Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Hetha's picture Hetha

I know that book and dvd you speak of, it's called The Secret. My MIL got it on cd for me to listen to in the car back when I was driving Eboy to appointments 11 hours a week. What I got out of it was that perception is reality, so if you try to stay positive and dwell on happiness rather than negativity, then you should start feeling better about life. I'm a glass half full kind of person, so there's some merit to that way of looking at the world. But expecting it to work so magically that it changes red lights to green ones is a little bit ooo-yah for me! Glad you and S. got to have a nice meal alone together. Here's imagining a few more of those on your horizon.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm a glass-half-full person myself, and I totally see the merit of going through life that way. But the lady in the waiting room was really hung up on the traffic lights, and that stuck with me. :)

mouse's picture mouse

I really thought that the book was going to be "The Out-of-Sync Child" or "The Highly Sensitive Child," until I moused over the link.

I do think there's something to a positive attitude bringing good things, but more in the "saving the evening with a quick meal and the novelty of eating in front of the TV" vein than in the "I can make the lights change" way. It's not quite full-blown Pollyanna-ism, but I have my streak of trying to find the positive and viewing difficulties as learning experiences and opportunities. (How teacherish of me.)

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

We call those lazy suppers. We do it about once a week. Hubs and I should really do what you guys did and eat together. We usually plop down with supper too, watching TV or zoning out. Sometimes those nights are necessary, we can't be ON all the time. I have those nights sometimes, where it seems like everything that can go wrong will. I always feel like it's a test, to see what I'm made of. It's a good way to appreciate days that aren't quite so sucky. :0)

beck's picture beck

That WOULD be the problem with slow cookers, certainly. I always realize with a sinking heart that it's now 2 o clock and I'm not going to be home for another hour and there goes my plans to have a tasty dinner waiting for me when I get back.

There's a MOVIE about The Gift? Ugh.

Beautifully written.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think there is always tremendous merit in being positive, and in trying to view the world positively. I try and do this myself, even if sometimes it's hard.

I like the idea of "lazy suppers". Scott and I rarely, if ever, get a date night out and it was nice to just have a meal together, even if the kids were in the other room!

I'm committed to throwing the veggies into the crock pot this p.m. for another go at that stew.

Mary-LUE's picture Mary-LUE

I think there is a difference being thinking positively (which is a very, very good idea) and trying to use the idea of thinking positively to manipulate the universe. The ultimate message of that is entirely egocentric. The universe bends to my will! My need for green lights is more important than every other person on the road! Ugh. It is so Illusions by Richard Bach.

There must be some crock pot vibe in the air. I was just thinking that I need to make chicken and noodles in the slow cooker... and stew... and just more stuff in the slow cooker.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think it's the egocentric quality to it that bothers me. Maybe this isn't the right interpretation, but the woman in the waiting room seemed to wish to interpret it that way.

the_tars's picture the_tars

What a nice end to a hectic day!

Maya and Miguel comes on at 5:30 there? It comes on at 3pm here, right when the kids get home from school.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Yep--5:30 here. I wish it were earlier, actually. It pushes our dinner rather late!