Mutant Supermodel

Welcome to my collection of thoughts. Below, you will find a  summary of facts regarding me that provide the underlying foundation to me: this blog’s Creator, Owner, Manager, and Administrative Assistant. If the below itemization is not sufficient, please feel free to contact me with your inquiry and I will do my best to construct some sort of response- brilliant or otherwise. Especially spectacular suggestions or questions will likely be included in future incarnations of this page.

Re: Love

As of St. Patrick’s Day 2011, I am officially divorced.  I’m currently in a relationship with a great man who I’ve known for many years and am quite a happy, well-loved Mutant.

Re: Family

The Ex and I brought three children into this planet during the seven years we were involved. Some were even born when we were married. They are, in the order of their birth: MutantEldest, MutantDaughter, and MutantBaby. They range in age from eight years to three. My family is incredibly supportive, helpful, and active in my life and that of my kids. MutantMom, MutantDad, and MutantAbuela do a fair share of helping me care for the kids. MutantWino and MutantPirate are my two brothers who also contribute to the care of the MutantChildren and are especially adept at making me smile.

Re: Employment

I work at a University coordinating a medical conference. Previously, I’ve held jobs at elevator companies, music stores, event production companies, printing companies, telecommunications companies, and even had my own small business importing super cute Japanese trinkets.

Re: Hobbies

The things I do in my spare time generally tend to be reading and crocheting. Crocheting is a fairly new hobby I’ve picked up. Before then, I was an ok knitter and before that I was a better than average scrapbooker. When it comes to reading, I do really enjoy books but also devour blogs aplenty. I am also excellent at shopping.  I am an avid debt repayer, enthusiastic expense tracker, and all-around savvy deal-finder. Finally, I tend to always do any or all of the above while listening to excellent music. My taste ranges all over the place but primarily settles around Hip Hop, Rock, Classic Rock, and otherwise impossible to classify but very good music. The one thing I absolutely adore splurging on is an excellent dinner at a fantastic restaurant.

Re: Dislikes

There is no pretending I am an all-around pleasant person 100% of the time. While I do make an effort at putting smiles on faces around me, things happen to discourage me from that sort of thing. These things usually linger in my corner of dislikes and include, but are not limited to: lying, dramatics, spoiled food, dirty diapers, fighting, bickering, tattling, huge messes, dirty dishes, pots, and pans, idiotic driving, too many questions, overly personal discussions, things on the floor, weeds, rudeness, being ignored, and repeating myself.

Re: Random Items that may or may not matter

At ten years old, I was hospitalized. They found my appendix severely infected, operated on me, and the bloody thing burst. I was in the hospital over a week recovering. It was during Valentine’s Day. I had a miserable time in Middle School and cut the cord with practically every relationship I’d had there by choosing to go to a high school only two other fellow students would be attending. I have always gotten along better with men than women and believe Other Women are a woman’s worst enemy. The very first time I did what is now known as blogging was in October of 2002 on Diaryland which I maintained until May 2006. I love chocolate very much in all of its forms. One thing I wish I had more of is flowers and, in general, a green thumb. I am often dismayed at my lack of the Domestic Diva gene my mother clearly possesses.

 

Single Parent vs Married Families: Stop the Comparisons

Some headlines just beg a clicking, for better or for worse. Marriage: America’s best antidote to child poverty, was one of those. In this piece, the Heritage Foundation presents the argument that because a disproportionate number of families with children living in poverty are single parent ones versus married ones, the United States should advance policies that promote and reward marriage. Frankly, suggesting marriage as the solution to poverty because a high number of those in poverty are unwed is like promoting becoming white as a solution to poverty because a high number of those in poverty are nonwhite....more
To the author: as a professional researcher, I can tell you that your assumptions are wrong. You ...more

Child Support: Can All States Do What Maryland Is Doing?

I read an editorial piece from the Baltimore Sun about Maryland’s efforts in collecting child support from non-custodial parents. Basically, Maryland was frustrated with the results the standard practices were yielding, put some thought into it, and changed things up. And they’re getting results. I, of course, was interested. Better child support collection methods? Do tell....more

They Have Been Told

Last night I called a family meeting and talked with the kids. I explained to them the change in income. I showed them four pennies and told them to pretend that was all the money I used to get every month and now I only get this much, and I took away two of the pennies.  They looked a bit shocked so I told them we were going to be fine but that I am going to need their help to be very cautious with money. We cannot be wasteful and have to be very careful with what we have....more

The Compromise

On Friday, I let everyone in on the stressful situation that is going on in my life right now. And there was this huge flood of amazing support and words of advice and encouragement. Thank you to the Grumpies, by the way, for steering so much of it this way. You two are my Cheerleaders but totally awesome feminist ones....more

And Here We Go

This is a money post. And it’s not a pretty money post. It’s actually one of the worst kinds of money posts I’d ever want to make. So you know, if you’re not in the mood for that, feel free to skip out and look at something else somewhere else. No offense taken, seriously!...more

Ten Challenges to Stimulate Your Savings

“Frugality” by Living Studios...more

Regarding the death of an angry man

“Peace” by Mariam Askanani on Flickr Last night, we heard the news we’ve been waiting to hear for almost ten years. He’s dead. Immediate reaction? “Finally, the bastard’s dead. Is it Castro’s turn yet?” What do you expect?...more

Mutant SuperModel and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I went to sleep with wet hair and now my hair is sticking up everywhere and when I got out of bed this morning I stepped on my son’s Legos and by mistake I dropped toothpaste drool on my silk blouse while brushing my teeth and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. ...more

Happy Endings = False Advertising

“Happily Ever After” by Sonia Luna Last night, I watched ...more