Good Reads

Food Reads:

Six Degrees of Hippie Bull#&!# (from Stories and Sweet Potatoes)

Had me laughing out loud.  I do see me in her characterizations, but I never swaddled my newborns in cloth bags.  :)  Plus, any blog post that references Kevin Bacon in Tremors is a winner in my book.

Food Deserts and Obesity Role Challenged (NY Times)

I’ve been reading more lately about Food Deserts and found this article to be interesting, as well as the discussions in the comment section.  Obesity and poverty are very clearly related, but it’s such a complicated issue.

Mothering Reads:

How to Help A Friend Who Has a Child with Mental Illness (from It’s Almost Naptime)

Wonderfully written.  I have so much respect for those who mother special needs kids.

Pottery Barn Names – The New Trend? (from She Knows)

I thought I was picking non-trendy names (and I had my daughter’s name picked out since I was in my early 20s, way before I had ever looked at a Pottery Barn Kids catalog), but lo and behold, both my kid’s names are on the list.

Annoying Read:

A Working Mom Defends the ‘Lululemon Stay at Home Mother”  (Forbes)

Just Ugh.  What could have been a good discussion piece basically says ‘hey, working moms, don’t be jealous of the stay-home mom in yoga pants because she may have a jerk of a husband who expects her to be thin????”  What??

How about – hey, working moms, don’t judge the stay at home mom in yoga pants.  Hey, stay at home moms, don’t judge the working mom in her nice business clothes.  Most of us are trying to make the best choices for our family.

For me, it means I stay home for now.  Our life is significantly less stressful with only one corporate career to manage.  Two corporate careers with two kids nearly killed us.

I’m grateful to have the opportunity to stay home, realize that not everyone has that choice but also realize that many professional women are indeed choosing to work over staying home with their kids.  We are choosing to have me at home, which means we don’t have the nicest house on the block, we don’t take a lot of vacations and we stick to a budget to make one income work.

ps – I do wear yoga pants to school drop off sometime.