Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Thief! Thief! Give Me My Normalcy Back!


Thank you to those of you who emailed me outside of this blog. It's been a little bonkers around here. Some good stuff, some not so good stuff, some bizarre stuff... Like my cooking, let's just throw it all out there and let you taste it for yourself. Insight, humor, or insults all welcome.

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* Stink's EEG: The upside? Stink has normal brain frequency. No epilepsy. That means that when he tics, it's just that... tics. I'm relieved, though of course, it would have been nice to have a cause. The downside of the EEG: It's now official that my HMO is the worst health insurance on the planet. Well... that's not true. If you're healthy, it's terrific! If you're a 5 year old boy about to get electrodes placed on his head, it's not so great. Example: Stink (to the tech, after asking her five times and not getting his questioned answered): Will this hurt? Tech: No. Stink: Are you sure it won't hurt? Tech: I can make it hurt.

* Kindergarden for Stink: Downside: We did not get into our first choice charter school. The luck of the Irish, the luck of the Jewish and the luck of the English (all my background) were NOT with us. Charters here are done in a public lottery. You either get a good one, or not.) Upside: We got into another! Entreprenuer business school! No joke! Taught by strict Russians. (Think thick legs, thick accents, shouting...)"We will not stop until all our kids are Harvard bound!" Holy Moly. Free tuition, small classes, personalized curiculum. I'm there. So he has a business plan at 5. Whatever.

* My Good Housekeeping Blog: Upside: It shot to one of the top spots and was syndicated by Yahoo in their new female driven platform Shine. Downside: Yahoo uses tags like "dominatrix" and "sex slave" to get traffic. And so a blog about my responsibilites called "All Tied Up" will get horny men living in the middle of nowhere (or next door to me... who knows) who find my face next to the word "spanking". Terrific. And needless to say, when they find out it's a tame blog about romance and marriage, they're pretty mad. The comments are not exactly pleasant. As far as getting my writing exposed? Great! But being personally exposed? Not so much. I signed up to write about marriage and sex, not be associated with bondage.

* Yesterday. Upside: I drove my mom and the kids to my sister's to go swimming. It was sunny! And breezy! Perfect! Downside: Until my mom didn't see a really uncommon thing my sister has near her driveway called A STAIR and fell down. Hard. Broke her ankle and everything. Ambulance. Fire Truck. Couldn't move. It was so! Much! Fun! She's getting a cast as I type.

* Tonight: Upside: I'm going to dinner with Rex since Stella is here! Downside: I have to first return a wheelchair to a friend and get my mom home and get the kids to bed and... and...

* Tomorrow: Upside: Stella gets to take the kids to school. Downside: I get to go right back to the same HMO that I just went to last week for Stink's EEG, and yesterday and today for my mom's ankle, because she's having major eye problems and is going to get drugged up. I can't wait to see her on a martini and Vicadin.

With this week so crazy, not sure what will happen about my plans tomorrow. I was supposed to go see this new documentary about Tourettes at UCLA. It has been planned for over a month. I so rarely go out at night. I got a sitter and the whole nine yards. I know that Stink has such a minor case compared to what's highlited in the film, but I'm dying to meet the top docs in the field who will be there. I'm hoping to work my "getting to know you/invite me to your house for a Diet Coke/look at my cute boy if I need your help later I'm calling" magic.

On top of all this, the kids have been terrific, but soooo sneaky. I have so many stories about Stink it's not even funny, but I'll share later. Let's just say that I wish these devices, from the Rennaissance Fair last weekend, were mine. I could use them.

I owe so many of you visits. Don't leave me! I'll be back...
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17 comments:

Valerie said...

great photos - and see? there's always a ray of sunshine behind the cloud; it's darkest before the dawn, and whatever else crap people say when they're trying to make you feel better.

His Girl said...

Oh how could I ever leave you?

'specially since we're now sisters in the injured mom world!

If you need to chat, go ahead and call anytime :)

TroyBoy said...

Thanks for the update. Continue to keep us posted on the zaney happy life that is yours!

Evenspor said...

I got dizzy reading all of that. Entreprenuer business school taught by Russians? That's the craziest thing I've ever heard. I suppose learning to be an entreprenuer is the best way to ensure that you get to do whatever you what when you grow up.

liv said...

Babe. It's these three words that are ever true: I love you.

Gretchen said...

I'd never leave you. We live in parallel universes, except my mom's dead. But other than that...

xxxooogretchen

Susie Q said...

How could we ever leave you! You
are so extra special...

I wish I could stop by and play with those sweet faces while you have some time away. I would so love that...and I could strap them in and...and we could play let's tie up the kids so they don't get into things but that would be too much like bondage and their Mama might have to write about it for GH. *evil grin*

I am so sorry about your Mom...poor thing! Almost as klutzy as me but aha! I still hold the title!

Love and hugs,
Sue

Steph said...

Holy cats, Mama P! You've been busy! Hope things are settling down a little and that everyone is doing okay. We'll catch up soon. :)

Ramblin' Red said...

Parallel lives....means I get why you were gone, but oh how I've missed you!

Congrats (I think) on the Yahoo!Shine thing...minus the pervies.

pinks & blues girls said...

I like how you seek out the silver lining in things.

Say hi to the pervs for me! ;)

Jane, Pinks & Blues

Princess in Galoshes said...

So did you make it to the documentary? How was it?

momma's heart said...

Loved this post. Really love the wit! Especially about that Russian school lol!

Missed you. Was so happy to see a new post today. Congrats about the Goodhousekeeping gig!

sari said...

Oh my gosh, so much going on! I'm glad that things are looking so well for your son and I hope your mom is doing all right.

Pam said...

Holy cow, woman, your blender of life has been turned up a few notches, eh?

Sorry I don't get to your outside blogs anymore, I love them, but speaking into the dragon can be taxing so I have to pick and choose. This is home base for me.

A big hug to those wonderful kids of yours and one to you too.

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness - it looks like you got a whole month of living shoved into one week of your life. You must be exhausted! Prayers to your mom and your kids...and I would never leave you!

Single Mom Seeking said...

Andrea,
Sending you a lot of love. You're a super mom.

I've been following your posts here -- and at BabyCenter.com. I love your honesty and openness.

I haven't written about Mae's tics. She hasn't had any for a couple of years now, but from ages 3 - 6, they were quite obvious. For a long time, she constantly blinked her eyes as if she couldn't see. The year before, she spent 6+ months making a clicking sound on the roof of her mouth, non-stop.

As you can imagine, it freaked me out. I kept bringing her to the doctor... and amazingly, they seem to have gone away. She's a high energy, spirited kid and I can't help but wonder if she just needed an outlet. Soccer and bike riding has helped a lot.

PJ said...

Aiyai!! California: upside, sunny beaches. Downside: Competing to get kids into KINDERGARTEN!!!! Hope Stink has a great idea and makes you richer than Bill Gates!! :)