marshmallows and mental health

May 26, 2011

It was pretty ironic that on a day when I really needed a mental health break, I got an email saying that The Extraordinary Ordinary has been nominated on Circle of Moms for the Top 25 Mental Wellness Blogs Written By Moms.

I’ll admit, I chuckled. I said something to myself about my own current mental health and I chuckled. Don’t get me wrong, it’s truly an honor to be nominated…I’m just being honest.  I mean, after all, I did leave Ellie a message yesterday that said that I was sitting on the couch eating marshmallows and had absolutely no desire to move. Then I asked her voicemail, Is that so bad?

I was simply practicing self-care, of course.  Having a rest. And some sugar.

My boys and I have had a solo week and I’m really pregnant, what can I say?  (I am always thinking of single parents when Ryan is gone for work. Seriously, friends. I don’t know how you do it and I think the world of you.)

Miles and Asher and I have had some fun though, no worries. Like going out for pancakes…

We love pancakes.

Anyway, if you’d like to vote for The EO you can just click the Circle of Moms button below and then scroll down to my picture and click on the thumbs up. It’s that easy. No login or anything. You can vote one time per day but of course I don’t expect you to remember that amongst the other eleventybillion things you have to do and think of in a day.

I promise not to hound you for votes on Twitter and Facebook. (Maybe just twice or so.) I’ll just put the button in my sidebar and you can vote if you think of it. While you eat marshmallows. I hope.

*click click*

I know I’m being silly about marshmallows and stuff, but I do truly feel honored to be included in this category. If you’ve been around here long you know how much I want moms to be able to overcome what our minds have a tendency to do to us. It continues to matter to me more than I can say that telling my story has helped even one person.

(If you’re new here, you can find posts about my journey into sobriety and my struggle with addiction and motherhood in the “best of” tab at the top of the page.)

Thank you, friends.

P.S. Yesterday Asher asked me for something in a demanding sort of way and I said, “Don’t be a Bossy Bosserton.” And then he said, “You know, you sound like a Bossy Bosserton when you tell me not to be a Bossy Bosserton.”

Good point, ya Smarty Smarty-ton 3 year old.

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Christine @ Coffees & Commutes May 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

Well deserved and very excited for you! The more we keep this stuff rolling and on the agenda, the better women everywhere will begin to be.

And I’m with you. Solo parenting is rotten. Particularly with boys (admittedly that is all I know!)
xo
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Erin May 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

I voted yesterday and today. And I definitely understand the term “self-care.” It involves sugar for me usually too :)
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Ellie May 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

I will vote my little heart out!

And your voice mail had me chuckling for hours. And craving marshmellows.

-xoxo

-Ellie
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Justine May 26, 2011 at 10:44 am

He IS a Smarty Smarty-ton. My 2-5yo surprises me every day with her cognitive and communication skills too. And we wonder, did we teach them that? But who are we kidding really?

Congrats on the nomination. I voted!
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Teresa May 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

I voted for you Heather!

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Kristen @ Motherese May 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I’m happy to vote for you – early and often!

You know what goes really well with marshmallows? Chocolate and graham crackers. Not to be a Bossy Bosserton, but you should try putting a piece of chocolate on a graham cracker and then putting a marshmallow on top and microwaving it for about 10 seconds and then sticking another graham cracker on top. Yummy Yummerton.
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pamela May 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

i’m eating jellybeans.
truth be told, they’re awful, but i’m still eating them.
having a clickety-click…
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Annette May 26, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Now I need to find my stash of Circus Peanuts…

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Carrie May 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Woo hoo! congrats, Heather, that is AWESOME!! Too bad my marshmallows are like 6 months old and all goey and sticktogethery. reason for a trip to cub. off to go vote.

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Tracie May 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Self care is good. So are marshmallows.

I’m having a bowl of ice cream….while I vote for you! =)
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jen May 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm

i made it through the day. and the resulting evening.
i sometimes wonder if part-time single parenting is harder. not because it IS harder … because wow. single parenting all the time … wow. but part-time single parenting gives you this sense of how things should be … and then there is all the transition stuff that occurs … when daddy is coming and going … and you are CONSTANTLY IN TRANSITION.
so … hugs to you friend … and if you want to go out for pancakes … please call.
and now i’m going to just head on over to click on your picture or the thumbs up thing … i’ll just figure that out when i get there …
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Auntie Kay May 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm

You’re in the lead on the voting, Heather! I’m so proud of you. I’m going to vote every day!!! :)

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Elaine May 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm

That Asher’s gonna give you a run for your money, girl!

And I love how you put this, “I want moms to be able to overcome what our minds have a tendency to do to us.” Me too hon, me too. That’s why I just voted. :)
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Jenn May 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

YEAH! Congratulations! I’m heading there to vote!
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Sandra May 29, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I’ll be voting. It is a great thing to be nominated though!
And marshmallows for those sad days…I’m writing down this info for future reference.
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