OSHA approved

Lunch break. Many of you are thinking…Huh? What is that? I am usually loading the dishwasher, refereeing the patrons, and julienning tonight’s veggies while grabbing bites of last night’s cold leftovers or the crusts of P&J. That is “lunch.” But I would encourage you to take the term “break” literally. Sit down, enjoy your salad, catch up on mindless blogs or your latest Real Simple. It is good for the soul.

For me, when I take even fifteen minutes for myself while the kids are napping/resting, the day is much happier. It doesn’t look like I pictured it when I had visions of staying home with my children. I am not coiffed, lunching with a friend at a cafe while my cherubs happily (silently) color, but it is a welcome break in the middle of the day.
Now, if you are like me, you vacillate between reading something productive, challenging, and reflective in hopes of being a better parent (and feeling wholly inadequate), or, simply put, trash.  With that in mind, I have two new finds to share with you.

The Parenting Passageway is centered on a creating a peaceful, loving environment for her homeschooled children using her experiences in pediatric physical therapy (and other professional qualifications), faith, and Waldorf techniques.  I haven’t dug too deeply yet, but have found some good gems already.

On a slightly different note, I am loving the snarky humor of  dear winebuyer.  Please check out the ode to, or shall I say “eau-d” to a buyer with a penchant for bad cologne in smells like my highschool boyfriend.  I think we could be friends.

What is your guilty (or not so guilty) nap time pleasure?  Share your favorite books, websites, shows, etc. that you sneak in while the little ones catch a few z’s.  Who knows?  We may even stretch our lunch “break” to a full OSHA approved hour.

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

4 thoughts on “OSHA approved

  1. I usually ‘enjoy’ a working lunch (if any)…so I should definitely heed the advise which follows. Take 15 minutes to softly close your eyes, breathe and be present in the moment. Namaste.

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  2. When my kids were at home I would usually feed them an early lunch and then send them off for “quiet time” (my FAVORITE time of the day). I love to read. Wish I could say I love to read something productive and beneficial for me and my kiddos, but, um. no. it needs to be juicy. Now I spend almost all my free time editing pics. blah. but in between downloading, etc. I check out awesome blogs like yours!

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