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Are You Turned on Baby?

So we’ve made it through another silly season and the fridge is heaving with leftovers, the recycling bin is bursting at the seams with discarded wrapping paper and if I ever see another mince pie ever again I swear I will bludgeon someone with it.

*I would just like to say that this article is NOT about sex (and my apologies if that leaves you feeling unsatisfied as it were.) BUT, if you are looking to read an article about sex, may I point you in the direction of my lovely friend ImKarn23 and her enlightening article “Real reason for fake orgasms”*

…still here???

I remember when ‘Toys’ were something that little kids got from Santa (if they’d been nice all year) – adults had to make do with socks, handkerchiefs, driving gloves, soap on a rope or bottles of smelly stuff guaranteed to melt the skin off any part of the body it touched.

Now it seems that many of us adults are getting better toys than the little tykes and Christmas’s are really starting to look up.

So what’s your family doing to amuse themselves in the ‘Chrimbo limbo’? (That time between Christmas and New Year!)

I take a look around my home and realize that we’re all “Turned on, tuned out and zoned in” to our own little worlds:

Me, I’ve been reading ‘Wuthering Heights’ most of today and punctuated my reading with a quick viewing of some YouTube videos of choice and then listened to some of my fave tunes – all on one device, my 7 inch screened media/eBook player. I didn’t even have to move off the couch except to make a coffee which apparently, this smart little gizmo is not capable of.

My better half has had his nose stuck into his PSP for most of the day playing some bad-ass, kick ass, shoot ‘em kind of game – it’s keeping him quiet and out of trouble.

Our darling daughter hasn’t ventured from her room as she’s finally got herself Sims 3 for Christmas and is busy watching (and making) someone else have a life on her brand new (refurbished off eBay) laptop – the only time I’ve heard from her since Boxing day is when she sent a text message (no word of a lie) via her brand new mobile phone to ask when dinner will be ready and what are we having?? (Turkey AGAIN)

Mr. Teenage son hasn’t moved from his crypt and would definitely need his Xbox 360 controller surgically removed from his hand should I require him to do so.

Is this all wrong? Should we not all be so engrossed in our own little worlds?


There is the tiniest pang of guilt cursing through my veins when I think of the Chrimbo limbos I had when I was a child and how we used to sit around the dinner table playing board games that Santa had thoughtlessly left us under the tree…that is, until I also remember the bratty tantrums from one of us who was not equipped to ‘lose’ (usually my dad) and then the sulks as the game came to a rather chaotic and near fatal end. Perhaps the ‘good old days’ weren’t always quite so good after all.

I suppose neither is ‘better’ really if you think about it – just different that’s all. Technology is something we are all becoming accustomed to; it can’t really be avoided unless you happen to know someone who owns an island you can plonk yourself on and pretend nothing exists.

I admit, I like my ‘stuff’ and I like having something cool to play with this time of year but I will still enjoy dragging those kids away from their rooms and heading to the beach as a family on New Years eve – who knows, we may even enjoy a game of beach cricket and a swim together. Besides, it’ll be the perfect opportunity to recharge our batteries.


You might also like to check out these other articles by dazzlejazz:

Stuff it!

I’m giving up ‘giving up’

Stupid is as stupid does

Murphy’s Law: What can go wrong, will go wrong

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  1. dazzlejazz

    On December 29, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Sexuality??? You don’t read these things before you categorize them do you Triond!

  2. Kristie Claar

    On December 29, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Haha! Caught by the Triond automated system yet again. Good article my friend. I had to chuckle at your daughter sending a text message about supper. I text my husband when he is right out back in the garage or I simply blink the light.

  3. Margaret Boseroy

    On December 29, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Flagged it as wrong category so hopefully it’ll get moved. I’ve given up getting my comics moved from the “poetry” category. I don’t understand the automated system. Anyhow, I enjoyed your article. I think it’s fine to spend some time being absorbed into our “toys”, as long as we can excavate ourselves out in time for more quality time for the new year. Happy New Year (almost), by the way!

  4. ittech

    On December 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

    very ncie article

  5. prsol46

    On December 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

    LOL, yeah, trust the automation, hey? Good article. For us during the holidays we have a mix of spending time on our own and spending time together.

  6. dazzlejazz

    On December 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I’m so sorry to all of you out there who have ‘tuned in’ to read something about sex!!! Triond have refused my request to relocate this article.

  7. MJRapp

    On December 30, 2011 at 12:12 am

    There is always a post-Christmas let down. We all spend so much time freaking out and then when it’s over we don’t know what to do with ourselves. Luckily my wife and I had a trip planned to occupy our time.

    Oh, and I didn’t come here looking for sex. :-)

  8. indianwriting

    On December 30, 2011 at 12:23 am

    it happens all the article about a sick (as in unwell ) man with a positive attitude turned up in the ‘gift’ category !!! i tried relocating but was denied..i have stopped requesting. I enjoyed your article. I prefer outdoors anytime.. :)

  9. dazzlejazz

    On December 30, 2011 at 12:39 am

    MJRapp – ROFL!!!
    Thanks for all your comments!!

  10. ImKarn23

    On December 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I must admit that when i started reading this – I was expecting ‘adult toys’ of a completely different The difference between me and Triond is – I actually READ! lol

  11. ImKarn23

    On December 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    funny.. my article ‘real reasons for fake orgasms’ SHOULD have been in sexuality – and can be found in CARS – all because i wrote it in car language for boys to understand. It still has NOTHING to do with

  12. lxdollarsxl

    On December 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Oh darn it – NO sex, you must be British – roflmao. Anyways back to the real subject – New Year on the beach is what i wish i were doing, but the nearest warm beach is way too far to go. Instead my other half is having to work 10 – 7am so i guess its meet up at the local bar with a few friends and maybe a few beers. Its a pity too she has had to work all over Christmas as well.

  13. lxdollarsxl

    On December 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    just a thought what is wrong with a REAL book? mmmmmmm guess i will pass on the ebooks.

  14. dazzlejazz

    On December 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    :) Thanks for your comments!! ImKarn23 my lovely friend, I’m going to put a link to your sexy article on here right now!
    lxdollarsxl – sorry your other half has to work – sucks big time. (And we’ll be thinking of ya when we go to the beach!)
    As for real books, if you’d read my ‘Stuff it’ article you’d know why I’ve turned to ebooks – this thing has 200 on there and there is no way no how I’d squeeze 200 more books in my house!!

  15. Julian Simmons

    On December 31, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I didn’t get any toys. :( I did get a set of novelty socks from my aunt. One pair had “Do I make you horny?” printed on them. I really hope she didn’t realise; otherwise it’s going to make for an awkward dinner next Christmas.

  16. yes me

    On January 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    My other half often calls me on the phone, or I her we have two dens, one is my dads n lads room at the top of the house, hers down stairs, so it is easier to text, or call it beats the old submariners way of yelling, up stairs or down cheers

  17. preshitss

    On January 2, 2012 at 4:51 am


  18. Socorro Lawas

    On January 5, 2012 at 2:32 am

    You have a way with words and a great writing style.

  19. realityspeaks

    On January 7, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Awesome post.

  20. sheilanewton

    On January 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    The beach on New Year’s Eve???? you lucky duck. New Year’s Day – I went to the beach, all wrapped up in Winter woolies!!!! Still nice, though. hahaha!

  21. sheilanewton

    On January 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Another ‘like’ – and yeah, ’sexuality’ ????? What’s all that about – ha! ha!

  22. Safa

    On February 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Cool article.

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