Some people make parenting look sooo easy. They are big fat liar pants. Parenting is hard. Kids can be assholes. They don't come with an Instruction Manual. I started young and have grown up with them. Been divorced. Been in a polygamist marriage. Married a man who's 8 years older than me, has a bajillion kids of his own and does all the cooking round these parts. We live in rainy Oregon with our cats and tortoises. My dream time out is a kahlua mudslide, ice cream with chocolate and a book. But since we choose to not drink (more because of the raving alcoholism in our gene pool than anything)... we don't always get our dreams. I choose to live for the occasional timeout when they go to bio-dad's. We are property managers, and get the pleasure/suckiness of living where we work. There are pro's and con's ... and...well... I deal with it so that I don't feel guilty about working and having to have some stranger raise my kids in daycare. I never thought I'd have a 9 year old with ADD (and no mom it's not because I feed him too much sugar or red food coloring) that still wakes up at least once a night. I'd never thought I'd have a 13 year old that I can't stand on a daily basis (and yet fiercely love them both). I never thought that at 9&13 they still wet the bed (oh I sooo went there... but what kind of mommy blogger would I be if I didn't throw the little shits under the bus on occasion). I have OCD issues that prevent me from letting them become full on piglets. I have guilt issues that constantly beat me up for not raising them as good as I think I should. I struggle daily with swearing and not focusing on God more. I'm pretty sure that my 9 year old got his ADD issues from me, because oftentimes I have the attention span of a 6 month old puppy. Around our 24x7 job and 24x7 kids I don't really have hobbies. I like to read and take a stab at crocheting. And I love to declutter and organize my things. (I'm the opposite of a packrat.) I have hugely-massive-tight family connection with TWIN, Baby Sis (and their spouses), our Parentals (been together Forever), my hubby, and my kiddos. Not saying that we aren't passionate about aunties/uncles/cousins. But this little group of us is TIGHT. I talk and/or text my sisters DAILY. Life has us all living in different time zones for now. And that sucks big huge massive balls. SUCKS. I started blogging because of Twin. She said that it wasn't nice of me to take a Bad Day out on the Hubby or the Brats. And so this began.... it's my Rantings From The Time Out Corner... because, let's face it - when I'm full on Bitch mode... my hubby doesn't fail to make me go Sit One Out for the Team.