New Readers’ Blogs Page!

That’s right, I think we finally outgrew the sidebar. Please check out the new page up top and, if you write a blog, add it to the list as a comment. If you don’t write a blog, wait a few days for the list to grow and then head over to check it out. Should be a nice collection of great reading.

I will be deleting the Readers’ Blogs list from the sidebar, and I’m not going to spend the time to hand-transfer all those links, so it’s up to you. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Now! and… Now! and… Now!

Yesterday a friend emailed me a link to a fantastic post titled, Don’t Carpe Diem. If you have ever felt annoyed at the “enjoy every moment” mentality, but never stopped to wonder why, go read this post. It is awesome. I’m not even going to try to paraphrase it.

The blog as a whole? Not sure. Looks shiny. But if you like the above, I suggest you look down under Categories, half click Mother, then click Me. There are several hilarious goodies lined up there; but if you want to laugh like a hyena, you’d better read Airing Our Dirty Laundry.

Soft, Shiny, Clean

Funny timing on that last post. I’ve been needing to re-read it to myself every day since. Breathe. Cut myself slack. It won’t last forever. I’m okay.

Yeah, been a rough couple of days. Maybe it’s the moon. Today it seemed like at least one of us was crying all day long. I took my turn late afternoon after the 3YO cut short the 1YO’s (hard-won) nap.

Of course the crying came after quite a lot of shouting. I don’t even know how many fucks, in every possible conjugation. And direction. I am all for us mamas cussing like sailors, you know that. But even I don’t think it’s okay to cuss at my kids.

It was a low point.

I feel an urging to finally finish the Mama Rage post in my draft-box. But not right now. I did my raging, and then later with a friend at the park, I did my commiserating. Right now I’d rather just think about soft, shiny, clean things.

I hope you all understand, in that last post I didn’t mean to knock shiny blogs. There’s all different kinds of blogs, and they all have a place. Not everyone needs to or should shout obscenities into the universe like I like to do. It takes all kinds, right? Sometimes at the end of the day, you want a friend to tell you, ‘Honey, I know how you feel. I’ve been there. Let me tell you about this one time…’ But other days, you just want to kick your feet up and relax into something very outside of yourself, preferably something with a soft rose tint.

And on that note, I’ve been meaning to share a few of my favorite shiny blogs, which I’m realizing now I never even put into the sidebar. Bad blogger. Though surely these ladies don’t suffer for readership.

My favorite candy read is Farmama. She writes nice, tidy, wholesome, hippie farm family narrative, with to-die-for gorgeous photographs. She is obnoxiously always cranking out something natural and handmade. She knits sweaters from wool she spun from sheep she raised. It’s that kind of thing. There is no arrogance though, just the feeling that she and her man work all of their waking hours and never complain. Their kids apparently love to help with chores. Occasionally it makes me want to gag, but mostly it’s just the perfect light read.

My other fave in the soft focus category is Remedial Eating (the link takes you to a post from last month, about old fashioned bread, that I really liked). Molly is just a plain old urban mama, but her writing is really something. She once mentioned Mary Oliver is one of her favorite poets, and it all clicked into place. She’ll start by waxing poetic about something hopelessly ordinary like leggo spaceships or frost on the window, and seeemlessly transitions to a recipe for say- cabbage salad, and it makes perfect sense. Her macro photos of every day objects are really top of the class. That’s the whole of her magic really, she makes every day dross seem gorgeous and profound.

Those two are great, when you’re in the mood for that kind of light, pretty read. I’ve added them to the sidebar. If you’re in the mood for something with a bit more real life oomph, look over at all those Reader’s Blogs. There’s too many great ones to list here. I’ve updated it by the way, with a few new readers’ blogs. Take a look.

Now I’m off to kick my feet up. It’s been a helluva day. Anybody got a beer?