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When Mom breaks her wrist

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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:

My first ice skating lesson will also be the last

Broken bone an eye-opening, painful challenge

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 Cabbage Patch hand!

I’ve got a Cabbage Patch hand!

My arms are now two different sizes!

My arms are now two different sizes!

I'm waterproof!

I’m waterproof!

Now, here I am a year late. Bracelets give me the heebie-jeebies and I don’t intend to ice skate any more, but for the most part I’m all better. This is what my wrist looks like now:

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I’d like to say I’ve learned my lesson and now relax and enjoy life a whole lot more. But the truth is that I’m as busy as ever.
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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:

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But in my heart, I want to be like this:

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Please Universe, don’t teach me another lesson. I know I need to slow down! It’s just really hard to figure out how…

A wrist update

My arms are now two different sizes!

My arms are now two different sizes!

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 first ice skating lesson will also be the last

Broken bone an eye-opening, painful challenge

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.  😦

To Train up a Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl

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Here is my “I Brake for Moms” column from yesterday’s Herald:

No child deserves parenting by the rod.

Luckily, I researched and wrote this article about Michael and Debi Pearl’s book “To Train up a Child” before I broke my wrist. One handed typing really slows me down. 😦

What I didn’t address in my column due to word count limitations, was homeschooling. I have carefully analyzed the copyright and decided not to share direct quotes. But page 101 is a crazed, bizarre manifesto, completely out of touch with reality.

There is a full-paragraph rant claiming that Planned Parenthood, the police, drug dealers, social workers and pharmaceutical companies are in league with the National Education Association to reap money by turning classroom education  into pits of despair.

The Pearls advise you to never put your children in private Christian or public school.They believe that leaving kids home to be corporally chastised is so much better.

To be clear, I support the right to homeschool your children. I understand that for many situations homeschooling is the best academic choice for children.

But I also believe that we as a society need to do something to protect homeschooled children who are in dangerous environments.

Now, I’m left with a conundrum. The intellectual in me would never consider burning a book. But I’m unclear about what to do with my copy of “To Train up a Child”. I truly believe that in the wrong hands, this book is dangerous.

So if you are a blogger who would like to review this book and help spread the word about the Pearls, I’ll send you my copy for free. It will be a relief to get it out of the house!

 

Fishy Miracles

Princess Rip-Jaws

Princess Rip-Jaws

The unexplained true story of Princess Rip-Jaws:

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140413/BLOG5205/140419765/Pet-fish-full-of-surprises-and-a-few-confusing-life-lessons

Meanwhile, for those of you keeping track, this is what I look like these days:

I've got a Cabbage Patch hand!

I’ve got a Cabbage Patch hand!

My surgery went well and in two days I get a cast.

What to expect when you interrupt my dinner

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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!)

Birthday Parties have “changed”

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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

A family that skis

My ski jacket is so old it has a CD pocket!

My ski jacket is so old it has a CD pocket!

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!  🙂

Why this Kindergarten teacher is confused by Kindergarten

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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.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140216/BLOG5205/140219461/Kindergarten-options-put-parents-in-a-tough-spot

Pink Fluffy Boots

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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

Winning the Super Bowl and other milestones

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!

Why don’t Melissa & Doug Toys have lids?

Why don't Melissa & Doug toys have lids?

Why don’t Melissa & Doug toys have lids?

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

 

Vacation Fun Lasts All Night Long

So many beds to choose from.

So many beds to choose from.

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

 

New Year’s Resolutions

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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

Third Graders Have a Lot to Learn…

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…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

Raising girls in the internet age

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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