Tuesday, March 25, 2008


First of all, you probably haven't seen this website, so please check it out.
The website may seem daunting and high brow, but seriously, just start clicking. Watch some of the talks. These people are inspiration epitomized. I watched one talk from Karen Armstrong about compassion in religion. Just imagine the possibility, compassion for all religions FROM all religions, imagine the impact. http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/234

I also watched a woman speak about strokes. She was a neurologist who had a stroke. She realized partly into her stroke that she was having one and speaks about what it was like to experience it from the inside....amazing stuff.

Then I watched Dave Eggers. I honestly don't know who most of these people are. There are some talks from Bill Clinton, Al Gore and other notables, but for the most part they are brilliant people who every year speak to other brilliant people to share ideas. If only I could atttend one of these conferences.....

But I digress, Dave Eggers spoke about his organization Once Upon a School and the difference he made in thousands of childrens lives and how he and his friends have changed their neighborhood entirely. They opened up a pirate supply store, recruited 1400 volunteers and made a difference.
Watch and see.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Creepy Vampires

When I went to pick up David’s medication refill from the Dr. an order for blood work was attached. It said something about annual blood tests or something…..he’s never had his blood drawn so I am not sure about the reasoning, but I am sure it’s to make sure his meds aren’t doing any damage to his organs or something….no worries…..

Some background:
When David was younger and was getting immunizations all the time, I used to have to bring my dad with me to the Dr. on days I knew he was going to get shots. It’s because my child has been a mutant since birth and is incredibly big and strong. It took both of us to hold him down. As soon as his leg was exposed, he would start flailing and screaming. One time, my dad didn’t come with us. It was just me vs. the mini-man giant and he won. I was trying to hold him down the best as I could. The nurse got that needle out and it was on! Once that nurse got that needle into his leg, he reared up and kicked her. Hard. In the thigh. She refused to give him any more shots. She always got another nurse. Come to think of it, I think she retired. But I am sure it had nothing to do with my lovely, well behaved baby boy.

Present Day:
“David, on Thursday you have a half day at school. After I meet with your teacher, I am going to take you to get a blood test”

“A What?”

“Well, we have to go to the Dr, they are going to take some blood from you and send it off to the scientists so they can make sure you are healthy”


“With a needle”

“Is it going to hurt?”

“yes, but just for a second, it feels like a pinch and then it is over and it won’t hurt anymore, you just have to be brave”

“But mom? It’s kinda creepy”


“Yeah, it’s like they’re vampires”

“Honey, they are not vampires, they are nurses or doctors”

(under his breath) .................................“yeah, creepy vampire nurses”

Thursday, March 13, 2008

It's times like these, I wish I had a man in the house......

About a week ago, I am sitting in the living room and David is in the bathtub. I hear him calling……”mom? Can you come here for a second?”
“What’s the matter David?”
“I don’t know…..there is something weird here”
“what is it?”
“You’re gonna have to come here, there are these bumps……”

Oh shit! My mind immediately goes ‘measles? Mumps? Tumor?’

David comes walking out of the bathroom in a towel and says “these bumps….They feel like eggs”
As he drops the towel and is pulling on his balls.
My son discovered his testicles……..

……Such is my life.

Today I have a teacher conference and David gets to have blood drawn, I will post about it later. I am debating on whether I should be the good, supposrtive mom and hold my baby's hand or if I should take pictures. We shall see.