Archive for the 'Extra Curricular' Category

Lean In, Opt Out, Whatever. . .Can We PLEASE Just STOP Talking About It ALREADY

Warning:  What follows is an oversimplified, poorly edited “current events” rant. . .It’s not typically what I do here, but I couldn’t control myself. . . Unless your are somehow living completely cutoff from society, chances are you’ve heard about “Lean In” v “Opt Out.” A LOT. Does it bother you? It’s starting to make me batshit crazy. It’s stupid.
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Sh*^%t My Dad Did: Parenting “Genius” Volume 1

Long-time readers might be aware I lost my Father a few years ago.  He and I were very close.   He was quite a character and I could write volumes about him. . .but I haven’t.  And since his Grandchildren will never know him, I thought it might be a good idea to get down some of the “highlights” before
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What I Do When I’m Not Here #2

  It’s kinda’ lame to start off with a bunch of pictures but we’ve had a busy weekend and I’m rushing to get some things caught up so here’s another installment of “What I Do When I’m Not Here. . .” 1.  The Boy’s Room – FINALLY!  Some serious progress.  We aren’t done but with the shelves installed, things are
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What I Do When I’m Not Here. . .#1

I came across a few photos in my phone and I wanted to share them but I wasn’t sure I could effectively incorporate them into my typical posts so I’m thinking about starting a new weekly feature called “What I Do When I’m Not Here.” It’s certainly not a new idea. . .other bloggers do it. It’s probably going to
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I’m So Distracted I Forgot To Title This One

It’s Wednesday already?! I have a very long list today.  Headed out of town for a night this weekend and Sunday my Mom arrives to help me wrap up some very long unfinished projects in the basement.  (Like unfinished since BEFORE Mac was born. . That LONG!  YEAH!) So while I’m simultaneously attempting to clean, do laundry, and prep the
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SAHM ISO Adult for Non-Committal Relationship For The Express Purpose of Exchanging Pleasantries

I’m sort of a loner. I don’t really need a lot of human interaction.  I just don’t. Never have. BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t want ANY non-spousal adult interaction. Ok. . .most days I’m perfectly happy without any adult interaction. . . Yet, I will admit a few minutes of small talk with an acquaintance is nice periodically.  Just
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Technically, It Was Abandoned Property. The Police Said So.

Wednesday after my highly unproductive prenatal appointment, Mac and I hit the Park for our evening walk a little earlier than usual.  Chris went running and met us at the far side of the Park for the walk home. On our way into the Park, Mac and I passed a tricycle.  A small, OLD, purple tricycle.  It was sitting unattended
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A Sweet Little Easter Story About Barf

You know what I remember about nearly EVERY holiday from my own youth?  VOMIT (or the absence thereof).   My sisters and I were lucky enough to know all of our Grandparents AND three of four great-grandparents. . .which meant every holiday was hectic. My Mother’s parents lived across the street from us along with our Maternal great-grandmother, who lived
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Possibly the Grossest Thing I’ve Ever Witnessed. . .Twice.

This isn’t about my kid or what we did yesterday.  It’s a story from when I was younger. . .but I’m hoping you’ll read it anyway.  I promise it’s gross-funny. In December of 1992, I reached the magical age of 15.5 years, this was the age kids in my area could get a part-time job.  Despite my field hockey practices,
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Just Another Walk in the Park (Reluctant Mother Style)

We all know I adore Patterson Park.  I like to think of it as my gigantic backyard.  A backyard I never have to mow, weed, or otherwise maintain.  The playground is nice.  The birding is very respectable, especially for an urban environment.  During workday hours, the place feels nearly empty. . .but over the last 21 months of nearly daily
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