Thursday, February 28, 2013


The topic for this week is:
Are you afraid of success? Why or why not? Are you afraid of failure? Why or why not?
I would like to start and really finish with my over-riding belief that if you aren't falling you aren't learning.  It was summed up by my yoga teacher very nicely, as we were in tree pose, falling all over the place.  If a person falls out of tree pose in the forest and no one is there to hear it....  but I digress.  As we were falling, she said, "It doesn't matter that you fall 7 times, only that you get up 8 times."

We packed up our entire family, sold our beautiful house, bought a less beautiful house for a crap ton more money, and plunked ourselves down in a new place.  A place where we knew no one.  A place that quite honestly after living here for 4 years, I don't like.  We did this, because my husband wanted to run his own business.  We were given the opportunity for him to try that out without us having to buy a business.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.

It wasn't.

We failed.

It didn't end well....    or did it?

It hasn't really ended, because we are all organic creations of our successes and failures.  We got back up.  We repositioned ourselves.  Things worked out ok.  You could look at where we are with one lense and say it continues to be a failure.  I choose not to do that.  We got back up.

My Dad, was a great guy.  When we would ski and I would be proud of making it down without falling, he would calmly look at me and tell me next time we would do a harder run.  When I run, I try and run faster and better.  I am always trying to do it better.  Every day is a new day, a new chance to do it better than yesterday.  If I fall.... I get back up.

Wanna see if the other ladies are falling?  (will they make a sound if no one is there to hear them?)  Find out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl

Friday, February 22, 2013

My Purse

Topic for this week is to share what is in your purse.  A woman's purse is like a secret place.  I remember as a kid, my mom's purse contained everything you could ever want or need.  It was not huge, but still she always had the answer in her purse.  We were never allowed to look in it, because it is rude and intrusive to go into a ladies purse.  In fact, to this day I feel strange looking for something in her purse, even when I am being directed to do so.  My husband would never, ever go in my purse for something.  It is a confidential satchel of stuff.

With that said, I am going to spill out the contents on my purse.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I got the idea for this topic as I cleaned my purse out a few weeks ago, so things aren't that bad.

The main pocket has the usual stuff, my wallet, the kids wallets, sunglasses, gift cards, store loyalty cards, etc.

The side pocket has our family mascot, Captain.  He is a sheep finger puppet.  He occasionally comes out when the kids are being really bad.  He is a harsh disciplinarian.  He is also super funny and can keep them entertained.  Captain has crayons that he shares as needed.  The other side pocket has emergency paper, to go with the crayons.

Finally, the pile of receipts I pulled out of my purse!

My purse is no longer the receptacle of kid stuff.  I no longer carry snacks or juice boxes.  Generally, all I have is my stuff.  Check out what the other ladies are toting around at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Candy... Oink

This week's very delayed topic is about Candy.  Yes, it was supposed to be posted last week.  I was so sick that getting out of bed was not really an option.  Then I had to catch up all the things I didn't do for 2 days, while I lazed around in bed.  So, this blog is on the list of things to catch up on, and here I am catching up.

Enough preamble, I want Candy!

Candy happens to be a pig.  This pig:

Candy likes to roll in the mud and eat oats.  She hates it when people tell her she is fat.  She is very loyal and is looking for her forever home... which she hopes has lots of snuggles.  Don't worry, she won't make too big a mess at your house.

Candy is up for auction.  If you should want to own Candy, all the proceeds from her purchase goes to the Community School of the Arts.  It is a really cool school that has amazing art and music lessons for children starting at 3 years old.  They aren't horribly expensive, but if you don't have a lot of disposable income or have a couple of kids taking classes the costs can add up.  The money goes to scholarships.

Unlike scholarships given to players on Sam's soccer team, the recipients are expected to attend a certain number of classes or they loose their scholarship.  I like that.  I find that if people don't pay for something, if it is free, they tend to value it less and don't show up.

If you want to bid on Candy, follow this link:

The other ladies are talking about Candy too, but I think it might be candy... in any event, check them out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Dedicated to...

This week's topic is song dedications.  There are a lot of songs that are meaningful to me and my family, but we are going to keep it current!

So, to my daughter, I dedicate Hey Soul Sister.  When ever it came on the radio she had to listen to it, because in her words, she is the soul sister. 

To my oldest son, Swedish House Mafia's Don't You Worry Child, because Tiago in Seattle has a plan for you.  It is a long and convoluted inside joke.  But, it is currently the song.


To my middle child, Imagine Dragons On Top of the World, he listens to it to pump up before a big soccer game.  We sing it a lot around the house.

To Froggie, Hot Chelle Ray Tonight Tonight.  Because well, it has been seven days of torture, seven days of bitter....

Finally, just cuz I think it is awesome that the song mentions Yom Kippur, I leave you with Train 50 Ways to Say you Died.  The video is awesome.

Want to see what the other ladies are listening too? Check them out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Loyal? Maybe

Brand loyalty is the topic this week. 
This week about a brand loyalty. Is it a good thing? Bad thing? Is there a brand(s) that it would take a vast shift in the universe to get you to stop using?

I have none.  I am not loyal to anything.  There, done with the post... see ya!  Just kidding!  I am loyal to one thing, but I am equally disloyal to anything else.

I am totally loyal to my hair color.  I have been using the same brand and the same color for years.  One time they discontinued my color and it was horrible.  It took me about 6 months to figure out what color I liked.  When I did, I haven't looked back.  I buy it in bulk with coupons. 

Oh, you didn't know I color my hair?  I do, I have been prematurely grey since I was 25 years old.  I started going grey at 16, and was 75% grey at 25.  I am still about 75% grey.  There have been times when I didn't color my hair.  Like when I was pregnant.  I was 8 months pregnant with Hannah, had Mac and Sam in the cart and some asshat salesman said, isn't it nice that you are out with your grandchildren.  At that moment I decided Hannah was far enough along and I was coloring my hair.  I bought a box of dye on the way home. 

I started to color my hair when I was in my early 20's.  I ran into a friend from college at a train station in Boston.  First words out of her mouth where, OH MY GOSH you are grey.  Really?  This was a very shocking chance meeting and all she can comment on is my hair?  I decided that must be really noticeable and colored it for the first time in the hotel room.

I am very disloyal to Honda products.  We will never buy another Honda vehicle again.  I have owned 3 Hondas, and only 1 was any good.  Bob's Accord and my Odyssey were crap.  Massive pieces of unreliable junk.  I know some folks have had good luck with their Hondas, us, not so much.  I will never buy another one.  You could not make me.  There would have to be a massive shift in quality for me to ever consider a Honda again.

Want to see what the other ladies are loyal too?  Check them out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl