Archive for May, 2012

Things I’m Afraid To Tell You – Round 3

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Today’s gift:   Have you seen the “Things I’m Afraid to Tell You” posts that bloggers have been doing the last few weeks?    Leslie Fandrich of the excellent blog Lights and Lights invited me to participate in Round 3.

Our posts all go live Tuesday, May 29, at noon EST.  We will collectively hit publish at the same time — for moral support and to push the movement a little further (Round 4 anyone?).

There isn’t anything as freeing for bloggers as virtually holding hands and sharing secrets.  And so, here is my “Things I’m Afraid To Tell You” list:

It’s been more than a decade, and though I’m blissfully married with a miraculous set of twins, I still miss living in NYC.

I am superstitious. Very superstitious.

Sometimes I am still afraid of the dark – especially after a nightmare. (See superstitious.)

I am not a great swimmer but really wish I was and yet I keep procrastinating about taking swimming lessons. This is serious stuff because we spend the summer sailing.

I procrastinate about cleaning my office every single week!

I love watching Bethenny Ever After on Bravo.  And I’m kind of obsessed with her success story.

I have to force myself to give myself ME time.

I am addicted to accessories. I have unopened, never-used handbags and jewelry.  Am I a hoarder in the making?

I hate grocery shopping. I. Hate. It.

I sometimes wonder why God chose me to be both a parent of twins and a special needs parent.  Why does he have so much faith in me?

I am irrationally afraid of bees.  As in, I will run like a mad woman when they come near me.

I eat candy like an addict.

I try to write about the good and the bad when I blog and sometimes I’m VERY scared to be so honest because I’m not sure how my twins will feel when they are older and can read what I’ve published about them.  Related to this is my struggle with privacy and how public I should or shouldn’t be about our and their lives.

I worry that my social media friends think I drink way too many Dirty Martinis!

Blogging saved my life.

A shout out to my gifted Round 3 blogger friends who agreed to post with me today. Thank you to all of them and please be sure to go check out what they have to say as well. (Please leave us some comment love, here and there, it helps so much to get support on vulnerable posts like these!)

Jill at Terra SavvyErica at The Elbow Jen at Taking Off the MaskKate at Modern Home Modern BabyLaura at My So Called Sensory Life | Monique at Razing MayhemCaroline at Salsa PieLeslie at Life In Every LimbTammie at Tam.MeMelanie at Inward Facing GirlAmy at Old Sweet SongMichelle at Early MamaJen at Jen EptingLeslie at Lights and LettersSarah at SAWK Photography

My post would not be complete without giving shout-outs to the braves ladies that published their lists before me:

The very first one  —  Jess Constable. (Background about how it started is here on Creature Comforts, including confessions.) Erin Loechner and Sarah Bryden Brown posted theirs in Rounds One and Two.  Meg started round two and shares her secrets on Meg + Mimi along with all the bloggers listed for Rounds 1 and 2.

Do I hear a volunteer for Round 4? What is on your list?

Cheers to all!  And congratulations on pushing “publish” today.

#FV FridayVotes and #FR FridayReads

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Today’s gift:  I’ve been nominated on Circle of Moms as one of the Top 2012 Multiples Blogs.

As a Mom of twins, I’m honored and thrilled.  I love Circle of Moms and am a regular contributor to the site.  If you want to support me (pretty please!), then head over and vote for My So-Called Sensory Life.

But wait there’s more — You can vote every day until May 23.   If you vote, please leave a comment here and along with your blog link, I’ll give you a shout out and link in a future post.

Thanks for getting me into the Top 25!

And in case you missed it, my new Huffington Post Parents blog is touching many Moms and Dads and families.  I’ve received some beautiful emails and comments.  I hope you will take The Pledge.  Thank you for celebrating all the unexpected gifts of parenting with me.

Happy Friday!

My Debut on Huffington Post Parents!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Today’s gift:  It’s official — I’m a Huffington Post Parents blogger!

Please visit me there and read my first post

What to Expect When You’re NOT Expecting The Unexpected

Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing and supporting me on this wonderful parenting journey!

xoxo

Best Multiples Blog – It’s Voting Time!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Today’s gift:  I’ve been nominated for Circle of Moms Top 25 Best Multiples Blog.  Woo-hoo! Yeah!

Will you please, please, please vote for me? You can vote DAILY until May 23 by following this link:

http://www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-Moms-Of-Multiples-2012#_

Look for My S0-Called Sensory Life (in the low 30’s right now) please and vote.

If you need a quick reminder about why I blog, read this please:

My So-Called Sensory Life celebrates the Unexpected Gifts of Twins & Motherhood. Laura is Mom to boy-girl twins (1 w/special needs). She inspires others with her daily gratitude proving that we CAN find the silver lining everyday even on the tough days.

Each time you vote, send me an email mysocalledsensorylife[at]gmail.com or post a note on the MSCSL facebook page and I will personally give you a “shout – out” and promote your blog everywhere.  Thank you!

Thank you from J and M!

Cheers from me! And a big thanks too! xoxox

This is The Day

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Today’s Gift:   today is the day to ______ (Fill in the blank).

When we think about January, our thoughts turn to exercise, diets, and organizing to name a few common resolutions.   I’m one of the few people out there that actually enjoys making a list of resolutions and sticking to them.  I love January and it’s clean slate!  But even more, I love that any day can be THE DAY TO….

Recently, I remembered that back in January my nine-year-old daughter had questions about New Year’s Resolutions. That conversation was a light-bulb moment for me.  J heard me talking about resolutions and January being a fresh start for everyone and asked me this, “Why in January, Mom? Why can’t you just decide you want to do something new or change something and say ‘I’m going to do it NOW?’  I’m a big girl and I decided this my Year to do it Now!”

J hit the proverbial nail on the head.  Why wait for January?  When the moment for reform or change occurs, why not just seize the moment and do it not tomorrow, not next week or next month but NOW?

Inspired by my daughter, I decided to dedicate every day to doing things NOW.  My Daily To Do list is long and I don’t always stay on task if unattractive items are on the list like laundry or grocery shopping.  Sometimes, I can’t finish my list and barely cross off anything.   And to be honest, I juggle my daily lists and tackle the more attractive tasks first when I know I should be doing those other chores first.

Ever since my chat this week with J, I silently chant “Do It NOW” and life has been running so much smoother for me and our family.

Instead of a lofty January 1 list, I’ve switched to a Daily Do It Now list.  This subtle shift instantly improved my parenting and my work — I can’t stress how impactful that small phrase my daughter uttered has had on me.

And so without further ado, here’s my virtual brag book of all I’m doing NOW –

Working out

Memos (Long ones!)

Grocery Shopping

Packing Lunches and Snacks

Putting Away the Clean Laundry

Loading the Dishwasher

Reading the book on my nightstand

Reading the newspaper

Responding to Email

Making an Appointment

Tidying up my Desk

Keeping the Kitchen Counter Clutter Free

I hope my zest for the “NOW” inspires you to act in the moment, too.
Comments welcome!