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June, 2008:

And Then There Were Three

So last Friday, on my day off, my coworker calls my cell. We had layoffs – again. We lost one writer. So now our tiny little team is even tinier . . . in the past month, we’ve gone from 5 to 3. At one time, there were 12 of us! I feel so bad for S . . . she is a single mother of a teenager and just lost her job. In fact, 3 of the 5 people we lost in this office are the only source of income in their homes. Scary stuff.

We couldn’t get all of our work done as it was . . . now we have 2 fewer people. And us writers are perfectionists by nature. It is SOOOOO difficult to take the “Do what you can with what you have” approach when you want to do everything the RIGHT way – not the MAKE DUE way.

Anyway – I’m still here . . . doing what I do . . . and kind of feeling like crap for still being here when others aren’t.

Isn’t It Pretty?

See, it’s not that awful. If it had been pretty much anywhere else on his leg, no stitches and no restrictions. But it just happened to be on the bendy party of his knee right where he SHOULD HAVE been wearing knee pads. Have I mentioned that I’m a little upset with him for not wearing his knee pads?

J Stitches

So while he’s limping around school without being able to bend his knee, I’m heading to the course with Hubby, MIL, and FIL for a fun morning of golf :-) A great day to play hookie from work . . . OK OK, I’d never do that . . . I actually took the day off . . . but it’s still a great day out.

Happy Friday!


So Dude and Princess were outside playing today. Princess was in the Dora Jeep and Dude was on his rollerblades. They were racing down the driveway. Dude wiped out at the bottom . . .

J Cut Knee

Excuse the blurry photo – Dude wasn’t real receptive to moving in to better light for me while we headed to the Jeep to go to the Urgent Care 😉

And WHY did we go to the urgent care for some road rash? Well, you see that cut on top – it’s deep, and wide, and right on the bendy part of his knee. Every time I cleaned it, it would gush again. So, off we went.

After doc stuck a needle right into the wound, 6 TIMES, to numb it, the nurse came in and cleaned it all up really well. Then doc came back and put 5 stitches in the top cut, and one in the one below it. Good Times – Good Times.

J Knee Bandage

This is what he gets to wear to school for the next week. Why for an entire week? Because the road rash is NASTY and doc wants to make sure he doesn’t get dirt in the nonstitched part. Also, as a reminder to not bend his knee – at all – for 5 DAYS!!! Um ya – what (pause for dramatic effect) EVER! He’s a 7 year old boy – not gonna happen. Anyhoo . . . he’s way bummed because he can’t swim until the stitches come out next Friday . . . which means he’ll miss a week of lessons at school as well as free swim. He also can’t play the first week of baseball, which he’s been DYING to do – for the past 3 years (this is his first season). AND, he can’t go golfing with Dad and G’pa on Father’s Day now :-( He’ll still get to ride along, but he’s way bummed.

Being the ever wonderful mother that I am, I told him that I was sorry that he hurt his knee and would miss all of those things, BUT if he’d just worn his knee pads roller blading like I’ve told him to FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS, this wouldn’t have happened. Road rash – yes. Stitches – no.

So Dude got his first stitches today. They’re blue. He wouldn’t let me take the bandage off to take a picture. Maybe tomorrow 😉

So, how eventful was your Wednesday evening?

Happy Trails QT!

I’m sad today. My best buddy, Queen Taunya, is heading to Dubai for 6 weeks tomorrow. She was lucky enough to get asked to work on a custom training project for one of our customers over there. How exciting! I’m sad because she’s the sister I never had. I’m sad because now who can I go complain to when something sucks? I’m sad because we haven’t gotten to go golfing together yet. I’m sad because she’s my lunch buddy – who will I share Chipotle burritos and General Tso’s chicken with? I’m sad because having her work in the same building makes it easier to go to work every day. I’m sad because QT and I share a brain . . . at least a couple dozen times we’ve come to work dressed in exactly the same clothes. Some days, neither one of us has custody of the brain . . . like the day we planned to go out to lunch together and I rode my bicycle to work and she rode her motorcycle to work – both of us sure the other would have a car. We got a coworker to drive us to lunch :-) Other days, we play the part of the old married couple:

QT: Do we like the crab rangoon here?
Me: I dunno.
QT: What? You dunno? You’re supposed to know this stuff.
Me: Have we ever had it here? I don’t remember ever having it here.
QT: I think so, but I can’t remember.
Me: Actually, have I ever been here before?
QT: Yes. You’ve been here.
Me: I don’t think so.
QT: Yes you were . . . when we came with Duc.
Me: Hmmm . . . are you sure I wasn’t on maternity leave?
QT: Yes I’m sure because it wasn’t more than 5 years ago.
Me: Oh. Well, I don’t remember if we like the crab rangoon  here.
QT: What good are you to me?

So there you have it. QT will be travelling to Dubai for 6 weeks. She’ll get to snowboard indoor, drive around the dessert, and experience all kinds of other wonderful things that most of us could ever only dream about. And what’s really great is that it’s all on the company’s dime . . . what better way to travel and see the world.

Go check out the blog she set up to document her travels . . . . . . see what she’s up to . . . see how friggin’ hot it is there every day . . . live vicariously through her like I will be for the next 6 weeks :-)

Have or Have Not

Leeann did this and I thought it would be fun :-) All the thing’s I have done are in bold. Those I have not are regular.

  1. Slept under the stars
  2. Been a part of a hockey fight
  3. Changed a baby’s diaper
  4. Watched a meteor shower
  5. Given more than you can afford to charity
  6. Swam with wild dolphins
  7. Climbed a mountain
  8. Held a tarantula
  9. Said “I love you” and meant it
  10. Bungee jumped
  11. Visited Paris
  12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  13. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
  14. Seen the Northern Lights
  15. Gone to a huge sports game
  16. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
  18. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
  19. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
  20. Had a pillow fight
  21. Bet on a winning horse
  22. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  23. Built a snow fort
  24. Held a lamb
  25. Gone skinny dipping
  26. Taken an ice cold bath
  27. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
  28. Seen a total eclipse
  29. Ridden a roller coaster
  30. Hit a home run
  31. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
  32. Adopted an accent for fun
  33. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
  34. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
  35. Loved your job 90% of the time
  36. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  37. Watched wild whales
  38. Gone rock climbing
  39. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
  40. Gone sky diving
  41. Visited Ireland
  42. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  43. Visited India
  44. Bench-pressed your own weight
  45. Milked a cow
  46. Alphabetized your personal files
  47. Ever worn a superhero costume
  48. Sung karaoke
  49. Lounged around in bed all day
  50. Gone scuba diving
  51. Kissed in the rain
  52. Played in the mud
  53. Gone to a drive-in theater
  54. Done something you should regret, but don’t
  55. Visited the Great Wall of China
  56. Started a business
  57. Taken a martial arts class
  58. Been in a movie
  59. Gone without food for 3 days
  60. Made cookies from scratch
  61. Won first prize in a costume contest
  62. Got flowers for no reason
  63. Been in a combat zone
  64. Spoken more than one language fluently
  65. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
  66. Bounced a check
  67. Read – and understood – your credit report
  68. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
  69. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
  70. Called or written your Congress person
  71. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
  72. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
  73. Helped an animal give birth
  74. Been fired or laid off from a job
  75. Won money
  76. Broken a bone
  77. Ridden a motorcycle
  78. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
  79. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  80. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
  81. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
  82. Eaten sushi
  83. Had your picture in the newspaper
  84. Read The Bible cover to cover
  85. Changed someones mind about something you care deeply about
  86. Gotten someone fired for their actions
  87. Gone back to school
  88. Changed your name
  89. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
  90. Eaten fried green tomatoes
  91. Read The Iliad
  92. Taught yourself an art from scratch
  93. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  94. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
  95. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
  96. Been elected to public office
  97. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
  98. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
  99. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
  100. Had a booth at a street fair
  101. Dyed your hair
  102. Been a DJ
  103. Rocked a baby to sleep
  104. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
  105. Raked your carpet
  106. Brought out the best in people
  107. Brought out the worst in people
  108. Worn a mood ring
  109. Ridden a horse
  110. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
  111. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
  112. Buried a child
  113. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
  114. Been inside the pyramids
  115. Shot a basketball into a basket
  116. Danced at a disco
  117. Played in a band
  118. Shot a bird
  119. Gone to an arboretum
  120. Tutored someone
  121. Ridden a train
  122. Brought an old fad back into style
  123. Eaten caviar
  124. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
  125. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
  126. Published a book
  127. Pieced a quilt
  128. Lived in an historic place
  129. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
  130. Asked for a raise
  131. Made a hole-in-one
  132. Gone deep sea fishing
  133. Gone roller skating
  134. Run a marathon
  135. Learned to surf
  136. Invented something
  137. Flown first class
  138. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
  139. Flown in a helicopter
  140. Visited Africa
  141. Sang a solo
  142. Gone spelunking
  143. Learned how to take a compliment
  144. Written a love-story
  145. Seen Michelangelo’s David
  146. Had your portrait painted
  147. Written a fan letter
  148. Spent the night in something haunted
  149. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
  150. Ran away
  151. Learned to juggle
  152. Been a boss
  153. Sat on a jury
  154. Lied about your weight
  155. Gone on a diet
  156. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
  157. Written a poem
  158. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
  159. Gotten food poisoning
  160. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
  161. Hiked the Grand Canyon
  162. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
  163. Gone to the opera
  164. Gotten a letter from someone famous
  165. Worn knickers
  166. Ridden in a limousine
  167. Attended the Olympics
  168. Can hula or waltz
  169. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
  170. Been stuck in an elevator
  171. Had a revelatory dream
  172. Thought you might crash in an airplane
  173. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
  174. Saved someone’s life
  175. Eaten raw whale
  176. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
  177. Laughed till your side hurt
  178. Straddled the equator
  179. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
  180. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
  181. Sent a message in a bottle
  182. Spent the night in a hostel
  183. Been a cashier
  184. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  185. Joined a union
  186. Donated blood or plasma
  187. Built a campfire
  188. Kept a blog
  189. Had hives
  190. Worn custom made shoes or boots
  191. Made a PowerPoint presentation
  192. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
  193. Served at a soup kitchen
  194. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
  195. Know CPR
  196. Ridden in or owned a convertible
  197. Found a long lost friend
  198. Helped solve a crime
  199. Responded to a NJP newsletter

I Can’t Fight This Feelin’ Anymooorre

I gave in and vacummed the whole house today and swept the kitchen floor and am now fighting my urge to clean my bathroom. And not for reasons that most normal people have – like cleaning the bathroom is a crappy job (just stinks?).

The Cleaning Lady is coming tomorrow (thanks again MIL!). My bathroom desperately needs to be cleaned. Good thing The Cleaning Lady is coming, right? Nope . . . I’m feeling an incredible NEED to clean that dang bathroom before she comes, so I don’t look quite so much like a slob. I’m also feeling the need to dust. But why would I dust if the cleaning lady is coming? Well, I’d dust because Mom taught me that you not only have a clean and orderly house every day, but you have an ESPECIALLY SPOTLESS house when company is coming over – you never know who might look through that linen closet or check for dust bunnies under the 8,000 pound sleeper sofa that’s never been moved! And company counts anyone who might happen to drop in . . . cousin, neighbor, coworker, pizza delivery man, UPS man. We never had a cleaning lady other than Mom growing up; so I can only assume that The Cleaning Lady counts as “company”. She’ll see more of this house in detail than any of our real company ever does! So it should be especially clean and orderly when she shows up, right? All of my upbringing also indicates that I should have snackies and drinks available for said company as well. NOW I have to go to the grocery store, too!

I’m fighting the urge to clean the bathroom. And dust. And sweep out the garage . . . ugh, the garage, the place where TCL puts the garbage bags that she empties from the cans! Which, when you think about it, is kind of goofy since the garbage man comes on Monday, so I empty the garbages on Monday . . . how many bags of garbage can one adult and two children create in 24 hours? I hope it’s not as many as pairs of shoes we can wear!

Random Recipe – Fruit Smoothie

Pam over at Random Thoughts is hosting another Random Recipe!

This week’s theme is a drink recipe. Be sure to hop over to Pam’s site to see who else is playing and get their yummy recipes!


  • 1 banana
  • 1 C frozen fruit (I use the organic frozen mixed fruit)
  • 1 C Fat Free Milk
  • 1 C yogurt (I use horizon organic fat free vanilla – yummy! You can also use a yoplait the same flavor as your berries to boost the flavor).


Mix all ingredients in you Magic Bullet. Blend for 30 seconds, or until smooth. Instert straw, and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories – 335
  • Fat – 6 g
  • Cholesterol – 7 mg
  • Sodium – 196 mg
  • Carbs – 77 g
  • Sugars – 54 g
  • Fiber – 9 g
  • Protein – 15 g


Apparently I’m “Older”

Remember when you were a kid and you could literally run all day long without getting tired? Sure you’d get home and crash at bedtime, but the next day you were right back at it . . . all. day. long. No ill side effects, other than the occasional skinned knee or black eye.

When you become an adult, however, your body seems to say “Whoa there Nelly. Slow down a bit or I’ll show you!” You can go hiking for an afternoon or on a long bike ride or run around with the kids, but about 3 hours in to it your body is screaming for you to take a rest and relax. And for some reason, you’re totally wiped by the time 4:00 p.m. rolls around and it’s time to make dinner, get the kids bathed, and get them to bed.

I’m an active person – I play volleyball and softball and golf, I swim and ride bike and hike, I play with the kids. The trouble is, I don’t do all of these activities year round. And every year, when it’s the season for a sport, I go gungho and play hard and have fun. My muscles, however, don’t seem to have as much fun. With each new season comes new muscle soreness. How is it that after golfing for 15 years, my lower back and forearms seem to forget that they’re used for this sport and SCREAM at me the next day?! That after playing softball 7 months out of the year for the past 25 years (yes, I’m that old) my arm STILL kills me after the first couple of games of a season? Shouldn’t my muscles remember that they LIKE to do these things and WANT to do these things? And that I like to do these things? And that doing these things is GOOD for them and will keep them healthy for many years?

To my Mom and Dad . . . I apologize for laughing at you every summer, on that one day when all the adults would go water skiing, and be sore and immobile for a week after. I now understand what you meant when you said “You laugh now. But just wait until you get older. You’ll see how it is.”

Apparently, I am now older.


A bad day on the course is better than a good day in the office :-)

We made it. It was loads of fun!!! Summer is here…

Wonderful Wednesday

Finally – a Wednesday that I have off, that Hubby is home, and that we don’t HAVE to do anything after we drop the kids off at summer camp. When I first started having my Wednesdays off from work, Hubby and I used them as a sort of “Date Day” – he’s gone flying so much that it was great to be able to have a day without the kids where we didn’t have to pay a sitter. Didn’t matter if we ran errands, got groceries, rode bike, did work around the house, or went golfing – we just did it together. We’ve all had so much on our plates lately with his new business, his getting is Ph.d, the kids getting older and needing more “running around”, me doing a little freelancing to make some extra moolah – Wednesdays have been used mostly for cleaning, catching up, and other “things” that aren’t necessarily fun, but are necessary.

Today, however, Hubby and I are going here . . .

Woodmoor Pines

We’re FINALLY hitting the golf course. Usually by June we’ve gotten in a couple rounds and made it to the driving range. Not this spring . . . our clubs are as dusty as can be, and we are as rusty as can be!

And, Hubby found out yesterday that he will most likely need surgery on his wrist this month . . . the same wrist that he broke snowboarding on Easter. It hasn’t really gotten better, and they think he has ligament damage (wear wrist guards when snowboarding people!!!). So, we’re gonna get out there and get a round in while he can still golf.

So, off we go to play and have some fun together today! I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday :-)