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In My Brain Today: Random thoughts by Leslie Lindsay

By Leslie Lindsay Most days, I have plently in my brain, but today–well–today there isn’t much.  Okay, maybe I lied: I am sad that my 5 yo has a sunburn because she is just 5 and doesn’t know when or how to reapply sunscreen when she is at day camp, and apparently neither does her counselor.  I am feeling a little like I might be a “bad mom” for sending her to day camp with her older sister in the first place.  This morning when I woke her up, she threw her soft arms around my neck and gave me a big smile.  Her body was warm (from the sunburn?) and cuddly.  I honestly didn’t want to let her go.   My yoga instructor tells us that she is the kind of mom who really likes having her son around…that it’s hard for her to send him to school all day (and he’s a 6th grader)…my mommy guilt is cranking way up.   My dog is still cute.  In fact, I think I am going to enter …

In My Brain Today: Back-to-School Shopping

By Leslie Lindsay The back-to-school season is upon us.  I’m a bit excited about this–not just because my kids are going back to school, thus freeing up some of my time–but because I just adore school clothes and school supplies.  Yesterday, the Pottery Barn Kids package arrived.  I knew what was inside:  a brown owl print backpack and matching lunch box for my soon-to-be full-day Kindgergartner.  She picked it out after weeks of surveying the catalogs that filled our mailbox…Lands End Kids, L.L. Bean, Hannah Andersson, and of course PBK.  We would rip out the pages of the packs she liked best and toss the rest of the catalog.  But when PBK came in, she fell in love with the brown owls.  I ordered…and the delivery man cometh.  http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/mackenzie-backpacks-chocolate-owl/?pkey=e%7Cbrown%2Bowls%7C126%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C24&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules– (Please don’t make us out to be snobs. I know how this sounds.  But, here’s the deal:  I would rather spend a bit more $$ on a pack that will last several years and is sort of classic in style than one that has bling and the …

In My Brain Today: Hanging with the Hound

By Leslie Lindsay I really wish I had more to report today.  Blame it on the heat, because my brain is just not funtioning like I think it should.  Not that it’s particularly brillant brain in the first place, but the heat is really dulling it down.  The dishes are sitting in the sink a little longer than I’d like to admit.  The laundry has gone unfolded as it just sits in a heap inside the dryer.  (I don’t even want to turn the thing on to fluff up the garmets inside…more heat!).  And I really haven’t wanted to cook, either.  In fact, one night this past week I am sad to say, we had cereal for supper–although the kids thought that was great fun.  Today, it’s too hot to even go to the pool.  Instead, we are going to the library to finally sign up for the summer reading program, and then get hair cuts.  Because, who needs long hair when it’s 5 million degrees out?! (image retrieved from http://www.fanpop.com on 7.05.12) All I want to …

In My Brain Today: Insult Others Like Dr. House

By Leslie Lindsay Image Retrieved from http://house.wikia.com/wiki/Hugh_Laurie on 6.21.12 I have a little bit (okay–huge) crush on Hugh Laurie.  I don’t know if it is really the man or the character, (Dr. Greg House), or some kind of hybrid version of the guy I am in love with.  And can I really be in love with someone I’ve yet to meet or spend any time with?  Exactly.  It’s all sort of speculative and fantasy…just don’t tell my hubby.  He tends to get a bit jealous about this…uh, unrequited crush. So, when I was browsing the bookstore I came across this book, Lines for All Occassions:  Insults and Comebacks(Who’s There, Inc. 2008).  It had me laughing out loud in the store and it wasn’t expensive, yet it fits into my pocket or purse.  I bought it.  The book brings be a little closer to Dr. House.  It makes me feel like I can be as good as delivering one-liners as he is.  It makes me feel a bit like a bad girl.  I love it!  And it …

In My Brain Today: The Kids Are Wearing Me Out!

By Leslie Lindsay Today, we have an interview with Summer Sleuth and Worn Out Mom.  Summer Sleuth is on location chatting with Leslie Lindsay, mother of two (ages 5 and 7) in a southwestern ‘burb in the Chicagoland area. Summer Sleuth:  The kids are home from school this summer.  What have you got planned? Worn Out Mom:  We have a fun summer planned!  This week, the girls are in horseback riding camp for two hours.  Next week, it’s VBS at the old preschool.  The week after that, they go to Door County with their grandparents.  Later in July, we have Safety Town and art camp, plus some day camps at the YMCA.  Summer Sleuth:  Sounds like you are really staying busy.  Worn Out Mom:  Yes, we have to!  Without things to do, the girls go bonkers.  Then I do…which isn’t a pretty thing. Summer Sleuth:  Tell us about a typical day for you all. Worn Out Mom:   Well, it all starts with the early morning wake-up call from my oldest daughter (7 years).  She is an early riser. Really …

In My Brain Today: Getting my Feet Wet…Again.

By Leslie Lindsay I haven’t quite gotten my summer feet yet.  You see, mentally I am still stuck in March–maybe early April.  Why?!  I am not really sure.  Time has a way of sneaking up on you–damn, that linear time thing!  So, when my darling daughters said good-bye to the school year and hello to summer, I wasn’t quite ready. My skin is still painfully white, speckled with cellulite and my toenails are definitely in a need of a coat some bright sunny shade.  I have no idea where the pool bag is hiding (well, I do now) and my legs are still a bit, well…amazonian. Any “good” mom would have been joyfully counting down the days till summer break, scouring the house for all of the essential pool items–perhaps even making a trip to the store  (ahem, Target) for new summer accourements and just waiting, waiting for that last day of school so the kids could go to the pool. Alas, I didn’t really do anything in preparation of the last day of school.  …

In My Brain Today: The End of an Era

By Leslie Lindsay It is with mixed pride and sadness that I celebrate today.  You see, my darling precocious–and youngest daughter is completing her pre-K education.  It all culminates this afternoon with a popsicle social complete with friends and teachers who have played an important role in her life for the last 3 years.  (Jeez…that’s most of her life!) Now, you would think that I would be so over it, but alas I am not.  I have been through the preschool “graduation” once with my 7-year old.  Been there, done that, right?  Well, I don’t think a mother ever tires of seeing her children grow and develop.  I know I will continue to observe such milestones, yet this is still hard. Others have told me, “Oh, it’s just because she is your youngest that you are feeling this way.”  Well, yes and no…true, she is my youngest and in many ways, her moving out of preschool is an end of an era, but it really has very little to do with the fact that she …

In My Brain Today: Days like These

By Leslie Lindsay There are days that just dont’ work, right?  Well, today is one of those days.  The only thing that got me out of bed today was, “Oh, yeah…we have some of that new cinnamon sugar butter.  Maybe I can put some on my 5-year old’s waffle and steal a few bites for myself.”  Really.  That’s what got me out of bed today.  Never mind the fact that it’s a beautiful May day. After dropping the darling cherubs off at their varioius schools this morning, I headed to Hobby Lobby where I was on the hunt for: large pinecones (maybe the wrong time of year),  a cool chalkboard for the laundry room, and perhaps some inspiration for the plant ledge in the master bedroom.  Nada.  Ladies and gentlemen, this may be the first time I ever walked out of Hobby Lobby empty-handed. The gas station was the next stop.  Good news:  the regular fuel is now down to just $3.87/gallon.  See where this is going? Home to stare at the dorky plant ledge.  …

In My Brain Today: Tabatas is my Life (not really)

By Leslie Lindsay So, last week I decided to take a new exercise class.  I have been doing the same-ol, same-ol and had stopped seeing results/feeling good about the routine.  It was time.  So, skimming over the schedule for the spring classes, I choose to take “Intense Cardio Interval.” Sure, it sounded…well, intense but hey–if you don’t challenge yourself, you won’t change yourself.  I went.  It was hard.  It was really, really hard.  There were times I thought I may croack over and die right there in the studio.  But, I stuck it out and loved how I felt afterwards. The instructor called it tabatas.  What?!  I had never heard the term before.  Sounded like tobaggan, of you ask me!  But we weren’t doing any major snow sledding.  And dogs weren’t involved.  Though I felt dog-tired when I was done. So, the deal with tabatas is you work out at your highest intensity ever for 20 seconds (sounds like a cinch, right?!) and then you get a 10-second rest break.  You do the same cardio …

In My Brain Today: Coming Up in April & May

By Leslie Lindsay With the release of “Speaking of Apraxia” sort of behind me for now, I thought I’d give you all a little head’s up as to what is coming down the pike for the next couple of months–in the blog world, anyway. Friday’s “column” is changing from “The Emerald Isle” to “Celebritrees” seeing how April celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day.  I will be presenting little known tid-bits about these majestic living organisms that have been around for a long, long time.   In May, Friday will present interesting facts, musings (and yes, frustratios), of moms in honor of Mother’s Day.  In fact, just yesterday I ran across a book titled, Carpool Tunnel Syndrome.” As a former R.N. and current “carpool mom,”  I totally got a kick out of that!   May is also “Better Speech and Hearing Month,” so I will give you some ideas on how you can help your kiddos at home with their speech on “Apraxia Monday.”   “The Teacher is Talking” (Tuesday), is shifting gears a bit from …