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Friday, April 26, 2013

My chariot...and other random thoughts.

Since my van is officially dead - to the tune of $2300 to replace a blown head gasket (ha! right!) - it's sitting in my driveway until we figure out what to do with it. I refuse to panic about it yet - I did enough of that  yesterday. Today I started making phone calls to figure out ways to do it cheaper than that - and I will not panic again until all of my possibilities are exhausted. It's not worth the panic. There are bigger problems in the world. This is just a hiccup.

(Yes, I'm trying to convince myself of that as well.)

Anyway, since The Dude is out of town for an extended playdate with his buddies, he handed over the keys to his truck. It isn't pretty, and I can be heard from miles away, but right now it gets us where we need to go.....

Yes, we have reverted to the days of lap belts and actually rolling down the windows. There is nothing computerized or electronic about this baby - and that's ok with me.

We will use the chariot to get us to a 5K tomorrow - Emily and I are running. Well, she's running, and I'm probably walking since I haven't done anything to get ready for it. Life has just been too hectic lately. I'm bummed, but at least I'm still getting out there to do it. And no matter how slow I go, I'm still lapping everyone on the couch.

I have to remind myself of that next weekend when I do the half-marathon. Whoops.

.....speaking of Emily......

For crying out loud, people. The Tooth Fairy letter surfaced again today. People just need to get over themselves and stop armchair parenting other people's kids. Seriously. The pages who shared it were awesome - and they made sure that I got credit for it (which is more than the majority of pages who shared it did) but the people who commented on it - WOW. Most of the insults were aimed at me, which is fine. But there were a few who insinuated that my kid was lazy, or disrespectful, or whatever. Don't get me wrong - my kids are far from perfect, but I will not put up with strangers badmouthing them when they don't even know my kids. And so, to those people I say..... judgmental people suck.

Finally....I know that I've been sharing THIS POST a bunch. But it's really really important. Read it. Share it. Please. And notice the challenge - because as of right now, no one is going to see ME in a moomoo and mohawk. If you want to change that, the only way is to donate more money. Take that couple of bucks that you were going to spend on your next cup of overpriced coffee and donate it to a good cause. Seriously. It doesn't take much to add up to something big. And that something big could be a cure.


  1. Hey does our challenge only found for online donations?

  2. Replies
    1. Heh. I knew what you meant. We'll need to figure that out, because those are the only ones that people can see.....


    2. Well, I have a $25 check from On The Border, and 3 buckets full of change/dollar bills at the grocery store. Pretty sure, I'm beating you by all accounts ;).

  3. Crystal Hiller- Facebook FanApril 27, 2013 at 8:10:00 AM CDT

    As a mother of two rambunctious boys and another child on the way, I would love to state that I thought your Tooth Fairy letter was in fact an awesome way to spark some motivation in your daughter to tidy up. The fact that you even offered to help (via referral from the Tooth Fairy) shows that you were being far from cruel and unfair. On that note, misery loves company. Don't let those "Negative Nelly's" (or Trolls as the new lingo goes) bring you down. You showed imagination where some parents might lack it and you are completely right in the fact that all children are different. My suggestion (and this is just me throwing it out there, I am by no means trying to act like I know anything about running a blog) is that you no longer acknowledge the negative comments surrounding this issue. Showing that it affects you is probably what they want. This is supposed to be about you sharing your life with the world, NOT about letting people that have no idea who you are dictate your life through the internet, we each have our own path. Your a strong and loving mother, it shows on here everyday. From a fellow mother, I am proud that there are mothers like you out there. Stay strong and carry on.


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