The (Almost) End of Birthday Season

Ren at 14 monthsToday Ren-Ren turns 11—Happy Birthday Ren!You may have noticed that I seem to have written a bunch of birthday blogs lately, namely Kai’s birthday, and Ling’s birthday .  That’s what I get for bearing 3 kids all in the spring.  Between March 3 (Scott’s birthday) and May 27 (Ren’s birthday) all 5 of us, plus 3 grandparents and an uncle were born.Despite today being the last birthday, birthday season isn’t over yet.  We don’t even have a… Read more

Why can’t Moms get sick?

I’m sick.  After boasting about how I rarely get sick here in “I’m torturing my kids”, I have now caught a terrible cold with aches, pains, rivers of snot and sore throat.I blame it all on Ren, who insisted on jumping in our pool this past weekend when it was 60 degrees.  He said he wanted to be the first to jump in, so even though I pointed out that 5 minutes at 55 degrees means death from hypothermia, he was… Read more

Dang! I did (or didn’t) do it again!

(A follow up to yesterday’s post Practicing for the SATs)I just took today’s SAT question of the day:If x + 2x is 5 more than y + 2y, then x-y=a.   -5b.  -5/3c.  3/5d.  5/3e.  5It’s basic algebra (and a word problem) and I still got it wrong. . . twice!!  I seriously need some math remediation.Last night Ling and I went to the high school to the PSAT prep session where she could pick up her scores from her… Read more

Practicing for the SATs

I’ve previously confessed that I’m a personality test junkie.  Who knew I’d become an SAT junkie as well?A month ago, the high school sent out an invitation for a PSAT prep session along with all the good reasons our student might want to take it.  Even though Ling’s only a freshman, the reasons seemed compelling enough that I forwarded the e-mail to Scott and Ling, and all 3 of us decided to go ahead.We had to go to the Kaplan… Read more

Tiger Moms vs. Barbie

Once I learned how to see the stats on this blog, I became addicted to following how many folks are reading, from where, and with what frequency.  So here’s the latest:Hits           Post365            Are Chinese Mothers Superior 197            All you need to know about Barbie Princess Cakes176            Finally read the book162            Big Kathy/Little Kathy 157            Spiritual Formation for those Beset by Plumbing DemonsTiger Moms win, but Barbie is slowly but surely making progress!  In fact, when I… Read more

Can Tiger Moms practice Indifference?

(This post continues a series on the spiritual discipline of indifference, read #1, #2, #3.  And picks up on posts about Tiger Moms, read #1, #2, #3, #4)Ling’s 1st recorded smile after baptismLing-Ling, my oldest child, turns 15 today.  Scott cried when she was born.  Our roommate Gini said, “Wow, she’s so much better than a bird!”  (referring to her pet parakeet Bing who I did not love).  I just felt dazed and distant.   While I felt more attached to… Read more

Indifference, Celebrity and a Bean Dip you can’t be Indifferent to

(This is post #3 in a series on the spiritual discipline of indifference.  Read #1 and #2)I’m generally relatively indifferent to celebrities although I like to gawk at them like anyone else.  A fun benefit of living in NYC was having random movie stars film throughout the city.  I got to watch Nicole Kidman run through a rain machine at the bottom of our street way back when all I knew about Nicole Kidman was that she had a very… Read more

Happy Saints and Indifference

(This is the 2nd musing on the spiritual discipline of indifference.  Read #1)I love this picture of St. Ignatius I found online and that it comes from happysaints.com! A student had told me that she thought the discipline of indifference came from St. Ignatius of Loyala.  At my women’s weekend away last week, I Googled Ignatius and indifference and found a lot of materials which I shared with my friends. When we weren’t debating my friend’s qualities for eHarmony (read here) or… Read more

The Spiritual Discipline of Indifference

You can run but you can’t hide.For the past several weeks, God and I have needed to talk about my attitude problem towards a set of decisions Scott and I need to make.  As I wrote about yesterday in “Tempted to Join eHarmony,” Scott and are polar opposites on almost every spectrum that exists.  That makes decision-making especially hard.  But like Jonah of whale fame, I ran around avoiding the conversation with God.  Last Tuesday, after a morning cancellation, I… Read more

Tempted to join eHarmony

I’m feeling tempted to sign up with eHarmony.  Not because I’m ready to find another husband—I’m very satisfied with the one I have.  But because I’m just slightly addicted to personality tests and eHarmony is one major personality test!This past weekend I went on a girls’ weekend with 5 friends to celebrate a 40th birthday, and one of the tasks was signing her up for eHarmony.  It took at least 2 hours and we only got about 70% through the… Read more