Feel like switching banks?
League of Responsible Government Voters
November 5 is Bank Transfer Day
Working and Parenting
Give Children the Freedom to Make Mistakes
My Husband is Smarter Than Me
Medical Book Club
“Say Ahhh!” Dora Goes to the Doctor
This story makes me love the Girl Scouts even more. And did you hear they’re quitting using palm oil for their cookies? If we didn’t already have so much in our busy week, we would join up right away.
That Gay Blog
All Girls Welcome in Girl Scouts
Women Hurt, Too
Another Reason to Quit Facebook
League of Gay Voters
Let Gays and Lesbians Adopt
Usually I know all of the secrets (included below), but this latest bout of congestion and other ailments is really getting to me. Ideas?
Healthy and Hale
Keeping Congestion at Bay
Judy Moody is the Perfect Kid Flick
Simpsons Three-Eyed Fish Caught in Argentina
WTF is Up with You, Fazolis?
My latest Teaching Tolerance blog is about implementing pets and animal care into the classroom to help teach about compassion.
Pets Make Great Teachers of Compassion
This week I’m loving…
Halloween! Nothing like an amazing trunk or treat to get you into the spirit. The best costume I saw was “Little Dead Riding Hood,” which was supremely evil and well played. The tween even gave me a perfect in-character glare that I had to compliment!
Seeing my mom well. She’s been ill for a couple of weeks and finally seeing her with some color and a bit of spring in her step made me breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Allergy meds! Thanks to my BFF, I am well supplied and getting better… I think. Ask me again tomorrow. I’ve also gone through six boxes of tea and two containers of honey, not to mention the stock I should purchase in Kleenex…
Wood Sprite’s birthday party photos. My husband did an excellent job, especially considering that our camera usually doesn’t work well. Her presents also went over well; she LOVES her tiny Totoro and her custom Diego rescue pack. We had 40 guests in all, and I am jokingly using that as my proof that “homeschoolers have social lives!” 😉
Late girls’ nights with Wood Sprite. Now that my husband is working early morning shifts and going to bed early, the two of us have spent a couple of nights staying up late reading, doing experiments or craft projects, and generally having a good time.
Making lemonade out of lemons. Not literally; I think my positivity is slowly returning after such a difficult year. Things are still so tight around here, and we’ve had to cancel and cut back like nobody’s business, but I have a good feeling that things are going to start being okay soon…
Today my little wood sprite turns six, and the thing I’m loving most is that she’s come so far and that she’s in my life. She’s my favorite person, my favorite thing I’ve ever done, and I am so blessed to have her. Here is what I wrote about her on Facebook:
Six years ago today, I had an emergency C-section three months early with a 1-pound baby I’d been in love with long before she was born. This little wood sprite surpassed all odds, ethereally, calmly developing as we all worried and waited, embodying her name even in infancy… Today she’s a pint-sized sage, my tangible proof that miracles do happen, that love and trust are powerful magic, and that every moment is a gift. Happy birthday, Sagean Eva-Marie, my tiny dancer, my viking with the moon eyes. ♥
This week, I’m also loving…
* Nyquil, Theraflu, Burt’s Bees cough drops, and anything else that’s helping me feel just a bit better * gorgeous fall weather, when it’s here! * Show Me Readers Club * getting my new planner ready for November * the new show, Once Upon a Time * crafting with wood sprite during the rare moments I’ve got energy (this bronchitis is kicking my butt!) * watching our two new kittens, Noke (Princess Mononoke) and Luna, chase each other through the house * relatives and friends who help out when you’re sick (and even when you’re not!) * having a semi-clean house * Cyndi Lauper * Wood Sprite’s easygoing calmness, even when I’m ill and not up for reading or playing * this great sample of Yes to Carrots lip balm I got for free with our cat worm meds, of all things * the big pumpkin WS won at game night
While making my daughter’s amazing birthday cake, my best friend also made me some amazing fall soup…
Fall Squash Soup
Romance Book Club
LJ Smith’s Night World Series
Savage Garden: “I Want You”