Archives for January 2013

Talking about Death with kids.

This has been a very long week- an endless list of things to do, and a schedule to keep to try so that the kidlets’ week would be as normal as possible. But most of the week was filled with talking about death. Actually most of January. When we learned that Nana was in the hospital, we were out to dinner and the Oldest Kidlet asked TheBoy why he was so upset. Having learned my lesson when Blue (our outdoor cat) died, I told him the truth. That she was very sick and went to the hospital. His next question…

It’s my birthday, I’ll wear a wampa if I want to.

Sorry about missing a post on Friday (I try to post M-W-F, and if I have more to say, post those on Tuesday or Thursday). Last week was a busy week, with my MIL’s mother’s wake and funeral. So many many things to do, so many places to go- things were a little topsy turvy. Before I go any further, thank you to everyone who asked me how I was doing. During a week where I was primarily concerned with how everyone else was… it was something I needed. As it is a tradition, I went to Disneyland for my…

Thoughts on C25K

In training for the 5k, I did what many people who haven’t exercised at all have done- turned to Couch to 5k to help me do it. I followed the routine fairly religiously. I started off by walking a mile for a couple of weeks, and then started the program. But no matter what I did, I hit a wall at Week 3 Day 2. I just couldn’t finish it. Would I recommend it? It’s a good system that I know others have had some success with, but it just wasn’t for me. I do think it’s worth giving it…

Go the Distance.

Sorry it’s taken me awhile to get this post up. You would not believe the weekend I’ve had. Aside from the 5k, we had no water at the house for a day and then the internet was dead. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that on Saturday, I ran the Never Land 5k at Disneyland. And it was my first 5k. So how did it go? Well, I finished. It was a great course- sort of like reliving 1998-2002 in 3.2 miles. Especially since TheBoy was right there by my side. The course…

Tick Tock

Tomorrow is my 5k. It’s getting real! TheBoy and I have checked into our hotel, picked up our racing bibs… and it’s on! I know a lot of people wondered if we were going through with this, given everything that’s happened. But TheBoy’s mother and grandfather were both insistent that we go right on ahead with the run. So that’s what we’re going to do. It’s funny-I’ve been so nervous the last week, and now that we have the bibs and I bought a new running bra (that would be the one item I forgot)… it’s like all my nerves…

On her own terms.

On Sunday I watched The Golden Globes, which culminated (for me) in Jodie Foster receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award. TheBoy and I watched it, and were touched by her candor and wit. So I was surprised to see so many negative responses to her speech, though not surprised that the people who didn’t like it didn’t seem to have listened to all of it. There were complaints that she mocked coming out, but then came out anyways by thanking her ex-partner, and co-parent of her two boys. But most of her speech was about living her life on her…

Yay! I got a weird email…

As you know, on Friday I blogged about CES and Booth Babes, and in particular mentioned Hyper’s painted ladies. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on the piece, and it’s due to be reposted on BlogHer’s Tech section tomorrow. Then I got this email today. I am reprinting it almost in its entirety (I’ve removed some contact information that I’m not sure why it was included), and since it’s a press release I was sent, I figure there’s no harm in sharing it. HYPER Responds to “Sexist” Accusations, Reveals Truth About CES Booth Monday, January 14th 2013 LAS VEGAS:…

What are we going to do tonight, kidlets?

Last week, in the midst of everything I was blogging about, my kids were being themselves. The Oldest Kidlet, ever the curious child (I have been lamenting about the sheer volume of questions I get in a day. On Sunday it had to have been at least 250 in the span of 6 hours), asked me who the ruler of the world was. As I was beginning to explain that countries have leaders, but that there isn’t a leader of the world- the Little Kidlet stood up. “I AM.” “What?” The Oldest Kidlet asked. “You are what?” Casually and calmly,…

CES: Worshipping at a different altar.

Yes, this is a reference to my last blog post’s title (Worshipping at the alter of tech). Right now, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is going on, a ginormous tradeshow in Las Vegas. Companies pull out the new tech they’ll be rolling out and the toys that they want you to demand from them (ala concept cars at Auto Shows). And unfortunately, it would seem that CES is filled to brim with booth babes. For those unaware, booth babes are the models hired to decorate a booth. Like the girls standing next to cars at auto shows. And yes, it’s unfortunate.…

Worshipping at the altar of tech.

Or, our new TV. Shortly before we moved into this house, my father in law bought a brand new top of the line LCD TV. We marveled at the clarity, and my TheBoy began wishing he had one. The day we moved into the house, he took his little brother to the store and came home with one for our bedroom (as well as a wall mount). Not kidding at all. We’re a big TV family. While I’ve gotten a little bit better, I was one of those people who would watch 2 hours of TV every single night, and…