Monday , 23 October 2017

eliskacounce

Licensed professional. Mother of three small children. Blue chick in a red state. Hilarity ensues.

Eliska Counce: Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

Y’all, I’m torn. I love football. Always have. I grew up with at my father’s side rooting hard for the Cowboys and his college teams. Like any good Southern girl worth her salt, I learned the game, too. I know the difference between a chop block and a horse-collar tackle and what it takes to get defensive pass interference called ...

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Eliska Counce: Carpe November (Let the Eating Begin)!

Goodbye, Halloween. We barely knew ye. But it’s time to move over for arguably the hippest month on the calendar for Texas: November, baby! I’m just emerging from my carb-induced candy coma in order to kick off the new month. I sure do like the cut of November’s jib here in Texas. There’s no beating it. There’s no other place ...

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Eliska Counce: I Fail Halloween

Yep. That’s right. I am not winning at Halloween. Just when I think I’m doing a decent bit of parenting, all the mothers around me once again remind me I was born without that chromosome that makes me domestically inclined. I’m outlasted, outplayed, and outwitted. I’m like a father trapped in a mother’s body when it comes to this stuff. ...

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Running for Help, Hope…Here

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Momma always did say I was hard headed. And it’s true. Pretty much and historically, the quickest way to get me to do something is to either a) tell me I can’t do it or b) forbid me to do it. I’m not saying it’s necessarily always a character value, or that it’s always served me well. But in some ...

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I’m Thrilled that the Holidays Haven’t Arrived….Yet!

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Yep, it’s that time of year. The kids are insisting on getting down the Halloween decorations. They’re ready for the annual hauling out of the tombstones, fake spider webs, light-up pumpkins, and fluttering, hanging ghosts. Of course, they were ready in mid-August, mind you, when most of these evil stores start stocking Halloween costumes. Me? I’ve got to say: I’m ...

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Eliska Counce: American Anger Management, The Shutdown Edition

Stop it, America. STAHP. I love you, I do. I could not be more proud to be an American than if I were Lee Greenwood himself. I mean this most sincerely. I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy. But this week? This week has been a struggle emotionally for me as I watch my national government tantrum like a child. I’m lost. ...

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Today We’re All a Little German: Oktoberfest in McKinney!

I have a shameful admission. I have lived in McKinney since 1998, and I have never attended one of the city’s biggest parties: Oktoberfest on the historic Downtown Square. A day and a night of celebration of beer, brats, and all things German. I know, I know. As a big fan of outdoor beer drinking, how could I have missed ...

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Eliska Counce: Party Like It’s Your Birthday

Late September! It means the opening of the State Fair, Oktoberfest, maybe some cooler temperatures (maybe … this is Texas), and for me? Birthday time! Yes, I’m turning 40-mumble at the beginning of next week. Yay, me! And as my natal day approaches, I find myself pulled into the most interesting conversations with other adults about the appropriate boundaries of ...

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Eliska Counce: The Many Faces of Carpool

Well, now school is well underway, and we parents are all settling in to the routines. Around Chez Counce, this time of year combined with three elementary school students means transportation issues. The school is too far away and across a state highway, so walking is out. And since buses are just little episodes of Lord of the Flies waiting ...

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Eliska Counce: Isn’t School Enough? Why Torture Families with Homework?

As it turns out, ladies and gentlemen, I am not as smart as a fifth grader. Well, to be more accurate, I should say a fourth grader. My 10-year-old son has just started fourth grade. And two weeks into school? I’m already starting to hyperventilate about both the quantity and difficulty of his homework. Throw in an additional second grader ...

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