Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Misery of Being a Grown-Up

The realities of being a grown-up!

Those bills need to be paid, today. You need to call somebody about that drip in the basement. You need to go back to the grocery store and tell them your receipt doesn't reflect that awesome BOGO promotion there was so much signage for you'd be blind to miss it--but yet, somehow, their computer system still did. You need to speak to a manager because the service, or the food, or something at this restaurant is truly sub-par and your experience has been awful because of it.

And those are just the little things. What about the big decisions? Should we remodel or move? Lease or own? Family of three, four or more? Stay together or call it quits? Keep working that emotionally-draining job or take a leap of faith that something better is out there?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Eleven Signs You're a Parent

There are some things in our pre-parenting lives that we just didn't appreciate the way we do now, and that really are unavoidable upon entering the parenting realm:

11. You can almost never finish something you've started (not in one go, at least).
10. You realize there truly is a difference between "G," "PG" and "PG-13" rated movies. A BIG difference.
9. Many lyrics in many popular songs don't seem so "cool" any more.
8. You've got to be a lot better about hiding certain things, be it your secret chocolate stash or something else...
7. You no longer think it's gross, but can understand the importance of doing post-bathroom spot checks well into elementary school.
6. Chuck E. Cheese is your new nightmare.
5. Your wardrobe = functional over stylish.
4. You now find the hilarity in the noise of the adult voices on Peanuts movies.
3. You're in by 10, out (as in "lights out") by 10:30.
2. You embrace the minivan as very practical and functional--everything you need in a family ride!
AND...the one you probably really held out on for as long as you could...
1. You do find yourself referring to your spouse as "mom" or "dad"

What perceptions have changed for you with the onset of parenting?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

UpShift Your Wardrobe

I had the fun experience of checking out UpShift, a clothing exchange store on Madison's east side. For $20, you can bring in up to three bags of clothes and accessories you're ready to part with and walk out with new stuff inside those very same bags.

Check out their special events line-up, too, as the fee is usually reduced to $10 and free boxed wine is included. Sounds like a mom's night out to me...

Learn more in my Isthmus article.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Exceedingly Eleven Most Surprising Things About Parenting

Let's face it--I don't think there's one of us out there that hasn't had something unexpected occur during our parenting journey. As much as we all thought we knew what we were getting into, there were things along the way that we had no idea were going to happen...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Being Early

"The early bird catches the worm." --William Camden

I have a confession to make: I have a really hard time making it to places on time. Okay, so people who know me already knew that. But, honestly, one of my top New Year's Resolutions for many, many years has been: "to be on time." And, since it has been a resolution for many, many years, that means I have yet to be successful at it. This year, I'm trying a little different tactic.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Exceeding Eleven Grossest Parenting Moments

I was trying to "think outside the box" from the usual "Top Ten" lists. There's always one more worth adding, right?! I hope to make this a weekly round-up, so check back often for new lists.

I feel the need to laugh today; I'm sure you do too. Being cooped up in the longest winter ever starts to get to a person after a while. So, let's kick this weekly list off with a funny one...The Exceedingly Eleven Grossest Parenting Moments:

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Joy of the Sun (or Sun Salutation)

It's a challenge to stay mindful and present during this cold, hard winter. All I can think about lately is when spring will come. I know I'm not alone. But there is one constant with us through every season (even though it may hide behind the clouds some days): the sun. If you're feeling down about the weather or you can't keep yourself in the present moment because you're too busy thinking of spring (or even jumping ahead to summer!), why not try to bring yourself back to the present with an ancient practice known as a sun salutation?