- Tax Season is officially O-V-E-R. That was a rough one. First trimester/software conversion/crazy client madness.
- April 16th is a holiday around this office, my body went to the spa, my brain on the other hand went somewhere else - I am waiting for it to come back. Maybe it went to Europe and can't get a flight home?
- The Man Cub will be two in three weeks - as much as he already acts like a two year old I just can't believe that my baby-child will be two.
- I sent out the invitations for the Man Cub's kid party with the wrong location on it. Awesome. I am an idiot.
- I have decided to stop acting like I have my shit together. Then people won't expect me to get stuff right. Right?
- The hubs goes out of town tomorrow, thankfully he will be back on Friday. Then he leaves for China for some yet to be terminated length of time right after Mother's Day.
- I had 183 blog posts in my reader yesterday.
- Do you start at the top of your reader and work yourself down? Start at the bottom? Read your favorites first? Favorites last?
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
- Woot, woot! March 15th has come and gone. Four more Saturdays my lovelies and I get my weekends/life/marriage/kid back.
- My husband is muy busy entertaining (going to lunches/dinners etc.) the latest vendor contingent of Chinamen this week so yeah 10-11 hour days AND single parenting. Sweet.
- Yeah, adding crap by hand because the brokerage statements have no freaking totals - my life.
- Gisele can take a short leap off of a tall bridge. Google her latest asinine, greater than all other women interview if you want to know what I am talking about.
- I have majorly popped. Everybody says it happens faster with the second kid but, holy crap!
- Oh, please raise your hand and tell me that you gave your kid the MMR vaccine and EVERYTHING IS OKAY. I don't know what it is about the vaccine that gives me heebes, but it does. (Yes, I know that it doesn't contain mercury, I have done my homework and other peoples too.)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
In my previous post I mentioned "pregnancy migraine medicine." Yep, I am pregnant with #2. I have been putting off this announcement to the blogging world because:
1. It is baby #2 and well, eh.
2. This 1st trimester has been harder on me than Man Cub's was and I try not to be TOO whiny.
3. A couple of my favorite bloggers have been trying to get pregnant, and being pregnant myself and trumpeting it on the internet makes me feel a little bit like an ass. I know, I know.
4. It wasn't "facebook official" until last week.
My chiropractor calls pregnancy a "symbiotic parasitical relationship" because, well it is. So this baby right now is not being called the peanut, the little bean, Cletus the Fetus, etc. It is the Little Parasite.
The Little Parasite is almost 13 weeks, and I am very much looking forward to the 2nd trimester.
This is a rant. Quite possibly a pregnancy migraine medicine induced rant, but a rant none the less. So, if you are not looking for a rant today I suggest you move it along.
Everybody has a right to their opinion. Opinions are, in my mind, much different than what I have seen around the parenting/mommy blogger internet lately. Taking a parenting situation, assessing it for your own beliefs, moral compass, what has worked for you in the past and then adding in what your goal is and then applying a parenting philosophy is how I think most parents operate (or should operate). This process helps you form an opinion of what works in YOUR life, helps you to make YOUR own choices. I think from there you can give other people advise based on that experience or express your opinion in way that shows that you are mindful about the topic, you can help other parents find a path. We all need help navigating this minefield called parenting.
Here is where I have a problem. When we, as emotional female creatures, take a situation or someone else's choices and add in our fear, uncertainty or own feelings of inadequacy to a parenting situation and then use that feeling start attacking other women. Or worse, when we feel attacked by other parents choices. This post here that elicited a response of working moms to feel attacked by a stay-at-home mom makes me nuts. That post has no attack in it what so ever. It is about one mom's choice.
We as parents make choices everyday. SAHM vs. Work, Vaccinate vs. Not Vaccinate, Circumcise vs. Not Circumcise, Attachment Parent vs. ?????, Co-sleep vs. Independent Sleep. I could seriously go on forever. How does my choice in any way invalidate your choice? Did you make that choice based on the goal to raise responsible, respectful, contributing members of society? Perfect. Me too. There are many different ways to reach the same goal and I will respect your path if you respect mine.
Many women have this one mommy emotion that they let run their lives...GUILT. They let guilt make their parenting decisions. "Oh, well I fell guilty for working so much so I let my kid have everything he/she wants, whines for, etc." Seriously? They then read a blog post about a mom and her choice to stay-home with her kids and they feel attacked. If you feel so guilty about making the CHOICE to work that when a SAHM mom talks about her life you feel attacked you have a serious amount of reassessing to do in your own life. Oh, and don't say that working is not a choice for you, because it is.
We as parents and moms need to start owning our decisions. You choose a certain lifestyle, you choose to live where you live, you choose to support your husband who is in school. Did you get the point? You choose!
So, stop. Just stop attacking other parents. Most importantly stop feeling attacked by your own choices and taking that out on other parents.
That is all.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Sprite's Keeper (the first blog I ever read-she was the gateway drug) hosts the Spin Cycle every Friday. Go see her for more great products, services and fun.
Spin Cycle: "...And I can't live without it!"
The thing I can't live without? Our wonderful, wonderful cleaning service. The time and frustration that $98 dollars every two weeks saves us is worth every single penny. It takes our wonderful team 2-3 hours to do all of the heavy cleaning that would take us an entire weekend.
I am a very detail oriented person. I could spend an entire afternoon cleaning our master bathroom. In fact, I have. Including scrubbing the grout on ALL the tile with a toothbrush just to have the dog come in with his muddy feet the next morning. Yep, there were tears. Don't get me stared on the how long it takes me to vacuum the couches. Yes, the couches need vacuumed, golden retriever hair is pervasive in our house. Especially on anything Tonka can rub himself on.
The cleaning service has improved my marriage. We both work, we both clean. Except well I can be bossy and want things done a certain way. There were fights over sinks and toilets and kitchens. No way was I doing all of it by myself though, I am stubborn like that.
Oh, the joy to leave the house for work every other Monday and come home to a clean house. It's like magic...that we pay for...but still magic.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Let's do this thing. Go see Kat for more fun.
I fail to see how track suits, shiny adidas "kicks," and terry cloth onesies (in the summer, I kid you not) is appropriate office attire. I know this is Colorado, but seriously?
Oh, and put some shoes on to go to the bathroom. I am no germaphobe, but gross.just gross.
Dress for the job you want people,
Co-Tenent in the slacks, heels and sweater set
Dear Doctor's Nurse Line,
Thanks for being LESS helpful than the googles. Yes, Zyrtec IS a non-drowsy option for the battle of the hives. Thanks for tell me 8 times that you *think* it might be non-drowsy.
I could do your job in my sleep,
Patient who wasted her time calling you
Dear Man Cub,
You are pure adorable boyness. When you pick up an item and put it to your ear like a phone and say "Hello Mama" you make my day.
That recipe I made in the crockpot on Tuesday was freakin' delish. Make it, you won't be sorry.
You are Welcome,
Please come quicker, as my only day off during the "the season that shall not be mentioned" you are the light at the end of a VERY long week.
Move it along,
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Ah, the great weekly brain dump. I should sleep well tonight.
Head on over to Keely's House of Zombies for more organized random.
- Now that I used the button for the first time I am actually looking at it in detail, is that a windmill? Random.
- Why is that those people who grate on you can't sneeze without you rolling your eyes. "Idiot! Can't you just suck up that sneeze? Jeez."
- I have hives people. No idea why I randomly breakout in hives. This time I have them on my ear lobes. I have taken one Benadryl and am about to fall asleep at my desk.
- Thanks to Kat for being my first commenter and follower. You are sweet.
- The BP&N household is living on the edge today. The crockpot is on at home cooking this recipe without somebody to babysit it or the "crockpot cam" that Nick likes to setup to make sure the house doesn't burn down. As the son of a insurance salesman this is a BIG deal. Ride fast, take chances? Um. No.
- Man Cub has switched from saying/signing "thank you" to saying "welcome," I will take all the polite I can get.