Sunday, February 6, 2011

i get paid to do this now. who would have guessed?

so my friend allison sent me a link to a site looking for mommy-bloggers to write weekly posts with a note that said "blogging gig for you?" so i sent the lady an email, she sent one back, and so on and so forth until she said i would be great for their site. so now i am blogging once a week for YourTango on various step-mommy related topics. i get paid for it AND my name is actually in the byline. this is a step up from the anonymous writing i did for years. did you know i once wrote a series of articles on the best golf courses in antigua and central europe? it's true. they weren't very good, but they were SEO friendly. i was only paid $2.00 a post. sure it wasn't much, but at least it was time consuming, right?

aside from that, we had three snow days in a row last week. it wasn't so much the snow but the -11 temps that kept the kids home. i can't blame the district for that. our little desert rats aren't accustomed to this sort of thing. hell, this desert rat isn't accustomed to it. it was cold, it was snowy, it was miserable. the boy stayed with his grandmother one day and with me one day and went to work with his dad the last day. the day he and i spent together very nearly ended in disaster.

you know how when it's super cold you keep certain rooms closed off to conserve heat? and how repeatedly opening those doors and leaving them wide open makes that effort fruitless? guess who was leaving doors open. over and over again. meh. i was surviving that. it was leaving toys and books and papers and stuffed animals next to the electric heaters that made me flip. many discussions regarding fire hazards had no effect so a talk with dad via telephone was in order. things did not go well for us that day.

by the time the husband made it home, he could see we were on our last, frayed edges. it wasn't pretty. but that night, when i was putting the boy to bed on the couch in the living room (because it was the warmest room in the house), he looked at me and said, "we're special together, aren't we?" and i realized that's one of the reasons humans have kids. all day long, you're two feet away from losing it, and then all of a sudden they come up with something like that.

and that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the human race continues. the cuteness.