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Interests: Reading, parenting, literature, and writing
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When Borders Books closed a couple of years ago, we lost two nearby stores. While it was not the David-and-Goliath story of Fox Books putting The Shop Around the Corner out of business, because Borders Books was actually the "Goliath," in some ways it was worse. Because now there is no nearby book store. In You've Got Mail, Kathleen Kelly surmised her store would become "something really depressing, like a Baby Gap." Our nearest book... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Bookish Mom
I feel obliged to begin with the full disclosure that the author, Sarah Smiley, is a good friend of mine. The Navy has sent our families to opposite corners of this great country, so it's been several years since we've seen each other. But we are friends in the way that only comes from middle-of-the-night deployment phonecalls and drinking-in-a-hot-tub family vacations. Which is to say that I love her stories, and I am definitely biased.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at Bookish Mom
Are you a compulsive book lover? A social book reader? Do you read for prestige? Do you read only when traveling? I couldn't resist this infographic, describing all the ways and reasons we read. I'm a bit of a compulsive buyer myself, I've been known to buy multiple copies of a book I love from thrift stores, and while I can't abide a cracked spine, I've been known to underline, asterisk, and scribble in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Bookish Mom
When I was in college, I worked in the library and spent much time reshelving carts full of books, which led me through the stacks, discovering many titles I never would have stumbled across otherwise. A happy little find were the two 1970s bestsellers by Richard Bach: Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah. Both books are philosophical in nature, but they are entertaining and easy reads. They are not what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at Bookish Mom
Having raised four babies, I've spent an incredible amount of of my time, energy, and problem solving skills over the last 11 years on trying to get babies to sleep. A CD player was an early nursery essential, and now we have an ipod and my old Samsung Galaxy as music players for my kids' rooms. Although the older two often read before going to sleep, they still enjoy listening to music as they drift... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Bookish Mom
Our school is on a year-round calendar, and yesterday was the first day of school for my three older kids. They were all happy about their new teachers and classes, especially my five-year-old, who started kindergarten. She got the same teacher that we fell in love with when my older daughter began school. She couldn't say goodbye to ME fast enough! We didn't get out the door early enough to walk, as I had planned,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at Bookish Mom
I have to follow up my recent post on body image and the sting of Barbie. An article on Huffington Post offers an example of what a Barbie doll might look like if it were based on the measurements and dimensions of an average nineteen-year-old girl. And concludes that the doll looks pretty good. HuffPost has previously shared an infographic showing what Barbie would look like as a life-sized real woman. With impossibly distorted proportions.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at Bookish Mom
On July 5th of last year, I published this post on my old blog, Small Things, about our disappointing Fourth of July: I don't believe in omens. But the migraine I had yesterday morning might make me a believer. We love the fourth of July, and we especially love it in San Diego. We drive to Coronado and spend the day at the beach, and then we watch the Big Bay Boom fireworks show from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at Bookish Mom
We love the Barnes and Noble near us. I browse the YA books while my toddler plays at the train table, my preschooler hugs and rearranges dozens of stuffed animals, my 2nd grader begs for toys, and my 4th grader reads lego encyclopedias. Also, I drink coffee, pick up books to recommend to the children, and try to get the toddler to listen to me read a whole picture book. It helps if it has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Bookish Mom
My Dad had three daughters, so he was the only boy in our house. He always made time to play with us, read to us, and help us with our math homework. He usually had a lot patience, except when we'd get really LOUD, when he'd yell "HEY!" In my memory, that always worked, and now I can't figure out why my four kids don't respond as well when I try it. Things for which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at Bookish Mom
My family spent a wonderful day at the neighborhood pool, for a friend's birthday party. It was one of our most fun pool days ever, though we didn't use enough sunblock and are paying the price tonight. There was one sad moment for me. I spent much of the day following my two-year-old around, as he played with little boats and pool noodles at the steps of the pool and hot tub. There were three... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at Bookish Mom
Are you a fan of Judy Blume books? Her novel Tiger Eyes is now a feature film, opening in select theaters today, and available on itunes. Here's the film trailer on You Tube. I think I'll need kleenex. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Bookish Mom
The controversy over Disney's sexy makeover of Merida is the most recent example of the princess debate. On one hand, princess play is just make-believe fun. But on the other, moms worry about gender stereotypes, and believe that princesses emphasize appearance over substance. As a mom of two little girls, I want them to value ability and intelligence more than beauty and grooming, so I try to keep the princess thing in check. They enjoy... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Bookish Mom
I've been blogging for almost exactly 8 years. Since before Facebook, before iphones, way before Twitter. When I began my Small Things blog, blogging was not very usual, and no one had yet coined the marginalizing term "mommy-blogger." That was three babies ago. Three moves ago. My posts became fewer and further between, and I didn't even know what I wanted to say anymore. Time to focus! So here I am with a brand-new blog,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Bookish Mom
Previously posted at Small Things: So often during busy days with my kids I think that what I really, really long for is just some hot coffee and peace and quiet. I really love coffee. And I really, really love peace and quiet. Stillness. Just being alone, all alone, with my own thoughts, no interruptions, no one I need to answer or tune out or keep an eye on. I know I am a true... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Bookish Mom
Redbook Magazine has declared a "No Judgment" day for moms. Which I think all moms can agree was really a long time coming. We all know the cynical truth, universally acknowledged, that a woman in possession of a baby must be in want of advice. And with advice comes the implicit suggestion that you must really need it. After ten... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Small Things
I read a line a while ago that that amused me. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don't. Yup, I'm still amused. I'd wager that married people in particular find themselves dividing the world into two kinds of people very often. Those who put... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at Small Things
Or I WOULD be a Parenting Genius. If only the kids would cooperate. Yesterday we bought the baby a new pool float, and at the same time picked up an inflatable tube for the bigger kids, since it was on clearance for just $3.99. I only bought one, and for this I have three reasons. First, it was just an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Small Things
I don't believe in omens. But the migraine I had this morning might make me a believer. We love the fourth of July, and we especially love it in San Diego. We drive to Coronado and spend the day at the beach, and then watch the Big Bay Boom fireworks show from the helicopter hangars along the seawall on San... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at Small Things
I often make comments to other wise and experienced mothers about how parenting is not how the parenting magazines depict it. You can literally drive yourself crazy feeling like a failure if you try to fill your days with crafts made from recycled trash, beautiful snacks made to look like small animals, and long family walks discussing self-esteem and gratitude.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Small Things
I love this new sign the Navy created on the bay at North Island Naval Air Station! (aka Naval Base Coronado). According to the San Diego Union Tribune, ‘Fly Navy’ sign becomes instant landmark, North Island celebrates role as birthplace of naval aviation: Officials at North Island Naval Air Station have erected a lighted sign that reads “Fly Navy” as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Small Things
So I think I really scared off a mom at my daughter's preschool the other day. Several of us moms were letting the kids play on the playground after picking them up at their classrooms, and one of the moms was telling us about how her husband had just deployed for 6-7 months. And she'd just had her second baby... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Small Things
Eleven years ago, our three-year-old Eureka vacuum quit, and like most vacuums, it was not designed to be repaired. I decided to invest in an Oreck XL upright. The one in all the magazine ads, with the handheld attachment vac that can suck up a bowling ball. That one. I bought a refurbished floor model with a full warranty. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Small Things
Tonight I served my family mashed potatoes without gravy. Which prompted a lively discussion about how good gravy is. And everyone had an entirely different point of view. The 9-year-old son: If I were President of my own country, I would have FREE gravy for everyone. Everyday. Me: How would you manage that? Tax the people and use their money... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Small Things
I love the Harvest Grain 'N Nut pancakes at IHOP, and for some time have wanted to make a nutty nutritious pancake at home. I've sprinkled in a handful of rolled oats with the regular Aunt Jemima mix, which was fine but nothing special. Today I had pecans on hand, so I modified a regular recipe from my trusty red-checkered... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Small Things