May 09, 2014

Mother's Day is Nigh...

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I'm not a mother myself, which is probably for the best.

Unless it's now considered good practice to park children in securely locked facilities most of the day, and just haul 'em out when you're in the mood?  I admit, kids can be pretty darn adorable in small doses.

But, seriously, how long do they remain clean, cheerful, amusing, and well-behaved?

I'm afraid at the first sign of a dirty diaper or a tantrum or even too many iterations of:  "Mom lookit! Mom, lookit! Mom lookit! Mommmm, Looookitttt!" I'd be all: "please take these tiresome things away from me, child-keepers, I'm done now."


Yeah I'd probably subscribe
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But my understanding is: Moms don't just hang out for the adorable moments.

I'm not sure how you all acquired such ridiculous amounts of patience, resourcefulness, strength of character, generosity, and physical endurance, but I sure admire it. I hope you get an awesome Mother's Day this weekend to celebrate and that your spouses and children all step up!

 Who gives a crap if they can cook? There's plenty of beer!
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I also hope you get exactly what you want in terms of gifts.


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Malevolent Andrea, (who is always a kick to read), has a great list of stuff she wants for mothers day. And heck, if you pony up, maybe she'll adopt you!

Are you sending or anticipating any flowers?  You may want to keep in mind  that some of the people delivering flowers are mothers themselves, so try not to make their lives hell, ok?  Messymimi has some helpful ideas on that.

If you are a stressed-out mom trying to get fit and find balance in your life, you may want to buy YOURSELF a mother's day gift.

As it happens, remember the pre-publication sneak peak we got of the Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet Book?  Well, yay, it just launched and it's out now and you can buy it wherever fine books are sold!



It's one of the few non-naggy, non-punitive, positive, realistic and motivating resources for healthy living out there, so check it out.

Also, are any of you Mom's suffering from "depleted mother syndrome?"  Even if it's only a mild case, but especially if you're feeling totally overwhelmed, some good news: The awesome Rick Hanson (who I'm always going on and on about) and his wife Jan Hanson, a nutritionist/acupuncturist, and Ricki Pollycove, an ob/gyn, have a new book out, called Mother Nurture aimed at helping you take care of yourself.  




And Starving Bitch had an excellent Mother's Day gift idea that benefits a worthy cause at the same time delivering a gift no one would want to toss out or hide in the back of a closet. I'll let her explain more fully.

So anyway, warm wishes to all you amazing Moms and I hope you have an excellent Mother's Day!

And for those of us who have mothers, let's not forget to at least call or send her a crappy ecard, OK?



How about you guys, any plans for Mothers Day?

28 comments:

  1. I got my copy of the FBG book but haven't started reading it yet!

    I'm going to drive up to OC to spend the day with my mom on Sunday. Which reminds me, I need to go buy a card!

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  2. Sending Mom your e-card right now! Whoot! Done for another year!

    Actually I agreed to help my mother buy a home nearer her children and in return own a percentage of the house We are having a meeting to try to figure that out. Lots of possible land mines in this issue! My brothers may shoot me and Mom seems to think millionaire row would be a great place to live.

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    1. Crabby McSlackerMay 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Hope your Mom is planning to win the lotto for that house on millionaire row, Cindy! Does sound like landmine territory, but you seem like the sort who knows how to defuse. And helping buying house is worth a lot more that a bouquet of flowers on Mothers Day.

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  3. Death Ride GrandmaMay 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    We've never been to big on the Hallmark holidays. When the kids were little, I managed to swallow the breakfast they brought me (usually a piece of bread and a few grapes), and for the rest of the day, I got to choose the activities. Fathers day, dad got to decide what we did. Now that they are grown, we just sort of ignore the whole thing. Which is why I accidentally scheduled a trip (connected to a century ride tomorrow) this weekend - and will not be joining my children and grandchildren for dinner. Oops. We will definitely do something together as soon as we are all in town.

    Crabby, I wish I still had a postcard I once got from an old friend. The caption was, "Try Rental Children First!"

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    1. Crabby McSlackerMay 10, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Rental Children! What an excellent idea!

      And have a great century ride! I assume that means 100 miles, and not that you get a century to finish? :)

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    2. Yeah, 100 miles. It just feels like a hundred years to finish. My riding friends and I tend to be the last riders out there. But we finished, and this was one I didn't finish last year. It may be the most scenic course of all, but a tough one.

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    3. Crabby McSlackerMay 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      CONGRATULATIONS!! You are awesome, DRG. :)

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  4. I wish all moms the happiest of days.

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  5. I've already sent my mom her gift (fiber! the kind you make things out of to wear, not the eating kind, lol). I'll be shocked, quite honestly, if I hear from either kid on Mother's Day...but that's OK, I hear from them enough on regular days.

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    1. HAHA Thank goodness you explained I was imagining your mom owning a box of Metamucil with a big red bow on it.

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    2. Crabby McSlackerMay 10, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      The Lobster's mom is such a fan of metamucil she'd actually probably appreciate a gift like that! But we go with flowers, whatever. Even if you're not expecting it Shelley, hope you get at least a happy mother's day wish from the kids.

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  6. Nothing here but still a tough day for me... my moms bday is always close to it or on the same day so just will find time to reflect & have a cookie. :)

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  7. It's going to be almost 80 here on Sunday so I think I will go and hang out with my mommy too! She's so blessed to have me as a daughter. LOL

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  8. Well, I don't talk to my mom so I'm off the hook on that end.
    I bought myself a new Garmin the other day and said it could be my gift and the day will be a day of recovery after my race tomorrow!!!

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  9. I took my mom for a drive on Wednesday (a) to get a jump on the holiday and (b) she'll be out of town this weekend, (c) I didn't have a gift, or (d) all of the above. We drove out to see the ocean in Ventura, walked the shops at Ventura Harbor, ate fish n chips at Andria's and stopped off at the factory outlet in Camarillo! Who could ask for anything more?

    Well, I could. I'm the mother of two. My daughter is away at college and my son is on World of Warcraft 24/7. Ok, ok, he did wash my car on Thursday. I'm hoping for going out to lunch. A medium sized bag of cash could be useful too.

    Yes, the correct answer is (d) as in dog. Thanks for playing along.

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    1. Crabby McSlackerMay 10, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      You crack me up Bob Ben! Hope you get a big fancy lunch and an extra large bag o' cash!

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  10. Thanks for the link! In fact, if anyone ever wants to reprint my tips, i really wouldn't mind a bit. The message needs to get out.

    And by the way, we don't have infinite patience and all of that. We're in it for the happy smiles and the weeds in a glass on the windowsill, because they wanted to pick the flowers themselves.

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  11. LOL, I love it. My wife and I don't have kids (yet), but she is a full-time nanny and has worked in daycares before that. She has the patience of a saint! Once we do become parents, I totally lucked out because I have the uber-parent to help me.

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    1. Crabby McSlackerMay 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      How lucky to have married an uber-parent Courtney!

      And I so appreciate other LGBT folks using "wife" and "husband" so I don't feel like such a freak when I do. "Partner" just starts to feel wrong once one is actually married but I still feel weird everytime I say it or write it!

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    2. Haha not LGBT, but wish my husband would appreciate being introduced as my life partner... i just love the phrase so much, the grass is always greener!

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    3. Crabby McSlackerMay 11, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Too funny AA! Actually "life partner" sounds better than partner, and would make a refreshing change from wife or husband! But in my case, given the history involved, I feel like if I don't step up and use "wife" when most hetero's would, it might imply to others that I'm somewhat apologetic about my status, and that I'm not really entitled to use standard spousal nomenclature. But it's still feels damn awkward knowing it probably confuses or bothers a lot of people. :)

      All of which has nothing to do with mothers day, sorry!

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  12. Loved this. I don't have kids either but am lucky enough to have my mom living just a few miles away!

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    1. Crabby McSlackerMay 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Sounds like she's awfully lucky too martha!

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  13. To become a Mother is a gift from God. I wish all the mothers a happy mother's day.

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    1. Oh I'm a mother all right. Haha.

      Have a great Mothers' Day everyone!

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  15. The role of being a mother is the most difficult role any person could have. But nevertheless, at the end of the day, when you see your kids happy and peaceful, every effort and sacrifices are all worth it.

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