The Virtual Binge

It's four o'clock somewhere, as they say...SUGAR TIME!Dig through the cabinets... isn't there enough stuff here for a little cookie dough? Do I have chocolate chips? Eggs?Yes, I do.I can make it for the kids. Yes! The kids! They would love me if I made them some cookies. And it would show them that I love them as well.Love...sugar...I'm so tired....so hungry...and I will be so fat...if I follow through on this plan...and I'm trying not to be fat...but I am so hungry and … [Read more...]

“MOOOOOMMMM!”

Me: "Nope. No more talking to me. I'm done parenting today. From now on report all your problems to Dad."Boy: "OK. See you tomorrow then, for another long, hard day of parenting." … [Read more...]

Book giveaway: Love and Salt

Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to read and review Love and Salt for the Patheos book club. Lauren at The Lovliest Hour has two copies of the book to give away. Don't miss out on a great opportunity. And you'll love Lauren's blog if you don't already read it. … [Read more...]

Clearing

I need to clear off my desk. Yesterday, I went through all the papers in my secretary, paid bills, and threw a bunch of stuff away. Felt good. Today, I need to clear my virtual desktop. When I'm blogging something, I usually open a blank page on my laptop, and write down as many sentences as I have available to me on a particular topic that's on my mind. I leave the page open, and as the day goes on, I'll swing by my desk and drop off a sentence or two, here and there, as it comes.Later, … [Read more...]

The Idiot Christian: How to be Inconvenient to Classify

For better or worse now, my children go before me into the world, and for the most part they have brought some very good people into our lives. They've chosen good friends for themselves, and their friends' parents' have been trustworthy faithful people.We're on a bigger playing field now at the middle school, a huge one, actually, and the easiest way to approach it is to divide everyone into their appropriate tribes and deal with the people we're likely to see most often.Some of these … [Read more...]

Back to School Quick Takes

I think I'll get a jump start on my quick takes, since I have a minute right now that I am not likely to have again soon. It's been a very busy couple of weeks. 1. The kids started school last week. Two of my kids are in middle school this year, sixth and seventh grade. This is a new experience for all of us, since I home schooled my now seventh grader last year for sixth grade. He didn't know the middle school ways, the middle school kids, how to dress--and frankly, neither did I, … [Read more...]

Destroying Your Marriage 101: How to do Everything Right and Still Get it Wrong

My husband and I went out to dinner recently, and as we were deciding where to go, it became clear that he had dined at nearly every restaurant in the city at some point in the past 14 years of entertaining clients and co-workers. In spite of my desire to believe that working full time to support a family is demanding and stressful, I started to feel concern that maybe his life really is more fun than mine.My husband and I spend a lot of time working side by side around the house, rearing … [Read more...]