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Dave, sorry for the oversight and thank you for bringing it to my attention. I've made the correction. Thanks for a great photo!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2011 on Mourning Borders at CurrentMom
Eileen, thanks for sharing your love of reading and understanding my feeling of loss. Your story about the librarian reminds me of my childhood, too. I was a very early reader and would try to leave the library with stacks of books higher than I could see around. It got so overwhelming that my parents set a limit on the number of books we could take out. I remember once saying to my sister "How many will they let us take out?" and the librarian who overheard reassuring us there was no limit. My sister promptly said, "My mom says more than 25 books are too many to keep track of." That's what I want for my kids. A world in which they want too many books to keep track of or afford!
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2011 on Mourning Borders at CurrentMom
I am truly mourning the loss of Borders bookstore. After all,it's one of my favorite places to go and get lost in my thoughts, how can that sanctuary just disappear? Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at CurrentMom
A lot of people prefer to use email as a workplace communication tool. Recently, I’ve realized there are some significant disadvantages for using email for work related communication. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at CurrentMom
In a household consisting of two adults, a 15-year-old, an 8-almost-9-year-old and a 1-year-old we have twelve Internet-ready devices. You can see why I might be concerned that we’re too connected and yet not connected enough. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at CurrentMom
Is there such a thing as "bad luck?" It's an interesting concept. Especially when you differentiate between bad luck and hard luck. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at CurrentMom
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It’s true, you never forget your first time. We were not Disney virgins. Our family went to Disney World two years ago and it was truly magical. This latest trip didn’t have the same kind of magic as the first time. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at CurrentMom
Resolutions are so absolute, so black and white and not always something that can be achieved, so this year I resolved not to make resolutions. Instead, I've made goals and objectives. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at CurrentMom
I completely intended on throwing my hat into the holiday recipe ring with a latke recipe, but I took those potatoes and made a very simple Cheese Potato Pie instead. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at CurrentMom
My sister and I are three years and 705 miles apart. We've been three years apart since the day I was born, but we've only been 705 miles apart since the day she went to college. We share an upbringing. We have shared memories. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at CurrentMom
Sometimes I really hate leaving my house. That's because I can't stand being caught in the middle of what James Surowiecki of the New Yorker refers to as the "crisis in customer service." Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at CurrentMom
Being bullied and feeling left out is awful, no matter what age you are. How can we expect our children to find the strength to survive it if there are mothers like me out there who still feel left out on the playground? Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at CurrentMom
I love that you are willing to call yourself a non-crafty mom. When it comes to costumes, what I visualize is usually considerably different than the finished product! Lucky for me, here in the northern-most Northeast, my kids usually have to wear coats over their non-crafty costumes anyway. This year, my 8-yr-old struck a bargain with me, though. He doesn't want to trick-or-treat and would rather I buy him a variety bag of Halloween candy. That solves the costume issue! (The teeth issue, I suppose, is not as well taken care of...)
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2010 on Halloween Ideas for a Non-Crafty Mom at CurrentMom
My kids are growing a sense of humor. Gone are the days of faking a laugh for the fortieth time in a row upon hearing the punchline "Orange you glad I didn't say banana?" Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at CurrentMom
I'm convinced it's not the bird that's the word, but that the word is the bird. I've been thinking a lot about the old adage "Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words can never hurt you" and I'm thinking that the adage is a bunch of hooey. Words can hurt and people are using the word as a way to flip the bird. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at CurrentMom
I remember that feeling well. I'm busier now working-from-home than I was punching the clock in a brick-and-mortar business. Somehow you feel incredibly accountable, especially because you *are* at home. Just be careful to actually take that time for you and set some business hours. One night, as I finished checking my email for the gazillionth time because "my client is on Pacific time, maybe he needed something after my business hours," my husband staged an intervention of sorts. No work after hours, ask clients to respect those hours and try as hard as anyone else to avoid working weekends. :-)
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2010 on Slowing Down While 'Starting Up' at CurrentMom
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We're planning our second trip to Disney World and I am stressing. We have to go. We have to. We promised the kids, but the finances are shaky.What happens if what started out as a great Grand Gathering turns ugly? Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at CurrentMom
You are not alone! The beds in our house are almost never made. I truly don't see the point to it, we're just crawling back in and untucking it all into comfortable chaos at the end of the day anyway. Maybe I am failing to teach my kids something valuable, but I think I'd rather have them know how to cook and do their own laundry than make a bed. There's something to be said for being able to shut the bedroom door when company comes over!
Thank you, Katherine. I'm glad this is such a supportive community! Terri, I am so glad you did comment today. Intellectually I know we're certainly not the only family dealing with such things, but on an emotional level it can feel like it sometimes. I am very touched you took the time to reinforce that it's not just us. Advocacy is not always easy, your son is lucky to have you pushing for him. Good luck to you this year as well.
My brother has an intricate bracelet tattoo on his forearm that makes my Holocaust-era grandparents wince every time they see it. I've always wanted a subtle tattoo also, maybe a chain of ivy around my ankle or something else just as delicate. With each milestone birthday or milestone occasion--my divorce, my remarriage-- I've entertained the idea, but have not done it because of the Jewish belief as well and because I don't want my grandparents to be reminded of the painful past. (Or possibly because I'm a total wimp and think it might hurt a lot.) I never really considered that in having pierced ears I'd already gone against religious prohibition. I look forward to knowing whether you decide to get a tattoo!
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2010 on To Tat or Not to Tat at CurrentMom
My son has a disability. He can be hard to work with and hard to figure out. Worst of all, though, when he's in school I feel pretty alone and unsupported when it comes to his needs. I'm not so sure it gets easier, that's what overwhelms me. Some days I can't figure out how to make it to the end of the day and the thought of YEARS like this...it's unfathomable. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at CurrentMom
It may sound like a wish-washy stance to take, but I agree with both of you, Katherine and Randy. The journalist in me cringes when I notice companies taking away freedom of speech, but yet I also feel as though if people aren't using common sense or don't know what's appropriate in using that freedom, guidance should be provided to uphold the company's values. In terms of corrective action (and social media policies in general), I absolutely agree that training and discussion of the possible consequences of "blabbing" on SM needs to happen beforehand, not as an afterthought. In my experience, a lot of companies provide employees with a copy of the policy, require it to be read over and signed and that suffices as notice. With a generation of employees who have blurry boundaries, perhaps that's not enough. A face-to-face conversation or training accompanied by a copy of the policy might be more effective in driving home the seriousness of the situation and that there WILL be follow-through. In the circumstance you mention, Randy, in my opinion, the manager should have used the situation as an opportunity. An opportunity to educate employees about what's acceptable and what's not. An opportunity to provide a warning of consequence for future offenses, an opportunity to examine what the salon's stance is on SM and an opportunity to create a policy for the future.
Leaks, work complaints and other work-related information are so often revealed online that a number of highly visible companies have put social media policies in place. I have to wonder though. Why do these companies need to create policies to tell employees to use common sense? Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at CurrentMom
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The truth is, we live in a fast-food world. Instant food, instant coffee, instant messaging and instant gratification. I confess, I used to love fast-food french fries, but I want to reach out to people who are indulging and creating this crazy, fast food world and say: Not all of us want french fries with that! Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at CurrentMom
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If dog is man's best friend and diamonds are a girl's best friend, then the slow cooker (a.k.a The Crock Pot®) has to be a working mother's best friend. With a teenager, a seven-year-old ball of boy energy, an infant and two working adults in my house, I'm getting a fair amount of use out of my Crock Pot. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at CurrentMom