Archives for August 2012

Dark Places.

I know I must come off as an idealistic Pollyana most of the time, always finding the bright side of everything (or at least filled with hope). But the truth is that I suffer from social anxiety (undiagnosed). I find myself without many friends in person (you friends of the internet, I adore you so and do count you as true friends), and every time I approach a situation where I might meet people- I freeze up and panic. It’s that nagging voice in the back of my mind that tells me I’m just not good enough. The voice first…

Super love and Orange Juice.

I was going to write a piece about Superman and Wonder Woman, but I’ll just say this. While I see why they’d be attracted to each other, I don’t think it could be anything permanent. Why? Ultimately, they’re really similar. Really, really similar. Both are essentially outsiders fighting for the good of mankind, and historically believed in the same things. Not to mention they’re on the same team. Being around each other all the time can’t be good. It just feels like once they’re together there won’t be enough conflict to keep it interesting. Yeah, I know Lois and Clark…

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

I don’t expect my kids to stay the same. Honest. But in the last week, we’ve had a lot of changes. In the first couple weeks of school, the Little Kidlet has sort of gotten the hang of writing his name. I’m glad we went with a short name for him, because I pity the kids learning to write Christian, Alexander (he doesn’t go by Alex) or Enrique. It’s at least beginning to look like his name- the first week it was just a bunch of scribbles. He’s also suddenly begun nearly coloring neatly inside lines and drawing faces. This…

I have shoes!

Running shoes, that is. This weekend we went to a local running store (not a general sporting goods place) where there was someone who could watch me walk and figure out what sort of shoe I need. I now have a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12. And boy, it feels like a complete 180 from what I’d been running in. TheBoy came along with me on my run today, which was nice. I’m not used to actually having someone to talk to, and when we got to the final stretch of me walk/run, he pushed me to run it.…

Blood and lasers.

Last night, as with many nights, I put the kids to bed and it turned out that the Oldest Kidlet didn’t brush his teeth. So out he came from his room, explained what he was doing and went into the bathroom. And started screaming, “THERE’S BLOOD EVERYWHERE.” Turns out that both TheBoy and a BIL had inexplicably left their razors out on the counter, and he’d touched one. Neither guy leaves them out usually, and I don’t know which razor he cut his thumb on. But there you have it. There was blood everywhere- fingers bleed a lot. So I…

A fabulous start to my day.

While out today I ran a quick errand and found myself at Starbucks, buying a mocha for TheBoy. The one up the street has my absolute favorite barista. Once, knowing that one of the cups TheBoy was ordering was for me, he wrote [TheBoy’s name]-isha on the cup. He asked my name (it’s been awhile since I’ve been there) and the girl making it misheard. “Brittany?” “Whitney,” he corrected. “Like Houston, sweetie.” He looked at me. “Sorry about that.” “Eh, I answer to it. If it ends in -itney, I’ll answer.” “But what about Whitley? Honey, she was fierce.” “I…

Non-Apologies

I wanted to comment about Rep Todd Akin, but so many people already have. What he initially said is offensive on so many levels, as is his non-apology. The “apology” said that he misspoke, he empathizes with rape victims, but still doesn’t think they should have abortions. There is no apology in there. I’m tired of politicians who build their platforms based off one crackpot’s scientific finding (and really, there is no scientific basis for thinking that women have way to halt a pregnancy from occurring- a woman is just as likely to conceive during consensual sex as she is…

Excuse me Internet…

So today I was supposed to start Couch to 5k. But… yeah, stuff got in the way. Around midnight I woke up with cramps in my stomach. Severe enough that I couldn’t sleep. And then I threw up. The cramps continued and when all was said and done, I only got a couple hours sleep. My family was awesome and covered for me, and I got some sleep. Which has helped a lot. But sort of ate up my blogging time. So… tomorrow, internet. I’ve got a novel that needs working on.

Superfan or Bot?

Every day I look at my site analytics. I use pMetrics in addition to Google Analytics, because pMetrics gives me live data. (I’m not paid by them, but I really like what I get to see) When you log in, it gives you an overview of how many people had visited your site, as well as their “actions” – refreshes, clicks to other pages. Obviously a high number means more engagement. Usually it’s about 1-1 1/2 times the number of visitors. Yesterday it was at 900+ actions. WAY over the norm. When I clicked through, I found out that aside…

First Day of School!

Today, the Little Kidlet started preschool. Well, this year of preschool. It’s the same school from last year (a preschool at a private Christian K-8 school) When we showed up, the parking lot was a madhouse- which I anticipated this time. We found a spot and headed in. On the first day, they have a mixer for the new parents- with coffee and pastries! It’s to let them get to know the Booster Club president, the Principal, and to meet other parents. It was easy to spot the new families- they were dressed to impress. I even saw a pair…