Low Maintenance

My friend Melissa, host of today’s 300th Microblog Monday post, says: The whole point of Microblog Mondays is to get people to record their thoughts in their own space. Facebook could go away tomorrow. Twitter could delete your tweets. Instagram is just renting a visual space. But your blog is your place to write your thoughts…Just two or three sentences, marking what you’re thinking right now.

So this is what I was about to post on Instagram today after playing with filters.

I stopped coloring my hair years ago (still waiting to be able to do this). I have a hairstyle that can go more than 6 months between trims. I don’t wear much make-up, to the deep dismay of my teen-age daughter.

In other words, during the Covid-19 quarantine, I haven’t been frantic to get maintenance done on my face or hair.

But this Instagram filter let me play with eyelashes in a low impact way. It’s me, only a bit more glamorous.


This post is part of #Microblog Mondays. What’s that? A post that is not too long. Head over to Stirrup Queens to join the fun.

Lori Holden's book cover

Lori Holden, mom of a teen son and a teen daughter, blogs from Denver. Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, is available through your favorite online bookseller and makes a thoughtful anytime gift for the adoptive families in your life. Lori was honored as an Angel in Adoption® in 2018 by the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute.

Not So Unlucky 13

May 11, 2007

  • Tessa and Reed are both in pre-school.
  • My family has just moved from a old Victorian home that has only one bathroom. We moved because it had become agonizingly apparent that the old Victorian no longer worked for a family of 4 potty-trained people.
  • My brother-in-law has suddenly become paralyzed from the eyeballs down. I and other family members are taking turns doing overnight stays in his rehab hospital so he always has one of us with him. He is there so he and my sister can learn to navigate his life from a wheelchair.
  • I have just started a yoga practice.
  • Adoption forums are where I’m getting a more expansive education on the topic, from the first parent and adoptee viewpoints. I am shocked to find that Adoption isn’t what I thought it was.
  • I begin reading bloggers who are writing about infertility and adoption, and on a whim I start this blog.
13th blogoversary / anniversary

May 11, 2020

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4 More Tips for Parenting in a Pandemic

Cultivating Connection with a Separation-Saturated Child During Covid-19

In normal times, parenting a child with separation anxiety can be challenging. But parenting during current quarantine practices of stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, and whatever comes next is super taxing for parents of separation-saturated children.

Last month, Sara Easterly offered 4 tips in Part 1 of Parenting an Adoptee During a Pandemic. She is back now with Part 2, four more tips gleaned from wisdom and insights as an adoptee, a daughter, a mom, and an attachment specialist with The Neufeld Institute.

Want more Sara? Check out her first guest post (non-Covid) and her second guest post (Covid), as well as her blog and her book (which my adoption book club loved).

4 tips for parenting in pandemic by Sara Easterly

4 More Tips for Parenting in a Pandemic by Sara Easterly

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adoption, parenting, mindfulness, open adoption