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#13 way to change the world

No, you're not going crazy. I've changed the #13 way to change the world. I had to when I saw this...(be careful about clicking the link if you have a weak stomach)...
IFAW Hunt Watch 2009: First stage closes - nearly 20,000 seals killed

The Canadian government has sanctioned the hunt of 280,000 seal pups...for pelts.

Seriously?!?! Seriously?!?! I can't type with enough force to express my disgust at this.

And then I found Marcelo Hoynowski's website and I just had to do...something.

Suggestions for making a difference...
1. Write a letter to save a seal or two!
Send letters to the following persons and indicate how displeased you are with this slaughter:
Prime Minister's Office
Right Honorable Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington St. Ottawa
Ontario, Canada K1A OA2
Fax: 613-941-6900

The Hon. Loyola Hearn.
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
House of…

Partylite party

If you'd like to order any Partylite candles, please let me know.

(blink blink)

Sam: Mom, when the dinosaurs all died, where did people come from?

Me: (sound of my brain exploding)

One thing I know for certain...I am completely and totally inadequate as a parent. And it's a very good thing we're going to the library this afternoon.

Remembering Nicolas

Wishing peace and love to Catherine today (and every day).

Baby sweater

For my niece who is due to be born very soon...

A hat to match is in the works.

She knows I know

When Myles was still tiny and needed to be carried to and from the van in the infant carrier, I would sometimes haul out the stroller for the short walk from the school parking lot into the school to pick Sam up in the afternoons. I saw the looks the other mothers gave as they clearly had forgotten how heavy those damn things can be, particularly when baby reaches the upper weight limit. I felt awkward and chalked it up as one of those things mothers do to one another when they have the luxury of a high horse to sit on.

The other day I passed a mother on my way out of the school. I don't know her, but from seeing her at pickup every day, I'd guess her baby is about six months old now. She's generally pretty friendly and smiles or says hello (as I do with her). On this particular day, her baby wasn't with her as she rushed into the school. In the back of my mind, I suppose I thought this was odd because her baby is always with her. Maybe I unconsciously knew something wa…

World Water Week

March 22-28

$1 can provide a child clean drinking water for 40 days
What is the Tap Project?

In 2007, the Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple concept: restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.

Growing from just 300 New York City restaurants in 2007 to over 2,300 across the country in 2008, the Tap Project has quickly grown into a national movement. Restaurants, corporations, volunteers, advertising agencies, community groups, local governments and everyday diners participated to save millions of children’s lives.

During World Water Week, March 22-28, 2009, the Tap Project will once again raise vital donations and awareness for UNICEF’s water and sanitation programs. For every dollar raised, a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days. All funds raised support UNICEF’s effort…

Miscellaneous thoughts

A cub scout mother approached Steve at this week's meeting to let him know that you can request teachers in Sam's elementary school and we should really request Mrs. Gray for second grade, "because Sam is very intelligent and needs challenged." While I'm grateful for the information, I'm wondering exactly what prompted this sharing. We don't really know her at all so she must be somehow otherwise aware of our current first grade nightmare...which makes me nervous.
I found a "new loss blog" the other day and the author was talking about her latest visit to her OB. Trying to be reassuring, he apparently told her "lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice." I felt like I'd been doused with a bucket of ice water. I wanted to scream...I still want to scream.
I haven't been to the cemetery in a very long time.

St. Patrick's Day recap

Rockin' the Irish shirts...

So what does a good Irish family eat for St. Patrick's Day?

Why, grapes, of course!

A cheeseburger named The Olde English (doesn't he just look thrilled?).

In an effort to be multicultural...the Chef prepared dinner for the boys...

And I, of the "deported from Ireland" heritage...had this deliciousness...

Hey, it's all about whatever fun you make!

I just want to celebrate

Happy last day of winter!

Let the garden planning commence!

My new theme song

It Happens (by Sugarland)

Missed my alarm clock ringing
Woke up, telephone screaming
Boss man singing his same old song

Rolled in late about an hour
No cup of coffee, no shower
Walk of shame with two different shoes on

Now it's poor me, why me, oh me, boring
The same old worn out blah, blah story
There's no good explanation for it at all

Ain't no rhyme or reason
No complicated meaning
Ain't no need to over think it
Let go, laughing
Life don't go quite like you planned it
We try so hard to understand it
The irrefutable, indisputable fact is
Pshhhhh, it happens

My trusty rusty had a flat
I borrowed my neighbors Cadillac
"I'll be right back," going down to Wally World
That yellow light turned red too quickly
Knew that truck the moment it hit me
Out stepped my ex and his new girl
("Sorry 'bout your neck baby")

But it's poor me, why me, oh me, boring
The same old worn out blah,blah story
There's no good explanation for it at all

Ain't no rhyme or reason
No co…

They're plotting to kill me...or drive me insane

It started off simply enough yesterday.

"Mom, what's that path over there?" Sam asked as we left the post office.

"That's the bike path."

"Can we ride our bikes there today?"

"Not about tomorrow?"

"Great...right after school?"

"Sure thing."

This morning I asked my husband to load Sam's bike and his bike up in the van (I do not own a bike of my own). He seemed eager to help (I should have immediately suspected something sinister).

All day I had horrible daydreams about the myriad of ways I could kill myself on a bicycle. See, I haven't been ON a bicycle in...oh...14 years or so (except for the time I tried Steve's bike at my parents last year and discovered my "healed" ankle hurt immensely when pedaling...not to mention the pain-inducing seat up my butt). I imagined trees and sharp turns and falling down ravines into streams. My nerves were shot by the end of the day, but I soldiered on and r…

#11 way to change the world

In honor of Lucy and her amazing mama, Rachel...
Each day, the staff of Cincinnati Children’s brings hope and healing to sick and injured children. In every building, on every floor, miracles are happening.

You can make an impact in the life of a sick child simply by making a gift to Cincinnati Children’s. In these uncertain economic times, there is no greater investment you can make than in the health of our children.
Click here to explore ways to give.


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Miscellaneous thoughts

Please don't get your hopes up. Even though I didn't get to Miscellaneous Thoughts last week, I don't have too much insight this week either.
Happy Friday the 13th!
I've fallen behind on my self portrait/photos and my Photo Fridays. I have to break out the camera and really get busy some time this weekend. I should be able to squeeze in a few shots between the APL mall grand-reopening, shopping and lunch with mom, my soon-to-be-sister-in-law's baby shower, and an APL meeting of the Board of Directors. The last time I had a weekend this busy planned, I got the flu. I hope that doesn't happen this time, since Steve's been sick this week with it.
Myles need shoes in order to move up to the toddler room at daycare. There are so many things about this that I am just not ready for, not the least of which is the fact that I had no idea there were so many cute shoe c…

Telephone tree

Good news! Word is that Steve's mom's heart cath went well and she should be able to go home tomorrow.

Oh my!

On the heels of my last school post, I get this note today...'s not a joke. This is the actual note (with the name blocked out to protect the not-so-innocent).

I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried!

It's elementary

I thought I was nuts. Making a mountain out of a mole-hill, as my dad might say. But Sam brought home his report card yesterday and I'm just so confused that I think it's pointless to even worry about it anymore.

In the notes section, it says, "Thank you for attending parent conferences. There has been a marked improvement in Sam's behavior." In the columns specifically concerning behavior, where Sam received check marks last time (indicating "needs improvement"), he now received check minuses with "better" noted beside the check minuses. Huh? If a check mark indicates "needs improvement" what does a check minus indicate? and what does a check minus with a "better" next to it mean?

I swear...I never thought first grade would be so difficult...for me. lol!

Somebody please pass the secret decoder ring. Thanks!
Along the same storyline...I have to tell you about a conversation I had the other…

news from the phone tree

Steve's mom had abdominal surgery two weeks ago and followed it up Tuesday night with a heart attack. She is now in the hospital for a heart catheterization, which will take place today at 3pm.

Thank you Catherine!

You are awesome! And I will gladly be your dysfunctional yarn codependent!

Seriously...thank you! I will let you know how I do with the hook.

Welcome to the world Baby Eli!

At 9:07am, Choofy Mama posted the sweetest words...


Safe and sound

Congratulations to the entire family!

Yay Lucy!

I know a bunch of us were waiting for the news...and it came...Lucy did great!

I know Rachel is waiting to breathe her sigh of relief for when the rough part of recovery is over. She has always been an awesome mama to Lucy and I know she will get through this part with her typical Rachel style and grace. But if you could please keep her in your thoughts and prayers...I know it would mean a lot.

Yay Lucy!

Identity crisis

After seeing myself tagged as "the grumpy one" on a facebook wall photo, I'm having a bit of an identity crisis. Is that how people see me? grumpy?

I'll be the first to admit I'm no Mary Sunshine. And I do have my grandmother's and mother's quick Polish temper. But for some reason I hate the idea that I'm considered grumpy. And so I've been finding it hard to write here.

I know I often share online when there is (or I perceive there is) no other outlet. So this place has become my mental dumping ground. I am most prolific here when I have something I need to work out...some emotion I need to process. When I'm quiet, it means things are going well and I'm happy. I guess that doesn't do much for my image, does it?

I promise...I smile and laugh...and I'm reasonably loveable.

I swear. :o) <---do cheesy emotes help my image?

***Totally editing this to TRY to fix my obvious failings at communication (and quite possibly friendship).***
I …

Remembering Thomas

I can not wish a happy birthday to a little boy today who should be four years old.

Instead, I can only look at his picture and just keep wishing, "Just breathe...just move...just cry. Your mama is so amazing and I know it would make her so happy."

But I know the ending to this story was already written four years ago. "Once upon a time" and "the end" tied together in a knot that can not be untied by any force in this life.

So I hope there is peace wherever he is. Because his absence (and the absence of so many others) leaves little peace for us...

...mothers who look at photos and long for the impossible.

#10 way to change the world

This week I was involved in the pre-construction meeting for the development of a bike trail between two nice park areas along the Lake Erie shore. It will be a very nice project when completed that I will personally use. So along those lines, this week's charity is the Trust for Public Land.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Click here to explore ways to support TPL.

Want to know just how much less women make than men?

Today's revelation

It has taken me four years to figure out why I always feel depressed after my birthday. At first I thought it was just seasonal...lack of sun...too much cold...etc. But today it hit me that my birthday is the end of our family's very long holiday season. I make it all the way through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and then my birthday in a relatively good mood. But after my birthday, the only thing looming on the calendar to "look forward to" is May 8th. And then May 11th (I'm not so much about Easter because the whole re-birth theme just makes me queasy and irritable.).

Maybe I'd do better if I made more out of St. Patrick's Day in March and then Earth Day in April?

I just don't know.


This one is EASY.

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Malley's Easter chocolates

Sam is selling Malley's Easter chocolates for a school fundraiser. If you would like to look at his personal webpage (and possibly order so he can meet his $150 goal to earn a ticket to Cedar Point Amusement Park), drop me an email. Provided I know who you are, I will send you the link.

Sale goes until April 6th.

Shipping is probably not available out of the USA, but I don't know for sure.

Entertainment Tonight

Him: "You know what's so great about the octo-mom story?"

Me: "Uh...(do I really want to ask?) just have to know)...what?"

Him: "At least now Entertainment Tonight isn't harping on fat people anymore."

Need your help

I need help coming up with a catchy/funny/semi-interesting team name for my fantasy baseball team. is true...I participate in fantasy baseball. Though, honestly, "participate" is a word used very loosely...since my team generally ends up somewhere in the neighborhood of last place.

Did you see it?

Texas NILMDTS Photographer, Amber Augustin, was featured on the 3/1/09 episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

I missed it so hopefully I can watch it online sometime this week.

Miscellaneous thoughts

I'm a little late with Miscellaneous Thoughts for last week for all kinds of crazy reasons, not the least of which is the 24+ hour flu bug I caught...just in time for my Pampered Chef party Friday night. I hostessed from the next room so as not to infect any of my guests. Hey...I'm just THAT classy.
I appreciate all your kind comments to my vent about Sam's teacher. I promise I'm not going to hurt her or anything.

I guess I'm feeling particularly fragile as signs of spring start to show up and I know what's around the corner emotionally for me. I guess I'm just not equipped to deal particularly well with stress right now.

The teacher found the form for day 2 of the great communication experiment. Yay her!

Sam did well on Day 2. Yay Sam!

When I picked Sam up on Day 3, he took one look at me and burst into tears. This is NOT what I was going for. And no, I don't give a rat's …

Thank you Meg!

The lovely Meg revealed herself as my Secret Pal for the SP13 swap with this fabulous package! I can not wait to try my hand at some crocheted socks (I dare not even attempt knitted socks...can you just imagine?)!

Thank you so much Meg! You were an awesome pal and I can't thank you enough for all the delicious goodies!