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post #541 of 618
What was you favorite book of 2006 (limit 2)?
Brother Odd
Stolen Child


What were your favorite websites of 2006(limit 2)?
MDC
Another one that's a secret


What was your favorite daydream of 2006? (keep it clean, please)
It involves finding the love of my life; being able to buy a nice house and new car; and being able to start my own pagan preschool. Yep, all one daydream. It was quite an escape. heh.
post #542 of 618
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2006 favorites! Answer my questions and then add your own question.

What was your favorite book of 2006 (limit 2)?
The Mists of Avalon
The Constant Princess

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What were your favorite websites of 2006(limit 2)?
MDC
Ebay

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What was your favorite daydream of 2006? (keep it clean, please)
Having a daughter and getting a new vehicle.
post #543 of 618
No time for a long message but I wanted to give a hug to all of you who had stressing holidays!!!

Mine a good so far! and it continues... Supper at DH's friend tomorrow, we receive one of my friend and her family on Friday, going to one of our friend home Saturday, at my parents for lunch on the 31th and at SIL home for supper right after... Nothing planned for next week...

My baby has a lot of teeting pain and she is very cranky so I have to back to her right now!
post #544 of 618
Thread Starter 
Clay~ your site is great and what a sweetie your dd is!

Question from Brendon: have you learned a new skill?

Good question. Hmmmm, all I can think of is learning to make Power Point presentations (not very impressive). Oh, and goat wrestling!


post #545 of 618
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What was your favorite daydream of 2006? (keep it clean, please)
It involves finding the love of my life; being able to buy a nice house and new car; and being able to start my own pagan preschool. Yep, all one daydream. It was quite an escape. heh.
Oh man how great would a pagan based preschool/school be! I've got one starting prep here (equiv of kindergarden in the US) and when I interviewed with the principal he told me they have a Religious Ed program (all schools in australia do) and asked in a way that really wasn't a question if i minded lucas attending : When I said no I would prefer him not to, he explained that it was non denominational... more a generic christian program. To which I still said no, I will handle his religious education myself as I don't think your program covers all the faiths I would like him to know about. He just looked confused...then I informed him we are a Pagan household and while I don't object to my children knowing about christianity, that until they reach an age where they can choose for themselves I will not have them indoctrinated in any way to any 'one true' faith. He just said, 'fair enough' and we moved on I would LOVE for my children to be able to attend a school where I wouldn't have to go thru that!
post #546 of 618
ode- what a great idea!
post #547 of 618
mmmmm...a pagan pre-school. heck, a pagan ANY school would be great!

Thanks Salvia! NOw to figure out why the border has gone all wonky...

A new skill...hmmmm...more deep thinking required!
post #548 of 618
What was your favorite book of 2006 (limit 2)?
The Red Tent
Wicked

What were your favorite websites of 2006(limit 2)?
uh ... MDC

What was your favorite daydream of 2006? (keep it clean, please)
moving into our new house ... seeing it decorated for Yule :
post #549 of 618
A new skill? This year? Oh! I learned to spin with a drop spindle! I'm not very good, I haven't had much time to practice, but I really loved it. I've been desperate to learn to spin since I was about seven, so it was a really cool experience for me.
post #550 of 618
I hope everyone had a nice holiday week. My Solstice was awful, and I napped all evening instead of cooking the big meal I had planned. Christmas festivities were just so-so. The crowds were too big and too loud. My mom, MIL, and DH's grandma battled each other to give DD her "firsts"--first diamond, first big girl underwear, etc. It hurt because I feel that I, as her mom, should be deferred to for all the "firsts." I'm grateful for the generosity of our families, but I feel like I'm drowning in plastic, batteries, and commercialism. The whole weekend just felt like....too much. I felt so detached from the natural world outside my window, and it left me feeling spiritually empty. What's worse is that this was even after I have scaled things way back from previous years. Sigh.

I'm trying to get myself back to a place where I feel grounded and centered again. DH and I have committed to decluttering the house, and I've made a list of projects I want to tackle before the spring gardening rush starts. I'm trying to find my focus on nature again, I'm making a list of Pagan books to get from the library, and I'm looking forward to Imbolc already. I think there is a Pagan population about 75 minutes from here, and I want to see if they have any events coming up.

Let's see if I can answer the questions.

Favorite Book of 2006
Preserving Summer's Bounty
I almost said Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before I realized that was 2005.

Favorite Website of 2006
MDC
Allrecipes

Favorite Daydream of 2006
Having a second child.

Have you learned a new skill?
I learned to can this year! I gave away over three dozen jars of jam and fruit as Christmas presents.
post #551 of 618
New skill .... ummm .... toddler negotiation. :
post #552 of 618
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My mom, MIL, and DH's grandma battled each other to give DD her "firsts"--first diamond, first big girl underwear, etc. It hurt because I feel that I, as her mom, should be deferred to for all the "firsts."
I agree with you there! My MIL bought DD a holiday dress--and as cute as it was, I was really saddened by the fact that I didn't get to pick out her first holiday dress.
post #553 of 618
My mom and I had it out when dd was born becuase she kept trying to parent my little girl. It took her time to adjust to being a grandma...she just wasn't ready. She loved my dd and all but it was just hard for her. Now we get along alot better and she doesn't try to overstep...though it does happen, but she seems to realize it and then step back.

My MIL is another story- she is so passive aggressive!

I am getting ready to place a big book order. I really need some pagan books that are mine and not ones I have to borrow all the time. I love the library but there are just some books that I need to reference often.
off to red the resource thread.
post #554 of 618
New skill- I tried to learn how to knit but I just don't have the patience for it. I felt like I was all thumbs.
I learned Restraint. That's a skill, isn't it?
post #555 of 618
I have some questions too:

Favorite song?

Favorite restaurant in 2006?

Favorite food?

Favorite thing to do to relax?
post #556 of 618
song- no favorite. I love all music...well, almost all!

restaurant-west side bistro. little cafe with great comfort food.

relax- read, scrapbook, play with kiddos
post #557 of 618
yoiks, now I have lots of questions to answer!

I am SOOOO there with you two about over-involved grandma- my mom has done nearly every "first" for Peanut you can think of- first dresses (and subsequent nice dresses for every occasion - holidays, birthdays, etc.- several of which she has sewn, so not only are they firsts, but "special" because mommy doesn't sew like that) first jewelry, first time playing with paint, first time with play doh, first fancy Bible, stupid stuff I know but it crushes me everytime she swipes another little thing out from under me And if she isn't the one "doing" the first, then she expects to be involved with whatever it is we are doing (first trip to the zoo, first time to the children's museum, etc.) and will guilt me into oblivion if she isn't asked. Have I mentioned some dysfunctionality between my mom and I?

Then to compound it- she could pretty much give a rip about doing any of the same things for Little Man, I suppose I should be thrilled that she is letting me do things for him, but it doesn't come across that way- more just that he is the boy, not as special to her as her darling grand-daughter :
post #558 of 618
I wanted to add that I loved the book "Kids Are Worth It" It is by far one of the best parenting books I've read.
post #559 of 618
Favorite Book of 2006

vote # 2 for Earth Path by Starhawk

Favorite Website of 2006
www.starfall.com (it has allowed countless saturday afternoon quickies and even helped my dd overcome her speech delay!)

Favorite Daydream of 2006
Starting a bakery/cafe

Have you learned a new skill?
belly dance

Favorite song?
Mushaboom by Feist

Favorite restaurant in 2006?
Cheesecame Gallery

Favorite food?
yogurt

Favorite thing to do to relax?
yoga with the kids
paint pottery meditate, especially outside



Our holidays went really well, even when MIL (proselytizing Christian) called on the 21st to ask about bringing out gifts and I happened to mention that we'd be opening ours in the monring and she responded "Christmas isn't tomorrow is it?" To which I calmly reminded her we celebrate Winter Solstice and Yule. The conversation ended shortly after that, but then she brought the stuff out on the 23rd for us to open. I think she's still in denial about me being pagan or something, so this was a nice little reminder.

Ooooh and dd1 is in the living room trying to learn her letters by reading the cover of Circle Round
post #560 of 618
Thread Starter 
canning, spinning, baking bread- you are my kind of mamas! And toddler negotiation is a very valuable skill!


Favorite song?
I'm picking "Hot Pants" by James Brown. Dh made the girls and I many funky dance mixes and "Hot Pants" always got us off our whiny behinds and up and shaking it! RIP Godfather of Soul!

I also loved Franz Ferdinand's You Could Have It So Much Better and the White Stripes Get Behind Me Santa- both from 2005.


Favorite restaurant in 2006?

I don't go to Portland very often, but we went to Andina for my birthday. It was very loud, but the Peruvian food was yummy and the older gentleman singing and playing the guitar had lovely eyes.

Favorite food?
Thai or Indian- a good curry makes me very happy.

Favorite thing to do to relax?

as always, take a hot bath and read!
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