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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Day 59 of oil disaster

Very seldom, here at It’s a woman’s world, do we discuss current events or news. There isn’t one main reason, per se, it’s just the way it is. But as I ate my lunch this afternoon and flipped on the television, I was taken immediately into the world of “what’s happening now” because the TV was left on CNN.

Right before me was the House Energy hearing where the senate is asking questions of BP CEO Tony Hayward. He would not admit any responsibility on BP’s part, but – on the other hand – he’s sure being held to the fire. (His reddened face showed that.)

I can’t believe it has been 59 days since this disaster occurred. I’m amazed that a solid plan has not been approved to fix this problem. One senator said that only 25 percent of a plan had been approved. The other 75 percent hadn’t been approved and there was no alternative plan in place to fix this.

A marsh that hadn’t been affected five days ago; now has thick black oil pouring into it. And still the CEO does not admit any responsibility of his company and not one employee has been terminated as a result of this disaster.

I find it extremely interesting, sad and amazing… And, for some reason, the ole folks’ words come to mind, “It’s a sign of the times…”

This is in no way a journalistic report of what’s going on. It’s a random post from a random mom who feels a bunch of random feelings about a terrible event. I did, however, find an informative article posted on Yahoo News for you to read in case you’d like to catch up on the BP oil disaster. Do your own search and let me know what you think of the issue.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Backyard plans & thoughts

There are a lot of things about my home that I’d like to get fixed, upgraded and decorated. In fact, I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t think about it. The main reason for not acting on my thoughts is the lack of funds, but that’s not going to stop me from planning. And as soon as I get a little “extra” money in my pocket I’m going to act on some of those plans.

For instance, I have a fairly large backyard off of a wooden deck. All it would take to get it family-friend ready and summer cozy is trimming some growth along the fence, cutting back some tree branches, adding some latice around the bottom of the deck, paint the deck and pressure wash the house. Then, to make it extra special and beautiful, a wooden swing under a tree and a hammock nearby that you could get to via a stone path and some outdoor furniture situated on the deck under a large umbrella would make for a perfect backyard spot for a staycation.

There’s even some room back there for a little playground area for the children. Put down some cardboard, add mulch, install play stuff… invite friends. Wouldn’t you like to come over and lounge on my newly updated and refurbished deck while the kiddos played (and didn’t bother us!) in the backyard?

Now that’s what I call a plan.

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Fixing mommy

This mom’s confession…

There are many times in a mother’s life where she feels like she’s not being the best mom that she can be. I’m one of those moms and this is one of those times.

My three younger children went to spend the weekend with their father. They left on Friday evening and, as usual, I expected them to return sometime on Monday. On Sunday night I received a last minute text that said, “I’m off on Tuesday. Want to keep them ‘til Wednesday.”

Now I could have pointed out that our 24-hour notification rule had been broken and been irritated, but after awhile I responded with, “Cool!”

Here we are on Wednesday and in 15 minutes I’ll be picking the children up from the daycare provider’s summer program of fun! Today, according to the schedule, they should have done crafts. Their activity today has nothing to do with anything; just thought you’d like to know.

The point here is I’m scared to pick them up.

I’ve had four entire days without children under the age of 7. I’ve enjoyed my conversations and time spent with my young adult daughter and I’ve relished in being able to complete a sentence or activity with RP. I haven’t missed carpooling, whining, baths, combing hair, ironing and picking out clothes, elementary fighting and tattle telling. I.haven’t.missed.one.bit.of.it.

DSCF4624 I spoke to my children yesterday because I do – in general – miss them. And today I’m trying not to dread what I think will be the inevitable making-me-sweat-sigh-scratch-my-head and want-to-scream moments.

I’ve been having the feeling lately that I enjoy life, that I I like my life better, without the smaller children! GASP! Even the thought makes me feel like a terrible mom.

DSCF4623 What would it be like if they lived with their father fulltime and I got them every other weekend? How would I feel not to see them everyday on a regular basis? I read all of these mom blogs talking about the joys of their children, then the other mom blogs who are dealing with children who are chronically ill and it makes me feel even worse. I am blessed and happy to have healthy children. And there are moments when they do bring me complete joy, make me laugh and consume me with love. But it’s the other times when I am terrible, ugly, screaming, stressed out mom who responds in frustration at some of the regular things children do and especially some of the not so regular things that my trio come up with.

DSCF4622 For the past three years of our lives, I have been completely and totally stressed out. Depressed. Fighting illness, diseases and doctors and tests. For the past three years finances have been worse than they’ve ever been in my 41 plus years on this earth.

It’s not the children’s fault. It’s all on me and the circumstances surrounding my life.

So, what am I going to do? In the short run I’m just going to go pick up my children and try to be as relaxed, calm and in control as I can. This is a one-minute-at-a-time program. In the long term I’ll continue to work on increasing my finances. In the middle? Well, I was thinking I’d just keep popping my pills and hope that’ll be enough.

Seriously. I’m hoping in a year or two this won’t be an issue. I’m hoping my son will have grown out of his whining stage and that his two younger sisters will have tired of tormenting him. I hope my youngest will have figured out how to be the baby of the family without acting like a baby. And I hope the mean, angry streak of my middle daughter is just a stage. (On top of that, I hope for more meaningful things as well: Like that my teenager will have an end to her health problems and the baby will stop getting ear infections and being susceptible to the least little germ.)

DSCF4630 Supposed to be quietly keeping themselves occupied so I can work. It’s not so quiet… but… at least they’re relatively still.

DSCF4631 I also hope – and this is probably the biggest most important one – that even if they don’t grow out of all those things (and a bunch more I’m deciding not to list) that my patience will grow, my life will be more fulfilled and purposeful, and I will in general grow and change to be a better mom and woman.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Reality in Army Wives

One of my favorite shows to watch with my teenage daughter is Lifetime’s Army Wives. It comes on every Sunday evening and if we aren’t able to sit down and watch it we record it on the DVR. Let me give you non-Army Wives watchers a brief description that came from the MyLifetime.com:

armywives “The show follows the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women — and one man — living with their spouses and families on an active Army post.”

The episode we watched was from Sunday and one of the characters had recently gone through a divorce from her army husband. Her finances were low, she needed a root canal, had to sell her grandmother’s broach, was re-entering the workforce… It all just hit too close to home.

Causing deep sigh and tearful eyes.

Then, by the end, things started to look up somewhat. Her friends came over with yummies and housewarming gifts to help her fix up her place.

Maybe the good news I received today (assistance with my childcare payments) is the beginning of my looking up, and the next time I watch a television show about a newly divorced mom it won’t cause the teary eyes.

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On the move

There aren’t many days that pass where I don’t think about moving. I’d like to move into a bigger home (we’re so busting at the seams right now) and be near people who can not only help me out, but who I can help as well. For now, that’s just a dream, but if I were going to move I’d need to find a full service, professional company that helps buyers and sellers. If I were moving to South Carolina I would look into Lexington SC Real Estate, Irmo Real Estate to handle the real estate services I would need.

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How do you read your favorite blogs?

How do you read your favorite blogs? Do you read them in MyYahoo reader or another one? Are you an email reader? I, for one, am all over the place. I read/follow some in MyYahoo – they’re normally the ones I read first. I don’t click through on the reader because I like to stay on that same page so I open another tab and type the URL directly into the browser. Then there are the ones I have an email subscription to. I read in the email then I click through to comment.

Now the Google friend follower thing I haven’t quite mastered. There are quite a few that I follow, but I don’t open up the list to go through it and read. I probably should because there are a lot of ones that I am missing out on. A lot that I genuinely like.

So, tell me, how do you read your favorite blogs? Don’t forget to also tell me why you chose to do it that way.

Happy blogging… and reading.

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Bilingual children & Little Pim product review

I’ve always wished that I was fluent in another language and when I had children that desire was even stronger. I think that it’s imperative for children to speak multiple languages to be able to communicate with our diverse world and be more marketable in the workplace. Being bilingual opens up many doors for individuals.

That’s why I was excited to learn about Little Pim introducing two new characters and three new DVDs in their award-winning Foreign Language Series. I don’t know where I’ve been, but I hadn’t heard of Little Pim before, but I knew my children would be interested in watching it because of the fun characters that are incorporated with the real-life images of children.

And I was right. My children (ages 3, 5 and 6) sat and watched most of the Spanish version of disc 4, which teaches words “in my home” and repeated the words as they were said. I haven’t had a chance to read the parent’s material to best understand how to help them, but I sat there and read the English words that ran across the bottom of the screen.

Honestly, I would have preferred if the characters or children repeated the English and Spanish words so that I didn’t feel the need to assist, but I’m not the language expert so I’ll not say to much about that. They said they enjoyed the DVD and would like to watch more later then they ran off to play.

From LittlePim.com:

little pim products“Little Pim is an award-winning foreign language immersion DVD series for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. We currently offer three theme-based DVDs that use our unique Entertainment Immersion Method™, which combines animation and real kids, teaching simple words and phrases for everyday activities. Each program is available individually or in a discounted three-disc set. Currently we offer Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English (ESL), German, Arabic, and Russian.”

We also have disc 5, which teaches words in the “happy, sad and silly” category and disc 6 is “I can count.” I’m actually looking forward to disc 6 because my children know how to count a little in Spanish so I think they’ll be interested in learning more.

There was one thing that I couldn’t figure out even after searching the Little Pim site, and that is what are on discs 1 through 3. I’m assuming it’s the beginning of teaching foreign languages, but I don’t know. I also searched Amazon, which sells the Little Pim products as well and although I didn’t find any information about other discs I did see that they carry a lot of the products including the Little Pim: 3-Pak (Spanish) set that we have.

Overall, I like the set and think it may be beneficial. I can make a better assessment once my children have watched it more often to benefit from the immersion process. Can your children speak more than one language? If so, how’d they learn?

Disclosure: I received a three-pack Little Pim Spanish set to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own. The “Little Pim: 3-Pak (Spanish)” link is connected to my Amazon Associates account and any purchase you make through link will earn me a small commission. Here’s my complete disclosure policy.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Transitional living

Sometimes people will find themselves in a place in their lives when they need some help. That help can come in many forms and for those who need a place to recover in a sober environment, Pickford Lofts is a comfortable and professional place to do that. It’s a sober living house that recognizes each person’s individual needs, strengths and challenges.

The recovery house l.a has a solid philosophy, regular activities, modern lofts and many other benefits including continuing education, assistance with maintain employment, peer group support, life planning and goal setting sessions, meditation and 12-step implementation.

If you, or someone you know, needs a sober transitional environment, the Los Angeles-based Pickford Lofts is a great place to look into.

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Ut oh, did I delete you?

Please resend!

As I was going through my email today I accidentally highlighted all of the emails except two and clicked the delete button. You know how in some email programs if you check the very top box then it highlights just what’s within the view pane. Yahoo doesn’t do that and because I was sitting here dozing off I almost delete every.single.email.in.my.inbox.

I hit stop, but not before quite a few emails were deleted. I’m going through the trash bin now to retrieve some really quickly, but I have no idea what’s missing so… if you sent me an email and you don’t receive a reply by the end of the week then re-send. If you left a comment on my blog and I don’t return the favor within a week please come back again. If you answered a comment I made on your blog and don’t see me again please come visit me at my blog.

I hope I didn’t miss anything important, but I’m going to try not to worry about it. I don’t to try and hurry up and finish what I’m doing so I can take a nap ‘cause obviously I need it.

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