I made it!

Remember at the beginning of the month I told you all that I was taking part in a little thing called NaBloPoMo, short for National Blog Posting Month, where you’re supposed to post everyday, no matter what, even if your cat dies, you still have to write a post… that day it would probably be about your cat dying and how sad you are, or in my case how happy I would be because as I’ve grown older I’ve become so-not-an-animal-person.

Anywho… I made it!  It’s the last day of August and I’m proud to say that I have posted everyday this month!  Thanks for sticking by me and being the faithful readers that you are and leaving all your encouraging comments because that keeps me going.  That and the need to share the inner workings of my crazy mind with the world.

Instead of writing a whole new post, I thought I would share my favorites from my month of posting, just in case you missed one. I can’t imagine that you did, my faithful reader, but just in case, here they are.

When I got one of my posts featured on Blogher, I went out to Yardhouse and celebrated with my bestie. We started talking about how the “Girls Night Out” has changed drastically since becoming mothers, which led to this post.  By the way, this post gets the most hits out of any posts I’ve written, which leads to me to believe that some of my readers are either throwing a lot of bachelorette parties, or they are perverts.  I’m hoping it’s the former, and not the latter.  Because pervs are not welcome here.  I repeat, pervs are not welcome here.  

I usually make myself laugh as I write a funny post, but after I proofread it a few times it’s not as funny.  However, this post I wrote about one of the worst days I’ve had all summer still brings me to tears.  Those ladies!  The blonde in the middle!  Oh my heavens, they were a giggle waiting in my mailbox.

I’ve really enjoyed writing my little series, Keeping the Faith Fridays.  I (hopefully) will keep that up.  It stretches me to think about what God is really showing me and write it in a way that challenges myself, and hopefully you too.  My favorite KFF this month was this one, That’s Not Fair, God.

And, finally, another gut buster that got me another feature on Blogher, I’m a liar.  I was bummed that not many of you fessed up!  I know you’ve told some doozies, too!  Right?  No?  Just me?  Oh…

And just for kicks, I picked a favorite comment from all those that you all left.  It had to be this one from April that cracked me up after reading Deep Breath In.  And because you are my favorite April, you win a prize!  It’s a virtual hug across the internet!  Are you feeling it?  Squeezing you tight right now!  Letting go… all done.  High five.  Nice job.

So, I’ve decided I’m taking tomorrow off, just cuz.  But I’ll be back on Thursday.  I’ve got a lot to catch up on; Jacob’s first day of preschool and why bring a middle child with “middle child syndrome” is unavoidable even when your mother is a middle child, a seven hour road trip with three kids and a broken DVD player, and how I realized that “crazy” must be genetic.



Sunday Shout Outs

I got a lot to say this Sunday.

First of all, why aren’t you at church?  Oh, really.  You think that’s an excuse?  Well, it’s not.  But since you’re still in your jammies, here’s some church online for ya.  It’s a sermon from Josh Beckley, who was a guest speaker at my church last weekend.  (Or as my sister would say, “It’s not your church, it’s God’s church.”)  He talked about when doing God’s will causes problems, cuz it ain’t all fun and games, people.  He was amazing!  So, go watch and then come back.  (Or listen, or download the podcast, or whatever suits your fancy.)

If that was too long for you to hang in there and watch, you can still get some of the Word to fill you up today.  My friend Stef did the doodles for this video.  It’ll take you through all of Exodus in three minutes.  It’s really cool.  (Although if you choose to watch that in place of the sermon I just gave you a link to, I won’t be surprised if you get struck down by a lightening bolt today.  Maybe you should watch it in addition to the sermon.  Just sayin’.)

I have made an online friend.  Her name is April and I really like her.  We found each other on the NaBloPoMo site (which is almost over, and thank you God for that because this posting everyday business is killing me… but I will not fail!  Will not.)  Anywho, if we lived closer I’m sure April and I would be real-life friends.  She wrote a really raw post about being a writer and the fears and frustrations that come with it.  Coincidentally, I saw this video posted at San Diego Momma right after I read April’s post and I thought, well, they just go hand in hand, don’t they?  So, there they are in the same paragraph for you.

It’s no secret that I’m the mother of three boys.  Just boys.  No girls.  Hence the tagline of my blog, the lone estrogen in a jungle of testosterone.  People ask me all the time if we’re going to try again for a girl.  No, we are not.  Why?  Because we’ll get another boy, that’s why.  But if we did have a girl I would totally make this super cute skirt for her out of a t-shirt.  I found this post over at Clay in His Hands.  Maybe I’ll make one for each of my little nieces, in my spare time, so they’ll probably get them when they’re 16… they’re one and half now.  Anyway, if you’re the mother of a girl, thank your lucky stars, and then go make her this cute skirt!

Finally, this one is for all my fellow bloggers out there that want to make something more out of their blog.  (I’m talking about money.  I know it’s noble to say that you want to make a really great piece of writing too.  Me too.  But if I could make a few bucks doing it, I’ll take it.)  My friend Kim at The Geeky Saver gave me this link to a post by Money Saving Mom.  She does a whole series on how to make money blogging.  It’s written in a language that I can actually understand.  There are other series out there that are written by computer techy nerdy guys that leave me scratching my head and going, “Huh?”  But this one is good and very practical.  Go read it if you’re interested.

Okay, that’s all for now!  Last day of summer for us over here!  Check in tomorrow to see if I survive my baby growing up and going to kindergarten.  (I’m not crying, I just have something in my eye.)

Happy Sunday!



This month I have decided to challenge myself.

Number one, you all motivated me to get serious about eating right and exercising.  I told you I am easily guilted.  So, I’m back on the weight watchers train, for reals, and… really good news… I’m exercising!  I have found something that I really, really enjoy.  What is it, you ask?  Pilates!  Even better…. I do it in my own home!  I found a website called Pilates Anytime and you start off with a 15 day free trial, but after that it’s only $18 a month to have unlimited access to a bunch of online pilates classes.  They are recorded in a couple of different gyms in the LA area and then put online so they don’t get old and redundant like a normal workout video would.  It feels like you’re really there, but you don’t have to get in your car and get there, which is honestly, usually the most challenging part.  So, yay me!

Sidenote:  There’s a yoga version too.  That’s how I found Pilates Anytime.  My sister does Yoga Glo.  So, if you like yoga, check it out.  (I wish they were paying me to advertise for them.  Oh well.  Someday… ) 

Secondly, I have taken a challenge on a website called BlogHer, which is basically the biggest collection of women bloggers ever!  (I’m not actually sure about that, but there’s definitely a lot of blogs written by women over there.)  All my favorite bloggers are a part of BlogHer and they are having their annual conference this weekend in San Diego, which would have been so awesome to go to. I could have met Kristen and Sophie and Ree, and stood there like a total idiot saying something like, “I really like your writing,” or “You’re awfully funny,” or “I carried a watermelon.”  Dirty Dancing, anyone?  But since it costs over $300 to attend, I did not do that.  Maybe next year.

Back to the challenge… NaBloPoMo.  It stands for National Blog Posting Month.  They actually do it every month and they give you a theme to write about and all you have to do it write a post everyday.  It can or cannot be related to the theme and may or may not be based on a given prompt.  The only rule is you have to post everyday for the entire month.

I don’t usually post on the weekends, but I am, because I will not fail!  Oh no, I will not fail!

The theme this month is fiction, which… yawn.  I’m bored.  “Fiction” just doesn’t inspire me so much.  I could write about my favorite book, or my favorite author, but, like I said…. BOOOOORING.  Sorry book lovers.  Maybe if I start to get desperate at the end of the month, I’ll pretend like I actually have one favorite book and write about it.

Instead… I’m going play a little game.  Here’s the rules: I’m going to give you three sentences about myself.  You have to decide which one is fiction, the other two will be fact.  Leave your guesses in the comment section.  (Oh, I’m excited!  I love a good game!)

Here we go:

1.  I have secret crushes on Matt Lauer, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jimmy Fallon.  Don’t judge me.  And Geric knows.  It’s innocent.  Like if Tiger Beat was still around, I’d probably cut out their pictures and tape them to the inside of my closet.  That’s all.  No biggee.

2.  I have never once passed gas in front of my husband.   I am lady, after all.  And I’m actually blushing just writing about this topic… moving on.  (And childbirth does not count.)

3.  The first time I drank alcohol I was underage and using a fake ID to go clubbing with my friends in another state.  We ended the evening by hanging a Pee Wee Herman doll from the ceiling of my friend’s apartment.  Too much to drink?  Perhaps.

Okay, take your best guess!  There may or may not be a prize for the winner!  (I’m just not ready to commit.)  Good luck!