Awesome links around the Internet edition
I need to hear this, frequently. I am a stay at home mom, after thinking I would never be a stay at home mom (seriously, see my first post on this here blog) living in a society that, while not openly admitting it, still seems to have a serious problem with women who just mother. I have always had a tendency to base my self-worth on external markers of success, and even after I left the working world (yeah, I’m in it part-time, and I like it, but it’s totally a money thing only and I’m OK admitting that) I tended to value my awesomeness as a SAHM on whether or not the house was clean and sparkling and dinner was on the table when Ian walked in the door.
Does he give a crap about this? No. But I did – and I still sometimes do. So articles like this are a big help to me. I helped a toddler survive the transition back to home and tried to convince an almost four-month-old that new teeth are not the end of the world.
(Ignore the comboxes on this one – they’re ugly. That’s usually pretty good advice for anything, though!)
I link to Jen’s blog all the time (at least once a week since she hosts 7 Quick Takes anyhow!) but I swear I would be the most socially awkward person ever in trying to be her friend if I lived near her (but I probably never will, because Texas is hot and scorpions) and it would be a difficult thing because we are both incredibly introverted people. I also tend to overanalyze any of my relationships, no matter how brief (“did that cashier just look at me weird?”) so that would get in the way.
Anyhow, this explains a lot about me. I can have a pretty relaxed day if you look at it from the outside, but in the inside I was thinking all day and writing my to-do lists and rewriting them in case I left something out and then and then and then…
Part of the reason I can’t relax when the house is not ordered the way I like is because it takes so much more mental energy for me to live in. I spend more time looking for things, imagining how I want to re-order it, and worrying about what would happen if the Queen of England came to visit. Speaking of which…
I can only hope that my sons will be this clever (yet still obedient) as they get older. The last picture is my favorite.
It is amazing to me how many supposedly smart people know so little about arguably the oldest and most influential institution of human history, even if they don’t buy into its theological claims. And why do they only focus on the minutiae? (I have a few theories.) Leila is spot-on – how boring this sort of crud is.
The cooler weather today has me thinking about fall…and how Alisdair may really enjoy a farm visit. We’re planning on a trip to the apple orchard this month, and many of these are weekend things so we’ll make a whole family outing out of it. Should be fun!
I gotta read some stuff by this guy.
Mark Twain’s 20 Quotes on Writing)
I signed up for Pinterest this week. It’s been nice knowing ya.
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