Bumper to Bumper

traffic-jam-1231529My daughter’s school is about a 15 minute drive from the house. It’s too far for her to walk so I drive her there and back most days.

As of today, they have closed off the bridge in town for construction updates that I usually cross to get her to school. Tonight’s detour around it was a HUGE mess.

Good times.

As I sat in traffic (and waited and waited and WAITED) this evening, I listened to the local news station which informed that there is going to be a storm tomorrow that will probably close my town’s schools.

Now, I’m not a big fan of snow and freezing rain but tonight I’m thinking a day off of school for her is one less day that I’ll have to sit in detour traffic.

The bridge is supposed to reopen in December.

I can’t keep her home for THAT long.

I wonder how many audio books I can listen to each week while sitting in traffic?

I think I might be about to find out.



17 things for 2017

2017I’m supposed to make a list, as quickly as I can, of the 17 things I want to accomplish in 2017. The idea is to be spontaneous, write down the first thing that comes to mind and see what I come up with.

So, I give you, with no regard to order or sense –

Tired Mama’s List of 17 Things to do in 2017

  1. Figure out how to make a better blog header.
  2. Meet my writing goals.
  3. Stop doing shit I hate. (Surely someone else can do the laundry around here.)
  4. Do something FUN everyday. (Who’s with me?)
  5. Be brave. (No idea what this means, it just came up. So, there it is.)
  6. Purge all the stuff in the attic. (Bye-bye, old stuff.)
  7. Find the perfect brownie recipe.
  8. Throw out the basket of unmatched socks beside the dryer.
  9. Eat more vegetables.
  10. Figure out how to cook vegetables so they taste good.
  11. Eat more cookies.
  12. Sit and have tea with my daughters.
  13. Go for a walk with my son.
  14. Get rid of this cold that I’ve had since December.
  15. Sleep more.
  16. Sleep better.
  17. Just, sleep. (Yep, definitely a theme going on for the last three.)

What are you trying to accomplish this year?


Letting our girls go…

moana-with-mother.jpgMy daughters and I went to see the movie, Moana yesterday.

I liked the movie as it stars a strong young female protagonist who saves her family and village from destruction.

As a mother of two daughters, I have to appreciate a girl who has the strength and gumption to do that.

But, not only was the character Moana impressive, so was her mother, Sina.

Yep, finally in a Disney princess story, the mother wasn’t killed off in the first few scenes. And, Sina not only lived but she also seemed to be influential in her daughter’s growth. It was a nice change for a Disney princess film.

Even more interesting however was that in the movie, when Sina came upon her daughter packing up her stuff to go out and save the village, Sina helped her kid pack up her stuff.

Yep, the father in the movie kept telling Moana to stay home where it was safe. Her mama however, when she found her daughter preparing to sneak out, threw some fruit in a bag, hugged her only child goodbye and sent the kid out into the world alone to slay some pretty nasty monsters.

There was no helicopter parenting going on here, I tell ya.

And, as a mother who is about to send her second daughter out into the world to slay uh, whatever it is out there, I can tell you it’s not easy for a Mom to just throw a bunch of fruit in a bag and shove her kid out the door to face life’s monsters alone.

So, well done, Sina and well done, Disney.

Now, I only hope I can do as well when it’s my turn to let my youngest daughter leave home too.

I wonder what kind of fruit I should send with her.

She hates bananas…




It’s beginning to look a lot like…

christmas-wrapDo you know what you get when you take an already busy life and then you go and throw the realization that Christmas is only two weeks away on top of it?

You get a tired, grumpy mama.

Yep, that’s what you get.

Merry holiday preparation time, everyone.

I wish you peace, short line ups at the cash desks, parking spaces near the mall entrance doors, scissors that are easy to find, wrapping paper that doesn’t buckle when you fold it and sleep.

Lots and LOTS of hours of sleep.

Good luck.


I’m dreaming of sugary treats…


Turtle chocolates.

Birthday cake.

Sugar cookies.

Yep, I know it’s December because my house is full of sugar treats again.

And after only TWO days of eating small amounts of them, I have an upset stomach and a headache.

I need to eliminate more refined sugar from my diet. I know I won’t get rid of it all, but I’ve just read that the AHA recommends that women limit themselves to about 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, or about 100 calories.

So, I  just went and made myself a smoothie of banana, blueberries, strawberries, almond milk and chia seeds. The Christmas baking is still sitting untouched in the kitchen today.

Yay me!

But, I really love, love, LOVE Christmas baking so I KNOW I’ll be consuming more then the recommended 6 teaspoons a day of sugar over the next month.

Eating healthy around the holidays?

That’s REALLY hard for me.

But I’ll try and most days honestly, I’ll probably fail.

Welcome to my December.

The good news however is January is looking more promising…

Happy Sugar-Free New Year?

Honestly, I doubt it – but a girl can always dream.