I just finished typing a 3-page Babysitting Instruction Manual (4 pages if you include the spreadsheet of after-school activities I have stuck on my fridge) for my parents who are flying out to watch my 3 kids for 7 days while my husband visit London in preparation for our upcoming move....more
My 1st BlogHer Conference, and I'm reading all I can to prepare. If you have any suggestions for newbies please send them my way. I've blogged for over 4 years, (even won a couple of awards) but still feel like a rookie. I'm really looking forward to meeting fellow bloggers, and sharing ideas. So impressed with the keynote speakers... Guy Kawasaki is awesome and it will be amazing to hear Ariana Huffington in person. Great variety of sessions and topics. Can't wait....more
Last night Grandpa got home from a 14 day run up to Canada. He's a truck driver. Pooder seems to love her Grandpa. She can be one unhappy little girl and Grandpa can pick her up and put her in "Grandpa's Swing" and she calms right down. Thanks to Grandpa being the baby whisperer for today I managed to help the hubster make a batch of beer, get a few loads of dishes done. It was awesome. I even had a bit to go hibernate in our room in some peace and quiet sans babe. I have made a list of reasons Grandpa is awesome: ...more
My dad doesn't like the phone. He's the sort of father who says "I'll get your mother," at the first opportunity when I ring home. If trapped, because she's not home, he'll talk about the weather or current affairs. (He gets his news from the radio at 9am and 1pm, and the television at 9pm promptly. Missing the headlines is a bad, bad thing. I put a shortcut on the iPad to The Irish Times website when I was at home, but I'm not sure if he's using that yet.) Anyway. I've inherited his dislike of phones, to some extent, so e-mail is the perfect medium for both of us. I don't think he'll be on Facebook any time soon, but that's fine with me. It's a tiny thing, but it's a great thing. If Steve Jobs is to thank for this, then I'm thanking Steve Jobs.
Back in first grade, my boy was given a writing prompt that asked, "How Do You Have Fun With Your Grandparents?"And he wrote:"I play wii with my grandpa. I beat him every time because he is a handicap."We laughed. It's okay to laugh. It's a funny sentence.My boy is very competitive.He is also a bit too young to understand the important lexical and connotational differences between someone having a handicap and someone being a handicap....more
My darling first grand daughter,As I sit here anxiously waiting for your arrival, there are so many things I want to be able to introduce to you. This world, having so much negativity, also has an equal amount (depending how you view it) of so many positive things that surround us in our daily lives. I can not wait for you to have this wonderful opportunity to discover the many prospects in this life....more