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I have a few half-written posts here, but I haven’t really had the time to sit down and do anything with them. I am wiped. I think I’ll blame the rain, but it could also be this cold that has last 2 weeks and given me laryngitis for one of them. I sound like an old lady. I feel like an old lady.

Fibromyalgia sucks.

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Thirteen Things about just making it up
I’ve been inspired by Shauna over at Pass the Chocolate to make my own Thursday Thirteen list. I was going to list thirteen things I like about my husband, on the occasion of his return from Israel, but he up and left again for another trip, so I bumped him. He’s been gone and the children have been sick, which means I’ve been around them a lot, so I’m going with 13 things I never thought I’d say to the kids before I had them:

1. “Please stop licking the pavement.”
2. “Not letting you sit on my lap to steer the car does not make me a bad mommy” (said to the 4-year-old)
3. “Take your finger out of your brother’s nose right now.”
4. “Where did your diaper go?”
5. “I’ll only come out of the bathroom if you promise to stop crying right now.”
6. “No, we can’t trade him for that other baby, even if you think that one is cuter.”
7. “Because I’m your mother and I said so.”
8. “Wait, did you forget to put on underwear again?” (Upon arriving at a classmate’s birthday party with Boo in a lovely skirt.)
9. “No, bugs don’t taste good. And no, it isn’t okay that it was already dead.”
10. “It just looks like I’m eating chocolate. It is actually a really spicy candy and you know how much you hate spice.”
11. “I’ll give you a piece if you promise not to tell your brother and sister.”
12. “I know Daddy said you could but he was wrong, because we don’t eat marshmallows right before dinner.”
13. “I’ll give you the rest of my coke if you leave me alone until I finish writing this.” (Guess how many minutes ago that one came out of my mouth.)
Links to other Thursday Thirteens:

1. Pass the Chocolate

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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I got an actual award! Yogamum nominated me for a Thinking Blogger award. This is a cool idea that originated here. It is now my job to nominate five blogs that make me think. I don’t think I’m allowed to go backwards, which means I can’t nominate Yogamum, which I would otherwise do. (And, like Yogamum, I can’t figure out how to put the icon thingy on my sidebar. God knows, I tried.)

I actually haven’t been doing much blog-reading lately (which shows in my own readership, I’m afraid), but I’ll give it the old college try here.

The reason I didn’t post this sooner is that the blog I most want to nominate, I can’t. It is someone I encouraged to start blogging, and was delighted to find she’s an even better and more insightful writer than I’d even expected. But. I know her in person too, and as she wants her blog anonymous, I’m not linking to her. Her name will never cross my lips. Her blog will never cross my blog. But her stuff is so good that I’m giving her a space anyway. Such is the nature of blogging. She know who she is, at least.

Number two, a garden of nna mmoy. She’s a Canadian mother of a toddler who writes on all kinds of social issues, the nature of mommyhood, special needs children and the world, and she always makes me think.

Three. The Yarn Harlot. Okay, if you don’t knit, this one might not you think as much. But if you do, it will. Not only will it make you think about knitting, and how you really must dig out that cable knit sweater and get it done already, but she discusses the nature of knitting and has a go at social justice too. And she’s a doula and a Canadian, so I love her.

A Mother in Israel also makes me think. She’s an Orthodox mom who made aliyah (moved to Israel from elsewhere) and not only has many interesting things to say about being Orthodox in Israel, but on mommyhood too.

Okay, I give up. I only got to four and Boo is bugging me for the computer and the sun is shining and my gardening is beckoning. Does this mean I lose my award?

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