Women's basketball
Sledding
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Sarah and the goon squad

NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS SKINNY FEELS.

Kate Moss

Recently Kate Moss told interviewer Brid Costello that one of her mottoes is “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

My first reaction was to recite that to myself 800 times a day and see if it worked. I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting motivated to lose weight in the last couple of years. I thought maybe this would help.

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THE PROBLEM WITH VACATION

Eating

Besides the obvious fact that I haven’t been posting with any regularity whatsoever, my biggest problem with being on vacation is that I can’t seem to stop eating.

Actually eating and drinking.

I know that Thanksgiving is a big food holiday, but that was almost a week ago. Ick. All my clothes feel too tight. It is like when we went on a cruise for our honeymoon and dress I brought for the formal dinner fit great on Tuesday and was embarrassingly snug for Friday night. Yes, I have been eating and drinking like I was on a cruise.

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WHY SLEDDING BLOWS

Sledding

We drive to the hill.

My car almost gets stuck in the snow.

There is this hill by our neighborhood pool. At the top of the hill there are tennis courts. At the bottom of the hill is the parking lot. This hill must be 45 feet wide and 15 feet up. There are stairs leading up to the tennis court area on the left.

I take one picture. This one.

Ian takes his first run down the hill he immediately flips over and hits his head on the stairs.

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MY PHILOSOPHY ON LAUNDRY

Laundry

Note: Do you ever spend time on a writing assignment only to realize that you weren’t assigned the laundry post, you were assigned the post about messy bedrooms? No. Just me, huh? Whatever. Here is a post I wrote for BlogHer about how I am a laundry slacker.

My philosophy on doing laundry is entirely based on a two word phrase. “As needed.”

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WHY YOUTH SPORTS ARE VITAL

Sports

Somedays I cannot believe how busy we are around here. Between scouts, choir, soccer, birthday parties, piano lessons, family commitments and homework I feel like half of the time I am just diving my kids around from place to place. I know this isn’t news to any suburban parent. I was warned about this. The thing is how do you decide what to sign up for and what not to sign up for?

Not over scheduling my children but still making sure they end up as well rounded individuals is a constant challenge. As of second grade they both love scouts but I am not requiring them to do it. Scouts are a bonus. The kids are obviously responsible for homework but there are only two things I require – one instrument and one sport. I will tell you why.

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THE SILVER LINING

Silver lining

I am looking forward to winter because in the winter there a no mosquitoes to ravage my poor itchy ankles.

I told this to my children this afternoon.

I told them this one, because it is true and two, because I was trying to think of something positive to say.

The kids didn’t have school today because of all of the flooding. When my neighbor wanted to take my kids on a walk to McDonalds I nearly lost my mind. “IT ISN’T SAFE!” I yelled at everyone.

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THE HALLOWEEN COSTUME DEBACLE – PART 1

Halloween costumes

I am not a terribly prepared or organized human being, but I know from experience that if you wait until mid-October to buy children’s Halloween costumes they will be picked over and you will never get what you want. Halloween is the one holiday I have down, when school starts in September we order our Halloween costumes.

This year Claudia was to be a cheerless leader and Ian was going to be a stealth ninja The Halloween Costume Debacle Part 1.

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ME AND MRS. JONES

Lolo Jones

You know how it is when you get a real Talking Heads moment? When you think How did I get here? This is not my beautiful house. Well, I had one of those moments two weeks ago when I found myself interviewing Lori Jones, mother of Olympic hurdler, Lolo Jones.

Honestly, my education is in political science and music. Before my kids were born I worked in finance, sales and event planning. How did I get to a place where I interview parents of athletes as a part of my job? It was a long and winding path, but I am so glad I took it.

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