Weekend Open Thread

Weekend away! No dealing with insomniac kids! Hearst Castle! Walks on the beach! SLEEP!

Yes, I am looking forward to this. Cambria, here we come!

What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!

Share

Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

ICYMI, our Erika celebrated a birthday yesterday. I realized that she is a year away from 40. Girl, how will we celebrate? An international trip?

I need some ideas here, ladies. How did you celebrate your 40th birthday?

I am in Detroit right now — for the first time! — at the annual Netroots Nation Convention. Every year, the conference grows bigger and becomes more diverse. I’ve been to all them since 2006, and I am still inspired by new people joining the movement.

Yesterday I attended a panel focused on paid sick days and fair pay for women called “Solidarity, the Original Way to ‘Lean In’”. I was incredibly moved by Girshriela Green, a former Wal-Mart employee who is now an organizer with Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart. It was her first panel, and she was incredibly articulate, warm and engaging. I went up to her at the end, and let her know that, I too, at one point worked as a Wal-Mart associate, and in no way, had I ever considered organizing or speaking out on worker rights. That is one mama with cojones! Incredible.

In non-Netroots Nation news: it has been determined that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that crashed in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine was shot down, according to CNN. I pray that the victims’ families are able to get answers — what a horrible situation.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

Share

Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Will you be at Netroots Nation? If so, I hope to see you there! Here’s what I have going on:

Thursday, July 17, 10:30 am to 11:45 am, “Solidarity, The Original ‘Lean In’: Women Are Owning Power”, Rm 140AB

Friday, July 18, 11 am to 12:15 pm, “Hunger First: The Importance of Food Security in Detroit”, Rm 140D

Friday, July 18, 3 pm to 4:15 pm, “Parents Caucus”, Rm 356. Please note: I will be moderating, and snacks and drinks will be provided.

Saturday, July 19, 5 pm to 8 pm, Special Dinner Sponsored by MomsRising. This should be a lovely evening, please join us at Salt & Cedar Restaurant, 2448 Riopelle Street in Detroit!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

Share

Tuesday Open Thread

Apologies for the late thread! Insomnia is still kicking our butts, plus all the sightseeing with our niece has run me ragged and I plum forgot.

But, we have had a blast! Yesterday we closed down Universal Studios. Today, the beach (if this cloud cover goes away). Tomorrow we say goodbye. My niece is the kind of kid who gives me hope that my kids’ teen years might actually be pleasant. She is a delight.

How are you today?

Share

Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Congratulations to Germany who clinched the World Cup championship against Argentina, 1-0 in extra time. I was agnostic in terms of who won since I don’t have ties to either country. But I was into the game and sad that the World Cup is over. No more games to watch while I work…Wah!

Did you see the game?

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

Share

Weekend Open Thread

After two nights of decent sleep, we hit another bump in the road on the Insomnia Highway of Suckage. For some reason DD insists on lying in the dark, trying to force sleep, until she drives herself to tears of despair and frustration. The night before last it climaxed with her literally screaming and wailing, “WHY CAN’T I SLEEP?!” at 12:30 a.m., waking DH, me, and our visiting niece (but not DS, thankfully).

Well, we hit our limit, so to speak. We made it VERY clear that there would be no more Benadryl, no more warm milk, no more babying. She is to turn on a light and read until she is tired and ready to sleep, even if it takes an hour or two. So that’s what she did last night after her freak out: read for a while, then fell asleep. LIKE I’VE BEEN TELLING HER ALL ALONG.

Our niece said she had an insomnia spell at this exact age, the summer between 3rd and 4th grades. She read books, and eventually it passed. I hope the same will happen for DD but if it doesn’t, then we will seek a therapist to help her learn how to cope. ‘Cause AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THIS.

On the bright side, we are having a lovely visit with our niece. We took her to a new Mythbusters exhibit at a local science museum, and she got to meet Kari from the show! I also accompanied her on a tour at a lovely local university, and it made me sorta look forward to doing it with my own children someday.

Yesterday we saw the space shuttle Endeavour, walked through the Exposition Park Rose Gardens and strolled down Olvera Street. For a grand finale we hit an amazing food truck fest. I have a tendency to tire my visitors out, but there is so much to see and do that I like to squeeze in as much as I can. Hee.

Today we will take a tour of the Warner Brothers studios, because my delightful niece is a Friends geek and she wants to see the Central Perk set. How adorable is that?!

What do you like to do with visitors? Are there any local activities or attractions that you always include?

What are you up to this fine weekend? Chat away!

 

 

Share

Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Many thanks to our “rescue rangers” JennQKW and Mom of Twins for filling in for me while I was on a much-needed vacation with extended family. After a few intense weeks of long days at work, it was wonderful to catch up with my four cousins from the east coast over leisurely dinners, plenty of beach time and sunshine, and baseball games in southern California.

While I had seen many of the spots that I had taken them to, it was my first time at the Anaheim baseball stadium and Pfeiffer Beach, which is in central California and known for its purple sand.

Thank you all! I also received much-needed respite from the news. My heart breaks for the four children and two adults shot dead in Texas, apparently by an estranged father, according to ABC News.

And ICYMI, the Box Tops Marketplace program will close at the end of the month. Box top seals from products purchased up to July 31, 2014 will be honored, the company stated in an e-mail.

Also, this Washington Post op-ed by a mom who happened to own a mercedes when she fell into poverty and required food stamps is a must-read. It is bizarre the value judgements people in the U.S. make on the poor — including what a poor person should look like and behave. It’s enough pressure to make anyone crack!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

Share

Thursday Open Thread

Hello! Thanks so much for your kindness and concern as we’ve navigated this insomnia thing with DD9. I’m happy to report that the night before last, it took her less than an hour to fall asleep, and she slept through the night. THANK YOU, Benadryl!

It’s just past midnight as I write this and I have yet to hear her stir, so I am hoping and praying tonight was as successful. We repeated the Benadryl, plus I gave her a little foot rub with some lavender oil, as advised by a few different facebook friends.

If all goes well, we will cut the Benadryl dose in half, then discontinue it altogether. I will say that in many ways it felt like having a newborn again- interrupted sleep, never knowing when she’d stir, listening for the littlest noise. But scarier because newborns are supposed to wake up. Having my normally solid sleeper go through this was unnerving, to say the least.

We also removed the digital clock from her room, as I am convinced that watching the hours go by was only making her feel more helpless and frustrated. And it’s nice to know her pediatrician is in the loop, should this problem recur. Did I mention she gave us her mobile number and told us to text her any time? I love that woman.

Today our 15-year-old niece arrives from Connecticut for a week-long visit. We plan to do lots of sightseeing and sunning, and will even visit a nearby college. I still remember her as a newborn, and now she’s going to be a junior in high school. Should be a fun little preview of DD’s teen years. Our niece is the type of kid that makes me look forward to having a teen!

What are you up to? Chat away!

Share

Wednesday Open Thread

Good morning!

Today I am thinking about summer reading, since Sister Q recently asked for book recommendations over on the Facebook group. I have recently finished 2 books that I enjoyed enough to recommend — Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Let the Great World Spin. Very different books — the first one is a fairly light, humorous look at competitive parents, difficult neighbors and creative geniuses. The second , is more of an epic tale that intertwines several different stories with thecommon backdrop of a man walking on a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers. Very different books, but both worth a read.

Next up, I am reading Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and his Black and White Ball — I love light non-fiction in the summer, and plan to read Rob Lowe’s second memoir soon.

What are you all reading, or what do you recommend? What’s everyone up to today?

Share