Archive for February 2014

Five Weird Things I Watched in the 1980s

Lately, I’ve been waxing nostalgic  when it comes to television shows and movies. Mr. Swirley has endured me asking if Ellis is “too young for Goonies” (is that even possible?) no less than 12,000 times since January. All this rose-colored business got me thinking of my most favorite brain-rots from the ol’ childhood that might... Read more »

Caretaking Chronicles: Caring for the Caretakers

I am not professional advice giver. In fact, as a general rule, I advise people to do the opposite of what I suggest. Which then, I suppose, actually means they should follow my advice in the first place. Which is a terrible idea. Just call me Vizzini. Anywhoo, here my tips for caretakers when it... Read more »

Help Fight Pediatric Cancer This Donna Day

In October 2009, my friend and fellow blogger, Sheila aka Mary Tyler Mom (MTM) lost her champion daughter, Donna to childhood cancer. It’s a fear that  most parents carry in the darkest parts of their stomachs, and a reality for all too many. The fortitude exhibited by caretakers is so incredibly humbling as is the... Read more »
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Six Annoying Things That Make Me Want to Stab Myself in the Eye

Brace yourself. It’s been a rough day that included my mom kicking me out of her hospital room after I asked her to stop cursing at me (I did manage to get a high-five from the CPD officer outside…which totally elevated my mood). Because I don’t want to fixate on her current medical situation, I... Read more »

Caretaking Chronicles: Why Can't Physicians Communicate?

I was going to pen a post about the nine hours spent yesterday getting my mom (aka Ardie Ho-Ho) admitted to the hospital. How she stopped eating and drinking because she was certain she was being poisoned (the food at her place isn’t great, but it’s certainly not lethal.). Maybe note the seven hours spent... Read more »

Caretaking Chronicles: Coping with Mental Illness? Ask for Help

Yesterday I went to visit my mom, Ho-Ho, to make sure she was still driving the staff at her independent living facility nuts.  The head Home Care rep informed me that Ho-Ho spent the day pinching her cheeks while telling people she had been poisoned and couldn’t talk. Yes, I do realize how ridiculous it... Read more »
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Download De La Soul's entire discography for free today

WHAT? I know! Give yourself an amazing Valentine’s Day gift and visit De La Soul’s website to download their entire discography for free. I remember listening to a mix tape my friend Andy made for me Junior year of high school – full of oodles and oodles of ohs and damn did I fall in... Read more »

Six Amazing Valentine's Day Gifts My Husband Can Get Me This Year, But Won't

A few days ago I spied a cookbook gifted to me by my mother-in-law titled, “How to Make Love & Dinner at the Same Time.” Eek. Susie Q getting saucy! I ended up setting it on fire, so I obviously didn’t follow the rule of not heating up the kitchen.  But it did get me... Read more »

Courtney Tye Was the Best Mom Her Son Will Never Know

My good friend Kate penned today’s  post to honor her recently passed friend, Courtney Tye (Hooker).  For those reading, please share and consider donating to her newborn son’s, Carter, expense and education fund by clicking here. And for all who knew her, strangers and loved ones alike will cherish and celebrate her memory. God bless.... Read more »
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Help! My Preschooler Needs New Jokes for His Act

I have a 3.5 year old who thinks he is hilarious.  He also likes to repeat the SAME JOKE until my ears bleed and I can feign laughter no more. Here’s a sampling. And just the name/term Bobby makes him laugh and laugh. For six months. “YOU BOBBY!!!” Mama needs some new jokes that aren’t... Read more »
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