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Thank you for summing it up like you did - I continue to move away from "someday" to today. Blessings, P To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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ALIX ... I'll whisper it in your ear next time I see you ;-) P
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Kirsten ... lettuce, yes, with a side of broth! - P
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Well, thank you for the boost! I will be writing more frequently - thanks for the encouragement. cheers, p
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There’s a lot of things I’ve not done in my life. I’ve never won a jackpot, never wore snakeskin pants or run a marathon. Not yet published a full novel, jumped out of an airplane nor eaten worms. But the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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susan - you sent me the quote directly ... you need to go onto svmoms.com and post it.... see my blog ... you'll see a "comments" link at the end of the blog ... then you;ll see some posted comments already ... fill out your posting (just cut and paste here)... and ... when you sign off, you shoudl use your full name and then put your website link under it... you should definitely get some hits from that ... try again... To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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I know, nostalgic, eh?
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Thanks for your comment, Tiffany. I love the way when my kids want to take a break from reading they say "Mommy, can you 'pause' the book?" Funny how that is part of their language for their generation due to knowing what a remote control is before they know what a transmission is. To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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Thanks for your comment. Absolutely, at age 10 - I had several parents with older kids said they wish they had The Talk way before 13 because by then you are undoing a lot of misinformation and subject to tremendous giggles, smirks and eye-rolling. I love In-and-Out!!! But it's no where near our house...
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Simon: I love the way you think and write and I'm honored to serve with you on our PTA. I'm too fuzzy-brained to detail my "agree-disagree" but suffice it to say as Alix did above that I've yet to take advantage of my "perks" as an "over-donor" as we call it in our household. I'm so mixed about public vs. private arguments and am always learning about what parents just a year or two ahead of me are realizing - it can be expensive to be in public school. The hilarious part is I didn't even receive an invite to the "inner circle" tour and now will probably scrape around and harass administrators at our middle school-to-be b/c I really do want a tour of the campus before May. I give/do what I do b/c I am recovering from "single mom" syndrome trauma b/c as a child my mom was the working mom who NEVER attended anything during the day and -- heaven forbid -- brought store=bought donuts to PTA bakesales... as I am frosting the last freakin' cupcake for our Haiti bakesale tomorrow it's not b/c I feel put upon or "shaken down" as one mom put it in another comment, but that I do it b/c I can ... and maybe someday I won't be able to ... we as a society have a hard time saying NO to a lot of stuff ... addictions / vices, volunteering, and yes, donating. To those who don't want to feel pressured to donate I say - fine, but man up with your time or talent at least once a year and don't rain on the parade of parents who, b/c of their wealth or their childhood traumas (moi!) who do want to be involved - let them. And even say thank you once in a while. I find the parents at our school are gracious and outspoken and sensible and accommodating. No one's "solicited" my children but I do love that my children as they get into the older grades (3,4,5th) do become more aware of what's going on around them socially and come home with an opinion ... gee, that is public school for you - you get a delicious mix of eclectic backgrounds and cultures (how many languages are spoken at our school? ... something like 42). Well, I'm off to a school meeting and ...won't you PLEASE buy a cupcake from me tomorrow? It's for a good cause..... Pamela
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Thanks for all your kind words. We were the only family with kids on our street for so long ... it's been 10 years before we are truly a "kid zone" ... and a construction zone for now.
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Thanks Simon - The hubby and I are now contemplating a monthly neighborhood post-dinner gathering that would bring back "kick the can" game ... maybe with flashlights and a city permit to block off the street ... I'll keep ya posted ;-)
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We've had our child in 4 years of combo classes. It's been a great experience for him. We are in an immersion program, though. For him it offered the ability to be with a wider range of kids' maturity which left him able to span a wider range of friendships based on their maturity level, not their grade level. He also developed inspiring relationships with his teachers b/c of the continuity. They really go to know him and vice versa. Take a deep breath. Hang in there.
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Brave post. Hang in there.
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thanks steph, i feel better that's out of my head and out there for all to critique. ;-)
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2009 on The Table at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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shameful, but true. thx To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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you're right it's all in the perspective ... To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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thanks for commiserating ... To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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i like the "let the kids do it themselves" approach! To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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it really is the big black cloud hanging over us all the time ... To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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couldn't agree more. To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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thanks. livin' the dream, eh? To: pamelaweiss@hotmail.com
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We ate at Andale's weekly - we ordered food there the night before they closed - it was a shock too - they did have higher prices than the usual Mexican fare, but then again their food was better than the usual. My son earned his "spicy food" wings so to speak ordering at Andale since he was 18 months old - he could down a chicken enchilada with rice and beans and a whole sandia juice all by himself. There's another little French restaurant that is upscale but relaxed that opened on California Avenue a few months back that we are starting to patronize called Bistro Basia - love that place. We are also 10 year veterans of Joanie's Cafe on that street as well. Ciao.
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Great post Rox! The mantras above have been circulating around our household for years ... especially the "hate" speech. I'll never forget doing my first kindergarten field trip ... in the backseat a 4 1/2 year old spewing "Bush Sucks" and "I hate you" to the wide-eyed blinking classmates seated next to him. My son waited a few moments and said, "What about trees, you hate them too?" ... I was clearly happy that my son (now 10 and very polictically aware) was not being brainwashed by his father and me at age 5 ... and even now at age 10. He was clearly shaken by the nasty rhetoric that floated among the student body at his elementary school; my son clearly understood why his parents were voting for Obama, but took great exception to the slamming of the "other candidate"- for whom his best friend's parents were voting for. After the election, he told his best buddy in support, don't worry about what everybody says, as long as you believed you were right that's all that matters." What a difference 5 years - and common sense pareting - can make. thanks for the post. - Pamela W.
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Camp drop-off appears to be the new see & be seen thing. Big smile here. Yesterday morning was the first time all three of mine where just (barely) old enough to all go to the same camp. I wondered whether I should dress for a) the workout I hoped to get before midnight, b) that mom I knew I'd run into who always says how fabulous I look even if I've been caught in a rainstorm after a root canal or c) the pre-garage-sale purge-o-rama activity going on at my house. I chose d) the same outfit I had on the night before when my husband and I went out to dinner for 20 minutes for father's day night. Only I tore a nice little non-repairable hole in my skirt on the kitchen drawer that's falling apart before departing. Yes, that was just the accessorizing I needed. See you later, Happy Camper.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2006 on Ode To The Palo Alto Mom at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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