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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Powers Beyond Belief

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This fall ABC will be releasing a new show called No Ordinary Family which is about a family that comes home from a near fatal trip with super powers.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could choose a super power for all our family members?  After going through the obvious, flying, super strength, laser beam eyes and sonic speed, I decided the powers my family needs are a bit more practical.  And that is why it sucks to by a forty year old mom….everything has to be practical.

If I could freely distribute super powers to my family I would first bestow upon myself the power to make people do my bidding just by looking at them.  I would never have to ask my kids to pick up their clothes, wipe the pee off the toilette seat or stop bothering their siblings.  In fact, I might not ever have to talk again.

As for my husband, I would give him the power to build things super fast out of nothing but the dust particles that float in the air.  I’d have a new barn, new porch, new chicken coop all made from…..dirt.  Yeah, okay, maybe that’s not the best power, I was trying to be frugal.  There is no frugal in super powers!  Maybe I should just make him fly.

My daughter will have the power to tele-port so I won’t have to buy her a car or constantly drive her to her social destinations.

My oldest son will have landscaping powers.  With his mind he can mow the lawn, water the plants, destroy weeds and make a mean compost pile.

My middle son will have the power to construct Rube Golberg machines to do simple tasks such as feed and water all our animals, take out the trash and put away groceries.  In my head this looks good, but I’m thinking this super power will cause my super power to go into over drive by constantly bidding him to take down the huge contraption he just built in my kitchen!!

My youngest son will have the unique power to turn inanimate objects into motorized vehicles.  He can hop on a hay bale and ride it to school.  He’s the wild child of the family so, mostly I see his power resorting in angry phone calls from friends asking to have their canoes returned when our son is done with his joy ride.

So maybe these aren’t the best super powers I could give to my family, but I think we would have a really good time using them on each other and our friends.  I’m excited to add No Ordinary Family to my fall shows line-up, it’s not everyday that you get to have a super power.  What super powers would you distribute to your family?

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