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Posts from July 2013

It's Really Too Bad
There's a brand, spankin' new pizza place in town...but I nor my family will be setting foot in it.  And that's really too bad because I love to support local businesses.  This week a woman was breast feeding while eating at the pizza joint and was asked to move to a more 'private place.'  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Women struggle with their breast feeding experience every day in one way or another, they certainly don't need more pressure.  After seeing a few male friends on Facebook post that people should just 'get over it' and leave the owner alone; he apologized for his mistake...I can't help but be so annoyed.  What on Earth about feeding your child needs to be private?  Why should breast feeding moms be kept in back rooms and behind closed doors while attempting to be out in public?  What it comes down to is other people being uncomfortable with the sight of GOD FORBID, a breast!  And let's be honest here, as someone who's completely comfortable with breast feeding in public...I do everything I can to cover up.  In most cases, you can barely tell that a woman is nursing her baby.  I had a friend tell me that his wife would 'plan ahead.'  You mean bring a bottle?  First off there are MANY kiddos who won't take a bottle.  Secondly, as to infer that a women who breast feeds casually two-steps into a public place ready to just 'whip it out' and make everyone around her uncomfortable is irritating beyond belief.  I'm sorry if you're so shy that you can't fathom the audacity of a breast feeding mom who's doing the most natural thing on this planet...something that's been done since the beginning of time....  Maybe you're the one who needs to be in a more 'private' place as to shield you from all of the horribly offensive things going on in public like dog-walking and car-driving.  Let's make a don't watch me breast feed, and I won't watch you yawn.  Both are equally natural but only one is contagious...the nerve of doing it in public. 
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Here Birthday Candle ... where are you?
Okay so Monday was my mom's birthday.  Everett and I made pumpkin spice muffins for her with sprinkles (Everett's idea).  Since she watches Everett every day, we were ready for her to walk in the door that morning.  We had a muffin on a dish with a neon pink birthday candle lit and ready for her to blow out.  We sang happy birthday like the overly excited, tone-deaf family that we are and then my mom blew out the candle.  We clapped (Everett longer than the rest of us) and then walked into the living room.  A few minutes later we were back in the kitchen and the muffin - candle and all - was gone.  Both dogs looked extremely guilty.  We all laughed thinking about the fact that we'd know sooner or later who the culprit was.  Well, here we are Friday ... and nothing.  I've oddly looked forward to cleaning up dog poo in the backyard with hopes of being able to determine the true muffin thief.  But every day I've been disappointed and now I wonder ... did it melt?  Should I not be on the lookout for a bright pink birthday candle but rather a lonely wick?  The only conclusion I HAVE been able to come to is that my house is a circus ... and I like it.
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Raspberries are a-growin
Holy cow!  We moved into our new house just over a year ago and if you remember ... everything bloomed super early last year because of the short-lived heat wave in March/April and then by June everything was dead and drying up through July thanks to the drought.  So we didn't really get to know our house's landscaping.  The a/c was cranked and we stayed inside for most of the summer.  But this year it's a completely different story.  It's been gorgeous and so fun getting to know our house and the beautiful plants tate surround it.  I'm VERY excited that half of the south side of the house has raspberries.  We could go out there twice a day and come back in with a bowl of freshly-picked, ruby red raspberries.  I've never had raspberries or any kind of veggie/fruit garden since my parent's house when I was little...we had two big ol' veggie gardens but as we got older, they went away.  We haven't done anything with the raspberries other than eat them straight out of the bowl, but I'd love to try a couple desserts with them.  Even just putting then on some vanilla frozen yogurt would be amazing, I'm sure.  So here's to you if you do the whole 'garden thing' I totally get the high of reaping what you sow.  MMMmmm.
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