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    • Those two shows are literally the only two I have on a little note in my phone that says “watch soon”. So funny! I heard about them on a podcast (Pop Culture Happy Hour from NPR). The fact that you’re also recommending them means I must watch them!

  1. Well tonight’s dinner is Cowboy Chow in the slow cooker. It’s kielbasa, canned corn, kidney beans, a huge 53oz can of pork & beans, and BBQ sauce and salsa. The salsa I canned myself and the onion and bell pepper I tossed in were from my garden.

  2. AFJROTC right here! I\’ve been told I have a commanding voice still. My newly minted 7 year old\’s tude might bring the wing commander out in me soon. My husband is missing the same top tooth. It\’s genetic and was mentioned on Bones. Maybe we\’re related by marriage which would be awesome. No Cajun in you or Troy\’ s background?

    • Navy JROTC Company Commander right here! 🙂 I bet we could have a nice drill down and inspection of our kiddos, right?

      No cajun that I know of, but my paternal grandfather was adopted as a newborn, so that whole section of the family is a complete unknown. It was on a Bones episode? Now that I should hunt down and check out.

  3. Please, cut yourself a break. Tell your neighbor it was a bad day you regret and that you don’t expect a repeat (which they already know, but at least it will be out there instead of like a cloud overhead). It was not easy to be my children. Through the years, I did/said so many things I am ashamed of as a mother, one of the worst being literally screaming at them in the car. What? – like no one could hear when we were in the car?. The “kids” don’t remember (most) of the things I look back on with regret. They do, however remember something about which I have no recollection. Evidently there was quite the argument and I threw my full dinner plate across the room against the wall, the result being a spectacular mess. Must be selective amnesia on my part. But they are both successful and reasonably well adjusted.

    A few years ago, they wanted to know if I had the choice to do it again, would I have children. Wow, that’s a question. So the answer was basically, YES, but that they should know it was a very hard, exhausting job. There were some really wonderful things about parenthood, and they are really great kids and I’m glad I had them. The things I felt that they should realistically know was that it was hard to be consistent. It was hard to always make the best decision instead of the easier one. It was hard to always try to be my best self, especially on those days when I was far from the best person. I said that although it was hard to be a good mother on bad days, it was even harder when both mother and children were having a bad day. I told them it was a 24/7 job, with no days off for as long as they were under the roof (That meant, for me, 27 years of mom duty), and that you still don’t stop being a mom even after they’ve left home. One of my children lives abroad. The other was thinking of moving to the other coast. She was worried that, with both of them “gone” we’d be at a loss. I explained that I would miss them both terribly, but that this is the time of their lives to do that sort of thing, and that I had spent many years telling them, “Yes! You can do it! Give it a try! You go, girl!” that I wasn’t about to say, “No! Stay here with me.” after all that coaching.

    All this means is that you had a bad day. It was one day, and only a small time within that day. Cut yourself a break and move on, you don’t deserve the beating you’re giving yourself. It will all work out.

    • So here is the funny thing. I was texting with friends when all of this happen and one of my friends said “you’re a good mom, don’t worry about it”. And the thing is, I wasn’t worried about it. Ha. My freak out and my kid being a total asshole…I didn’t see that at all as a reflection on me. Though I probably should?

      And I’m not embarrassed about the neighbor. He sits outside in his sweatpants blowing cigarette smoke all over the neighborhood. I should probably go yell at him. 😉

      But yes, I hear you. It’s a hard job on a good day, and a really hard job on a bad day. You’re 100% correct in that!

  4. I am also missing two adult teeth. They’re the ones that are supposed to go on either side of my two top front teeth. The dentist pulled two more smaller adult molars on the bottom so that my bite would match. Thanks to the wonders of braces, though, no one call tell the difference until I point it out. And between those four and the four wisdom teeth I had removed, I can tell people I’m eight teeth short of a full bite!

  5. Those moments when you miss your mama will happen. My mother has been gone for 11 years, and I\’m in my 60s, but I still find myself thinking \”I need to call Mama and tell her that\”. Rest assured that she still hears you and is with you in spirit.

    I\’m SO glad you\’re not going to concentrate on increasing numbers on your blog — you are one of the few bloggers I follow who is still real and whose blog hasn\’t turned into a daily advertisement for something. I love your blog JUST the way it is.

    And, one more thing my own mother told me one time after I had yelled at my kid in front of her. She said that if you never lose your cool in front of your kid you\’re not invested in parenting.

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