Ideal day of “me time”

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To be honest, I’ve never really thought much about “me time” or taken much time off from playing Mom. Mommy experts will frown and throw their arms up in the air going “No, no, no, you gotta have time to yourself!! If you don’t, you’re going to go nuts being around your kids so much!!”. Well, I haven’t gone nuts yet, so there πŸ˜› !

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Frankly it’s not that big a deal. For me anyways. I’ve never consciously made it a point to get away from my kids. I love having all my kids around the house and I love hanging out with them.

If I wanted some time out, I simply take an afternoon nap or go to coffee with a girl friend. I just don’t feel like I have to orchestrate some elaborate escape or farm my kids out for the weekend. But that’s just me.

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Favorite eco-friendly thing to do

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I like to recycle. I have a collection of used containers especially the pretty glass ones which I can’t bear to throw away. I will clean them out and reuse them for some other purpose.

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I get a big kick out of constantly thinking of ways to reuse empty containers and dress them up. Why waste a perfectly good container, right?

I use bottles as a stand for the children’s paintbrushes and pencils. Old cookie tins work great for keeping loose bits together. I’m also in the habit of dressing up containers to give them a prettier look and then we can use them for storing make-up items like cotton, hair clips, etc.

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Favorite blog post

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I’ve written well over 1,000 blog posts to date, before this challenge, that is. I’ve enjoyed writing all of them and quite frankly, it’s not easy to pick out just one post.

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But one of my favorites definitely has to be the one that begs the question

Do you talk to your teens?

simply because I really believe that talking to your teens is such an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of parenting.

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What did I want to be when I grew up?

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When I was a kid, what did I want to be when I grew up? Interesting question. I read somewhere that every kid many kids grow up wanting to be teachers. That’s like almost a standard first ambition of every child and believe it or not, it was my first ambition too.

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I think it had to do with wanting to write on the chalk board so bad. It looked like a lot of fun. Clearly I had some sort of fascination with chalk, especially the colored ones which, for some strange reason, were quite rare and only the Geography teacher used to use them πŸ˜† .

As it turned out, I didn’t become a teacher by profession. But I do teach college and working adults from time to time now. It’s fun though writing with a whiteboard marker isn’t half as much fun as writing with chalk πŸ˜› .

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Recent words of wisdom

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The most recent words of wisdom I’ve heard that stuck with me —

“You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”

So true!

 

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Fitness guru or couch potato?

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I’m definitely not a couch potato. I don’t watch enough TV. I wouldn’t call myself a fitness guru either simply because I don’t qualify. A bit of a fitness junkie maybe but definitely not guru.

I like to jump out of bed and hit the gym first thing. Our days start early so I like to get an early start. Thing is if I don’t get moving, once I park my butt at the computer, it won’t be that easy prying it off πŸ˜† .

Somehow I like the idea of being one of the first few folks at the gym when it’s cool and quiet. I’m kidding myself, of course, because I’m rarely among the first few and by the time I walk in, rarely is the air fresh and cool either.

Still I love the endorphin rush and subsequent burn of an intense workout. I’m not exactly the most disciplined person though. But I try not to dwell on that too much. I just do what I can. If I take a couple of weeks days off, so what? Important thing is to cut yourself some slack. After all, being a mom comes first, right? πŸ˜‰

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A photo to be proud of…

A photo to be proud of...
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but I wasn’t the one who took it. I’m a strictly point-and-click kind of girl. But I guess I can claim half-credit since I gave birth to the person who took this shot πŸ˜† .

Yup, my son was snapping away with his kick*ss camera (that’s why he’s the pro) while we were enjoying the show. This photo is unedited and it’s one of my favorite photos of all time.

Killer whales are so amazingly beautiful and graceful, aren’t they, with skin like dye leather and that smooth, flawless complexion? πŸ˜‰

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15 tips to get through life

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1. Mind your manners. Don’t forget to say your thank-you’s and excuse me’s. Always greet your elders i.e. say your hello’s and goodbye’s.

2. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, so says Confucious. Never met the guy but he sure sounds like he knows what he’s talking about πŸ˜‰ .

3. Appreciate and be grateful for what you have and what others do for you.

4. Never go to a party or a function on an empty stomach. Always eat something before you go because you never know when the meal is going to be served and more importantly, when the food is finally served, your hunger won’t make you look like you haven’t eaten in weeks.

5. Live within your means.

6. Don’t take what’s not yours and that includes other people’s money, stuff, scholarships, spouses (?), etc. Karma makes the world go round and it can be a real b*tch. Maybe not now. But definitely somehow.

7. Think for yourself. Have a mind of your own. Form your own opinions. Where the herd is headed may not be right for you.

8. Before you jump into anything, think of the consequences.

9. Live and let live, and that includes animals and creepy crawlies.

10. Show kindness, compassion and humility.

11. Be yourself. Be real. No point trying to keep up with the Kardashians or be someone you’re not because you’ll always be you, not Angelina, not Halle. Besides why would you want to be them? Maybe you’re having it better than they are but you just don’t know it πŸ˜‰ .

12. If you don’t know something, say you don’t know. It’s better than lying or faking it. No one can know everything except maybe for dahling Google. Like my teacher always said, it takes a great man to admit he doesn’t know.

13. Laugh at yourself. It’s therapeutic.

14. Don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep. Think that came from a song πŸ˜† .

15. Don’t waste food. Lots of hungry people out there, give them a thought.

Some of these (the more profound ones) I picked up from my doting grandmother and school teachers as I was growing up. Some, I made up along the way. Some are no-brainers.

Best day of my life

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I’d be hard-pressed to name only 1 when clearly the best 3 days of my life were the days each of my babies was born. My pregnancies were a blast, every one of them. I never looked or felt so good except maybe for those 2-hourly hunger pangs, and…

.. well, okay, so I did complain about having to wear tents. But then I realized if I wore them bright and colorful with pops of chunky jewelry, it made me feel really good about myself, barrel and all. It made chugging around the office like a mama train so much more fun!

It would’ve been tempting to say, let the good times roll for a while longer. But I was curious and excited to meet the kiddos. So began the amazing journey of motherhood, 3 times over. Every day, I learnt something new from my kids, and still do. They have taught me so much. Best things that ever happened to me πŸ˜‰ .

Favorite guilty pleasure

Favorite guilty pleasure
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As I was sitting down to write this post, I was exclaiming out loud, “Hmm, let me see, what’s my guilty pleasure?” From the bathroom comes Hip2bDaughter2’s (my 16 year old) voice, “Why do you have to be guilty about something you take pleasure in?” Hmm, good point. I hadn’t really thought about that.

My guilty pleasure would be that I love to shop and Hip2bDaughter2’s right. For the most part, I’m enjoying myself too much to be feeling much guilt. I think I have what they call shoppingitis. But don’t worry, it’s not infectious. Not unless you’re traveling with me.

Once on vacation in Bali (an island in Indonesia), my girl friend and I shopped till we almost missed the bus that was going to take us to the airport for our flight home. I was pregnant then but that didn’t stop me from cramming 4 bags to the brim with my shopping finds. That’s 3 bags more than I arrived with.

I would fly 8,000 miles to shop but I wouldn’t drive 8 miles to eat. If I had a fulltime job now, it’d probably be shopping forΒ cloud backup solutions. Believe me, if I could live at Costco, I would.

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