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307! Wednesday, clobber the clutter and cobwebs

November 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 


How are you feeling today? Do you have a day-after-the-election hangover (figuratively, of course)? I’m so happy that the UNLISTED calls have stopped. I swear the phone has been ringing nonstop over here.

I shared a wonderful email chain with Sandy of God Speaks Today and The Amazing Adventures of Fitness Friday Girl yesterday. I’ve admired Sandy’s writing from a distance for quite some time, and it was so lovely to put a “face” to the name.

I shared with Sandy* that one of the ways I keep myself honest with the Daily 7 is to not check email in the morning. I try my hardest to not look at the computer until after the kids are off to school and the baby is down for her morning nap–about 9am. This is a recent development. I felt for a very long time (and still have twinges of guilt) that in order to “do my job correctly” (i.e. blogging, writing), I needed to be available at all times.

It’s just not healthy. The kids aren’t happy when they don’t have my full attention, and I’ve found that if I give them what they need, they are usually quite ready to then give me time to attend to work/email/etc in return.

But they have to come first. I’m sure as bloggers we’ve all been guilty of trying to just squeeze in one last email, tweet, comment, etc. with a kid standing at our shoulder chanting “mom mom mom mom.”

it happens. I know. I’ve been there. And since I’m aware, I can do better.

we all can.

* This isn’t actually what Sandy wrote to me about—she’s firing her cleaning lady. :-) But somehow in my head I tied the two together! LOL!


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cut yourself some slack. you’re doing a GREAT job

catch up with a friend and listen more than you speak. let her lead the conversation, and when she asks about you, answer concisely but then switch it back to her. Give the gift of listening.

To listen well is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation. –Chinese Proverb

third weekend of September

September 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Hello, weekend!

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend since Tuesday afternoon. We’ve got soccer on the agenda, but that’s about it. I’m really glad to have some down time.

How about you?

this weekend:

family time

yard work

anything need to happen on the punch list?

are Halloween costumes picked out/purchased?

keep up with the Daily 7

Thursday, July 22

July 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 


Good morning! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.

Dig out your punch list today and get stuff crossed off. Paint the baseboards that look crummy, touch-up the paint in the front entry to get rid of the grimy handprints, and replace the burnt out lightbulb above the vanity in the guest bathroom.

that kind of stuff! You can do it all by yourself. It’s tempting to pawn all that stuff off, but use today as a learning opportunity for the kids. Moms (girls) can do anything!


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cross stuff off your punch list

There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina.  All other jobs should be open to everybody.  ~Florynce Kennedy

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 1, 2010 by · 7 Comments 


Happy July!

I’ve met all my big deadlines that have been hanging over my head, and can now breathe deeply and sleep soundly. I’m typing this Wednesday night, and I’ve got a bottle of champagne waiting in the depths of the fridge. I hope the kids go to bed without too much fuss!

I’m looking forward to getting some of the things done around the house that I’ve been neglecting. I’m going to tackle the stuff on the punch list that I know I can do myself, and I’m going to FINALLY print out some new pictures of the kids to hang in the frames I bought at Ikea back in December!

What about you? Any projects you’re working on?

I’m also looking forward to getting The Help back from grandma. She was holding it for me until I met my deadlines.

And I’ve got a dentist appointment today. I have a cavity I’ve been neglecting. ick. I also need to schedule an eyedoctor appointment. I’m in need for a mommy tune-up!


work on updating the baby book/printing out pictures/etc.

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