I have a dirty little secret…

Now that I have your attention, I am not sure how secret it is.  If you know me at all, you know how bad I am with secrets, and it’s not really dirty, unless the chocolate smudges, which I try to avoid, because it might give me away.

I am a secret snacker.  I know my eating habits are appalling, but I want my kids to be better, so rather than improve my eating habits, I sneak around.

I buy mini ice cream sandwiches, because they are easier to shove into my mouth should a child enter the room.  I open up both doors of the kitchen cabinet to hide my mouthful of Oreos while I make dinner.  I grab a bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups at the checkout line and eat them by the fistful on my way home to make a healthy dinner for the children.

I buy an assortment of fruit, yogurt and veggies for the kids to munch on and when they want a snack, they are for more likely to ask for carrots or cheese or cheerios than cookies.  It never fails to amuse me that I have kids who not only eat carrots, but like them and like them enough to snack on them before bed!  Vegetables as a snack!  That’s some kind of crazy!  I watch them with amusement, put them to bed and then stuff my face with ice cream.

This is not to say that the kids don’t like cookies or cake or ice cream.  They do and I rarely say no when they ask for it.  They don’t feel deprived, they just have better habits.

So I shall call that a success.  If they can grow up to be “one ice cream sandwich is enough” kind of people, I will feel like I have done my job.

In the meantime, I will nag Chris to make room for some exercise equipment, because for some unknown reason my clothes aren’t fitting the way I would like.  But a nice ice cream sandwich (or 3) is the best stress reliever I’ve found and I will not give up the habit!

What’s a girl to do when she is out of time and out of sanity?

Start a side business….that’s what.

My co-worker/partner in crime and I have come up with a crazy idea, but one that might actually work, or will be a good time anyway.

We are going to combine her graphic design talents with my writing talents and sell our “professional” services to whoever is buying.

We will help with your branding needs, including logos, naming, copywriting, etc. and if you need some market research, we can recommend someone great for you! 🙂

We are pleased and excited to announce our first gig!

Introducing Doodles…creative thinking and design.

Now if I can only get our graphic design genius to finish the logo we have been playing with for months and design our website, so I can write the copy and start another blog I will neglect, we will be in good shape!

The end of summer is nigh

And before you start thinking I am being depressing AGAIN….I am totally okay with it, happy even.

I know I spend the winter after Christmas longing for warm days, eating outside, splashing around in the kiddy pool, etc., but right now, I am over it.

I am looking forward to going on vacation next week and saying goodbye to summer.  I want to spend my nights cuddled under a blanket with a mug of hot cocoa in hand.  I want to spend my days simmering sauce over a hot stove.  I want to wear sweaters and boots and flannel and fleece pajamas.

I want to escape the heat and get cozy.  I look forward to the first days of school, making new friends and getting some peace and quiet.

I can’t wait to pick out Halloween costumes and cuddle up in a sweater begging for candy throughout the neighborhood.

I want to bake all of the holiday themed treats I have been pinning all summer, cakes shaped like ghosts, cookies shaped like witch hats.  And the art projects!  All the art projects – kids hands in the shape of Christmas trees, turkey place cards, ghost pictures made of tiny footprints.  The list goes on and on.

We have so many projects to work on in the house that are too hot to even contemplate now.  We have a playroom to finish and enjoy, curled up in a blanket with hot cocoa in hand of course.  I have a closet to finish cleaning.  I want to make room for the exercise equipment we are stealing from my brother-in-law and maybe even use it!

I want to make real plans for Danny’s pinterest inspired drive-in movie birthday party.  I want to decorate for Christmas!  Seeing my house all done up for Christmas brings back so many memories.  I can almost picture myself as a little girl wandering through the rooms sparkling with Christmas lights from the two trees we had imagining myself in an enchanted forest.

So yes, goodbye summer heat!  Hello cuddling, flannel, yummy, cozy foods and childhood memories – old and new!

Pedophilia Pandemonium

Yes, I even love using alliteration when discussing pedophilia.  Anywhoo…

I am away on a business trip in San Diego that is approaching 5 days in length.  Whenever I am away for too long, I start looking longingly at other children.  And all week long, I have been frequenting places with lots of kids, e.g., tourist traps, ice cream shops, beaches, etc.

As a woman no one looks at me funny when I stare at their children.  Most people even smile at me.  At least I wasn’t trolling the schoolyards, right?

Now, consider this situation.  A dad goes away on business and misses his kids.  He starts staring longingly at other kids.  Does he meet the same reaction?  Probably not.  People look at him like he is wearing a trench coat, driving a windowless van handing out free candy.

The other day, I was in the playground with other parents and there was an older man hanging out near a group of small boys, but not immediately next to a particular boy, and a mom said, “Who is that man?  What is he doing here?”  I assumed he was a dad (and he was).  The thought that he was a pedophile preying on small children in public in broad daylight surrounded by seemingly responsible parents never crossed my mind.  Did I under-react or did she over-react?

And from what I hear, even if people aren’t looking at a dad funny, he fears that they will.  He takes steps to ensure that his actions are beyond reproach.

Is all of this panic really necessary?  And if it is, should it be so solely focused on men?  I realize pedophilia is more common in men, but it’s hardly common at all and there are female pedophiles too.

Thoughts on this issue of gender inequality?

Eventually, I will write about something fun again, I promise.