Hope, flattery, and loathing

By Mir
February 10, 2006

See how I just run the gamut, like that? It’s a gift! Emotions just run thither and yon, more quickly than you can say, “Hey, where the heck IS ‘yon,’ anyway?”

Hope: You may have read about it elsewhere, and as usual I’m a day late (and probably a dollar short, but here, have this penny I just found in the couch). Swiffer is hosting the Amazing Women of the Year contest and nominations are open through March 6th. I have “met” some incredible women in the blogosphere and I am certainly hoping for one of my favorites to make the finals. I read on another blog where someone was annoyed that the prize is $5000 donated to the charity of the winner’s choice, but personally I find that a really cool prize. I mean, yeah, $5000 worth of ice cream and shoes would be nifty, too; but given the spirit of the contest, I think charity is probably the better choice.

Flattery: Imagine my surprise upon discovering that Woulda Coulda Shoulda is listed in the newly-released Blogosphere: Best of Blogs in the single mom category. I’m of course pleased to be considered worthy of inclusion, and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if the authors wanted to send me a copy, either. (Hint, hint.) Heh. I have no idea if the book is any good, or if the entire world is listed, or what. Heck, I didn’t know I was listed until today. (See also: Late, day and Dollar, short.)

Loathing: I’m sorry, but this has been bothering me for a very long time and I just can’t keep it to myself anymore. Have you seen the commercials for K-Y 2-in-1 Warming? It’s a body massage oil AND a personal lubricant! (I heard that and immediately thought: It’s a floor wax AND a dessert topping!) Setting aside, for a moment, the fact that I want to pummel the couple in this ad for being simultaneously terrible actors and completely insipid, let’s just back the truck up. Body massage. Personal lubricant. I don’t know about YOU. But I certainly wouldn’t want anyone rubbing vaginal secretions all over my back. Nor would I want a perfectly lovely massage oil in my crotch. So. The product is horrifying. The commercial is worse–going so far as to show little cartoon hearts rising up from where Hopeful Husband is rubbing Suggestive Wife’s shoulders. I decree that everyone from K-Y take a time out to really think about what they’ve done.

I am SO GLAD to get that off my chest. Phew.


  1. Sandee

    So, needless to say, one of your “arrivables” won’t be the K-Y 2-in-1 Warming goo to blog about?

  2. DebR

    YES to a time out for anyone and everyone involved in that K-Y ADtrocity. That one makes me go “eeeuuuwww” even when I mute it (which I DO!)

    Congrats about WCS being in the blog book! Yay you!

  3. Cathy

    Too funny! The temperature of the KY is wrong too. Who wants a hot, burning feeling down there? That sounds like something you’d see a doctor about.

  4. ben

    Are they going after the “we have so much sex we need lube” market, or the “we’re so old we need lube, and perhaps ben-gay and certainly Levitra” market?

    I hate it when marketing is so vague!

    Oh, and way cool on the book! Now I know somebody famous (but only in a stalker, creepy, internet kinda way)

  5. ColleenC

    Congrats on your listing in Blogosphere!

    And yeah, that KY commercial really irks me. All I can think about is the possibility of that “warming” lubricant possibly burning my crotch!

  6. karen

    YES! That commercial has bothered me since the very beginning. Why would you want to get that yucky vaginal lubricant stuff all over yourself and your sheets? Ew!

    Also… I have a beef with you. I had never heard of bejeweled before i read about it on your blog. After you mentioned it a couple of times, i decided that maybe i should try playing it once. I have now wasted WAY too much time playing that game! And it’s all your fault!!! (Sort of.)

  7. margalit

    Thanks for the link to the swiffer contest. I nomindated a woman I know who is by far the most amazing woman in the world. She so deserves to win, and she would be THRILLED to know the prize would go to charity. That’s right up her alley.

  8. shannon

    I had the same feeling about the K-Y commercial when it first aired here. It went something like, “yeah, cuz that’s a good idea…stuff you’d rub all down there, all over my body…I think NOT.” We mutually agreed that it was a horrible marketing concept.

    yea you for blogosphere.

    total agreement about the prize going to charity!! yea swiffer!

  9. Marvo

    Um…You could ask me to review it, because I would, just for you.

  10. chris

    euwww, so with you on the KY ad, it makes my stomach clench. (it came to mind when i saw “the vagina monologues” last night.

  11. Heather

    You totally deserve to be in that book! Except I know nothing about that book at all. But I love your blog, as it always makes me laugh and sometimes cry and generally just causes reaction in me, which is something I appreciate in anything that I read.

  12. Mr. Fabulous

    Imagine what you could do with $5000 of K-Y 2-in-1 Warming…

  13. Bob

    well, it brings a whole new meaning to “lighting a fire down there.”

  14. Amy-GO

    At the risk of sharing too much…and in complete agreement that the commercial is atrocious…I must bravely speak up and say that the product in question, um, works. Well. ‘Nough said. ;)

  15. Cele

    I’m with Amy-Go (well not with her, but in agreement) whoo! that was close. Either I am more adventure-some, or… well yeah I am menopausal. I can be both.

    Don’t forget the oil that will one day be your friend. The ad on the other hand totally stinks (sorry can’t say sucks here.) Although flavored, warming body lotions are much better. The idea is almost the same.

    I know way too much information.

  16. Karry

    Congrats on the blog book!

    I was surfing and I saw this photo which you totally need to look at. I wish I got this fortune. Made me think of you. (Totally SFK and clean)


    PS: SFK is something I just made up that means Safe For Kiddies. Ahm so thmart. :) Enjoy!

  17. Jamie

    Congrats on the book listing! I hope one of your arrivables is that book…least they could do. I haven’t seen’t the KY commercial but I’m always up for a good lubricant ad! Just kidding…well, it is nearly Valentine’s Day.

  18. Jamie


    I get flustered just trying to write about personal lubricants and massage oil!

  19. Lisa

    The thing that really gets me about the commercial is how the husband is TOTALLY ignoring the fact that the wife even exists until she says “Personal Lubricant”. Yes honey, you only exist when I want something that needs a lubricant …

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