Mothering on the Edge

Monday, November 27, 2006


Ok, maybe not friends. Imaginary friends. They're real. I just imagine we're friends.
Muum's Musings
Mama and Midwife Thoughts
The Sassy Lime
Crib Ceiling
Daring Young Mom
Mormon Mommy Wars
It's Not the Volts That Kill You
Magically Mama
Cheeky Lotus
Notes from the Trenches
Rocks in My Dryer
Say La Vee
Want Not
Family Food
Everyday Mommy
Giving Birth with Confidence
Mormon Mom-Cast
Utah Doula

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Places I won't shop

Some consumers fight with their wallet against sweat-shop labor, unfair marketing practices, etc. I am far, far more petty. I stop shopping places because I hate them. They have somehow managed to piss me off enough that I said, "I'm never shopping THERE again." And I mean it. The links explain a little bit of why. Because I'm certainly not going to link to THEM. That would be...helping them. And we hates them. Stupid, fat hobbitses...I mean, corporations.
Delta Airlines
Victoria's Secret (this one in particular, I find ironic. I mean...heaven forbid someone see a BREAST in Victoria's Secret!!!)
Wal-Mart...really just because of the fluorescent lights and roaming bands of unsupervised tweens. No, I'm not kidding. It really bugs me.
Kirby Vacuums Don't offer to clean my carpet. I don't have carpet. Or dust mites. Dust mites are afraid of me. You would be, too, if you were as smart as a dust mite.
5-7-9 I am none of those ages.
Lane Bryant Because they glare at skinny girls there. Although they have stunning clothes, I cannot take the recrimination at my spastic metabolism. Even to look.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006


He's at it again. Blogging. It's a jog-blog now. He's been sewing, too. Is there nothing this man can't do?


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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thankful for Joyschool

construction paper........$.39
marabou feathers.........$.50
marshmallows, raisins, toothpicks and almond turkey feet...$.29
The Joy of Gratitude...priceless

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Monday, November 20, 2006

In Memorium, the princess dresses

Remember the dresses?
The gorgeous, expensive, special-event, gifted dresses that made them look, feel and act like princesses?
I ruined them. Both.
Who reads labels anymore? I just didn't know. I've never had a dress that nice.
The tulle overlay is apparently nylon and allergic to the dryer.
The boys didn't understand. They're just dresses.
There were tears. Tears over dresses. "Now what will I get married in?" one asked.
I cried, too.
We'll be dress shopping this week.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

under the family room couch

legos: 26
puzzle pieces: 3, including one wooden puzzle bottom
toy cars: 9
books: 5, including one that is 8 weeks overdue at the library
child-sized socks: 6
pieces to games we no longer own: 7
chewed gum: 1
Halloween candy: 3
apricot pits: 5 (Now seems like an ideal time to point out that we have not had apricots in the house since summer and food is not allowed in the family room.)
US legal tender: $.11
writing implements: 10

Am I happy? Yes, I am.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

ABC Meme

I know, I know--2 memes in a row. I'm taking the weekend off.

A is for age: 29
B is for beer of choice: root
C is for career right now: stay at home mom, freelance writer, childbirth educator and writing instructor. That's right. I tell people what to do and how to do it. The ones that pay me listen best.
D is for your dog's name: Duchess lives next door and I haven't wished for her death in a while.
E is for essential item you use everyday: keyboard, earbud, my throaty, demanding voice
F is for favorite tv show at the moment: ugh...the vast wasteland that is TV. I don't have one.
G is for favorite game: Everquest 2
H is for Hometown: Provorem, Utah
I is for instruments you play: I have played a french horn and the piano. No, not at the same time. Don't be silly.
J is for favorite juice: cranberry 100% juice cocktail
K is for whose butt you'd like to kick: Anyone who comes to my door selling things vacuum cleaners. Oh, you said "like to"...that sort of implies "haven't already"
L is for last place you ate: my bed
M is for marriage: 9 years this week!
N is for your name: Sarah
O is for overnight hospital stay: 2 for babies and 1 for spontaneous brain damage
P is for people you were with today: My posse, yo. Big H, Sweet T and Little E.
Q is for quote: "To reach a goal you have never before attained, you must do things you have never before done." --Richard G. Scott
R is for biggest regret: Gosh...I think I regret not graduating from high school early. But it wasn't totally my decision and who knows what that would have screwed up.
S is for sport: barefoot full-contact soccer
T is for time you woke up today: 6:30 am
U is for current underwear: Like I'm going to put that on the Internet. Dream on.
V is for vegetable you love: Love might be a little strong, but I like baked potatoes and fresh corn on the cob. I'm really more of a fruit person.
W is for worst habit: Taking on more than I can handle
X is for x-rays you have had: hm, just my teeth, I think
Y is for yummy food you ate today: I'm hoping to have some really good chocolate cake tonight
Z is for zodiac: Virgo, I think. Something like that.

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9 Quirky Things About Me

  1. I don't like lace-up shoes. It's like, there's so much to do in this world, who possibly has time to TIE SHOES? And after the stroke, I didn't bother relearning that particular skill for weeks, maybe months. I was slow at it for years. I have a pair of Keds now. But all the kids' shoes are slip ons or Velcro.
  2. I'm a picky eater. It's all about the textures.
  3. I met my husband when we were 7 and 8 years old. I liked him then, too.
  4. I was scared of trans fat before it was cool. My friends laughed when I asked the drive through girl at Wendy's about trans fat in the fries.
  5. I don't like movies. Overall. I'm the meanest critic in the world. Makes me very difficult to date. I usually pick one or two movies a year that I actually enjoyed. I make sarcastic remarks at the screen when I don't like them. Maybe someday I'll do a Thursday Thirteen of the worst movies I've ever seen.
  6. I stutter when I get angry or nervous.
  7. I studied to be a midwife for a year. I think placentas are really neat.
  8. I sort of think I might die young. So I teach my kids to get along without me, make their own food and stuff. My husband thinks I'm just a slacker. That's part of it, too.
  9. People like to tell me stuff. Personal stuff. Like, when I first meet them. You wouldn't believe what kind of problems people really have. We should all be more sympathetic.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

new look

I've had this in testing for a week or so. Kudos go to this gal for the beginning design. Chocolaty cute, no?

Darn. I just realized I didn't save at the right time and so will have to redo my friends list. Double-darn. I didn't save the text file either. From the top, people.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Upon arriving home late.

Blond Hunk: Oh good, you're home. I was afraid you'd left me.
Me: Right. Like I would leave you and take the kids with me.

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What people were looking for

...when they found this blog:
That last one was searched for 7 times!!! I wish I did know how to make a cheese ball shaped like a turkey now. Have to work on that. As my children have pointed out to me several times, everything tastes better when it's shaped like something.

In other news, this is the movie du jour here today:
E calls them the Mac'credibles!
Why? Because if it's not scottish, it's Crrap!

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Canadians may skip this post

So, here's the thing. Our fathers fought and died for representation. Our mothers demonstrated and petitioned for decades for the right. So quit your whining about the options. Just suck it up. Spend your Tuesday night in line at your local elementary school and thank God you have the right to do so. Cast your freaking vote.

I found out this year you can bring notes with you to vote. I don't know why I thought you couldn't. It just kind of feels like the SATs--they check your ID and put you behind blinders so you can't "cheat" and it's very quiet. But you can bring notes! In fact, if you have a supercool county clerk like Salt Lake county, you can even print out a practice ballot, and write down who you want to vote for before you get there! Information age for the win!

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Halloween Redux (pictures optional)

So, Halloween. There's no pictures of the kids in costume. There's no pictures of pumpkin carving, or the preschool parade, or even the pile of loot they dragged home (and from the state of my pillowcases, I do mean dragged). There's only this. And lest you think we took them to some lovely, rustic pumpkin patch, let me disabuse you. That's Wal-mart, aka the sixth circle of Dante's inferno, reserved for whiners and cheapskates. Enjoy.

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