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November 2012

The Afterglow of Giving Back: Helping Us Get Past Hurricane Sandy

It's been a month since Hurricane Sandy made landfall here in New Jersey (I blogged about our experience, once we got power back) and although the news crews and Weather Channel folks have since moved on to other more immediate and pressing matters (sadly, there is bad stuff happening in the world, all the time)  reminders of just how cataclysmic this storm really was remain and, well, the devistation isn't going away anytime soon.

I realize that some folks may be growing tired or even a little weary of hearing about yet another Sandy story (I'm looking at you, dude on my Facebook stream who insisted that Jersey should just get over it already) trust me, we get it.

On the other hand, a large percentage of my husband's customers are small business owners who lost both their homes AND their livelihood, excuse my Jersey when I tell you:  he hears it ALL friggin' day.  In fact, there are people STILL living it, every day.

Either way, the sense of helplessness is incredibly overwhelming.

Elizabeth and her son at Samaritan's Purse
So, when my good friend, and fellow NJ Digital Mom, Elizabeth Norton  (that's her up there with one of her adorable sons!)  suggested we get together and help give back by volunteering to serve dinner to the good folks of Samaritan's Purse (a non-denominational Christian organization providing relief to victims of war, poverty and natural disaster) I was all, like, FRIGGIN'YAH!

Holly and Me at Samaritan's PurseI got to share the experience with my oldest daughter and, honestly, she and I were a little nervous about how the evening would play out. 

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Wordless Wednesday: You Don't Scare Me, I Have Teens and a Fleece Blanket.

That awkward moment:  when you go to pull your blanket up higher and accidentally punch yourself in the face.

Snuggles Are For Grownups
Me and my snuggler in crime, during scary movie night.

Yeah, that hasn't ever happened to me either, but I hear your eyes don't stop watering for a solid 3 commercial breaks.

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Cyber Monday, A Blogger's Parody

Dedicated to everyone and anyone who found their email/inbox bombed by newsletters that you don't remember ever having subscribed to in the first place:

Cyber Monday, so disappointing to me,
Cyber Monday, it was worse than I thought Black Friday to be.
By Monday morning, Monday morning would pretty much guarantee,
That Monday evening I would have 3,982 emails waiting for me.

Cyber Monday, I get it, sometimes it just works out that way,
Cyber Monday, Black Friday starting on Thursday was bad enough you see.
Monday morning, I had little to no warning of what was to be,
Oh Cyber Monday, 3,982 emails, REALLY?!?

Every other day, every other day,
Being spammed every other holiday is bad enough, yeah.
But whenever Cyber Monday comes, but whenever Cyber Monday comes,
I'll be ready for you, the very next time.

Cyber Monday, you won't be disappointing me,
Cyber Monday, send me an unsolicited email and unsubscribed you shall  be.
Oh Monday morning, take this as a warning of what is to be,
On Cyber Monday, next year I'll be sending an auto-response, p.s. BITE ME!

With my sincerest apologies to the Mamas and the Papas.

Yours truly,

I.M. Tired N. Cranky

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19 Years of Motherhood And Still Not Doing It Right

Holly and What is Left of Athena
11-12-12: Holly and what's left of Winterstorm Athena.

My oldest turned 19, last week <----- seeing that in writing makes the fact that I am now a mother of a 19 year old all the more WHAT DO YOU MEAN I AM A MOTHER OF A 19 YEAR OLD <----- seeing that in UPPERCASE pretty much sums up what I feel about THAT, in a nutshell.

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Becoming THAT Crazy Cat or Dog Lady

One of the reasons I started blogging....back in the days of  when posting pictures of your kids on the internet was bad and way before those same kids started posting pictures (and videos) of themselves....on the internet....was my being able to connect with other parents on the internet.

I still do, but now that my kids are older (me too, dammit!) it can be real difficult keeping stuff all lighthearted....most especially, here at This Full House of extreme hormonal imbalance and severe teenage angst....sometimes.

Okay, most of the time.

Fiiiiiiiine, I sort of get why really, really, really old people (you know, folks much, much, much older than me) are crazy.  Their kids made them that way. 

Then, they dress up their pets and buy them organic food and stuff and maybe one day I will be that crazy cat or dog lady, too.


For example:  Doofus-Dawg has this funny way of thumping his tail when he's in the middle of...well...what I imagine to be a real kick-ass dream.


Aaaaaand, then the kick-ass-ness gets real intense and the thumping gets quicker.


Then the dream goes full on...SQUIRREL!!!!!


No lie.  This time, I happened to have my phone charging while working at the desktop and I hear:  thump-thump-thump-thump-thump.

So, I grabbed my cell phone and then, sure as you'll find hairballs under our couch, secured my rightful place in parenting hell:


You see?  Et tu Doofus-Dawg?  Totally made a total liar out of me.  The REAL funny part is he came right back and marched his hairy butt straight to the couch.

The Revenge of Doofus Dawg
Hahaha, real funny, now I triple-dawg dare you to try and get me from off the couch, b8tch!

Normally, Doofus-Dawg isn't allowed on the couch.  This time, I made an exception, because I am nothing if NOT inconsistent with my parenting skillz, too.

Besides, those are my son's clothes....he never did take them upstairs, like I told him to, this morning....and, well, the clothes are going to end up on the floor...eventually...or my son will throw them back into the hamper...clean or not, who cares?...anyway.

Aaaaand then feed me strained carrots....eventually...but NOT today...DAMMIT!

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Happy Thanksgiving, or a reasonable facsimile thereof!

Halloween 2012
If it weren't for Hurricane Sandy, our Halloween decorations would STILL be up...DAMMIT!

Just so you know, I am also a featured blogger for Hallmark (yeah, I don't HOW that happened either) and just wanted to let you know that I've got a freshly-brewed blog post up today over on Gone Shopping about  how celebrating Christmas in July may not be such a bad idea, afterall.  

Feel free to stop on by and check it out...when you have time...of course!

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More Big Bang for Their Buck

If you were to visit my house, on any given day, you would most likely be very surprised to hear any one of my daughters herself or Korean...and my son begging me or his father to...PLEASE, MAKE THEM STOP!!!

Not that my son has anything against the Korean.  Or any other language, really.  Although, I have it on good authority that his Spanish teacher may or may not have made a pact with the devil.

Teenagers can be SO weird about stuff, sometimes.

Which brings me back to all three of my daughters and their long-time obsession with K-pop (a.k.a. Korean pop music) more specifically, the boy group Big Bang.

photo credit: Big Bang on Facebook

Ask my daughters something in Korean...g'head...and they will NOT have ANY idea what you are saying.  Ask  them to recite the lyrics to one of Big Bang's songs...fuhghettaboutit...they will give you twenty.

So, when my oldest learned that Big Bang's Alive tour was coming to the United States in L.A. and Newark here in Jersey...ONLY!!!...well, cover your ears...SQUEEEEEE!!!!

She woke up super early on her day off (before noon, she's 18, enough said) the day the tickets went on sale and right when she was about ready to hit PURCHASE...GAHHHHH!!!

Her latop shutdown after performing an automatic update.  

After belting out a few choice words in, well, I'm still not quite sure WHAT language Holly was speaking (best guess, a mashup between Korean and Jersey-pissed) but I do know that she has since disabled automatic updates.

She was able to score two tickets (one for herself and one for my middle girl, much to the chagrin of her youngest sister, but let's not go back there, okay?) they weren't as great as the first set of tickets, pre-reboot...[insert Korean expletive, here]...however, sixth row-right-of -stage-something-or-another was deemed more than adequate and totally within SQUEE-ing distance to K-pop nirvana.  

Big Bank T-shirts Finished

Flash-forward to last night:   so the girls stayed up ALL night making their own t-shirts for...SQUEE!!!...the concert (even let their baby sister in on their revelry) and life was good. 

Holly and Heather Bing Bang
Big Bang Bound

Until, Garth (not his real name) came downstairs this morning and found one of his good t-shirts, newly fringed.

In their defense, they did ask...while he was asleep...and, yes, they learned from the best...YO!!!

Flash-forward to this afternoon:  I dropped the girls, along with their two bff's, in front of the Prudential Center in Newark (literally, pulled up and kicked them out at the curb, it's how we roll in Jersey)  and the lines were THIS LONG already.

My cell phone rang about 5:00 p.m., it was my oldest.

"Hey Holly, are you okay,what's wrong, are the girls okay?"

It's their first REAL concert, can you tell?

"Yeah, just wanted to tell you that we finally got inside."

Welcome to concerthood, my young padawan.  We chatted a bit and then I made the mistake of asking her if they had someting to eat.

"No, and that's a REAL funny story."

Long story, short (you're welcome) the merchandise carts are very near the entrance and who knew that they actually sold food on a whole OTHER level?!?

"We sort of ran out of money."

Actually, they had a dollar.  Aaaaand, I did what (I'm pretty sure) ANY parent would do.  I asked that really STUPID question.

"So, what DID you spend the money on?"

[one beat, two beats]

Uh-huh...T-SHIRTS!!!!...dammit...or 젠장 (jen-jang) if you're from Korea!!!

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