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What I Learned This Week – 9/9/12

I learned this week that the power of positive thinking does in fact manifest great things.

My fellow blogger LazyHippieMama this week manifested herself a trip to Disney World. She simply asked clearly for what she wanted and ye shall receive!

This week I stumbled and bumbled and begged the universe for my son’s urologist to give us a good report. It wasn’t a glowing report. But he also didn’t say anything was wrong either. (Which, as a mother, leaves me a little in limbo.) He said the portable ultrasound my son had a month ago was good enough to see that his kidney was still large (bad), but not dilated (good), and that it could take several years for it to return to a more normal size (as it has been enlarged since the womb). He said we should come back in November for a regular ultrasound, just to keep an eye on things.

My son at the McDonald’s Play Place, about an hour after the doctor gave us a good review.


This week I also became the proud owner of a new modem, then in turn, a new router. But, maybe this was manifested too. After all, I never doubted that we would have Internet back soon. OK, so I didn’t doubt…much.

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Why I Blog

I got the idea to write this post from a comment I left for Friffle Thoughts in response to her post “Are All Bloggers Writers?”:

I used to think I wanted to write fiction/novels/short stories as a career someday. Then I tried it and realized it was hard work, like every other job. I didn’t like that. I stopped.

But then I discovered blogging. Blogging to me is like the free-writing I used to do in high school English class. It is easy. It clears my mind. My “blogging voice” is exactly what runs through my head. And once I write it down, then I don’t have to hold that experience/memory in my head anymore (it is getting very crowded in there).

My real inspiration for my blog was Tina Fey’s book “Bossypants”. Afterall, it is really just a free-write of events in her life. And it sold millions!!!

FYI-I love your friffles of thought.

And to expand on that tiny little comment:

If I am in a writing mood (i.e. writing about a topic I am interested in and for my own enjoyment and not for, say, work), the words just flow to me. They just pour out of my head and through my hand onto the paper. I feel as though someone else writes through me. I get frustrated that I cannot write fast enough to keep up with my thoughts. I would be a terrible writer of books. I usually believe that the first batch of words I capture on paper are the best and I do not like to edit them after (except fixing spelling and grammatical errors). In school, they always wanted you to have multiple drafts of big papers. Often all my drafts looked very similar.

Without realizing it, I often think in my head as though I am writing or telling a story to someone else. Often, I can think of a blog post in my head multiple times before I actually have the chance to write it down. When I do write it, it will be almost identical to the first time I ran the thought through my head. Yes, I like to write my posts out in long hand. I can type faster than writing, but then I get lots of typos and they slow me down and make me lose my train of thought. (I recommend Uni-Ball Jetstream 1.0 Bold pens. They flow quickly and thickly.) And I might not get to type it up for another month. And when I do, I can anticipate the next words or sentences while typing–because the words came out of my brain in the first place.

With blogging, there is also that delicious chance at the monster that is fame. Someone might read my blog. Anyone might read my blog. Someone who reads it might pass it on to another. A link might get posted somewhere else. My writing might get re-posted. Someone famous might read my blog. Someone in publishing might see and want to give me a book deal. Someone in news might see it and want to include me in a newscast. (Hey, it can happen. I take full credit for badly influencing my asbestos friend, lazyhippiemama, to begin blogging and she ended up on HuffPost Live!)

I am someone who has anxiety, but secretly yearns to be famous and known. I love the entertainment industry. I read Entertainment Weekly every week cover to cover. I went to college and studied Radio and TV Broadcasting. On radio, you can be heard by millions but hide behind the microphone. On television, you can hide behind the camera. On my blog, I can hide behind my computer screen. I can blur my face out in photos one week if I feel like being anonymous. The next week I can leave my face alone if I am feeling brave and confident in my writing and topic.

Most of all, I can get all these words and experiences out of my head! I am almost 37 years old and running out of room up there. I have trouble remembering anything, especially since I was pregnant and had my son. I thought not being able to hold a thought was just a “pregnancy” thing. But for me, it seems to be just a “parent” thing.

I used to watch the great sitcoms of the 80’s and always say “I could write that.” And except for the fact that I am too scared of big cities to move to L.A., I think I could have been good at that. I think it was my secret career dream. I should have listened the night it presented itself to me in a dream. In the dream, I was working with a group of people to create a new TV show. It was all last minute and came together very quickly (Yes. I am aware shows take years to develop and get on air–DREAM, remember?) So quickly, that when they put the show together, they wanted to give me a vanity card at the end, but I hadn’t created one. In the dream, I never knew they created one for me until I watched my first episode and saw it at the end. The other creators knew I liked to cross-stitch (I actually do in reality, but haven’t done it in years), so my vanity card was done in cross-stitch. If I ever knew what it said, I can’t remember. I have never forgotten that dream. And I know if I ever do create a series, that is what I will use.

An example of a simple cross-stitch

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What I Learned This Week – 8/26/12

I learned that it is awesome to have an anniversary date with my husband with NO CHILD with us! We haven’t both been out together without him since before he was conceived (well, I guess the first 40 weeks don’t count). He is 21 months old…TODAY! I felt rushed, because we had to get back before he fell asleep (we failed). But we had a great time.

Thanks again to LazyHippieMama for babysitting.

I also learned that it is awesome to go on a family play day out together (along with our favorite little blue engine). We went to Day Out With Thomas at the Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint, Michigan.

When I was a kid, we had a brochure in my house for Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad, that we had picked up on some vacation Up North. I used to stare at that brochure and wish we could go there. How sad is that? At that time I had never been on a full-size train ride and had not been pulled by a steam engine. I have done both those things in the almost 30 years since. But, I had still never gone to Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad. I sort of assumed they had gone out of business, because railroads have expensive upkeep.

Then last summer a friend of mine recommended this Thomas event. I figured that my son was sort of too young to get it last year, so we didn’t go. But this year we went. And WE HAVE CREATED A MONSTER! My son can’t say “Thomas” or “train”, but he sure did say “toot-toot” a lot. I witnessed the awesome power of licensed characters and the merchandising machine first hand. But we all had great fun. And the village had lots more to do than I would have thought. We didn’t arrive til 11am, and I felt rushed. We didn’t get to see it all.

When we got home, my son grabbed all his Thomas and Friends books and looked at them more carefully than before, no doubt remembering his awesome day. At least he isn’t old enough to ask for a trip to the Island of Sodor yet.

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What I Learned This Week – 7/1/12

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This week I learned that my husband can build a swing set (well, there is only one swing for now, so I guess it isn’t a set so much as a swing frame) with no plans or measurements except for what was in his head. I think it came out awesome. My son loves it. Our backyard now looks very kid friendly. And if the weather ever cools down, my son can use it some more.

I am very proud of my husband and his manly building skills. I think he may have even surprised himself.

I also learned the best gift a girl can give a friend is homemade deodorant. I have had problems with deodorant giving me a rash for years. For the last few years, I have used Dove Invisible Solid for Sensitive Skin. It was kinder to my skin than most, but still contains the ingredient that gives me a rash (Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY), albiet in a lower percentage, so that it never quite kept me dry either. Plus, I believe it is widely known that that ingredient probably helps people develop cancer. And I used to have to put Hydrocortizone cream in my pits to help with the rash. That probably doesn’t help the situation either.

Then Lazy Hippie Mama made me some homemade deodorant (see this post for recipe). It rocks! She made it from coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch. It doesn’t seem to give me a rash. It works. I don’t feel guilty and worry that I am poisoning my body. It did burn a little after shaving, but so does the Dove. It held up alright on the 102 degree day we had this week, although I got scared and reapplied halfway through. And the Dove didn’t do well at high temperatures either. But I would say, all in all, that is a pretty good review for something you can make out of ingredients from your kitchen (and wherever the hell you buy coconut oil at).

If you love your friends, give them the gift of homemade deodorant.

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What I Learned This Week – 6/24/12

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I learned that ich looks like fish dandruff. I learned that it can be cured by simply picking up a bottle of carcinogenic chemicals at the store and dumping them into my tank. With limited Internet research, I learned that you can most times also cure ich by keeping your aquarium above 86 degrees and adding 2-3 Tbls aquarium salt per 5 gallons (I have a 5 gallon tank). This treatment is supposed to be done for 10 days or until 3 days after the white spots disappear from your fish.

Data Betta looking at his reflection. There is also an African Dwarf Frog in there too, but he is tiny.


We are on day four of treatment. I can’t tell if his white spots are going away or if he is getting more. Hopefully this will be the last batch. Ich grows in cycles, like fleas.

I asked the Lazy Hippie Mama if I cured ich without chemicals if I could get a badge for it, like the Girl Scouts. She said sure. Even though I probably can’t and my Betta will die, I decided it would be be great fun to design such a badge anyway. See below.

Artists rendition of an imaginary badge that only exists in imnotstalkingyou.com’s silly brain.


I also learned this week a person could go insane trying to keep the aquarium warm, the refrigerator cold, and the humans and canines cool.

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