I didn’t grow up with snacks. My mom didn’t buy them and so I didn’t have access to them.
Once I had my own money I didn’t want to spend it on junk, so I never really developed the habit of mindlessly, subconsciously, shoving crap down my throat while vegging out in front of the tv.
My own family is so different. The kids inherited the snacking gene from his side. They don’t even know what it feels like to watch tv/youtube/netflix or whatever they watch these days without snacks…
Continue reading Munchables, snacks and other food distractions
14yo teen boy comes home and says: “Mom how do you get paint off my backpack?”
So, like all parents of teenagers, the first response that pops into my head is a question, or rather, several questions:
Continue reading Never a dull moment: life with teenagers
Is anyone else in a mood? We’re still on holidays here in Canada until the first week of September but I tell you I’m really getting ready for the routine to return. Every year, every late summer, I find that the lack of UNINTERRUPTED time to myself for even just a couple of hours a day has me feeling very out of sorts.
Continue reading Slipping…
Yes I am. Thank you for noticing. I am home all day. Except when I’m out walking a dog for pay so I can purchase groceries to feed you.
Or when I’m out at the grocery store to purchase food to feed you.
Or when I’m out picking up or dropping off you or your sister for all the numerous sports you guys play.
Or when I have to go to big box store or the mall to shop for things like clothing you outgrow.
Or when I’m out dropping off bags of outgrown clothing from your closet.
Continue reading But you’re home all day
Do you serve rat meat to your peeps for dinner?
Yeah, me either. 🙄
Continue reading Rat meat and teenagers
I had this whole big rant planned this morning. But instead of dwelling on the negativity I’ll just give you the short version:
Continue reading A rant that isn’t a rant
*next week they’re back in school.
Actually, it hasn’t been too bad, between the appointments to the dentist several times this week, some visits to the Cineplex, art camp for the girl child and a bit of dog walking for me.
Things are unraveling here…I have little time to do my writing with all the interruptions and having to drive and pick up constantly. This chips away at my sanity. And I have so! many! ideas! at the moment I want to get out of my head…
So, I don’t have much to share today. Here’s my current life in pictures.
Continue reading March Break almost over*
An interesting thing happened in a college classroom the other day. The story recounted to me isn’t exactly surprising, but we did later described this situation to our kids in order to impart an important message.
Not surprisingly, the teenager was harder to convince than the tween girl.
Here’s what happened:
Continue reading Why bother?
The sun has arrived, the snow and ice is melting, everything is turning into mud and I’m sitting on my couch writing romantic fiction. Steamy romantic fiction.
Continue reading Tuesday, you’re on notice
Did you take my phone? The teenager wants to know.
No. Why would I take your phone? I respond.
He checks all his pockets in his pants, his hoodie, his hockey jacket. No phone.
He starts to panic a little.
Continue reading Life with teens