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SarahE
Silicon Valley
Interests: Making parenting as fun and stree-free as possible with www.juiceboxjungle.com, sports, writing, working and friends!
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I hear you and completely agree on the day to day stuff. Should have mentioned in the post that I talk to my mom multiple times a day and see her all the time :), but never one on one away from kids for a weekend, which I know she craves. I know I will look back on it and love it, and will love it in the moment as well!
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Great story! And I too have always wanted to be "a writer" but went off and got my engineering degree to support myself and my family. Started with years at Cisco and then have been through THREE start-ups. All the while, writing is my passion. I still don't have the luxury of writing for a living, but someday, someday. Congrats to you...what a thrilling twist of fate for you! Enjoy!
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Hey hey congrats Jill and team! Whooohoooo!
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2009 on Are You A Compulsive Blogger? at A Byte Out of Life
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Lovely post. I hope you realize what a HUGE gift you gave your grandmother by being genuinely interested in her craft and in her stories. There is nothing...nothing more rewarding than having someone you love truly care about what you have to say. I'm sure your grandmother would NOT be appalled by your home. She would probably have another wise thing to say about how smart you are to live in the moment, not in the kitchen :).
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I know exactly how you feel. Michael was a troubled, troubled human being, but he had a gift - one that helped me through my life (his wonderful music). If he harmed even one child, damn him. But I'll still keep my own memories and what his voice and flawed beauty showed me and so many others.
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Thank you, I loved that post.
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Thanks you guys - so fun to hear the stories. Keep em coming!
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Thank you for sharing this Sheila. I love it!
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Thank you all VERY much for the support. It really means a lot to me!
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And thanks to you too, Kate/Alison!
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Thanks JillS! It is interesting that this post, which possibly either borders on bragging about my son or brags about my son obscenely (depending on your view) went up today, and since this is my post I'll leave a big old comment here :). Yesterday I went to my physical mailbox and pulled out a typed, unsigned hate letter, stamped and sent through snail mail. The letter said that the writer thought it would be helpful to tell me what many people think but are afraid to say to me: that my writing is mean-spirited and that I have bragged about my children enough to last ten lifetimes, both of which prove that I am either very insecure or "completely insane". It was signed "Tired of Mean People". Needless to say, it was not fun to receive this letter, and I can't shake the feeling of having been violated, both because this person knows where I live and because I do not like having people who are angry at me, anywhere, anytime. I am truly sorry there is someone - maybe many people - out there who feels this way about me. So I just wanted to say JillS, thank you for appreciating this post. Since receiving the letter, it actually makes me feel sort of bad to read my words of pride about my son. I hope it is obvious to most readers that posts like these are much more about my kids' quirkiness and my love for the area we live in, than about telling the world how wonderful my offspring are (but they are pretty cool, dammit).
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Good points guys - I agree it's not the same with another parent in the picture. Although depending on the other parent's behavior, sometimes that can be worse than being a truly "single parent".
Toggle Commented May 24, 2009 on All the single ladies... at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Sounds like you are doing an absolutely great job. I think it's truly disgusting to hear parents worry about whether their first grader goes to Stanford, or anywhere in particular for that matter. It's too early to think about that, and pity the kids whose parents are also vocalizing their thoughts about it. It's a shame. Here's a little secret: life is still worth living when you don't go to a private top ranked college. No, really, it is! I also think multiple after school activities are almost cruel to put little kids in. They need to be at home more. Bored more. Creative more. That's what will get them in to good colleges, make them happy, make them independent, if you really want to know. Just my opinion, and I don't always listen to my own opinion (I'm sure I'm guilty of overscheduling too!), but really, let's let kids be kids and also try to enjoy them ourselves while they're young. The time when they won't want to be home doing "nothing" with Mommy ain't very far away.
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Thank you so much for stopping by Kathryn! I am in awe of your writing. I will check out the tour dates and be there if you are in the Valley!
Toggle Commented May 19, 2009 on The Help at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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very interesting Ivy - thank you for sharing!
Toggle Commented May 19, 2009 on The Help at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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I'd never equate today's situation with Mississippi in the 60's, but the similarities in the love/hate relationship that the 'help' and the 'family' have is still so wrought with mine fields that I do find it interesting. Having been the 'help' myself I'm only more intrigued by the different ways different families treat their nannies!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2009 on The Help at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Yah, it's bizarre right? We climbed trees, played ding dong ditch (no one was home mid-summer days anyway :), chased the ice cream man and swam. Kids today are sent to expensive camps and scheduled to death, and given trophies for it :). FYI I do send my kids to camp some - I'm a working mom and I need to, and of course, they love it. But still, I feel best when they're home saying "I'm bored" and I get to give them my "Too bad" speech and watch them go off and successfully find something to do ON THEIR OWN. That's when I know they are truly growing and learning to be independent.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2009 on Camp Stay-at-Home at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Good for you. I think it is hilarious that this (having your kids home for the summer) is not the norm. Kids are supposed to be bored during the summer, and come up with inventive things to keep themselves busy. Filling summers with camps was unheard of in my childhood and I wish it was not the norm now. These kids need time to be bored and have down time. Of course it isn't always feasible; when we work we need childcare. But if it's possible, I believe summers at home are how it's supposed to be for young kids!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2009 on Camp Stay-at-Home at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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All of these comments are so thoughtful - thank you all so much for weighing in and keep it coming. I would love to invite all of you to friend me on Facebook (Sarah Liniger Eisner) so I can let you know as new things come up with our shows and the amazing discussions that happen around them. Be my friend? :)
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VERY well thought out and interesting post Rox!!!!! This is super intriguing to me - I believe you can prosecute people with HIV who do not inform their sexual partners. Is this anywhere near the same in your and others' minds? Just a thought.
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Thank you Steph for the great resources! I think this issue is SO incredibly confusing for the parents that haven't done all the research, including myself! The "who to trust" game is frightening for sure.
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I'm with you. This will give you a good chuckle: http://www.juiceboxjungle.com/videos/youre-not-so-special-1
Toggle Commented May 13, 2009 on Trophy Kids at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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VERY interesting Rox - thank you for posting. I think this is the side that the blogosphere doesn't hear from very often, and I'm glad you voiced it!
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Thank you for such a well thought out and excellent comment! I also checked out your blog post on the topic. Very impressive information. Would love to have you post the show on your blog so I can pull it to juiceboxjungle.com and show off the info you have!!! (That goes for all of you!) sarah@juiceboxjungle.com
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Hit the nail on the head. Very brave post!
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