Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In honor of the first day of a new semester... God help me...

By Christiane Reeves

I return to school in the fall of 2004
My baby was two
She hadn’t completely weaned
and I was afraid of leaking milk and staining my shirt
One more thing to set me apart
Mark me an outsider
A young old woman
amidst the suffocating youth and simplicity
That I had given up so long (not so long) ago
for motherhood
Which doesn’t count on a resume

I sit tidily in class and take equally tidy notes
that I lend to a girl who has missed classes
To nurse post-concert hangovers
I overhear the he-said-she-said
as I walk between classes
And wonder if we can make our mortgage payment this month
If I have anything left of value to sell for some extra cash
As girls wobble by in their Jimmy Choos
texting W-T-F-? O-M-G-!

I take a detour into a pizza parlor for a beer
The smiling boy behind the counter winks
before he cards me

Friday, January 8, 2010

Christy and Lisa's rules for livin' on the edge

If we're going to live on the edge, there need to be a few simple rules. Christy and I have taken it upon ourselves to come up with a list.

#1. No shame. Shame does not work here.
#2. No sensoring. Need to let the F-bomb fly? Go for it.
#3. A glass of wine, a beer, a small cocktail is a perfectly acceptable way to unwind from your day. A shot of Kalua in your morning coffee is also okay.
#4. No giving up (unless it is really and truly a lost cause)
#5. Booze is a perfectly acceptable gift for your children's teachers, because we know they need it too!
#6. Fancy shoe Thursday. It's a must.
#7. It's okay to lose your shiznit once in a while. It's to be expected.
#8. Be proud of your bad mommy moments. What doesn't kill them, makes them stronger.
#9. When your child crawled, walked, talked, or potty trained is completely irrlevant in relation to other's children. Parenting is not a contest.
#10. Rules were made to be broken... but not these rules.

If you follow these rules, you'll escape the war and be livin' on the edge with us in no time.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 Weight Loss & Healthy Living Challenge!!!

I have set so many New Year’s resolutions to loose weight, eat better, and be more active. Not only have I failed to keep those resolutions but, especially in the last year, I have become even more complacent with my health and wellness. I am sure some of you out there can relate. When I think about the factors that contribute to my failure to keep my resolutions, there are three things that come to mind: (1) lack of accountability, (2) lack of motivation, (3) lack of support, and (4) lack of time.

I have a friend who is organizing a New Year’s weight loss challenge. She and a groups of friends will all contribute $20 to a winner’s fund and spend the next six months working together to keep their New Year’s resolutions to loose weight. During the six months, the groups will participate in blog discussions on health-related issues in an effort to provide one another with tips on staying fit with busy schedules, tight budgets, etc. At the end of this six months, the winner of the challenge will receive all funds contributed.

Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? I thought so. Unfortunately, being that this challenge is happening in Louisiana, I cannot participate. So I would like to organize something similar here. Who is with me? Who wants to make changes that will not only benefit themselves but their loves ones? Who is willing to accept the challenge to loose weight and work towards a healthier life style AND put their money on it? The more participants, the more support, and the bigger the prize!

Who ever is interested should either respond to this post or email me at Christiane.Reeves@ucdenver.edu in the next week. From there, we will set a time and date to meet, weigh in, and discuss logistics. Additionally, if anyone has “expertise” related to health and wellness that they would like to contribute to this endeavor, tell us about it! Perhaps we can feature you in a blog post or have you host an in-person meeting. We will need all the help we can get.

Best wishes for you and yours in the New Year!