Archive for September, 2007

Some phrases BusyBoy has picked up since school started back:

  • Chicken Out (rather than check it out)
  • Got Me? (at the end of sentences to make sure we understand, rather than got it)

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My 4 year old, BusyBoy, likes to wear his underwear backwards.  He does this so when he looks down he can see the characters that are printed on the back of the underwear. 

If you do not immediately say “Bless you” when my 4 year old daughter, GigglyGirl, sneezes she will constantly remind you by saying “Ugh!?” and poking you until you do say it.

 What idiosyncrasies do your children have?  Leave your comments below.

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Callapidder Days is hosting a Fall Reading Challenge.  Here are the books I plan to read during the fall.


  • Forever in Blue The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Flash Back by Jenny Siler
  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Parenting Books

  • Raising Respectful Children by Jill Rigby
  • Raising Great Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Business Books

  • Fundraising 101 How to Raise Money for Charities by William L. “Bill” Doyle
  • Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days by Jay Conrad Levinson and Al Lautenslager
  • Fundraising Hands-On Tactics for NonProfit Groups by L. Peter Edles
  • Flying Upside Down What Flies and What Doesn’t in a Challenger Campaign by Joseph Gaylord
  • Ziglar on Selling The Ultimate Handbook for the Complete Sales Professional by Zig Ziglar
  • The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Other Nonfiction

  • Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  • Caught in the Web Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children from Online Predators by Julian Sher

The list may be a bit ambitious but I am going to try to get through all of the books. 

What books are on your To Read list?  Leave your comments below.

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The consulting work has been going well.  We are currently in the midst of our first fundraiser.  We have mailed 3,000 pieces and will be following up with potential donors this week. 

This year my New Year’s Resolution was to be in the moment when I am in a moment by not thinking about everything else I could or should be doing.  Since I am working at home, I am finding that it is a bit of a struggle to manage when I should be working and when I should be just a mommy.  Also, I am having trouble remembering that I need to take a least 1 day a week off from work. 

So, this week my goal is to find a work schedule that will work for my family and me.  Since school is back in session, I am working while the children are in preschool.  Also, I have set the alarm clock early to have time in the morning before the rest of the house wakes up. 

This makes for a 6 hour work day rather than an 8 hour workday.  I will have to be as productive in those 6 hours as I would be in 8 hours.  I think I can do this by focusing on what I am working on rather than thinking about what to cook for dinner or thinking I should be playing with my children.

Hopefully, setting these boundaries by adjusting my schedule will help me be in the moment whether it is work time, mommy time, or me time.

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Weekly Best Blogs

Here are the blog entries that most appealed to me this week:

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My to do list this week is longer than both my arms.  I am working on my first political fundrasier with lots of mail pieces and phone calls.  Additionally, there is the regular constituent services work to be done and the work Mr. Right is doing to sell business services to new clients.  On top of everything else, I have had a cold that just will not let up for the past 2 1/2 weeks.  Needless to say, blogging has had to take a backseat. 

With all this craziness, it seems a good idea to reflect on those things for which I am most thankful

  1. A loving God who forgives and teaches me how to forgive.
  2. An incredible, giving husband who cares so much about our family and me.
  3. 2 amazing, miraculous children  – I cannot imagine life without them.
  4. The insight from my friend Heather and my brother who encouraged me to start political consulting when things looked so bleak early this summer.
  5. Our extended family – our moms, dads, sisters, brothers, and in-laws who have all given us so much love during the challenges we have faced this year.
  6. The beautiful fall like weather that we have had around here this week.  It seems that summer is finally going away.

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