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I watched this tonight. An old routine (2006/07) where Ellen performs an interpretive dance about her coming out experience. It's hilarious and poignant. And familiar. Her experience with coming out was exactly what I went through with my divorce experience - only her experience was on a much larger scale,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
I am SO tired of the homogenization of moms. Let's get one thing straight, Oprah - raising a child does NOT mean we're not all the same or that our issues are the same. There isn't a mommy cookie cutter. We don't deserve to be homogenized. We're not all middle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
Today's topic is Oprah. The panelists asked "How do you feel about Oprah?" I'll be honest here... I'm not a fan of Oprah... or daytime television. Most television, really. For a long time I was fairly neutral about Oprah, but lately I've harbored a distinct dislike for her. I've watched... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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The last few days can be summed up in three photos; a ring, a sheep and a compass. A ring for the woman. A sheep for the mom. A compass for my career. First, the ring. I call this ring my "Freedom Ring" (like the famous American lyric "let freedom... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
Being a SAHM is, according to Dr. Laura, "the best gift a woman can give herself, her family and society". Being a SAHM is "the sweetest thing you can do for your family". But this isn't a slam against working moms - Dr. Laura insists. It's just that working just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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Momversation.com posted a video titled How Has Divorce Affected You? In the midst of a sea of comments about how horrible divorce is, how damaging, how a healthy divorce is so rare... I posted a comment. (Yes, it felt an awful lot like painting a gigantic target on my chest...... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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I get the whole "blogging with integrity" concept and the current debate in various mommyblogging communities. I agree, something's got to give. After returning to the blogging world after my divorce hiatus I surfed around the mommy blogosphere. I was shocked - and disappointed - by the wholesale change in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
I'm frustrated by the lack of voice that single parents still have in online content. I half-jokingly remarked to a friend (also a web geek and also a single mom) that we single parents seem like web outcasts. We live outside of the "normal" communities. We have our own little... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
Evidently the "Opt Out Revolution" is over: Recession Drives Women Back to the Work Force To be honest I never really saw or felt that there was a huge "Opt Out Revolution" in the world around me. In my world the majority of moms are working moms. I rarely saw... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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Mom's Night out... Drinking Bellini Slurpees with my friend M (and her gorgeous embroidered suede jacket) and enjoying dinner while being spoiled by a flamboyant waiter. Then we were off to a lecture by artist Judy Chicago. Her drink had a beautiful pink mermaid in it and mine had sickly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
I confess - I don't watch TV much anymore. Well, aside from some inadvertent Treehouse TV (Canadian preschool channel) or the odd Star Trek rerun. I really stopped watching TV years ago when the networks were forced to create a pile of shows that weren't dependent on traditional writers. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
On the weekend we had a visitation scheduled with the kids' biological dad. We arranged to meet at a local restaurant where the kids sat with him and M and I sat at a table on the other side. As the visit was ending their biological dad asked the kids... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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Last week in Britain the Outdoor Advertising Association (OAA) ran an outdoor advertising campaign designed by Britain’s Beta Agency. Emblazoned on the side of a bus: “Career women make bad mothers” Hook... Er. The advertising was part of the “Britainthinks” campaign. The supposed point of this particular campaign was to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
I've been in this career for more than 15 years - and I'm good at it - really, really good at it. I'm a web publisher; I design, deploy, edit, educate - from social media to nuts - I've done it all. I've been a blogger for a decade -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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M, the kids and I participated in a rally today, in support of the family of Noah Kirkman. Noah is a 12-year old Canadian child who was on vacation in Oregon when he was taken by U.S. authorities against the will of his family. Noah had been on vacation in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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I am finally back after being crazy-busy in the last six weeks. We've done a lot; I quit my old job and started a new job that was a promotion, we went on vacation, M went on sabbatical, we applied for a mortgage, we bought a new house, we moved... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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Every month we get a calendar from the Boy's teacher listing the regular school events (show-and-tell days, library days, gym days, etc). Usually two days later we get a little slip of paper with the corrections for the previously issued calendar. Every single month it's been the same - they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
My friend K was talking to her girls about marriage (she and her husband just had a convalidation on the weekend - that's having your vows renewed in the Catholic church). She asked her girls some questions about marriage, and I wondered what my kids would say; The Kindergartner; he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
What are your expectations for Kindergarten? My expectations of my children (and not just in Kindergarten) are to be decent, kind, generous and curious people who strive to do their best in all areas of their lives. Kindergarten is the first formal environment where children are learning to be a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
Today's topic on the Momversation community is "Mommy, Where Do Babies Come From?" Boy can I relate... I remember having this discussion with my son and I was newly pregnant with my daughter. Unlike Heather this discussion wasn't triggered by the baby on the way (after a "challenging" reproductive history... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
Momversation's topic: "I Don't Like My Kid's Friends" As a parent, I believe in the decency of almost all kids and I assume that almost all kids are good and kind - even if they sometimes slip up. Sometimes kids are mouthy, callous, or accidentally squish fingers or elbow someone... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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Just finished a few hand-knit bags for girls (some little, a couple grown up) over the past week, and I will be posting them in the next few days (I've been recovering from a nasty cold and trip to the hospital, and the enforced inactivity/recovery has increased my knitting output... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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We've had a couple of busy and heavily medicated weeks at Casa Momartfully. Last week I ended up in the hospital due to a nasty virus that triggered an even nastier Asthma attack. Then this week my daughter ended up in the hospital with an Asthma attack. Waiting in ER... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
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The kitten, now almost 10 months old. She is a "Torbie" (tabby/tortoiseshell cross). I'll never give birth to more than two children (hopefully we won't inherit any either, as that would only be due to a disaster, and we don't want that to happen). After multiple early miscarriages, two pregnancies... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully
The kids are still out of town, at my parent's orchard. I got a call today from my mom, she took my youngest (daughter) in to the local hospital ER because she's been sick for a few days. She's had a weird cyclical fever. Up for a couple hours and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Momartfully