rocket city mom book reviews

I have the honor of being the local book correspondent on Rocket City Mom (RCM), the #1 Online Parenting Resource in Huntsville, the Tennessee Valley, and North Alabama. I review and host a virtual book club on Facebook specifically for moms. Each book is selected because of its mom quotient: does it shed light on a topic of importance to moms? Will it be entertaining for moms, giving them a break from their day? Will it help them navigate the journey of this insanity called mommyhood? It’s a lot of fun and if you’re a mom you should check us out.

Today’s link list contains of three books that I have read and reviewed on the RCM website. If you’re looking for a good read, these come highly recommended.

  • Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – this one helped me come out of the tailspin created by the arrival of the Buddy Man, 10 years into my marriage. A highly entertaining read; you will definitely laugh-out-loud. The perfect little book to pick up over and over again. It’s also great pick for someone who wants to start a reading life.
  • I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam – Laura (yes, we’re on a first name basis LOL) is my time management guru. With great tips on how to handle time, this book set me free.  But first it made me angry. I use this one as a reference, all the time.
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – a funny little novel about the quirky, and totally relateable (to me, at least) Bernadette. The story telling method is very unique: emails, letters, FBI interviews, articles, and an emergency room bill. Bernadette finds humor amidst a darker side of life and does it brilliantly.

Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear any recommendations for books that moms will love. Please share in the comments.

til tomorrow, enjoy life

P.S. No, I didn’t select these books because of the matching color. That was totally coincidental. I couldn’t believe it either!

Catch up on the rest of this series.

an un-“enjoy life” riff

I know it’s Friday but no “secret” today. Just a riff on something that’s been irking me lately.

 enjoy life…

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me well that I try to do everything as close to perfect as I possibly can. I am a planner by nature; I take pride in my ability to think through scenarios, to anticipate problems before they happen and stop them from happening. This is what I do!!! My sense of value comes from being reliable and dependable. My basic fear is not being supported, valued, loved, appreciated by others (Enneagram type six, anyone?), ergo, I try to do EVERYTHING that I can do without fault so that others will like me, love me, value me, appreciate me. I don’t want to be a disappointment!

For that reason, I have lived a large part of my life in fear; fear that will I not measure up and then no one will support me. I haven’t done things in life because I feared I wouldn’t be able to do them well. I have played it safe. A lot.

Well, my world was turned upside down. I had a baby, something I knew I would struggle to do well-aka my biggest fear. And even though I knew this before Buddy Man arrived, it has been made plain to me since his arrival. I have absolutely positively zero control anymore; my planning nature doesn’t serve me as well as it use to because all of my plans can go out the window in a matter of minutes. While this may have always been the case, it’s really becoming a thing and has been very discouraging and very sad for me. I am not meeting the expectations that I have always held for myself. I now have to cancel the appointment, to not be able to meet an obligation because my child is sick, I’m so sorry. And “Mommy brain” is REAL! I forget things I use to not forget – to send the thank-you cards, to call or text back, to remember the birthdays, Where is my phone?

I am not this person!

Or am I? Now? Is this the new me? Is this how it’s going to be?

More importantly, will people still approve of me?