Home on the range.

So today I called in sick to work. No big deal you say? It is for me. For many years now I have fought this really annoying trait of not being able to say no. Can I work overtime? Yes. Can I clean that pile of baby bodily function goo? Sure! Can you work 18 hours at two jobs everyday, cut your sons hair, take your mom to the store, and make dinner for 8 people? SURE SURE SURE SURE!!!...more

This man of mine

There are some moments when I look at my husband and think, "Wow, he such a sweet and rare man to have." Seriously, my husband would not hurt anyone or anything intentionally. He is a true gentle giant and loves his family with all his big goofy heart. So why is it other times I just want to pack my bags and leave him?...more

I agree with you so much on all those points. The thing is even though in my brain I know these ...more

Quick poll: Do you have a "hospital fantasy"?

Cross-posted from Working Moms BreakInspired by Ami's letter last week and the many comments that followed, I put together this quick poll.* I'm curious to see how many other moms and dads would feel lucky to get, say...bunion surgery, or maybe a minor concussion, if it meant a break from their daily obligations. Please share this with your friends. The more responses the better!...more

Coyote Nightmares

A coyote is raised up with one paw on my arm, snapping at CiCi who I hold tightly to my chest, dodging as best I can to avoid her being bitten or taken. I wake up with my heart pounding and nearly knock CiCi from her place on the bed next to me as I lunge into an upright position....more

Over-Commitment This Holiday - Sounds Like Something You Do?

Are you starting to over-commit yourself already this holiday season? Are you secretly dreading the holidays and can’t wait till they’re over because of all the work that’s in store for you? Then maybe you are over-committing yourself. ...more

I totally agree. I used to home make everything around Christmas. I think I thought I was saving ...more

Wear

I did not want to get out of bed this morning.  I'm not having a bad day, or anything (though I must offer HUGE thanks to my Facebook peeps for pumping me up after Monday's gymnastics fiasco.  Group Gym during nap time the day after the Blueberry Fiasco?  Bad, bad, bad iidea.)...more

The Law of the Wild

Just-in-time reality rescues my heart again –for Thanksgiving! A dear friend sent me an email this past week with the following story. The Law of the Wild says kill only when you are hungry! Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara in October last year, said he was astounded by what he saw:...more

Moms: How much is your heart worth?

If you’re a mother, you’d better think long and hard about this question. Science is teaching us about the hardships that life imposes on the hearts of women, and for many of us, the news is sobering. At a recent American Heart Association meeting, Dr. Michelle Albert presented research scanning ten years that shows that women who experience a lot of stress at work are 88% more likely to have a heart attack.  So what exactly does “stress” at work mean? Stress means feeling underused and powerless over our decisions or experiencing high job strain....more

When You Dread the Holidays

This week begins a long ramp of dread for many folks -- starting on Thanksgiving and ending on January 2nd. If you have experienced loss, or great disappointment -- the Holiday Season can feel like a time to survive, not one to enjoy. The added press of commercialism in tough economic times, or relatives who seem determined to be difficult can just add insult to injury. ...more

You are so right that it can get better...it may never be simple, but the worst of the loss can ...more

Am I stressed?

A friend at work picked up a stress ball for me while he was on vacation.  He knows that I am always stressed at work, and can never sit still while I am on the telephone, so he thought this was the perfect souvenir for me.  I agreed and immediately put the ball to use.  Whenever I was stressed, I would squeeze the ball.  Every time I took a call, I would squeeze the ball....more