Archives for January 2011

The Challenger Disaster, 25 years on.

As a five year old, if you asked me what I wanted to be- it was three things. An artist, an actress and an astronaut. I was already picking out constellations (my favorite was, and still is, Orion). January 28, 1986 was an exciting day. Not only was it my 6th birthday, but it marked the first time that a civilian was going into space. I admit, I don’t exactly remember how we learned. I know that some people were watching the launch, but I believe that we were listening. Even at the age of 6, it touched me in…

Allergy Etiquette.

I have a 3 year old son with major allergies. At roughly 2 months, he had severe eczema and when it didn’t start to clear up, we went through a series of doctors and at 6 months he was diagnosed with severe allergies to: soy, dairy, peanuts, wheat and eggs. While society has become better about food allergies- many restaurants list allergens, food labels are more clear than ever and schools in general are more understanding. But every so often, I see public comments that remind me how little people really understand about food allergies- especially severe ones. Last month,…

Copy/paste, or do something?

I still use Facebook. Many of my friends jumped ship the last time they changed their privacy agreements, but I didn’t. Partly because it does make it easier for me to keep in touch with my friends scattered across the country, but because I’ve made new friends through Facebook. I’m sure that for those of you who use it, you’ve seen people repost statuses. Some are meant to promote awareness, meant to thank groups of people… and some are meant to be silly. There’s a particularly funny one about people being eaten by dragons. But last night a guy I…

How (Not) to Handle the Worst

I’m sure you’ve heard about the woman who walked into a fountain at a mall, or have seen the video. She was so engrossed in texting that she didn’t notice the large fountain in front of her and fell right in. Now, if this had happened to me… I would have realized that the video was grainy and that only someone who was actually there when it happened would have known it was me, and said nothing. I also would have been flattered that the video was title “Girl Falls into Fountain” (because the woman involved is 49). And I…

A Spilt Cafe Mocha.

Also known as a Tale in which the Oldest Kidlet Overreacts. Sometime last weekend I realized that I’d been wrong in telling the Oldest Kidlet (who had been home, sick, on Friday) that we could retrieve his lost hat at school on Monday. Because Monday was Martin Luther King day, and his school was closed. Usually, Monday means grocery shopping- and since I hadn’t planned on everyone being home, it became a family excursion. I’d also forgotten to delete the alarm reminders that tell me when to leave to drop off OK and pick him up. (Not that I think…

To those who fear change…

To those who fear change, Why do new things scare you so? Do you lack the spirit of an adventurer? Or are you simply afraid that a life that doesn’t change means bad things won’t happen to you? Not all changes in life are bad. Change brings wonderful things like marriage and children. Change brings the new seasons- changing a dark cold winter into a gentle spring. Or the hot summer to a mild fall. Change gives us the chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew- whether it’s learning something new, losing weight, or simply making a new…

What Might Have Been and What Is.

Today has been a mixed bag for me. I’ve been sick, and last night as I drifted off, I realized that today would have been the day that Jerad and I were supposed to go to Glen Ivy to celebrate my birthday and his half birthday. Usually we would go closer to the actual date, but because of school, he wanted to move it up a little. In some ways I wish I’d kept my appointments- because I could sure use a massage. I admit, I’m doing much better than most people expect of me. Which makes me feel guilty.…

Forecast: Brain Fog

Sorry for the bit of silence, but I’m sick. Nothing horribly debilitating. I’ve been functioning- taking the Oldest Kidlet to school, making sure the boys are fed… but I’m sick. It seems that beyond the things I know that I need to do, my brain would prefer to take a vacation. So instead, I’ll share the Oldest Kidlet’s new favorite sandwich for breakfast/lunch/dinner- That, my friends, is a TIE Advanced. I admit, the kidlet’s a little behind on his Star Wars knowledge (though he already loves R2D2), but boy does he love the “arrow spaceship sandwich” (his words, not mine.

Things need to change.

I’m sure like most of the US, this weekend I was following news from the Tucson shooting. I was born in Tucson. I just spent Christmas in Tucson, and have family that lives across the city, and as close as 7 miles from where it happened. But really, it saddened me to see that in an age where politicians seem more interested in their careers than their constituents that a congresswoman who was meeting with constituents was attacked. I don’t think there’ll be any quick answers. People have been eager to assume he was part of the Tea Party or…

Easing Back Into Routines

This week has been one I’ve been looking forward to since the Oldest Kidlet’s Christmas break started- his return to school. You see, for 14 days straight (even when we were in Arizona) he asked when he’d be able to go back to school. That kid loves school- and I don’t blame him, I loved school too as a kid. This vacation has made me realize that summer vacation is going to be ridiculously hard on both of us. Jumping back into the commute hasn’t been difficult. It’s odd, but something like that becomes a habit. So much so that…