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Friday, January 14, 2005

Sleep! Sweet Sleep!

I've moaned here before about the lack of sleep around here. Well, last night the kids slept ALL NIGHT LONG! And so did I!!! Between the lack of waking on their parts, and with the help of a Tylenol PM and a cuppa herbal tea, I had almost 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Today, I can do anything! wowza..... I'm off to start the day and I just can't believe it. Whee!!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Ten Pieces of Random Music

Here's a fun game from Fr. Jim over at Dappled Things:

l1. Open up the music player on your computer.
2. Set it to play your entire music collection.
3. Hit the "shuffle" command.
4. Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time for total musical honesty.
5. Write it up in your blog or journal and link back to at least a couple of the other sites where you saw this.
6. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurances. You don't have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten song with five artists, you can if you'd like.

Here's what's playing on TiaKay's computer this morning!!

1. Ray Stevens, Sitting Up With The Dead
2. Sting, Gabriel's Message
3. Hail Mary, Gentle Woman
4. Judy Garland, Meet Me In St. Louis
5. James Taylor, You've Got A Friend
6. Pat Benatar, We Belong to the Night
7. Spike Jones, Yes, We Have No Bananas
8. Jesus My Lord, My God, My All (instrumental)
9. Garth Brooks, Friends in Low Places
10. Durufle, Tota Pulchra Es

and the next 10, for kicks and grins...

11. Dinah Washington, Duck Before You Drown
12. Pop Goes The Weasel
13. Eeyore's Lullaby
14. I Am The Bread of Life (instrumental)
15. Queen, We Will Rock You
16. Gayla Peevey, I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas
17. Sting, I Burn For You (live)
18. Missa Benedictus Es, Kyrie
19. Andrea Bocelli, Time To Say Goodbye
20. Bruce Springsteen, Born In The USA

And for what it is worth, when I put it all together, I have a playlist that would run for 28 hours and almost 26 minutes, if you listened to all of them. Oy! And such a varied list, too. I'm sure there are other oddities if I kept hitting Shuffle!

Thanks for the laugh, and I think I'll just hit play, and enjoy what comes up!!

Monday, January 10, 2005

Which TV Mom are you?!

You are June Cleaver!
June Cleaver: You are June Cleaver from Leave it
to Beaver. You might not wear pearls while you
do your housework, but you probably like the
idea of being a traditional type of mom who
bakes special treats for your kids when they
come home from school and who sits down to
dinner with them at night. You think of
thoughtful ways to show your kids you care
like making elaborate Halloween costumes or
whipping up chicken noodle soup for sore
throats and you work hard to stay involved in
their lives.

Of course, you teach your children right from wrong
and always hold them to strict standards,
though you may prefer that someone else in the
household do the actual disciplining. That's
just because you are so devoted to your little
ones, you can't stand the thought of missing
out on any time with them behind angry doors or
pouting faces.

Which TV Mom are you?
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Hat tip to TKinOKC!

Ah, That Elusive Bliss...

also known as sleep. It's become a prized commodity around here. When DK3 peed in his bed in the middle of the night, I was up washing and changing him, and then doing a load of laundry. I put him back into my bed while I cleaned up, warm in his new jammies. And then he was asleep when I came back so I went to sleep with DK1 who kicks off the covers and likes to put her knees in my back. Cold, I finally threw a comforter over DK3s bed and wrapped up. An hour later, I finally fell asleep, only to be awakened 30 minutes later by a now awake and extremely chipper DK3.

Perhaps only another insomnia sufferer can appreciate the frantic feelings one gets in such a situation. Anyhow, this mom is hoping a shower and some coffee and breakfast will help, and that I'll last until bedtime tonight. This had been happening three to four times a week until I started taking an OTC sleep aid. Last night's event happened despite the meds, so I am left to wonder if its efficacy has worn off, and if I'll have to up the dosage (groan).

Any other insomnia sufferers *yawn* out there???

Friday, January 07, 2005

Pope Clement VIII Coffee Mug

Look what Fr. Sibley at A Saintly Salmagundi has! What a mug. I'm a gonna get me one.

oh YIPPEE!!! Great news from Amy Welborn!

Have you been over to her blog for the great news she posted yesterday? I'm already plotting and planning new book purchases for the family library!!! Thank you, Amy et al!!

In This House of Brede has to rank up there as one of my most favorite books of all time. I've got an original copy, thank you eBay, but still, this will make that wonderful story available to many more!!! I won't loan out my copy, for fear of it not returning, so this really wonderful news!!

So, tell me, what are your favorites that would fall in this genre, classic Catholic fiction?? Comment away....

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

One Million Dads, or do boycotts work?

My neighbor just came over, and told me how her husband is a member of "One Million Dads", an organization for fathers to band together to alert advertisers of offensive television programming. He'd received an email about the latest Dentyne Fire chewing gum ad.

Do these advertising people just NOT get it?? I know that young people have huge buying power, but so do adults. Sadly, most can't or won't bother to let companies know what they think of their programming or messages. I am a frequent caller to my local television stations when they air questionable ads during family time, or when they show too much blood and guts and gore during the news. Did they not learn from the Janet Jackson incident? or the NFL ad for Desperate Housewives?

I was musing yesterday about the Nestle Boycott, which has been going on for years. Is it effective? I can't speak for the impact on the Nestle Corporation's bottom line, but I can tell you that I speak out when I can. I've been able to tell quite a few people WHY I don't buy or consume Nestle products; I speak loudly in the grocery store when the kids ask to buy something, and I remind them (so others can hear) "We don't buy Nestle, remember?" I've had some funny looks, but who cares? I also politely have turned down products with a nicely worded, "I'm sorry, we don't consume Nestle products in our family due to the Nestle Boycott." I give folks that ask the 2 minute version of the reasons why, and suggest they google the phrase "nestle boycott", and see that it is just not one out-of-step mother, but a world wide movement.

Does it matter? Well, we don't buy it, so the sale doesn't happen with our family. And I know others boycott, so in some small way it does impact them. More importantly, I know that I've taken a stand, chosen a principle, and then apply it in daily decisions. I don't get the yummy smelling cookies in the mall, because they are made with Nestle chocolate chips. (rats, and they do smell so good!). I don't use their delicious flavored creamers in my coffee at the coffee shop, and I don't purchase their candies at Halloween to give out to kids that trick or treat. My children know that Nestle is a company that puts financial profit over the health and wellbeing of children and families around the world.

Yes, I would say it does matter.