Monthly Archive: February 2016

What do I want to be when I grow up

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You might think that this is an odd title for a blog post.  Especially seeing as though I am in my 40’s now.  Where did the time go?!  But I have thought a lot recently about what I want to be when I grow up.  How do people figure out what they want to do with their lives – what they’re “meant” to do?  Sometimes I feel like I just throw things at the wall to see what will stick.  I discuss struggles with finding my passion in my previous blog post Another day, another butterfly.  If you haven’t watched the link in there to Cass Phillipps TedX talk, I highly suggest watching it.

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My favorite podcasts

Unlike children’s books, the podcast market is wide and varied.  You can find a podcast for almost any topic.  While I believe there are a variety of ways you can listen to them, I personally have only used iTunes.  I’ve only been listening to podcasts for about a year – I was first introduced to them by my husband.  And it took him bugging me to listen to one of his before I finally had a listen.  I found I was pleasantly surprised.  I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts.  Some of the ones I’ve tried I’ve ended up turning off about 5-10 minutes into them because they just didn’t work for me.  In this post, I will share with you the ones that I do listen to, and why.

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Fangirling out again 20 years later

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So today one of my favorite bands, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers tweeted out that 20 years ago today the Refreshments started touring with the Gin Blossoms and Dead Hot Workshop.  I tweeted a response about how, once upon a time, a couple of college girls traded cigarettes for autographs along with a picture of a 20 year old box of cigarettes with signatures (see below).  A short while later I get a notification on my phone… Roger Clyne (@azpeacemakers) retweeted your Tweet!  Now being the mature, 40+ year old mother that I am, I started fangirling out.  I mean, I literally just joined twitter two weeks ago – and my very first retweet was from Roger?!!  Would I jump up and down in my kitchen about a tweet?  Maybe….  So I thought I would share how it all went down 2o years ago.

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My Favorite Children’s Books

I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a bibliophile.  I love books.   I’d like to say I’ve never met a book I didn’t like, but I had to read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair when I was in middle school.  To be fair, maybe I would enjoy it now… but my vague recollections of the book make me think probably not.  I don’t have nearly as much time to read books these days, at least not books without pictures.  Having spent a decent amount of time with children’s books, I thought I would give my 2 cents on my favorite children’s books of late. – several of which have come via Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  If you aren’t familiar with this program and have children between 0 and 5 years of age, please look it up and see if it is available in your area (availability is only in Australia, Canada, United Kingdoms and the United States of America).  Each month they send your child a new age appropriate book, free of charge.  My girls get excited when their monthly book comes in (ok, Mom gets excited too).  I’m actually going to be a little sad when they end up aging out of the program.  But back to the books…

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Involuntary Movements

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So many years ago I started having trouble with loss of muscle tone in my face.  Kind of like a Bells Palsy.  It would last for 10 mins or so and then resolve.  I thought nothing of it – or maybe I was afraid to think anything of it.  Eventually it progressed to involuntary arm movements and then to one very scary pseudo seizure. I call it pseudo because I was fully conscious so it wasn’t a real seizure.  Back then I saw several doctors – some thought I was making it up – finally I received a diagnosis – Essential Myoclonus.  I was put on medication that seemed to mostly keep it under control and things were ok.   Eventually though I decided I wanted to ween myself off the drugs – at that time I was taking Neurontin (Gabapentin), Klonopin (Clonazepam) and Ativan (Lorazepam).  I was getting married and I knew we wanted children, so in my mind if I could come off of all the medications I should.  And I successfully did – one at a time.  The Neurontin was the easiest.  I ended up joining Benzo Buddies which was an online group to help come off the Klonopin and Ativan as they are both Benzodiazepines.  I was super careful, using the titration taper plan.  Finally I was off everything.  And for the most part I was fine…

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Putting things away

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I came home from a meeting tonight… hmm… the house smells like essential oils.  I diffuse it in the girls bedroom at night so that must be it.  I go down to the basement to talk to my husband… uhoh, he doesn’t look very happy.  Turns out the girls got into our bedroom (we try to lock the door because two four-year-olds can really do some damage).  And since mommy has been rubbing oil on their feet before bedtime lately, they decided they would do it.  Except that I used the roller applicator with the diluted lavender.  Apparently they just grabbed the bottles and were rubbing them directly on the bottoms of their feet.  On the plus side, lavender and frankincense are fairly benign. On the downside, frankincense isn’t exactly cheap.  And as my husband said, “that’s why the house smells like a whorehouse.”  Admittedly I have never been to a whorehouse, but I imagine they smell more flowery… but perhaps not.  So the oils have now been moved to a safer location.  Lesson learned.

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