I was going to write a cheery post tonight. Then this happened. I'm spitting nails:
A U.S. District Court in Florida rejected a lawsuit by a lesbian mom who had been kept apart from her partner who lay dying in a Florida hospital. The couple's three children were kept from her as well.
In February 2007, Janice Langbehn and Lisa Pond boarded an R Family cruise, looking forward to vacation with their children. Just before the boat left, however, Pond collapsed… Continue
Back in the days before You Tube and widespread DVDification of classic television shows, “The Electric Company” was my 1970’s-nostalgia white whale. I loved my “Rhoda” re-runs on Nick and Nite and retro talk-show performances by the likes of John Lennon or Jefferson Airplane on VH1, but my beloved “Electric Company” was nowhere to be found. Even my fellow pop culture geeks seemed woefully indifferent to the series, although occasionally I’d find someone who’d fondly remember Paul the Gorilla… Continue
So, as I've posted about once or twice before, we have a nephew who we've been worried about for quite some time. He is currently 4 and 1/2, and is completely non-verbal. He squeals when he is unhappy, which is most of the time, and engages in lots of repetitive behavior, like tapping hard toys against the tv screen, spinning things around on the floor, etc. My SIL and her husband (although it's safe to say that she makes the decisions in their family, and he goes along with them) have wrapped… Continue
I saw the geneticist. She was wonderful, and warm, and bursting with knowledge. The genetic counselor was great, too. I guess I had been a little more anxious than I had realized, and I've just really not been coping as well as normal lately in general, because I nearly broke down in tears when talking to both of them. I'm sure they've seen worse - they deliver pretty terrible news daily, worse than any news I'll get from them. It was a huge relief to sit in the room with a doctor who knows… Continue
At various points in my adult life, and certainly for most of the past decade, I have grabbed onto summer and held it to me ever tighter as July has become August has become September, doing my desperate best to keep Mother Nature from taking it back from me. But she keeps beating me at this game. Most people I know over the age of 12 have already accepted the end of summer; Labor Day was two and a half weeks ago, and school's been in session since right… Continue
Hey, Neal. I'm considering a vaporizer, but I've tried the glass dome and was not impressed. Is the Silver Surfer really all that?
Well, I've been surfing happily for six years now, and I show no signs of stopping, though the company has also done everything it can to encourage product loyalty by occasionally sending me free paraphernalia. Honestly, some of my stoner friends consider using the Surfer a lot of work. You have to heat the wand a certain way and then you have to… Continue
I just found out today. I'm only about four weeks along, so not really experiencing any symptoms yet. I'm so excited! I can't wait till my bf gets home so I can tell him he's gonna be a daddy! We've only been trying for two months, so this is really exciting!
My kids will be 10 and 6 when the new baby is born. Any ideas on how/when to tell them?
I’m overjoyed that my son is old enough for a movie theater and can now be my movie buddy. However, it’s a gamble taking him to a flick because his track record for sitting through an entire movie is spotty at best. Now it’s one thing if we leave halfway through Hotel For Dogs or G-Force. But you want to leave in the middle of a Pixar movie and you and me got problems, mister. (Halfway through… Continue
I'm just posting this blog to introduce myself. I'm a single mama with a couple of awesome kiddos. I gave birth to my nine year old daughter when I was 17. Her father is not in the picture at all, don't really know where he is, actually. My five year old son was born in a birthing tub at home when I was 21, and spends most afternoons with his daddy.
My kids are extremely aware and intelligent, and my daughter is a staunch activist. She spends a lot of time going to rallys, marches,… Continue
So last night I was told I was a whiner because I said I'd had a rough year. Two 15 week pregnancy losses this past year. This is not to mention the other three previous to having birthed S. I already feel like a failure as a wife and mother because I cannot give my husband another child. Five pregnancy losses are not easy for me, and there is no such thing as grieving for one but not the others. I am pretty strong, yet I feel we are chipping away our relationship right now. I often feel like I… Continue
I would like to introduce myself to the person who will now be spending more than six hours a day, five days a week, for the next nine months, with my younger son, bringing my last baby one year closer to not needing any of us anymore. (I, of course, will respond by adopting 14 sick cats in June.)
I wish I could say I think you're up to the job, but sadly, I suspect The Spare will get the better of you.
You seem, Mrs. Price, to be grandmotherly… Continue
We opened the door and the four of us were greeted with a glare approximating the surface of the sun. The wood floor was beautiful actually, top of the line stuff, but it reflected the horrendous yellow of the walls--two shades of yellow, to be precise, above and below a strip of moulding--to a harrowing degree.
"We can always paint," said my girlfriend (Emet, meet Offsprung; Offsprung, Emet), just before her corneas combusted.
Sure, we could always paint, but we'd also… Continue
My doctor still sucks. So much so that DaddyWho got pissed and called the NIH. They were very helpful, put him in touch with a genetics department that they knew had seen patients with Ehlers-Danlos, and gave us info about upcoming studies that will be recruiting soon. The genetics department was totally booked until Februrary, and they said that just won't do, because I'm not being adequately treated, and they'd call back. 30 minutes later, they call back with a referral for another department… Continue
Animation wasn’t always just for kids. In the 30's, 40's and 50's, cartoon shorts were produced to run in front of movies. Each major studio had their own cast of characters, who have now become famous. Disney had a mouse. Warner Brothers had the Looney Tunes, Universal gave us Woody Woodpecker and MGM created Tom and Jerry. These cartoons were irreverent, violent and sometimes had adult themes. But over the years, they were co-opted by Saturday morning TV and soon drifted into the world of… Continue
My husband called this afternoon to tell me that his boss had two tickets to the Miley Cyrus concert Monday, and of course can't (isn't crazy so doesn't want to) go. This is how I became the lucky recipient of two tickets to the concert - one for Ri and one for me.
Ri is not a fan of Miley's (thank goodness), but she does want to go, of course. Metro Station is the opening act, and she doesn't think Miley is the WORST thing ever. So I'm going - yay me!