Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 30 2012

Create or consume?

How do you use the internet? Well, besides the very obvious act of sitting in front of your favorite screen and reading these words. And these. And the ones to follow. There are different ways of using the internet and I’m struggling with that right now. On one hand, you can create things of value: blog …

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Jan 29 2012

Six things on a Sunday

The next person who tries to cheer me up by telling me Chicago is having a remarkably mild winter will be lucky recipient of a papercut from my Wellbutrin prescription. Sweetbabyjesusinastockingcap, I grew up here, I know this is a mild winter! Just please recognize that I spent the last 14 years in an area that …

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Jan 27 2012

Respect the energy

It’s been almost four years since I essentially collapsed from exhaustion. Unrelenting stress will do that to a person. Ironically, last year’s stress was considerably worse, but I had coping strategies learned from that collapse. Going gluten free, for one. Getting enough sleep for another. And respecting the day’s energy. Wait. No, I’m still trying …

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Jan 26 2012

Fruit flies, blue goo, and my role in life

Well, nothin’ like writing a depressing post about insomnia and the soul-crushing thoughts that creep through your mind late at night and then just disappear for nearly a week. So let’s go another direction, talk about something entirely different. Let’s talk about sex. Specifically, fruit fly sex. Yes, you read that correctly. I can call myself …

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Jan 21 2012

At night when the gremlins come out to play

The house is quiet, dark but for the backyard motion sensor light. It flashes on as it is jostled by the wind, casting vague shadows on the curtains. The boys sleep, finally silenced by the exhaustion they always refuse to acknowledge. The dog clickety-clacks through the darkened rooms, looking for a soft place to land. …

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Jan 17 2012

The fear of food

I went grocery shopping last week. Yes, I know, news flash. We were out of nearly everything, and so it was a Costco and supermarket run. On a Saturday. It was not pretty. And it was not cheap. I suppose I got spoiled, living in Colorado where there was a natural foods store on nearly every …

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Jan 17 2012

Alpha Dog

I love her to pieces, but I am convinced my dog is hell-bent on driving me batshit crazy as fast as caninely possible. I can think of no other reason for her existence on this earth. Rosie is a sweet dog, very mellow. I rarely write about her, because as darling as she is, she’s …

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Jan 16 2012

So about that book…

Back up a couple of weeks, and you’ll see I snuck in a sentence about a book when I was expounding upon being grateful: I am grateful to have been asked to write a book on parenting (and now homeschooling) the aforementioned twice-exceptional son while trying to find the funny (yeah, I’ve been sitting on that …

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Jan 15 2012

Past, Present, and Future Jen

My previous adventures in time management can be summarized thusly: Present Jen is the Future Jen of Past Jen’s present, and Present Jen is pretty pissed off at Past Jen’s decisions not taking into account Future Jen’s present desires. Clear as mud? Yeah, for me too. I’d draw a flowchart, but Present Jen doesn’t want to …

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Jan 13 2012

I’m not here. I’m over there.

I’m over at freeplaylife today, guest posting about being a new homeschooler. Tiff has been a mentor of sorts when it comes to homeschooling, waaaay back before I even thought about having an inkling regarding the possibility. She is one of the most fearless women I know, a passionate unschooler, and a lifelong learner. Her oldest …

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