Sunday, September 13, 2009

Lovely Weekends

In July, the day of Mason's birthday, I think it was 64 degrees out, overcast.  We had kids in jackets.  Today, September 13, it is 90 out......I love you Indian Summer.....

Mother Earth...if you would like to extend this well into November, you won't hear any complaints from us.

First off...big news....we have a preschooler in our house.....

I was doing fine and then she turned to walk in and I saw her massive backpack and her scrawny legs and I started the silent sobbing, wipe wipe, hurry don't want anyone to see,,,,but oh look at how cute she looks...wipe wipe, sniffle.  How the heck did this happen?  Where did the last 3.5 years go?  I am still looking for some magic fairy dust that will prevent the growth of my kids, but I guess until that time comes, I am just going to have to deal with the GROWTH, the LEARNING, the TALKING BACK, the AMAZINGLY CRAZY AND CREATIVE STORIES OF THE SPIDERS AND GRUFFALOS EATING ME IN MY BEDROOM, and the EXCUSES ON WHY I CAN'T GO TO SLEEP and THE BEAUTY OF HOW THEY (MY MONKEYS) JUST ADORE EACH OTHER and the FACT THAT I HAVE TWO OF THE MOST AMAZING KIDS EVER (not to say your kids aren't great....)

In the meantime, I will just feel blessed and enjoy my lovely weekends....

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Going out on a limb

So a few weeks back the fam and I went to this cafe in Exelsior that has Tuesday taco night (they had sent us a nice postcard/advertisement and the ad worked).  Well, we were waiting for the gourmet tacos to arrive, we struck up conversation with the table next to us.  They too were sporting some tots and so of course, we have things in common (messy house, lack of sleep, no social life, etc.).  Anyways, they were new to town, they had moved here in the winter.  The woman/mom/wife began to tell me that she really wasn't liking Minnesota, that it was hard to meet people and so on.....(I always hear this from the out-of-staters...remember I was the President of an Alumni group for quite some time.)

Now I know what all the Minnesotans are going to say...that is a bunch of is easy to meet people...blah blah blah....but it isn't.  As someone who is pretty outgoing, willing to try new things, I found it pretty difficult to meet people.  I still do, but now at least I am being really proactive about it.  Besides, with kids and work, the time available to hang with well, close to non-existent.   But anyways, that was not the point of the story.  As she was telling me this story, I really felt like we had connected and I said we should get together...go to an art museum, club....etc.  I handed her my phone number and email address.  Well, a few weeks have gone by and no call.  Here we spent 10-15 minutes discussing a lack of friendship and then no call.  So the question you think she thought I was wierd for giving her my information?  I mean, it wasn't like I was hitting on her...Josh was there and so was her husband. 

Which leads me to the beginning of the summer where Josh and I and the fam were in our local grocery store (which I hate...but I won't go into it...I go there out of total emergency necessity--all I have to say is SMOKING IN THE BUTCHER'S KITCHEN IS AGAINST ALL HEALTH CODES)....but again, we got into a conversation with a man and his son (again a 3 or 4 year old little boy)....they had recently adopted him.   We talked for awhile and so I again, handed him our number and email and said we should get the kids together. email (yes, I check my spam filter). 

Do I have cooties?  Do people think I am a stalker?  The thing is...that I really try and be inclusive....I really truly believe that every single thing....every last drop....every crazy interaction...every second....happens for a reason. 

So if I meet you, I know there is a reason for meeting you.  Like...let's take it further...maybe I am here to teach you something or maybe you are here to guide me....

I guess I just feel that there are no coincidences...I just wish others felt the same.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Just a reminder

This weekend is Labor Day weekend and as is always the case, the MDA(Muscular Dystrophy Association) Jerry Lewis Telethon is this weekend. Through a quick email exhange I met Kayla's mom (see Kayla's Cure blog over there on the right). Kayla has myotonic dystrophy and through amazing efforts to find a cure for myotonic dystrophy, Kayla's mom is now the head of the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. This illness and 43 other muscular dystrophy illnesses are going to be supported this weekend during the telethon. Myotonic dystrophy has deeply affected many wonderful people, including Kayla. So if you get a chance, please watch Kayla's story this weekend on the program.
Tomorrow morning, Thursday, September 3rd through the 5th or 6th, Kayla's family will be on the MDA homepage:, talking about what the telethon will mean to them. And then this weekend they will share Kayla's story and be interviewed live on the telethon. The current schedule for their appearances is:Sunday, September 6 – Hour 2 – 6:55 - 7:45 p.m. PacificMonday, September 7 – Hour 19 – 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. Pacific