Monday, April 21, 2014

I run

Yesterday morning, before the Easter festivities, I went for a run. The weather was calm, slightly cool and a wee bit humid, but in a good way. It had been a while since I went for a run--I have this thing I do you might be able to relate to, I'm really good at the self-sabotage.

But, self-saboteur or not, I knew that Easter would be filled with all kinds of sweets, treats and meats, so best to get out and get a workout in while I could. I had a bit of a hangover from the wine the night before and the snacking (did you know Cheez-Its and Malbec make a lovely pairing?), and this fresh air would surely knock out the cobwebs.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

From art to Squeezy ducks: this is my week

It's nearing the end of the school year and the kids' tasks are piling up which means my tasks are piling up plus I've got a lot of stuff coming up so ... sigh. Mommy is tired. And that makes it hard to focus on what makes me happy, so better start writing it down and remembering.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Dating Game

My son is talking dating. He's not exactly of marriageable age or anything, but this talking just takes me down memory lane, to my own misspent youth and related misadventures in dating.

My first "official" boyfriend, J.Z. (Those are his initials. Not Jay-Z, just to be clear) happened in 3rd or 4th grade. I believe we had been in the same class since Kindergarten, so the relationship was inevitable. He was also my BFF's boyfriend--he liked both of us, we both liked him, why make things messy? I believe she and I worked out a timeshare agreement ahead of time where we would, on alternating days, ignore him on the playground and blush furiously at the mention of his name. Also, once he gave us a broken Breyer horse statue to share. It was like a dream.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Music Education: Classic Country

It all started with a bottle of soda. Every time my kids drink soda from a glass bottle, at some point they will lean on the table a little bit, give me that half-sloshed look and begin to sing:
Well I was drunk! The day my mama! Got out of prison!
This will make us all laugh at their silliness and the general inappropriateness of their behavior while it causes me to question my parenting skills (or lack thereof).

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Park: Spring Break Adventures 2014

At the park, 2005
I'm a mom of two kids. So much of our time together has been spent at the park. Not one park in particular, I like to mix it up and visit parks both near and far.

In Oklahoma, parks mean windy days, sometimes intense heat. It's hard to know what to expect, weather-wise.

When my kids were little, I would go to the park with a group of other moms and kids. We would travel in packs like a pride of lions--proud females with our offspring, a caravan of suburban nomads packed heavily with our sippy cups, diapers, wipes, bug spray, sunscreen, band-aids, graham crackers and grapes--always cut in half.