Mommy's Coffee Break

Welcome! Sit back, relax, and enjoy some well-deserved mommy time........

Saturday, July 31, 2010

‎Be Yourself

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind"  -  Dr. Seuss

What wonderful advice.  Really puts things into perspective.  This quote reminds me of the way my thinking changed after having children.  My life before kids had been wrapped up in work.   Sure I had a wonderful hubby...but work seemed to dominate my daily life (crazy way to live, I know).  My identity was wrapped up in my position and I cared way too much about how my coworkers and clients thought about me.  I was not very happy.  I was in a job I didn't really like, trying to be someone I wasn't.  Then, I had babies.  Starting a family jolted me into rearranging my priorities.  Work was no longer the most important thing in my life.  I negotiated with my very understanding boss to move into a work from home position performing mainly employee training and HR duties (the parts of my former management job that I was really interested in).  I worked an extremely flexible schedule that allowed me to spend time with my children.  I finally was doing what I wanted to do....being a full time mommy and wife who just happened to work part time also.   I am forever indebted to my wonderful children.....they caused me to slow my life down and realize that the people who truly matter will accept me as I am...I don't have to be something I'm not to impress them.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Stinky....But Popular

Normally something called a "Corpse Flower" would not interest me.  Death and horticulture are not really exciting  subjects to me.  :-)  However, for some reason, "Corpse Flower" caught my ear as I was washing dishes and trying to listen to the news over my 4 year old's whining.  I managed to hear that crowds are gathering down in Houston at the Cockrell Butterfly Center to see one of these flowers bloom.  Apparently, it's hard to catch a Corpse Flower in bloom.  They are really finicky....there have been only 28 other "bloomings" of this rare Sumatran species in the U.S.  When they do bloom, they smell like rotting flesh.  The stench is meant to attract the meat fly...their primary pollinator.  The Houston flower was expected to bloom today....but didn't.  They now say it should bloom by Wednesday.  The Center has set up a webcam that streams live video of the plant.  If you'd like to check it out, click here for the Cockrell Butterfly Center's website.  Can't wait till she blooms! Glad I caught this news story.  With all the god awful things going on in the world, it's nice to hear something pleasant....even if it is about a stinky flower!