What do I want to do when my kids grow up?

While I have a few more years to think about it, I am already finding myself anxious about what career path I should take after my kids are all in school—if any at all. I wrote a little about that over at Portland Moms Blog, and since it posted I’ve gotten quite a few messages from other moms who’ve felt the same pressure. Maybe you can relate? Read more at Portland Moms Blog.

Regarding Blogs and Those Who Write Them

The Internet is a strange thing. Nonhuman yet capable of evolving and maturing, it’s a much different Internet than it was 20, 10, or even five years ago. A digital manifestation of fashion, if you will.

I began blogging around 2001 or 2002, back when the word “blog” was more slang than legit. I had an “online diary” at Diaryland, which is surprisingly still in operation but apparently unchanged since I was a memeber so many years ago. It was as simple as possible: put the words into the box, add a title, and hit “post”. There were no such things as SEO or featured images or RSS feeds, let alone the maintenance of a myriad of social media accounts to promote the blog.

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Doing the Things That Need To Get Done, and the Weekly Menu

I ran across this comic on Reddit today and it is pretty much how I feel right now.

Comic by Bluechair
Comic by Bluechair

My least favorite chore is washing dishes. I hate it because I can wash all the dishes, but unless I’m home alone (which rarely happens), there will inevitably be a dirty dish on the counter in the next 30 minutes. I can spend an hour cleaning the kitchen and no more than 6 hours later it is a huge mess again. The only solution is to be constantly washing dishes and wiping things down as if I were some kind of dish washing robot.

I think it’s actually driving me insane. I don’t want to be a dish-washing robot. I want to be a person.

But this is my “job”, as it were. Keep the house, because someone’s got to. There really isn’t a way out of doing your chores, no matter if you are 10 years old or 35.

So in the end, I do the very tasks I despise as a way of keeping my mind off the fact that I hate doing them so much. Somehow, it usually works. But other times it makes me feel even crazier.

Can I get an AMEN?

Here’s what we’re having for dinner this week:

Monday: Coq au Riesling and Broccoli Salad with Bacon and French Bread
Tuesday: Roast Beef Sandwiches with leftover Broccoli Salad
Wednesday: Deer Steaks, Roasted Squash, Salad
Thursday: Spicy Chicken Soup
Friday: Baked Salmon, Caesar Salad, Parmesan Pasta
Saturday: Shakshuka

For the Maturing Mom: My PMB Guest Post (& Weekly Menu)

Today Portland Moms Blog posted a piece I wrote about becoming a mom of older kids.

There isn’t a word in the English language that accurately describes changing from being a mom of young children to being a mom of older children. A mom who’s done making more kids and is now concentrating on growing up the ones she’s got.
While the English language isn’t going to honor us moms of not-babies-anymore, I will.

maturing mom older kids

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Our Family Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions are great, aren’t they? Every year I look forward to singing familiar Christmas carols, decorating the tree, and watching the magic in my kids’ eyes as they wonder how Santa got all those presents in the house! My family observes the usual Christmas traditions, and a few other things that make our Christmastime special to us.

eggnog biscotti recipe
Click over here to get an awesome Eggnog Biscotti recipe!

One tradition that both of our mothers did every year, as I do now, is bake Christmas cookies. While of course you can bake cookies any time of the year, there’s something special about doing it in December. Here’s a guest post I wrote on Portland Mom’s Blog about my Christmas Cookie repertoire. Christmas cookies are perfect for sharing with friends, teachers, co-workers, neighbors, or anyone else who is willing and able to eat delectable baked goods.

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