35 and alive

Today is my 35th birthday. It's taken me 35 years to get to this date in history.  So it seemed appropriate that I have a huge celebration.It started this morning at 6am with my six year old daughter screaming "Happy Birthday Mommy!, It's time to get up!!!!!! Lovely.I got to read a book on my Kindle for most of the morning because my daughter and son were so busy playing train and making me birthday pictures. Then it was on to fine dining at Mcdonalds, followed by a lively session of reading while my kids screamed in the playland. ...more

Go dump a bucket of ice on someone, we need to help West Africa!

Remember earlier this year when everyone was doing the ALS ice bucket challenge? It was super popular and raised a lot of awareness for ALS as well as monetary donations.  I think we need to do something similar to help out the Ebola patients of west Africa. ...more

From 2004 to 2014

Things on my schedule in 20041.  Work full time at the insurance company2. Work part time at department store3. Go to school part time at community college4. Volenteer 2 days a week at nursing home5.  Study6. Visit friends and family This seems like a ton to do, but I had everything on a calender and remembered everything.  I never missed a deadline, an assignment. As Taylor Swift says "I never miss a beat, I'm lightning on my feet" But maybe I was able to handle this because I was Taylor Swift's age in 2004. ...more

Update: Results of elementary fundraising

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I thought my daughter's elementary school fundraiser was unfair.  If student's sold 31 items or over $200 in merchandise, they would get a pizza party during school hours and would not have to wear uniforms.  I felt bad for the kids whose parents did not have a way to sell the 31 items or the ability to pay the $200.  My daughter is only in kindergarten. I think kids at that age may feel left out if they could not go to the pizza party or wear regular clothes. ...more

What if I go to work, and get quarantined?

Unfourtunatly with my job, that is a possibility.  With all of the talk about the Ebola virus and the first confirmed case of the virus in Texas, I am very, very worried.  This is my opinion only. I'm not an infectious disease doctor. I am not qualified to tell a person if they should be worried or not. ...more

Homework in kindergarten? I vote no

It's 8:30 pm and most six year olds are fast asleep.  My six year old is still up finishing her homework. That's right. My daughter's school starts homework in kindergarten.  Never mind that she can't read the directions to the homework.  I get that the teacher is trying to get parents involved with their children's education.  I don't have a problem with that.  What I do have a problem with is that no one in my household except for me remembers this homework. ...more

My school snack got rejected and sent back home

Last Friday was my daughter's turn to bring snack for the whole kindergarten class.  I made sure that I picked a snack from the approved snack list.  I bought choclate and vanilla Oreo cookies on sale, put them in a plastic sack and put them in my daughter's backpack.  Imagine my surprise when my daughter told me "Mommy the teacher sent the Oreos back, we didn't have snack today". ...more

I'm allergic to your family member, will you still be my friend?

I am allergic to a lot of other people's family members.  It is a hard thing to live with and I make accommodations in order to have a normal life.  These family members are cats.  I've never had a cat myself but many of my friends consider them part of their families.  Some people I know consider their pets their children.  There's nothing wrong with that, it's just that their children make my throat start to close up.  I get itchy eyes, stuffy and runny nose, asthma attacks, wheezing, coughing and other fun symptoms. ...more

The unwritten rules of a work potluck

Some call it a potluck, some call it a food day , I call it a big hassle.  I have had many jobs throughout the years and almost all of them have had some sort of day when everyone brings food to work for a special occasion, such as a birthday or going away party.  Sometimes there doesn't even need to be a reason.  People are just that hungry. I have also learned that each work place has a set of unwritten rules when it comes to potluck day. Here are some that I have learned throughout the years. ...more

There is no shame in delivering pizzas

I work at a hospital and work three 12 hour shifts.  I worked yesterday from 7am until 7:45pm and then came home, helped put my kids to bed, and woke up at 7am to start my day.  I was exhausted.  I took my daughter to kindergarten and decided to take my 3- year- old son to the park.  Needless to say, I was the only parent sitting on the park bench watching my kid play instead of hovering around him. ...more