Lipstick & Pearls
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 18:54Like any writer, I’m always on the lookout for good subject matter. As you can probably tell, I enjoy writing about my daughters. But I also enjoy re-hashing humorous or otherwise entertaining material through this column.
Just last week, in fact, I stood amid the perfect storm of column material. Here are the key components. The five Ws. Who? My daughters and me. What? Stranded in bewildered helplessness. When? A weekend shopping adventure. Where? By Auntie Anne’s. Why? We were...
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:18“This year, your brother Jack will be two years from being twice as old as your sister Jen. The sum of Jack’s age and three times Jen’s age is 66. How old is Jen?”
If you’re like me, your palms are sweating and you’re contemplating a trip to the medicine cabinet to treat an inevitable headache.
The combination of the words story and problem is enough to make me cringe. It’s just not right to muddy a story with math. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t have anything against math. In fact, I enjoyed math until I took college calculus. The problem lies in mixing the subjectivity of the art of language with the objective nature of mathematics.
But despite my best efforts to steer clear of story problems, one has been...
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 16:50“What are you doing, Mommy?” “What do you see, Mommy?” “What’s that, Mommy?” Life with my toddler, Gracelyn, brings about all sorts of inquisition—all day, every day.
But life with our newest addition, a 1-month-old daughter named Jemma, brings about another line of questioning—resulting in multiple, individual conversations that follow a very similar pattern.
First, the obligatory congratulations, followed by, “And how are you doing?” “Fine,” I reply. At least for the most part. I don’t feel like I’m walking around in as much fog as I did with my first, so if that’s any measurement, the second has been a little easier.
Sleep deprivation is still an issue, but I’m more practiced at dealing with it...
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 18:35Editor’s note: Malinda Just gave birth to a daughter, Jemma Elise, on Wednesday, May 12. She, daughter and family are doing well.
It’s finally May! And while I generally wouldn’t put an exclamation mark behind such a dull and obvious statement, I want to convey how excited I am that I can now put those words together.
You see, I’ve been waiting for May for 38 weeks and counting. And it wasn’t until the calendar flipped to May that I really got the urge to count down the days until May 18—my official due date.
I’m sure some are thinking, “But you’ve made it 38 weeks, what’s a couple more?” To them I would say, “You’ve never been pregnant, have you?”
Sure, I want this baby to be healthy when she arrives...
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 18:38Once upon a time. That’s how great stories begin. And that’s how I began my very first blog post.
Yes, I’m officially blogging. I probably should have started three years ago during our first pregnancy. Or at least after our daughter’s birth. Or maybe after we spent time in the hospital with our daughter right after her first birthday. Instead, I started March 13—for no particular reason other than the fact that I had some time to sit down and write.
And so far, justswritehere.blogspot.com has been a great outlet for me. As you may have guessed (considering my bachelor’s degree is in journalism, I work for a newspaper and I write a newspaper column), I am passionate about writing.
I’m fairly certain my love for writing...
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