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If you’re a parent you know life can get so busy sometimes you don’t have time to take a deep breath let alone write a blog post. It’s doesn’t matter if you work full time in the workforce, or are a SAHM, your plate fills up fast. But sometimes the universe tells us we need to take a break. In my case, literally.
A year ago I fell ice skating and broke my wrist. You can read the full story here:
Believe me, nothing says “Slow down, Mom!” like surgery, titanium implants, and the inability to drive. Today I revisited my Facebook posts from a year ago and had a good chuckle at my past misery. Why the laughter? Well, it’s pretty funny to read what I wrote while drugged up on pain medication:
March 27, 2014 Good news: learned how to do spins in ice skating lessons last night. Bad news: fell and broke my wrist during free skate with my daughter. Am now in splint and counting minutes to next V. Go to ortho on Monday for cast. Got great people taking care of me and kids.
March 28, 2014 I have decided I am done with capital letters unless autocorrect helps me out.
March 28, 2014 Television has become really confusing. Couldn’t follow plot of modern family or new girl. Not sure my comprehension skills are all there at the moment.
March 30, 2014 I don’t know how this is possible, but my spelling is getting worse. either I’m having decreased blood flow to my brain, or my left hand was a lot smarter than I thought!
And the pictures:
I’ve got a YA book coming out next year, a weekly newspaper column, and a Facebook Page called The YA Gal that is a whole lot of fun. A couple of weeks ago I joined forces with fifteen other 2016 authors and founded Sixteen To Read which is tremendously exciting.
Then there’s all the “mom stuff.” I volunteer in two classrooms, lead my daughter’s Daisy troop, and am treasurer of a parent group similar to the PTA.
Most days I feel like this:
But in my heart, I want to be like this:
Please Universe, don’t teach me another lesson. I know I need to slow down! It’s just really hard to figure out how…
Ugh! It’s still too hard to blog these days–at least up to my normal standards. Luckily my hand therapy appointments are helping. I can pick up a piece of paper now. Whoo hoo!
Here are my past two “I Brake for Moms” columns from The Daily Herald chronicling the situation.
My cast comes off on Tuesday. But I have a long road of recovery ahead. As you can see from the picture my arms are now two different sizes. 😦
The unexplained true story of Princess Rip-Jaws:
Meanwhile, for those of you keeping track, this is what I look like these days:
My surgery went well and in two days I get a cast.
Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Daily Herald: If robocalls could hear, they’d get an earful from the kids. (Oh, and no, my kitchen table does not normally look that nice!)
Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Daily Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140316/BLOG5205/140319518/Greedy-piggy-bank-is-too-precious-to-butcher
Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140302/BLOG5205/140309976/Northwest-spirit-is-alive-and-well-at-Meany-Lodge
For my non-Washingtonian readers, here’s a little background.
I grew up in San Diego where it only rains 9 inches a year and never snows. Skiing was a sport rich people did, and required long drives up to Big Bear or Lake Arrowhead. Then when you got there, you’d wait in lift lines forever. So for the first 30 years of my life, I only went skiing twice.
But here in the Pacific Northwest, skiing is a lot more affordable. Used gear is readily available and lift tickets are cheaper than taking your family to a Seahawks game. Plus, the mountains are only an hour away.
Being able to take your family skiing without breaking the bank is one of the reasons why Washington state is so great. Of course, I’m a little biased! 🙂
Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Herald. We decided to register our daughter for half-day Kindergarten with an intent to Afterschool.
Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Daily Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140209/BLOG5205/140209263/Boots-are-the-first-symptom-of-this-year%26%238217s-clothing-virus
I’ve never lived in a city that has won the Super Bowl before. It’s pretty intense. Everywhere you go and everyplace you look you see Seahawks paraphernalia. About 20% of the houses in our neighborhood have blue flags with the number 12 on them. A lot of people even put up blue and green Christmas lights.
The drive-through espresso stands have Seahawks cookies for sale. The grocery stores look like one big Super Bowl party.
Last night after the Super Bowl, the roads were packed. It was like work traffic, times ten. All of the DJs on the radio were going nuts. One station even played the same two songs over and over again on repeat: the Presidents of The United States of America’s song “This is a Blitz” and Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us”. (Ben Haggerty is from Everett, Washington, btw.)
I’m not a big football fan, but the joy was contagious. I think all of Puget Sound was celebrating.
Speaking of joy, here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from yesterday’s Everett Herald: Both joy and sadness follow parenting milestones.
I hope you’re having a happy day too!
REALLY! I’d pay an extra dollar or two for a lid. It would make them sooooo much easier to put away.
That, and other toy-store ramblings in my “I Brake for Moms” column today about Toys”R”Us: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140119/BLOG5205/140119126/Amid-the-toy-store-frenzy-one-priceless-moment
Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Herald. My column is located on page two of “The Good Life” section. http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140112/BLOG5205/140119924/Two-nights-of-fun-family-and-insomnia–
Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column in today’s Everett Daily Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140105/BLOG5205/701059987/Make-resolutions-for-a-lifetime-not-just-a-year–
…and sometimes they describe the process in really funny ways. Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20131215/BLOG5205/712159971/Life-only-follows-Plan-A-in-books
Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20131208/BLOG5205/712089969/Online-cruelty-can-inflict-harm-far-past-the-teen-years–