Friday, December 20, 2013

December Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 16 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

If you were a fly on my wall you'd see... well, not much.
I disconnected from multiple social media platforms.  

And I've not written a thing.

Admittedly I'm in a funk.  I want to pull away from everything.
I'm having an Ecclesiastes moment and rather then fight it I'm going to embrace it.  
Because in truth... social media is just a social disconnect. 

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

                                    Baking In A Tornado

                                Just a Little Nutty

                         Follow me home . . .

                              The Sadder But Wiser Girl
                                    Menopausal Mother
                                       The Momisodes
                      Spatulas on Parade
                              The Rowdy Baker
                       Sorry kid, Your Mom Doesn’t Play Well With Others
                             Juicebox Confession
                                Writer B is Me
                         Dates 2 Diapers
                                              Kiss My List
                                        Moms Don’t Say That
                           Adventure into Domesticland

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lessons in Value

Thanks to the creation of DVDs and Netflix a parent can now allow their kids the freedom to watch their favorite princess or superhero without the bombardment of commercials.  For those without kids this means very little.  To those of us with kids it means no more; “I want that” while watching cartoons.  This is big, especially when you flashback to our own childhood when Saturday morning cartoons were simply a way for vendors to hawk their wares on little kids and stress their parents out with the latest and greatest play sets and dolls.   

So you can imagine my surprise when my oldest comes running to me to ask for some random toy from some random movie that we’ve not even seen.  “Mom, I have to have this.  It’s so cool!”  I asked what the toy was, what its purpose was and why she felt she ‘needed’ it.  In the end it was simply another piece of plastic that was overpriced and required I also buy the companion video so she’d better understand the character.  

“Child, you don’t even know this character.  Why do you ‘have to have it’?”

There was a long pause and feet shuffling; “The man in the commercial said so.”

“The movie you’re watching also says you can walk on rainbows.  Can you do that?”


“I think you have enough stuff.  Perhaps at Christmas, if you’re still interested we can get it.”

“But I want it.”

“And I understand that.  But you don’t need it and right now we have to focus on need.”

“Then I need it.”         
I laughed at the quick response from my then 4-year old.  She smiled back and thought she’d just won the argument but it was then that I realized she was old enough for me to explain the difference between wants and needs.

You can read the rest at Joy Comes in the Morning...

Friday, December 6, 2013

December Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.  

Your “Secret Subject” is: 
It's time for reflection. 
What has 2013 taught you and 
what are your hopes for 2014?

It was submitted by: The Momisodes

I don't reflected on years and I don't make resolutions.  The point is lost on me.  The idea that you can summarize the year or set goals a year in advance.  Chances are I'll mess up before the end of January.  Then I've just set myself up for failure.  Never good.  ;) 
That's not to say I'm not a planner.  I do love to make notes, write lists and set daily and weekly goals, I even budget two or three months in advance.  But after 40-years I've realized that there are too many variables in a year to try to plan around.  

Maybe that makes me a bit pessimistic or perhaps a realist; either way I don't see a year worthy of reflection.  I see the day to day struggles as milestones and the daily or weekly goals met as small triumps.  

So as for my reflection of 2013 and my hopes for 2014; I don't want to look too far back or too far forward.  I'll stick with the day to day and be happy in those.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
                                Baking In ATornado
           Moore Organized Mayhem
                              The Sadder ButWiser Girl
                                     Crazy AsNormal            
                   Searching for Sanity
                           Follow me home . . .
                              Evil Joy Speaks
                   The Bergham's Life Chronicles
                                Juicebox Confession
                         Dates 2 Diapers
                      The Insomniac’s Dream