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Feb. 9th, 2013

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Harry has decided to drop out of school. Right now we are just dealing with trying to get him out of the huge depressive state he is in. Everyday or every other day he tells us that he doesn't know if he can go on. Meaning keep living. I am at a loss. We are all at a loss. The outpatient thing did nothing. New meds have not kicked in yet but previous meds have failed as well. I am thinking of loading up the kids and road tripping. This year just feels like it is pulling us all down.

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Dec. 26th, 2012

Hockey

So the twins are in Mites hockey. They were supposed to have a game Sunday but it was moved until today. They have a game tomorrow. Starting Friday their league is hosting a three day Mites on Ice tournament. They have two games on Saturday and a game on Sunday. Also each family has to work five hours at the tournament. This is third grade hockey. People around here take this shit way too seriously for my blood. Don't these people have anything else going on in their lives??

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Sep. 24th, 2012

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Harry got his ACT score back.

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Sep. 23rd, 2012

The White Upper-Class Fetishization of the Family Dinner

These studies have been tossed around for several years now--kids that routinely sit down for a shared family dinner get better grades, are less likely to do drugs, etc. Of course these studies fail to say whether this is about correlation rather than cause and effect. For example, doesn't the ability to sit down for a family dinner point to , some other things about the family--more stability,parent or parents have 9 to 5 jobs, etc.?

Well, just as white upper middle class people loved to jump on the Mozart Effect. Remember those studies that claimed that kids that listened to classical music was linked to mental development and thus got smarter? This was followed by the creation of an industry. Classical CD's especially for babies, the whole BABY Einstein company, and baby music classes--Kindermusik.

I think we are seeing just the beginning of the "family dinner" industry. Last year, while perusing books at my local library, I noticed a book The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time I ended up buying a copy of it. It is filled with some recipes but mostly it is about the family dinner-how to make it more interesting and fun, games to play at dinner time, etc. Recently I became aware of website http://www.dinneralovestory.com . The creator of this blog just published her own family dinner book based on her blog Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table I have to admit I love the website and the book. But this woman is clearly a bit crazy. She has kept a dinner diary for 14 years! She has written down what she and her husband and then children have had for dinner for 14 years!!!

But I recently discovered that these two are not just lone books are out there throwing a life preserver to all the families out there but there seems to be an industry erupting. Other books:
The Surprising Power of Family Meals: How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Healthier and Happier by Miriam Weinstein.
Time for Dinner: Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week by Pilar Guzman, Jenny Rosenstrach, Alanna Stang.
and laying it on really thick, My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking by John Besh.

I am not saying that any of these books aren't interesting books or worthwhile books. As I have admitted I have two of them. But if one looks at this trend as more of an observer than a participant what does it say about America and about family at this point in history?

Is anybody that is not really convinced of the importance of the family dinner going to buy these books anyway? Who is the demographic for these books?

And I am sorry but as the mother of 6 who eat together almost every night the family dinner isn't this magical thing. It is like all things good for you--WORK. Making meals for your family is boring and monotonous. Sure i can summon a warm glow if I think to myself that I am doing something good for my family but how long does last?

My advice to you looking for a way to make money is jump on this train. The mother who drove her kids to Kindermusik class is looking for something else she can do to make sure her kid prospers. So how to jump on this? If you lived in a big city you could start seminars or programs on Family Meals. "Teresa Hill, mother of six, teaches you how to enliven and create family dinners to that will make your family stronger and healthier!!!" Family Dinner packages delivered to upper middle class white people--say a warm Family meal with enrichments (to make it more authentic).

Aug. 20th, 2012

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Jun. 25th, 2012

Bitches be Crazy

So we spent the week at the cabin and are now in lansing visiting family and taking care of house business. Jay started getting a sore throat and feeling a little achy on saturday. For this reason we postponed a trip to his 90 year old grandparents. But we called his mother and she said she can't chance getting sick so she can't see us. Jay told her this is it for the year. This is your chance to see the grandchildren---she has seen zelda once and una twice. She does not have some compromised immunity and jay isn't deathly ill. She is a greeter at walmart. She said walmart won't give her any more sick days. We drove 13 hours so our kids could see relatives and vice versa. WTF?

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Mar. 25th, 2012

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H. Hv . Mmu ttehyn , 9oau

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Mar. 24th, 2012

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Jay is on call today and flies out to Vegas for a conference tomorrow and won't be back until wednesday early evening. It is me and all the kids! I called my dad and asked if he could come visit so i won't go out of my skull!

Went to the first meeting of a small, laid back book club. There were only 5 of us but all seemed like ok gals. We don't have assigned books we just sit and talk about what we are reading, want to read, etc.

Given my enjoyment of the quilting class i took i am going to sign up for a knitting class!

The boys are really watching old school Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? from Nickelodeon circa 90's. I ised to watch them with Ellyn! A stroll down memory lane!

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Jan. 30th, 2012

Sucky

Having a bad day. Since friday had a migraine. Zelda woke up before 5am in full wake-up mode. She still wakes up to eat but this was not that. She got up and was ready to go. I put her in her crib thinking maybe she would play with some toys and maybe fall back to sleep. Nope. I ended up going downstairs with her for about 45 minutes. Got back to bed but has to wake up with twins at 7am to get them ready for school. Took una and zelda to playgroup at 10-- felt a bit dizzy. Have continued to feel dizzy and nauseous. Zelda isn't napping. While i was making lunch una got a hold of the container of malt (for malted milk shakes, etc.) took it under dining room table, managed to open it. Dumped it all over. About a half hour later i hear a sound from the kitchen which i think is the dog or cats dragging something. Nope. I had left the bathtub tap dripping with drain closed and it is leaking through the butler's pantry on to the floor. The water has totally filled the light fuxture. While i am cleaning up that mess Una has gone into the bathroom and shat all over the floor. She just got out of the tub for her deshitifying,

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Jan. 28th, 2012

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Migraine. I had lost my prescription pain meds for about two months but yesterday did i desperate search and found them. The pain killers notch back the pain by about 75% so i am somewhat functional. My migraines do 3 day cycles in a bell curve shape. I am in the second day and have not started the downwards stage yet. When i have one i am very irritable and crabby.

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