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This is Me: The Series

by Kmama on September 26, 2013 · 6 comments

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I haven’t been very excited about blogging for a long time. Life has interfered with more work at work, a new child, a more involved hockey scheduled for Jack, etc., and a lack of motivation to actually spend the time necessary to blog about something.

During my downtime, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want from this blog. And I think something that I want more than anything is a place where my kids can someday go and learn about who I am (or was, as the case may be).

I think it’s difficult for a child, even an older child, to view their parents as anything but parents. They don’t understand that we went through a lot of what they are going through, that we may have played the same sports as they do, or that we might have had the same dreams and aspirations as they do.

A few months ago, Jack asked me a question about baseball. Having played softball for almost 15 years, I was confident in my answer. But Jack wasn’t. He had to go and ask Jdaddy if my answer was correct. I don’t think gender really played a role in this…Jack just really didn’t know (or maybe understand) that I had a lot of baseball knowledge because of my experience playing the sport. Likewise, he couldn’t believe that I ever played basketball. The truth is, I was very athletic and actually pretty good at the sports that I played. But my kids don’t see that in my now, so they don’t know that it was ever part of my life.

For the next few months, or for however long it will take, I plan to focus some of my blog posts on who I really am, and what I’d like my sons (and really, anyone else) to know about me that may not be common knowledge. The series will be titled “This is Me.” At least that’s the plan. This seems like a huge undertaking at a time when I’m not quite sure what I’m going to be doing with the blog. I’m hoping that it will re-ignite my motivation. If not, this could be considered my blog finale.


Bah Humbug

by Kmama on December 10, 2010 · 44 comments

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I alluded to the fact that I’m pretty much a scrooge when it comes to Christmas in another post.

I hate being a scrooge.  Hate it.  But, alas, I am.

I don’t really know when I lost my Christmas spirit, but I know that it hasn’t been around in quite a few years, which is terrible. I don’t understand it either, because I’ve never had a bad Christmas, or something that might have triggered my feelings. And knowing that I don’t have any Christmas spirit makes me feel guilty, which in turn makes me even crankier when it comes to Christmas.

There are a lot of reasons for my scrooge-ness, but I think it pretty much all boils down to the fact that there are so many expectations and obligations this time of year.  There’s family and work functions, things to buy and make, cards to mail, and a million and one other things to do.  As an example, just for work related functions, I need to bake 4 dozen cookies (or some other goodies), purchase an edible-type gift for a gift exchange, and make something for a brunch potluck. With everything going on, and all the stress I find myself under, I just can’t find time to relax and feel the magic of the season.

This has been weighing heavily on my heart lately and for some reason, this week it’s come to a head.  I even told my mom that I hated Christmas.  Who says that?

It’s not entirely true, because I love the true meaning of Christmas…but I feel like Christmas has gone so far beyond that.

I need to get over this.  I need and want to experience the joy of Christmas again.  I want to be excited for my kids.  I want to participate in their excitement, rather than be on the outside, looking in.  But how?

Maybe the first step in finding my Christmas spirit is to admit my feelings.  In years past, I’ve just buried and hid them.  So here I am, admitting that I dislike Christmas.


My Inner Nerd

by Kmama on September 15, 2010 · 32 comments

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I have a serious case of blog block. For a few weeks now. It sucks.

So tonight, in the hopes of finding a remedy to this conundrum, I drank my favorite white trash drink (Smirnoff Ice), had a Lil’ Drum drumstick ice cream thingy, and went through my high school portfolio.
What is a high school portfolio? Well, I’m so glad you asked.
Back when I was in high school, Michigan implemented the idea of a high school portfolio (along with a stupid High School Proficiency Test that you had to pass in order to receive a state endorsed diploma). My high school decided that, as of my senior year, High School Portfolio’s were mandatory for graduation. The portfolio basically consisted of examples of your work, along with a written analysis on how that work would help you in the future. There were “required enclosures” that consisted of things like your transcripts, ACT (like the SAT, but specific to Michigan) scores, a resume, my “future focus”, etc.
Incidentally, my future focus stated that, in response to the question “Describe the lifestyle that appeals the most to you”:
I would like t work 5 days a week and to be home with my family (2 to 3 children and a husband) on the weekends. I also would like to have an active role in my children’s lives.
Well, that’s pretty dead on! Except I have to wonder why I ever wanted to work 5 days a week.
While reviewing my portfolio, one thing became painfully clear.
I was a nerd.
It’s obvious just looking at my transcripts, band awards, reports, etc. And the fact that I was one of only 10 people in my school that passed all four sections of the high school proficiency exam the first time doesn’t help either.
Jdaddy has spent a good time laughing at me tonight. Good thing I can laugh at myself. And good thing I’m not still such a nerd. Stop it. I’m NOT.
I’ll leave you with a poem I had to write in the style of William Wordsworth. I said shut up!
“The Man”
He showed up in my dream one night
his name I shall not say,
but oh how I adored his sight!
I wish there was a way
To view this man who’s in my dreams
and always on my mind,
It’s been so long and now it seems
this man I’ll never find.
But if in contact I should come
I’ll know if he’s for me,
or if he’s just another bum
and it will never be.
On the upside, I think the jokes on Jdaddy. The rebel jock married a nerd.


My Favorite Things: Food Edition

by Kmama on April 21, 2010 · 43 comments

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I had a bad case of Blog Block last night and couldn’t think of anything to blog about. Thanks to Ian from The Daily Dose of Reality, (do you follow him? If not, DO!) I’m going to share with you some of my favorite FOODS.

  • Dessert: Brownies (notice I’m starting with dessert first!). If I could have pulled it off, I would have had brownies instead of a wedding cake. Seriously. Oh, and I ate two brownies for dinner on Sunday.
  • Mexican food. Specifically an extra crispy chimichanga with ground beef and no beans. Our favorite local restaurant closed, but there’s also this amazing Mexican place in downtown Detroit as well. However, that place is an hour away.
  • Italian food. My fav is the Penne Rustica from Macaroni Grill. But any baked with cheese meal works too. Oh, and Macaroni Grill also has an awesome Leaning Bellini drink that is A-mazing.
  • Alcohol:
  1. Smirnoff Ice is my alcoholic beverage of choice. Regular/original flavor please. Yes, it’s a white trash drink and yes I’m proud.
  2. Wine: Chateau Grand Traverse Semi-Dry Riesling. It’s a Michigan wine from the Traverse City area. So yummy!!
  3. Martini: The Oatmeal Cookie prepared by The Loft in South Norwalk, Connecticut.
  • Pizza: I don’t think I’ve had a really “bad” pizza. It’s one of my favorite food groups. What?!?!? Pizza isn’t a food group? Liars. I prefer mine with pepperoni and onions. Mmm.
  • Appetizer: Spinach and artichoke dip (Jdaddy makes a MEAN version) ties with the Buffalo Chicken Dip I posted here.
  • Fast Food: Arby’s Regular Roast Beef sandwich, plain.
  • Side Dish: My mom’s cheesy hash brown potatoes.
  • Breakfast: Eating in- Jdaddy’s pancakes with peanut butter and syrup. Eating out- cinnamon french toast with well-done bacon.
  • Snack: Anything with cheese. Nacho cheese Doritos with melted colby jack cheese ranks right up there, and before you knock it, you gotta try it. It puts tortilla chips and melted cheese TO SHAME.
What are your favorite foods?



by Kmama on January 18, 2010 · 25 comments

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Shell, over at Things I Can’t Say tagged all her readers in a fun little meme to share 7 things about themselves. Since I was just about to do a “random things about Kmama” post, I thought I would play along.

1. I’m the youngest of four children, and the only daughter. My brothers are 10, 9, and 6.5 years older than me. Yes, I was an “oops” child.
2. I knew in 8th grade what I wanted my career to be. I chose a college based on the job I wanted, and have worked in that field since I graduated college. That said, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
3. I was in band in junior high and high school. I played the flute and was very good at it. I was also a “flag girl” in the marching band, and served as Drum Major for two years. Yes, I was a band geek.
4. I have a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It affects fertility. Buddy was a surprise conception (while we were trying out medication) and we tried for over a year to conceive Buster. I saw a fertility specialist and took a lot of different medications. Aside from the fertility stuff and trouble losing weight, I don’t have many of the “typical” side effects of PCOS.

5. My hair is naturally curly. I’ve spent most of my life hating it, but have been a little more fond of it in recent years.

6. I can chirp like a cricket. It’s my “stupid human trick.”

7. I have a condition called “geographic tongue.” It mostly affects me after eating sweet/sour candy like Blow Pops or when I have bananas and peanut butter together.

So there you have, seven mostly unknown things about me.

And, because I’m lazy as well (no, I’m not calling Shell lazy, she called herself lazy!), I’m not tagging anyone in particular. But please feel free to share!


About Me

by Kmama on April 1, 2009 · 5 comments

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Hi! Welcome to The Daily Dribbles. I’m Kmama, wife of Jdaddy, and mother to the three sweetest little guys ever, Jack (also referred to as Buddy), Nick (also referred to as Buster), and our newest arrival, Luke.

I’m a thirty-something working mother who still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. Don’t judge.

In my free time (hah…what’s that?), I like to read, take photos, play with Lightroom and Photoshop, and sit on my butt. I have a natural tendency to be selfish and lazy, though I believe that as a mother, I’m a little more selfless and a little less lazy as time goes on. Maybe not so much less lazy, but who’s keeping track?

I started The Daily Dribbles as a way to keep family and friends up-to-date on what was going on with the kids and the family in general. Well, as luck would have it, family and friends aren’t so good on the commenting part of my blog! Once I expanded my horizons and started writing different kinds of posts, I found other bloggers more willing to comment on my posts and encourage my writing. So…nowadays, when you pop on over to The Daily Dribbles, you are most likely to find a post with humor or snark. My two favorite personalities.

For more insight into the “Who is Kmama and what is she about”, check out the following links:

My High School Years Series:

My College Years Series:


Take a look around. Let me know what you like and don’t like. Leave a comment. I reply to all comments (as long as you have a viewable blog or email address associated with your profile. For more information on this, click HERE for a great post about attaching an email to your profile.).


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