Earlier this month, Christine talked about the usefulness of picking a theme for the year. Later, Jen touched on the subject in her recent post. This sounds like a good and worthy thing to accomplish. I think it would help me with setting goals, and staying on track with what I want to accomplish. What … Continue reading How Do I Pick a Theme?
I know better than to set a New Year's Resolution. Why set myself up for failure? Instead, I like to set small goals. Ultimately, they lead to a larger goal. For example: I need to lose about 75 pounds to get from "obese" to "healthy weight." That would be the high end of healthy weight … Continue reading Clean and Lean for 2013
Yes, I went there. I used a Barry Manilow song title for this blog post. Due to recent events in the news, which I think most of us are aware, I am having a difficult time finding a way to write about "Joy" again this month. (Notice that I'm posting this much later in the … Continue reading Tryin’ to Get That Feelin’ Again
Last night, my husband and I took our 11-year-old daughter, Ceana to listen to the local high school jazz concert band. Ceana plays clarinet in her middle school cadet band, and any student from her band that went to the performance last night will get extra credit for band class. Also, they got in free … Continue reading Joyful Music
I am sitting here in our hotel room on November 22, the eve of my 16th wedding anniversary. My husband and I and our eleven-and-three-quarters-old daughter left Monday and drove from our home in Southern California to Portland, Oregon where our twenty-one-year-old daughter moved to in July. We arrived late Tuesday evening. On the first … Continue reading Appreciating Family and Beauty
When Christine announced that the theme for this month would be “Gratitude,” I thought, “Well, crap, now I have to come up with TWO posts on this.” I have a difficult time with the “feeling” of gratitude. Intellectually, I know when I ought to feel it and express it, so I do, but I don’t … Continue reading THANK You!
When my son, Nick was three-years-old, I got him a Spiderman coloring book. I was amazed to find that not only did he carefully color in the lines, but he was very concerned with getting the colors “right.” He wanted to make sure he used just the right shade of gray for the buildings, the … Continue reading Emotional Intensity: Two Sides of the Same Coin
I have found the secret to dealing with the emotional intensities of my children, while attempting to deal with my own emotional intensities. Remain calm. There it is, folks! Problem solved. You are welcome! Stop laughing. Stop throwing things too! Okay, I admit, this was probably not a big secret to you. I also admit, … Continue reading Keep Calm and…
My daughter has been loving Middle School. Her father and I love going to Back-to-school night and hearing how much her teachers enjoy having her in their class. She especially loves her Pre-Algebra/Science teacher. Having Mrs. Jones as her teacher had been building up in her since the open house in Spring where incoming 6th … Continue reading Surviving Sudden Changes
In preparation for this post, I asked my newly minted 6th grade daughter if she had any tips for surviving Middle School. She said, “Watch Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.” I gave her the facial equivalent of “dash, underline, dash,” or: -_- and then said, “I can’t just tell people to go watch a kids’ … Continue reading Surviving Middle School…So Far…