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True love
Saturday, May 14, 2016      6 comments

Once upon a time a poor young man left his village for the big city, where he worked long days in a sweatshop and sent his savings back to feed his family. He followed better opportunities by immigrating to another country and took every job he... Read more
Mission accomplished
Friday, May 13, 2016      5 comments

My mother expects me to call her twice a week, which I've done reasonably consistently for the last umpteen years. During the second half of April, she instructed me several times not to send her flowers for Mother's Day, and to send her a card... Read more
My kid brother
Thursday, May 12, 2016      4 comments

My "baby" brother is turning 50 soon. When we were young, I was very protective and would hover over him. I'd pick up after his messes; once I threatened a school bully who was teasing him. Me, who'd never so much as scratched another person ... Read more
Something fishy
Wednesday, May 11, 2016      2 comments

Last weekend I bought two large packages of fresh salmon from Costco, in preparation for feeding our college kid who moved back home for the summer on Friday and who loves salmon. But I've only been able to feed him once since he's been busy wo... Read more
No regrets
Tuesday, May 10, 2016      1 comments

We had our two kids when I was in my 30s, and my body never shrunk back. I could blame it on juggling work and home with no family help nearby, I could blame it on biology and hormones, but the truth is I didn't make it a priority so I morphed ... Read more
Epic fail
Monday, May 09, 2016      3 comments

I capped off a 6 day streak of sticking to plan and no snacking whatsoever with a Mother's Day blowout of embarrassing proportions. Now I'm sitting here feeling bloated and a little bit regretful. Not a lot, because I did have fun indulging wi... Read more
Mommy time
Sunday, May 08, 2016      4 comments

I never felt the urge to have kids until I ended up with the hub - I had been engaged before, but never had parenting dreams with the others. And being a mother has been transforming. I tell young expectants that before kids, I was happy; afte... Read more
Sabotage and chaos
Saturday, May 07, 2016      3 comments

Our house looks like the proverbial tornado spun through. It's not big to begin with, but with the college kid's 2 car loads of stuff filling both the middle of the family room and one end of the living room - all just dumped in two piles - now... Read more
Lightening the load
Friday, May 06, 2016      4 comments

It's after 2 am, and I have *finally* finished a couple of work chores. I had hoped to get them done earlier this week but just couldn't manage to get myself into it until today. I decided to stay home so I could focus on work; when I'm actual... Read more
Another foot
Thursday, May 05, 2016      4 comments

When I was a kid, one of the highlights of winter was watching the holiday movies, made with really primitive animation or stop-motion technology. One of those was about the fictional origins of Santa Claus, and there's a song in it that still ... Read more
Buffeting the buffet
Wednesday, May 04, 2016      3 comments

Today I had a work lunch; 6 of us went to an Indian buffet. There were lots of syrup-soaked sweets, deep-fried appetizers, fluffy bread, fragrant rice, and assorted rich saucy dishes. All of which my colleagues piled on their plates, but I man... Read more
Going to bed hungry
Tuesday, May 03, 2016      6 comments

So one day down of tracking and sticking to plan - I am slowly getting back on that wagon. I've been stress-snacking for a while lately and need badly to break that cycle. Last night I went to bed hungry - a real accomplishment for me. I dran... Read more
Back to the drawing board
Monday, May 02, 2016      8 comments

For a number of months I religiously tracked every morsel that entered my mouth. Then it turned into a tedious chore, and I took a break from it - which has now lasted even more months. And since I'm not doing a great job of sticking to plan, ... Read more
Like mother, like daughter
Sunday, May 01, 2016      4 comments

My mother and I live thousands of kilometers apart, and I usually manage to visit her only once a year. I call her twice a week to catch up. This is the time of year when she will nag me: don't send me flowers for Mother's Day! I want a card... Read more
I, sloth
Saturday, April 30, 2016      3 comments

Our soccer kid loves sloths. She thinks they are cute and funny, and she likes saying "sloth" drawn out and clipped at the end. When we are having a particularly spuddy time together, she'll ask if I feel as slothy as she. Last night afte... Read more

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