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Kristine Castagnaro's Blog – October 2012 Archive (31)

Who's Missing Their Underwear?

The kids leave their clothes all over the house. So, when I saw a pair of girl's underwear crumpled on the floor in the hallway, I wasn't surprised. But I was annoyed.

I yelled from the hallway, toward the general vicinity where I thought the children might be. "Who left their underwear on the hallway floor?"

Silence.

"Hello?"

Zaffy yelled back from…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 14, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Commiserating about Tattle Tales

Walking down the street:

 

Mgazi: Mommy, Reina told the teacher on me today and I didn't do anything.

 

Zaffron: Don't worry,…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 13, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

Coffee Affirmations

I don't drink coffee. I've said those words so many times over the last decades. Those days are over. A weekend trip to Kona on the Big Island has changed everything. Russell's uncle grows his own coffee beans in his yard. He made me an espresso with a spoonful of brown sugar and I was hooked.

Since returning home, I've been trying all sorts of coffee preparations and…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 11, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

The Old People Mafia is After My Husband

My husband, Russell, is 44 years old. Not that old, really, for a guy. (I'm 42 which is ancient, but that's a different story.) Forty-four years old and the AARP will not stop hounding him. Every six months or so he gets another letter in the mail inviting him to "join"…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 10, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It <-- 10 Reasons to Read this Book Now!

A friend of mine from college wrote a book entitled, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It. The…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 9, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

Will Love Myself for Food

So, I've been pretty good with doing my mirror affirmations lately. On Saturday morning, I decided to ask the girls if they wanted to join me. Simple request, right? Great way to bond with my girls, right? Excellent tool to provide them as a mother who cares about raising self-confident, fulfilled little kids, right?

Me: Hey girls. Mommy's going to do some…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 8, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

I Kill Innocent Creatures — And Then They Cry

The 53 stairs leading up to my house are a minefield of slimy, disgusting slugs. Every morning, without fail, I have to dodge, hop, skip, and weave my way down the stairs in an attempt to not step on one of the suckers. I always make sure I have some extra change on hand, though, just in case.  If I squish a slug, I can assure you I will not be the one who scrapes it off the bottom…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 7, 2012 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

You Gotta Respect the Whiners

My mother (that's her on the right, sandwiched between my husband and my brother-in-law) used to say that I was never happy unless I was complaining.  As a kid, I never understood what she was talking about. How could anyone think that my astute commentary on the current…
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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 6, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

Strategically Ignoring My Children Since 2005...

It occurs to me that both of my girls, Mgazi, age 5 and Zaffron, age 7, ask me “why” multiple times a day. What I want to know is this:

Do I really have to answer?

I’ve been giving the whole matter some thought and I realize that my children’s questions usually fall under one of three categories.

Category 1: Technical…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 4, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

If She's Pretty, Then She's Not Me

Mgazi: Mommy! Mommy! Look at this picture I drew!

 

Me: What a good drawing, Mgazi. You are a talented…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 3, 2012 at 2:43am — No Comments

Mommy, Why Did You Crush My Fingers in the Car Door?

So, I accidentally shut the car door on Mgazi's fingers the other day. I am POSITIVE that she was more scared than hurt. Regardless, there was a lot of crying, comforting, and apologizing. She was crying. I was apologizing. She finally calmed down and…
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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 3, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

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