Monday, May 28, 2012

A Wedded Limerick

For this week's Limerick-Off Challenge over on MadKane's Humor blog, MadKane has given us the line "A fellow was planning to wed" (as always we can sub for the fem).

A fellow was planning to wed
a gal to keep him well fed.
But oops! Guess again
She only "cooks" ramen,
Each meal he now faces with dread.

A young lass was planning to wed
a boy who filled her parents with dread.
So they hatched a great plan
to be rid of the foul man:
They gave her a year at Club Med.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Trifextra-a poem hesitantly titled "Emptiness"

This weekend's Trifextra challenge at Trifecta is simply to write a poem, in 33 words, 3 lines, or 3 stanzas. I went for the 33 word option.

What now?
What if?

A mistake
to ask.

We would.
We could.

A mistake
to suggest.

She left,

The sunlight
was cold,
The memory
small, dark.

The price:
Nothing at all,


Hitting A Wall. (literally, not figuratively)

(Although figuratively it would also be true in several areas of my life.)

Unfortunately, my son also hit a wall. Quite literally:

As you can see in this crappy cell picture, J got quite the knot from running into the corner of the wall yesterday. He wasn't a fan of the ice, but somehow the 10 or so times I was able to apply it to his head, even at only five seconds each, reduced the swelling. Today he only has a nasty blue bruise.

Apparently the advice to just 'push through when you hit a wall' only applies metaphorically.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sunburnt Limerick

I missed entering MadKane's Limerick-Off last week. I would say I just wasn't feeling the first line, but really I was just too lazy to put in the necessary effort needed to create something decent.

This week, she chose the first line just for me though! Well, she didn't actually think "Hey, I'm inspired by Rachael's post on her poor sunblock application skills, so I want to make this week about her!" (Or did she...?)

First line choices this week are:

"A gal with a very deep tan" or "A guy with a very deep tan"

She also notes that minor variations to the first line are acceptable, and this week I'm taking her up on that!

A gal longing for a deep tan,
skipping sunblock was her bright plan.
Now she's laid up for weeks,
rudely dubbed "Fire Cheeks"
Super red burns now gracing her can!

(This really happened to me when I was ~20 years old; unfortunately the nickname outlasted the burn...)

Just checking in

Over the past four days I have written and deleted three posts, not counting the additional ones I have drafted in my head. Lately, I have been lacking confidence in my opinions and ideas, even over trivial matters. For example, I started to write a book review, which I normally have no problem with, but I broke my own rule and read other reviews first. Now I don't know if my feelings about the book are valid. Maybe I was just emotional when I read it, maybe I have a poor taste in literature...These and other doubts make me hesitant to commit my review to the Internet. I also wanted to share my opinions on a couple of things that have popped up in the news. And my opinions on other things. But what if no one agrees with my opinions? Half the time, I don't even agree with my opinions!

I was also going to talk about why I deleted my last blog in its entirety, without saving copies of any of the posts. But it's a lengthy explanation just to say "I am a coward". I am going to try my best to not delete this blog, even if I abandon it for days at a time.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Hidden in darkness
she waited,
every footfall brought panic,
but she waited.
Held her breath
dreading they would hear
the thunder
of her heartbeat.
The closet door creaked
"Kelly, quit hiding from Momma!"

This week's Trifecta Challenge is the word "Thunder". The third definition is the noun used for the sound--"the thunder of hooves" etc.

This little poem is an image that has been rattling around in my mind the last few days.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Introducing Kylie

I have previously warned you that I ramble and tend to write in run-ons. I am warning you again.

My niece Kylie, practicing her "big eyes"!

Yesterday one of my nieces celebrated her eighth birthday. I cannot believe she is that old! I wanted to write about her last night but didn't prioritize like I could have. And I have gone back and forth about how anonymous I want to remain, and introducing Kylie to you will be a large step away from anonymity, and while I don't really mind you knowing about me and my family, I haven't really told anyone besides my husband that I am blogging and it seems like I could lose that bit of security I have in keeping this blog to myself.

Anyway, back to my introduction! You may have heard about my niece already. At eight years old she has already been featured on Anderson Cooper! You see, Kylie is a bit of a medical mystery. Her working diagnosis is "Neuro-degenerative disease of unknown origin". She has seizures that aren't "normal", constant tremors, numerous things that I cannot pronounce or definitely can't spell correctly. She has been to Stanford, UCDavis, UCSF, Shriner's, and at least one other that I cannot remember. And she has been seen at the NIH.

Kylie developed normally, above average even, and showed no signs of illness until she was 3, when she developed Type 1 Diabetes, then at 4 she started having tremors and seizures. She regressed physically so fast that the doctors started warning my sister and family that she may only have months to live. She has beaten the odds but there are still no answers and she is not getting better.

Here are several links to find out more about my niece if you are so inclined:

Anderson Cooper 360 article and video
Sanjay Gupta video from AC360
Another Sanjay Gupta video from the Anderson Cooper segments
Kylie's Caring Bridge Page-most complete source of info, you may need to connect with Facebook or enter an email address (sometimes it loads automatically after sititng on the login screen for 15-20 seconds)
Kylie's official .com, it's a work-in-progress
Kylie's official Facebook page-updated most frequently