admitted that I was the culprit,
“I wiped my hands on that dishcloth. Why?” Of course I knew the answer. I learned a long time
ago not to ask questions I don’t know the answer to.

So, I braced myself for what was coming.

Hissy Fit: Cords, Cases and Costs

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Things that Make You Go Hmm

We have heard for years “mother knows best.” Unfortunately, I’m not sure that still rings true. The rising generation of children have been called the laziest, rudest and most entitled kids in history. How did they get this way? Let’s ask Mom.

Hissy Fit: Quit Hovering

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

You're Taking Out an Entire Generation

We have heard for years “mother knows best.” Unfortunately, I’m not sure that still rings true. The rising generation of children have been called the laziest, rudest and most entitled kids in history. How did they get this way? Let’s ask Mom.

Hissy Fit: Answer Me...Now

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

My cell phone rang and I answered it. In the midst of my conversation, I hear my home telephone line ringing. I ignore it. I have caller ID; I will call them back. As soon as the telephone stops ringing, a call waiting beep comes through on my cell. I ignore it. I hear the home phone ring again. Although distracted, again, I ignore it. My cell call waiting alerts me again. As I say goodbye to the person I was attempting to have a phone conversation with, the home phone rings for the third time in three minutes. This time I answer, “Good Lord, what?”

Hissy Fit— No Hurries, Fewer Worries

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

No Hurries, Fewer Worries

I have been working out on the beach lately. I’m talking about more than just a powerwalk or run. My workout includes push-ups, crunches, planks and burpees, all which require getting down and dirty. At first, I took an exercise mat to avoid lying directly on the beach becoming covered in sand. However, in doing set after set, I realized I was going to get sandy—extremely sandy—no matter what.

Hissy Fit: My Sand Paper— It Might Rub You the Right Way

It's All Pink

I have been working out on the beach lately. I’m talking about more than just a powerwalk or run. My workout includes push-ups, crunches, planks and burpees, all which require getting down and dirty. At first, I took an exercise mat to avoid lying directly on the beach becoming covered in sand. However, in doing set after set, I realized I was going to get sandy—extremely sandy—no matter what.