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2012 October

This Is Why

October 11, 2012

I can’t have nice things.


Miles and the puppy run through the house and over all the furniture every night. Whenever I think about purchasing new furniture I remind myself that new furniture would require that I care if people and dogs ran on it. And frankly, I have way too many other things to care about.


Are you going to join our book club over at AlphaMom? We are reading a book that truly revolutionized the way I think about relationships, specifically my children.

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A Mum By Any Other Name Would Be a Corsage

October 2, 2012

Everything is bigger in Texas. Even corsages. But these Homecoming corsages are not called corsages. They are called Mums.


For those of you who do not live in the South, or perhaps it is just Texas I am not really sure, that gigantic thing pinned to by daughter’s shoulder is a Mum. A Homecoming Mum. A gigantic piece of tackiness that is somehow a status symbol. Of what, I do not understand.

The one my daughter is wearing is very understated. A plain, almost boring mum, in spite of the bells, glitter, beads and curly sparkling ribbon.

When we first moved to Texas one of my neighbors was talking about Homecoming and that her son had to get his girlfriend a Mum.

A mum? I had questioned. Because I was thinking of the potted mum variety that you use to decorate your front porch in the Fall.

Yes, a Mum. It’s a tradition. The bigger the better.

Huh, I had said. Imagining a high school girl carrying around an enormous potted Mum, which seemed ridiculous.

And then I was schooled on what a Mum is. And it still seemed ridiculous. And ridiculously expensive. There are girls who wear several of these. Girls who have Mums that light up or have stuffed animals pinned to them. Girls who have Mums so heavy their back aches. Texans take their corsages seriously.

I made the Mum (assembled the mum?) my daughter is wearing. She was little wary when I said Hell, no I am too cheap to spend $25+ on an already made Mum that you will wear for five minutes and then complain about and toss aside please oh, please let me make it for you! But I won her over with my threats of you will have nothing then! crafting and glue gunning skillz.

And for the record it cost me $6 in supplies and she wore it for about 6 minutes before she complained that it was weighing her down.

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The Parenting Club

October 1, 2012

Over at AlphaMom we are starting something new. A book club! I am so excited about this opportunity to read some parenting books and discuss them. I usually read a couple of parenting related books a year and usually wish that I had someone to talk about them with me. Often I push the books on friends so I can have someone to bounce ideas off or hear what they thought.

Over at AlphaMom we are voting on which book will be our first to read together. The only one that I have already read is the Five Love Languages of Children. I included it on the list because it completely revolutionized the way I thought about my children and parenting. The others are all book thatt I have heard good things about and have been on my to read list for awhile.

So go on over and vote, you have until tonight, and join me on this new venture.

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