Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Sound Out

Have you ever written something about someone that you didn't even think twice about and then find out later that they were really upset about what you said?
No. Well, not that I know of. I don't think so. Oh great, now you have me worrying that I've offended someone! Honestly, I don't write anything that I wouldn't say to someone's face. I poke fun at people sometimes (me included!), but it's just in fun and not meant to offend.

I do have one question though. Did Clay get disciplined for doing what you told him not to in the first place? Such as no time playing for a while or another discipline? [in regards to Clay picking a banana at the Dells]
Nope. I never discipline any of my kids. It takes too much effort.

i was wondering if your book is available here in Singapore? [it's a country in south east asia btw]
LOL! Thanks for the geography lesson. I know you can preorder it on Amazon right now, and it looks like it can be shipped anywhere. If you go towards the top of my blog, on the left side, there's a link that will take you directly there.

I agree, it is a law on the books somewhere about giving flatlanders a hard time at every opportunity... "at least we don't have to pay to drive on crummy roads!" [making fun of people from WI]
You got me there. I completely agree. The minute I cross over into Wisconsin, the potholes and the tolls disappear.

Would it bother you too much if I told you that I had Lou's for dinner tonight?
YES! Especially since you're all skinny! I used to like you Michelle!

I have used Denise Austin tapes and the whole time I am exercising I think to myself, "Oh yeah? You may be skinny but you have no boobs!!"
LOL! Good one! I'll have to remember that!

Dawn - What about your computer or laptop? Can you play your dvd's on them?
Duh! That never even crossed my mind! Thanks a lot! Wait a minute....gee, thanks a lot! There goes my excuse not to work out for a couple weeks.

I just looked up that lamp others have said its not looking good. I have a suggestion! YOU ARE A BLOGGER WITH LOVING READERS...we start a campaign on your behalf, you tell us, do you want us to live chat them for you or do you want us to overwhelm them with mail to their address demanding your part or your money! You are also friendly with many other bloggers who can enlist their readers to do the same. What do you say? You want us to go to war for you?
LOL, you guys are really awesome! Thank you so much to all of you for taking time to research that crummy company and give me advice on getting my money back. I called my bank to dispute the charges and I filed a complaint with the BBB. Now, hopefully I'll get a refund soon so I can buy the part from someone else. Thanks again for all your help!!!

At what age do you push the issue[potty training]
I personally don't. I pushed it with my first one and it took him for-ev-er to train. It was not pleasant. After him, I learned not to push it. They'll train when they're ready. It may be at 2, maybe not til 3, maybe not til 4, but eventually it'll happen. I wrote a potty training post HERE and there are a lot comments with advice if you want to read. (Oh my gosh, I just reread that old post and what the heck was I talking about??? Skinning cats??? I must have been sleep deprived when I wrote that!)

I LOVE IT!!!!!!! But I bet if you try that first next time, it wont work!! [kissing Brooklyn to get her to settle down]
I'm positive you're right. It'll never work again - not in a million years.

Why is the baby always the worst?
So we don't feel sad about not having any more.

Hey, where's your picture? :)
Yeah, and thanks to all of you for asking me for a picture. I have such a complex about my forehead now. I really never noticed how huge it was. Maybe my hairline is receding?! Oh sheesh!
But I genuinely thank all of you guys who said you liked my hair. It makes me feel a little better about the flaming orangeness of it all.

Oh, and I'm sorry you have orange roots. Hey, I had a WHOLE head of orange in 7th grade when I just *knew* that spraying Sun-In would make me beautiful!
I did too! What were we thinking??? Sun-In is NOT for people with brown hair.

Hey, Dawn, I had a question. I just recently saw your "purse dump" post and I saw that you have a bunch of lip glosses. I can't find a good one that I actually like; what's your favorite type?
My favorite lip balm type product is Alba Coconut Cream Lip Balm because it's all natural and it tastes like coconut. My favorite gloss right now is Buxom Big & Healthy Full-Color Lip Polish by Bare Escentuals which is ridiculously expensive, but it has that menthol, tingly feel to it. I don't wear lip gloss all that often because I hate when my hair blows across my face and sticks to my lips. Ewww.

What do your kids say about it? [my hair]
They told me it looked stupid and orange. They're gems, no?

Would you like to share with the rest of us your secret to losing weight?
Sure. Eat fewer calories than you burn.

Why are you and your kids continually wearing short-sleeved shirts in pictures from the dead of winter? I thought it was strange that Lexi had on a summer nightgown in the picture you posted from Christmas morning , but now you have on a t-shirt in January.
My kids are impervious to cold because they're well, kids. And I hate things on my arms and neck. I only own a couple long sleeved shirts and none with collars. You could seriously torture me by making me wear a turtleneck. Oh, just the thought of it makes me cringe and claw at my throat. And then there's the fact that I'm always hot. My internal thermostat is broken.

What does Joe say?[about my hair]
I don't think he's noticed.

I do have a SSO question, if it's not too late.I was at a mom's group where someone shared a story about a mother who spent an hour a day praying for her children. Her children knew to not interrupt her during her prayer time. The group's reaction to the story was mixed. Some felt, this showed her devotion to God and her children: what a wonderful expression of love, and what a great example she was setting by showing her children the importance of prayer. Others felt that she should get off her knees and tend to her children. God hears prayers while we change diapers and hold screaming babies just as well as when we sit in silence.I'm curious to know your take on it?
My take is - live and let live. I'd personally be on my knees because I was washing my floors while asking God to keep me from strangling my kids for tracking mud all over the house. But that's me. I don't think it's anyone's job to assume her children are neglected or that her way of doing things is wrong just because it's not their way. My 2 cents.


Julie Sturgeon said...

I always love the Sunday Call-Outs. Thanks for starting my week on the right foot.

Michelle said...

Skinny? Seriously? You think I'm skinny? Dawn, I love you! But I will admit that the last time I had Lou's was ... a year ago when the same friends from London were in town visiting. I usually have homemade fare that's inevitably lower in calories than Lou's :)

And yuck on the part, but fingers crossed you get your money back. So still no tv? And no one has killed anyone else? I'm impressed -- and the offer still stands.

I had no idea that you had such an issue with things on your arms. You should come hang out at my house where I keep it cold enough that my mom's first stop is to the thermostat to heat it up!

I can't wait to hear the responses to your "never" disciplining your kids ;) You realize you'll spend most of the week clearing up that statement, right?

Amy Flippin Blankenship said...

Um yeah, Sun-In isn't for blondes either lol

Anonymous said...

i'd just like to comment on the prayer question... i think its cool what she does, her kids can handle an hour without her and they prolly have a better mom because she takes an hour to recharge with God! if only we all spent one hour in prayer each day with no interruptions. We would all be much better people no doubt. Of course God hears our prayers throughout the day.. but He also calls us to "be still" to meditate on Him once in a while

Missy said...

My mother-in-law had a Prevention magazine laying around and I read that people who eat fewer calories than they burn are actually fatter than people who eat 300-500 calories less OR more than they burn, as long as they are in that range. It has something to do with metabolism and making sure your body doesn't think you're starving. :)

Anonymous said...

To the person who left the comment about prayer: Susanna Wesley, the wife of John Wesley, who had 17 children always took an hour to pray every day. She would throw her apron over her head and the children knew not to bother her during her time with God.

If she can do it, why can't we.

Anonymous said...

Dawn, I just read in the February's issue of Good Housekeeping about your book. I can't wait till May to read it. Okie Nana

The Sharum's said...

Hi, I just found your blog today and LOVE IT!!! I can't wait to read your book - that is so awesome..With 3 kids of my own 2 of which are twins, I thought my life was hectic..NOT THE CASE!!

Feisty Irish Wench said...

Even if I really WANTED an hour of time to pray for my 3 children, they wouldn't give me enough time to do so in quiet. I'd be praying amid the din. I have a 15 year old who has YET to grasp the concept of his mother needing time without children in it. He hasn't figured out that I'll like him more if he's not always in such close PROXIMITY to me.

Mirth said...

I'm laughing because I started fussing with my neck as soon as you mentioned the word "turtleneck". My husband laughs at me but I actually get panicky if anything touches the front of my neck. He shouldn't be laughing, he should be counting his blessings that he'll never have to buy me a diamond necklace!

Rick said...

I never knew that about Denise Austin.

Stefanie said...

I'm totally with you on the turtle neck thing. I only own a few long sleeve shirts too! I'm always hot! We live in Ohio and have a foot of snow and since I wore a long sleeve shirt to church I only wore a light jacket! I know how you feel!

Amy said...

Just to clarify about my SSO question on the prayer story. I don't think any of us assumed her children were neglected. We thought of it more along the lines of trust in God, but lock your car doors.

Dawn said...

I'm sorry if I sounded like I was accusing you or your friends of unfairly judging this woman. I didn't mean it like that. I just meant that it's not my way, but I see nothing wrong with what she's doing.

Niki said...

I did the Lot-O-Sun and my hair was orange for YEARS!!! I kept insisting it was red though.. I thought it made me look hot! Ohh yeah loving those pictures now.

Covey and Justin said...

Loved th potty training post!! My oldest was 20 months old and he came down the stairs while I was nursing his 4 week old sister and informed me he was NOT wearing diapers anymore. I almost had a heart attack from the stress that statement evoked!! He made the switch and is doing great. I think he trained so early because we cloth diapered at he always hated being wet or dirty.

Mom2-2goodboys said...

I just have to say I did the Sun-in thing the summer before 10th grade.....LOL I had orange hair with dark brown roots for the whole school year because back then, I didn't get regular haircuts. I have thrown out all the pictures of me from that year!
Too scary to look at!

JAS said...

Hey Dawn, now you've found two cheeseheads that have never said "yah, hey der" - I think ya got us mixed up with der Minnesotans, eh? Us cheeseheads also only have bubblers - what you downlanders refer to as "water fountains." What's with that? A water fountain is a place where a statue of a buxom mermaid frolicks in the water while tourists sit on the edges and dangle their feet. And those lights that control traffic at intersections? They're "stop and go" lights. Sheesh. Tourists! (grinning)

Amy said...

I really appreciate how consistent you are about being non-judgmental; thank you for being sounding board for me on this. Here's the follow-up question to the prayer post: If someone were to spend all that time on the phone, or watching TV, or whatever else their interest may be, would that change your response? Not that I would ever expect you to condemn anyone, that's not like you. Mary Wesley spent 17 hours a day in prayer--different strokes for different folks. But, if a stay-at-home mom said she spent 17 hours a day watching TV leaving the kids with the instructions they weren't to bother her, would your reaction be different?
Thanks for sharing your point of view. It's a question I've been pondering lately.

Veggiemomof2 said...

Why are the babies the worst?
Because after the worst child,
a.) people decide not to have more children.
b.) you have your hands so full there is no time for sex.

Candi said...

What do you mean, "My 2 cents?" I have yet to read anything from you worth less than a nickel! ;)

ClutterControlFreak said...

The best advice I ever received on potty training was not to push it. No one (on record anyway) has ever attended high school in diapers!


Kate said...

Burts Bee's makes some awesome tinted "lip shimmers" that have that same menthol feel. It is supposed to plump your lips a little and make your breath smell fresher. My favorite color is Nutmeg.

By the way: I am delurking here to comment. You were the very first blog I ever read!

diddlesgirl said...

ok, so i had to go back and read your potty training blog... I have to share my story... at 2.5 my son (who is now 6 and hates for me to tell this story) was very easy to train for #1. #2 was a different story. He would go so far as to walk past two bathrooms and a potty chair, go into his closet and go in the floor. then, he would go in the bathroom, get toilet paper, pick up the mess, and take it and put it in the potty. he would then proudly announce that he had put his poop in the potty. he finally decided on the simpler route of direct deposit about a month later. You have to laugh at how hard a male at any age will work to avoid doing something!

aceiatx said...

Are any of your kids left handed? My 2 yr old seems to be favoring his left hand more and more these days and I am not sure what this means other than needing to buy him special scissors.


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