Saturday, May 30, 2009
Pizza Saves Lives
An Unexpected Gift
However, they did that whole lights out, fun music, funky light shows, disco ball, black lights bowling at the start of our second game- so I lost. It was all the fault of those lights. Really. It was.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The Positive Anger Explosion
Do The Right Thing
Lisa has written on the subject of language a few times. Specifically, how it feels for her, for her kids... when someone glibly uses the word "retard." Like this post. And this one. And this one.
Let me start by saying that it isn't a word I use... but I have to admit that it has probably slipped into my vernacular from time to time.
Last night, we had our weekly dinner at church. As we lined up to head through the food line, I hear 3 teenage boys in front of me.
"Huh-huh. Look at the plate. It looks like a happy retard face. Huh-huh."
"Yeah. Retard. *snort*"
"Yeah. Happy retard. Heheheheh."
I'm not happy. I don't like the language.
But hello!!! Duh! This is my church and we are all about community and raising each other in Christ and all that jazz.
I take a step forward, look at each boy, and say "Please stop using that word. It is offensive to a lot of people. You might find it funny- but it really isn't. Please stop."
The 2 older boys stop. They look down, appearing a little embarrassed. The younger teen, who is somewhat known for being obnoxious, I think, and who seems to think he will impress the older boys... looks at me and says "What word? RETARD?"
Little shit. I oughta...
But I figure a teen boy is like a dog. When they snap at you, they are expecting you to back down. So that they then assert themselves in a pack leader role.
I don't fall for it with dogs. I'm not falling for it with this boy. Afterall, I know his mother is here!
So I keep eye contact, never flinch, never blink. I lean forward and say "Yep." I lean in further, grit my teeth (because I'm the alpha female, thank you) and say "That's the word."
He backs down- stops laughing, breaks eye contact, looks at his feet.
Alpha female wins.
Anyway- my point is that I stood up for what was right. Even if it would have been easier to ignore them, easier to act like I didn't hear them. After the fact, I realized that I'd done this in front of my kids. This was a good lesson for Teagan. She maybe didn't understand everything that was going on. She maybe wasn't following what Mommy was doing... but no matter... she saw Mommy choose the right thing vs the easy thing.
Do the right thing.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Sun'll Come Out...
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A Brief Mention of Sadness and Anger
The Most Powerful Word
Monday, May 25, 2009
The Dynamic Discipline Equation
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
The Zoo- In Pictures
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Friday = Fun!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The One Minute Behavior Modifier
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Don't forget to leave comments, links to your own posts about this process and contest...
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
For the next few days, I'm going to immerse the blog in parenting. I'm going to review and cover my rereads of the 2 Moorman/Haller books. Starting today, every comment you leave that is relevant to the subject matter will count as an entry. If you blog about what I'm doing and share the link here, another entry. No limit on entries- but comments have to be relevant or share links to relevant posts. So spread the word, make suggestions, journey with me. Or don't. I'm gonna do this anyway. I'm just stubborn like that.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I know where I'll be on Tuesday at 9 EST. Join me?
Can't see the video? Won't be able to tune in on the 19th? Watch on Hulu.com!!
Friday, May 15, 2009
I Think I'd Like a Sister Wife
Thursday, May 14, 2009
My only regret is not ordering any sangria. The list looked good but I just wasn't sure with the whole boss/work paying the tab thing... If you go to the link and check out the menu, there is a list of Sangrias... Sangria Rosada...
She and I did each have a glass of wine at the airport before flying home... had I only known...
Someday, Christy and I will venture out for tapas together... spend several hours over our food and sample many dishes and consume much alcohol...
This is a chain and I am hereby very jealous of any of you who have one in your area. We ate breakfast here Tues and Weds and liked it so much, we did lunch there on Weds! I had the same breakfast both days- the Anaheim Scrambler. Eggs scrambled with bacon, tomatoes, green onion, cheddar cheese, topped with chunks of avocado and an avocado slice. I love avocado but have never had it with eggs. It is heavenly!! The toast was really, really good, too. For lunch, I had The Trio- pick 3 side salads. I did the chicken salad (chicken, apples, currants, red onion, celery, mayo, almonds), asian edamame salad (edamame, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, carrots, green onion, basil, cilantro, ginger citrus dressing), and the greek vegetable salad (cucumbers, tomatoes, artichokes, pepperoncini, kalamata olives, red onions, white balsamic, feta).
The Corner Bakery Cafe was named one of the Top 10 Healthiest Quick Serve Chains by Health Magazine!
They also had REALLY good iced tea. Regular tea and a black currant iced tea... dreamy. Great coffee, too. And the little flavor shakers- vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg. Mmmmmmm.
Tuesday's lunch was a place called California Tortilla. It was ok but nothing to get excited over and we have comparable places here in Indy.
We did get sandwiches in the airport. Minimal selection of eateries at Ronald Reagan Airport. We had started to go to this "Europa Cafe" place but a pilot stopped me ands aid that the food was much better at Allie's deli- sandwiches made fresh instead of the pre-made and packaged stuff at Europa. He said he flies in there once a week and has tried it all and said Allie's was the place to go! And he was right- fantastic turkey sandwich.
Christy's birthday is next week and I plan to take her out to dinner... Fogo de Chão