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Jessica McFadden
Washington DC and Silver Spring, MD
Interests: reading, writing, politics
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My daughter Eve was commenting on people's different skin color and body attributes, so we had some long conversations about heritage and ethnicity and genetics. So now she has loudly started referring to people by their race ... unnecessarily, e.g. "I was just playing with that African American girl on the swings" or "This is my friend Amy - she is Asian American and her mommy is European American but maybe she has lots of different people from different places on her family tree, just like you Mommy!" You know, light, appropriate playground & preschool pickup topics. @#%&
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Both my children fell asleep in the car today on the drive home from school. They're six and four and have never been much for napping, so this was a cause for a celebration ... of the caffeinated, skim, double... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at DC Metro Moms
It sounds like you DO Do-Lots, especially for a mom with a new baby!!!
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Thanks so much Elena! Teachers should TOTALLY be a parent's first-stop and top priority when looking for a place to lend a hand. (Not the "Muffy" mom, as Michelle Lamar so brilliantly calls those committee head clique-y moms.) If you're a parent with limited time to help out, give the teacher of your child all that you do have!
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Almost one year later, I really really still hate this phrase. Enough to comment on my OWN sad, tired, old post. Which I've never done before. But people keep saying it. Please stop! The lambs are crying!
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Seth Rogen's MOM drove him to his first comedy club gigs. If your kids are half as hilarious as you, they'll be starring in their own Judd Apatow movies ... well, once they're old enough to even watch one. Love this post!
Toggle Commented May 20, 2010 on Silly is as silly does at DC Metro Moms
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Suzie, you're the bomb. Thanks for working so hard with such a glad heart! It totally matters to your kids and your community. But especially your kids. I hear so many of my adult friends talk with reverence that their moms were "room moms" or "den mothers" - the kids DO love it when we lend a hand. And I've learned that A LOT of parents that don't volunteer believe you have to be asked. So I try to ask the newbies and shy peeps early and often and then introduce them to EVERYONE I can. They may think me bizarre and stalkerish, but then they can bond with another fellow committee member by talking smack about me. I totes don't mind.
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Thanks Amy! I tend to go BIG with specialized, seasonal volunteer obligations, that way I can attend other events, not lend a hand and just enjoy! This way too my husband and kids only get pyscho mom a couple times a year. [Cue shower scene music.]
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Well, I think the same amount of guys that pitch in with school volunteering, cupcake decorating, permission-slip-signing etc. is about the same as the guys that do laundry and baste turkeys, and moms that get out there and edge the yard and change the oil in the cars. In my house? My full-time working dude just got back from chaperoning and driving a minivan full of 4 year old princesses from the preschool nature center field trip. That man deserves some action tonight!
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You do deserve a mother's day every freaking month. Will work on that and get back to you.
Toggle Commented May 20, 2010 on Dear Mother's Day, I Call a Do-Over at DC Metro Moms
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I used to go there to save money on prescriptions, filet mignons, bday cakes, cat shit stuff but then I would spend so much more money on best sellers, fleeces, cheap jeans and chocolate in bulk...that would make me so fat that I'd have to go back for cheap jeans in bigger sizes. I now boycott at all COSTs.
Toggle Commented May 20, 2010 on I'm Quitting Costco at DC Metro Moms
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This is genius. I love how there's no passive aggression, just positive pure sweetness. SO YOU!
Toggle Commented May 20, 2010 on How To Get Exactly What You Want at DC Metro Moms
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Damn it, you made me cry Joanne. I think this trip - and this post - reveal what a wonderful forever mom (parents) you are to PG. The sensitivity and love you are showing her, and the wonderful memories the three of you will have from the trip, will remain long after the panda photos have to be replaced in the iPhone with more soccer adventures. xo
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2010 on A Second Trip of a Lifetime at DC Metro Moms
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Being from SoCal, I used to dream about building snow men with my kids and getting a day off to play. After two weeks off and so many snow men in our front yard it looks like a zombie attack, I have put away all romanticism about this. SNOW SUCKS.
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My goal is to hoard away a few boxes and then bring em out at 4th of July or something when everyone is a little lit. (The grownups, I mean.) I never last. I've got my GSC from 2009 still too....on my ass.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2010 on Girl Scout Shenanigans at DC Metro Moms
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You're in better shape than most teens, that's for sure! I about fell over when I was asked to write some letters of rec for 8th graders to charter and private schools. Crazy.
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I personally ADORE Wendy Rieger and Jim Handly, and thank you thank you for introducing me to the awesome that was Brenda in the heart of the storm, what a crack up: http://is.gd/7PzGK
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Thought of you - Baltimore profiled in Elle Decor this month as most awesome town ever. No mention of grocery stores in snow crisis.
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We lost broadband for 4 hours. It was touch and go there. And I'm medicated.
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My children borrow my computer and it's like they want to sleep with my husband. can't imagine what it will be like when they're teens!
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2010 on Musings on Being Snowbound at DC Metro Moms
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I shoveled once, did one day at the gym between storms and the rest of the time? Eating and drinking like it's my JOB! You sound relatively TRIATHALONIC!
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2010 on Shoveling is My New Workout at DC Metro Moms
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we are down to one crappy bottle of Pinot. Thankfully, got plowed. And JUST IN TIME.
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mine is only via keyboard. verbally? i'm toast.
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Nah - you were just providing curative support! (And besides, I think it was in the morning...ha ha.)
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I felt the same way with baby #2! I sent my hubs home to sleep in a bed and give our older child continuity. And I remember allowing the nurse to take my second baby to the nursery to weigh her, rather than insisting it be done on a scale in-room, and nonchalantly watching an episode of SATC. And I never once filled out the nursing log. So so so glad you are finding baby #2 so wonderful with your experience and of course your smiling mama love!
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