Stop Blaming Mother

A mother is a terrible thing to waste. To all adult children who point to their mother as the focal point of their life’s misfortunes, it's really time to grow up.Millions of adult children, some of them already grandparents themselves, still spend time and money on the therapist's couch, ruminating about everything their mother did or didn’t do, does or doesn’t do. These adults don’t see themselves as the imperfect human their own mother is....more

I just need a moment

Other parents, particularly mothers, have often advised me to enjoy this time with my children – that one day I’ll wake up and the house will be empty.  These women warn that when their own children were young, they assumed life would be so much easier when the kids were weaned, or out of diapers, or in school, or driving, or…(fill in the blank). They had looked forward to these events and reclaiming the tiny bit of independence that each brought with it.  And eventually their little ones ...more

"Raising Hope" on Fox: The Mom as my Role Model

I responded to a question on a blog this morning (I put that blog's link below, it's a good one) about "role model" moms as characters on TV shows.  Here is my suggestion: This is going to be a really strange suggestion for a female 'role model' - I'm even thinking it's strange, but here goes...  I really appreciate the mom on "Raising Hope", that really crude new show on Fox.  (that I watch)   Here's what I appreciate about that mom, in no particular order:   1.  She loves and stands by her worthless husband.   ...more

Women and Work in Germany

A friend recently sent me a link to an article in The New York Times titled 'Women Nudged Out of German Workforce'. It was rather appropriate timing as I have spent much of the last week and a half in  my German class discussing the issues that women regularly face here in Germany in business and what causes them. ...more

Surviving 5 Kids and The Grocery Store

We have a family of seven-to-ten, depending on whether my step kids are visiting; as you might imagine, we consume a tremendous amount of food. You may be thinking that our children are too small to do much damage to the pantry, but you would be wrong. These kids are born eaters, gobbling up copious amounts of grub, which gives them fuel to rush around in frenzied play burning it off just in time for the next meal. The problem with a large family eating a lot of food is that it requires many trips to the grocery store (or at least a couple very long trips), often which includes bringing the large family’s worth of children with me. It’s a vicious cycle that can be stopped only by cutting off their food supply or buying a self-sustaining farm....more

May 31: The Hair Affair

How much of my space am I willing to dedicate to my hair?  How much time am I willing to give to dig around for a decent hair tie (I like the thick ones with no metal, because the others get all knotted up in my hair.) when I'm getting ready for work or just to work out?  How many times have I given up on trying a new style because I couldn't find what I needed?...more

Taking Care of You + thismom's Ice Pop Recipe

  Taking care of you. Taking care of me. I feel guilty for booking a 60 minute appointment with my RMT because Dear Husband wonders how to put our son down for his nap. Not his fault. I do all of the naps, because I like to. And DH works in the evenings. So I do all of the bed times. Every bath. Middle of the night wake ups. Every night.  Not to mention the other stuff that I seem to do most of. Like the laundry. The cooking. The cleaning. And l work a demanding job outside of the home every day.   I. Have. No....more

I'm all over the place today (because of my mom)

Blog Directory My mom is driving me all over the place today so I've tacked on a map all the places I'd rather be than her nagging me about my hair getting in my way, about me not wearing make-up, for slouching, for fore-going any dates and falling asleep before nine pm....more

Corn for Supper

We will have corn for supper though even if it can’t play a starring role. I’ll just have to find ways to make it shine (ways beyond just bathing it in a glistening coat of butter, as good as that is)....more

Oh. So. Delicious.

As usual.

You're a star, Chris!

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Pretty Women

 I went shopping today.  Those of you who know me will understand why I am now sitting with my feet up, wondering why I was ever born. I am not a shopper.  Even if I had some money, I still wouldn't be a shopper.  Well, unless you count Amazon; THERE I am a shopper.  The prices are better and there are no crowds.Today's jaunt, however, was for milk and bread, which Amazon doesn't have.  Hence, I went shopping....more
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