Push

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Dear 2017,

My word this year is ‘Push’.  You will hear this single word when you try to slow me down.  I will push back if you try to trip me up.  I will push to stand up if you try to knock down.  I will push a little harder if I feel I am out of fight.

I.  Will.  Push.

I’ve worked hard the last two years.  2015 was my doorway.  2016 brought me beauty.  I have put so many things in place.  2017 will be when I will push to cross off the big items from my list.  It will be the year I push the boundaries.  It will be the year I push myself to overcome challenges.  It will be my year to push.

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Mom, I’m going to be late…

Occasionally I get a glimpse into what my children will be like in the future.  I got another glimpse this morning when my oldest added an alarm to my phone to remind me of something I need to do today, while my youngest claimed she’d lost her pants, again.  

Christmas Eve, 2032

*a telephone rings

HALIA:  Hello?

MOM:  Hey, Squish!  I was just calling about dinner tomorrow

HALIA: *sighs  Yes, I just sent the file to you.  I’ll be leaving my place at 3:07pm, which means I’ll arrive at 4:30pm.  In the file is the route I plan on taking, as well as a link so you can follow my progress on the way.  I didn’t recieve your meal plan for tomorrow, so I took it upon myself to order in some groceries yesterday.  Did you recieve them?

MOM: Yes, I did, but –

HALIA:  I also included the recipes in the file.

MOM:  You know, I have done this before, Halia…

HALIA:  Yes, I know you have, Mom.  I just want to make it easier for you.  I’ve sent notifications to your phone to let you know what time to preheat the oven and when to start cooking the turkey.  I’ll take care of the veggies when I get there.  

MOM:  I was thinking we could have…

HALIA:  We are having turkey, Mom.  No substitutes this year.  

MOM:  OK, fine.  Have you heard from your sister?

HALIA:  No, but I did locate her phone.  

MOM:  Oh, where is she?

HALIA:  Maybe you should just call her.  I’m sick of having the same conversation with her.  

MOM:  OK.  I’ll see you tomorrow

*a telephone rings

LEONA:  Mom!

MOM:  Hey Squeakers!  Halia told me to call you about Christmas dinner.  

LEONA:  Yes, for sure!  When is that?

MOM:  On Christmas day, of course.

LEONA:  Oh, yeah, I knew that…

MOM:  That’s tomorrow.

LEONA:  Oh, um, I’m going to be late.  

MOM:  I haven’t told you the time yet.

LEONA:  Yeah, um, Mom, the thing is…

Hang on…

*there’s rustling over the phone and Leona speaks to someone nearby

Excuse me, could you tell me where I am?  

Are you sure?

Well, yes, I suppose most people would be sure of where they live

*Leona comes back to speak to Mom again

The thing is, I’m in New Delhi  

Mom, are you still there?

MOM:  Oh, Leona…

LEONA:  Mom, I can explain!  I’ll be there for New Years!  I promise!

MOM: That’s in a week.

LEONA:  Make that Valentine’s Day.

MOM:  Just bring me back something nice.

LEONA: Speaking of buying things…

MOM: *sighs  Yes, I’ll send some money.  

LEONA:  Thanks Mom  

Bloggy Book Review

While doing research in January, I read many books on blogging.  Here is a review of some of those books…

The Digital Mom Handbook – by Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla
This was a very easy read.  I managed to get halfway through in one evening, even with the kids home.  There seemed to be more hype added to the beginning of the book than was needed, and I suspect that this was needed because they just needed to make it seem longer.
This book is for absolute beginners.  Published in 2011, it talks about Facebook and Twitter as though they were rather new things, and even explains how you can set up a Facebook page.
Centered on “Mom blogs”, this book offered little for those wanting something different, other than how to advertise said blog.  It mentions little about the actual content of the blog.  There’s even a section about balancing your family life with your sudden successful blogging life, as thought it might be just that… sudden.
Honestly, I feel like this was just a money grab for the authors, offering up just the bare minimum of advice, way too many ‘see how easy it is’ tidbits from other mom bloggers, while keeping the real trade secrets and struggles to themselves.  I barely read, only skimmed the second half.  Got few ideas, but mostly on marketing myself.
WordPress for DummiesLisa Sabin-Wilson
I had high hopes for this book as I’ve read many ‘Dummy’ books, most of which were very helpful.  (Does that make me a dummy in multiple subjects or an anti – dummy because I read them?)  Touches on hosted and self hosting WordPress as well as the (bare) basics of html coding, but more of as explanation of what the user is seeing on the screen than a ‘how to’ section, and then a large section on themes.  Over all decent beginners technical manual.  (For those interested in HTML, there’s a Dummies book for that too.)

Blogging for Writers – Robin Houghton For those of you who even have the foggiest idea of how to set up a blog on either Blogger or WordPress,  skip to Chapter 5.  This is where the actually writing info starts.  It offers suggestions on the actual post content itself, style, images and resources.  This one centered less on money, and more on just being known as a writer, and offered the most suggestions on how to get your blog out there and seen.

How to Blog a Book – Nina Amir
If you know anything about blogging, skip chapter on one.  I can sum it up in two sentences.   People get book deals based on their blogs.  Anyone can have a blog.
The remainder of the book seemed to be a bit down on the ‘book publishing’ industry.  Chapter 9 had some interesting insights into the biz and how little money there is in the actual publishing  of a book, and how multiple streams of income will be needed in order to work full-time as a writer.  Interesting.
Over all, I found the book repeated itself a lot, going over the same points chapter to chapter.