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I’ve tried. I’ve really, really tried. I’ve cooked eggs a half-dozen different ways. I’ve spread peanut butter on toast. I’ve done every kind of cereal known to man. I’ve tried those nasty weight-loss shakes. I’ve eaten Oatmeal and Crème of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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I’ve known for years that the only way to get into the Summer Camps you want is to register in March; months before you really should have to plan out your summer vacation. Emails went flying around my son's class... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
We made the switch to 1 small thing in the goodie bag (typically a fab find at the dollar store). One year it was a kite for the party at the park. Another, pool noodles for the pool party. Since we often had a pinata, I never felt bad about limiting the good bag - they are all taking home a bag of candy anyways.
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Glad you liked it! You can easily increase the rice to feed a crowd or decrease to feed less. We always end up with a ton of rice leftover - so it's quesadillas with rice for dinner the next night. --Robyn
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2010 on What's for Dinner? Shrimp Tacos at Who's The Boss?
I did one scrapbook for my college-graduation-celebratory-trip to Europe. It took way too many hours and I decided then and there to never do it again. When my son was born, I bought a a photo album that I could keep his pictures in. That's it. Surprisingly, I haven't actually printed out a photo since he was about 2. He's now almost 6. oh well. When he's old enough, he can print all my digital photos and make one himself, right?
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My son is in kindergarten and goes home with six words to write at home, a math worksheet, and a weekly poem to memorize. Until I implemented a reward system (get a token for completing on-time, at the end of the week if you have 5 tokens you get to play on the Wii), it was taking over an hour to complete. Killing me! Now that homework takes less than 30 minutes to complete, it doesn't bother me. And I get to see what the class is working on. And he gets a little reinforcement which is good for my absent-minded-professor kiddo. But if the teacher said they were going to a no-homework policy, I certainly wouldn't be demanding an optional packet. That said, I do wonder about creating study habits for high school and college where there is going to be work that has to be completed outside of the classroom (like that one literature class I took my freshman year in college where we read a two novels a week). I haven't read the Case Against Homework, so I'm curious as to how we instill the study habits at a later age.
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I don't know... was he trying to get the spotlight from the very beginning or is he now just capitalizing on the popularity? I get what you are saying about educating teens about how to use social media (and what to avoid), but it seems to me to be harmless. Sort of like mommybloggers posting the photo of their baby naked on the bear-skin rug... Are people only upset because this one went "viral"?
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I went to BlogHer for two years and had two totally different experiences. The first year, I didn't know anybody and really had to put myself out there to make connections. I ended up meeting some awesome people that are still my friends today. I probably got 100 biz card and only checked out about 10 blogs from the cards (so my advice to everyone: only give the card when you think that someone is genuinely interested in you or your blog). Last year, I attended and found it to be different. Maybe I was different too (I was under a work deadline and my mind was elsewhere at times). I wanted to meet up with the people that I had met the year before, felt totally overwhelmed by the amount of corporate sponsorship, and was underwhelmed by a lot of the sessions I attended. I think that every year the high-school reunion aspect of the conference increases for bloggers who've been going since the beginning which makes it harder for the newbies or those who haven't been blogging since the beginning of time (that's what those big-bloggers always claim right? that they did this before it was "popular"). I'm not going this year. I can't get the time off and can't really justify the large expense for what will always remain just a hobby for me. I do think that there is value in the conference - but you have to decide what you want out of it to get the value. Are you there to learn more? Pimp your blog? Meet the power-bloggers? Get free drinks and free swag? For some, they want it all. If I was to return to the conference in another year, it would have to be for really excellent content. Afterall, I can find other ways to get my blog out there and meet new people than spending a whole lotta cash for what turns out to just be a social mixer.
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Any guy who signs up for the Bachelor is a douchebag. And any girl who goes on the show "looking for love" has real issues. Sorry, but why should she have expected any different when she's on a reality show about a guy going to third base with 25 different women??? Come on! I do feel sorry for her. Clearly she had her heart broken. But knowing the track record for the show (I don't a single bachelor has actually stayed engaged to his "final rose"), shouldn't she have known better?
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Interesting. I think undergraduate may not be as important. However, nearly all C-level execs have graduate degrees. And most of those C-level execs have a graduate degree from a tier-1 school. I entered the workforce during the dot-com boom when companies were willing to take anyone with a pulse and a college degree. The fact that my degree was in something unrelated (feminist politics) didn't matter and I was able to get a couple of yrs experience under my belt before the bubble burst. These days, companies seem to be a lot more choosy of the types of new grads they take on. My advice to my highschooler cousin - major in business and take it from there. I know in SV there are a lot of people that want to make their living doing something they are passionate about. Having a solid understanding of business can help your daughter launch that artistic career when she's ready.
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Would love to win a Tivo for my husband! We've always wanted one, but were never able to afford it. I would love to record shows so that we don't have to battle over who wins the remote.
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I find this border-line disturbing. Funny but disturbing. I would so have to make fun of these moms every chance I got.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2007 on Not So Tiny Dancer at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Thanks for that. Many of what you listed here are in my Top 10 for why I like to work. And I definitely have a top 10 for reasons why I am jealous of SAHMs; stuff like being able to cook a meal that takes longer than 30 minutes to get on the table (I can't remember the last time I baked something), having extra time with the kids, not having to do laundry at 9pm, actually knowing the parks in my neighborhood, and so forth. I think that there is a grass-greener element here. Both have trade-offs, that is for sure.
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Roseann - First of all, I am not a slave to my children. My son does not believe that mommy is a push over and all it takes is a tantrum to get his way. Quite the contrary, in fact. But since you don't know me, your false judgement of the situation is clear. Not every strategy is going to work for every family. I found a way to still enjoy grown-up meals without having to deal with a control issue. It works for us. No where in my post does it say that YOU have to implement my strategy. Families with extremely picky children, need many tools to keep the family harmony. We do all sorts of things to get kids to eat. I know plenty of moms that made a separate meal for each child. Does that make them a bad mother???
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Howard - this doesn't always mean a clean plate. I have a terrible habit of giving him too much food on his plate. I struggle with putting just the right portions on his plate. I just don't get how he can survive on two spoonfuls of rice, 3 baby carrots, and one piece of chicken. But this has stopped the meal-time whining and ensures that he'll at least eat something.
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hmmm... that's all it takes to render this phone useless?? I may just "accidentally" drop my phone in my morning coffee. I'm so over cell phones.
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Good job on running! Every year I say that I am going to do it and then that weekend creeps up on me - and we either already have plans or I haven't had enough time to train. One of my good friends does it every year. But he is definitely a walker. Actually the more that I think about it, he is more of a drinker at the event that anything else. He loves going - for the party.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2007 on To Run or Not to Run at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Ok, so everything here is totally normal behavior. It is just so much harder when it is your own kid. One important thing that I always keep in mind is that it is my job to externalize what later my child will be able to internalize. This does require me to talk all the time. "I see that you are frustrated when kids get behind you on the slide. But we all get a turn. Take your turn now so this little girl can have a turn next." A child development expert once told me that at 2, children believe that you can read their thoughts. They don't understand what they are feeling/thinking isn't communicated directly to mom. So you may have to stop, let him calm down, and try to get him to communicate his needs (again, will probably be you doing most of the talking and interpreting). And my last advice is to find a couple of strategies that work for you (ignoring, re-direction, time-outs, etc.) and be totally consistent. We have a simple 1-2-3 method that works for us. But it only worked after my son realized that after 3 ALWAYS came a consequence. I never deviated. It took a couple of times of him testing the boundary (which he still does from time to time), but my consistency in discipline made actually having to discipline a whole lot easier. Good luck!
Toggle Commented May 19, 2007 on THE MOM of THAT KID at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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At my son's preschool in Santa Clara, we had to sign a permission slip for the teachers to apply sunblock. Here's the kicker tho, they only apply it in the afternoon. So every morning, I have to remember to apply it when we get to school so that he is covered in the morning. And of course, there are mornings where I forget. I'm glad that the school applies it at all, but I wish they did it in the morning and afternoon at least.
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Ok, so for the record, I never rammed the cart. But I totally fantasized about doing it. These last few weeks have been incredibly stressful with the move and the contractors, and the home repairs. That said, this post came off a lot more angry than I am really was. Thanks for the offer about the spa day. I'm not much of a massage person, but I could so use a facial, and a mani/pedi. Anyone want to play hookie with me and go to the spa? --Robyn
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Am I the only person that has no idea what Webkinz are?? Although, this reminds me of when we went to get Cabbage Patch Kids back in the 80s. The limit was one per customer. My brother and I were nearly trampled in the mad dash to get a doll.
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I am so with you. I spent the day running around, visting all the grandmas that I didn't have any time for myself. Next year I'm not visiting anyone. I'm going to get a pedicure and buy a new outfit. Although, I may do that on Father's day - claiming that it is his day with the kids (and giving me a day off!).
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Get ready to be answering this question until you appear to be very pregnant (and then you'll get "are you stoppping at two or going to have a third?") I get asked the "when is D going to be a big brother?" question at least every other week. So my new line is "I'm waiting until D can fiz his own breakfast, tie his own shoes, and wipe his own butt. Then we'll have another." My kid is 3 and I am still not ready for another one. Although it helps that my spouse feels the same way.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2007 on One-year-old syndrome at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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I cut my long, thick hair to a boy-short style during spring quarter of my freshman year in college. Then I dyed it black (it was bottle blonde before). I still remember showing up to my dad's 60th birthday party (at the Church!), with my tatoo showing, short black hair, and nose ring. Needless to say, the parental-unit did not like that suprise. Pay back is a bitch, and I'm not looking forward to the day when my son comes home with a radical style.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2007 on Gimme a head with hair! at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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