Friday, December 20, 2013

My Life According To.......


Are you male or female?
Princess of China

Describe Yourself:

Describe how you're feeling:
Christmas Lights

Describe where you currently live:
Violet Hill

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:

Favorite form of transportation:
Up With the Birds

Your best friend is:

Your favorite color is:
Green Eyes

What's the weather like:
Rainy Day

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
Speed of Sound

What is life to you:
God Put a Smile on Your Face

Your fear:

What is the best advice you have to give:
Don't Let it Break Your Heart

If you could change your name, you would change it to:
Viva La Vida

Thought for the Day:

How I would like to die:
Such a Rush

My soul's present condition:
Life in Technicolor

My Motto:
Us Against the World

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Nobody Said It Was Easy

I told myself I wouldn't do it this year.  I told myself this year would be different; this would be the year I'm just grateful for how wonderful things have turned out.  This would be the year the emotions are only of joy of how far we've come and less about the hurt.

I failed.

It's been 3 years since my grandfather passed away and started in motion the week no one could've ever imagined.  It's been 3 years since a triage doctor said the words no one is prepared to hear.

I was a mess for almost a month leading up to Munchkin's first birthday.  His second birthday was easier but for two weeks before his birthday it was all I could do not to crumble.  I guess this year I'm doing better with it; I didn't have my first meltdown until Dec 3, the anniversary of my grandfather's passing.

Don't get me wrong, watching Munchkin be healthy, so smart and ridiculously charasmatic is so heartwarming and makes everything worth it.  I don't have those feelings of guilt or loss of what should've been anymore.  My pregnancy was never meant to go full term, Munchkin was never meant to be anything other than the feisty preemie he was; that was our destiny, that's our story.  It will always be the way Munchkin came into this world and not only have I made peace with it but I've gained great strength from it and have used it to help others just starting that journey.

What I have yet to heal from is the magnitude of what we had to deal with in those first days between Dec. 3 when my grandfather passed until Dec. 9 when Munchkin was born.  It just gets to me.  Did that really happen?  Did I really almost die?  Did I really have to make those phone calls to my parents, one of whom was in the middle of planning my grandfather's funeral, to tell them I had a rare pregnancy syndrome that was killing me and doctors needed to take the baby out...regardless of his condition, 1200 miles from any friends or family?  How did any of us survive shock after shock?

I'm a highly emotional person. I cry easily and I'm very bad at being able to hide when I'm hurt. Surprisingly, from the moment I heard those infamous words to the moment munchkin was born 4 days later I didn't shed one tear. I was focused, calm, ready to fight for my child's life. Panicking and crying would only make things worse. But once the shock wore off in the following months, I was completely overcome with the enormity of what had happened.

Nobody said it was easy.  No one ever said that it would be this hard.*

Can we just skip the first week in December and go straight to the 9th and just celebrate?  And what a celebration that day is!
*The Scientist by Coldplay

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


The Hubs, Munchkin and I recently moved to the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area due to a promotion and job transfer.

One of the pitfalls of living in a suburb just north of D.C. and about 20 minutes south of Baltimore is the fact there are things here I'm not used to, like federally guarded areas.

I miss my exit almost every single time I come home from running errands.  My exit is not even 100ft from the exit before it; the NSA Employee entrance.....the heavily guarded NSA employee entrance.  Every time I'm coming up to the exit, I think to myself "this time I won't miss my exit. Pay extra attention to the exits. You will NOT accidentally get off at the NSA entrance."

Then it's unnerving as I see the federal law enforcement SUV parked at the exit, and another one, and another one, and another one.  I panic as I pass by thinking my exit is part of the NSA exit, envisioning accidentally going into the NSA area and being swarmed by federal agents wondering WTF I'm doing there with a toddler and a trunk full of Hobby Lobby bags.

It scares the shit out of me every time....but I guess they probably already know that.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


I've said it once and I'll say it again:

A toddler is the human equivalent of a tornado.  There's a quote in Twister that references "the cone of silence".  The cone of silence, when referencing a toddler or a tornado, is never good.  When it's quiet, something is wrong.

For example:

This is a solid F2.  This includes sippy cups, cutting boards, and the recycling.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

I Be Punkin'

The days of choosing what my son is for Halloween are over.  I wanted him to be a minion from the movie Despicable Me.  He had other ideas.

Three years ago we were 32 days away from having our lives completely turned upside down.  This year Munchkin wore a pumpkin costume, at his request, which I made him.  We spent the evening trick-or-treating and asking for suckers.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

What You Make of It

Have you looked at the date lately?  I don't know about you but I cannot believe the calendar reads November 6th.  Halloween has come and gone, cider mills are in full swing, and visions of turkey and Christmas are starting to creep into view.

Facebook is in full with people posting all the things they're thankful for this year.  Even if the posts come off as more bragging than thankful, I'm sure they mean well.  It's also full of people reacting to multiple stores announcing they will be open on Thanksgiving complete with several news outlets asking the question "Greed or Good Business"?

The vast majority of respondents declared the former to be true.  Greed! Should be ashamed! The sanctity of Thanksgiving!  These people are two steps away from showing up with pitchforks and flaming sticks.

However, one could argue the commercialization of Thanksgiving is much like the "Hallmark" holiday Valentine's Day has become.  People should be thankful for the blessings in their lives all year long, not just because the calendar strikes the fourth Thursday in November and it's time for Turkey and stuffing.

As someone who grew up with family members working odd hours, holidays, weekends, and swing shift, a holiday is what you make of it.  Dad works until 5 on Thanksgiving?  Have Thanksgiving at 6.  He works the whole day? Go see him at work and have turkey the next day.

I've worked my fair share of Thanksgiving Days when I worked at Blockbuster throughout my college years.  It was fun most years; regulars would bring us food, my coworkers and I would bond, people coming to rent movies were in such good moods.  Plus I got paid holiday pay, ching ching!

So my point is quit your bitching.  If KMart is open on Thanksgiving and you don't like it, don't go to KMart on Thanksgiving.

Be honestly grateful for what you have because someone out there is thankful for things much less than what you have.

If someone wants to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day, don't judge that.  Is it greed? Maybe.  Is it because the people they love are working to keep others safe that day and their Thanksgiving is another day? Perhaps.  Is it for some other reason that is really none of your business? Absolutely.

Maybe for your New Year's resolution you can resolve to keep your nose in your own life and let others do what they feel is right for them.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Stompin' Apes

We're trying to teach Munchkin to not be afraid of bugs.  He loves to be outside but will run screaming for the hills any time he sees an ant, a bee, a spider, a cricket, etc.  We taught him that he's bigger than ants (or "apes" as he calls them) and that instead of being scared he can just tell them to leave him alone.  This resulted in him "stompin' apes" and yelling "get outta here, apes".

Bees.....well bees suck so we both still run screaming anytime we see one.

Crickets frighten the bajesus out of him (they are quite shifty).

Butterflies are alright with him now.

This morning, Munchkin pointed out there was an "ape" on the ceiling.  I look up and there's a large spider directly above the sofa.  Munchkin tells me to "whack with magagine" (kill it with a rolled up magazine).  The flaw in this plan is I'm 5'2" and can't quite reach with a magagine without the possibility of said spider landing on top of said Munchkin.  So I calmly tell him we'll leave the spider alone and he'll leave us alone, all the while keeping a keen eye on the stupid spider I can't reach to kill.

"Where pider, mama?" Munchkin says a few minutes later.  I look up......where the fuck is the spider?!!?

In the interest of keeping Munchkin calm and not making him freak out and cry, I calmly tell him that the spider probably went home.  Calm, cool, collected.  No big deal.

The dialog inside my head went something more like this: "oh shit, oh shit, oh shit, oh shit, oh shit. where did it go? It's going to come at me. It's going to DROP FROM THE CEILING and come right at me!!! oh shit, oh shit, oh shit."

That's right; calm, cool and collected.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This is Your Brain on Drugs

Actually, this is what happens when your dishwasher is full, you have a few things left over and hide them in the oven because you have company coming over in 5 minutes, then forget anything is in the oven and pre-heat said oven for dinner.

Maybe next time I'll hide stuff in the microwave.  Ironic since I just posted this a week ago. Apparently this is Exhibit A on why you should check the oven before preheating when you have a 29-year-old

Looks like I'll be needing the super sized margarita glass with dinner tonight.

Friday, August 16, 2013

I Have a Problem

When do you know you have an addiction?  Because I'm pretty sure I have one.

An addiction to coffee.

I think about coffee all day.  I wake up in the morning excited because I get to have my coffee.  If for some ungodly reason I don't get my coffee in the morning, my body sends itself into withdrawals and I get a wicked awful headache no amount of coffee can rid me of.

The most telling sign:  I can't wait for my coffee to brew in the morning so I pour myself a cup of the boxed International Delight iced coffee while I'm waiting for my hot coffee.

.....what?  Doesn't everybody do that?

I feel like John Pinette. "I need coffee in the morning or I can't talk.  I need coffee to wait in line for my coffee."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Exhibit A

This is why you check the oven before preheating when you have a toddler.

Conversation between Munchkin and I:

Me- "Munchkin, what is this?"
Munchkin- "I cookin' eggs!"

Of course you are, little man.  Of course you are.

Melt my heart.

Monday, July 29, 2013


When the Hubs gets home from a long week at work, I'm finally able to leave the house alone for the first time in 4 days without a munchkin in tow, this is how I feel inside:

And yes, apparently the above video is for real.  Hard to believe, I know.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Be Still

I usually leave religion and my views on the subject off this blog; not because I'm ashamed and not because I'm trying not to offend people.  I leave religion largely out of my blog because it's a very personal thing for me that I like to keep close to the vest.  I've always believed in God and gone to church on and off most of my life but never understood what it really meant to me until some very challenging things happened in my life.

I went through some really rough times in 2009 and then again when Munchkin was born and struggled in the NICU.  Through these experiences I became dependent on my religion and really started to understand how it fit in my life.  I don't know about heaven and hell, and your definitions of things are most likely very different from mine, but in my heart things are very clear; I don't walk alone.

I'm not a perfect perfect person and I'm far from a perfect Christian.  We're all a work in progress and I just try to be a good person everyday and teach Munchkin to be kind to others, as you never know what fight people are fighting inside.

Sometimes life gets heavy and things seem to be crashing down wherever I look.  When I feel overwhelmed with life and feel like I don't know where to turn, I just close my eyes and be still.

This song is amazing.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My Life According To.....

I used to do this post a lot more.....let's do it again!

Take the songs of ONE artist and answer these questions:
This week I'm using New Kids on the Block. Why, you may ask? Because they're awesome.  And I just saw them in concert again last month and it was freakin' amazing.

Are you male of female?
Cover Girl

Describe Yourself:
Big Girl Now

Describe how you're feeling:
Where Do I Go From Here

Describe where you currently live:

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
Funky, funky xmas

Favorite form of transportation:
Step by step

Your best friend is:
You Got It (The Right Stuff)

Your favorite color is:
Jealous (Blue)

What's the weather like:
Looking Like Danger

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
Hangin' Tough

What is life to you:

Your fear:
If You Go Away

What is the best advice you have to give:
Dont Cry

If you could change your name, you would change it to:
Valentine Girl

Thought for the Day:
Put it on my Tab

How I would like to die:
Dirty Dancing

My soul's present condition:
Miss you More

My Motto:
We Own Tonight

Monday, June 24, 2013

Say what?

You know you're a parent when you start using your child's words for something in your own vernacular.  People look at you strangely when you say "he's watching meows while eating a diggle with his big bankie and his mimi next to him."



Translation: He's watching cat videos while eating a popsicle with his favorite big blanket with his pacifier next to him.

What? You didn't get that the first time?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Oh, F*^#

Munchkin was being his wild self the other day and tripped over a corner of the rug, fell, promptly got up and declared "son of a bitch".........  I look at Hubs and tell him that one is his fault.  "I don't say that," I tell him.

Then two days later he held his bag of popcorn upside down and all the precious kernels came flowing out.  "Oh fuck", he says nonchalantly. Hubs turns to me and says "that one is ALL you, babe."

Son of a bitch, definitely time to stop fuckin' swearing.  (Sorry, had to get a last one in.)

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

First World Problems

My morning is rife with problems....first world problems.

I stayed up too late watching my big screen TV so now I'm tired.
I forgot to charge the Kindle so my toddler is pissed.
And I can't find the granola for my greek yogurt so I have to eat it plain.

Thank god we weren't out of coffee creamer or shit would've gotten real.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

No Kid Zone

I just read an article stating some airlines are toying with the idea of making a "kid free zone" on certain flights.  Apparently people are complaining about the antics and attitudes of children on flights.

As a frequent flyer as well as a mother, I understand a bit of where these people are coming from.  I've been on the flights where the 10-year-old just won't stop kicking your chair or the 4-year-old incessantly screams because he or she is bored/uncomfortable/etc.  Sometimes it's a parenting issue and sometimes it's just one of those days.  Sitting by that can be trying, especially if it's a long flight.

On the other hand, kids on planes get a bad rap.  I've been the person receiving dirty looks at the gate when I roll up with my toddler.  I've also been the recipient of praise after landing from people who didn't even realize I had a toddler on the flight because he was so well behaved.

But I think kids are an easy target.  You know what other kinds of "sections" we should have on planes?  No reclining sections.  I'm 5'2" and even I get cramped when the person in front of me reclines into my knees 5 seconds into a flight.

Why stop there? Why not an "armrest stealing free" section.  You want BOTH arm rests?  Go sit in the back, buddy. I'm in an "armrest for everybody" section.

Moral of the story:  If you don't like flying with other people's loud children?  Invest in some really great ear plugs, and I will too because I'm sick of your bitching.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

On, Teb. On. *

Officer Sean Collier was laid to rest today.  To refresh your memory, this is the MIT officer who was ambushed and murdered by the Boston Bombers.  I will not use their names and I really don't care about their politics or the politics against them.

Do you know what I care about?  The fact that another officer was gunned down.  Another police family lost a member who was just doing his job protecting others.  And all of this within days of something else that was horribly senseless and tragic.

As Monday turned into Tuesday, the names of the dead were released, the horrific images of the wounded were published, and then a cop was killed, I started to lose my faith; my faith in humanity, my faith in God, my faith in my country.  How much more of this can we take?  Will there be a national tragedy every six months from now on?  More people going to the movies and never coming home? More students never getting to grow up?  More photos of happy people, happy moments flashed across the screen; the faces of lives cut way too short in a senseless way. It makes me want to never leave the house, never go anywhere, yell, scream, throw things.

I looked over at my son.  My happy, smiling, ABC singing light-of-my-life and felt a pit in my stomach.  This innocent little man screaming his ABC's with this tragedy playing out on the TV behind him, what sort of world did I bring him into?

Then a friend of mine posted a quote from Mr. Rogers.  "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers.  You will find people who are helping.'"

I pulled myself up off the floor after reading this and focused on the hundreds of people who rushed INTO the bombing immediately to help those mortally wounded knowing full well a second bomb was likely.  I saw the man in the cowboy hat clamping down an artery with his bare hands for a stranger where a leg used to be.  I saw cops, EMTs, marathon volunteers, marathon runners, and bystanders creating turniquets from anything and everything to stop the bleeding.

The helpers.

It took two "men" to carry out this atrocity.  In mere seconds it created thousands of helpers, no questions asked, no hesitation.

That is the world in which I'm raising my son.

In the words of Big Papi, Mr. David Ortiz, "this is our fucking city and nobody is going to dictate our freedom."

(*From "Galaxy Quest")

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

She's Crafty

About two months ago my friend and her husband bought a house.  I made her a housewarming gift, a wreath for her new front door!

I love making these; I'm even thinking of opening an Etsy shop to start selling wreaths.  Any takers??

10 Things Tuesday

1. I'm really excited it's "afternoon thunderstorm" time again!
2. Sometimes it's nice when Hubs is out of town because I get sushi for dinner and watch trashy TV.
3. I'm ready to know where we're going to settle.
4. My faith has been both rocked and strengthened in the past week.
5. Munchkin can now count to 10 (sometimes 14).
6. I watched "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" and I think my IQ dropped a few points.
7. There are mounds, not piles, of laundry in the basement. Ugh.
8. I would run you over for a chocolate frosted brownie right now.
9. Coffee is an addiction.
10. I want to learn how to paddleboard.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mommy Fail

 Not nearly enough caffeine was consumed today.

Case in point:

Instead of making Munchkin a PBJ for lunch, I made him a PBS...peanut butter and salsa.  The salsa and jelly are in almost identical jars (ya know, except for one is sweet strawberry and one is...well...salsa) and apparently I wasn't paying enough attention.  Munchkin made a face, which I wish I got on camera, and pushed it away, shaking his head saying "no, no".

He understandably didn't want another sandwich.

Gross.  Sorry, buddy.

Saturday, March 09, 2013


I, wait...I KNOW I need this chair.  That is all.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


I hear the mail lady delivering our mail and I go check to see what she's flung our direction.   (see more about that here).  What do I find?

Fan-freakin-tastic.  It's not bad enough this magazine is so airbrushed that the models don't even actually look like that in person, but how exactly is a parka a swimsuit??

On a positive note, if you can even look past boobalicious for a second, the mail was at least in somewhat of a nice pile instead of being chucked halfway into my living room.

Silver lining!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Not-so-much Helping Desk

One of the perks of Hubs's job is he has company laptop.  One of the drawbacks of Hubs's job is he has a company laptop.

The latter means when something goes wrong, he needs to call the Help Desk.  What does this mean?

First, it means he calls someone who answers the phone with the thickest Indian accent you've ever heard and says their name is Bill.  It also ends up in general hilarity most of the time because Hubs can't understand "Bill" and "Bill" is reading horribly from a script that pretty much has nothing to do with anything.

This is how the conversation tonight went:

Bill:  Thank you for calling the Help Desk.  This is "Bill".
Hubs: Hi, "Bill".  This is Hubs.  I'm employee number _____ and I'm having a problem with my keyboard.  For some reason, right in the middle of using my computer this afternoon the keyboard stopped working.
Bill:  Alright, I'm going to ask you to anodinokdrenodin.
Hubs:  Um.....what?
Bill: I'm going to ask you to take the battery out and press the power button for 45 seconds, put the battery back in and turn it on again.
Hubs: Oh okay.
(we wait 45 seconds)
Hubs: Okay, now some letters are working but the g, h, backspace, and apostrophe won't work.
Hubs: Hello?  "Bill"?
Bill:  Sounds like a problem with the keyboard.

At this point in the conversation, I need to exit the room because I'm laughing so hard I have tears streaming down my face.

And the verdict is?  Something is wrong with the keyboard and they're sending a local tech.

Thanks, "Bill"!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Handy Helpers?

You know you haven't had enough sleep the previous night when you're being cynical and making snide comments about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

The wind here in Michigan last night was absolutely howling.  The 1970's windows on my 1940's house almost peeled away and continued to wake up Munchkin.  Munchkin ended up in our bed a good portion of the night but there wasn't much sleeping going on.

I think we got about 3-4 hours of sleep all night.  Now we're watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Mickey's "handy helper" isn't opening the door when his friends knock.  "Oh no, how will my friends get in now, Pluto?"  says Mickey.

"Maybe you should just open it yourself, MICKEY.  Geez."

Yeah....I need a coffee the size of my  head.  And maybe a handy helper.