Monthly Archives: November 2011

Maybe I Am Doing Something Right

I’ve mentioned in passing before how parenting young children brings out a fair amount of insecurity for me. I know I’m not alone here — I follow plenty of “Mommy” bloggers who are much better at explaining the challenges and … Continue reading

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An Nontraditional Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s a funny holiday. Overshadowed so much by Christmas, it must feel like the younger sibling of an overachieving big brother. I have a varied history with Thanksgiving. As a child, my memories of Thanksgiving generally include too … Continue reading

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Surviving a Cranky Day

Today was a cranky day. Everyone in my family was, in a word, cranky. Two cranky kids with two cranky parents sets the tone for… a lot of crankiness. Since I’m in the midst of working on a month of … Continue reading

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Good Friends Give Great Advice

I have a good friend who has developed a profitable business by selling her own fiction novels via electronic publishing outlets. I know how much hard work she’s put into this venture, and I know her success has been hard-earned. I’m … Continue reading

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The 30-Day No Eating Out Trial, Part 2

So, we successfully (more or less) completed our 30-day No Eating Out trial today. The results? We extending it for another month. Can you believe it? No one was more surprised than we were. But the numbers don’t lie. The … Continue reading

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I’m the Only Parent in the World Who Doesn’t Want Her Child to Read

Okay, that’s not exactly true. That’s just what I told my sister. I’ll let you in on the inside joke, and you can laugh with us in a few minutes. My daughter was born in October, my favorite month as … Continue reading

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A Month of Thankfulness

I’ve watched over the past few years as my Facebook friends did a month of posts about thankfulness/gratitude for November, the month of Thanksgiving. For the most part, I found these charming. I decided I should participate this year. No particular reason, except … Continue reading

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Pretty Shiny Things

I like jewelry. This fact about me is ironic because I don’t wear that much jewelry. But I like it — I like looking at it and I like the way it looks. About a year ago, I took a … Continue reading

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The 30-Day No Eating Out Trial

My family is in the midst of a month-long hiatus on eating out. The idea for this adventure sprang from some budget-busting car repairs combined with an acknowledgement that we’re getting a little lazy about our food choices. We have … Continue reading

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Pumpkins Do Not Grow in Cans

I made pumpkin soup. From a real pumpkin. Because pumpkins do not actually grow in cans. The idea was not mine. I grew up in the 70s/80s — the era of the microwave meal. My mother was not a good … Continue reading

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