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Mrs. Flinger: A work in progress

Fixing Mrs. Flinger Feb 20, 2015

I'm currently working on this website. I want to add back the links to blogs I love, some ways to find content easier, and put in archive, at last, some of the ancient articles. Come back to see updates.

Reality Check Jan 31, 2010

#Life

I know in the large scheme of things, this will all seem like an over-dramatic reenactment of some time in our life we’ll totally forget. I know there are bigger worries. I’m reminded daily watching one of my dearest friends stay positive in a high risk pregnancy waiting for a blood clot three times the size of her baby to dissolve. I see my sister face a year without her husband as he gets deployed to Korea. I know my mom is going in for surgery on her shoulder and ultimately her neck where they take a piece of bone from her leg and use it to provide space between her vertebrate. I get this and I’m thankful that this is not a loss of a person, but a house. As upset as my family is, we keep our perspective and we’re thankful. I do so appreciate all your advice. I... Read more

Inexplicable pain, heartache, and why I continue to fight Jan 30, 2010

I read the email at 7AM friday morning. I dropped the phone and clutched my stomach. “Noooo” I could hardly breathe. It was true, I was sure it was true. My groggy mind tried to form the words. “We lost the house.” I said it out loud just to be sure I was awake. “We lost the house” Louder now with more force. “WE LOST THE HOUSE” I ran to the bathroom to get Mr. Flinger who was busy getting ready for a normal day. A regular Friday. But this was no longer a regular Friday. He looked boggled, confused, unsure. I began to sob. “Wait, calm down, what?” Unable to speak I pulled him downstairs and showed him the email. The lender denied us. My credit score fell over 120 points this one month alone. I couldn’t... Read more

I do alcoholism like I do politics: half-assed Jan 28, 2010

#Life#Fitness#Weght Loss and Body Image#Getting to know me

Remember the time I said I was going to quit drinking? Yea, that didn’t work out so great. In fact, that lasted roughly a week, maybe. So I googled, “ALCOHOLISM” because I like to be all dramatic and diagnose myself with things from Dr. Google. It validates every ache and pain and makes me appreciate the fact that I do, indeed, have roughly 4.23 months to live according to some scientific study based on rats in England. Apparently, though, I’m only a half-assed alcoholic. Can’t a girl get some pity around here? Jeeze. This is an approximation of what Google taught me: Symptom #1: If you googled this because you think you have a problem, you do not have a problem. The sucker with the problem is currently passed out on the couch with no idea he/she may be... Read more

Seattle Freeways- The App I should have created but didn’t Jan 26, 2010

#Work

I have lofty dreams of being the self-sufficient gardner/technologist/home-maker and they are all crap. CRAP I SAY. Because seriously, the next time I can self sustain recycled technology without updates or the Internetz is the day I’m a freaking billionaire. So, until I can telepath my way in to your brain bypassing email and other insecure methods and create every app on my own I shall ever need, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorites that I totally had the idea for and never told anyone. Except via telepathy. And it totally worked. We’ll call this category, “She so crazy she couldda made this, baby” #1 in the series: Seattle Freeways. Tag line by Me: Because HOLYSHIT seattle is complex and has a lot of cars. Sure Sure you can save the bookmark... Read more

Clean Eating Articles: Click Through for You Jan 24, 2010

#Flinger Appreciated Links

I thought I’d share some of the fabulous information I’ve recently come across. Some fabulous people are out there writing about diet and fitness much better than I am. Here’s a snippet of some of the awesomeness. Leigh’s “How to get fat skinny”. First, there is a distinction between getting fit and losing weight. I’ll stick to losing weight in this post since that’s what most people think they want to do (I’ll talk about fitness later): 1.  Losing weight is ALL about diet. 2.  I’m not kidding. 3.  You can lose weight without exercising at all. 4.  Really. 5.  You can exercise like a mofo and not lose an ounce (or any size). 6.  I am not shitting you. 7.  You can do all the crunches you... Read more

Productivity and Me: A graph Jan 21, 2010

#Life#Working Mom

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Threaded Jan 20, 2010

#Balance#Depth and Faith#Life

It’s warm for January. The buds are unsure. The clock says to wait but the weather debates. I notice this as I walk and breathe deeply inhaling the fresh smell of pine and exhaling exhaustion. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. I think about how connected everything is. There is no circle that does not touch another. The trees and the plants, the small town I live. The people I know all know one another. The business I have touches others in my community and the community in which I do business reaches beyond the pond to even more communities. There is not a single blade of grass in my life that does not belong to the larger lawn. It is with this spirit that I walk today. I walk the trails that connect my home in the suburbs to my work downtown. I walk with the music I found through... Read more

{broccoli} GIrl Friends Jan 19, 2010

#Life#{W}rite-of-passage

I was eight when I realized my mom had a best friend. It was one of those moments in life when suddenly my mother was a person to me, not just a mom. It’s like seeing a teacher in the store when you’re a child. A teacher! In a STORE! It stretches your brain to think teachers live anywhere except in the classroom where they wait for you each morning. It humanizes them. Grown-ups: they are people, too? I had been playing with Dustin, a friend I only hung out with when my mom and sister went to his house. He was OK, but he was a boy. He had a great stack of legos, which I appreciated coming from a non-lego household, but I always ALWAYS had to be Princess Leah when we played Star Wars and sometimes a girl wants to be able to have a light saber is all. We were leaving... Read more

Delurking Day twenty-ten Jan 14, 2010

#Life

Confession: I’ve become a complete lurker. When I first started blogging in 2003, I would comment all over the place. I’d say hi, give a “helpful” reply, leave a little love. You might even say I was a comment whore. Six and a half ohmygod years later, I’ve taken to reading, nodding, thinking and quickly turning to something shiny that’s about to break in the house as my children rush past mom on her computer again. I’ve taken to reading your blogs on my iPhone while on the toilet, which frankly, does not lend one to want to paw the keyboard at a device that is usually held up to my face. Just sayin’. So today is the day for you to take the four minutes and leave a comment. Say hi. Let me know you’re still around. Hell, I hardly... Read more

The Inner Voice - Mommy Guilt, Family, Work and You Jan 13, 2010

#Life#Working Mom

Expectations are resentments under construction. - Anne Lamott The Inner Voice. “Your son needs you. His eyes are so puffy. He needs sleep and your arms.” The Inner Voice. “You better get your work done on time or you will disappoint. You don’t want to be THAT PERSON. We rail against THAT PERSON. Be a better person at work. What if you had no job? WHAT IF.” The Inner Voice. “Look at those stay at home moms. They love their kids more than you do. Clearly.” Logic has no chance. Has no foothold. My mind is a neighborhood I try not go to alone. - Anne Lamott The Inner Voice. “You can’t do it all.” The Inner Voice. “You can do it all.” The Inner Voice. “But you will fail.” Reality says my son is here... Read more