Thursday, July 24, 2014

...you done made me have to get in my bag.

What's In My Bag?

I have seen this post all over the internets (and sometimes in US Weekly!) and have always wanted to write one myself. I don't know why, as it's kind of self-serving and not at all inspiring or informative...but it's fun, right? Plus, it's summer, which means I have been toting around my favorite summer bag, a cotton hobo bag from Old Navy that I just lovelovelove!


1. Keys
2. pretty red Coach wallet I got as a birthday gift a few years ago
3. crumpled money that should be in the wallet but never is
4. Lady Products. I'm always prepared.
5. Checkbook.
6. Lip gloss. I've never been a lipstick girl, I've always preferred a lighter gloss!
7. A roll of tokens for a local arcade. We got them at a birthday party but didn't use them.
8. My trusty iPhone ensconced in my trusty OtterBox.
9. Sunglasses. If I'm not wearing my contacts, this is replaced by my prescription sunglasses.
10. My Erin Condren planner. I never leave home without it. I tried to be an iPhone planner girl, but I just can't do it. Paper planners are my true love. (that's my referral link. I can get store credit if you make a purchase using the link!)
11. A little canvas bag filled with pens. A weird quirk of mine- I need to write events and such in my planner in different colors. That way, I can eyeball a date and quickly see how full it is. Three colors = busy day.

*Not Pictured- Trains. PJ likes to go everywhere with trains, and they often end up in my bag
                        Water bottle- also for PJ. In this hot weather I always need one for him.

And there we have it!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I'm so excited!

It's a Time for Mom linkup!

{stream of consciousness}

Yesterday was nearly perfect.
The weather was lovely.
PJ's behavior was outstanding.
I finally got the phone call about the start of ABA therapy for PJ,
   Something that was a project over a year in the making.
I found out a short piece I submitted to an online magazine was accepted.
Dinner came out good and looked pretty- a braided stromboli with homemade dough.
PJ and I enjoyed an after-dinner treat at Friendly's and some evening playground time.
PJ took his medicine like a champ,
  Then snuggled down to sleep with a new friend tucked in with him.
One would think that a child who owns seventy zillion Thomas trains
 might start to feel a little indifferent to them.
This particular train has been on his wish list for a while and last week
  while PJ laid in my lap, feverish and sad, I caved in and ordered it.
The package arrived and we opened it together.
PJ practically vibrated with joy.
Someday, my son will understand that true joy
 doesn't come in a box from Amazon.
(Although sometimes, I need to be convinced of that as well. I loveAmazon.)
The happiness of being in the ocean, or seeing his friends;
 the euphoria of Daddy getting home from work or the rush of performing in front of a crowd.
All of those intangible things that I worry he won't connect to- I hope he knows and loves those feelings.
But on this day, it was a train, and that's okay, too.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

...and I won't judge you 'cause it could get ugly.

Things That Make Me Judgey

I am have been trying, of late, to put aside some of my expectations and attitudes about other people and how they should or should not be living. A lot of this is based on trying to heal my marriage, but it has expanded to include healing me, and finding the part of me that I love- spending time with my friends, putting out a productive, positive energy, and being happy. Emphasis on the latter.

All of that crap sounds great, of course, and I really am working on it. Really. But Rome wasn't built in a day, and there are still a few things that humans do that make me lose my Goddamn mind.

1. Not putting seat belts on your child- oh, no. No, no, no. I will not only judge the ever-loving shit out of you if I see this, but I will also call the cops.

2. Being noisy when it's too late or you have been noisy too long? Come on. Things like dogs and babies that don't have a volume button? Not a problem. I can't get upset about an upset animal or a crying child no matter how loud or long. Some things just can't be helped. Even the occasional party or loud music? If it's not a regular thing it's not a problem. Your TV pounding through my floor every fucking night? I think you're an asshole.

3. Failing to yield to a school bus that is boarding/letting off children, particularly if the lights are flashing and the STOP sign is out and engaged.  You are not only a shitty, inattentive driver, but you are also a horrible person. This one, in particular, gives me instant rage. I have been know to yell at drivers who pass the bus while PJ is boarding. They never make eye contact with the braless, crazy-haired woman, still in her jammies, yelling like a nutcase. Go figure.

4. Try not to be a Debbie Downer. There are people who have something negative to say as a response to anything. Anything. The sun is shining outside your window and yes, you can get ALL THE CANCER from sunshine. But it's okay to enjoy it a little, too. Perk up there, chipmunk.

5. Sadness one-upers also drive me nuts. This is someone who will counter one sad tale with a slightly sadder tale of their own. It's not a competition. Hard is hard, for everyone. Yes, the person who is sad because Amazon didn't send a package on time (me today, as a matter of fact) is in a better place than the person who is sad because she has cancer. But that doesn't give someone a right to invalidate another's feelings. We're not in a race to see who has the suckiest life. Stop it.

I know that all of this makes me sound like a jerk, but in the spirit of honesty (and because writing this out made me laugh) I wanted to share a few things that bug me. What bugs you? Tell me what your pet peeves are and there might be a little something in it for you!!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

...and you complete the heart of me.

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Summer time is such a special season for me. For most of my life I have lived just a little over an hour from the beach, and if you could somehow hold my heart up to your ear, you might hear the roar of the ocean.

Summer isn't just about the ocean. It's also about the neighborhood pool and water ice and staying out as late as the daylight lasts. I am twenty-nine thirty-seven and I still delight in seeing the last of the sun clinging to the sky at nearly 9pm.

I'm not a kid anymore. I'm a mom now, and although I didn't think it could be possible, summer holds even more magic and fun as I experience it with my son. From the first moment we put his toes in the ocean, PJ fell into a deep, meaningful love with all things summer.

My toes just touch the water...
 There are some things for PJ still to learn- the euphoria or counting down the last second of the Adult Swim and leaping into the pool; spontaneous ice cream because Mr. Softee happened to come by, catching the truck after you sprinted outside because you heard the faintest strains of the jingle; sitting outside with the other neighborhood kids until you're called in at dusk.
 But even with all of that to learn, PJ already knows how to slurp every last sip from summers overflowing cup of joy. When he was diagnosed with Autism, we didn't know if that would be possible. We didn't know if he would  have enough awareness of the world to smile at the sound of the waves, or shriek with delight as he splashed in the pool, or laugh his head off when he throws wet sand at Mommy. His father and I didn't know that, on the day he first laid eyes on the Atlantic, he would drag us across the beach with no fear or hesitation, determined to touch the wild water.
PJ, age 2

PJ, age 4 1/2
 When PJ can't have the ocean, he can make do with a blow-up pool, 10 inches of water, and a rigged-up "water slide" that is just a Fisher Price toy placed in the pool. We create our own water park in the shade of our trees and with snacks from the fridge just steps away. And, before he gave them up, a paci if needed.

PJ, age 4
PJ, age 3
And when there's no water, we can still bathe in the amazing, golden light of a summer evening with friends. It's the kind of light that doesn't need a fancy camera- you can just point your phone at it and capture all of its loveliness. It's another nod to the beauty of New Jersey (yeah, I said it.) and something I try to remember when I complain about property taxes. 

Summer with my son is one of the greatest joys I have ever known. Not even summer school, not even humidity, not even Autism could steal our summer from us. I am so excited to watch PJ grow and learn and make that first gleeful Adult-Swim-is-over countdown with friends, and hold the summers we have had like treasures. 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Lost a few pounds and my waist for ya....


{drumroll} It's Friday, bitches!

ONE: As far as raunchy, inappropriate songs with a good beat go, Missy Elliot's "Work It" is far superior to Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines". I re-discovered that dirty little gem on Amazon Music the other day and forgot how great that song is! Feel free to discuss.

TWO: PJ is back to school this week for Extended School Year and the return to a school routine was a little more difficult than I thought it would be. He only had two weeks off, but it was enough time to squeeze in plenty of fun and let our bedtime routine go to complete shit! Getting back into the swing of early mornings was tough this week, but I think by next week we should be back to "normal!"

THREE: We have been enjoying many afternoons at our local pool. PJ loves the water and swimming is good, heavy work to counter the chaos he feels in his body sometimes. The pool is clean, nearby, and inexpensive- the summertime trifecta! But, it's also crowded, so a seat and shade is hard to come by. Shade is a must for my white-skinned little lad, so I invested in a beach shade. It was $34 and, by far, the best money I have spent in a long while. It's easy to set up and HUGE! I will love it long time.

FOUR: I have been plugging along at Weight Watchers and finally weigh below 150 lbs (please remember that I am five feet tall. A healthy weight for a shorty like me is a little less then taller lovelies). Just by a pound, but it was a goal I wanted to hit. Last night when I was dying for pizza, I had a piece. It's a total struggle- I eat when I'm bored, angry, tired (that's a big one) and happy. My sister did a 21 day sugar detox and I bow down to her in complete wonder. I can't make it past 9am without a little sugar (which has more to do with my coffee addiction, but whatev.). I'm totally inspired by her, but the struggle is real. I just plug away and try to channel my boredom/anger/fatigue/happiness to more productive things.

FIVE: One of my guily summer pleasures is America's Got Talent. My favorite part is the auditions phase! I love the freak show that is paraded across the stage- acts of epic weirdness and hilarity. But this dude? This dude slayed me. I nearly wet myself laughing:



She's got  a P-E-N-I-S! YES! (And I, clearly, am an eight year old boy)

G'nite, folks!!!


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Monday, July 7, 2014

You dig everything of which I'm ashamed...and you're still here.

Friday was the 4th of July, and it was also our 6th wedding anniversary!

I remember, strangely, sleeping very well the night before. Marla and I spent the night at our apartment and Pete had one last night at his parents. We had decided not to see each other until we met at the alter.

The day was a blur- my (very large) bridal party at the salon, where there was a cake made for myself and the other July 4th bride and her  party! It was a whirl of little girls, makeup, and hair extensions but finally, we were all beautified, my veil in place.  Getting to the ballroom, screaming when I saw my cake (good screams, of course! Plus, OMG GIANT CAKE!), pictures and happiness and lugging my eleventy-billion pound dress around until 4am because I couldn't bear to take it off. There were speeches and eating and dancing and tears- all pretty typical wedding stuff, except it feels anything but typical when it's your day.

Our wedding meant so much to me. I wasn't a happy bride when it came to planning, mainly because I am far too high-strung to get pleasure out of all that work. It was stressful! But the day, the day that turned out to be the last time that everyone I had ever loved until that point would be under the same roof- it made love easy. Doing the cha-cha slide and putting out a burning football in the sink in the men's room (don't ask) was easy. Accepting the love and grace from all of the people we love and give grace to was easy. There were no harsh, hasty words, no stupid arguments, no mistakes, big or little, to apologize for. It was so easy to love Pete that day.

Of course, marriage isn't easy. Life isn't easy. It's the lesson you learn the farther away you get from your wedding day. Living with someone and making a life is hard work. I read the greatest summation of this very point in an article today: "We make the choice, again and again, to come together despite our imperfections." Goodness knows that in the past six years, Pete and I have flaunted our imperfections. But, in the past six years, we have also flaunted our very best selves. I'm a person who lives and dies by quotes and definition and meaning, and I read the lyrics to our wedding song and it's still so perfect for us. "You're still here...," Alanis sang on our wedding day. And we are.

It's all a balance, the hard work tempered by the memory of such an amazing day, when we were just at the start of our journey. But, the work is good, and it makes the love easy. So we celebrate our "more perfect union" on the day our country celebrates its independence.

(that perfect quote was part of a piece for Momastery written by Cindy Brandt, who writes at Cindywords.com)


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?

Yesterday, I shared the results of my Summer Goals. Some were conquered, some were not. There were a few that earned an admirable effort and a few that were epic fails. All in all, I am pleased with my first shot at setting seasonal goals. The idea of coming though the change of season having made changes to yourself appeals to me.

I think my goals this time as a little more lofty, and they should be. I think to do this right, I need to raise the bar each time, even if it's a tiny bit. The goals are still simple, but they are also important, and I am hoping to give it a good showing.

So....{trumpets blare}

Summer 2014 Goals
June 21st-September 22nd

1. Stick to the Weight Watchers plan: This one should be easy. I actually find that I eat yummier food when I am using WW. My problem is more time management- I forget to eat, become manically hangry, and then eat Swiss Rolls and root beer for lunch because it's quick. That's just stupidity, and it can't continue if I don't want to feel like a whale standing on her fins every time I get a glance of myself getting out of the shower. Stick. To. The. Plan.

2. Get my family library cards and take PJ once a week: Okay, so I need to confess something. I don't like reading library books. I know, I know. But the books get read often (duh), the pages get limp, and they aren't always in great shape. I have a pathological need to keep my books pristine. I didn't even highlight my books in college. Anyway, I digress. The point is, my weirdness has kept me from the library and that's dumb. So, we will get cards and we will read...well, PJ and I will. There isn't much hope for Pete.

3. Write, write, and then write some more: I have had the amazing opportunity to branch out a bit and write for some local publications. It is a lot of fun and helps me spread my wings as a writer. I want to make sure that I keep my instrument in tune, and that means I need to write. There's no reason that I shouldn't.

4. Get exercise 4 time a week: We have a gym membership to a gorgeous gym. I don't want to be fat. How is this hard? Once a week, we will do something active as a family- swim, walk, ride bikes, etc. I will feel better, and so will my family.

5. Create a cleaning schedule: I have mentioned a few times that I am not what one would call a "natural housekeeper". During the day, when PJ is up and active, it is hard to clean anything as PJ actively destroys anything I try to straighten. At night, when he's asleep, I am tired and broken and on the couch. So I need to get a system going. I am 99% sure I will need some help with this and that it's going to need to come from my sweet, wonderful, organized, loves-to-clean friend Michelle!

6. Life's a beach, so go there often: enough said. PJ is his best, brightest, most brave self when he's at the ocean. It's his happy place, and we're all happy when he's happy. So, that.

7. Three date nights with the husband- MAKE THIS HAPPEN: So, date nights were a Spring goal and I failed. We still have so much work to do together, and some of it needs to be separate from our lives as parents. It doesn't need to be expensive or elaborate, but it needs to happen.

8. Complete my Summer Bucket List to 80% accuracy: There's some great stuff on that list. Let's get 'er done.

9. Change my passwords: I stumbled across this real, honest piece by Mauricio Estrella and it spoke to me. I love the idea of creating a mantra of sorts to try and shape your attitudes. What easier way is there than to use something you utilize more then once a day- your passwords. You will need to read the piece, otherwise, this will make no sense. It's a worthwhile read, I promise you. I want to change my passwords and, hopefully, change my life.

Here's where the story ends...


Spring is officially over- in fact, it has been for about two weeks. We were kept busy with all of the End of the School Year Things, so I am just now able to sit down and revisit my Spring Goals. 

I got the idea from Steph, who writes a favorite read of mine over at Life According To Steph. I loved the idea of a seasonal set of goals, so I shamelessly copied her idea. And now, a season has passed and it's time to reflect on the goal I set and if I met them. There were some wins and some fails, so stuff I conquered and some things I really should have made priority. The good news is that I can weigh all of that as I decide what my goals for the summer should be (stop by tomorrow for that). In the meantime, let's take a look-see: 


*93 Days of Spring*
 (March 20th-June 20th)
  • Run in a second 5k, in addition to the one I am running next month with Randi. And admitting I want to do this in no way means that I like running. The fact that I can now run without wanting to die after 40 feet feels like something I should keep striving for. Just don't go flapping your gums to Randi about my wanting to keep this running thing going, or else she'll think she inspired me or something.

This one I actually did, running in the ROC Race 5k in Philly with Randi in June. This one wasn't just a 5k, but an obstacle course filled with giant inflatable obstacles. We climbed over walls, slid through foam, skittered across a catwalk as wrecking balls swung by us, and scaled the "World's Largest Inflatable Water Slide". I laughed so hard getting through the obstacles that it made it hard to run! It was a damn blast and a reminder of why running is good for me....or, at least, having fun is good for me! The race also yielded this EPIC picture from the photo booth after the race. We stood in front of a green screen and they told us to pretend the wrecking ball was coming right for us:




Bwhahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! 

  • Get rid of a bag of crap every week. 
I did okay on this one, getting rid of 6 bags (my goal was 13- one for every week of spring) of clothing and a big stack of books. I still have a huge amount of things that gots to get, so I might have to extend this goal to my summer list! 

  • Get PJ's spring/summer clothes set and get his winter stuff packed away and stored, not just folded into a bag in his closet. 
This one was easy-peasy! PJ's winter stuff is all packed away and stored in the basement, leaving plenty of room for his ridiculous summer wardrobe! 

  • Join Steph and Marla in the April Spending Freeze.
Oh, my lord. Fail, fail, fail. April turned out to be the dumbest possible month to try to make this work. I did think very hard about any money that went out, but out it went. This was pretty epic as far as fails go. 

  • Deep clean all of the rooms.
Got all of these except out bedroom. PJ recently developed a habit of getting out of bed at night to play with his toys instead of going to sleep. Every night, we were clearing out PJ's toys and putting them in our room. PJ has a lot of toys, so this created a mess that we had to carefully navigate. So, this one wasn't a complete win. 


  • Get back into reading fiction. I have been on a memoir/non-fiction kick for a while and I want to mix things up a bit. 
I managed to read two fiction works- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and This Is Where I Leave You by Johnathan Tropper. I just sank right into them and soaked them up. I looooooved both of them, and it ignited my passion for fiction again. Now, I have a book list a mile long! 

  • Use the crock-pot once a week, and set aside a night to prep for two nights worth of dinners.
Fail. I managed 4 crock pot meals out of 13 weeks. This is another one I should consider revisiting, especially with summer upon us. Nobody likes to cook in the heat. 

  • Go on two (budgeted) date nights with Pete.
Another fail. We made it out on one date to the movies. We did manage to grab breakfast a few times while PJ was at school, but for the most part, this was a goal I really should have worked towards and fell short.

This was a really good exercise for me- writing out my goals and keeping up with them. I didn't meet every goal, but I certainly thought about them quite a bit. I am eager to share my summer goals, a bit branched out and daring after this first attempt. 

Here's to new seasons! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

So I'm gonna give all my secrets away...

The True Confessions of a New Jersey Mommy
a Time for Mom Linkup 

1. Target Fruit Snacks? Love 'em. I can seriously eat four packs in a sitting. They are delicious blobs of opaque goodness.

2. I have been told a number of times that when PJ has a public meltdown I stay remarkably composed. The truth is that being in public in and of itself is the only thing that keeps me from crying/yelling/trying to sell him to a passerby. But, really, what else can I do when he's coming apart at the seams in Target? If I lose it, too, it will just make the spectacle that much more horrifying.

3. I have watched Peg + Cat alone. As in, without a child in the room. That show cracks me up!

4. The answer to "PJ have a book?" is always "Yes."

5. PJ has slept the entire night in his bed for two nights in a row...and I am a little bummed out about that.

6. We hit Dunkin' Donuts about 4-5 times a week. It's horrible, but it is also our lifeline sometimes. I have found few problems that a coffee for Mommy and a Munchkin for PJ can't fix. Also, in a pinch, a bacon, egg and cheese Wake Up Wrap is only 5 Weight Watchers points.

7. I taught PJ the lyrics to "Remix to Ignition" by R. Kelly, albeit the sanitized version made famous by the Dartmouth Aires on The Sing Off. When I sing, "Can I get a toot-toot?" PJ will respond with "Can I get a beep-beep?" and I crack up every. single. time. He also favors "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and "Maneater" by Hall and Oats. His propensity towards inappropriate music is my favorite!

8. I am not above letting PJ use my iPhone for entertainment if I need to. We have watched Wreck It, Ralph in restaurants, dressing rooms, Target, and varied family gatherings.

9. I imagine that, as PJ gets older, I will reconsider how much I choose to share about his life in my writings. I try to keep the things that are truly private, private. But, right now, as his mother, I share at my own discretion versus what I think his might be.

10. I hate Thomas the Train. Who came up with this crap? I mean, who aside from the person who is sitting on a chair made of money laughing at all of the mamas who have to endure the tales of that blue painted ass-hat on tracks? And what I really want to know is why do these trains always end up in these dumbass situations when the have humans who are supposed to be operating them?  We have spent the equivalent of a semester in college on Thomas stuff for PJ, so the irony is that I have to set aside my hatred lets we waste all that money. I just stifle my disdain and daydream about slapping Sir Toppem Hatt in the head.






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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

...as we turn our white skin red...

It has happened:


PJ had his last day of the regular school year this past Friday! It was, at times, a tough road for my little Dude this school year, but we made it and I could not be happier! We are now five days into the summer, and it's time to start chipping away at our Summer Bucket List.

We have already gone on a small vacation to Lancaster (more on that later) but there is a huge list of things that we would like to do this summer with PJ. Our Boy, although not one for the heat, is always at his best during the summer months. It has only taken this first five days for our bedtime routine to go completely out the window, but that's no reason to think we can't reach loftier goals! So, with that, behold:

Our Summer of 2014 Bucket List





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Larisha @ We're Parents
Melissa @ Two Miracles

And if you didn't get enough of us on our blogs, check out our Time for Mom Superstars Pinterest Board!  Each week we will pin some of our favorites from the link up to the board!  Check it out and see who was pinned!





This week's Featured Blogger is Callie Moon who blogs at Lemon Verbena!

Last week Callie shared her super cute girls room tour!  Don't you love the flag banner over the bed and the hot air balloon wall decoration?  So cute!

Be sure to check out her post and then link up your own post for this week with us!

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