Thursday, January 15, 2009

Resolution Check-in and Hot Topic Tuesday Announcement

First, I know you are all chompin' at the bit to hear the announcement-- but first I wanted to "weigh in" on my resolutions.

Here's the update.

Diet-- Pretty good. I am being more active and I am following Weight Watchers (online) more than I am not. I am going to try to make sure I journal all week this week. I am down a total of 6 pounds since the first of the year. It's a start.

Nail Biting-- Abysmal failure. I keep doing well for a few days followed by awful for one. But sooner or later-- I am telling you-- this will not conquer me! (Or maybe it will-- and if it does-- I would be honored that THAT be the biggest thing I never accomplished in life.)

Backseat Driving-- I just asked Nick on that one and he said I was doing well. It is HARD. But I am trying.

Budget-- I am honestly proud of myself on this particular item. I have said no to myself when it comes to spending A LOT this month. Just like the old diet-- it's all about spending less than you bring in. (Or I guess that's the inverse of the diet.)

I have also been trying to go to bed early. By 9ish on "school nights." It's been going well. I think when I am home, more nights than not I accomplish this. It helps frame the next day to succeed.

How about you? How are your resolutions going? Do you even remember what they are?

Did anyone, perchance, make a resolution to try to watch my kids more so I could pack because I am moving to Haiti in three and a half months? HOLY smokes. (More on that later.) If you did and forgot to tell me, you can go ahead and let me know and I would be HONORED to journey with you to assist you in keeping this resolution. No need to be overly thankful to me-- I am just a giving person, what can I say?

Okay, shifting gears.

Hot Topic Tuesday. It's a funny thing. People either love it or hate it. But either way, they are interested. Because I get like double the site traffic on days I do it. And I have gotten several emails (well, three immediately come to mind) telling me that they love having a forum to discuss some of these hot parenting issues.

Here's the rub. I like it to. But I have this pesky issue of three children that have been entrusted to my care. And once a week I have been spending chunks of time ignoring them so I can argue about how to be a good mom. Brill.

So, I received a suggestion from a friend and avid Hot Topic Tuesday fan. She suggested we have rotating "hosts" for Hot Topic Tuesday. Basically, I will collect a list of people who have blogs and want to host and on their Tuesday, I will direct all the traffic from my site to theirs. The debate/discussion will happen on their blog.

Now-- this does bring up a number of issues. Mostly, I am hoping an environment of no nasty language/name-calling can be maintained. Also, what if I find I don't agree with the content of someone else's blog, yet am directing a bunch of my friends that way. But let me just say, this business of letting go of control of things is good for me. So I am going to go with it.

So, if you are interested in being a Hot Topic Tuesday Host (or Hostess as the case may be)-- go ahead and send me an email at nickandgwenn@gmail.com and we will work out a schedule. I will probably still host once a month.

Also (and this if for the general readership even if you're not interested in hosting), let me know what topics (via comments) you are interested in debating. Please keep it to parenting topics. I am not interested in discussing abortion, gay marriage, or offshore drilling unless it's in direct relation to a parenting topic.

I wanted to say thank you to all of you who make Hot Topic Tuesday so fun. I am proud we've been able to maintain a fairly civil arena to disagree. Well done ladies (and the few gentlemen who participate.)

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm...what about co-sleeping? or lettingbabies cry it out? or home vs. public school? or teen sex? or effects of gay parenting on kids

    I would be more than willing to host but I think my crazy liberal views would kill poor Gretchen! Although we did at least agree on parking!! :)

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