Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Pep Talk

20130213-175331.jpgThis month, the From Left to Write Book Club is reading Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives by Becky Aikman. It’s about a group of women, all in different stages of widowhood, getting together and forming their own support group of sorts. It was an effort by Becky to prove to herself and others that being a widow didn’t mean you had to sit around and mourn your lost husband forever. It was meant to prove that one could be a widow and still move on and create a new life.

As you know, the From Left to Write Book Club doesn’t write reviews on the books we read. We write posts inspired by the book. Last night, I was trying to put together ideas on what to write for this book. Nothing came to mind. I read posts by other members. Most of them were about the death or impending death of a loved one. I’m not feeling writing about the death or impending death of anyone. I’ve been there and done that. I want, like Becky wanted from the widows group she was kicked out of, a more uplifting post. Something that talks about life after death instead of grieving.

So, lets face it, it’s pretty inevitable that we’re all going to die at some point, right? (Unless you’re my dad who says he’s not going to die cause he’s got entirely too many people to annoy still.) But what about the people you leave behind after you die? What kind of things will they remember of you after you’re gone? This is what I want to write about for you today.

A few days ago, the kids and I were in the middle of our usual morning routine. Little Miss was at the table eating breakfast, I was packing Big Boy’s lunch, and Big Boy was off somewhere on his iPod.

Now, the day before, My Big Boy wasn’t feeling well and wound up giving back his breakfast after only eating it a half hour before. Ick. So he stayed home from school. Now I had a meeting that night and wouldn’t you know it, he spikes a fever. Dang it! So I pop him some Advil, and go to my meeting.

Next morning, he gets up, gets dressed, goes into the kitchen for breakfast. I didn’t say anything, he just did it.

Then…

I made the mistake of mentioning that since he had a fever the night before that I wasn’t planning on sending him to school. (I KNOW, I know… the rule is 24 hours fever free, but c’mon, he was FINE!) Well, as soon as he heard that I was originally wasn’t going to send him to school, he started.

“I HATE SCHOOL!! ”

“IT’S TOO HARD!!”

“I don’t wanna go!!”

Sigh…

So this is my fault, I know, so how do I handle this?? I scream at him. I argue with him. He cries… I hang my head, defeated, he hides in his room.

Then, a miracle occurred! MY HUSBAND WALKED IN THE DOOR!!

“Oh, I’m SO glad you’re home!”

Puzzlement.

“Would you please go down there and talk to your son? He’s refusing to go to school.”

“But I thought you weren’t sending…”

“I know, but he got himself up, and dressed, and he had breakfast. He’s FINE.”

Husband goes into boy’s room.

I brace myself for impact.

Now, I get told that I yell, a lot. But when my husband is angry or the kids aren’t cooperating and he’s frustrated, he explodes.

Five minutes go by and I don’t have a crying boy in front of me yet. I need to investigate.

So I go into the boy’s room, and my husband is kneeling in the middle of the room talking to the boy. TALKING!! Not yelling.

And the words?? Oh the words!

“I need you to go to school and learn as much as you can. Show everybody up. Be smarter than everybody. Make me proud.”

That’s the memory I want my son to have years down the road. The memory of his father giving him the motivation he needed when he couldn’t go on. The memory of his father talking to him, being there for him, supporting him, when his world was crashing down.

Thanks babe. You did it. I love you.

This is an original ROSCMM post and was written for the From Left to Write Book Club. This post was inspired by Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives by Becky Aikman a copy of which I received for free for the purposes of this book club. All opinions are that of Jennifer herself, and no, you can’t steal my content. It’s called Copyright, yo.

Copyright 2013. Mastermind Mommy

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Wanna play a game??

I know I’ve said this before… Losing weight is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do. (second hardest was quitting smoking, yep, heard that one before!!)
I was recently approached by the folks at Dietbet.com with an interesting way to “up the stakes” (ha ha) in my weight-loss and perhaps make it more exciting. (cause let’s face it folks… dieting is BORING)
HAVE FUN. LOSE WEIGHT. MAKE MONEY.
Have you heard of DietBet? It’s a clever new way to lose weight … they call it a “social dieting game.”By turning your weight loss goals into a competition, it turns losing weight into a fun sport. And by putting money on the line, they make it possible to get paid to lose weight!

DietBet is hosting an “NYC Moms Dietbet” that starts on February 12 and ends 4 weeks later on March 11. The buy in is $40. Each player’s goal is to lose 4% of their body weight. We use before and after photos that are privately submitted to DietBet to verify winners. Those who reach their weight loss goals of -4% will split the pot among the winners, not a winner-take-all model.

Like-minded Moms in the DietBet can support each other by sharing healthy family-friendly recipes, workout tips and words of encouragement.

Let’s make this citywide Moms game HUGE.

Get your friends to join — the more players, the more competition, the more fun, and the bigger the pot. This game is not exclusive to Moms in NYC, so feel free to invite your non-NYC Mom friends!

To join the NYC Moms Dietbet, sign up at http://www.dietbet.com/nycmoms-mastermindmommy

Now let me tell you a little about Dietbet.com

As per their website:

“DietBet is pioneering a whole new way to lose weight. We call it Social Dieting.

With DietBet, 90% of people lose weight. Why? Because we bring people together to lose weight as a community. The conventional approach to weight loss is to focus on the individual … “calories in, calories out”. Look around: it isn’t working.

As Drs. Christakis and Fowler write in their book Connected, weight gain is a social problem and it requires a social solution. We agree! By making weight loss a fun, social activity, DietBet provides accountability through competition, collaboration, and financial commitments. And because DietBet isn’t winner-take-all, players end up supporting each other and laughing their way through the whole experience.

Losing weight doesn’t have to feel tedious and lonely. Try it and you’ll see how a game can change your life!”

You can read about this and so much more on their website dietbet.com.

Now, who’s going to join me in this challenge??

Who’s up for a little friendly competition??

Don’t you want to win some cash while losing weight and having FUN??

Join me and the NYC Mom’s Diet Bet here : http://www.dietbet.com/nycmoms-mastermindmommy

This is an original ROSCMM post. All opinions expressed here are that of Jennifer herself. Full disclosure: the author has been compensated for writing this post and inserting specific links into it. She will also be compensated when others join her in the challenge.

Copyright 2013, Mastermind Mommy

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Stories From The Golden Age

It is with the deepest of apologies that I post this review.

A few months ago I was given a beautiful set of audio books from Galaxy Press from the collection called Stories from a Golden Age. They are a collection of stories written by L. Ron Hubbard which were beautifully transcribed into multicast audiorecordings with the voice and musical talents of many Broadway and Hollywood actors.

From the Golden Age Fictions website:

When you think of the word Pulp Fiction, you probably think of the blockbuster movie, but actually, Pulp Fiction was the literary phenomenon and leading source of entertainment in the 1930’s and 1940’s that produced thousands of short stories still influencing the writers of today’s most popular books and movies–character’s like Indiana Jones, Jack Sparrow, James Bond–all inspired by the these pulpwood paperbacks.

Now for the first time since their heyday, Galaxy Press has assembled the largest collection of stories from the most prolific writer of the pulp fiction era, L. Ron Hubbard. This collection, “Stories from the Golden Age”, includes over 150 audiobook stories spanning virtually every genre including: scifi, fantasy, western, mystery, adventure and more!

The award-winning, action-packed tales have also been brought to life in cinematically produced audiobook CD collections, performed by an all-star Hollywood cast. So get into the action!

Available in audiobook, paperback and digital download formats.”

I have personally listened to two stories, While Bugles Blow! and Killer’s Law, out of the six I was sent. I thoroughly enjoy Hubbard’s story-telling and his knack for weaving intricate plots that keep the reader (or in this case, listener) engaged throughout.

I especially love how Galaxy has recorded these stories to make them sound like radio programs complete with sound effects and actors playing parts instead of just one narrator narrating the entire story.

I’ve always been a fan of audiobooks.  They’re not just for your grandmother who can’t hold a book anymore.  They’re for busy people who like to multitask.  I enjoy audiobooks while I walk my giant furball, I mean dog, around the neighborhood.  I enjoy them on long car rides too, especially between states when there’s no radio signal and miles and miles of open, boring road.

I highly recommend this collection of audiobooks to anyone looking to expand their reading and listening horizons. And many thanks to Galaxy Press for the opportunity to try their product.

This is an original ROSCMM post and was written for Gallaxy Press who sent me several audiobooks for review.  These CDs, mp3 recordings, and books can be purchased at http://goldenagestories.com/.  All opinions are that of Jennifer herself and no, you can not steal my content, it’s called copyright, yo.

Copyright 2013, Mastermind Mommy

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