If We Were Having Coffee I’d Give You a Big Hug …

Because I’ve missed you. Writing is one of those things that has fallen by the wayside in this political campaign; the campaign has swallowed my life and the election is not until next year!

Speaking of the campaign, it is obscene how important money is to politics. Ob-scene. I understand why it is so important: a lot of it goes to the printer and the post office to get a politician’s name in front of people so they will vote. But right now I am asking people for money, which is hard for me to do.

I am also meeting with lobbying organizations (yes, already!) whose endorsement I will be seeking. It is fun to meet with people who care about the political process and want to help me succeed. At the same time, I am calculating whether their PAC may give me money and whether I can get volunteer support from them.

Yes, PAC’s. Those corporate (and nonprofit!) organizations that can give so much more money than most individuals. I do wonder how much Citizen’s United plays into the whole needing money thing. I saw a Huffington Post article about this just yesterday, how PACs are getting into even School Board elections.  “Down Ticket” elections.

The best thing I get to do as a candidate is to go to forums and learn about the issues–in much detail. This week I went to a Missouri Budget Project forum, where they talked much more about early childhood than infrastructure (I had expected it would be the other way around). Early Childhood is an issue for me, but after that I feel more comfortable making it an issue politically. Today I get to go to a forum on the Ferguson Commission.

Before I move on, I have to share my political webpage and my fundraising page.


But all that is my “day job.” I hope I didn’t bore you by talking about the American political process too much. I’m curious to hear thoughts on this, especially if you are in a different country.

The boys are doing great. They went trick-or-treating last night. We hit our street before it started raining, so they didn’t want to do much more than that. Still, they got a good amount of candy and had fun running from house to house. Picasso went as a skeleton. Cassatt was going to go as a “pirate ghost” and had a pirate costume, but I convinced him at the last minute to go as a firefighter instead (his raincoat looks like a fireman’s coat).

I went to parent-teacher conferences this week. Both boys are doing great academically. Picasso is still struggling with social/behavioral issues, but we are working on that. They both have great teachers and are learning lots.

I dropped my phone this week and the screen broke, so I couldn’t use it anymore. I miss my phone! We got a new phone for me, but I don’t like it nearly as well. We weren’t about to shell out the money for a Nexus, though.

Kids are starting to get up now. Amazingly, everybody got an extra hour of sleep today (after the switch to Daylight Savings time) so even though it’s early, it feels much later. Have a great week!

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If we were having coffee I would make sure you’re sitting down.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you this has been a whirlwind week. I have been really busy meeting with people, having lunch and coffee, and making decisions.

OK, this is the part I need you to sit down for.

I got a call last week, out of the blue, asking if I’m interested in running for a seat on the Missouri House of Representatives in 2016.

As a friend said when I told her, “Wow, I was not expecting that.”

The back story is, the current Representative is in her fourth term in office. Missouri has term limits so she cannot run again. The Democratic party is looking for a woman, and the friend who called me about it emphasized how few lawyers there are in the House.

I have spent a lot of time over the last week praying, researching, and thinking, and finally decided that yes, this is something I want to do.

I still have to be officially approved and endorsed before I formally announce anything, but I am comfortable enough with my decision that it’s not a secret.


If we were having coffee, I would tell you the boys’ first soccer practice is today, and they’re very excited. Of course, we’re buying shin guards and socks at the last minute. But they should have fun. Housework has taken a back seat this week and I can tell by the state of my house this weekend. So if we were having coffee, I would have to apologize for my messy house. But I’m glad you had a chance to stop by! Have a great week.

If we were having coffee on September 5 …

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If we were having coffee, I would first tell you that my cold is getting better, thank you for asking. I made cinnamon rolls, would you like one? No, they’re not homemade, they’re from a tin. Still, they’re fresh and warm. There’s nothing better than a hot cinnamon roll on a Saturday morning, I think.

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If we were having coffee we would talk in-depth about my career choices. I was invited by a friend this week to apply for a new job in a completely new career path. It’s a rigorous application process and the job is a lot of work for not-wonderful pay, but I am seriously considering it. The biggest drawback for me is that it involves a lot of travel. When I told my friend I would consider it, her first question was, “how old are your kids?”

I would tell you that preparations for the teacher seminar are going along great, and that CHADD is keeping me very busy. Between that and playing trains with the boys, my schedule is quite full!

I’ll keep this short this week. But I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for joining me, and enjoy the (calorie free) cinnamon roll!

 

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about my roller coaster week

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If we were having coffee today, I’d be drinking tea. I’m coming down with a cold and woke up with a sore throat this morning. There is never a good time to have a cold.

It’s worse for Cassatt; colds trigger an asthma attack for him. Fortunately we had some steroids left over from the last time this happened, so I could give him some before I took him to the doctor. This saved him from needing a breathing treatment while we were at the doctor. But now we have a 4 year old who is much more active than usual due to steroids.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you how elated I am about my teacher seminar. When I first imagined the seminar, it was in response to a report that cited the high rates of suspension and expulsion among kids with disabilities, especially among minorities. ADHD often comes with behaviors that lead to discipline, and it is my hope that, by bringing this seminar to St. Louis, teachers would learn ways to better teach kids with ADHD and learn about effective discipline for these kids. I had especially wanted teachers from minority school districts to come, enough so that I was hoping to allow some to attend at no cost. This week, we were given money for scholarships for teachers from under-preforming minority school districts. I am beyond thrilled to have this recognized as a need and to have funds for these teachers.

The next challenge is getting enough people to register. But flyers just went out last week, so the seminar is still relatively unknown. I just hope teachers learn about it in time to request reimbursement from their schools.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a minor car accident this week. The side of my car is pretty torn up, but nobody was injured. The kids were both in school, so they didn’t experience it at all. But it is an inconvenience, and it will take time to get everything settled.

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Thanks for joining me for coffee this morning. I can’t wait to hear about your week!

If We Were Having Coffee Under the Dragon …

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Picasso got up to see the sunrise this morning. He said it looks like a dragon.

Thanks for joining me this early morning. The coffee is brewed, grab a cup and sit down. I would have made muffins this morning, but we’re out of flour, so grab some virtual coffee cake instead.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve had a busy week. We’re trying to book a venue for the Parent Training seminar, and I was making a million phone calls. Then we decided on a space, and the phone calls suddenly stopped. I’m waiting for them to call me to finalize the details. It’s Saturday now, though, so nothing’s going to happen with that until Monday.

Did I mention how much fun it is to be making phone calls with kids in the house? Yesterday I ended up locked in the bedroom with them pounding on the door. But that’s better than the screaming I got the other day right after I said “hello”. That doesn’t do much for my professional appearance …

In the middle of all this, I had a very exciting e-mail this week. I had applied for a job as a social media editor. The rejection letter said they would like my voice in their publication and invited me to pitch some articles. So I pitched three articles yesterday, we’ll see where they go.

If we were having coffee, I’d have to brag about my garden. I trimmed back the overgrowth from vacation, and re-discovered my tomato plant. No ripe tomatoes yet, but I’m getting plenty of green ones. I do have a ton of cucumbers now. If we were having coffee, I’d send you home with one or two. I may make pickles today. We have two okra pods; I’m waiting to pick them until we have enough to do something with. (What do you do with one pod of okra?) I am enjoying their flowers though.

Okra Flower

The photo doesn’t do it justice.

The boys have done a lot of building this week — with Legos, the Erector Set (they make them in plastic now), and Tinker Toys. They can sit for hours building. We stayed home for the most part this week, but went to Grant’s Farm yesterday. They had a great time riding the tram, looking at the animals, and feeding the goats.

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Now it’s my turn to listen to you. How has your week been?

 

 

If We Were Having Coffee on the Fourth

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If we were having Coffee this Fourth of July, I would admit I’m not feeling very patriotic today.

I’m not anti-patriotic. It’s just that we returned home from vacation yesterday, and I have a long list of things to do. Enough so that I’m fantasizing about staying home to do laundry rather than go to the parade.

We were gone for a little over two weeks, and almost half of that was driving. We drove to New Mexico, a trip of over a thousand miles. We could do it in two days, but we took three so we could see dinosaurs.

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We had a great time in New Mexico, and saw both Las Cruces and Santa Fe. In Las Cruces, we loved the Farm and Ranch museum, where Picasso got to take a cooking class. We enjoyed downtown Santa Fe. I love how walkable it is!

On the way home we visited some fantastic playgrounds.

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I would love to tell you more about our trip, and hopefully I’ll get to that soon, but I have get back to the laundry and get ready for that parade.

Happy Fourth of July!

If We Were Having Coffee Before Vacation …

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Good morning! Please come in and make yourself comfortable. I apologize for the state of my house today; we are getting ready to leave for vacation and things are in disarray.

 

The boys had Vacation Bible School every morning this past week. It was nice to have some time to myself, but the time went quickly! At least I got to go grocery shopping alone this week.

It has been hot, close to 100. It was so hot that I bought a water slide for the boys to play on. 2015-06-10 14.12.55

My big thoughts this week, other than work, have been about getting ready for vacation next week. We’re going to be driving to New Mexico over several days, and we’re really excited about the trip. I’m trying to get our driving organized so we don’t have whiny boys in the backseat. I made car organizers to hold different activities. Hopefully that will keep them busy and keep the car from becoming too much of a mess.2015-06-13 06.23.36

My garden is enjoying the hot weather. No ripe fruit yet, but lots of green tomatoes and cucumber flowers. My neighbor will hopefully get to enjoy some of that while we’re gone.

I’ll try to visit other #WeekendCoffeeShares this week, but my time gets so short, I don’t get to all of them. I hope you have a great week!

 

If We Were Having Coffee and Being Crafty …

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Welcome! Thanks for coming over to have coffee with me this morning. We have coffee or fresh mint tea (being fresh, though, it takes a very long time to steep). If you would like tea, we would wander out to my garden to pick it. I would excitedly show you my tomatoes and my mint. We are still getting salad out of the garden most days, but the pickings are getting thin and I don’t think we will have it much longer. The rabbits don’t help with that, either. More

If We Were Having Coffee on a Rainy Day …

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If we were having coffee on a rainy day at the end of May, we would be moaning about this weather. It seems like every time I prepare for a big storm, we get nothing, or just a little rain at the most. But then today it’s going to be raining all day.

“What are you doing today?” you’d ask.

I’m participating in the local NAMI Walk, I’d answer. I had hoped to get a big group of walkers, but nobody seems interested in joining us. So it’s going to be my family and one or two other people. We’ll see how my kids do on a 5k walk. I have to be there early, though, to display literature for my CHADD group, so I have to wake them up here in a little bit.

My week has been a little bit crazy. I found out we get to keep our grant, so now I am thrown into planning a full-day seminar with the money. I hope we get a much better turnout for that than we do for the walk! Of course I got word of this on my kids’ last day of school, so I won’t be able to do the work I need to do while they are in school. And I’m afraid teachers won’t get as much advance notice as I was hoping. But I’ve been lining up volunteers so I won’t have to do the whole thing myself. I will have to coordinate it, though!

As I said, it was the kids’ last week of school. Sort of an awkward week, since Monday was a holiday and Thursday was the last day. I am trying to plan our summer, although by Friday noon I was contemplating sleep-away camp for them all summer.

Can you even find sleep-away camp for a four-year-old? Cassatt had his fourth birthday on Tuesday, so we spent the day at Library Storytime and at the Children’s museum. By far his favorite gift was a big box of Tinker Toys that I found at a garage sale, which I keep finding on the floor. I hope they don’t disappear too quickly, since I have no qualms about throwing away pieces that collect in the dustpan.

Well, I think it’s time for me to get ready for the Walk, and wake my family. I’d love to hear what’s going on with you this week. Have a great week!

If We Were Having Coffee Before Summer Break

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If we were having coffee, I’d be drinking my regular drip coffee today. We have some tea I can offer you, but no fancy drinks here. I am happy to have coffee again–we were out for a few days and I didn’t get to the grocery store. That made for a pretty rough week! If you would like, we have some fresh mint tea I can make. Let’s go out to the garden and pick some.

I’m still really excited about my garden this year. I have put a lot into it! Hubby is dreading all the tomatoes, I’m sure, but I am looking forward to making some sauces. I’m going to try my hand at chili sauce this year. Picasso is a huge chili fan and I’m sure he would eat it every day if I let him. If the garden produces as well as my lettuce has this year, we’re going to have lots of food in our pantry and freezer.

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I didn’t plant the mint this year–it came up on its own after last year. But it is really nice to have. I made asparagus-mint risotto with it this week, and have had mint tea.

My only complaint about the house right now is the one flower bed in front. I need to re-do it, but it has daffodils in it. I am waiting until the leaves die before I dig into that garden, because I love daffodils and want them to come back. Last year the lawn guys trimmed the leaves of our irises, and so we didn’t have any iris flowers this year. I was quite disappointed about that. So I am leaving that bed until the daffodils get enough sunlight to last through the winter. Maybe I’ll put some irises in it–they need to be divided. We took out the rose bushes that were getting scraggly, so the bed needs something taller now.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I had done some writing this week. The only thing I posted was a short piece about a tour guide at Victoria Falls. I loved doing the research for that; the pictures of the falls are beautiful! I can only imagine how magnificent it looks in person. I did some other writing, too, which I don’t always do.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’m both excited about and dreading summer break. The boys have a week of school left–but Monday is a holiday, so that week is cut down to one day of school for Cassatt. I look forward to him being in school four days next year, even though pick-up will take a substantial chunk of time every day. I am trying to plan activities to structure our days. There are only a few weeks before we leave for vacation, so I really need to plan that too.  We are really looking forward to our trip to New Mexico to visit Oma and Grandpa, though!

My coffee is almost gone, and I need to get ready for the day. We are planning to go to the Magic House to play in the sand today. They bring the beach to St. Louis every summer, since so many people here can’t get to the beach. It’s a fun thing for kids.

What do you have planned for this coming week?

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