Monthly Archives: May 2008

Happy Mother’s Day

Yes, I’m a day late and a dollar short. Nothing unusual there. But since yesterday was Mother’s Day, I thought I’d check in with my latest parenting revelation.

No, it has nothing to do with discipline or how to let a teenager know you still love him when all he wants to do is slam the door in your face and watch movies. Nope. No such wisdom from me. Instead, I am here strictly to freak out.

My oldest is only one inch shorter than me.

Now this is not saying a lot, I realize, since I ain’t the tallest mountain in the range. However, it adds to the low-level dread I feel whenever I think of him turning 13 in June. Yes, I will be the mother of a teenager. Of course, I really already am (see the door slamming reference above) since the hormones hit a good year ago, but to think I gave birth to my first child 13 years ago! Yes, I feel old now. And before fall I bet I’m looking up at the little snot. Big snot. Whatever.

Which leads to the realization of the inevitable – I am going to be the shortest person in the house very soon. Our second son, when he was three months old, stretched to a height beyond measuring on the doctor’s charts. “I’d say 99th percentile for height,” the pediatrician told me at the time. “If he keeps up like this, six-six or six-seven at adulthood.”

My five-foot-four little self shrunk a little that day. And the third one is just like him. So within five years, I will be looking up at my boys. Good news is I have experience doing that and still looking scary. Had to do it when I was teaching once upon a time; chewed out a six-foot-something teenaged kid who’d just screwed up royally. And somehow I intimidated him. Imagine how scary I can be with thirteen years of parenting under my belt.

Yeah, look at the little elf screaming her head off. That’s me.

In book news, sent out a few more queries last week on LET’S DISH and actually wrote more on HAPPY MEDIUM. With the Evil Day Job not being so evil at the moment, more energy goes to writing. Yay! The bad news? Yard work starts soon. Always something, huh?

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Website Update!

It’s only been a hundred years in the making, but I finally updated the site, including a excerpt of Guys and Dogs!

With life calming down at work, I might even be able to work on Happy Medium this week. Maybe. I still have that old nasty thing called housework. Yick!

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Forcast: 70s with a chance of snow.

Yesterday it got up over 70 degrees here. Not unusual for the end of April. Today we’re under a winter storm warning. Last Friday we had a blizzard. Saturday is supposed to be near 80.

Is it any wonder the kids are all getting sick? People don’t know whether to have pneumonia or hay fever.

I grew up in Wyoming, where they say if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. Apparently the same is true in South Dakota.

But I do have a minor celebration. One year after the flood, I am officially done with my basement! Put the finishing touches on the bathroom last weekend, and all I need to do now is buy a rug. It’s a done deal! Which means I can move on to the upstairs, which is what I had originally planned to do last summer. Ah, the joys of the local weather.

Yep, I’m whining. And here’s some more:

Evil day job has tapped my energy lately, so I have a total of one scene written on HAPPY MEDIUM. The good news is that it is cranking away in my brain, so if and when I ever do get a chance to sit down and actually write it, at least the first bit should come fairly easily. I hope.

Pics of the new bath coming soon, as well as a taste of HM, I hope. In the meantime, happy spring! But don’t put away those shovels just yet.

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