Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Updates 'n' thankfulness 'n' stuff

Many of my friends have been posting 30 Days of Thanksgiving statuses on Facebook. The idea is to give thanks all month, instead of just on Thanksgiving.

I'm a little late to the game on this, but I am, every day, incredibly thankful. It's been a rollercoaster couple of years for us, but honestly, I'm grateful for the problems we have. And lately, things have taken a decidedly positive turn for our family.

Today's November 6, so here are six things I'm thankful for.

I'm thankful that my husband has a job. My husband, the Absent-Minded Professor, is finally employed again. And not just employed: employed in the field of his choice, doing meaningful work, earning a decent wage and receiving benefits. After a year of supporting our family of six as a freelance writer (generally not the most lucrative of jobs), I feel like we can kind of breathe a bit now.

I'm thankful for my job(s). I love my work. I get to make people laugh and I get to bring special needs issues to a mainstream audience. My husband losing his job forced me to really push myself as a writer, and just kind of "make it work," as Tim Gunn would say. I'm well aware that paying writing jobs are few and far between, and I feel pretty blessed to be earning a living writing for Babble, NickMom, and Redbook. I work full-time (way more than 40 hours a week) but I do it from home and for the most part, set my own hours.

Related: I'm thankful for the people who read my nonsense. Thanks for that. Those companies wouldn't be paying me jack if people didn't click and read. I love that you leave comments and send me emails and give me ideas when I have no freaking idea what to do to help my kids.

I'm thankful for my family, quirks and all. My kids are freaking awesome. They have been amazing troopers during our year of extreme belt-tightening. They are smart and funny and kind. And my husband made the absolute most of his year as a stay-at-home dad. He worked jobs where he could find them, but he also took the kids to school and picked them up; did all the cooking, shopping and laundry; and helped the kids with their homework. As one of our best friends said, instead of having a wasted year, he turned it into a bonus year.

I'm thankful that today is Election Day, because too many other countries have no such day.

I'm thankful that my eight-year-old daughter, the Peanut Butter Kid, has croup. Because I was really scared that it was pneumonia. So actually croup seems really freaking awesome.

And here's an update thingie: Babble has given me the opportunity to write some "sponsored posts" for Strollerderby. Basically this means that a company is paying me to write something that mentions their product. I want you to know that I will never do a sponsored post for something I don't actually love in real life. The posts will clearly indicate that they're sponsored.

Right now I've got one going for Target, which is truly my favorite store in the whole history of ever. It's stuff like interviewing my kids about what kind of holiday clothes they actually enjoy wearing. I'm still totally writing it from my perspective--sensory processing and motor planning issues abound in our clothing selections.

I also have a sponsored campaign in the works for Xbox. Basically, I was given an Xbox 360 with Kinect, plus four controllers and a bunch of games, and then I get paid to review games and whatnot. Um, getting paid to play video games?  I can totally do that! My kids are now convinced that I have the best. job. ever. and they are right.



  1. I look forward to the clothing posts. Knowing kids whose clothes bug them, I'm hopeful your posts will give me some insights into their needs.

  2. Dear SRMM, I am thankful for you and RfML because laughter makes all days better. I am thankful for your honesty and reporting on special needs parenting. Especially for helping me feel like I am doing okay even when I really think I am the worst parent ever. Best to you and your family!

  3. Sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for!!

  4. Thank you for sharing your blessings. We're in that year of extreme belt tightening (I lost my job this summer, and now I can't even get a job at Walmart because, well, I must really suck!), and reading the things you post make my day and make me laugh! Knowing that someone else has been through it gives me hope for my family! You keep up the funniness. :-D

  5. Love ya SRMM... and your fam too :) keep up the good work. miss ya!

  6. This is a 'people who send me ideas' email.....

    I would love to read something about the health effects on Moms that have special needs kids. We all know that the daily stresses we go thru are different than other parents. I'd like to see something about what stress reducers work for others, are we doomed to chronically be on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs forever, or how to find counselors that really understand our lives. I think for many of us, this would remind us we are not alone and maybe, not crazy!!!!

  7. Please tell me that there is a career day for one of your kids where you get to tell a room full of kids them you got free video games and then paid to play them and tell people what you thought! I would love to hear that. Also, I'm so happy to hear that your family is doing well and your husband is employed again.

  8. I swear, blogs and e-books have been such a successful tool for aspiring writers. It lets us publish our own work, cutting out the middle man and it allows readers to really read what they want, without editors and publishing companies weeding out things people might actually want to read. So I'm thankful for that as well. Keep goin Mama, you're doin great!

  9. Awesome about the clothes thing. For the sake of us all, and because we know you've talked about it with your girls, perhaps a comment or two on appropriateness and modesty for kids as opposed to dressing them like Bratz dolls? Good luck! :)

  10. I finally got Child #3 off to school this morning after wrangling with him about what to wear. He hates his clothes, he says. No one wears stuff like that, Mom, you are living in the Dark Ages. Aaaaagh!

    Please post that Target interview with your kids soon!

  11. Wonderful!
    This Thanksgiving, I will be thankful for a number of things, including the following:

    1. the fact that I have a job (recently I started work at a new job as a business-to-business account representative after roughly half a year as an unemployed professional)

    2. the fact that I belong to a family that is very close knit

    3. the fact that I live in a great country that allows me to practice my religion and speak my mind freely

    4. the fact that the Almighty, in His infinite wisdom, has provided me with all that I have needed to deal with each situation as it comes up, and that He will continue to do so in the future.

    Ellen Burstyn.

  12. Oh my. How on earth did I not know you exist before now? I found you via Babble's top 100 Mommy Bloggers. What brought me over here was the "not dressing like skanks" part. I do a Weekly Whacked, where I show pics of the insanely dressed people in my hood. My main message is basically "leggings are not pants." Nobody listens to me, though.

    Anyway, sounds like your life is getting back on track with your hubs being gainfully employed. You were truly blessed to be able to support your family with your writing career! Cheers.

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