Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mommytography 365/*85-91

85: Hulk is ready for his UFC match-up

Look at that game-face!
Mommytography 365 Project Sunday Assignment

86:  Hulk SMASH daddy face!

I wish you could hear the sound effects these fists make!
 87:  Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons...
  
...for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
 88:  Late night partying for a 4-year-old

Shakey doggie (his lovie) got a dance party.
 89:  7-year-old angst.


90:  I'm not fat.  I'm just fluffy.

Our rarely-seen cat, Cindel (Ten geek points if you know what we named our cat after). That's a lot of cat.  And fur.
 91:  Mothering the lovie

My daughter's lovie, Giraffie, is well taken care of.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

When work follows you home

So....I work in IT (Information Technology).  You can say it... GEEK!

As such, most of my work is on a computer. Most of my coworkers are not co-located with me. In fact, some of my coworkers and customers are located all around the world, in many time zones. India, China, Germany...

This provides me the "luxury" of occasionally working from home.

...When my kids don't have school.

...When my one of my kids is sick.

...When I'm sick.

I just plug in, set up my headset, and call-in. Most people don't even know I'm home. Unless they hear my son ask for something, or hear Transformers playing on the TV!

Since my coworkers around the world can also do this, and time zones lead to some interesting meeting times, I've also had a few early morning or late evening phone calls from home (no reason to stay at the office!).

Ah, the joys of an international workplace.

Plus, IT work occasionally requires off-hours (weekend) work. After all, nobody wants their system down during business hours. So, we get to do all of our maintenance when everyone else is gone. Fun times.

Oh, the joys of working in IT.

And, my favorite of all, our friends and relatives know that both my husband and I work in IT. So, we can fix their computer, right? Ah, yes -- unpaid tech support. (Hi Mom!) I'm going to buy my husband this shirt.

Do not click this unless you have fixed a friend or relative's computer.

So, does this all mean I take my work home with me?

I hope not! don't think so. But it sure makes it more difficult to disconnect from work. My husband and I consciously put away our "devices" that make us too connected (with work, with the Internet, with games, with the news) while we should be connecting with the kids and each other. And that is a tough order for a geeky, gadgety couple! We've instigated a "no device" rule during dinner -- no phones, no iTouch, no TV, no magazines. We've all been caught once or twice! My husband has also given himself a rule of no (re)checking work email before the kids go to bed. That one is no problem for me -- I figure coworkers can wait until the morning, or can call my cell if it is that urgent.

Anyone else have suggestions for disconnecting from work?



Monday, March 28, 2011

Happy Blogiversary and Birthday to me!

Yep, I started my blog 'round about a year ago.  I also had my birthday a few days ago.  I'm celebrating both here.  Happy, happy, joy, joy to me!

Here's a few of my most popular blog posts.  Clearly, working mom controversy... and handsome hunks... are the top dawgs.

 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mommytography 365/78-84

78: Psychedelic Rainbows

Have you figured out what this is yet?
 79:  Dog viciously attacks innocent rope and ball

She's really trying to "give me" her toy, but it turned out so aggressive looking!
 80: Piano lesson

My daughter is loving her piano lessons.  *proud momma*
 81:  Watchin' TV with the lovies

That's a pillow pet and his lovie dog.

82:  Impatiently waiting

Annabelle waits in her crate to be fed.  She watches. And waits. Impatiently.
 83:  Down the drain

My son's marble maze.

 84:  Bath time fun

Splashing at bath time.  What could be more fun?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm bored.

Daughter: I'm bored.



Momma: Why don't you go see if one of the neighbors wants to play?

Daughter: I don't wanna. I'm bored.

Momma: Go pull out one of your craft projects.

Daughter: But I don't know what to do! I'm bored.

Momma: You have an enter cabinet full of crafts. Color. Paint. Bendaroos. Pixos. Beads. Braiding. Go find something!

Daughter: I don't wanna to do a craft. I'm bored.

Momma: Go read a book.

Daughter: I don't have any books I want to read!

Momma: Have you looked on your bookshelf? The one that is FULL of books?

Daughter: No, but I know I don't want to read any of those books. I'm bored.

Momma: Fine. Go watch a movie. We have a whole cabinet full of movies you like.

Daughter: But I want to DO something!!! Can you find something for me to DOOOO???

Momma:  So, you can clean the kitchen...

Daughter:  MOM!

*Momma pulling her hair out*



This post is for working mom wednesday, in response to the prompt, "How do you deal with objections to your ideas?"





Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Have a good day.

Pandora just recommended this song to me.  And now I'm recommending it to you.

Good Day by Nappy Roots.  Have a good day!

Re-purposing a favorite shirt

I love being crafty and re-using items, however working full-time means that I rarely have enough time to do projects.  I recently completed a small project that turned out very nice.

My daughter loves giraffes.  Her lovie is a giraffe, and this has has lead to a proliferation of giraffes in our house:  stuffed animals, little statues, books... you name it.  She received a giraffe shirt as a gift, and it was an instant favorite to wear.  However, recently she's been having another growth spurt and that giraffe shirt looks more like a belly shirt!

Daddy mentioned that the shirt was getting too small for her one day, and we saw a look of horror in her eyes. 

"No!  Don't get rid of my giraffe shirt!"  She pleaded.

I suddenly imagined this ever increasing pile of too-small but well-loved clothing that I could not pry from my daughter's grip.

So, I bought a small pillow, chopped off the arms of the shirt, and sewed the arm and head holes shut.

Voila!  Giraffe shirt becomes giraffe pillow!   

I added a few iron-on hearts because my daughter loved this shirt so much that it acquired some nail polish.  The hearts are just a disguise.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ivy League Preschools

So, did you hear about the mom who is suing her daughter's preschool?  She is suing the $19K-a-year preschool because it was just a "playground" and was not preparing her 4-year-old for Ivy League college like she expected?

So, which part made you most offended? That...
  • Elite parents in Manhattan actually pay $19K per year for preschool?
  • A mom is suing a preschool?
  • A mom doesn't want her 4-year-old playing?
  • A mom expects a preschool to be a vital stepping stone to Ivy League college?
  • You can't enroll your kid in that preschool?  (come on... just a little bit of your over-competitive shameful inner-mother wants your kid in that school, doesn't she?)
Most of us just realized that there is a whole 'nother level of super-momming. It exists in elite East Coast neighborhoods, and maybe a few other extremely wealthy communities.  These moms go way beyong throwing cool birthday parties and one-upping either other on developmental milestones. 

Did you even know that there were "in-roads" to Ivy League schools for 4-year-olds?  Of course, we'd like to say that this mom is just crazy.

Right?

But, the truth is, these wealthy, elitist parents know what they are doing.  They may be throwing money out the window left and right, but there is a plan -- a plan that works for more of these snooty people than we ever want to admit.  Ivy League schools ain't called "elite" for nothin'.

Ahem...

I actually pay a lot (well, a lot for Michigan, not Manhattan!) for my son's private, full-time Montessori preschool.  We did our research, and found one that we really liked.  We are quite impressed that our 4-year-old learns about the planets and dinosaurs, as well as counting, colors and letters.  He also plays -- a lot.  I've asked him what is his favorite activity at school. I always get the same answer.

Snack!

Hmmm... if I know anything about college students and snacking, then maybe his preschool is preparing him for college!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Diversity celebration

My daughter's Elementary school had a "Diversity celebration." It was super cute. Here's a few pictures from some of the performances.

The first graders (including my daughter hidden in the second row) sang the "Hello" song.


Irish dancers.  I love the curly wigs!

Chinese Mongolian traditional dance.





Japanese traditional dance called the Sōran Bushi

Indian dancers








African-American step dance



At the end of the performance, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from the school read quotes from famous Americans, and brought up fellow classmates representing different cultural backgrounds. Adorable!


The Karate Kid

The young, new kid on the block. 

Minding his own business, when big, bad bully comes along!

Fight!

Front kick to the chin!

Slice across the kisser!

Bye, bye bad guy!

Mommytography 365/71-77


 71:  Silly faces
I got some sweet pictures of the kids sitting together on the couch, but this one is more fun.

 72:  Amelia Bedelia
My daughter has reading month at school, and gets to dress as a book character.  I think our cobbled together Amelia Bedelia costume turned out  excellent!
 73: Solar System Boy
We finish the solar system puzzle (for the umpteenth time).  He thinks he's a pretty big kid these days.  Bigger than the moon!

 74:  Pity party
Aww....

 75:  Indian dance princess
One of the dancers at my daughter's school Diversity celebration.  She was very talented.
 76:  To Japan with Love and Compassion
In front of another office building near where I work.
 77: You know it is finally spring in Michigan when the 'birds and the Mustangs come out of hibernation.
I saw this outside my yoga studio. In the 10 minutes I enjoyed the fresh air, at least 10 people had to take peek at the creature that had come out of hibernation.

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