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Tales from the Imperfect Playground

Throughout her stories of misplaced toys, temper tantrums, and experiences as a physical education teacher, Christine offers observations that will ring true with all mothers. In short, this book offers a virtual high five to women for the gazillion things they manage to miraculously get done.

 

Would I have more credibility???

Would I have had more credibility if I resembled this masked fool?  This morning, while corralling my crew to the bus stop, I nearly blew a blood vessel while reviewing the daily requirements needed to leave the house.  It is, by the way, April 26th and the children have been an active part of this routine since the beginning of September.  Not to mention, my son has been doing this gig for the past five years.  Yet, once again, recognizing that we needed to bust a move out the front door within minutes, the list of expectations began---"Go to the bathroom."  "Brush your teeth."  "Get your shoes."  "Put your jackets on."  "Grab your backpacks."  Then, out of nowhere, my youngest casually revealed that her cousin had taught her the "f-bomb" yesterday.  What the heck?  Where did that come from?  Not that she even understands what the word truly entails, regardless --  I was not amused.  Ironically though, I was thinking of that very same word as I bustled their buns to the car.  What do you think?  If I were dressed in this sweet looking spandex suit, would my points have been taken more seriously?  Would they have moved with a little more pep in their step?  Probably not... just look at it.  What would the neighbors think?  Better yet, what would the bus driver think?
 
 
 

SNEWomen's EXPO

Join Christine Carr at  2:20pm  on Sunday, April 25, 2010 for an entertaining discussion: High-Octane Parenting. How Do We Maintain Our Sanity While Living Overscheduled Lives?

The presentation will be about fifteen minutes long and she will have copies of her book, Mother Daze... Tales from the Imperfect Playground, to sign and sell.  She hopes to see you all there.  This is a day-long event that you won't want to miss.  Book the babysitter now.  :)

For more information, visit

http://www.southernnewenglandwomensexpo.com/floorplandirections.php

 
 
 

The Land of the Overloaded

I have always been a person that returns e-mails quickly.  If someone has been kind enough to telephone my home, I have made it a point to return the call in a timely manner.  I often wondered how some people could be so busy that they would be unable to dial up a two minute telephone response or type a one minute e-mail.  Well, in recent months I have seen my pattern of responsiveness change.  And in the past few days, the #@!@!! has hit the fan.  Honestly, these last five days have been a virtual blur.  I have received a number of e-mails, phone calls, and Facebook messages during the week and I'm reluctant to say, I have taken on the traits of a non-responsive pal.  In my defense, one of my three has sporadically been sick... a recurring fever that has found a happy home.  And while administering the consistent cycle of Motrin, I have been finalizing PR engagements for my book, Mother Daze.  But, no rest for the weary.  Laundry, bills, dishes, and end of the weekend tasks to complete before the start of another work week.  Blah, blah, blah!

I write for one simple reason.  To celebrate women!  Although each of us fill our days with different tasks, twists, and turns we all know what it feels like to be maxed-out!  Change the details, but the common feeling is there.  We juggle so much in our daily lives that we don't even realize how much we get done until we can't do it.  Once we stop the performance, we recognize a good part of the daily show shuts down.  I am very, very fortunate to have a helpful husband who is willing to pick up some pieces when they fall, but it goes without question that women get it done.  So to all of tou out there: "You go girl!  Go, go, go!"

 
 
 

Dreary Broadcast

These days, it is almost impossible to turn on a TV set and not bump into some sort of super sad news story.  Often, the topics leap from debt ridden disasters to skyrocketing jobless rates.  Last night, I happened to catch the Nightly News with Brian Williams and I was saddened by the level of bummer-riddled news that was streaming across my television screen.  The topics jumped from one thing to the next and with each new story the level of emotional let down intensified. Man, life scares me sometimes.  How quickly news can change from bright to bleak.  We could be having the best chain of events unfold in front of our eyes and within moments our life can be flipped upside down.

As often as possible, I need to focus on the good that surrounds me and my family.  Looking for the bright spots in the day and trying (very hard) to look past the dark clouds that may follow relentlessly is no easy task.  Recognizing that many people are experiencing financial difficulties, threats of job security, and other stress spiking challenges, I owe a debt of gratitude for the health of my self and my family.   Without that -- nothing else matters.  How lucky to be blessed with the gift of a healthy family.  Often I take that for granted.  I can get consumed with the daily race and not stop to take notice of the very simple pleasures of life.

We all know someone who may be experiencing pain or sadness.  Nothing in life is ever guaranteed.  That is both exciting and spooky at the same time.  I love the adventure that unfolds each day, yet I am often scared to see what is waiting behind the next corner.  I think I need to take some time with family and friends and tell them just how much I love them.  In times of trouble, we must continue to seek the smiles.  :)

 
 
 
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