Patty ABR

I used to be funny but menopause and teenagers drove it out of me. I want to... read more

Every Waking Moment Doesn't Need To Be Blogged

Anybody that knows my daughter and me know that we love being on the move. From the time she was a tiny baby up to now, she's been my roadie for the last few years. Once I started blogging and writing about our adventures, forget about it. We were up and down the road creating blog-worthy experiences and Pinnable moments. I feel incredibly blessed for the opportunities that we've been able to have because of my work, and they have really enhanced our lives. ...more
So true...we aren't paying attention when we aren't in the moment. Thank you for sharing.more

Boomer to Mets Player: Real Men Don't Miss Baseball Games for the Birth of their Babies!

I've heard a lot of stupid things in my day, but Boomer Esiason stating that Daniel Murphy, an infielder for the New York Mets, was wrong for taking paternity leave for the birth of his child seems to take the cake. He went so far as to suggest that Murphy's wife should have scheduled a c-section so Murphy wouldn't have to miss the first two games of the year. No, really. I can't even. I can't—but these memes sure can....more
Daniel Murphy is a true champion for letting his wife and child have the spotlight and focus of ...more

The Smiling Woman: How a Stranger Saved Me

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of my re-entry into Corporate America. I had been working at home on a consulting basis and had a couple of regular clients and ad hoc projects, with my kids at a nearby daycare center part-time. But when my favorite client could not renew my contract, I updated my resume and began interviewing....more
what a touching story.  Here's a Mother Teresa quote"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an ...more

Has Age Changed How You See Yourself?

You know the phrase “it’s like riding a bike,” which implies that once you learn how to ride a bike, you’ll never forget. Well, it isn’t true....more
LazyTri nope still awesomemore

Unconscious Baiting: Gwyneth Paltrow Tells Us Movie Star Parenting Is Harder

In my mind, Gwyneth Paltrow is one of my besties. I hate it when she proves me wrong....more
@JennaHatfield Bravo and absolutely agreed!more

Better Than Store-Bought: Soft Pretzels with Honey Mustard Dip

A few weeks ago, I went to a "Bagels, Bialys & Pretzels" cooking class at my local kitchen supply store, Different Drummer's Kitchen.  So much fun and the cooking instructor, Deanna Fox (who also writes food columns for the Times Union), was great....more
the patty beat Thank you!more

I Finally Figured Out Why I Procrastinate

Have you ever had one of those moments when an epiphany just hits you out of nowhere?  That moment when something that may have eluded you your entire life is just so obvious, and once you realize it you can't get it out of your mind?...more
the patty beat  Are you living in my parallel world? Laundry is my nemesis.  We have a laundry ...more

Do not feed the trolls. Do not feed the trolls. Do not feed the trolls. #please

Do not feed the trolls. Do not feed the trolls. Do not feed the trolls. #please ...more
LOL, Robin! Trolls are just misguided souls, waiting for a friend... or someone to eat. Hard to ...more

Why I Like Being a Small Blog

I haven't been posting a whole lot. But that's okay. I can do that. We don't like to but sometimes we just can't help comparing ourselves to those blogs that earn money, have thousands of page views per day, get a ga-zillion comments or boatloads of free stuff. That is all well and good, but it comes at a price that some of us little blogs don't have to pay. I realize that "small" or "large" when referring to blogs is subjective, but I think we have a general idea of what category our own blog fits into. Here are some reasons that I really like being a little blog. ...more
sunnysideshlee There is an upside once you get past that inclination to want to blow up and be a ...more

Slowing Down and Seeing God Through My Camera Lens

I take a lot of pictures. I mean, a lot of pictures. Ever since we bought one of those cameras that makes a regular mom look like a semi-capable photographer, I have probably taken somewhere in the thousands. I easily unload 100+ a week from my smart card. Sometimes I worry that I’m guilty of watching life happen through a lens rather than right in front of me. But other times, I know that my kids -- my babies -- are growing up in a blur and I feel that if don’t snap those precious moments, they might just fade away. ...more
I love this.  I feel the same way so often.  I don't want to take pictures with the idea of ...more