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the relentless pursuit of a "good day."

I wonder if I've always seen seasons in my life.  Looking back, I don't remember ever feeling anxious for certain times in my life to be over.  I've hated a job or two and couldn't wait for them to be over, I've hated a class or two and couldn't wait for them to be over, but in the <em>seasonal</em> aspect of my life, I feel like I've always been comfortable right where I am. ...more

pragmatic idioms

I find myself saying certain things that, in the future, when they are adults, I'm sure my kids will remember and make fun of. My own personal idioms. Keep in mind that these phrases are spoken in a lighthearted, casual tone. I'm not angry or snippy when I say this stuff (okay - MOST of the time.) So. Here's stuff I say a LOT. "Yo. Pretend I'm your mother and that you respect me." (When I've asked a kid to do something one too many times.) ...more

don't react. respond.

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.Romans 12:18 NIV When I was in high school, I worked at McDonalds. I started on "fries and shakes" (back when they actually MADE the shakes - with ice cream and syrup and a real shake machine). Over the years I worked every job, from birthday party hostess to counter to drive thru to grill even manager trainee. ...more

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

We went to EPCOT yesterday for the 2008 Flower and Garden Festival. It was nice, but, I must admit, a little disappointing. There just wasn't as much color as in past years. We went in June of 2006 and (although I didn't take lots of pictures), I remember it being much more elaborate. I really loved these in 2006 (made entirely out of flowers): ...more

frozen chicken? cream cheese chicken.

I stumbled upon a recipe that turned out to be a REAL hit! The fact that it took 5 minutes to prepare made it even better! Seriously. 5 minutes. (the original post has a print friendly version in PDF) ...more

the underwear principle and ADD

When I wrote the post entitled The Underwear Principle and now, underwear. step by step., I mentioned that I had applied this principle in other situations in my life. One of those situations involved my son. ...more

need a comment do-over?

Ever leave a comment on a blog and REALLY want to remove it later? Maybe you have an embarrassing typo, maybe you shared just a little too much and have “commenter’s remorse” or maybe you accidentally posted a comment on the wrong blog post. I’m sure there are other reasons. The good news? You may have some options! ...more

lotsa helping hands

Sometimes you find something so wonderful, you HAVE to share it. So here it is: Are you in a crisis situation? Do you know someone who is? Someone who is fighting cancer? Suffering from a chronic condition? Recovering from an accident or injury? Someone who’s just had a baby? Do you want to help, but don’t know what the needs are? ...more

freedom to be different

Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or fret your children [do not be hard on them or harass them], lest they become discouraged and sullen and morose and feel inferior and frustrated. [Do not break their spirit.] Colossians 3:21 The Amplified Bible My daughter is a free spirit. ...more