Suiting Up as a Stay-at Home / Work-at-Home-Mom (AKA VEEP CFO)

How would I fare as the Barney Stinson of moms?

I was watching Madame Secretary the other night and I realized that I think Tea Leoni looks hot. Like the kind of hot I’d want to look like.

Looking at her on the show, I said to myself, “wow, I love that haircut.” Then she put on her glasses and I thought, “wow, those are great glasses.”

teanmeThe thing is, though, I actually HAVE those glasses AND that haircut. That’s me in the smaller picture which was taken in April 2014. The other one is Tea Leone, rocking my look, courtesy of this Variety article about the show dated September 2014.

I’m not talking about her actual face and waif-like physique, I’m talking about her style. It’s hotter than mine. Today, during “Twos are Terrific” at the library today (hey, it’s a great program but my mind wanders a little while we’re there), I finally realized why.

It’s the suits. God, I miss a good power suit. Probably almost as much as I miss the money from the jobs that went with it. (Not enough to get another one of those jobs, though.)

Suits are so ideal. They always match. Everyone looks thinner in the right suit. And smarter. And more serious.

I don’t think women even have to wear expensive suits. The $80-$150 Macy’s jobs look good. Throw a $15-$30 shirt underneath and you are good to go. What casual outfit can you wear for that little money that looks that good?

There isn’t one. Especially when you have my fashion sense. Casual outfits are complicated – too much freedom.  Things like scarves in summer and ballet shoes which aren’t like running shoes.  I’d love to have a better “look” about me, but in casual wear, it eludes me.

Suits are the only outfits that go with my favorite shoes, too. I love a 3 inch patent heel. Preferably with a serious looking buckle. Round or pointy toe, depending on my mood. In general, the sort of thing I can’t tie in with my current mom uniform- which is usually jeans or yoga pants and a race t-shirt. I usually go with flip-flops or my running shoes. Mostly because that’s all I have. Because why would I spend money on shoes that don’t go with suits?

What I was trying to figure out in my head while Miss Laura read some kids’ book about a fall walk was, “how can I start to bring the suit back into my wardrobe without giving up my SAHM/WAHM status?”

If I wore a nice gray pinstripe suit to story time, what would the other moms say? Would they remain quiet and everyone would come at least business casual to sit the floor and do crafts at story time next week?

Would my new look elicit calls to DCF about my state of mind?

Would I be better off (and this ISN’T a deal breaker for me) making up a story about why I’m in a suit every time?

“Oh, had another meeting with the board today!” I’d tell the MOMs Club. And it wouldn’t be a lie- I’m constantly running into things and I’m sure some of them are made from boards. I think we could reasonably expect the “board-meetings” to increase when I’m chasing a toddler around in skinny-heeled pumps.

“Just starting to think about a little more income for my family,” I’d answer when my neighbor asks about my sleek, black long skirt and matching jacket at the grocery store. Again, not a lie. I’m always thinking about that. I may have implied interview, though.

Perhaps I could just go with telling people that this is my uniform as VEEP CFO.

What do you think- can I suit up as a Mom?

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What I’ve Been Up to- A Fun-loving Amphibian and a Bucket List

Hulafrog-logo-web-color-mediumI haven’t been writing much on here lately- have you been wondering what I’ve been doing lately?

See, there’s an awesome new amphibious website in town.  It’s a hyperlocal listing of things to do and places to go with kids in the greater Glastonbury area.  (That means Berlin, Kensington, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Glastonbury, Portland, East Hampton, Marlborough, Colchester, East Haddam, Moodus, Higganum and Haddam in case you’re wondering- so it’s a LOT greater than Glastonbury, I guess.)

What is this magical internet place for parents you ask?  I’m so glad you asked.

It’s called Hulafrog Glastonbury, CT.  (While you’re over there, pop your email into the “subscribe” box and you’ll get “Our Picks” and a Weekend Guide delivered fresh to your inbox.) Learning about every nook and cranny of this area has led me to some very exciting things to do that could make my 2-year-old and 4-year-old very happy.  So many things, in fact, that it’s hard to make time for them all. So I came up with a bucket list for this summer that I thought I’d share.

I present The Hulafrog Glastonbury Summer Bucket List (click the links to see how Hulafrog will help you get these done; these are MY PICKS, nobody had to buy a spot on this list- another cool part of the way Hulafrog works):

This is the opportunity I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve been working my butt off on.  It’s a chance to combine things I have lots of experience with – internet, sales, and being a mommy – in a job that lets me hang out with my kids all day.  Perfect, right?  See, I’m actually the founding publisher of Hulafrog Glastonbury.  You may already be familiar with Hulafrog- they’ve been around for a couple of years and the West Hartford site in Connecticut is pretty well established.

If this sounds like the coolest job ever, and you’re one of those “in the know” moms of active kids, you should shoot me a message and let me know.  This company is growing very quickly and they’re looking for publishers all over the country.  Check out the opportunity here:  http://start.hulafrog.com/  Make sure you tell them Motormommy sent you!

Another great part of the gig is helping local businesses- which is something that has always been important to me.  Every kid-friendly business gets a profile on the site and is able to list their events for kids for FREE.  In the next couple of days, I’ll be able to offer advertising on the site to kid-friendly businesses that want more exposure if it makes sense for their business.  But if a business or organization does something good for kids, they’re on the site already.  For free.

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Happy National Running Day! What’s the Word?

Maybe a national running word would have allowed the guy in the raft to catch some fish.

Maybe a national running word would have allowed the spectator in the river to catch some fish.

Happy National Running Day!  Hopefully you’re getting a mile or two in, at least if that’s your thing.  If you’ve ever considered running, today is a good excuse to give it a shot and there’s lots of encouraging posts all over social media today about getting started.  

I just completed my very first half marathon on Sunday.  (It was the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Vermont – an amazing race that will get its very own MotorMommy post soon.) I mention the half because I think that’s what makes me feel bold enough to propose  this ideas to other runners.  (Who am I kidding.  I mention that I finished a half marathon mostly because I’m trying to mention it as many times to as many people as I can.  I’m wearing the t-shirt and the medal as I type this.)
You see, I often notice other runners in my neighborhood and out and about. I’d love to communicate with them but don’t want to slow them down or scare them or anything.  Just provide a (literal) word of encouragement without interrupting their plans.
I’d like to say something to runners I see because I’ve noticed during races, especially in the half marathon, that the words of a stranger can provide quite a boost.  A couple of spectators  could easily be credited with my completing the CBHM.  Three sets worth noting of many enthusiastic spectators include:
  1. The fisherman in the river next to the course near mile 8 who was too busy scaring the fish with his cheering to catch anything (shown in picture)
  2. The adorable girls at mile 12 who told me I was “owning” the race-( I was walking at that point, but promised them I’d try to own the rest because they said that.  And I did, if we use “slightly lurching, obviously painful, slow run but not walking” as the definition of “own.”).
  3. Everyone around the last stretch who promised I’d be able to see the finish line right around the corner.  I didn’t believe it until I heard it 4 times.  (And seeing that finish line was such indescribable joy. So much to write about, has to wait for its own post…)
I think it would be nice to encourage other runners I see, but yelling “Woo hoo, girl, you look great!  You got this!  Work it, work it, you’re almost there!” from my front lawn as my kids are playing doesn’t seem quite right for a variety of reasons.
Here’s what I propose: A word, with minimal syllables, that is easily Googled, that we can say to encourage and recognize fellowship with another runner we see even when we’re not running.
This word shall have the following meaning:
“Hello fellow human, I see you are running.  I run sometimes, too.  I don’t know whether this is your 16th of 20 training miles scheduled for today in an attempt at a Boston-qualifying marathon or your first running interval of a beginner’s 5k training program.  The reason for your run is also unknown.  Perhaps you are running to lose weight, to get some fresh air, to clear your head of bad news, to burn a few calories in exchange for a few drinks you plan to have later, to challenge yourself with a new personal best, or just to avoid your children or avoid your housework for a moment. Or maybe this is just a warm-up for some other exercise you prefer to do.  In any case, I’m proud of you for wherever you are in whatever journey you are on.    I recognize you are doing something that can be fun, but that is also hard. You have already taken the most admirable of your steps- the one out your front door.  You look fantastic and you are doing great.  Also, you can relax and know I will not judge your snot rockets, wedgie-picks, overall sweatiness, occasional grunting, lack of toenails, or any other running-related disgustingness.  Rest assured, any unpleasantness in the look on my face is a result of pure jealousy.  Carry on, running human, and enjoy your run.”
What do you think?  Does this word already exist and I missed it? If not, what should this “the runner in me sees the runner in you” word be?  “Runmaste?” “Run happy?” “Zaggazaw?”

 

 

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Thank You Poems/Update on Kooky Kousins

teamlogo copyThank you Motormommy fans for helping out our team for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure team. We went from $25 up to $822 pretty fast! We also raised over $300 from our painting party, so we’re pretty close to our goal of $1500!!!!! (ArtPlus Studio , who had an awesome FUNdraiser for us (so check them out) has mailed a check on our behalf; I’m not sure if it will show online.)

I was sandbagging a little in my last post; I knew we’d raised some $400 in tshirt sales. Those donations are now made and are reflected on our page.

If you’d like to donate to our team, you can go to our page and do so.No donation is too small. Wanna give up your latte and donate $5? We’ll be so grateful for your sacrifice! Forgo the coke from the vending machine? Your self-control will be noted and appreciated!  Just click here to make your donation:  Team Kooky Kousins Fundraising Page

Now, as promised, I have some poetry to share about our supporters.


 

To Cuzn Jeanette:  (perhaps it would be useful to watch this video so you can sing this in your head:  YouTube Video with Song)

She knows motorboating is so fun
But generosity is why her good deed was done
And our team knows-
When the race is done,
you’re the champion

Jeanette, Jeanette, the best supporter a team can get


And on to Michelle, our rockstar Save Motorboating Tshirt sales woman:

“The message is too crass.”
“No, you’re just a cheap ass.”

I’d imagine that was the exchange
Out on the Texas range

Where Michelle, a Kousin both Kooky and bold,
Found herself with 13 shirts quickly sold!


 

For big donor Shelley:

When the cause is right
Shelley comes through to help the plight
With fifty big ones she parted
Because she is so kind hearted
So now a motorboating shirt she wears
That will keep her safe even in dragon lairs*


 

To Chrissie:

Perhaps it was because even through dragon fire she’ll remain alive*
That Chrissie donated her twenty-five
But more than likely it’s because she is nice
About supporting us, she wouldn’t think twice
We appreciate very much her money
And hope she enjoys her tee

 

*The tshirts are unlikely to actually make you impervious to dragon fire.  We have not tested this statement.

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