Monthly Archives: June 2011

Reaping the Benefits

I love the idea of gardening. My dad is a champion gardener, and I have decades-worth of weeding memories, eating the warm-tomato memories, corn-shucking-on-the-run memories, overwhelming zucchini harvest memories, and random other garden memories, including the time that snake slithered right over that foot. (It wasn’t my foot. But I remember the skin-crawl as though […]

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Reading for Privileges

Because I’m the Mean Mom, the Kids have to earn their plug-in time (computer, wii, tv/movies) by reading. Minute for minute. I wondered how Kid 4 would handle this. (He occasionally grumbled when I upped his after-school reading from 20 required minutes to 30.) But guess what. Go ahead. Guess. He’s eating it up. This […]

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Shall we discuss what I’ve been eating?

Oh, yes. Let’s. It was Father’s Day this weekend, remember? Mmmm. I remember. We ate. Lots. We had Caramel Apple French Toast for breakfast, which is every bit as sinful as it sounds. If you threw on a scoop of ice cream, it would be dessert. Then, after church, we hurried right up and had […]

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Remember that?

Remember when “rebates” used to come in the form of a check, that you could deposit or (better in every way) cash, and use just like… money? And that they’d come addressed to you, so you could be the one to use the… money? I miss those days. Fie, debit/credit cards in the name of […]

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Joy in the Journey

I read Ann Cannon’s lovely blog post this morning, and I wanted to clap. And cheer. And say “Amen.” But since everyone around here is still sleeping (except Kid 4, who is [coincidentally] reading a book by the same brilliant Ms. Cannon) I refrain from noise. I will just link to her post about enjoying […]

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All the Stuff (today)

* Update: Many thousands of new words. No new terrors transferred to the Boy. (*sigh of relief*) * Summer is upon us. At least, school is out. The weather is acting exactly like Spring, which pleases me as long as I see the sun shining now and then. Which I do. So, I’m pleased. * […]

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Conflict (and how I hate it)

I know it’s important. No story can move without it. And I’m learning how to write it. I am. But the thing is, it gets tricky sometimes. Like this time. When the horrible consequence I wrote for my character to experience shows up in the nightmares of my baby. I did NOT read my words […]

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REVIEW! CONCERT EDITION!

Okay, don’t go falling off your chair in surprise. I didn’t really go to a concert. Not lately, anyway. I watched one. This one. I know. It doesn’t make me any cooler. But it is so, so good, and I want to tell you everything in the world that I thought of it. Ready? Go. […]

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