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Friday 5: Songs About Moms

This week on the Friday 5 we are celebrating Moms. I think this proved out to be a really fun week and I have some good variety. Here are my 5 picks:

  1. Mama Says from Footloose: The Musical- A really fun little song about listening to your Mom!
  2. Mother and Child Reunion from Paul Simon- I love Paul Simon’s song writing and it is on display here. It’s a mother and child reunion and the power of that relationship.
  3. Just a Housewife from Marilyn Mathis, Not Just a Housewife- I wanted to have one song defending the life of a homemaker.  This song does a great job with that and I wish I could have included the entire song.
  4. Your Mother from Kathryn Beaumont and Peter Pan- Kathryn is one of the best vocalists in Disney history and even though I’m not the biggest Peter Pan fan she sings this song beautifully.
  5. Mama Says from The Shirelles- A classic Motown song about listening to your Mom on the bad days!

What are your favorite songs about Moms? If you have a blog or youtube channel join in with us in the Friday 5  It’s a lot of fun and we have some neat topics coming up.  To participate get the topics on the tumbler page. http://thefridayfivemusic.tumblr.com/

Nanowrimo: Writing a Mom

frazzled mom

So for the month of November I am going to be posting sections of my book so hopefully I can edit a little along the way.  As I have previously said on the blog there are 2 main characters, Marnie and Becca.  Becca is a stay at home Mom, army wife with 4 kids.

I want to share with you my introduction to Becca.  As I’ve never been a stay at home Mom can all of you give me some feedback?  I’d really appreciate it.  You can message me if you feel more comfortable.  Don’t worry about offending me.  I’ve got very thick skin.

I haven’t had a chance to go over grammar so this is mainly on character and realism of the scene.

I will also be posting my introductory scene of Marnie probably tomorrow.  Fun!

So here goes, Becca:

Becca introduction

“Sir take a look at the scene?” Spencer says as he shows me the human view screen.  I can see Marnie and Becca.   They both look like they have been run over by a horse.  Tired, haggard, worn out.

Becca is at her home surrounded  by her four kids.  “Mommy,  TJ won’t leave me alone.  He’s bothering me”

“That’s not true.  Julie won’t stop bothering me” says JT

“Ugh.  Would you both stop bothering me!  Geesh.  Could the 2 of you get along for one second!”  Becca says with a hint of sarcasm.

“Mom, I have a book on hold at the library.  Can we go pick it up?” Callie her 8 year old was brilliant but very persistent when she had a request.  “Can we?  Can we?”

“I don’t know.  Cal.  I will try.  Can you go with a friend?  I have to make dinner?”

“Wa, wa, wa, wa”  The baby Addie falls and bangs her head as she crawls into the kitchen.

“Mom, can we go.  Can we go?”

“Callie if you ask me one more time we are never going”

“What.  That’s not fair”  Callie begins to cry and storms off.   Grabbing the baby  Becca tries to calm her and kiss her forehead.

“Poor thing.  Here’s some kisses”

“JT pulled my hair”  Julie yelled pulling at Becca’s skirt.

“Look you go to your room, and you go to your room” pointing at JT and Julie.  “I need you to think of how lucky you are to be a part of a family.  Your father is counting on you to keep our family going while he’s away”

Becca’s husband is in the army and was on the tail end of a service deployment sent to help at Hurricane Teresa in Mississippi.  While grateful that her husband had the chance to serve other people and the country sometimes she wished he could serve her more.  Being a single Mom was hard.

“Look everyone the babysitter is coming and I am going to come in an hour and you are all to be on your best behavior. You’ve got it?”

Seemingly right on cue the phone rings.  “Mom” “JT says.  It’s for you!”

“Hi Mrs.  Richmond it’s Claire and I’ve got a temperature and don’t think I can make it tonight.  I’m sorry”

Becca’s heart sunk “What?  How come you didn’t’ call sooner? Now it will be too late to get anyone else?”

“I’m sorry but I kept hoping I would feel better.  I really am sorry”  Claire says with a cough into the phone.

“That’s Ok.  I hope you feel better.  Take care.  Bye”


Becca didn’t know if she was going to cry or scream.  Tonight was to be her night off.  Her night off to spend with her friend Marnie, her best friend from the time she was 8 years old.  Lately it had seemed like they were living such different lives and they hadn’t seen each other for months.  Something like this would always happen.

As she began to call Marnie’s number Addie pulled at the phone and began to cry.  Babies seemed to know when they were just being held and not the center of attention.  Everything was a mess.  Everyone in the house basically hated her at the moment and her long anticipated relief was going down the tubes it was almost too much.

“Hi Marnie.  I have bad news”

Chapter 3

“Bad news?”  Marnie would like to say she was surprised by Becca’s call but she’d learned to never buy tickets in advance for anything with her best friend.  Reliable was not her middle name.

“You have to be kidding!”

“No.  The babysitter called and she’s sick.  There isn’t time to find anyone else.  The kids are all upset and I have to make dinner.  I’m really sorry”

“This is the 3rd time you have canceled on me.  It’s not easy for me to free up time in my schedule” Marnie begins to say and then changes her tone not wanting to cause a scene “It’s ok.  I understand”

“Let’s keep trying”  Becca said in an exasperated tone.

“Ok.  Love ya”

“Love ya back”

Herb Gardening

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but I have a long track record of killing plants.  Perhaps this is part of the reason why I’ve never owned a pet (other reason is this) .  In fact, my track record has been so abysmal that is hard to believe I’m the daughter of a skilled gardener (2 in fact).  My Mom has always had the best garden on the block and knows tons about botany, soil types, and all other gardening topics (we joke that when playing boggle she knows about plants, nautical terms and fairy words (hmmm…).

Anyway, I asked my Mom to help me with some planter boxes for my back patio area.  I get full sun and have been yearning for home grown herbs for some time.  My friend Sarah has gotten an amazing herb box inside her apartment to grow.  The nice thing about having your own herbs is you can use as little or as much as you want and the cost is so much lower than the big blister package you get at the grocery store.

So my parents were in town this week and originally I thought it would be a fun thing for my Mom and I to do together.  Unfortunately she was busy the beginning of the week and I was busy with my boss coming into town (she organized the heck out of me! So great! More to come on that later) so it didn’t look like it would get done.

Fortunately my Mother is super nice and she agreed to take on the project on my behalf.  She did everything.  Bought the containers, soil, and some of the plants.  Then today she filled, planted and watered them showing me how to take care of them. I felt bad but was also very grateful.  Thanks Mom!

I am now more determined than ever to reverse my black thumb and keep these plants alive! Any tips?  Suggestions?  Also I have 4 different kinds of mint.  Favorite mint recipes please!

My Mom showing her days of work!
My Mom showing her days of work!
We have 2 tomato plants, basil, lemon thyme, sage, parsley, thyme, rosemary and more.
We have 2 tomato plants, basil, lemon thyme, sage, parsley, thyme, rosemary and more.

A Great Deal

I am surrounded by people that are great at finding bargains- particularly my sister Megan. She is so creative and thrifty. She manages to squeeze 3 kids and her husband into a 2 bedroom apartment, make delicious food and come up with great activities for the girls. She’s such an amazing woman and mother. Anyway, I have always been good at staying within my budget and Megan is good at pinching every penny. In fact, this week she made a dress for Isabel out of her own old shirt! Talk about giving your kids the shirt off of your own back! Not bad hah!

Growing up Megan was almost never tempted by purchases of music, clothes or DVDs that I throw money around on (although they do give me a lot of pleasure.). She doesn’t even have the amazon book habit that I’ve got (I’ve done better lately about going to the library even if it kills me not to write in the books!).  She’s a great example to me in these regards.

This is part of the reason why I was so excited to find a great deal today. There is a Rite Aid pharmacy going out of business in Draper. It is my understanding that the whole company is doing fine. It is jus this particular branch which is closing. A couple of weeks ago they had a 50% off sale and I made several purchases. After a busy day of cleaning the rental properties I happened to be going to the cleaners nearby when I noticed a 90% off sale. I had to take a look. I mean that’s practically free!

When I got inside they gave me a medium sized shopping bag and said I could fill it with greeting cards for $1 for the whole bag! In almost a shopping spree mentality I grabbed all the cards I could lay my hands on- everything from Happy Birthday to Sympathy and Get Well cards! Amazingly enough, I ended up with 84 cards for $1!!!!

Needless to say I will have little excuse for forgetting a card for any occasion in the future! If any of you end up with an odd card just remember I got it in the midst of a mad spree!

No, it was really quite tame but still very exhilarating. In a weird way I felt proud of myself. Funny, how that happens hah? It seems something that women get a special thrill from. Why is that? Maybe because we traditionally make most of the purchases? I have been in so many settings where a woman compliments another woman on her clothes, and she immediately begins to describe the deal she got in purchasing it:
“thanks, I got it at Kohls for 20% off and the shirt was on the clearance aisle. They have the best prices on jewelry there…”

I have never heard a group of men talking about such things. Maybe that’s because all my guyfriends are straight but still it is funny how thriftiness is kind of a feminine trait.

A great book for thrifty ideas is the book The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. She runs a website called http://www.tightwad.com/. For example, currently they have directions for candles made out of canola oil and coke cans. Pretty cool! A few of her ideas are a little wacky but still most of them are great. Do any of you have websites you like, tips that help you be thrifty?
I was super excited about my great deal! Now if only I can afford the stamps…