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March 2011

03/27/11

Spring Fitness Fantasies

I almost cancelled my gym membership last week. After all, I haven’t used it since last November. And anyway, we’re starting to have some nice days weather-wise. Without the iciness of the winter or the scorching heat of summer, spring in Tulsa is like little bear’s porridge: “just right.” So who knows? I may go for a run along Riverside. Maybe even pop out the BOB jogging stroller and bring Eli with me. Maybe I’ll even wake up before everyone else in the house (circa 5:30 a.m… circa For the Next 3 Months Only … or circa Until I Need More Sleep) and run in my own neighborhood. Daily. In white running shoes with reflectors. In a bright yellow vest. I might top the run off with a stop at our neighborhood’s clubhouse, where the collective we have a...

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03/20/11

Road Tripping: Toddler Truisms

Traveling 4 hours or more in a car with your toddler? Forget not.... 1)You will need lots of coffee. Lots. We're talking double shots, venti, extra, extra special, yes I'll take whipped cream on top, with a caramel swirl! coffee. 2) All that coffee will make you need to stop to use the restroom many more times than your co-passengers will appreciate. 3) Your toddler will have to #1 a lot too, but on intervals not coinciding with your own needs. 4) So though you have already stopped several times, and checked his diaper at each stop, on your next stop, your toddler's diapers and pants will be soaked thru. 5) You will have packed your toddler's change of clothes at the bottom of the trunk.

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03/13/11

Eating Our Colors

Sesame Street Live actually gave me some good parenting advice on Saturday. See, Elmo and gang’s whole show was about being healthy heroes. They could have gone a lot of different ways with that theme. I like the way they went. I’ve heard about trying to make our plates as colorful as possible before, but I never heard the phrase, “eat your colors.” That's what Cookie Monster was told to do during the show after mentioning, in passing of course, his low energy levels and over consumption of his namesake desserts. *Spoiler Alert* One of Cookie's fellow monsters suggested that he "eat his colors" like green (out jumps broccoli), red (whoa! a giant bell pepper), and yellow (... a banana... you saw that coming, right.) On such simple advice, Cookie Monster has at a pile...

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Books galore

03/06/11

Books galore

This weekend at Just Between Friends, my biggest temptation was to buy more books. Parenting books. Kids books. Memoir books. Even homeschooling workbooks—though I’m not homeschooling. Any book with an interesting title and back cover blurb. I used to think I could never have too many books. In fact, I thought the more books the better. I dream of having wall to wall, floor to ceiling bookshelves stuffed to the brim with representatives from all of Dewey’s decimal classes – organized in alphabetical order—with a sliding ladder to help me climb up and reach just the right book at just the right time. To my husband’s delight, I’m learning to dream of simpler things. Like finding the time to read through some of the tried-and-true classics I already have, as...

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