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January 2007

Picture Perfect Thursday - Eyes Wide Shut

My 11 year old - the middle girl child - needed a photograph of herself for a school project and I was prepared (for once) to offer up some pretty good examples of my futzing around (yes, it's a word!) and organizing some of our family pictures. She should consider herself lucky, really - in between searching for a new dryer (and now washer, dammit!) preparing for a couple of new projects, meeting a good buddy for lunch and then catching up with tons of laundry, probably - heaven knows how I hate having to ignore the rest of the... Read more →

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It’s not our fault, they pulled a mind scramble on us - they opened their eyes and talked.

Most parents know that boys and girls are different - they look different, they behave differently and often times dance to the beat of a different drum. Yep, little boys...they pretty much scared me, too! Even so, we wanted it to be sort of...you know...a surprise - afterall, this was our third (but not last) pregnancy - and I was perfectly happy with the idea of having another girl baby...or, scary little boy babies...whatever. Until. At about 2:00 p.m. (eight years ago, today) my husband adjusted the vcr, set out the movies he’d chosen the night before, reached for the... Read more →

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On how I provide my children a smoke-free environment, even when my bra is on fire!

Some of my earliest memories of my father are of him tying our baby buggies together (a poor man's Peg Perego and prehistoric Bugaboo of the Gap Generation, of sorts) and walking my brother and me down by the boats on the bay in Perth Amboy, NJ. Though the scene sounds classic enough - not to mention very Jersey and in need of a rif from Bon Jovi - being born and raised in Eastern Europe, my father was actually very unconventional, at the time. He would tell everyone - anyone, really - how he enjoyed giving my mother a... Read more →

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Picture Perfect Thursday - Mommy’s Little American Idol

My kids love American Idol, but - as I was just explaining to my friend Kate during our telephone converation, yesterday - getting through the auditions, for me, is sort of like...well...watching a horror movie. [covering ears and with one eye shut] As another friend of mine - What? I do have more than one, you know! - blogs for the TV Squad and pretty much confirms in her editorial: "By now, most of us have already heard that the Seattle contestants were the worst ever in Idol history." Living with three future female rock stars of America and -... Read more →

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When life hands you an unfinished scrapbook…don’t get all punchy…pretend you remember and make crop circles, instead!

. A heap of unsad greetings - from This Full House of cranky mommies and fretting daddies - seriously, my dining room table is covered (from one sticky end, to another) with anniversary, birthday, congratulations, get well, invitation and thinking of you-type cards my family has received over the last two...DECADES!...and my husband does not understand: "Why you insist on saving...everything!?!" [blank stare] "Because I plan on making the kids scrapbooks, some day, and...like...these DO belong to them...mostly...but, I need to finish their baby books...um...first...so, you see...I CAN'T...you know...just, throw them away...because, well...that would be bad...right!?!" [sound of crickets] OKAY... Read more →

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My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am - stupid dog!

[Edited to add:Â Thank you for all your comments during delurking week - 28 total and no, Karyn and Zero Boss...man, it's NEVER to late, to delurk! - I'm making a donation to Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the name of prettiful Mommy and Daddy Bloggers, like you!) Seriously - take a closer look at that big, wide doggy grin - no words are necessary. That is one seriously happy dog, my friend. Unlike the rest of them - you know...GULP!...peeh-pull, I mean - besides the cats, he is perhaps the most easiest...um...dog to please! [front door opens] "Oh-boy-oh-boy-oh-boy...you're... Read more →

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Hump Day Diddy Dumbs - Delurking is Delovely

Here it is, Wednesday already - Happy Hump Day, everyone! - and I nearly missed out on Delurking Week, again? [rolls up sleeves] Nope. [blows bangs out of eyes] Not this time, my friend! Many of you made resolutions last week to lose weight, or quit smoking, or stop beating your children (oops, maybe that was just me), and I just read a Psychology Today article which notes a direct correlation between weight loss, and commenting on your favorite blogs, so leave a comment because it will make you skinny. Not that you're fat, because you're not!! So tell me... Read more →

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