Monday, September 24, 2012

ICYMI



Thank you, to everyone, for making my birthday weekend a heartfelt, grateful one. All of your birthday wishes so much more than made me feel caught up from the years of shared birthday cards and cakes, as a kid.

The power of friendship is something that can't be overstated: my sister and I both said the same thing this weekend. All of our *individual* well wishes from others on our individual facebook pages made us feel very special, very happy, very fortunate. Thank You.

The party's over now and the gift wrapping's cleared away. I'm dusting my hands off and getting back to business.

Here's this week's In Case You Missed It

--Opening up with a moving post, showing us so many things that it's hard to not write an entire post on just that alone. The beauty and power of simple, strong, carefully chosen words that pack more of a punch than a 5,000 word essay. Kat of mamakatslosinit with September 24th, an entry where she tells us So Much in So Few Words, about the strength of the human spirit. A must read today.

--Being grateful for the mundane in life. The appreciation for a steadiness in which we have found our place. Arriving there, for some of us - after years of work fighting anxiety, depression, less than stellar mental states - but finally arriving there. It's a joyful moment. From Christine of coffees&commutes, with Settled, a sweet and bittersweet piece of the mountains we climb, thinking we'll never get there, and then one day: we finally do. Wonderful.

--I've mentioned them before, but it's only because you really need to subscribe to this site: Storyfix.com. Today's entry: Taking a story from normal to extraordinary. Stories that get picked up and published have these things going on inside their framework: it's a peek inside at what an agent knows will work in the publisher's market. VERY interesting. 

--This week, a new parenting site, allparenting.com published their list of Best Parenting Blogs. allParenting's first shout out is someone that you've got to get to know. This woman has a way of making me feel like anything I do is wondrous compared to what she gets done. Check it out: allParenting's Top Parenting Bloggers. *allparenting: An all-new parenting site for everything moms need to build and keep a healthy, happy, well-rounded family life. Follow them on twitter and FB.

--And this made me laugh, because one thing that makes something funny to people is recognizing ourselves in the same situation. The always entertaining and truth-telling ways of ScaryMommy, with Band-Aid Addiction.

Have a wonderful day. I'm going to enjoy my post-birthday now, breaking off apieceofdat GIANT Kit Kat bar and the Costco palette of Starbucks caramel frappuccinos I asked for.

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Love to you all.

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21 comments:

  1. I missed your birthday? ACK! I suck! Happy Belated Birthday, you lovely creature!

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    1. You? Of the words that flow out of your mouth like rubies and emeralds?

      HARDLY.

      Love you.

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  2. Congratulations on getting on the allparenting list! Glad you had a good birthday.

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  3. Hope you had the happiest of birthdays, my sweet one! As always, I look forward to reading your recommendations here. Many MANY hugs to you! XOXO

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  4. Oh, shoot! I missed your birthday! Please accept these loving, if late, wishes for a wonderful year ahead! xo

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  5. Hahaha a palette of fraps. That sounds delicious. Thanks for the good reads!!

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    1. I will enjoy ... and purposely not look at caloric content. X50 bottles.

      xo

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  6. Happy birthday Alexandra. May this be the best year for you yet!!! Much love to a dear dear person xoxoxoxo

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  7. Look at all those fraps! Girl, you are going to be wired!

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    1. Since drinking Colombian coffee via my mother's breast milk, I am immune to the affects of caffeine.

      Sadly so .. but one can try.

      xo

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  8. smiles...glad you had a good bday...my wife's is today so a quick stop in to say hey before i head home to make her feel special...smiles.

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    1. Really? Your bride's BD?? Please wish her a happy, happy day for me.

      xo

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  9. That picture of you at AllParent captures your essence, I think.

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    1. Aw, thanks -- I was so grateful to be recognized as a parenting blog. You know, what I live for: my children.

      xo

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  10. I'm going to Costco tomorrow to pick me up some fraps..

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  11. I almost forgot! I just read your post at Aiming Low. Too funny and so darn true...

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    1. Thank you, Pat. You are always so kind.

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  12. Now that's what I call celebrating! Hope you had a great day!

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  13. Thanks for the suggestions. I've bookmarked that writing site. It would help if I got a story idea together. Loved the post about getting "settled." It resonated with me.

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    1. Wasn't it a great post?

      We need to remind each other: there is HOPE and a place/a goal: we can reach it/

      And then relax in having achieved it.

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