Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Count Your Blessings

I have been fortunate in my motherhood. When I decided I wanted a baby, I was pregnant 3 months later...and then 6 months after that 17 was born...without my knowledge or consent (but that is a story for another day)
I had good pregnancies with non-deliveries (C-sections)-I don't give birth- and I have awesome, rotten, glowingly healthy kids. They always have been crazy hale and hardy! If you don't count broken bones, busted ear drums or scarlet fever...
That is why this hit me hard~and why it is so weird how...connected...I feel to this child. A child I never knew until the day she died and some bloggers posted about it. A child who I sobbed over dying~but I really think I was crying because I never knew her and really never could have. In all my days of baby-gazing~and I LOVE to baby-gaze~I have never seen such a face. It was so expressive...and those eyes...and that smile...
So tonight, kiss your babies-no matter their age-and send a Happy Birthday to Maddie in Heaven. Today she is two.


Have you ever seen such Joy?


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thankful Tuesday

**lucky for you, I have not taken any new pictures of my feet!**

Thankful Tuesday
1. No sign of flu~swine or otherwise!
2. A "teenage boy website"-free computer
3. Baseball is over
4. Soccer has started
5. I don't have to go up North this winter :)
6. My mom stills takes care of me-
she's buying the 2 plastic tablecloths 17 needs and forgot to mention until 9 pm tonight!
7. The new houses my friends are all moving into!
8. The best "media assistant" in the world! <3 U Rose!
9. As always...God, 17 and 15
10. This has NEVER made its way into my house...


Monday, November 9, 2009

Don't Judge Me!

We were driving to school with Thing 1 and Thing 2 (BFF's Girls-we take them to school everyday) and 15 was able to recite-from memory-the entire McDonald's menu by number. As we sat in awe, he looked at us and said "Don't judge me". We CRACKED UP!! It was so funny!

So...I thought I have a whole list of things I don't want to be judged on...

1. The cleanliness (or lack of) of my home.
2. The smelliness of my dog.
3. The number of shoes and purses I own.
4. My love of NCIS
5. My radio ADD
6. Books...books...more books
7. The fact that I don't remember birthdays or to send Christmas cards...You know I love you all, right? You don't need a piece of paper or a picture of us on the beach wearing khakis and white T's to know that..do you?????
8. I never check my voice mail.
9. eBay jewelry
10. My choice of words...u know what I mean **wink-wink** OK! I cuss too much!
11. The way I drive
12. Diet Coke-ok-that is like my life's blood, so we can't count that!
**God, I am a mess! This list is getting toooooooo long!

So tonight, as I lay my little head down on my carefully arranged pillows (2 under my shoulder, 2 beside me, 1 between my knees and a special 1 under my head), I ask you not to judge me for my idiosyncrasies -embrace them-join me
We have margaritas and chocolate chip cookies at the meetings ;)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Today's special guest

Sunday Scribblings

Welcome to our show! Today's special guest is...oh, let's see, I've lost the card...Oh yes, here it is! Today's special guest is a mother, a librarian, a wanna-be writer...Let's welcome...ME!

**applause...applause***

Thanks so much for being here today!
Thanks for asking me to be here today
It has been a long time since your last visit
Yes, way too long
So what's new in your life? Any special projects?
Well~I have to wash the dog, do about 1000 loads of laundry...
Sounds delightful!
Oh and wash the car!
Excellent, excellent...I see here on my card that you have been writing.
Yes, I am doing the whole"blog for 30 days" thing
Oh! I heard about that! Everyone is doing it!
Well...my blog is different from the others!

**awkward silence**
**crickets**

And OK then. So are you writing anything else?
I am doing some technical writing. And getting paid .02 each to select titles.
That makes you a "published author" then, doesn't it

**canned laughter**

I can see by the clock on the wall we only have few moments left. Have you been doing any traveling?
Oh YES! I just returned from lovely St. Petersburg, FL where I spent an extensive amount of time at the
Raymond A. Naimoli Baseball Complex. I also was on tour with a delightful group of musicians and we played two different footballs stadiums on consecutive Friday Nights.

Sounds like a wonderful experience! Well, we are out of time-until next time. Won't you come back soon and tell all about your exciting career?
Oh! I have such an riveting tale about the snakes in the library!

We look forward to hearing all about it
.
And join us tomorrow when our guest will be the traumatized maids who had to clean the hotel room that smelled like feet and ass after the teen age boy baseball players left. A sad, terrifying tale~Don't miss it!

Until then, Drive Safe and don't forget...the middle finger is the universal symbol for "Hey! I respect your skills behind the wheel!"



Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn

baseball tourney, Holiday Inn, MY OWN SUITE!!! The guys are staying with dad, so I have a big, beautiful King size bed and suite to myself!

Dang...Life is good! I am gonna have a steak dinner, a long shower and a good night's sleep! WOO-HOO!!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Life and Love

Running
from
baseball to soccer

Dashing
from
band to mock trial

Scurrying
from
Job 1 to Job 2

Grab backpacks and lunches
and money and uniforms
and homework and phones

Phone call
Text message
E-mail

Pause
Breathe
Do it all again

What will I do
when
it all



stops

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Just one of the Guys

So 15 and I were driving the other day, talking about how the virus got on my computer...

LG: So, how did you come to find the lovely website you visited? Did you stumble across it or did someone tell you about it?
15: XXXXX told me about it.
LG: Doesn't surprise me.
15: Mom, can we not discuss this anymore? I have a lot on my mind and it is distracting me.
LG: Well, not to mention it is embarrassing discussing boobs and girls and p**n with your mom.
15: Nah, you're just like one of the guys.

I am flattered...I think...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why can't everyone be like us?

My computer is still infected with "I can't tell you which website I went to 'cause you'll be mad" disease, this is will be quick and lame...I can't drop out of NaBloPoMo on day 4!

A question to ponder...Why is everyone else so lame when we are so fabulous? I know we go through life dropping daises and smelling like sunshine and spreading joy wherever we go-why can't everyone be like that?

**smile-frown**

I was just wondering....talk amongst yourselves and let me know what you come up with.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A quick one counts, right?


I can't write at home cause my computer has "teenage boy-itis", so today is a quick

"Thankful Tuesday"

1. My sense of humor
2. The crazy people I know who "get me"
3. A car that starts, runs, gets good gas mileage
4. My cell phone and its awesome camera
5. A part time job that pays well and is really kind of fun.
6. Someone has paid me to write!
7. My parents rock!
8. The Good Lord shining down on people who truly deserve it.
9. I have yet to really lose it this week... I have been "testy"...
but no one has had to face "THE WRATH OF LIBRARYGIRL"
but hey! H1N1 clinic tomorrow, so ...
10. You..whomsoever you may be :)






Monday, November 2, 2009

I can't take the pressure!!!!!

Ok, so I committed to this 30 posts in 30 days thing. I can do this-I think-maybe. I can talk about the people I work with freakin' right the hell out over our switch to a new e-mail system. Or my son infecting my computer with a virus while "doing what teenage boys do" on the Internet. Or my discussion with a friend over whether it is better to have a 60 IQ or a 135 IQ-both sides have their merits, believe me. Or that stupid lady (or was she smart?) who called in her own self as a drunk driver (really funny transcript). Or I could go to the half dozen "prompt sites" I subscribe to and wax poetic on some random subject. But none of those are as good as this...


Sunday, November 1, 2009

30 blogs in 30 days

My Whole Foods Cinderella Fantasy

Ok, I have a confession...I LOVE Whole Foods. I go there like 4 times a year, and always for the same 3 reasons.
1. The Outrageous Cookie. Oatmeal, choc chips, raisins, cranberries, coconut~2 die 4.
2. The No Nut trail mix.
3. The hot food bar-wicked awesome and crazy expensive.
I spend about an hour and $10.00 every time I go-and I so happy! So why, you ask, do I only go there for those reasons and love it so much? Well, it involves my fantasy life...

You see, I drive in the parking lot, park my Chevy Cobalt, slip on my Old Navy flip flops and slide up to the front doors, past the beautiful fall flowers arranged just so. As soon as the doors slide open, my Fair Trade Fairy Godmother waves her organic magic wand over me and I grow six inches. My crazy gray hair becomes perfectly coiffed in a in a $40 barrette. The $1 flip flops become classic black pumps. Baggy Khaki shorts are now a "just tight enough" pencil skirt, white cotton T-shirt morphs into the perfect shade of pink light cashmere shell. My Cobalt becomes a Land Rover. Gucci shades and Blackberry in my Coach bag and I am ready to grocery shop after a long day of meeting with my editor about my next book.

Suddenly, price is no issue. It is all about "the health of my family" $5.00 /lb organic apples, fresh ground almond butter, cold pressed olive oil, free range chicken and no growth hormone milk. Grass Fed beef and stone ground corn tortilla chips and allergy-free everything. I contemplate the merits of dried pomegrante bits versus acai berries for my salad. Shall I buy the honey roasted almonds with cherries or the almond-chocolate-cherries-cranberries trail mix? It is on sale-2 bags for $10.00 -Oh-let's get both! Fresh squeezed juices and the aisle with all the choose your own nuts and beans and granolas! Dinner from the multi-national hot food bar tonight! Organic plant-based shampoo, hand made soap, Earth Shoes, Raw Diet protein bars...Amish butter and Wisconsin Cheeses and Costa Rican Coffee-OH MY!

I fill my cart with all kinds of good for me-good for small foreign nations-good for the Earth stuff, pull out my awesome recycled plastic bottle shopping bags and pack my groceries. I pay with my Black Centurion American Express and head for the doors, calling my retired professional sports playing husband to let him know I am headed home and he should pick up our 2.5 children from the delightfully diverse private school they attend. No help for us-we are "hands on" parents. As the doors slide open, the clock strikes ...

I emerge from the store into the bright FLA sunshine. I slip on my drug store shades, break off a piece of the best cookie I have ever eaten and slide behind the wheel of my trusty American car. I pull a store brand water bottle from the cooler I have prepared and go to watch my son play baseball on this glorious day. I am smiling, happy and content. Just the way a girl should feel after living a fantasy.

P.S. Do you think you can high from granola with Hemp? Just asking!