Friday, February 7, 2014

Can We Discuss...

This season's Biggest Loser finale???!!!


I think the producers should have vetted that situation and it should never have aired with her on it.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Jazzketball For The Win

Before implementing Jazzketball methods...

Kid pretty much wandered around the court in a stress induced daze.

She actually supposed to be blocking that #12.

(They lost 8 to 40)

After implementing Jazzketball...

She's in the game, people.

She's actually blocking.

She's running... toward the ball, even!

(They won! 16 to 10)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lost Connection

Our Internet is down, and while I love you all & would love to give you a good (or bad) post... I have very little patience for trying to do this from the Blogger app on my phone. The very fact that I am doing this at all is a testament to both my deep love for you and the insane level of stick-to-itiveness I have been known to exhibit when I make a commitment.

2 things:

1) Kid had her first game yesterday and it was horrific. It was like they were up against an NBA team. Kid was pretty much frozen like a deer in headlights the entire time. I've been encouraging her to employ my highly aerobic and rhythmic dance orientated distraction technique I have dubbed : "Jazzketball"
Get in on it early peeps it will be a future Olympic sport. You heard it hear first.

2) We had meatball subs for dinner. They were fantastic, mostly because my meatballs were fantastic (pork, people... I am so over any other kind of ground meat). My freezer is full of them & spaghetti got old. Tomorrow I'm changing out our BBQ pulled chicken for a shredded Jamaican jerk crockpot pork recipe I found (minus the heat). I'll report back on that one. We haven't gone out to eat for over a month (outside of Baby's birthday). Meal planning & freezer cooking... people, it 100% works.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Love Of My Life...

People, real quick, because it's almost time for me to go to bed... which reminded me of how much I wanted to share with you my insane love for the "Cat Purr" sound on my Relax Melodies app.

It's free and it has changed my life.

Or my sleep.  Which is just as important.

Facebook friends will recall that on New Years I was driving the kids through a blizzard on my way home from Pennsylvania.

And we had to make an emergency stop at a really bad motel.

I mean there was unidentified crust on the remote.  It was just gross.  Let's not talk about it.

But I digress...

I have had the Relax Melodies app on my phone for just such nights out when I need to block out sound and I don't have the high powered fan I use at home for that purpose.

(I think I've mentioned that I have troubling sleeping, yes?)

Well, on this particular night I scrolled past my usual "Oscillating Fan" and discovered "Cat Purr" and for a joke I turned it on.

And then I was out like a light.

God, I love it.  As soon as I turn it on, it is like I've been hit by a tranquilizer dart.

Seriously.  I think it hypnotizes me.  I fall right to sleep and sleep sounder than ever before.

Good night.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Unrelated to Anything Else

I have to say that I am pretty depressed about Philip Seymour Hoffman.

I saw him on Broadway in True West and it was an AMAZING theatrical experience.

He was amazing.

And I am always sad when someone dies like that.

It just feels so desperate and sad.

I'm devastated that his children (my own kids ages) will know those details.

The syringe in his arm.

And always wonder why they weren't enough.

You don't get over something like that... you just don't.

It changes the trajectory of your life.

I worked with many kids whose parents had been heroin addicts.

One little boy was found when he was 3 years old sleeping with his dead overdosed mother.

(sorry... I know that is graphic... but it still haunts me).

My own growing up centered around the very secret and turbulent life parental mental illness and addiction create.

It is hard.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Kid got her period this weekend.

I am both not surprised and in emotional shock.

Seeing as she has had hormonal acne, been wearing a bra,

and shaving her armpits for the past 6 months...

I can't say we didn't see this coming.

We've talked ALL about it.

She knows that my mom never told me anything... so...

I've told her ALL of the embarrassing stories (of which there are many!)

But as a late bloomer myself, it's still a bit overwhelming for ME.

I can't wrap my head around what it will be like for her, or how she is processing it.

She was playing dolls with her sister all morning.

I had had YEARS of Seventeen magazine reading under my belt to prepare me for all to come.

She is just starting to master basic self care...

it feels unfair to saddle an 11 year old with all of this.

And all of the things (many awkward)... swimming, and going to camp, etc.

We're playing it cool,

but inside?... yeah...

I don't know that anyone hopes their daughters are early bloomers.

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