The title doesn’t really have anything to do with this post; I have just had it in my head for a long time (Does that ever happen to you? Have a post title in your head but just need to post to go along with it? No? OK then. Never mind.)

With me being back at work my Internet time has been reduced. This has been a positive thing for the most part. I do not have time to worry about what I “should” be doing as a blogger, based on what “they” say. I write when time allows, for that is all that I can really do. It is kind of freeing to know that I don’t have the time to dwell on if I am doing all of the “social networking” things that I keep reading are necessary. I only have enough time to keep up with the friends I want to, and to write what I need to. Which is how it should be.

The downside to the lack of time is that I worry about getting out of the groove of it all. If I post nearly every day then the ideas are flowing and I have no problem whipping up another post. When days happen between my musings I start to second-guess myself. I wonder if what is going on is really something I need to write here for the world to see. Then I take another day to think some more. Before you know it I could end up talking myself out of posting altogether. Truth be told, I have contemplated that idea. The only glitch is that I would miss it far too much.

So. Here I am with a few snippets from the past few days. It is all I have to offer and if it is not as good as my last blog post then, well, I don’t really care. Which is actually kind of awesome.

First things first.

I was asked to be a contributor to Canada Moms Blog, which is a part of the Silicon Valley Moms Blog (SVMB) group.  If you have any idea who SVMB is you will realize what an honour (Canadian spelling, YO) this is. I did a side blog about my first post over there, but here it is in case you missed it.

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I was sent an email this week by The Blogger Formerly Known As Schnozz. I spent time with her at BlogHer last year and can testify as to her awesomeness. She is part of an amazing array of women who have contributed essays to a book about Mommy Blogging that is coming out this year. She asked if I was interested in reading an advance copy and writing a blurb about it. It will go on the back cover. Um, YES.

Wait.

My opinion means something? Huh.

Also, WOW.

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Matthew and I have craved a vacation away together (without the kids) but it was not in the cards.  Thus, he sent me on a trip to California. Upon returning from my trip all refreshed and rejuvenated I ordered him to finally plan a trip for himself. The wheels were set in motion and this weekend he has been at a cabin up at the ski hill with his two BFF’s. They are having a great time playing in the snow, eating pizza and drinking beer.

In his absence I have been trying to woo our kids. Operation Become The Favorite Parent is in effect. On Friday night we had pizza for dinner, Cadbury Mini-eggs for dessert and a movie. Saturday night, I whipped them up a dinner of pancakes and Bacon (Breakfast! It’s what’s for dinner!) They loved me best, if only for 2 nights.

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While leaving the video store on Friday we walked by two older couples. One of the women threw out the (NOT SO ORIGINAL) statement, “Wow! You must be busy!” Her husband then piped up, “I sure hope you are babysitting!”

Which, well, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT? And also, WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?

I so need to make a T-shirt to wear when I am out with the kids. When I get that same blasted statement said to me I will turn and point to the caption:

Yes, I Am Busy
Way to State the Obvious

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If you read my post over at Work It! Mom you know that I did not spend this weekend pining for my husband’s company and sitting alone eating Doritos.  I missed him, yes, but while he was out exploring the mountainside with his friends, those of us wives left behind made plans for ourselves. We arranged babysitting (My brother lives with us. Score!) and head out on the town.

Our first stop: A wine tasting seminar:

Cellar Divas

Though it may look like we went a little overboard on the wine, it was not the case.  It was a very professional wine seminar that taught us how long to smell the wine, where the different flavors were tasted on your tongue, facts such as the one that wine tastes different on an empty stomach than on a full wine.  They even had us take notes and everything; we had to work for our wine. But there was still (good) wine, so there was that. At the end of the affair they brought out food from a new bistro that is opening up and I have to say that it was pretty amazing.  The fact that we were eating dinner three hours past my normal time means that I may or may not have stuffed my face.

We left the winery to head out to our next stop: Watching an Irish band at a local pub. We needed to rush Amanda home (She wasn’t coming to see the band) as her babysitters had plans of their own. In my haste I had the BRILLIANT idea of phoning another friend who was meeting us. While I was driving. Down an unlit road. That I had never been on before.

I pulled this neat manoeuver where I DROVE OVER A LARGE ROCK (OR THREE) that punctured my front tire and LEFT IT FLAT. Awesome. OF COURSE THIS WOULD HAPPEN ON A RARE WEEKEND THAT MY HUSBAND IS OUT OF TOWN.

*Bangs head on the table due to the sheer stupidity of that move I pulled*

I limped the van to the nearest gas station where we were rescued by Amanda’s Father-In-Law. He brought us back to her house where my husband had left our trusty 4Runner. Tamara and I hopped in and headed off to see the band. The show (or the night) must go on!

The band was phenomenal as well as a whole lot of fun. If you saw four Moms jumping up and down on the dance floor way past their bedtimes, that would have been us.

This afternoon will mark the return of Matthew and the rescuing of our van from its lonely spot at the gas station.

(I AM SUCH AN IDIOT)

I’ve babbled enough (and have a van to rescue)(Shakes head (yet again) at my genius move.)

So. Tell me what’s going on with you. Anything good?

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  1. Jeremy March 15, 2009 12:40 pm edit

    Sounds like an outrageous weekend for a single mom…lucky hubby escaping for the weekend too. We also went to see some fiddle music in celebration of St. Patrick’s, but with the kids, which as you know is not quite the same.

  2. angella March 15, 2009 12:42 pm edit

    Yeah…not the same…but did the kids get up and dance? Because that’s always fun to watch :)

  3. Kami March 15, 2009 1:36 pm edit

    Oh no on the van….Thank goodness for FIL’s and handy husbands and 4runners waiting for you:)

    Sounds like a great night out!

    Kami’s last blog post..Opportunity Knocked

  4. Sharon March 15, 2009 1:52 pm edit

    Sounds like fun, minus the whole flat tire bit, of course. That stinks.

    I went to a great St. Paddy’s Day party last night. I haven’t had a fun night out like that in a long time, so it was very welcomed. I’ve spent today napping and watching movies – a great way to relax after a crazy night out.

    Sharon’s last blog post..Friday Love List – Freedom edition!

  5. Jen March 15, 2009 4:33 pm edit

    The first part? I SO GET IT.

    The last part? That sucks, but I’m glad that it didn’t ruin your evening :)

  6. Sherry March 15, 2009 5:30 pm edit

    Other than the tire, it sounds like an excellent weekend. Mine consisted of a hot date at home where my husband and I kicked each other’s butts at Wii Sports. :D

    That guy at the store was so lame. Who SAYS that?!

    Sherry’s last blog post..Life is like a box of chocolates

  7. Maggie March 15, 2009 6:03 pm edit

    I think the guy in the video store might have been trying to say that you look too young to have so many kids. So, you should take it as a compliment!

    Maggie’s last blog post..Oh. Wow.

  8. Hannah March 15, 2009 6:45 pm edit

    Ugh, sorry about the flat tire! But the rest of your night sounds like a heap of fun! Also, your Friday & Saturday night dinners? YUM! Surely you’ll be the favourite parent for a bit longer than 2 days after pulling that trick out of the bag? ;-) Mind you, when the absentee parent comes home, they tend to become the favourite. Hee!

    Hannah’s last blog post..Excited?

  9. Tamara March 15, 2009 7:17 pm edit

    It was definitely a crazy night! I am not used to the jumping foot-stomping kind of dancing that was going on there last night but it was fun! I hope the van is an easy fix and that you had a spare so Matthew could get the van home today.

  10. Kerri Anne March 15, 2009 8:30 pm edit

    So much exciting! happening for you lately. Love love love it.

    (The flat tire, it doesn’t count as “exciting” as much as “vexing,” of course.)

    And hi, this is me, seriously counting the days until mid-July. Move faster! March.

  11. Kerri Anne March 16, 2009 7:34 am edit

    Oh, and I also meant to say last night that I totally have a “Post Title Reservoir” sitting in my drafts, because I collect post and story titles like it’s my job. Heh.

    Kerri Anne’s last blog post..Revenge Of The Birds

  12. ali March 16, 2009 7:54 am edit

    it’s so awesome that you do the whole girl night thing!! envious. well, not of the whole tire incident. haha.

    ali’s last blog post..sharkgirl is a thing of the past, mall cops, and dress ali: the fashion week edition

  13. hillary March 16, 2009 8:17 am edit

    Dude! This may reveal my nerdiness but I don’t care – I think it is SO COOL that you are going to have a blurb on the back cover of a book.

    hillary’s last blog post..You Won’t Have To Worry Yourself Sick Til You’re Blue In The Face

  14. Kristabella March 16, 2009 8:44 am edit

    I so hear you on the blogging thing and not having time. And for me, I stress when I got a few days because my stats have gone way down. And while I do not care about having 1000 visitors a day, I do like to keep the small audience I have so when my stats go down I’m all “Holy crap! I’m boring the internet to tears!”

    Also, your “spoiling” of the kids this weekend is basically why my niece and nephew LOVE me so much. When I babysit, they are basically allowed to do anything. Which is why I’m the BEST! AUNTIE! EVER!

    Kristabella’s last blog post..Must?Write?Something?

  15. Sue @ My Party of 6 March 16, 2009 10:58 am edit

    Aw! Fun stuff! One of the things that I miss about working outside the house is how much I TREASURED my precious time with my kids!

    I don’t know why people feel the need to mention that you have your hands full. I get the same thing. Now I just say, “My hands are full, but so is my heart.” (Or I just roll my eyes and walk on – depending on my mood – Ha!)

    And now I am thinking I need a moms night out! Now! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that dress (blouse?) with the flowers and the black band at the top (that your friend is wearing) – so very festive!

    Sue @ My Party of 6′s last blog post..In the beginning, there was IRL…

  16. pamela March 16, 2009 5:36 pm edit

    It is super important to be the bestest, most favoritest parent sometimes. That is why I purchased jellybeans at the grocery store today. Because I’m not above bribery.

    And also, at the grocery store, an old man looked disapprovingly at my three year-old, two year-old (with a pacifier crammed in his mouth, ugh) and my nine-month-pregnant belly, and shook his nasty, combed-over head. Then? He walked by us and said, “SOME PEOPLE.” Yeah, huh. Some people have three kids, ages three and under. Good thing my 6 year-old wasn’t there…he might have dropped dead right there next to the pears.

    Busy isn’t the word for it, some days!

    pamela’s last blog post..six steps guaranteed to make the sales clerk at the fabric store stare at you like you have three heads

  17. Elaine March 16, 2009 6:05 pm edit

    I can’t believe those people said that to you about your kids. People can be SO ignorant.

    So cool about the Canada Moms Blog and your night out sounds like fun (well except for the tire issue!) : )

    Elaine’s last blog post..We Like to Live on the Wild Side

  18. Amanda March 16, 2009 7:37 pm edit

    Not really post related…I was taking a look at your This and That section, specifically new clothes. Have you looked lately?! For someone who is self conscious of your stomach it sure does show up a lot lately! :) Three out of four thumbprints. Too funny.
    Love the BCBG top, and thank goodness for Winners, I could never afford BCBG myself if it weren’t for that store. You look AWESOME!

    Amanda’s last blog post..To Pluck or Not to Pluck?

  19. Simonn March 21, 2009 5:37 pm edit

    I truly appreciate you taking the time to share this . Look forward to more posts from you

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