I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a professional. I have interests and hobbies. I work out sometimes. I cook at least once a week. Sorry, meant to say I cook at most once a week. But when I do, I cook multiple meals. And I don't do white starches... bonus point!
I say all this to communicate the fact that I am a busy woman. I barely have time to floss my own teeth, but I do. Because it's…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 25, 2012 at 2:27am — No Comments
So, a few weeks ago I accidentally crushed an innocent snail and caused irreparable damage to my children. That was nothing. A couple of nights ago I killed a centipede. A 5-inch centipede that I found in my tub. I had no choice. It was…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 24, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments
A couple of months ago I met someone that I admire greatly. A mutual friend introduced me to him. The three of us were in New York making small talk over coffee. I was doing my best to seem intelligent. I had been feeling a little all over the place and I wanted to come across as someone who was “put together”– which meant that I didn’t talk a whole heck of a lot lest the gentleman I…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 24, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
The girls were in the tub. This is what I overheard.
Mgazi: I think I have a baby in my tummy.
Zaffy: Well, I should take you straight to the doc -- wait, we're playing pretend, right?
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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 23, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
I read somewhere that on your 100th blog post you should write 100 things about yourself. So, in honor of my 100th post, I present to you...
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 22, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments
It's late at night -- about 10:30 p.m. the night before Russell's birthday (last night to be exact). We had just picked up the children from the babysitter's and we were driving home. The atmosphere inside the car was calm. Unusual.
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 22, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
I told the girls to get their shoes, we were going to run errands. Mgazi protested immediately.
Mgazi: I don't want to go. I want to stay home by myself, with you…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 21, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
Zaffron: Mom, you're a B.M.
Before I reacted I took a deep breath. Seemed like this was a lot to take so early in the morning.
Me: I'm sorry, Zaff. Did you say that I'm a B.M.?
Zaffron: No, I said that you are THE B.M.
Me: Zaffy, what does that…Continue
Everyone was in the bathroom. The whole family. Having a family meeting while Russell was trying to have his own time. This happens to him more times than he'll ever admit. But I will. Right here. Right now.
I asked Russell. "If you look at the entire population, I mean, the whole POPULATION of whatever, the country, the world, what percentage would you think was funny?"
Russell was sitting (the only one sitting in the bathroom, I might add), and said, "funny as in HA…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 20, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
I've talked a bit about my ten days in Paris. It was an important time because the trip gave me some badly needed clarity about my life. One of the reasons I…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 19, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
Each year I struggle with finding a semi-healthy snack or treat to send with the kids to school at Halloween time. This year, I found an idea that included wrapping juice boxes in tape with googly eyes... Mummy…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 18, 2012 at 3:44am — No Comments
Mgazi: Mom, how old do I have to be to live in a room by myself?
Me: You don't want to share a room with your sister?
Mgazi: No, I want my own…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 17, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
Let's just jump right in. I turned 42 years old last week. I am not happy about it. Let’s talk about why:
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 16, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
Me: Oh no! Worse than the last worstest day ever? What happened?
Zaffy: I almost lost my three newest best friends.
Me: Tell me!
Zaffy: Well, my old-new best friend Sydney told my two newer best friends Brooke and Sophia, that I…Continue
I yelled from the hallway, toward the general vicinity where I thought the children might be. "Who left their underwear on the hallway floor?"
Zaffy yelled back from…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 14, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
Mgazi: Mommy, Reina told the teacher on me today and I didn't do anything.
Zaffron: Don't worry,…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 13, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 11, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments
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"…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 10, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments
A friend of mine from college wrote a book entitled, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It. The…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 9, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 8, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments