Friday, March 2, 2007

That Party

You know....The Ultimate Blog Party over at 5 Minutes for Mom. Drop by, listen to some tunes, meet some new friends, say hey to your hostesses with the mostest, Janice and Susan, and visit for a while.

You can check out the best mom-owned stores, a vast array of mom blogs covering wide-ranging lifestyles and interests; get tips on organizing your home and life; and much more, of course. You can even add a link to your own blog if you like.

So, come on. What are you waiting for? Join the partay!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Xmas in February -- The Perfect Post Awards

This month, for the first time, I am participating in the Perfect Post Awards, put on by Lindsey at Suburan Turmoil and MommaK at petroville.

The purpose of the PPAs is to recognize all of the fantastic writing being done by bloggers across the Internet. The idea is for each participant to choose the one post that most moved her or him the previous month. It can be a post that made you laugh out loud, made you cry, moved you to action, or got under your skin in some way.

My selection for February's Perfect Post is The Maggie List, over at

I think there's so much snarkiness out there on the Web (and the world in general) and it just gets old. I really get sick of cynicism and sarcasm and everyone's efforts to be the coolest kid in school. It's just really nice to see someone being honest and sincere, talking about real feelings, and appreciating the gifts that have been given to him.

The way Rich talks about his wife Maggie in this post made me so happy. It made me stop and think about all the really wonderful things my husband does and is and helped me remember just how lucky I am to be loved and to have someone to love.

It would be nice if we never needed to be reminded to appreciate the good things in life, especially the good people who love us no matter what. But sometimes we need a little nudge. And I thought Rich's celebration of his love for Maggie was just a really perfect reminder for the rest of us, and the perfect post for the month when we celebrate love.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Solitude Standing

Wow! I can't remember the last time I experienced this... Practically alone and relaxed in my own house, listening to music of my choosing at this time of the evening. This is generally the most stressful part of my day...the getting dinner, getting boy ready for bed, adults trying to talk to one another about their days and relax, time of day.

Scott's working late. Brendan's fed, bathed, and in bed (almost asleep, I think!). Beckett's napping peacefully after not napping all day! I have a pan of penne al' arriabata with sausage simmering on the stove, garlic bread in the oven, and a salad with a lemon and olive oil dressing on the table. I'm sipping a glass of shiraz and writing. My house is mostly clean. Not perfect, but better than it's been since Beckett was born. It's all good. Mostly.

I do hate that Scott is having to work late for him. He's been working incredibly long hours as his team gets ready to launch a new product.

But, I am thankful to have this moment of peace and calm for myself right now.

They are few and far between.