Friday, October 29, 2010

Childhood asthma: How Do I Loathe Thee?

How do I loathe thee o childhood asthma? Let me count the ways.

I loathe thee with all my depth and breadth and might
My motherhood can reach, when my daughter is coughing out of sight
With nights of vomit and tears running down her face.
I loathe thee to the level of disgrace.

Most breathless affliction, by bedtime and nightlight.
I loathe thee strongly, as mothers strive to make it all right;
I loathe thee quietly, as I ready the nebulizer and calm her malaise.
I loathe thee with a passion to guide her through this choking maze.

In my naivete, I thought the inhalers and propped pillows would protect her.
I loathe thee with an aversion my daughter is smart enough to see
I loathe thee with my whole breath, untainted and clear,
As my daughter gasps "Are you mad at me?"

I shall but loathe thee better after you just leave my daughter alone.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin carving creations

Here's my family creating our jack o' lanterns.  A good time was had by all.
Eww.  Pumpkin guts.

Yuck.  More pumpkin guts.

What are we supposed to do with these pumpkin guts?

More pumpkin guts!

Punching out the pattern.

The fruits of our labor.

Close-up of momma's pumpkin -- a cannibal.

Close-up of daddy's pumpkin -- or Spideykin.
This post is in response to Mama Kat's prompt of something I created for Halloween.

Mama's Losin' It

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hey lady! Parent much?

I try to follow the mantra of Judge not lest ye be judged. (Matthew 7:1) Especially when it comes to parenting.  I figure when I pass by another parent and see a moment in time, I don't know what preceded that situation, I don't know what special needs that child might or might not have, and I don't know what stresses that parent might be under. 


I also have a knack for assessing people's character.  I don't pre-judge, but I am rather quick to determine "what's up."  It's a handy skill and part of what makes me "smarter than the average cookie."

"What's up, lady?"

This past Saturday I was selling some kids items at a mom-to-mom sale when a mom approached my aisle with her stroller with babe and toddler.

Every mom-seller from 10 tables around watched in disbelief as she dragged her toddler on one of those child harnesses down every aisle.   Now, you might think the child was tantruming.... nope.  She was gaming, manipulating, along for the ride.  We were in a gym with a hardwood floor: she was being slide along by mom on her butt past dozens of tables and dozens of other mothers.

That blur is the young girl dragging herself away from mom as her latest attempt to get her mother's attention, and mom pulling her back, absentmindedly.
This is the child being dragged down the aisles by the child harness (leash) by mom with the stroller in front. 

This is me trying not to pass judgement...

After I took those blurry pictures, the moms next to me asked if I had really taken pictures with my cell phone.  When I said I had, we had a long discussion about how we could not believe how that mom could drag her child like that.  And how the child was the one "winning the battle of wills" with a smirk on her face as she was dragged down the aisles.  Just bizarre.

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday fill-ins: Sarcasm, Pretty Woman and werewolves

And... here we go!

1. *sarcasm* One of my strongest beliefs is that working moms are causing the downfall of America. *end sarcasm*

2. Shop assistant: Hello, can I help you?
Vivian: I was in here yesterday, you wouldn't wait on me.
Shop assistant: Oh.
Vivian: You people work on commission, right?
Shop assistant: Yeah.
Vivian: Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.
~Pretty Woman

3. The sky is cloudy with a threat of rain and wind and cold, so my dog is ready to run under the bed.

4. My worry stone is comforting to me.

5. I always thought I'd be married with children.  And here I am -- married with children.

6. I watched in the mirror as I slowly transformed into a werewolf and then I went outside to look at the full moon.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a kid's birthday party with my son, tomorrow my plans include selling lots of stuff at a mom-to-mom sale and Sunday, I want to sleep in!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WMW: Want another rewards card?

My purse contents are really not that exciting... my wallet, my medications for migraines (very important), my ipod, a pen, some hand lotion, and my Blackberry. Actually, my Blackberry isn't even IN my purse. It's attached to the side.

However, what I also have in my purse is a pile of cards banded together with a hair band. Credit cards you think? NO. (though I have a few of those, too). It's all those other plastic cards to get "all those great deals." They are a HUGE wad in my purse now, as they do not fit my HUGE wallet.

*hand palm to face*

 I even upgraded to the "mom" wallet this year.

My mom wallet -- ain't it cute?
 I feel like I'm being a mean customer when I quickly shoot down the sweet retail person offering me *yet another* rewards card. I'm lucky if I remember use the ones I have!

Let's see what plastic mementos do I have in here...
  • Store rewards cards. The biggest culprit. Kroger, Max and Erma's, Office Max, Best Buy, Borders, Famous Footwear...
  • Punch rewards cards. I love Once Upon A Child and my kid's haircut place, but paper cards? Even more fun that the plastic ones because they can get destroyed in between visits to the store-of-choice. And you have to get them punched every time you shop.
  • Library cardS. Yes, I have more than one, because I have my kids' cards, too!
  • Prescription and health card cards. Cuz that couldn't just be one card. And oh -- you have to send me a new one every year so that I'm always carrying around one that is out of date. Thanks.
  • Frequent flyer cards. Northwest Delta loves me. NOT.
  • "Preferred Customer" cards. Apparently both Hertz and Avis prefer ME. Except for that Avis guy who prefers smoking something.
  • Rechargeable cards. It seems like a good idea, and then you have cards from the car wash to Dave & Busters!
  • Random gift cards. You know -- the ones I'll never remember to use.
Does anyone else have this problem? What am I supposed to do with all these cards?

P.S. After I wrote this post over my lunch hour, I ran out to Panera to grab lunch.  Guess what they offered me?  And did I turn it down? Of course not... Mmmm... Panera rewards!

This post was in response the Working Mom's Wednesday prompt... "What is in your purse?"

Wordless Wednesday: Buzz Lightyear invades Spooky Saturday

A couple of pictures of my son at Spooky Saturday -- my neighborhood's Halloween kids party.

Yum! Orchard donuts are the BEST!

My son's pumpkin creation.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Post-it Tuesday: Spooky movie quotes!

Here's some quotes from a few spooky movies.  The answers are at the bottom. 

How many can you guess right?

Done guessing?

-------------------Answers below---------------------

1. Psycho
2. The Shining
3. Nightmare on Elm Street
4. The Lost Boys
5. The Ring
6. Silence of the Lambs
7. Halloween
8. Ghostbusters
9. Jaws
10. Poltergeist
11. The Sixth Sense
12. Carrie
13. Night of the Living Dead
14. The Fly
15. Frankenstein

Only Parent Chronicles

Grace in small things 9: Ren Faire, Spooky Saturday, and Monkeys in a barrel

What is Grace in Small Things?

Grace in Small Things (GIST) as a reminder to take notice of the positive things we tend to overlook. Grace in Small Things exists because we are choosing not to allow the noisiness of life to rob us of the time and energy to be mindful of ourselves and those we love and to recognize the grace that exists in small things.

91. Renaissance Faire!  We went to the Ren Faire a few weeks back.  We try to go every year.  My daughter wore her *awesome* costume made by my friend Emily.

92. Sharing yoga -- My daughter has been taking kids yoga each Saturday.  I'm sad that this Saturday is the last session for the kids. 

93.  Face painting for boys -- My boy got a bloody sword painted on his face at the Ren Faire.  Happy boy.

94. Neighborhood Halloween party!  I was the organizer of Spooky Saturday -- our neighborhood's Halloween party for the kids.  It was a big hit.

95.  Trinkets-n-trash prizes.  That's what the kids were winning at the Spooky Saturday Halloween party playing all the Halloween-themed games.  And they LOVED it.

96. Soccer boys -- My little guy started back up at soccer after taking the summer off (we did swimming lessons instead).

97. Neighborhood volunteers -- Even though I was the organizer of the Spooky Saturday kids party, I had lots of help from my neighbors, family and friends.  Amazing the help you get when you ask! 

98. 3 Monkeys in a barrel

99. Thick soled shoes that get you on the "big kids" ride -- We took the kids to a local fair, and my daughter managed to get onto this ride with Daddy. That is her at that end with Dad.  Very excited.
100. Group Halloween costumes.  My son and my best friend's daughter were the Toy Story character duo of Buzz and Jessie.  Super cute.


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