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  1. Surviving Brian and High Cholesterol

    Recently my husband, Brian, was diagnosed with high cholesterol—so high, in fact, that the doctor said that he has the cholesterol of a man twice his age. The news was upsetting to me but not surprising; Brian’s eating habits are horrendous and he’s a smoker. Under the circumstances, I’m just glad cholesterol is the worst we’re dealing with. I’m shocked that Brian allowed his blood to be drawn in the first place. My big tough guy readily admits that he is terrified of needles, though I’m fairly certain that the ink covering his arms and back was not injected with silly straws. I’m even more shocked that he fessed up about his condition to his overbearing nurse-maid (that would be me). Being a typical wife, I have now assumed the role of preventing my husband’s heart from exploding into gravy-coated bacon bits. And, being a typical husband, he has resisted my concerned needling with the veracity of a toddler avoiding nap time. Read More…

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  2. Survival Flashback: A Night with No Kids

    Every once in a great while, I stumble upon a brave soul willing to pledge the ultimate gift to a tired, stay-at-home mom: a few hours of babysitting. This is quite rare however, as it seems the more children you have, the more friends and family invest in caller ID. Hunting down a sitter, even a paid one, often feels more like an elaborate scam than a job offer. No, they really aren’t that hard to watch at all! They go to bed early, will eat anything you feed them and will not under any circumstances try to escape out the back door, I swear!

    Hey, ya gotta do whatcha gotta do.

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  3. Surviving 5 Kids and a Husband

    Imagine for a moment that you are the parent of a 19-year-old girl. She had recently moved several states away from home, where she was working through her first year of college. She’s bright, fairly level-headed, and has never given you much cause for alarm. Now imagine a phone call from your daughter. She’s in love. She has met the man of her dreams and she thinks things are getting serious. Now, reaching into the creative depths of your imagination, conjure up an image of your worst possible nightmare of what this new boyfriend might be like.

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