When you start to blog, you “meet” and know some people only in the virtual world as opposed to your real life (tangent: my children used to ask me if something was true by asking, “In Real Life?” – evidently I make stuff up). Sometimes you know people in both worlds and they are nicer in one than in the other. I am lucky enough to know Pragmatic Mom in both worlds and she is nice, generous and a force of nature in both. In the virtual world she has a terrific blog with wonderful posts, links about parenting and education and the best top 10 lists (all thoroughly researched) and in real life she is smart, kind, energetic, full of great ideas, super organized and sweet. Our dogs play together (her dog is only a puppy, my dog only thinks she is a puppy) and today had (re-) training session together in the dog park. Pragmatic Mom remembered a water bottle, portable dog dish and great dog treats that our dog preferred – and I had some good treats. She is always prepared and all about sharing and not just dog stuff, either. She shares books (we both love YA), social media/blogging tools and tips, and random techy/geeky stuff like a site, new link, a new application, or group. Look for more information on this at Coffee Shop Bloggers.
Today I needed a language link which, of course, I found on her site (was exactly what I was looking for and I knew it would be there – here). She reads even more than I do and always has the best links to Fiction for Children and Young Adults (I got drawn into three other posts while I was there) as well as great parenting advice by age. So head on over and say hi – you will love her site – it is a wonderful parenting and education resource. You are welcome.
On Pragmatic Mom’s site (in her footer all the time) are the following sites – the first two are also fun sites that engage you, teach you and give back. Sounds like Pragmatic Mom all over.
This is an amazingly thoughtful and wonderfully written piece (sent to me by a lovely and thoughtful friend) by Andrew Sullivan who writes but much better than I can Why I Blog – Magazine – The Atlantic.
Here is a link from Pragmatic Mom (on CoffeeShopBloggers where we also write)about why moms blog. http://www.coffeeshopbloggers.com/2010/04/understanding-why-moms-blog-from-kevin.html
Happy Reading! If you are wondering why I haven’t posted all weekend, it is because I was having what my sister-in-law called a “Rock Star” weekend. We were out three nights (in a row!) until midnight each night. Maybe I should call it my Cinderella weekend. I ate delicious food, had wonderful wine, danced, hung out with fun friends and cheered for the home team. Oh, almost forgot – saw the Cavaliers exit the bus at their hotel on Friday after their victory over the Celtics – they all looked like their knees were killing them -a brush with stardom moment – LeBron James and company.
Dinner out Friday with lovely friends and food, a wonderful Bat Mitzvah party on Saturday (more lovely friends and food) and the Red Sox game on Sunday (even more lovely friends and only a little food -thankfully). I also managed a Mother’s Day lunch (Tapas) with family, and a soccer game. Capability Mom might have to go a juice fast. My coach already turned back into my 10 year old station wagon and I will be working in the yard spreading mulch today, so I think it is safe to say I am back to real life.
Seriously that came out of my mouth today. I know. Basically I was switching capabilitymom.wordpress.com to capabilitymom.com and went to the Go Daddy site with a kick-ass tutorial courtesy of http://coffeeshopbloggers.blogspot.com/ and even though I had that and had read the WordPress info, I pushed a wrong button. Swear words, fast breathing and desperate clicking all ensued. I managed to get help on the line and tech support at Go Daddy was wonderful (unlike tech support at Verizon which, at least yesterday, was lacking – more on that fascinating waste of an hour of my life later). The nice man found my account, walked me through the pages I know I should have seen before the fateful click but hadn’t, and all set. Phew. I did utter the above phrase to the tech guy and I do believe I heard a suppressed laugh as I explained why even his most basic instructions were taking me so much time. Nicely done, I am breathing just fine, now, thanks.
Does the world see moms the same way the New York Times does?. This is a link to a great article from PhD in Parenting with responses on the article in The New York Times on Sunday, Honey, Don’t Bother Mommy, I’m Too Busy Building My Brand. It is clearly and wonderfully written and I am glad that I found this site.