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.

On Motherhood May 14, 2011

#Life#The Flinger Family

Six Mothers’ Days. Two children. Thirty-five years of life. Nine years of marriage. 856 diapers. 52 throw up accidents. 4,329,784 whiny complaints. 89 wet sheets. 610 school lunches. 423 sleepless nights. One homemade card. Bliss. Read more

But maybe I can be your sunshine? May 06, 2011

#Life#Best Of

He watches the truck with a camper pass us on the road. “I wanna go camping again. Are we EVER going to go camping again?” My three year old is a drama queen sometimes. I laugh. “Yes, we’ll go camping, I promise. We’ll go when it gets sunny again.” “It’s NEVER going to be sunny again!” He whines. He also loves to whine. “Oh, it will,” I assure him, “Probably July 5th.” The classic NorthWest joke doesn’t mean anything to him. “Hey, I’m wearing yellow! Maybe I can be your sunshine?” he beams a little. He starts to point out all the yellow. There’s a yellow sign! And a yellow truck! And yellow flowers! Suddenly there is so much yellow that he declares it is a sunny day even as I... Read more

Evaluation May 03, 2011

“She is very bright. Intelligent and creative; loving and kind. She seems to be a natural in math and science but her artistic abilities and imagination give her a great balance. She’s very social. She is unaware of the politics of other girls in her grade. She is a tender soul who can not sit still. She has trouble focusing and might need some work in this area. She is often tired in the afternoon. She seems young for her age. Overall she is a joy to work with. While she is a bit bouncy and can have difficult finishing a task before starting another, making her very inefficient, she’s got a lot of potential and you should be proud of her.” As it turns out? She really is my kid. Even if she doesn’t look it. Read more

On being S.A.D. May 02, 2011

The heat kicks back on and I know it won’t warm me. The walk to the car will be wet and cold. I wear a layer of my body like an extra coat of energy, just waiting, hoping to be used. I drink another cup of coffee and turn the heat as high as I can while I drive.  I will struggle with children, putting coats and hoods and boots on and splashing back to the car again. The effort nearly crushes me. It is May. The realization nearly takes my breath away. It is May. Seattle just finished the coldest April on record.  Even after two amazingly sunny days this weekend, we return to the usual rain and high of 55 degrees. You can watch for signs of failures, you can talk about becoming better at your job, or at parenting, or about being healthier phsyically. But one day you... Read more

Chicks, Bunny Ears and Sugar. (This is not about the playboy mansion.) Apr 27, 2011

Like last year, the year before that, and the year prior to that and so on, it rained on Easter here. Shocker. I did manage to click some pretty terrible photos with my iPhone for you. You’re welcome. Behold! The creepiest bunny in the history of all bunnies! As we prepared to set out the goods for the children the night before Easter, we discovered some mice pellets in our pantry. Let me rephrase that, WE FOUND OUT WE HAVE MICE IN OUR PANTRY. As in EATING OUR FOOD. Easter mice: Trumps creepy bunny. Instead of leaving the candy and goodies on the table for the children, we decided (in a quick act of awesome by yours truly) to write a little riddle and have the children hunt for their Easter Basket Innards. Brilliant, right? (nod yes.) I wrote the following, clever, did I... Read more

Sticky Notes Apr 18, 2011

#Life#The Flinger Family#Working Mom

I have these sticky notes. They line my computer background, they clutter my virtual desktop, the travel in my portable office. They are text files I keep open to remind myself of my goals, todo lists, small notes. I have one that I keep open nearly all day, every day. It is titled, “People I want to emulate.”  On this text file I keep a very short list of people I admire and dare to imitate. It’s like my own version of the, “What Would Jesus Do” bracelet. What would Amanda say to this quest I’m on? Would Scott Berkun forget to submit a speaking proposal? I bet Emily Lewis would take the time to code this correctly, without shortcuts. I’m sure Jenn wouldn’t let her Unicorn be snuffed by a little late-spring hail. These are... Read more

Burnt Toast Apr 13, 2011

#Life#The Flinger Family#Working Mom

Alternate Titles: 1.  When your priorities are all effed up. 2. Pondering ways to move the earth’s orbit so days are 31 hours each. 3. I have a blog??!?!?!?!?!!11111!?!? Years ago Mr. Flinger and I found a book called “Burnt Toast” while dragging our new 3 month old daughter around Powells in Portland. Forgetting that it was written by a pretty famous actress who probably never struggled with baby weight five, no six, years after her first child was born or had to wander the bookstores at 10PM because HEY WHY NOT WE ARE ALL AWAKE, the book made an impression on us both.  Having only read the excerpt of the book from the flap, we still talk about how easy it is to give your priorities to things other than what you find important: your family, your health,... Read more

My Unicorn lives in a Yoga Studio Mar 25, 2011

I’ve had a partial written summary of my time in Austin at SXSW for over a week. As I’m not one to over edit anything (if you read me very long you’ll probably call out grammar issues and typos in comments) it is a puzzle to me why I didn’t just hit submit when I finished writing. Maybe this is called “Personal Growth.” Or laziness. Since coming home I’ve been in such a funk, such a god-awful-terrible-no-good funk, Mr. Flinger is threatening to ship me back to Austin permanently. I’ve talked to my co-workers about our time there, each who managed to write about the experience. We reflect on the talks, the discussions over coffee, bacon, and port. We reach back in the archives of our notes pulling bulleted items back up trying to apply... Read more

Don’t have me, but Mar 04, 2011

#Life#The Flinger Family

In a possible “entirely too much transparency” moment, I have to confess: I’ve been thinking of three. THREE. Babies, that is. I was pretty sure my clock had plumb run out of ticking. I was pretty convinced being pregnant was NOT IN MY CARDS EVER AGAIN OH DO NOT EVEN LOOK AT ME THAT WAY UH NO. And now? Now? I have the baby fever again. My husband is taking cold medicine to prevent that from spreading. I was sure we were done. I am sure that we’re done. But oh, OH, Internet, we make such adorable children. Adorable Littles who do not sleep. For. Years. I’m off to read my archives for a while which may very well be the best birth control in the world. ** My friend Laura said to list out the reasons why I want another one. Like a Pros / Cons list?... Read more

Technical Conferences Mar 01, 2011

As a geek, I’m proud to represent women in technology speaking on topics such as; Framework Logic in ExpressionEngine, Load Balancing and Optimization of EE, Creating User Centric Back-ends with ExpressionEngine and Freelance Best Practices: Keeping Clients and Yourself Happy.  I represent a passion for web standards, clean code and building relationships through business. A few places I’ve had the opportunity to speak at: Coming up: Refresh Seattle Read more