I’m afraid I’ve been very, very naughty. Yesterday I skipped a day of posting. What’s more, I skipped the day before that, too. I think it’s time. This blog has been a wonderful experience for me, but I’m starting to feel like it’s done what it was here to do. It’s built me up, taught me … More My Extended Tea Break
The hubby and I usually watch at least one movie every week-end, sometimes two. Picking out the good ones is very demanding, and often we end up with films that are only just barely watchable. IMDB is a good source of information on the films, but it’s not always enough. After recurring trial and error, … More 6 Movie Genres I’ve Learned to Avoid
Look after rowdy kids For though their branches grow oaken They’re still tiny twigs And they might get broken. Respect the stubborn kids They were born not to yield. Their attitude is made Of mahogany. Be kind to quiet kids For those little ones Are the tender shoots Of an exotic plant. … More Children, Trees and Children Again
The other day when I was reading Winnie the Pooh to my kids I got this sudden urge to move into the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh and his friends just sail around in that big forest, eating cake and honey every two weeks to survive. Yet, with the exception of Pooh, no one is ever hungry. … More Which Winnie-the-Pooh Character Are You Most Like?
Yesterday I felt like I was juggling a million balls and couldn’t catch even one. There was just so much to do with the house and the kids and the rest of my life. I have a good education but I wish I had chosen another career. I wished I was younger. I longed for all the … More The Selfish Moper’s Guide to Survival in a Meaningless Universe
I used to be an all right chef. Really, I was. The kids used to love my cooking, and often at the table I’d hear sentiments like: “Mom is the best cook!” Really, I’m not lying. My husband used to say that the main ingredient in my food was love. But then I lost my … More Rediscovering my Cooking Mojo
Today after showering, the glass shower wall in our bathroom exploded all over my husband. I heard this loud sound, immediately thinking that it sounded like the wall shattering, and ran to the bathroom to find the shower floor covered in glass and spatters of blood in the sink and on the walls. The hubby had … More Is Your Shower Safe?
I was talking to a friend of mine and mentioned that I would have felt bad if my kids had needed to start attending daycare at one year. She froze and got defensive, at which moment I realized that her son had in fact started daycare early, and incidentally it was at one year of … More Bad Parents
New Year’s resolutions have an unpleasant clang to them these days. Everyone makes big promises they can’t keep, the gyms overflow with new members, stores are emptied of diet drinks, cocktail bars lose customers, but come February, everything’s pretty much back to normal. This is why New Year’s resolutions are seen as kind of silly by … More A New Day
Do not nag. Everybody hates to be nagged at. Listening decreases as nagging increases. Try not to lose your temper. It’s hard, I know. I lose my temper once in a while and the results are always bad. I’ve gained considerable amounts of patience just by remembering that losing my nerve won’t get me … More How to Raise Happy Children