When I have kids, you can bet that they will be a good few years apart in age.
T and I spent Anzac Day with his three nieces and one nephew. The older two are in double digits, just, and the younger two around 1 and 2. The littlest is EXHAUSTING. He runs absolutely everywhere and doesn’t seem to tire; most of our excursion to Western Springs (a park surrounding a giant pond/lake filled with ducks, swans, eels and other aquatic life) was spent chasing his speedy little person as he hurtled toward the water. His sister is about a year older, and, thankfully, a little calmer. One adventurous pair of pattering legs is tiring enough to keep up with.
My brother and I were six years apart, which I think was too much. I have to admit, I was kind of a bad sister. I had (and still have) pretty much no experience with younger children. And I was horrible to him; for the most part, I didn’t want anything to do with him at all. I remember lots of yelling and hitting, though for the life of me now I couldn’t tell you what one of those fights was about. So every time T berated one of the older girls for not helping out with their siblings, I couldn’t help but feel guilty for how selfish I was back in the day.
CARNIVALS THIS WEEK
And Jacob at My Personal Finance Journey hosted the Totally Money carnival, along with my post ruminating on how winning the lottery (even though I don’t play) would change my life.
Every aspiring pro blogger should read this post on getting better paying gigs.
Diary of Why on the things she wishes she knew back when.
Five no cost/low cost ways to upskill, at Fabulously Broke.
Red Lips and Academics on the new generation between girlhood and womanhood.
Cassie at Digging Out and Up on how envy can be dangerous to those in debt.
Koreanish says there’s a good chance you’re not writing because you’re not writing about what you actually want to write about.
Confessions of a female ex-lad mag editor.
Scary, sobering, craziness over Klout. *smh*
Lindy at Minting Nickels shares some lessons on buying a new car.
A sweet chili chicken rice bowl from Closet Cooking.
Poor Girl Eats Well shares a recipe for spicy Thai basil beef.
Smitten Kitchen whips up some classic ice cream sandwiches.
I was approached by Alan Akina of Hawaii’s 101 Financial this month, who’s launching an e-book on personal finance for the working middle-class. It’s short, digestible and comes with worksheets and links to videos (warning: there is, IMO, excessive life-storying to wade through before the practical stuff kicks in, if you want to skip the narrative). It’s very much for beginners looking to get the basics down and nudge their finances into shape. I do like his top five money principles: money in, money out, money we owe, money to grow and money to share. Snappy, huh? You can grab a copy for free on May 1 at SuperDuperSimpleBooks.com.
And in other news, I cracked 100,000 all-time blog views this week!
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