Rollover mopes

A friend of mine told me that she allows five minutes a day to mope or feel sorry for herself. I like the idea of slotting "five-minute mope" in the day minder.Remember Holly Hunter’s short, stupendous bout of hysterics in “Broadcast News”? I aspire to that sort of efficient catharsis.But I’d also like the option of setting aside the unused minutes, for those times when I need a longer session of self-pity. Thus I suggest a new personal indulgence: Rollover mopes....more

The MAPP Gathering - Interview 1

I've been listening to a series of interviews called the MAPP Gathering. What an amazing experience. Drop by my blog to hear what I thought of the first interview with Renee Trudeau. And take a listen to the interview yourself. I'd love to hear what you think.

I know my gas tank.

I got in my car this morning to rush off to the doctor only to remember that I had parked it on empty the night before. I had highly considered filling up on my way home from work yesterday, but at 5:30 after a long day at work, that is the last thing I wanted to do. So I said I'd deal with it in the morning. And then I didn't want to deal with it this morning. (Why do I do this every time?) The gas gauge said I had 22 miles left until empty, but I know my gas tank....more

The Power of Girls’ Weekends

I can think of few things more let-your-hair-down relaxing than a girls’ weekend or week.There’s something about stepping out of your ‘real’ life for a while and having the time and leisure to get caught up with each other’s lives, laugh yourselves silly, spend time in your pajamas, skip wearing makeup and not worry about counting calories or glasses of wine, that is so soothing to the soul. There’s no one to nag about unloading the dishwasher or taking out the garbage, and no one requiring anything from you....more

Reflections on NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is complete. I wrote a blog post every day during the month of November. I'm glad I did. But I have a few thoughts. ...more

An altar of my own

The M Word

I am a Mother.I grew up with a less than ideal view of motherhood.Because of that, I tend to look at the whole journey of parenthood in a different way than most.I don't try to mold my children into my way of life. I accept that raising children demands a series of never-ending changes. It requires flexibility and patience.A sense of humor is necessary for survival. The older I get, the more I realize that my children need me to be honest.Honest in a way that is gentle and kind. I try to be aware of my shortcomings and failures....more

How My Week of Extreme Self Care Turned into The One Day Escape Hatch

I ran into my neighbor yesterday, one of those wonderful folks who helped me out a few weeks ago, when I hit the wall. And then bounced off. Before being run over by a truck. You get the picture. Anyway, seeing her reminded me of a promise I’d made to myself during that crazy time: I was going to take a week and take care of myself. That’s right, one whole week. ...more

Mama's First Epic Self-Fail

BK (before kids), I took good care of myself.  I worked out four times a week.  I ate at least one salad a day.  I rarely ate junk food.  I slept at least 8 hours a night.  I was in incredible shape.  And now...not so much.  I don't take good care of myself because I am too busy caring for everyone else, which is a terrible excuse, but at some point, something had to give. ...more

Our Bodies Know What They Need

I'm only (only?!) four months into pregnancy, but already this early mamahood experience is teaching me so much. Number one is this: trust. I've already written about trusting in the face of fear or adversity. But beyond that I've been learning that my body is trustworthy. ...more
After 68 years of merely paying my body lip service, I have decided to follow a diet that ...more