NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your January Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily January NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
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NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your January Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily January NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your January Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily January NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
I have a silly question... where in the world do I get the NaBloPoMo badge for my site? I cannot ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your January Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily January NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
I am so excited to start reading new blogs and sharing mine. 1st Post - Jan 1st: ... more

CPS Showed Up at My Door: An On-Going Lesson in Consequences

I received a knock on my door this afternoon, and when I answered it I was met by a small, blonde woman who announced that she was from child protective services and she needed to talk to me. If you've never had that experience (and I hope you never have), let me try to describe how it feels. Your heart starts racing. Your mind starts spinning, frantically trying to recall something -- anything -- that could warrant a visit from CPS. I was in full panic mode, but trying my very best to hold it together. Or to at least not pass out....more
What I don't understand is that CPS had obviously read the blog post prior to disrupting you and ... more

Single? Then You Know The Pity Face

I first noticed it at my 10-year high school reunion in 2005. When asked if I was married or have children, I said no. I'm single. And then it happened: The Pity Face. It's a look of genuine concern. Like something is horribly wrong with you. Like you've just admitted you have a terminal disease and have roughly one month to live. I had no idea how to respond....more
I have found, in my experience, that people who are really happy and content in their own lives ... more

The Homework Dilemma Makes Me Angry

How is the new school year? So far, so good. I'm enjoying the long days of quiet and the ability to get all household/work errands done without my offspring present. The children like their teachers. The 6 year old has adapted to going to school for the full-day and the 11 year-old has grown accustomed to having his head stuffed into the toilet in Middle School.Ha, ha! Just kidding. Middle School is going well, too. We just have one complaint about the start of the new school year -- but it's a doozie: Homework. @$%#^! Homework!...more
I think homework is a byproduct of the other things teachers now have to manage during the ... more

What do YOU do for fun?

Spending the last two years building a business and orchestrating a move from Virgina to California meant work/life balance was the first of many things to fall right off the priority list. After a year in California, I've observed that work/life balance is a way of life out here and decided to fight my Type A, work-a-holic, east coast paced instincts and just go with it. Back in 2009, I was inspired to write a 101 things in 1001 days list. ...more
All of those are great ideas, Victoria, and something I need to do more of in general, ... more

Grill Walk

"Honey, do you want to go for a walk over to our new house?"I knew something was up from the very moment my husband posed this question to me the other day, but I went along with it because I was curious.You see...Getting my husband to agree to walk the dogs with me is about as difficult as getting my husband to throw an empty milk carton into the trash...It's damn near impossible!...more

At least he finally went for a walk with you and the dogs!   ... more

Supporting the Self Esteem of Others

    Recently, I was sitting with a friend and telling her all about a job interview I had just had. I was talking about how well it went and how much I enjoy the people, and when she asks, "So, do you think you got the job?" I replied with, "Sure I do. I get every job I've interviewed for over the past 10 years." ...more

I could not agree with you more!  I don't want to turn this into a man vs. woman debate ... more