Satan Sent Me Spam (or My DVD Player Just Hates Me)

Last night I spent all evening trying to determine the source of the following cryptic message on my DVD player: ...more
I think the Wiggles are the worst. Not only are they freakin annoying to listen to, but they're ... more

Digging Deep to Find Thankfulness

This post is part of NaBloPoMo, where I have committed to blogging every day for the months of November on my family blog, Suiresphere.    Monday mornings are not my favorite time of the week.  In fact, this morning was pretty much over the top for my stress levels from the moment I sat down at my desk at work.  First, I found out that the theater tickets that I bought for my birthday were actually for a perfomance on November 1st and NOT November 11th.  So we missed the pe...more
When life gets hectic, we need to remind ourselves that there are things to be thankful for but ... more

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Books for Booklovers

Nothing makes a booklover's heart patter more than unwrapping a book... unless it's a stack of books. If the booklover in your life is anything like me, they rarely get books as gifts. I've never been sure if it's because people aren't sure what books to buy us or if they've decided we have enough books already, but I'm always thrilled when people give me a book as a gift. Here are some suggestions for titles that booklovers would be happy to unwrap this holiday season. ...more
What wonderful recommendations! I'm especially interested in the Witches one. My friends and I ... more

Cosleeping? You're Not in the Boom Boom Room Anymore

Deciding to co-sleep with baby is a major decision that will affect your family as well as your bedroom. You must consider how your bedroom will metamorphose when you introduce a tiny, erratic sleeper. Not only will the look of your room change -- burp cloths here, a crib and changing table there, glider rocker in the corner -- but the room's personality and function will change. Its sex appeal will evaporate leaving a castrated version of your kinky love nest. Quicker than you can say, "Not in front of the baby, Honey," your former Boom Boom* Room, where baby was made, will be converted into a room for baby's rest and pleasure alone....more
@sassymonkey I know, right? The song was playing on the radio and I couldn't get it out of my ... more

Who Said Parenting Was Easy?

Yeah we all did, when we weren’t parents.You remember we’d look at hassled mothers dragging screaming children round the shops and think: “For chrissake! Get a grip on yourself and the child, it can’t be that difficult, the human race has been round for a long time!”And you’d listen to them moaning on and on about how tired they were and you’d look at them unbelieving “Good God woman all you have to do is stay at home all day!...more
You are absolutely right! Before I had kids, I was one of the horrible people that judged ... more

The Princess And The Pee

During the preschool years, like many little girls, I yearned to be a Princess. I practiced walking very daintily and holding my pinky out when I drank tea, used my very best manners whenever I could remember to, made daisy chain crowns, paper crowns and cardboard and tin foil crowns, turned any scrap of fabric into a princess dress (and wore Mommy's shoes to complete the look), and even caught a frog with the intent of kissing it. The latter didn't go so well because of all the frogs I could have chosen, I picked a weak, sickly-looking runt that almost perished in my determined grasp....more
@mtdewqueen That video sounds priceless!! Make copies and hide them! : ) more

What Happens When Mommy's the Princess

Since I failed to be pained by a pea beneath my mattress, it's clear that I'm no Princess. However, I'm pretty sure I was a Princess in my last life since certain sensitivities and snobberies persist despite my current modest place in society....more
@Tattie Weasle You could have been a Princess too! Who says there weren't potty-mouthed ... more

You Said WHAT About Me on Facebook?!

When my son started school, I was all set to join the PTA.  But I went to one meeting and it basically it scarred me for life. The women that are the top of the food chain basically tore people apart behind their backs if you disagreed with them.My neighbor is the worst offender. She volunteers and complains constantly about it. So last week, she was again complaining and I asked her, "Why do you do it then?"  An hour later, she posted on Facebook, "A parent at our school approached me today and asked why I volunteer." Then she went on to say how she does it for her children, the community, etc.The problem is that all the responses that followed were like,  "What kind of parent would ask something like that?", "A parent like that will only give their time if they can get something out of it" and "I can't believe a parent would ask you that!" She really made me look bad. She made me look like I was against volunteering. I was shocked.I'm rarely on Facebook so I think that's why she posted it there. I'm not sure how to handle. ...more
How to take the high road. Love it! I think all too often people (like the PTA mom) forget how ... more

I Didn't Choose Depression, But I Can Choose Other Things

October is Depression Awareness Month, and there have been a lot of brave souls and bold posts out there on the internets. I myself am someone who is burdened with what my psychiatrist kindly calls "a biological tendency toward the dark side," and so I find the posts to be a good call to community. I also think these posts serve as a reminder to all of us that struggle and weakness is as much a part of life as joy. But even if that's true, depression is still very, very hard. ...more
I appreciate your honesty. I have battled with depression since my teen years, got it under ... more

The Princess And The Pee

During the preschool years, like many little girls, I yearned to be a Princess. I practiced walking very daintily and holding my pinky out when I drank tea, used my very best manners whenever I could remember to, made daisy chain crowns, paper crowns and cardboard and tin foil crowns, turned any scrap of fabric into a princess dress (and wore Mommy's shoes to complete the look), and even caught a frog with the intent of kissing it. The latter didn't go so well because of all the frogs I could have chosen, I picked a weak, sickly-looking runt that almost perished in my determined grasp....more
@mtdewqueen i'm no princess now, but dreamed about it for YEARS! how old are your boys? ... more