Archives for August 2012

Oh the agony!

At the end of November last year, I was hospitalized after I had a very low hemoglobin count and mentioned a few things: occasional fevers, painful stomach cramps and weight loss. Actually, I was hospitalized for a blood transfusion (I was VERY low on iron), but they vowed to get to the bottom of the fever issue. While I (nearly) have a diagnosis- it’s either Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease (we’re just too early to tell which, apparently), I am now faced with a pretty significant recovery. I’d been steadily losing weight over a year, which included a lot of…

Goodbye Olympic Mania

Last night was the Closing Ceremonies- and between DirecTV and NBC, it was a pretty dismal night for me. NBC ran a long retrospective on the entire Olympics (in case you hadn’t seen any of the 15 previous looks at Michael Phelps’ quest for Olympic greatness or heard anything about the Fab Five and their all around gold in Women’s Gymnastics) and started the closing ceremony at 8:30 pm. On a Sunday night. DirecTV’s HD feed for NBC started to cut in and out, and finally, DirecTV pulled it. With a screen that told people not to call them, because…

Over summer.

Sorry Phineas & Ferb, but I am over summer. Not because I am a grownup responsible for kids and can’t have adventures like wrangling robotic cattle, but because it’s just too hot for me. Yes, I was born in Arizona. But I grew up in a beach town, where the average temperature for the year is probably 68 degrees. So a week of temperatures over 90 degrees, and I’m positively wiped. I was going to start Couch to 5k last week, but I’m putting it off a little. Just going to a birthday party yesterday in this heat nearly made…

I feel the earth move…

Last night, just as I was willing myself to sleep (seriously- I was working on the novel and realized it was a little past the time I should be going to sleep) when I heard a rumble. For a split second I thought it was a truck driving down the road, and then it started to shake. I waited for a moment to see if it would stop, and when it didn’t, I leapt from bed to go check on the kidlets. They were both sound asleep. So then I did was anyone else would do, I checked in with…

The Things Kids Say, Car Edition

If you follow me on Twitter (@whitneyd), I frequently share the bizarre things my kids say, from fights over who summer belongs to (it’s YOU, as any Phineas & Ferb fan knows) to not being able to say Olympics. But as most parents know, the weirdest things come up in the car. Wonderful, but definitely weird. Today as we were running errands, the Oldest Kidlet asked if I had any Love Händel song on my iPod. I had to explain that they weren’t a real band, just a band in Phineas & Ferb. “Oh,” he said sadly. “I wish they…

The Global Citizen.

15 years ago, I was a young girl attending a private Christian university here in California. I picked it because it was a good school and they accepted me into their theater program (most schools wanted me in their vocal program). It didn’t hurt that it was 15 minutes from Disneyland. All freshman were required to take a freshman seminar course which was titled “The Global Citizen.” You had to buy their book, which was thoughtfully reprinted every year by them so that you couldn’t sell it back. It was also $90, back in 1997. Everyone knew it was a…

What Supporting Something Means… and what it doesn’t!

I’ve been trying to find the words about this subject… I’ve found people who say that what Chick-Fil-A did wasn’t anti-gay. Seen others saying that they’ll stand by Chick-Fil-A but that doesn’t mean they hate gays. I’ve seen some people from those groups say that it isn’t fair that people are protesting against Chick-Fil-A (while they personally said they would never buy Oreos after they had their rainbow ad). Some of the logic is mindbendingly bizarre. So here are the facts. Chick-Fil-A has donated millions towards anti-gay groups (including one that spent money to keep the US from condemming Uganda’s…