A-Typical Mom

Dysfunctional is My Middle Name

Come Find Me...
Me -- Light & Dark
bethanybob
  • Twitter: a mix of ranting, raving, and general silliness.

  • Facebook: my "professional" profile for all things massage and school and not terribly silly.

  • GoodReads: only updated when I remember that I have a profile there.

  • PaperBackSwap: for when I have books I don't want anymore, but don't want to donate.

  • Ravelry: sometimes I knit.

  • Wordpress: sometimes I blog outside of LiveJournal. 

Writing Meme
Me & Asher -- Dynamic Duo
bethanybob
Give me a character or pairing (that I'm familiar with) and a word, and I will write you one line of fic here.

Gib, please.

LJ: 10 Years of Stupidity and Counting
Asher -- WTH? o_O You serious?
bethanybob
oh noes lj is doing something teh stupids again everybody leave1!!!1

... This happens every year. Why are people acting surprised?

LJ is just hopping on the bandwagon of "Cross-post EVERYTHING to EVERYWHERE" that all the other websites in existence are doing. It's not a new concept; they're just slow to catch up. Protesting and messing with CSS coding and leaving will have absolutely no effect on their bottom line. And I can guarantee they will do something else equally scandalous and infuriating within six months to a year. My oldest LJ account is over nine years old: I've seen a lot of B.S., and I know there will be more to come.

(Actually, the fact that I've spent about half my life on-line is kind of depressing.)

Anyway. If you have strong feelings about it, do what you need to do. If you haven't a clue what I'm talking about, it's just as well: don't waste your energy on it.

Speaking of wasting energy: I can't follow any more parenting drama. I just can't. It's draining and I have too much to do, and too little time on-line. I need to empty out my Google Reader. A lot of the blogs I follow have some great material, but they also have a lot of, "Take Action!" posts that I can't deal with.

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Me -- Light & Dark
bethanybob
Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or literary or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! Fandoms, ice cream flavours, cartoon moments, women in my fandoms, OTPs, ideal holiday destinations, goals for the future, celebrity crushes, books I wish would be made into movies, love songs. And I will answer them all in the comments.

(Please?)

I started doing an Icons Meme but having only eight icons, 7 of which include Asher, didn't seem to work so well. I need to build up my collection, again.

School starts next month!!!!11eleventyone

World Breastfeeding Week 2010
Asher -- WTH? o_O You serious?
bethanybob
Oh, yeah, Gerber/Nestle ads are just what I want to see on my journal during World Breastfeeding Week. *stabbity*



Nestlé-Free Zone



Why one woman protests Nestle's unethical business practices (and you should, too!).

I really like Nursing Freedom and Best for Babes. I wish I'd known about them, sooner.

Asher is now one. Yes, I'm "still" breastfeeding. This is actually normal, despite what the media and friends and family may try to tell me.

Good News, Bad News
Asher -- WTH? o_O You serious?
bethanybob
Good News:
- My computer is back, working, and had all the data it left with! Yay!
- Asher and I have been featured on KaBOOM.org's front page!
- I'm only working two days a week instead of three!
- I have time to see a doctor.
- We didn't get hit by a tornado.
- My mom is moving closer to us.
- Dad may be moving closer to the rehab facility & hospital.
- I'm finding lots of potential presents for family & friends on Etsy!
- Good News, Bad News was created by Holly at Domestic Dork.

Bad News:
- My glasses broke for the second time, this year.
- I am ADDing so badly that it makes it difficult to blog.
- I'm only working two days a week instead of three.
- I need to finish the paperwork and phone calls to see a doctor.
- Work didn't get hit by a tornado, either.
- My mom is moving in with her latest guy-friend.
- I have to help Dad pack while packing and moving my own stuff.
- I'm finding lots of potential presents for myself on Etsy.
- And I'm broke.
- Good News, Bad News was cancelled due to lack of participation.

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Me & Asher -- Mwahs! Baby love! <3
bethanybob
My baby turns one on Wednesday. Excuse me while my stomach turns in knots at the thought. He started walking at 10 and half months, so every five minutes I have to get up and chase after him because he's closed the bedroom/bathroom/office door on himself. Brb.

So, of course this seriously cuts into my Internetting time, and that's okay. We had a great party for him, yesterday. Almost everyone invited showed up, which was surprising. He has very generous family members and got quite the haul for his first birthday.

My computer is still dead. I'm Twittering and also trying another Tumblr. And I'm still doing stuff with KaBOOM!

Five months until Christmas! AGH!

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Asher -- Not Happy!!! TmT
bethanybob
My computer crashed two days ago. The good news is it's under warranty; bad news is we have to ship it to HP and I won't see it for a good month or more. For now, I'm stuck using everyone else's computers, so updates will be even slower than usual.

What I've Been Doing:
- Working. Ugh.
- KaBOOM!'s Park-A-Day Summer Challenge. Except I do lots of places in a day to make up for working and bad weather.
- Chasing my almost-one-year-old. Be still, my heart.
- Reading. I even finished a couple of books. Some were so bad, I didn't.
- Reading Jenny McCarthy's Louder Than Words. Interesting, but not great.
- Participating in PaperBackSwap (where I listed the above book).
- Playing Katamari Damacy.
- Spending too much money.
- Not participating in the Carnival of Nursing in Public. I had wanted to, but ran out of time.

What's on My Facebook*
Asher -- WTH? o_O You serious?
bethanybob
*(This week) [/Web Soup reference]

- Janet Lansbury takes offense to the term "babywearing," and thinks that those of us who use it are objectifying our children. So, apparently, I objectifed Asher for five hours while walking around Boston? Mmyeah. No. Code Name: Mama argues semantics in a calmer way than I could ever manage.

- "Children whose parents set limits on the amount of time spent watching television actually watch less TV, a new study finds." It's another case of obvious results being obvious.

- KaBOOM! released a new feature on their site: Facebook's "Like!" button now appears on pictures, videos, and blogs submitted to the KaBOOM! website. In their "How-To" guide on the feature, you can catch a screen cap of Asher at River View Park. :D

- The folks at the Rockies' Coors Field learned a valuable lesson about letting nursing mothers be.

- Best For Babes highlights some of the common breastfeeding booby traps, including how mothers who don't breastfeed or stop breastfeeding are criticized for it and feel "damned if I do, damned if I don't."

- These skin-to-skin birth photos are beautiful! (P.S. Taking a picture of a flower does not make you a photographer.)

- And while I want to live in a world where a chicken can cross a road without its motives being questioned, I'm still wondering why the hell I saw a peacock cross the road, in the middle of nowhere, Maine, last Friday night.

Boston With a Baby: What Sucked and What Rocked
Asher -- Jubilant! |D
bethanybob


Sucked:
- Getting up early: we left the house around 6:45AM. They didn't even start boarding the 8:00AM train until maybe 7:50.
- The morning train ride: because the train was crowded, I didn't feel comfortable leaving our seat. Nearly-11-month-olds dislike being forced to stay in one place for long periods of time. Chaos ensued.
- Not sleeping: Asher refused to sleep on the train.
- Overpacking into a too-small backpack: I changed three diapers and one of Asher's shirts. He had no interest in toys or food. I couldn't get to my notes and maps, or even the wipes when I was in a hurry.
- Infantino Wrap & Tie: I paid for rush shipping and only had a day to get used to it, which was not enough time to get comfortable with it. So, it stayed home. I may review it in more detail, later.
- The T: I was in a rush to get back to North Station to catch my 5:00PM train home. The first subway train I was on was taken out of service. Then they had "signal problems" when another finally arrived. I missed my train and lost my one day excursion discount.
- Illness: yesterday, Asher and I started getting sniffly. Eww.
- Work: getting up the morning after the trip and going to work was awful. I overslept and was late and was exhausted.



Rocked:
- The Mom on the morning train: I sat near a mom of a 10-year-old boy. She was pretty sympathetic, even when most of the other passengers were probably cursing me under their breath.
- Two Supportive College-Graduate Friends: our main reason for going to Boston in the first place: Asher's Aunties! They never acted weirded out when Asher needed to eat, they seemed to have more fun playing with him than anything else, and they carried both him and my crap. They're awesome and I miss them already.
- Babywearing (the Maya Wrap ring sling): I wore Asher on my hip and my backpack on my back. He fell asleep twice while we were walking.
- The T Riders: a few people actually gave me their seats, especially when Asher was asleep. Thanks!
- The train ride home: the cafe car attendant didn't seem to have a problem with our hanging out for about an hour so that Asher could walk. As it was, by the end of the trip, there was only one other person in our train car, so I let him have free reign of it -- except for scooping him up when the conductors went by.
- Being in shape: I remember Mom and I having a difficult time walking around Boston the last few times we've been there. Working on my feet 24 hours a week seems to have helped.
- The attractions: we did the swan boat rides and the Children's Museum. Yes, three "adults" and one child went to the Children's Museum. And it was awesome.
- The food: the California Pizza Kitchen was pretty good. Asher liked the pizza crust.



I'm hoping to take Asher back to Boston when he's a bit older. Destinations: the New England Aquarium and the Franklin Park Zoo!

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