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10 by 10: Blogs I Checked Out Today March 12, 2013 - #FromLeft2Write Book Club Day Edition, Raising Cubby

Today is From Left to Write Book Club Day (@fromleft2write on Twitter)! We read Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives by John Elder Robison, and used it as a writing prompt for blog posts.  Here are some of the posts from today and my comments.

Cait Plus Ate - @caitplusate on Twitter - http://caitplusate.com/2013/03/from-left-to-write-march-book-club-raising-cubby/

My comment - "Oh man! I learned that hobbies aren't a bad thing from my dad. Sometimes you can do something just because you like to do it. From my mom, I learned that dreaming and planning for what you want is important. I think they learned from me that it is okay to be different."

Oh What a Life - http://amybrown.blogspot.com/2013/03/just-be.html

My comment - "There are so many days that I have to decide to "just be" - and let the kids do that too. I think it keeps us all sane."

I'm Not the Nanny - @thienkim on Twitter - http://www.imnotthenanny.com/2013/03/my-young-fashion-designer-her-american-girl-doll.html

My comment - "How cool to show her how to upcycle her clothes for her doll! Very smart - and creative! :) I've been procrastinating with showing my little ones how to sew."

The Not Ever Still Life - @noteverstill on Twitter - http://noteverstill.blogspot.com/2013/03/out-of-sight.html

My comment - "I would love to visit Niagara falls with the kids, but I have the children who would find the secret spot and make their lives flash before my eyes..."

Hannemaniacs - @hannemaniacs on Twitter - http://hannemaniacs.blogspot.com/2013/03/watching-for-dyslexia.html

My comment - "I am 30 blah blah years old, and my dad still asks me every time that I see him if I have any joint pain. He has ankylosing spondylitis, and is always worried that one of us will have it too. I guess as parents we only want to pass on what we consider to be the good stuff!"

Master Mind Mommy - @mastermindmommy on Twitter - http://mastermindmommy.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/figuring-him-out/

My comment - "I think I spend every day trying to figure out my three. Why being told to wash the dishes can make one cry, but a sad movie - nothing. We are at the end of middle school now. It was an interesting mix of teen hormones and childish behavior, but it is getting better. Good luck!"

Connor and Helen Grow Up - http://www.connorandhelen.blogspot.com/2013/03/north-star.html

My comment - "Well said! I'm always looking for things in my kids that I can use to relate to them - ways in which we are alike - so that when a situation arises, I can know what to say to help them understand that they aren't alone in what they are going through."

Shannon Morgan Creative - @sldmorgan on Twitter - http://www.shannonmorgancreative.com/raising-cubby-john-elder-robison/

My comment - "I wanted to understand it too - beyond what I read about it in Wikipedia and on websites."

Stimeyland - @stimey on Twitter - http://www.stimeyland.com/2013/03/writing-love-stories/

I don’t have too much on my blog about my older son anymore, just because you really can find anything on the internet and kids can be mean. He gets a kick out of having his opinion included in a movie review, but that’s about as much as we do with any sort of detail."

A Good Joe - http://agoodjoe.blogspot.com/2013/03/terms-of-endearment.html

My comment -"Nicknames are a Caribbean requirement I think - but it is weird. Our nicknames are ACTUAL names. Like my dad's name is James, and his nickname is Carlton. I know. It makes NO sense! :)"

Check out more good blog posts from Book Club day here: http://www.fromlefttowrite.com/book-club-day-raising-cubby-by-john-elder-robison/


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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

10 by 10: Blogs I Checked Out Today March 12, 2013 - #FromLeft2Write Book Club Day Edition, Raising Cubby

Today is From Left to Write Book Club Day (@fromleft2write on Twitter)! We read Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives by John Elder Robison, and used it as a writing prompt for blog posts.  Here are some of the posts from today and my comments.

Cait Plus Ate - @caitplusate on Twitter - http://caitplusate.com/2013/03/from-left-to-write-march-book-club-raising-cubby/

My comment - "Oh man! I learned that hobbies aren't a bad thing from my dad. Sometimes you can do something just because you like to do it. From my mom, I learned that dreaming and planning for what you want is important. I think they learned from me that it is okay to be different."

Oh What a Life - http://amybrown.blogspot.com/2013/03/just-be.html

My comment - "There are so many days that I have to decide to "just be" - and let the kids do that too. I think it keeps us all sane."

I'm Not the Nanny - @thienkim on Twitter - http://www.imnotthenanny.com/2013/03/my-young-fashion-designer-her-american-girl-doll.html

My comment - "How cool to show her how to upcycle her clothes for her doll! Very smart - and creative! :) I've been procrastinating with showing my little ones how to sew."

The Not Ever Still Life - @noteverstill on Twitter - http://noteverstill.blogspot.com/2013/03/out-of-sight.html

My comment - "I would love to visit Niagara falls with the kids, but I have the children who would find the secret spot and make their lives flash before my eyes..."

Hannemaniacs - @hannemaniacs on Twitter - http://hannemaniacs.blogspot.com/2013/03/watching-for-dyslexia.html

My comment - "I am 30 blah blah years old, and my dad still asks me every time that I see him if I have any joint pain. He has ankylosing spondylitis, and is always worried that one of us will have it too. I guess as parents we only want to pass on what we consider to be the good stuff!"

Master Mind Mommy - @mastermindmommy on Twitter - http://mastermindmommy.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/figuring-him-out/

My comment - "I think I spend every day trying to figure out my three. Why being told to wash the dishes can make one cry, but a sad movie - nothing. We are at the end of middle school now. It was an interesting mix of teen hormones and childish behavior, but it is getting better. Good luck!"

Connor and Helen Grow Up - http://www.connorandhelen.blogspot.com/2013/03/north-star.html

My comment - "Well said! I'm always looking for things in my kids that I can use to relate to them - ways in which we are alike - so that when a situation arises, I can know what to say to help them understand that they aren't alone in what they are going through."

Shannon Morgan Creative - @sldmorgan on Twitter - http://www.shannonmorgancreative.com/raising-cubby-john-elder-robison/

My comment - "I wanted to understand it too - beyond what I read about it in Wikipedia and on websites."

Stimeyland - @stimey on Twitter - http://www.stimeyland.com/2013/03/writing-love-stories/

I don’t have too much on my blog about my older son anymore, just because you really can find anything on the internet and kids can be mean. He gets a kick out of having his opinion included in a movie review, but that’s about as much as we do with any sort of detail."

A Good Joe - http://agoodjoe.blogspot.com/2013/03/terms-of-endearment.html

My comment -"Nicknames are a Caribbean requirement I think - but it is weird. Our nicknames are ACTUAL names. Like my dad's name is James, and his nickname is Carlton. I know. It makes NO sense! :)"

Check out more good blog posts from Book Club day here: http://www.fromlefttowrite.com/book-club-day-raising-cubby-by-john-elder-robison/


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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

10 by 10: Blogs I Checked Out Today January 22, 2013 - Book Club Day Edition, The Expats

I am a member of From Left to Write, an online book club with members all over the country. Today's 10 by 10 has WAY more than 10 blogs, but I'm not changing the name. "35 by sometime tonight" just isn't as catchy.

We read the mystery thriller novel The Expats. Kate Moore sheds happily sheds her old life become a stay at home mom when her husband takes a job in Europe. As she attempts to reinvent herself, she ends up chasing her evasive husband's secrets. The contributors to From Left to Write used The Expats: A Novel as a writing prompt to inspire their blog posts today. We "discuss" the book by reading and commenting on one another's blog posts. Today is book club day, and I intend to read all of the blog posts... Here are my comments. You should check them out too and tell them Eva from SocaMom.com sent you! You can also read MY post here:http://socamom.com/soca/en/reviews/books/792-if-you-dont-know-me-by-now

http://allenfam4.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-secret-vs-surprise.html - "I like the way you did that! I started with my kids really early, when Grandma told them not to tell me that she put sugar in their Cheerios. I explained to the kids that no secret was appropriate, especially if they want you to keep something from your parents. I also let my mother know (probably more graphic than I needed to be) that she could be setting them up to get hurt, molested, or worse, by getting them comfortable with keeping secrets. Freaked her out, but sometimes shock works."

http://randomwalkdownmommystreet.blogspot.com/2013/01/from-left-to-write-expats.html - *clapping* I really love (not) when you say you'll be home at a certain time that isn't when most people are home, and then they ask, "Do you work?" How do I even answer that?  I have three kids, so that goes without saying. I work whether or not you think what I do is "real" work.

http://kaenix.com/?p=1041 - When my kids see me take time out of my day or evening to be creative just for the sake of being creative, it lets them see that I find it important - they in turn find it important for themselves too.  Not sure if it will be their "thing", but I do like to see them using that part of their minds.

http://poetinthepantry.com/2013/01/19/from-left-to-right-the-expats/- Wow... I think it is really wonderful that you decided to share that.  This is what I love about From Left to Write.  We all read the same book, and rather than just rehashing the plot and critiquing the book, we get the opportunity to share how the book touched us. I'm pretty new too - welcome! :)

http://rebecca-lifeofanarmywife.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-ex-pats.html - I'm not an Army wife, and I work with my husband, so we can't really keep work stuff at work and home stuff at home, unless he's on a certain type of project. I couldn't imagine how hard it is to HAVE to keep secrets from my spouse. Thank you for the peek into military marriage.

http://www.writer-mommy.com/2013/01/compartmentalized-from-left-to-write.html - I always was a little jealous that my husband could  compartmentalize things.  He's like a file cabinet, and I am more like a messy desk.  I keep things in front of my face until they are complete, then and only then can they get filed away.  He put things away for the evening so that he can watch the game, hang out with the kids, or watch a movie with me.  He'll get it out of the file later to deal with it - at the time that he thinks it needs to be dealt with.  It makes him a much calmer person.

http://readgritandgrace.blogspot.com/2013/01/response-to-expats-excerpt-from-sweet.html- I love the rake/glitter/backhoe reference! I remember being in a relationship like that. I didn't realize how far I had gone, and how pitiful I had become. One day my brother had come from Dallas to Atlanta to meet some of his friends to go out, and asked me to come.  He had told them how pretty and funny his sister was, only to be met at the door of the hotel by the tired, frumpy, listless, glitter-free shell of a woman that a bad relationship had created. Thanks for sharing this! :)

http://brittneehenry.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/double-lives-the-expats-by-chris-pavone/- I love that a simple (or not so simple) change of environment gives us an opportunity to meet new people.  I was scared to death to go to conferences and meetings without my family or friends, but once I gave it a try - I REALLY loved the freedom of being able to show my best self and make that first impression all on my own.

http://makinglemonadeblog.com/moving-abroad-the-expats-chris-pavone/- What wonderful images - makes me feel like packing up and going!  I've never lived close to family, so I'd run away to a new country in a heartbeat.  My husband has always lived near family, so it is a little harder for him to think about moving far from them - even more so now that we have three kids.  A girl can still dream though!

http://www.hooeycritic.com/2013/01/secrets.html - My little one has no problem sharing the love of her 6 year old life with us - it's my teenager that I have to wrangle it out of.  It starts with a trickle of information, then after that... tsunami.  Great post! :)

http://calangel58.blogspot.com/2013/01/super-mom-expats.html - I was lucky to be able to spend a lot of time with my mom at work, and she shared pretty much everything that went on around the office with me - more than she shared with my dad sometimes. I was very clear on how hard it was for her to work all day - sometimes nights and weekends - and try to keep house and keep up with us, and it made me really appreciate her.

http://www.queenmotherblog.com/2013/01/book-club-the-expats-how-im-a-terrible-liar/ - I’m not a terrible liar (I don’t think) – I just don’t really do it. Most people know if they need me to lie about it, they’d probably do better not telling me! I guess I’d make an okay CIA agent…

http://agoodjoe.blogspot.com/2013/01/shooting-messenger.html - No one ever like to be the one to bring the bad news - most for fear of getting shot!  Like the friend who tells the other friend that her boyfriend is cheating... and then the friend gets the bullet - not the boyfriend.  I think it is because, in that instance, that you (the person bringing the news) is the one who confirms what the person already knew, OR said the words that have the potential to change their life.  Gotta know who to tell I guess... :)

http://mkokopelli.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-expats-working-from-home.html - This morning I looked at my agenda for the day and seriously considered just taking a break from it all for a year and doing nothing but spending time with the kids.  I wonder if I'd go crazy without work! I don't know that my super mom powers would still work after taking a rest... :)

http://noteverstill.blogspot.com/2013/01/you-cant-go-home-again.html - I feel like I have a buncha hometowns, but the longer I live in DC, the more I feel at home here.  12 years in the area, and I am just now feeling uncomfortable calling the area where I grew up, home.  Nice post! :)

http://usingourwords.com/2013/01/21/my-work-from-home-mom-secret/ - Thank you for sharing this! Every time my kid asks me to play cars with him, I feel a little guilty for wanting to say no... I thought I would be better at being home with the kids, but I found out that as much as I like to do crafts - I really do like to do them on my own for relaxation, not always to expand the kids' minds.

http://realnani.blogspot.com/2013/01/seasons.html - My son asked me today what I would have been like if I didn't have kids, and I told him that I had no idea.  He said I'd find out when they all left for college, then they started adding up how many years each one of them had left at home with me... it seemed far, but too close at the same time. Wonderful post! :)

http://cindy-weallfalldown.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-expats.html - This was a fun post to read - I'm a bunny slope often face down in the snow skier.  I do enjoy reading the adventure more than living it these days! :)

http://www.girlwithblog.com/2013/01/on-secrets-but-really-lack-thereof.html - So sweet! There's nothing like knowing that you are loved even when you are not at your best.

http://sandboxmoxie.com/2013/01/21/a-broad-abroad/ - Good plan - to "make the most of" your adventure. I used to think that I could follow my husband anywhere... I wonder what I'd do if I was really faced with having to pick up and move with him to an unfamiliar place.

http://jodifur.com/2013/01/i-live-a-double-life.html - I almost told my sister in law about my blog this past weekend, then I choked the words back in and swallowed them. If she actually read it, she may get to know me and start to like me... I just can't have that - especially since I can't guarantee that I'll like her back.

http://naptimeismytime.com/2013/01/the-cat-is-out-of-the-bag.html - Sometimes I stay away from talking about the blog because I don't want to answer the question, "How do I start a blog?" at that particular time - It is never a short answer!

http://notjustaworkingmom.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-expats.html - I really would love to travel with the kids and watch their eyes widen at the things we don't see here at home!

Stay tuned for more comments as we continue to discuss The Expats. Each of us received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

10 by 10: Blogs I Checked Out Today January 22, 2013 - Book Club Day Edition, The Expats

I am a member of From Left to Write, an online book club with members all over the country. Today's 10 by 10 has WAY more than 10 blogs, but I'm not changing the name. "35 by sometime tonight" just isn't as catchy.

We read the mystery thriller novel The Expats. Kate Moore sheds happily sheds her old life become a stay at home mom when her husband takes a job in Europe. As she attempts to reinvent herself, she ends up chasing her evasive husband's secrets. The contributors to From Left to Write used The Expats: A Novel as a writing prompt to inspire their blog posts today. We "discuss" the book by reading and commenting on one another's blog posts. Today is book club day, and I intend to read all of the blog posts... Here are my comments. You should check them out too and tell them Eva from SocaMom.com sent you! You can also read MY post here:http://socamom.com/soca/en/reviews/books/792-if-you-dont-know-me-by-now

http://allenfam4.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-secret-vs-surprise.html - "I like the way you did that! I started with my kids really early, when Grandma told them not to tell me that she put sugar in their Cheerios. I explained to the kids that no secret was appropriate, especially if they want you to keep something from your parents. I also let my mother know (probably more graphic than I needed to be) that she could be setting them up to get hurt, molested, or worse, by getting them comfortable with keeping secrets. Freaked her out, but sometimes shock works."

http://randomwalkdownmommystreet.blogspot.com/2013/01/from-left-to-write-expats.html - *clapping* I really love (not) when you say you'll be home at a certain time that isn't when most people are home, and then they ask, "Do you work?" How do I even answer that?  I have three kids, so that goes without saying. I work whether or not you think what I do is "real" work.

http://kaenix.com/?p=1041 - When my kids see me take time out of my day or evening to be creative just for the sake of being creative, it lets them see that I find it important - they in turn find it important for themselves too.  Not sure if it will be their "thing", but I do like to see them using that part of their minds.

http://poetinthepantry.com/2013/01/19/from-left-to-right-the-expats/- Wow... I think it is really wonderful that you decided to share that.  This is what I love about From Left to Write.  We all read the same book, and rather than just rehashing the plot and critiquing the book, we get the opportunity to share how the book touched us. I'm pretty new too - welcome! :)

http://rebecca-lifeofanarmywife.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-ex-pats.html - I'm not an Army wife, and I work with my husband, so we can't really keep work stuff at work and home stuff at home, unless he's on a certain type of project. I couldn't imagine how hard it is to HAVE to keep secrets from my spouse. Thank you for the peek into military marriage.

http://www.writer-mommy.com/2013/01/compartmentalized-from-left-to-write.html - I always was a little jealous that my husband could  compartmentalize things.  He's like a file cabinet, and I am more like a messy desk.  I keep things in front of my face until they are complete, then and only then can they get filed away.  He put things away for the evening so that he can watch the game, hang out with the kids, or watch a movie with me.  He'll get it out of the file later to deal with it - at the time that he thinks it needs to be dealt with.  It makes him a much calmer person.

http://readgritandgrace.blogspot.com/2013/01/response-to-expats-excerpt-from-sweet.html- I love the rake/glitter/backhoe reference! I remember being in a relationship like that. I didn't realize how far I had gone, and how pitiful I had become. One day my brother had come from Dallas to Atlanta to meet some of his friends to go out, and asked me to come.  He had told them how pretty and funny his sister was, only to be met at the door of the hotel by the tired, frumpy, listless, glitter-free shell of a woman that a bad relationship had created. Thanks for sharing this! :)

http://brittneehenry.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/double-lives-the-expats-by-chris-pavone/- I love that a simple (or not so simple) change of environment gives us an opportunity to meet new people.  I was scared to death to go to conferences and meetings without my family or friends, but once I gave it a try - I REALLY loved the freedom of being able to show my best self and make that first impression all on my own.

http://makinglemonadeblog.com/moving-abroad-the-expats-chris-pavone/- What wonderful images - makes me feel like packing up and going!  I've never lived close to family, so I'd run away to a new country in a heartbeat.  My husband has always lived near family, so it is a little harder for him to think about moving far from them - even more so now that we have three kids.  A girl can still dream though!

http://www.hooeycritic.com/2013/01/secrets.html - My little one has no problem sharing the love of her 6 year old life with us - it's my teenager that I have to wrangle it out of.  It starts with a trickle of information, then after that... tsunami.  Great post! :)

http://calangel58.blogspot.com/2013/01/super-mom-expats.html - I was lucky to be able to spend a lot of time with my mom at work, and she shared pretty much everything that went on around the office with me - more than she shared with my dad sometimes. I was very clear on how hard it was for her to work all day - sometimes nights and weekends - and try to keep house and keep up with us, and it made me really appreciate her.

http://www.queenmotherblog.com/2013/01/book-club-the-expats-how-im-a-terrible-liar/ - I’m not a terrible liar (I don’t think) – I just don’t really do it. Most people know if they need me to lie about it, they’d probably do better not telling me! I guess I’d make an okay CIA agent…

http://agoodjoe.blogspot.com/2013/01/shooting-messenger.html - No one ever like to be the one to bring the bad news - most for fear of getting shot!  Like the friend who tells the other friend that her boyfriend is cheating... and then the friend gets the bullet - not the boyfriend.  I think it is because, in that instance, that you (the person bringing the news) is the one who confirms what the person already knew, OR said the words that have the potential to change their life.  Gotta know who to tell I guess... :)

http://mkokopelli.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-expats-working-from-home.html - This morning I looked at my agenda for the day and seriously considered just taking a break from it all for a year and doing nothing but spending time with the kids.  I wonder if I'd go crazy without work! I don't know that my super mom powers would still work after taking a rest... :)

http://noteverstill.blogspot.com/2013/01/you-cant-go-home-again.html - I feel like I have a buncha hometowns, but the longer I live in DC, the more I feel at home here.  12 years in the area, and I am just now feeling uncomfortable calling the area where I grew up, home.  Nice post! :)

http://usingourwords.com/2013/01/21/my-work-from-home-mom-secret/ - Thank you for sharing this! Every time my kid asks me to play cars with him, I feel a little guilty for wanting to say no... I thought I would be better at being home with the kids, but I found out that as much as I like to do crafts - I really do like to do them on my own for relaxation, not always to expand the kids' minds.

http://realnani.blogspot.com/2013/01/seasons.html - My son asked me today what I would have been like if I didn't have kids, and I told him that I had no idea.  He said I'd find out when they all left for college, then they started adding up how many years each one of them had left at home with me... it seemed far, but too close at the same time. Wonderful post! :)

http://cindy-weallfalldown.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-expats.html - This was a fun post to read - I'm a bunny slope often face down in the snow skier.  I do enjoy reading the adventure more than living it these days! :)

http://www.girlwithblog.com/2013/01/on-secrets-but-really-lack-thereof.html - So sweet! There's nothing like knowing that you are loved even when you are not at your best.

http://sandboxmoxie.com/2013/01/21/a-broad-abroad/ - Good plan - to "make the most of" your adventure. I used to think that I could follow my husband anywhere... I wonder what I'd do if I was really faced with having to pick up and move with him to an unfamiliar place.

http://jodifur.com/2013/01/i-live-a-double-life.html - I almost told my sister in law about my blog this past weekend, then I choked the words back in and swallowed them. If she actually read it, she may get to know me and start to like me... I just can't have that - especially since I can't guarantee that I'll like her back.

http://naptimeismytime.com/2013/01/the-cat-is-out-of-the-bag.html - Sometimes I stay away from talking about the blog because I don't want to answer the question, "How do I start a blog?" at that particular time - It is never a short answer!

http://notjustaworkingmom.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-expats.html - I really would love to travel with the kids and watch their eyes widen at the things we don't see here at home!

Stay tuned for more comments as we continue to discuss The Expats. Each of us received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

10 by 10: Blogs I Checked Out Today December 28, 2012: The Babble Edition

I should read more... :: Socamom.com

As you guys know by now, I read a lot of blogs. Maybe not a lot of books, but a LOT of blogs.  I usually read 10 by 10 am, so I do a 10 by 10 series every now and then if I have a particularly good morning of sweet, shareworthy reading. Today, I am in the midst of New Year's cleaning, and didn't finish this by 10 am, but 10 by 1 sounds strange.

It started with a photo posted by Babble on Facebook. I ended up on their site, reading Wisdom from Mom Bloggers: Tips for First Time Bloggers, and found that even though I'll be at two years blogging next year, I still have a TON to learn.  When I hit a piece of advice that resonated with me, I went to the writer's blog to see what else they have written that might move me... Here's what I found:

Mocha Momma (@mochamomma on Twitter) - http://www.mochamomma.com/2012/12/09/couple-of-things/ - My comment: I have to admit that I laughed out loud at “Goes to a black.” I can’t wait to slip that in on my husband in conversation and see if he catches it, and what his reaction is. He’s a black too, so he just might find it funny. Or not. First time visitor – loving your blog!

Sweet Salty - http://www.kateinglis.com/sweetsalty/2012/12/4/niyama-flow.html - My comment: I don't recognize myself a lot these days. I see that I have become some weird mashup of my dad's face and strategically sarcastic mouth, and my mom's neck and legs. It's so creepy. I'm still very much recognizable to my friends though... matter of fact, mildly funny, and always down for sushi and chicken wings.

Sarah and the Goon Squad (@goonsquadsarah on Twitter) - http://sarahandthegoonsquad.com/2012/12/10/not-so-sure-about-those-christmas-carols/ - My comment: I do a lot of my Google and wikipedia searches while the kids are arguing. I get them to stop by throwing obscure facts at them... they share everything they have learned about the Bee Gees and the cast of Office Space as soon as he gets in the door. Needless to say he is a little unsure about my homeschooling plan. :)

Black Girl in Maine (@blackgirlinmain on Twitter) - I commented, but it didn't post... not sure why. Something about Maine being beautiful, but strikingly brown face free.  Something like that. You can read any of her posts here... any of them, seriously, are good reads: http://blackgirlinmaine.com

Bug and the Sweet Banana (@bugandthebanana on Twitter) - http://bugandthesweetbanana.typepad.com/bug-and-the-sweet-banana/2012/12/christmas-2012.html - My comment: (Not sure it posted, but this is what I wrote...) This post sent me on a roller coaster... I went from, "Awwwww" (puppy) to "ew" (pocket vomit), back to "awwwwww" (the bigger sleeping Trouser), to "aw man" at the "snuffly" nose, to "wow" at the gift-a-palooza, to "sweeeeet" at all the smiley faces, then all "joy to the world" with the last set of photos. Now that's talent. Happy New Year! :)

The Bloggess (@thebloggess on Twitter) - http://thebloggess.com/2012/12/astronomy-classes-ruined-my-sense-of-romance - My comment: Sounds just like a conversation that my friends and I would have... but it would start something like, "Aw man, I heard this ridiculously sweet quote that was so inaccurate. Let's come up with a better one. One that sucks less. Here's a napkin."

The Nie Nie Dialogues - Very cute Christmas video... http://www.nieniedialogues.blogspot.com/2012/12/merry-christmas-from-nielsons.html

A Little Pregnant (@alittlepregnant on Twitter) - http://www.alittlepregnant.com/alittlepregnant/2012/12/gone-bad-wrong.html - My comment: This was very thoughtfully written, and I appreciate you for saying what a lot of people are scared to say.  I had to explain it to my 3 kids, 6, 7, and 13. Not because I wanted to, and not because they would have heard about it while we watched the news - but because everywhere we went it was on a random TV or on the radio... just everywhere. Only the 13 year old was scared and he said so. The two youngest have a much simpler view of the world, and had likely let it go shortly after the explanation. I homeschool so I'll have to be the one to explain church burnings, and other instances of unspeakable seemingly random cruelty against children, that this tragedy will join in the history books. My prayer is that the care for those that are still here is ongoing. It is easy to mourn for the kids that lost their lives, but much harder to continue to ask the surviving kids, teachers, and parents, "are you okay?" long after social media has moved on, and news coverage dwindles.

Motherhood Uncensored (@thatkristen on Twitter) - http://www.motherhooduncensored.net/motherhood_uncensored/2012/12/so-apparently-carbs-sugar-and-booze-make-me-an-asshole-.html - My comment: Oh wow. I haven't checked to see if losing booze, carbs, and sugar will change my mood, but since basically ALL Caribbean food involves some combination of these - I may not make it.  I have a WHOLE black cake (rum, wine, sugar, fruit, and flour) sitting on my table waiting to be eaten, and a host of other goodies that I had no intention of sharing, let alone throwing away. We actually have a dessert called "sugar cake". I don't think a good mood is worth getting rid of black cake... that alone will make me an a**hole. I am supposed to be joining a friend in eating clean, so I may hold off for a while. Thank goodness wine and rum together are a perfect preservative.

Uppercase woman (@cecilyk on Twitter) -http://uppercasewoman.com/2012/12/23/from-our-family/ - My comment: How sweet! My favorite part was the removing of the headband... Happy New Year! :)

Know of any blogs that I should be reading? Is it yours? Let me know!  If you stop by these blogs, tell them Eva from SocaMom.com sent you... enjoy! :)

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