Thanksgiving 2012

This year we have missed out on Halloween due to Superstorm Sandy and now we missed our Thanksgiving due to a fever of what I am calling “unknown origin.” It all started on Monday, Miss A was sent home from school for having a fever and “not being herself.”

Tuesday, we a lazy fever filled day with television (several episodes of the Wiggles), battles to take Tylenol to get the fever to go down and a trip to the pediatrician (with a follow-up visit later in the day).

Wednesday, Boom Boom was sent home from school to hang out with his still ill sister. You were not eating and had a runny nose. So by 3:00pm the day before Thanksgiving the house an infirmary. Tylenol and water were being distributed appropriately.

By 4:00 on Wednesday it was decided I would stay home with you both and let Daddy go to the Thanksgiving celebration. As it was at Grammy and Grumpy’s house and your little cousin was going to be there! I had to now go find a holiday meal for me to eat.

Miss A you and I set out on an adventure. You wanted to leave the house even though you were not 100% and decided I would take you with me (in case you and your brother were not sick with the same thing). I had called several grocery stores to see who had food. We put our coats on and we were gone.

We headed to a grocery store I never shop at as it is super over priced but they said they had full holiday meals still there. When we arrived we looked all over and several employees sent me to the same aisle but there was nothing there. I asked the people behind the fresh food counter (kinda like a deli counter) and they tried to sell me turkey deli meat. They tried to tell me it was store baked turkey and it would be no different. I asked if it was going to be deli sliced and they said yes and I walked out.

We were now on the road the night before Thanksgiving going grocery store to grocery store…. it was a horrible as it reads. Traffic ever where and we were not going that far. I went to Whole Foods and purchased some pieces of fresh-baked turkey and so VERY overpriced sides. I was set! Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday I had to have some food on the actual day and in the effort of full disclosure I purchased an entire pumpkin pie for myself (not to eat in one sitting).

Thanksgiving morning rolled around and you both slept in but were still under the weather when you woke up. I ran to the gym to get an hour out of the germ station. Your Dad left around 2 and we hung out the rest of the day.

We did pretty good together, you both were in pretty good spirits considering. There were some tears but as I told your Dad none of them were mine so we made it through. While it is always great spending time with you kids I do love Thanksgiving and getting together with the family. I certainly wish that you two were not sick for a million reasons.

Lessons to learn

  • Wash your hands more
  • Do not drink out of each other cups
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze
  • I swear if I am offering you medicine it will make you feel better, gagging, coughing and otherwise trying to return it to me when you have 103 fever is just not enjoyable for all of us!
  • Next year I REALLY hope you are both healthy because I was not able to find stuffing so I do not think I can miss stuffing 2 years in a row!


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My Playlist This Month

One of my favorite things to do when I read other people’s blogs is to read about the music other people are listening to. I thought I would share some of my favorites on playlist right now.

Love is Blindness version by Jack White I have written about my new-found interest in Jack White before and this song but it really is heavily played right now. It is just so edgy and different.

Mumford and Son both albums I have been accused of going country on this one which you both know I will never do. I simply LOVE that all their songs follow my favorite musical theme…. building up the melody. Listen to Blank Page or I Gave You All and you will completely understand my love for this band. I also love any band that can use a violin effectively.

Home By Phillip Phillips What an American Idol on this list. I admit I was reluctant to download that song for that reason but I really fell in love hard with this song.

Delicate by Damien Rice Who? Yup, this is one of those mystery ones and the ones I most like to find when I read other people’s blogs. I discovered this song watching an old episode of Lost from season one. This is a song at one of the end of the episodes. I love music that captures the mood of scene in a movie or show this was one of the few songs that Lost ever used and it was perfect.

Colorblind by Counting Crows I am a fan of the band even though as far as I know they have not done much except tour in a while. This is one of those haunting slow songs that gets in your head.

Wild Horses by The Sundays A cover of a Rolling Stones song seems to easy to put on a list. I have heard several excellent covers of this song but this is the one that stays with me every time I hear it.

The World Has Turned and Left Me Here by Weezer I LOVE Weezer and all their songs. This is one of their more serious songs and it is one of the most played on my iTunes. I fell in love with the Blue album in college and it has never been out of my favor. I have actually purchased three copies of the CD since it came it out because the cd was so warn and scratched… now I do not have to worry about it.

I Never Told You by Colbie Caillat Kinda old song and kind of random but it has been frequently played.

Diamonds by Rihanna Great song to workout to… enough said, every girl has at least one of these on her list.

What can say next month it may be a totally different kind of songs… depends on my mood.

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Best Compliment Ever

If I only receive one compliment in my life I hope it is that I am good mother to you both. I think this pin from Pinterest sums it up for me.


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My First Act as President

If I were President one of the first acts of I would do is make would make guns illegal.

I wrote about this a few days before the shooting in Colorado and feel just as strongly about it now.

It is pretty simple for me, guns lead to violence (I understand how controversial that statement is and that it is not actually 100% accurate). I do understand violence will happen anyway but I feel that guns need to be gone. People do not need them to protect themselves or to hunt (I am against hunting too). I wrote a paper on gun control when I was a senior in high school and I got A+ on it and it forever cemented my opinion on this topic. I actually do not know anyone who has been a victim of gun violence (thank God) and I have only seen a gun in person a few times but every time has made me so incredibly uncomfortable I cannot even explain it.

And for the record kids, the founding fathers were pretty right on with many things they wrote but no one is always right lets face it they “owned” slaves and that was not right so we should not just assume that the “right to bear arms” should be a given in our modern society.

Here are some gun facts

  •  Every day, 270 people in America, 47 of them children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, and police intervention.
  •  Every day, 87 people die from gun violence, 33 of them murdered.
  •  Every day, 8 children and teens die from gun violence.
  •  Every day, 183 people are shot, but survive their gun injuries.
  •  Every day, 38 children and teens are shot, but survive their gun injuries. 

IN ONE YEAR (all ages) Almost 100,000 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, or by police intervention.

31,593 people died from gun violence 

  •  12,179 people murdered.
  •  18,223 people killed themselves.
  •  592 people killed accidentally.
  •  326 killed by police intervention.
  •  273 died but intent was not known.

66,769 people survived gun injuries

  •  44,466 people injured in an attack.
  •  3,013 people injured in a suicide attempt.
  •  18,610 people shot accidentally.
  •  679 people shot in a police intervention.

IN ONE YEAR (ages 0-19) almost 20,000 American children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, or by police intervention.

2,966 kids died from gun violence

  •  2,037 children and teens murdered.
  •  748 kids killed themselves.
  •  123 children and teens killed accidentally.
  •  19 killed by police intervention.
  •  39 died but the intent was unknown.

Still need convincing on why I should do this as President?

Honestly, there are many things that I would want to do as President but this is the first and most immediate thing I could do with the stroke of a pen would make a huge change in society. I also recognize as someone who was a policitical science major and MPA there nothing easy about what I am suggesting but then again I am not the President I am your Mom.

Lessons to learn:

  • Never ever own a gun
  • Never touch or play with a friends gun. Do not even go into the room they are stored in
  • Never go to a house with guns
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Thoughts About My First Election As Your Mom

I have written about this election on my other blog Green-4-u and for Moms Clean Air Force. This election means so much to me, it is my first presidential election your Mom. I have always voted thinking about the future both for myself and my community and country. Being a parent raised the bar for me on how important my voting is.

I care deeply and passionately about the environment. I care about how our personal health and the health of the planet. For my entire life I have felt humans have had a pretty destructive relationship with the planet. I have also felt that many people do not care about the environment or understand the implications of our actions.

In this election before Hurricane Sandy I wrote on Moms Clean Air Force about how clean energy jobs will help our economy and that we cannot make our economy the one and only topic we discuss in the election. We need people to be employed, but we also need a clean environment to live in and to be healthy (to go to work).

After Hurricane Sandy, which personally affected us living in New Jersey, I feel even more strongly that climate change, clean air, a protected food supply, and the economy are even more important for when I walk into the voting booth.

I cannot vote for a candiate that has said any of the following statements:

“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.” 

“Scientists are nearly unanimous in laying the blame for rising temperatures on greenhouse gas emissions. Of course there are also reasons for skepticism. The earth may be getting warmer, but there have been numerous times in the earth’s history when temperatures have been warmer than they are now. Climate cycles with great variations in temperature predate the greenhouse gas emissions of the past three centuries, and they even predate the rise of human populations. In fact, climate change has been going on from the beginning of the world; it is certainly not a new phenomenon. Even the apparent unity among scientists is not a sure indicator of scientific fact.”- Romney, No Apology, pub. March 2010, p. 227

“I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much is attributable to factors out of our control. I do not support radical feel-good policies like a unilateral U.S. cap-and-trade mandate. Such policies would have little effect on climate but could cripple economic growth with devastating results for people across the planet.” –Romney, No Apology, pub. March 2010, p. 227

I cannot vote for anyone who would vote this way while representing his consitituants:

Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate EPA Limits On Greenhouse Pollution. Ryan voted in favor of H.R. 910, introduced in 2011 by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas pollution. [Roll Call 249, 4/7/11]

Paul Ryan Voted To Block The USDA From Preparing For Climate Change. In 2011, Ryan voted in favor of the Scalise (R-LA) Amendment to the FY12 Agriculture Appropriations bill, to bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture from implementing its Climate Protection Plan. [Roll Call 448, 6/16/11]

Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate White House Climate Advisers. Ryan voted in favor of Scalise (R-LA) Amendment 204 to the 2011 Continuing Resolution, to eliminate the assistant to the president for energy and climate change, the special envoy for climate change (Todd Stern), and the special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation. [Roll Call 87, 2/17/11]

Climate change is here and I want to protect you two from living in world where you live with fear of the extreme weather and what it may do to your house, your job, and yes even affect your vacations and general enjoyment of the outdoors. I am sad that the place I took you both on your first vacations is in ruins because of extreme weather. I am sorry that you are learning about climate change at a young age when we are preparing for hurricanes, power outages and other extreme weather.

I hope I raise you both to be stewards of the planet leaving it cleaner than you found it and that you are responsible citizens that vote and hold your leaders accountable to take action for those things you feel are important for you and society.

Photo from Barack on Flickr

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