A night at the Links

Posted On March 5, 2010

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Growing up, my family consisted of my mom, my dad, my brother and me.  Sports is really what kept us all together through the years, whether it was fishing, football, baseball or golf. 

Last year, I broke my foot.  And for the first time in several years, I missed out annual golf outing.  My place was giving to one of my brother’s friends.  I guess I never really appreciated how much I enjoyed it.  Because as the day came and went, I was sad the entire day knowing that I had missed out.  My family missed me too. 

This year, my foot is healed and my clubs are polished and ready to go.  We will have our night at the links again!

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Only in our house…

The Mother Hen: [WickedStepMom] you have to decorate cookies with us.  You can’t leave that plate sitting over there with a bunch of naked cookies!

WickedStepMom: I made the cookies for your guys to decorate…

The Show: Yeah, but now, there are four plates, and we can’t have a plate of nudist cookies.  It’s just not right!  My entire holiday will be ruined because you have left the cookies naked!

The Tyrant:  Yeah, I mean, you will get our cookies arrested and they will have to spend the night in cookie jail.  I don’t want to eat jail-bird cookies!

Nudist Cookies

Nudist Cookies

The Tyrant than hurried to get the cookies dressed…

Dressed Cookies

Random Tuesday Thoughts: G’Home Gnome

Its Tuesday.  It’s not So Random. It’s time for me to get some new jokes. Go see Keely…  she is a comedic genius, and I am just a student.

* The Gnome that has moved into my sinuses has gotten very comfy in there.   He just won’t leave.  Maybe the ENT doc will find a way to get him out.  If not, I think it will turn into nuclear warfare… and that just won’t be good for society as a whole.  I mean, who wants nuclear winter over my sinuses?…  Yeah, I didn’t think that you did.  So, you’re welcome.  But if this goes on too much longer, it is on, Mr. Gnome!

* Bear e-mailed me this morning.  This is what he wrote:

[Bear’s REALLY Annoying Co-Worker]~ said I was too “chipper” this morning and suggested that “If I didn’t know better, you got lucky!”  I said luck had nothing to do with it…killing two homeless people with one shot is SKILL. 
He didn’t laugh. 

~Name changed to be more appropriate this his given name.

* Bear, like my mother, has a very defined set of taste buds.  He does not like to deviate from the normal.  (And he wonders why I can’t get The Tyrant to eat another other than tacos…)  I told him that I was going to take The Mother Hen out for some mediterranean food.

Bear: You hate peas!

WickedStepMom: Chickpeas are different!

Bear: Chickpeas are just peas that stay home and watch chick flicks with Hugh Grant in them.

WickedStepMom: They taste different…

Bear: Chickpeas are just peas that “WANT TO BE HELD!”

(Can you see why I love him?  He is seriously awesome and can always make me laugh.)

* The Mother Hen has a new boyfriend.  He is an okay guy.  The Show and The Tyrant like him, which is saying a lot.  But, I just can’t seem to let my guard down.  I think it is because I have seen boys make The Mother Hen cry.  Stupid, stinky boys…

*The Tyrant looked at me this weekend, with daggers in her eyes.  I wouldn’t let her have a new toy at the store (partly because I had already bought her stuff and partly because there has to be something under the tree).  She stomped her foot and said, “Mommy is nicer than you.”  I grinned, “She is also taller.”  She just blinked at me.

* The Show is really excited about cheerleading.  In order to make the varsity team, she needs to learn to do a back walk over.  I have no idea how to do this, so I suggested she look up how to do it on YouTube.  This was a bad, bad suggestion…

The Spin Cycle: New Boots

Posted On December 11, 2009

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It has become kind of tradition for Bear to get me new boots during the X-mas season.  I love this gift because all winter long, my feet are warm and dry.  This may not seem like a big deal but when you living in Michigan and have questionable health anything that can keep you from getting sick, is the best thing ever.

This year, in addition to my boots, he got me a balaclava.  It’s a neoprene face mask that covers my nose and mouth.  Since the cold air sends me into coughing fits, this thing totally rocks.  I get a warm face and warm breath without the bulkiness of a scarf.  It is really a win-win.

The other day, Bear expressed concern that this was not enough for me.  Some of his coworkers were commenting that woman like “romantic” gifts.  And that she could be buying me jewelry not winter gear.  This guys can take a long walk off a short pier.  I happen to be allergic to most jewelry.  (I know, go figure, right?)  Nothing says romance like hives! 

I told him that I am very happy with my gifts.  To me, keeping me healthy is better than a trinket that I can look at.  It shows me he cares because he make sure that I am safe and warm.  Maybe, I should have held out for organic ice cream?

Not quite whole

Dear Friends and Family,

This year has been filled with a lot of ups and downs.  As you know, The Mother Hen came to live with Bear and I full time.  The Show and The Tyrant still spend 5 days a week with thier mother.  Monday through Friday, it feels like we are not quite whole.  On Friday night, while we are munching on pizza, the world is right again.

All three girls have been doing well in school.  There are some things that they are great at and some things that don’t come easily to them.  But, we are proud of them because they never quite and they work hard at whatever challenges them.  In the past year, it has been The Tyrant who has grown a lot.  She has gained about 6 inches in height.  It is hard to keep her in pants that don’t look like capris.  The Show has joined side line cheerleading for the basketball season.  So far, she seems to really enjoy it.  I think it is all the years of gymnastics that are helping her to shine.  The Mother Hen is still our song bird.  She is very involved in choir and is getting ready for two upcoming concerts. 

Bear and I haven’t changed much.  We are still both working with computers.  We are both healthy and happy.  Moving in together this year has brought a lot of changes for both of us but we are adapting to it well.  The Tribe as a whole is better for it.  We are all eating healthier this year.  We have made it a point to have a lot of fresh fruits and veggies around the house.  It is amazing that we all will go for the fresh fruit before the junk food.

I hope this letter finds you healthy and happy this year!


What is bravery?

Posted On November 20, 2009

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I am sure that by now, my girls are tired of hearing me say “Bravery is not the absence of fear…  Its being scared out of your mind and doing it anyway.”  I know I have told them this at least 20 times each.  They always nod their heads but I wonder if they truly understand what I am saying.  So, in case they are wondering…

– Risking your life wouldn’t be brave, if people didn’t fear death.

– Performing on stage wouldn’t be brave, if stage fright did not exist.

– Going to a new school wouldn’t be brave, if you knew that you would have all new friends by the end of the day.

– Trying a new sport wouldn’t be brave, if you already had the skills to do it.

– Standing on a tall building or crossing a tall bridge wouldn’t be brave, if there was no chance that you could fall.

Fear is what leads to bravery.  Without it, we would never be scared to do anything.  Without fear, no one can be brave.


Posted On November 13, 2009

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Everyone around me has been sick lately.  More and more people are becoming germaphobes. They are cleaning, washing and using bleach like there is no tomorrow.  They are cleaning their hands at least twice and hour.

I realize as I look around, that people are starting to pick up on my daily habits of cleaning things and using hand sanitizer.  I realize that I have been a germaphobe for a very long time.  I also realize that I don’t mind that I am.  I use to get sick all the time and now that I am a clean freak, I don’t get sick as much.  So, the question is…  am I a germaphobe or cleanly?  And does it really matter?

It works for us

Posted On November 6, 2009

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So, the lovely Jen over at Sprite’s Keeper wants us to confess our parenting flaws,  defects and failings.  Parenting is not always joyous and happy.  There are times that you don’t want to shout, “Yay! That is my kid!”  There are even times you would like to crawl under a rock.  Those challenges and embarrassments make us go gray early and forget which child is which…

Here is my confession.   We negotiate with our girls to get them to take medicine.  We offer up treats and soda, trips to the dollar store and time watching their favorite shows.  It works for us.  There is no trauma involved and the girls take the medicine.  I am sure that a lot of people would say that we are doing something wrong and that we should make the girls take the medicine or else!  But, for us, it works.  The girls will take medicine knowing that it is not a form of punishment.  They know that even if it tastes bad, we are doing what we think is best for them.  I think too often, we as adults, forget how horrible the liquid medicines tasted.  And how when you are sick, the last thing you want to do is drink a mouthful of the grossest substance on earth.

Skills that are used once a year

Posted On October 30, 2009

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Once a year, I get to use my make up artist skills.  This year, we are going to a party the day before Halloween and then going out on Halloween, so I get to use my skills twice. 

This morning, I added antenna to a butterfly.  Tonight, I will make two people look dead, and make a half-angel/half-devil child.  I am looking forward to it.  Its been a long time since the last time I did this much theatrical make up.  Those years in theatre are finally paying off…

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