An ode to my smoking neighbors

An ode to my smoking neighbors

When you feel an urge for a smoke
and the weather is hot,
if our attic fan is churning,
I beg you please do not
go out of your door
and like up your ciggy
for it makes our home
smell some sort of wiggy.
We gag and we choke
as our lungs fill with smoke.
I tell you we’d rather
you not make us croak.
For we have no A/C
to help keep us cool
so our windows stay open.
Do you hear me, you fool?
Go back in your house
and give smoking a whirl
just please don’t do it
downwind from my lil girl.

Mothers Acting Up

I found a new group that sounds right up my alley! “Mothers Acting Up” is a group of 2200+ people (around the world) who “publicly & passionately advocate for the world’s children.”

I don’t know a whole lot about the group yet – other than what I’ve gathered from their web site – but they have a local group that meets in my area so I hope to go check it out next month.

One of their big things is hosting Mother’s Day parades around the country to raise awareness and lobby for children’s rights. Taken from the MAU website: “The 2005 MAU Mother’s Day events, ‘Connecting the Dots’ will be mass celebrations of the desire and ability of mothers to protect & nurture the world’s children. These celebrations can include wild costumes (yours especially), free cake, mothers on stilts, speeches & music, but ALWAYS offer an exuberant invitation to advocate for children.” Moms on stilts?! That has to be a good time! ;)

Anyway, I’m excited to learn more about the group and what they do. I’d love to find a constructive use for all of the excitement and passion I’ve developed lately. And I hope to participate in the local parade on Mother’s Day. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my first real Mother’s Day than with my baby and my husband by my side, advocating for children everywhere. :)

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Totally off-topic, but I just came across his great web site for finding quotes (ThinkExist.com), so here’s my quote of the day:
“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”
— Joseph Stillwell

My own Thankful Thursday list


Every Thursday for as long as I can remember, Running2Ks aka True Blue Semi-Crunchy Mama writes a blog about the many things in her life she is thankful for and many of her readers follow suit and add their own lists.

I think it’s a wonderful tradition she started and a great way for us all to take pause each Thursday to remember the good things in our lives. :)

In addition to adding my list to her blog today, I decided to do it over here as well.

I’m thankful for:
– my amazing, sweet, smart, beautiful daughter who just fell asleep in my lap;
– my hubby who doesn’t complain when he has to take the bus most days, and doesn’t complain when he helps out around the house and who is such a great daddy to our lil sweetie;
– my family who loves and supports me;
– snuggles on the couch between my hubby and baby when it’s so cold outside (or even when it’s not);
– wool socks;
– health;
– having made amends with an old friend;
– good friends – both in the blogging world and in real life;
– pumpkin spice cookies (see recipe below);
– drives to see holiday lights and the “wows” from my daughter that accompany them;
– sales on my cafepress store – i like to see that others in the world support attachment parenting and of course, i am looking forward to receiving my first commission check later this month;
– getting a decent start in the photography business and having friends who are willing to let me practice on them and their children. :)

Pumpkin spice cookie recipe (aka the easiest cookies I ever made)

Halloweenlover asked for the recipe, so here it is. :)

I got this recipe off AllRecipes. They truly are the easiest cookies I’ve ever made. The cookies are very cake-like. If you want them to be less moist, bake a few minutes longer and make sure they cool completely before you put them in a container.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS:

* 1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix
* 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin (or 2 cups pureed pumpkin)
* (optional – add in chocolate chips or nuts and to “healthify” it a bit, add ground flaxseed and wheat germ)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix and pumpkin until well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

The last batch I made were with chocolate chips and they were dee-lish (and did I mention EASY??)! :)