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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…

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

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

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

 

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

Happy Hanukkah Vacation

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Okay, it’s not quite time for all of those candles yet! (My stock-Hanukka picture needs updating.) Anyhow, here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Herald.

Germs are everywhere!

Three!

Were those hands washed?

 

My “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Daily Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20131006/BLOG5205/710069989/A-mom%26%238217s-job-has-benefits-sick-leave-isn%26%238217t-one-of-them

Trying to make cleaning your kid’s room more fun

A clean bedroom is a whole new world.

A clean bedroom is a whole new world.

My “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Everett Daily Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130929/BLOG5205/709299973/It-takes-an-archaeologist-to-find-a-kid%26%238217s-bedroom-floor

Why I eat Gluten Free

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Here’s my “I Brake For Moms” column from today’s Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130922/BLOG5205/709229991/Going-gluten-free-ended-two-years-of-agony–  Feel free to ask questions!

It takes all types of people to camp

North Sauk River Falls

North Sauk River Falls

Here’s my “I Brake for Moms column from this week.  Check me out on page two of The Good Life section in The Everett Daily Herald.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130721/BLOG5205/707219971/-1/blog5205#People-watching-was-part-of-the-fun-of-camping

Good Neighbors Make Good Fences

Can you find the secret gate?

Can you find the secret gate?

Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today in The Herald.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130609/BLOG5205/706099997/-1/blog5205#Secret-gate-joins-yards-and-hearts1

Too Much Fun with Toilet Paper

Too much fun with TP

Too much fun with TP

Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column in The Herald this week.

Can you relate to my angst?  I just want a normal bathroom!!!

Staying Warm in the Pacific Northwest

My “I Brake for Moms” column in the Sunday Herald. Check me out in The Good Life Section!

Who Was John Galt’s Mother?

My “I Brake for Moms” column in the Sunday Herald.  Check me out in The Good Life Section!