These Boots are made for walking.

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They have seen the desert sand, crossed the ocean blue

These boots have fought for freedom and for you.

No bitterness or complaint it was worth every step

Now these boots have the best wearer yet.

These walking boots stomp around outside

The owner beams with pride

As the boy pretends to be his DAD

These are the best times the owner has ever had

This post is written in response to today’s daily prompt:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/daily-prompt-walk/

Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking

by michelle w. on August 24, 2013

Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WALK.

Here are some other great responses:

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  1. The Shoe Problem | Wiley’s Wisdom
  2. Have Kicks, Will Travel | Compass & Quill
  3. Rockin’ Chaco Tan. | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  4. Simple shoes make everything better | tornin2’s Blog
  5. Daily Prompt: Walk | acieartikulasi
  6. Daily Prompt: These boots were made for time-travelling | Roaring Hope
  7. Daily Prompt: These boots were made for kicking | thecommonmap
  8. Daily Prompt: Clever shoes and other tips for a 110 day European Adventure | freed from the matrix
  9. R.I.P. Asics | The Undercover Princess
  10. Does This Make Me High Maintenance? (And a Mountain Lion Story) | Adventures in the Underground
  11. Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking | Its In The Picture – 365
  12. Daily Prompt: Walk | Often Me
  13. Day 18. I Think Of You. | Forlorn Hope: A Diary Of A Broken Heart
  14. Daily Prompt: These Feet Were Made for Walking #2 | From Ground to Home
  15. Diary of a Mud Run | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  16. for walking, and flying, and running | breathtakingly conscious
  17. Those things on yoru feet | Legends of Lorata
  18. My precious boots! | Daily Prompt : These boots were made for walking | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis and Me
  19. Daily Prompt: These boots were made for walking | Cosmopolitan Troopers
  20. These Boots Were Made for Walking | Geek Ergo Sum

Odes to my friends (Thanks for all the laughs)

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Jen (me)

There once was a girl named Jen

She moved to the country to find her ZEN

She started a blog

And became an attention Hog

Jen is happier than she has ever been.

Nicole

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There is a girl named Col

She used to stick her head in a hole.

Frustrated and confused

Her life came into view

Now sunny and bright

She is filled with great advice

Nicole Now!

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Tamara

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Tamara is blonde as a fairy

She has Beauty and spice

She seems to be all things nice

Except for at night

She will give you a fright

Who knew beauty could be so scary

Mark

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Mark claimed he would never be tamed.

Wild and fun all rolled into one

His friends called him insane

He married a girl and Gave her a twirl

Now he is considered sane.

Miranda

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Randa has beauty and grace

Her life has been a giant race

To cross the finish line she must wait

Slow down, I always bait

But intensity is her style

I enjoy it all the while

I miss your pretty face!

Marcus

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The multi-task master

He can talk, work and play it all

He is always having a ball

He completes every task faster

Someone should call the plaster casters

(if you don’t know what a plaster caster is check out their website: http://www.cynthiaplastercaster.com/ Adults only please)

Melesa

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Beauty and sweet,

Sister and friend you can’t beat

Her heart is on her sleeve

She will never leave.

Suzanne

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Intense and with out fail

Her heart can surely tell

She will listen and defend

Loyal and considerate to the end

Mommy Guilt

Mommy Guilt: The ultimate punishment

All us mothers out here are familiar with the tummy twisting, gut wrenching nightmare associated with Mommy guilt. This is the horrid beast that haunts our dreams and sometimes motivates us to extremes. Mommy guilt comes from a varied of ways but the general definition (in my head) is the remorse felt when a decision or act from a mommy has a negative effect on their child. This can be a simple has forgetting to sign their homework folder even though they reminded you and they got in trouble for it or as harsh as watching the negative effects a divorce in the family has on your child’s emotions. There are more extreme cases and probably less extreme as well but the point is that mommy guilt is a real and sometimes tortuous feeling. Unfortunately, we mommies sometimes act out of guilt and start to compensate for what ever mistake we made. (I try not to do this but sometimes it happens.) This break in consistency can also have negative effects and restart the cycle of the mommy guilt. What do we do to stop the Mommy guilt cycle? I have a few ideas:

1. Realize that Mommy’s are human too and everyone makes mistakes. Forgive yourself!

2. You love your child and would never make a negative decision purposely to hurt them. Let it go and move on so your child can too.

3. Eat some chocolate you deserve it.

4. Realize that perfect and normal are not obtainable goals. Set your goals to realistic like, “ My goal is that my children feel unconditional love and feel secure within their boundaries”

5. A job of a mommy is 24/7 breaks are few and far between you have to make a point to allow some alone time and not feel guilty about it. It is ok to enjoy life without your children; it doesn’t mean you don’t love them.

6. Things happen, life has a tendency to throw curve balls that negatively effect everyone in the household, remember: Things that happen to you do not make up who you are, it is your response that defines your humanity.

7. Every mommy struggles and every person makes mistakes. It’s ok and remember children are resilient beings who will bounce back.

8. Children reflect the emotional state of their mothers. A sad mother will result in the children feeling down too. Cheer up buttercup! You are doing great!

Here are a few links for more info:

Infant Mommy guilt: http://www.babycenter.com/0_top-7-mommy-guilt-trips-8211-and-how-to-handle-them_3654967.bc

A list of other articles on mommy guilt: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/mommy-guilt

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This Photo is from http://mommyhoodtohollywood.com/wp/?p=7177 Another great article about mommy guilt!

This post was written for today’s Daily Prompt: First

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/daily-prompt-first/

I have to remind myself of these things regularly. As a mother I feel the ultimate responsibility for the emotional, physical and educational well being of my children. When things go south, I have to consciously try not to beat myself down about it. From reading books, blogs and other websites I have found that I am not alone in this cycle. I made the list above a very long time ago and I whip it out regularly when I need a reminder. I complied the list from varied readings and web searches on how to cope with mommy guilt and I summed them up.  Being a parent is hard but the most rewarding job I will ever have. If I were to send one message to anyone out there it would be: we are our own worst critics and as mommy’s we need to forgive ourselves.

Here are some other great responses:

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1. First | The Magic Black Book

2. Wrong way. Taken with HTC One V | Bright Moments Catcher

3. The Last Leaf | Bright Moments Catcher

4. Who is Bzebza? | Bright Moments Catcher

5. What’s going on? | Bright Moments Catcher

6. Daily Prompt: Viral – Work in Progress | Let There be Peace on Earth

7. What is IT? | Upstairs Productions

8. Wild | Agrifun.com

9. The Gap | Agrifun.com

1. Posing | Agrifun.com

2. Awesome Pizza From Awesome People For Awesome Patrons | The Ergot

3. First ! | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends

4. Let’s take a drive to Changi Beach | We Live In A Flat

5. Viral | Geek Ergo Sum

Remembering Nana | A mom’s blog

My son’s opposite behavior: Is it normal for a kindergartener to hate school?

My son’s opposite behavior: Is it normal for a kindergartener to hate school?
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This image can be found at http://www.allposters.com
The full moon brings out heightened emotions and dramatic outbursts about being a Disney Villian. The gravitational pull does seem to correlate with the climax of pressure in my household. Coincidence or not, I really don’t know. I know that this moon cycle has got my household in a twist. My son has definitely not been acting himself lately.

I am struggling with my five-year-old boy. He started kindergarten on August 7th and the fist week of school he was so excited! He was looking forward to school and asked about it often before school started, “how many more days?” On the way to school (the first week) he would jump up and down in his seat saying, “Drive faster mommy! We are almost there!” I was very pleased with his excitement because I spent weeks building it with him. We talked about learning to read, write and playing with friends. I highlighted the playground and other aspects such as the independence of being a big boy at school and how he would make friends. I was sure he would have a great year.

Starting the second week of school his attitude changed. He was not excited about school and he didn’t want to go. He got in trouble for disturbing group and had to sit out of recess. One bad day, I thought. It will blow over and things will get better. I assured my son that everyone has a bad day every now and then and he needed to start over and move on to a better day. He was ready to give it his all the next day. More trouble instead, and the next day. He has more strikes than stickers on his homework folder now! He spent two years at school in Oklahoma in Pre-k 3 and pre-k 4 and during that time he only had one bad day that resulted in a frowny face on his folder.

He now spends his mornings begging me not to take him to school; he tells me his teachers think he is a bad boy. I don’t want to undermine the authority the teacher has over my son but I don’t want him to think he is a bad boy either. I try to support the classroom at home, telling my kids how important it is to listen and obey the teachers, finish work and all that jazz. I always make my children redo assignments that aren’t up to par whether they get credit for it or not and I give consequences or rewards at home for behavior that happens at school.

I am at a loss now though. How can a kindergartener hate school? I have never heard of such a thing. My daughter who is now a fifth grader loves school. My five-year tried to fake sick this morning too, so he could stay home knowing that if you are sick from school you spend the day in bed without video games.

I made an appointment to speak to the teacher and school counselor together for this afternoon because my notes and phones call to his teacher do not seem to be helping any of us. I have hope that this will work out.

Maybe it is just the moon, or maybe there is something more. I will ask for input: Is it normal for a five-year-old boy to hate school?

I started writing this post in response to today’s daily prompt but then it went off into what is really on my mind. I guess it will do.
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/daily-prompt-nighttime/

Daily Prompt: The Full Moon
by michelle w. on August 20, 2013
When the full moon happens, you turn into a person who’s the opposite of who you normally are. Describe this new you.

Here are some other great (and on task) responses:
1. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon 20|8 | familyphotosfoodcraft.com
2. Sabrina Pollard
3. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon – Nighttime | Steve Boer Photography
4. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | Artsy Susie
5. The Switcheroo | Compass & Quill
6. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | BulgingButtons
7. Darkness Walks With Your Face | loveletterstoaghost
8. Full Moon Far and Near | SimplySage
9. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | AnnaMaenator
10. Night Time | Aurora Morealist
11. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon >>> My Inner Mermaid | From Ground to Home
12. Venezia | Le blog d’une de nous
13. The alternative life | 2 times pink
14. Goddess Excellently Bright ~ The Moon | In Da Campo
15. Full Moon Murder: There are two sides to every story – Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | vicbriggs’s Blog
16. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | Your Daily Dose

Writing Challenge: Little Alice’s thoughts on the merry-go-round.

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This post is written in response to this week’s writing challenge:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/writing-challenge-1000-words-four/

Little Alice’s thoughts on the merry-go-round:

“Push me!” “Push Me!” little Alice exclaimed to her siblings. They barely noticed the desperation in her voice.

“Mom said you are to little to ride.” Alice’s siblings taunted in response.

Alice sat back quietly, angry and sad. “I am not too little!” She thought to her self. “I can do anything they can do!”

Alice watched her brother and two sisters play gleefully on the swings but her resentment stopped her from joining them. She sat quietly deep in thought, reeling over the idea that she could be too small for anything.

“I’ll show them, I bet I could swing higher, slide fast and do anything better than they can, they just don’t know.” Alice thought quietly. “I know, I will sit here in protest until someone pushes me. They will have to listen to me, eventually”

Just then Alice heard her mother calling for dinner, “Time to come in and wash up for dinner!”

Alice refused! She was angry and was going to stay on the merry-go-round until someone pushed her! “I am not coming! She thought. “I am going to stay here until someone pushes me!”

Alice’s tummy rumbled with hunger and she could smell the spaghetti with the very yummy garlic bread. Alice sighed in defeat over her hunger and thought, “Maybe I will go eat but I won’t wash up!” Yeah, I will tell them, No! Not until I get to play too!”

Alice kicked the dirt and started to get up as she heard her mother calling again, “ Alice come wash your hands and get to the dinner table!”

Alice pouted as she slowly walked to her house from the playground she looked down at her hands covered in dirt from the sand box, “Darn you sand and your squishy fun!” Alice thought of the gritty sand covering her garlic bread as she ate with dirty hands, “Maybe I will wash them before dinner but not because they told me too, but because I don’t like the taste of sand!”

Alice was comforted by the idea that it was her choice to wash up before dinner and her choice to come in and eat. Her pace quickened as she headed for the door. When Alice reached the dinner table she smiled and thought, “Tomorrow, I will eat a snack before I go to the playground that way I can sit on the merry-go-round until someone pushes me, yeah that will show them”

“Mmm, garlic bread!”

Here are some other great responses to this week’s challenge:

A fictional story based on the photo would be great (Who is this little girl? Where is she? What is she waiting for? Where is her family?), but we also look forward to non-fiction posts inspired by the photo. How does the image make you feel? Does the girl remind you of anyone in your life, or of yourself? Are you as scared of the unidentifiable green creature as we are, and is that a nose or a beak?

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1. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words – The world of Colors

2. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | Under the Monkey Tree

3. “A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words” | Anu Mohan

4. A Picture is worth 1000words | Going New Places!

5. Merry-Go-Round | A Curious Gal

6. Weekly Challenge – When reality strikes | mostlytrueramblings

7. Second Row, Third From the Right | Good2begone

8. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose

9. Weekly Writing Challenge | Away From it All

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  2. Alone in the playground | A mom’s blog
  3. Everything | Master Of Disaster
  4. WHAT?! | A Virtual World
  5. Thoughts on Parenting: ‘Metrics’ on children’s summer vacation: academics or fun? | 3rdculturechildren
  6. Seven Seconds of Childhood | Fish Of Gold
  7. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | tokkaali’s blog/site/whatever
  8. Growing Up | Blue Loft
  9. Weekly Writing Challenge 19 August 2013: Big Girl | One Starving Activist
  10. Weekly writing challenge: One thousand words | Life of a Fallen Angel
  11. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | On the Same Page
  12. Days With Daddy | Imperfectly Perfect
  13. Weekly Writing Challenge: Music | Dancing with Fireflies
  14. Weekly Writing Challenge : 1000 Words | imaginations
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  16. Thoughts of the known and unknown…. « confessionsofthefreemind
  17. TNRNB investigates: How today’s electronic environment is killing the merry-go-round industry | The not really news blog
  18. Spinning | Auburn hair Ginger tea
  19. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | Heron There & Everywhere
  20. Weekly Writing Challenge – 1000 words – 20th August | Joe’s Musings
  21. What if magic was real? A childs tale. | Okay, what if ?
  22. Not Where She Should Be | Shedward
  23. The Adventures of Antgirl | Molly Greye
  24. Weekly Writing Challenge | tina7serrano’s Blog
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge; 1,000 Words: Aida on the playground | Reinvention of Mama
  26. Merry-Go-Round | The Amazing May
  27. Weekly Writing Challenge:1,000 words | Motherhood and Beyond
  28. Unbridled Imagination at the Local Red Owl | The Quotidian Diary
  29. Risk (Weekly Writing Challenge) | Icezine
  30. The Seeker’s Dungeon
  31. Weekly Writing Challenge: Calliope Memories | SERENDIPITY
  32. TOO YOUNG. | Smile, Strong Girl
  33. Inept Artists Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge. 1,000 words | Nerdfighter Nat
  35. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | luvsiesous
  36. With company, but all alone… | Mahabore’s Mumblings
  37. Alone Again Naturally | A Really Full Life
  38. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | 아토 (Ato)

Daily Prompt: On edge, what do you do? Usually, I jump off!

Daily Prompt: On edge, what do you do? Usually, I jump off!

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  I wish even keel were part of my vocabulary. I am an extremist that was raised by an extremist. I go to extremes to try to keep my children from becoming extremist too. I will probably fail at that. Anyhow, when I need to get my extremism in check I usually write. I feel a release when I type out something that is bothering me. I would recommend writing/journaling to everyone. Only recently have I started actually blogging my thoughts. I really find blogging fun and it brings an even greater gratification then my journal ever could.

I hate to admit it but it is true. I can’t handle the pressure of being on the edge so I will usually just announce to everyone what is bothering me and let the pieces fall where they may. I mean teetering on the edge of any subject, act or feeling is not for me. The more stress I have the more I write or talk about it to help elevate what ever is bothering me. 

Sometimes, when I am really wound up I will type so hard and fast my daughter says my computer sounds like rain falling on our ceiling. Hey, its better than nutting out verbally or acting on my whims.

This post is written in response to today’s daily prompt:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/daily-prompt-activity/

 

We all have things as need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

 

Here are some other great responses:

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1. Island Dreaming: Meditation | Musings from a practical mystic

2. An eclectic mix of decorative lamps | weliveinaflat

3. Daily Prompt: Activity | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends

4. The Secret Door Remains | Daily Prompt: On the Edge | likereadingontrains

5. The End of Edginess | The Reluctant Journalist

6. Daily Prompt: On the Edge | Under the Monkey Tree

7. Daily Prompt: Activity | A mom’s blog

8. Daily Prompt: On the Edge | Fasting, Food and other musings by determined34

9. Even Keel? What’s that? Daily Prompt | alienorajt

  1. Daily Prompt: On the Edge « Mama Bear Musings
  2. On an even keel | Sue’s Trifles
  3. Daily Prompt: On the Edge | littlegirlstory
  4. Daily Prompt:On Edge | Motherhood and Beyond
  5. Dinosaur Day | Andante Cantabile
  6. Instead of Sitting… | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  7. It’s a Balancing Act | mentalrollercoaster
  8. Getting busy | contrailsonmyheart
  9. 144. On the Edge | kevindeisher
  10. All I Need to Keep My Head in the Game | Creative Mysteries
  11. Walking The Precipice | Tony’s Texts
  12. “On the Edge” | Relax
  13. On the Edge? « Restawyle
  14. On The Edge: Finding My Bliss | suzie81’s Blog
  15. Don’t Even Your Keel With Your Heart | The Jittery Goat
  16. Tranquility [Daily Prompt: On the Edge] | unknowinglee
  17. Remember to stay in the lines | notsinglebutnothappy
  18. Daily Prompt: On the Edge | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  19. Daily Prompt: On The Edge | The Land Slide Photography
  20. I Need Quiet | Hope* the happy hugger
  21. What Keeps Me Happy | Sincerely, Ms. Roberts
  22. BOUNCING AND BALANCING | Emotional Fitness
  23. Daily Prompt: On the Edge | My Atheist Blog
  24. Daily Prompt – Activity | imexcited
  25. Gamer/Blogger/Artist | My OCD Diaries
  26. Even keel. | ayimas
  27. Writer by Nature, Accountant by Trade – On the Edge | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  28. the UNCATEGORISED|Daily Prompt : On the Edge | the TRASH BASH
  29. Subtle Signals | Spirit Lights The Way
  30. i dance, therefore i am | FamousFeline
  31. Relaxing with Nature | Haiku By Ku
  32. A House With Four Rooms | Spirit Lights The Way
  33. On the edge? Teetering on the brink! | Life & Times
  34. Daily Prompt | On The Edge : Get Off Of My Cloud | Between Screens
  35. I’m a potterer abouterer | Random Encounters of an Inquisitive Mind
  36. 20 Ways To Improve Life Balance | Spirit Lights The Way
  37. On the Edge | Geek Ergo Sum
  38. Just Another Swinger | JuSt ViSiTiNG THiS PLaNeT…
  39. A talk, a prayer and music | Life is great
  40. Daily Prompt: On the Edge | Imperfectly Perfect
  41. Cast a Different Course….(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  42. On The Edge: From DISASTROUS to MIRACULOUS (Part 2) | The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
  43. Daily Prompt: On the Edge | expandingmiddle
  44. Daily Prompt: On the Edge | Let There be Peace on Earth
  45. Daily Prompt: How to Avoid Sea Worms and Cucumbers | One Starving Activist
  46. Moon With a Moustache… on the edge of a Full Moon | An Upturned Soul
  47. The place between the night and the day | Vampire Maman
  48. Balancing the edge. | life on wry
  49. On the Edge: Today’s Daily Prompt | I solemnly swear i am upto no good!
  50. Daily Prompt: Off the edge and the ledge | SERENDIPITY
  51. Daily Prompt: On the Edge | Ruminations from an Introvert
  52. Just on-edge | cellarfloor
  53. On Edge? Iron! | Love Those “Hands at Home”

There is a fine line between morbid and overly sensitive.

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I am a city girl who has moved to the country. This is a unique experience for me. Yesterday, I took on the task of mowing four acres and I have a few thoughts on it:

Wow, it’s a lot of work just to mow the lawn! We have a ride on lawn mower, which makes it easier, but you still have to rake and haul all the grass clippings or they turn your lawn brown.  It takes a long time to mow such a large area and it is kind of a mundane task so my beautiful and eccentric mind wondered. Here is what happened:

 

There was an abundance of bugs; I mean a lot of bugs. They kept dive-bombing the mower and me. It was an all attack. I couldn’t help but be reminded of those kid’s movies: Ants, The Ant Bully, A bugs Life and recently Turbo. I mean it was like they organized and planned strategic attacks to prevent my mowing.  I kept mowing despite their efforts and they lost their battle. Then I started to image what their battle plans would have been, I mean I am a giant mower and they kept just throwing themselves into it. It is metal. They really need to reevaluate. Where is the great plan, the bother the human till they stop plan. I started to get disappointed in their mental capacity. Even though logically I know that they couldn’t have actually planned anything. That disappointment was soon overshadowed by the horrible realization that I was the bad guy. I was the one everyone would have rooted to fail or have some tragic accident. The sad part is they failed. It didn’t stop me from mowing but it did entertain my mind while I was doing it. 

I obviously looked disheartened by this realization because my husband asked why my face looked sad. I responded genuinely, “I just realized that if any of the Disney Bug movies ever happened the bugs would fail and I would be the bad guy who mowed their houses.” 

He laughed so hard and loud it alerted the children. He mustered up a response choking on his laughter and said, “ I don’t know if you are that morbid or just that overly sensitive to compare your mowing to the children’s movies.”

I guess there is a fine line between morbid and overly sensitive and I walk it very carefully.

Why do today what can be put off till tomorrow? Maybe, I will write this blog tomorrow!

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Why do today what can be put off till tomorrow?

 

What do I procrastinate about?  Cleaning! 

Cleaning house is my nemesis. I do clean at least a little everyday but the deep cleaning and closet organization is what I procrastinate about the most. I have little clean bats that live in my house and they systematically undo all the work I do to keep to house clean (they are also known as children).  I do not enjoy cleaning nor do I wish it to be a part of my daily life.

This is a secret I keep from my kids. They think I enjoy cleaning because I force them to pick up their rooms all the time. I always have a smile and say, “its not that bad it will only take a few minutes” but I know it sucks and I would rather be doing anything but cleaning too. 

My husband and I always have funny and coded arguments about cleaning jobs neither of us wants to do. If I need him to take out the trash or something, I always start it by complimenting him on how well he does it and say it would be great if he would show me those trash walking skills again. He usually responds by saying, “you flatter me but I know you are the best trash walker, I could use a demonstration to help me improve my skills.” It goes back and forth until someone gives in or we decided to procrastinate.

Well, I should have waited till tomorrow to do this blog. I am supposed to be cooking breakfast. I wonder if I can stretch a few more words in so I can stay in my comfy chair and finish my coffee before I start…

This post was written in response to Today’s Daily Prompt:

Daily Prompt: Procrastination

by michelle w. on August 18, 2013

What have you been putting off doing? Why?

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/daily-prompt-time/

 Check out some other blogger responses:

Here are some great responses:

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  5. Procrastination | Geek Ergo Sum
  6. Daily Prompt: Procrastination | Fasting, Food and other musings by determined34
  7. The Eventual Return of the Masked Procrastinator | Not a Punk Rocker
  8. Underrated | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  9. Daily Prompt: Procrastination | Under the Monkey Tree
  10. thesis? what thesis? | FamousFeline
  11. Daily Prompt: Procrastination | littlegirlstory
 

Is it right to sacrifice the one to save the many?

A long going debate and interesting question that I found in the news today. Well, that isn’t what the news story said but its what I got from the story. I have linked the story at the bottom of this blog but if you click it now it will spoil my fun.  Here is a scenario:

Image yourself as a trade worker. You are skilled in woodcarving and have devoted your entire life to this trade. This trade has been in your family for generations and higher education was never a priority because this trade was your life. Everyone in your family treats and cares for wood, you are new to this country and are trying to live the American dream. You have high hopes and dreams. This is your life. The wood you make your livelihood off, is processed in your shop and transported to make stairs and fine furniture. You are content and happy despite being poor.You have your own business and you see the possibility to make your dreams come true.

One day someone comes to your shop and tells you that your wood is making people ill with a weird virus, we will call this virus WB. You had heard of the illnesses but you have not been ill ever. You think the locals are trying to make it your fault because you are poor and an immigrant. You are told by officials to stop working. Your shop is taken from you! They try to convince you that by taking your shop and your entire livelihood away, they are helping you.

How can that be? How can they think you are making people sick when you have never been sick? The whole idea is ridiculous and just plain discriminatory behavior.

You suck it up because discrimination is a part of life. You move on to a different area and try to restart you life. Slowly but surely, you piece back together your dreams. You are so poor and hungry and have a family to take care of but you are determined to make your dreams come true.

A while passes and you think maybe things will be ok. The discrimination seems to be not so bad in your new area and hope is rekindled in your heart. You take a job working with wood again. Its not your own shop like before but you are relieved to have the wood back in your life. Like an old friend coming home, working with wood again is joyful.

Life is good for a while but then it happens again. People start getting sick and everyone is asking why? You are scared because you think they will blame you again. Surely they won’t it isn’t even your shop! You go on with life hoping everything will work out.

Then the government comes and takes you away from everyone. Your family and friends can’t reach you. You are alone. They are blaming you again. It wasn’t even your shop this time. They are crazy and discriminatory. They force you to give blood and other bodily fluids. They violate you and tell you everything is your fault. You know the truth though. You know they hate you because you are not from here; you are a poor immigrant so they make you their scapegoat. They lock you away for the rest of your life and you die alone and violated.

Horrible story! It could never happen right? It totally did happen to Typhoid Mary. This is an example of what her side of the story would have felt like. People tend to forget that she was an uneducated, poor Irish woman that lived in a time of discrimination. She never believed she was the cause of the illness and her hygiene was normal for the era. Germs, disease and all the other things that are prevented by hand washing as well as some vaccines were discovered because of her case. Recently, they published a new article about Typhoid Mary and the comments were awful. People really had no clue as to her plight or how her life has inspired ethical debates for more than 100 years.

I have pondered this question for years and still to this day I have no idea what would be ethical. The government sacrificed Mary to save hundreds of people. Was it the right thing to do? Probably. Was it ethical? Well, that is debatable.

This is the news article:

http://news.yahoo.com/-researchers-explain-how-typhoid-mary-killed–174956498.html

Authors Note: It has been brought to my attention (as if I didn’t know) That Mary Mallon was a cook. I know that! I used woodcarving in my metaphor because it is a well known fact that illness and germs are spread through food but in Mary’s time it was not. I also used a different disease (a fake one). In our times there is not a widely known example of a disease spread from wood. To me, it helped illustrate her perspective.

Here is a short You Tube Video that shows a little bit about Mary Mallon:

What do you think?

Daily Prompt: Girl, Boy: Phrase (The catch phrase of our lives)

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Cat

Dog

Boy

Girl

Family

Phrase

Fun

Humor

Life

Poetry

Eclectic and crazy describes my blog. I jump all over the place. It’s a good representation of my mind.

Here at my house we like to coin the catch phrase of the day to help find the funny in the mundane. All of them are things someone has said in seriousness. Here is a list of my top ten catch phrases of all time:

  1. Don’t eat the kitty
  2. Never lock people in a fire
  3. Never close a door that doesn’t have a handle (Thanks Nicole)
  4. You must wear pants when leaving the house
  5. Don’t put your finger in other people’s belly button, it is rude
  6. The dog is not a pillow
  7. But I WANT to make her scream at me
  8. I am feeling the need to Laminate!
  9. I am going potty please do not follow me
  10. Check me for spiders and other bugs!

This list summarizes my day to day life nicely.

What is your catch phrase?

 

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This post is written in response to today’s daily prompt:

Daily Prompt: Three-Tenths

by michelle w. on August 17, 2013

Scribble down the first ten words that come to mind. Pick three of them. There’s your post title. Now write!

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