Archive for December, 2006

Cousin, Cousine

December 23, 2006

Ok, somehow I just lost the draft of my post so I am livid at myself right now.

Back to the McLaughlin group. Http://www.mclaughlin.com

It was surreal to see Pat Buchanan name Angelina Jolie “Most Charismatic of 2006,” Tony Blankely to name Gwenyth Paltrow as “Worst Turncoat of 2006,” and the guy from MSNBC (cannot find his name on TMG website) name Tom Cruise as “Best Comeback of 2006.” Pul-leaze! Believe Tony’s comment was mostly tongue in cheek but the other two seemed sincere. If I want to hear those names mentionned, I will turn on ET or pick up People Magazine (which I am known to do) so do not pollute TMG with that celebrity worship shiite.

Back also to the Great Northwest Power Windstorm and Power Outage of 2006. So, now here is a clue. Was affected by this. Mi casa is situated in a place that gets windstorms all the time – this one was stronger, longer, and more impressive. Losing power from 1 am Friday 15 Dec to 9:30 pm Tuesday 19 Dec somehow took a lot of magic out of this time of year from me. For those of us who can call the Northern Hemisphere our home, it is human and natural to have a festival (of lights) this time of year: Saturnalia, Chanukah,Yule, Solstice, Christmas, el-Eid, Kwanazaa, and so on. You need to be reminded of the light at the end of the tunnel! (more…)

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Hello world and Happy Solstice!

December 23, 2006

This is my virgin foray into blogging. Have kept a journal since was 8 years old. Now, it goes cyber.

Have finished the last dregs of Mikearita while my husband was out probably having a real margarita with his brother. When your 9 month old baby is asleep, you cannot spontaneously go out for drinks like you once used to.

It’s that time of year……..when folks look back on the year. Received a lovely Christmas letter from my friend from college, Rory. He’s a real dear. His letter was filled with tales of going to 8 ski resorts in 7 days, soccer games, going to India for work, and other escapades.

I did not write a Christmas letter this year. If I had , it would have sucked. All I could really have written about was my water breaking at work, when we (as in my baby and i) became breastfeeding champions, switching, to cloth diapers, etc. Decided to follow the Golden Rule: since I would never like such a letter, decided to spare others from reading mine.

You see, I am a stay-at-home-mod. NOT a “stay at home mom”. No, never!!! I suppose the term “stay at home mom” is tidge better than “housewife” or “homemaker.” Yet, to me, the term is inadequate, at least, offensive and god awful at most.

Want me to explain? Well, cannot articulate it fully right now to be honest. All is know is that I googled “stay at home mome blog” before creating my own and was pretty horrified by what I saw. The results of the search brought up banal examples of mom blogs (and resembled what my ficticious Christmas letter would have been):

Janie weighed ten pounds in the month of X. In Y, Janie began cooing. In Z, Janie began sitting up on her own, etc.

Stuff of nonsense. Don’t get me wrong – I believe the internet and blogs especially can be a great way for families to keep in touch. But why are so many of those blogs public?

Why is mine public?

Because it’s going to be about reclaiming my life from the more than full time job of motherhood. And I need to go outside my family unit to do it.