Hi all - As you've no-doubt noticed, my unplugged week was extended. My reasons are simple: A complete directional change for the blog. I "think" I've finally figured out exactly what I want to write about, etc. So, it'll take me a while to get the blog redesigned, repurposed etc. I am hoping to roll-out … Continue reading Replay: Stress and the gifted adult by Jen Merrill
I've decided I'm not so much a procrastinator as someone with entirely too much on her plate. Every day I work my way through the day's tasks, and every day at least one thing gets shoved off to the next day. I put off working on things that need the most concentration until such a … Continue reading Procrastination
This month marks a significant milestone in my parenting life. It ranks right up there in the top five, where things like potty training and out of a carseat live. And it has caught me by surprise. For the first time in...carry the one...nine years, I'm not dying for my sons to go back to school. Ever … Continue reading Back to school already?
I've realized something since moving back to the Chicago area from Colorado two years ago. I love summer. I mean, I really love summer. It's not like we didn't get summer in Denver, for we certainly did (and my poor friends are suffering through a brutal heat wave right now), but it was different. It wasn't … Continue reading Summer for my soul
Summer break has arrived at the House of Chaos, though you wouldn't know it by the weather. Chicago is having an extended spring. A very wet, cold, miserable, going straight from winter to blazing summer kind of spring. It has been less than pleasant. Last week I wore jeans, a long sleeved T-shirt, a sweater … Continue reading Not the summers of my youth
Over the last decade or so of raising dear god what is that smell boys, one thing I've heard over and over is that boys are hard when they're young and get easier as they get older. I've also been told girls are the opposite. I'm holding the world to that semi-promise, as I think … Continue reading There are times when I am grateful I have sons. This is one of those times.
I've been struggling over this month's theme for several weeks now. It's been rough. How rough, you may ask? This is the first time I've ever been late getting a post up here, and I considered just not doing it at all and running away. Every time I started to think about resilience it was … Continue reading Ay yi yi resilience
You have a lot of time to think when a dentist is drilling your tooth for your very first crown. Thinking is about all you can do. Talking is surely impossible, as every dental implement known to man is crowded into your maw in an exciting game of "Will This Fit Too?" Listening to music is nearly … Continue reading Sometimes I sit and think
Put on your oxygen mask first. You can't pour from an empty cup. Make time for yourself; if you don't, who will? We've all heard these, we all know they're valid and important, and we know we should abide by the simple rule of self-care. Then why is it so hard? I am the parent … Continue reading Be still my soul
It's spring break here at The House of Chaos, and I just have to laugh. But not a real laugh. A "please, for the love of all things, this winter has to end before my mind breaks" kind of laugh. Chicago has been "enjoying" a cold spring; yesterday it was finally sunny and <gasp> in … Continue reading No break for creativity