Dang it YouTube! (and an idea)

I got sucked in. I should’ve been writing a post for this page or doing something else productive. I don’t usually get lost in YouTube. It’s cool, and endless, but as the mom of a young kid, I DVR a few shows and watch them in the shadows of the night when the TV is actually available.

But, over the last few days, I’ve gotten sucked into a few things on YouTube. The first is James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. I could watch that for hours. Nearly every one of them is amazing. The one with One Direction cracks me up. I love when they’re impressed how well James can sing one of their songs. The choreographed song with jean jackets (James’ idea) is also hilarious.

I didn’t really realize how funny Harry Styles is (which inevitably led to me searching for other episodes of Carpool Karaoke with him).

The second thing was The Secret World of Jeffree Star. I like makeup, learning what drives people, business, and pink, so everything about that docu-series was right up my alley. The series is like 5-6 parts and I watched them all… then I realized that there were several follow up documentaries.

The one I started watching (but miraculously peeled myself away from) is called the Beautiful World of Jeffree Star, I think. It’s about the making of an eyeshadow palette. I will certainly return to this, but I need to wait for a holiday weekend or something, haha!

But, all of that YouTube watching inspired me and Dawn to start doing videos of our own.

We’ll certainly share them here. As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, I always wanted a talk show, but haven’t figured out how (or rather what topic) to do it around. While it was fun to post the other videos I’ve done in the past, I love the idea of having a friend with me – kind of like the relationship between Howard Stern and Robin Quivers. They have great chemistry. Anyway, it’s the conversation that fulfills me. I cannot get enough of a fun conversation.

So, she and I committed to writing 3 weeks of posts and then posting a video, ideally weekly. She and I both have families and day jobs, so it may take us a little bit to become consistent, but that’s our goal – keep writing (1x/week each) and do one video a week. We’ll talk about random stuff, maybe some reality shows, maybe high school days, maybe current (celebrity) events. Who knows!

I’m not looking to create videos that change the world (although that would be cool), I just want to make people laugh. I so value people who can make me laugh, and want to be that for other people too. So, stay tuned!

A (Literal) Crappy Day

It was quite literally a crappy day earlier this week. My dog, who is 5 months old, had some kind of a stomach (or poop…) bug. What a delight to walk into the room and see her crate full of poop, complete with paw-prints in it. Ugh!!

We took a short trip to the vet, where a poo test and x-rays showed nothing serious – she apparently just had some random stomach upset. The sign outside at her vet always has funny sayings and on that day said something like “sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield. That sign seemed particularly appropriate for the day. I was definitely the windshield that day!

At home, I was so proud because I successfully “pilled” her with her medicine, it was truly miraculous… until she hurled it all back up. In her crate. That I just cleaned all the poop out of. :O At least we decided to hold off on her heart worm and flea/tick medicine for a day until her stomach was better – silver linings, right?

A pic of the culprit, after she was feeling better and back to her rowdy-self!

That whole debacle really made for a very Monday-ish Monday. I was really pretty excited about the day until that happened, which was around 9am! My friend and I went to the gym, we were feeling productive, and I had fun things planned for after work.

It’s amazing how much your life revolves around bathroom habits when you have a kid and a dog. Seriously, I never could’ve imagined it. You know how there are always articles telling you how “they never told you about ___” before becoming a parent? Well, my fill in the blank is definitely “how your life revolves around poop.” I even did a YouTube video about something along those lines.

But really, once you’re the parent of a puppy, and especially of a baby, poop is life.

With a dog, you’re in the yard every few hours, waiting, then cheering and praising when the pup poops, you have to get home in time to ensure they can poop, etc.

With a baby, you’re concerned with all the things – did she go, when did she go, how much, what color, what consistency, the list goes on. Thankfully, poop doesn’t gross me out like it does my husband. I don’t enjoy it, but it doesn’t freak me out.

My friend, a nurse, is on a whole different level of comfort, apparently. The running joke is how she could eat while wiping a butt. However, it’s worth noting that while she was watching a baby once (before she had her son), she was changing a diaper with these giant gloves on like she was dealing with birds of prey, so I’m not sure if she is as cool with poop as she says, haha! It was basically one of the best things I’ve ever seen and I so wish I had a picture!

Anyway, hope your Monday was less “crappy” than mine. 🙂

It’s Been a While…

So, it’s been a while. Like a few years. But, here we are, trying to get back on track and start writing this for real this time!

I guess a good place to start would be to do a whirlwind catch up. In the last 3 years I’ve lived a LOT of life. I’m pretty sure that I posted in the past about what a year 2015 was (if not, let’s just say it sucked. Miscarriage, lots of relatives died – including my dad, I had a high-risk pregnancy and delivered my daughter 3 months early, she had a 3 month Nicu stay). Well, 2018 and part of 2019 looked a lot like 2015, and the second half of 2019 looked a lot like 2004 – except for me… I’m about 40 pounds heavier than in 04 (WTH???). :O

Some of the notable points are our family had a serious health issue (all is well now, thank goodness), two of our pets died one month apart, and we had a major move. We’re back in the north again! People think we’re nuts for that, but look, Dorothy was right. What can I say?

Some things that haven’t changed:

  • I work for the same company I did in the south, which is pretty awesome because it means no commuting in the snow.
  • I still need to lose weight (insert face palm emoji here…). I’m working on that with Caleigh.
  • I still need to get this blog going (insert emoji of a clock here – what the heck have we been waiting for???) – I’m working on that with Dawn.
  • I haven’t gotten to have Thanksgiving dinner or go to the mall with Bret Michaels (insert heart emoji here…) – honestly, that’s such a dream of mine, haha! I’ve met him a few times and he is the nicest human alive. I’m not even sure how he’s a real person. I have to get to hang with him at the mall for an afternoon at least once in my life!
  • I still need to figure out how to make my dream of having a talk show come true – I’m trying to find the solution to that too. That one takes a lot of work. Or maybe I’m overthinking it.

Not starting a talk show definitely bothers me every day that I haven’t done anything about it. I figure 2020 is a good time to figure that out. Wouldn’t it be lovely to get it going before turning 40? Life has been very life-y since 2015, but that can’t be an excuse anymore. People do it and find a way, and I need to do that too. With everything being so accessible these days, there’s really not a reason to not do it. Here’s a cool article I read about it never being too late.

And here’s a meme that I love (and need to live by…) – note that I (obviously) didn’t create this meme, I found it on Google.

Options According to Yoda

It bothers me that SO many people in my life know that about my longtime dream of having a talk show, and I’ve done nothing. I’m not one who cares what others think about me, but it bothers me that I could be perceived as a dreamer rather than a doer. How awful would that be? Do they put that shit on headstones “She dreamt of a talk show.” Ugh.

I was texting with someone earlier today and I wrote “I don’t care if it’s a talk show with an audience, it can be on youtube. I just want to get to a point where I a) do it, and b) can sustain myself doing it. I want that to be my job. I want to be like Caleigh. Cheer is her passion and she has built her gym into something amazing that I’m SO proud of her for. I want to build something amazing and have my family and friends be proud of me for it.” I have a cool corporate job, but getting to make people laugh and figure out why they are how they are is what makes me actually feel fulfilled. I LOVE talking to people and trying to learn about them.

I don’t have the answer, but I’m working on it. By the end of 2020, I need to say that I’ve been working on it and things are *happening.* I have put some videos on youtube, check them out!

Speaking of 2020, I’m not one for resolutions, but hey, for shits and giggles, I’ll put some things that would be nice to do down. Perhaps goals, not resolutions.

  • Get in shape. For real. Once and for all. I don’t want to look at another damn picture and say “wouldn’t it be lovely if I ____.” I want to look at a picture and say “yes, that paid off. I’m so glad that I no longer use the whale emoji in texts to my friends when talking about heading to the pool or beach.”
  • FIGURE OUT HOW TO LIVE MY PASSION. Seriously. Guys, I know this must sound stupid on some level. She wants to talk for a living. I know that sounds nuts, but seriously, it’s what I want to do, it’s what people have done, and I need that to be me so that we’re not having this same conversation again in Jan. 2021. I want to be living my passion so that my family and friends are proud of me and think of me as someone who actually lives their dreams, not just fantasizes.
  • Figure out how to get the sassies (what I call it when my daughter is sassy) and periodic tantrums to go away and have the sweet smile return all the time. I know a smile 100% of the time is nuts too, she’s a kid, not a robot, but dang, I miss seeing that ever-present smile. She is still SO happy, but she’s also sassy sometimes. The other day on the phone with a customer service person, he asked if I had any other questions. I said yes, do you have any tips about toddler temper tantrums? He got a kick out of that, but sadly he had no tips to share.

So, that’s it. Dawn and I are going to make a real effort to keep this blog up, and I will attempt to meet the other goals for 2020.

My Child Comes First In My Life

Hi all, it’s been a while! I share posts on the Charleston Moms Blogs, and today I’m sharing the link to one of my recent posts on that site. My post “My Child Comes First in My Life” was in the top 10 most read posts in the City Moms Blog network. It’s one of my favorite posts!

Here’s the link:

http://charleston.citymomsblog.com/motherhood/my-child-comes-first-in-my-life/

Enjoy (no matter whether you agree or disagree!)!

Kennedy’s the CHS March for Babies Ambassador!

Kennedy’s the 2017 Charleston March for Babies ambassador, and today was the kickoff lunch! It was such a great time to be in the room with the other teams, each full of people ready to help support the March of Dimes mission.

Check out the cool video about her story!

If you’re compelled, we invite you to donate to her team here!

We are soooo thankful that we get to share our lives with our precious girl! She’s a warrior disguised as a sweet, perfect human. 🙂

 

One Year Home!

The other day we celebrated that our daughter got home from the hospital one year ago! How exciting!!! It’s soooo crazy to think that it’s been so long, and that it’s gone so fast!

Looking back at life last year, it’s hard to believe how much has changed. This time last year, we were worrying about vital stats, any remote germ that anyone might’ve been spreading, and everything else under the sun. Oh! I remember her one medication was at the top of that list too. Preemies get caffeine to help their heart, and it had to be dosed 24 hours apart. We were always terrified that we’d miss the dose and something would happen.

Now things are so different – our worries are “normal” one year old worries – did we pad all the corners so she doesn’t bump her head, what is she putting in her mouth, etc. What a nice change! It really is amazing to see how quickly things flipped around. Thank goodness!

Kennedy meets goal after goal and continues to amaze everyone she meets. She’s the funniest, sweetest, most perfect human I’ve ever met!

I love how she blows kisses, pretends to talk on her phone, washes her hands, and most recently, she started “cleaning” the floor, her toys, and anything else she can find. I’m not sure where in the world she learned that! I certainly keep my phone clean all the time, but I don’t constantly clean anything else that way. She’s really into the cleaning and it’s hysterical. I just couldn’t love that girl any more if I tried. She’s truly perfect.

There are many, many times each week that we talk about how lucky we are to get to be her parents. She’s such a fighter and she’s so bright spirited and perfect, I truly can’t believe our luck.

Reality Check

Holy cow, today at work I was working on our weekly newsletter and I was writing about our many holiday donation drives at our campuses. As I was typing the “wish list” for the drives, I was humbled. New or used blankets, shirts for women and men, coats, canned food, new and used toys, volleyballs.

The requests are so simple, yet receiving something from the list could make the recipients holiday.

Scanning that list, I felt like the richest person in the world – rich in life, not monetarily. Some of the used toys will go to adults with brain injuries. I am so thankful that I am healthy and that everyone I know is healthy. Most of all, I am thankful that my precious baby is perfectly healthy. She had one heck of a journey since she was born 3 months early and had to overcome a serious lung condition while in the hospital (and after Googling the condition the other day,  and looking at the odds of survival, I’m more aware than ever of her warrior spirit).

Back to the list, COATS. Can you imagine NEEDING a coat. Not needing a new one. Not needing a more fashionable one. Just NEEDING a coat. For the sole purpose of keeping warm. Can you imagine that there are people who don’t have homes? I mean, yes, I know that poverty, and hunger, and homelessness exist, but during the holidays, looking at lists for much needed donations, it really is a reality check. I wanted to run out the door and go buy everything on the list before even finishing typing the list! I wanted to go hug my family and friends for being amazing and for everything they all do for us and one another. I wanted to go build homes so no one has to live outside. I seriously can’t imagine that kind of hardship. I also want to make a concerted effort to do more for others year round, not just at the holidays.

Toys for Tots has always been an important organization to me. My dad grew up incredibly  poor and never received a gift until he began dating my mom – which was after he graduated HS. Literally, he got no presents growing up. Kids are smart and can reason through some things, so they may be able to understand on some level that their family can’t afford designer jeans, but Santa is MAGIC. Santa doesn’t have an issue providing gifts – he visits millions of kids around the world. So, I cringe at the thought of a child going without presents, because they must think that Santa – this magical man who visits all of the their friends – must hate them. So while toys aren’t the most important thing in life, I can’t deal with the thought of a kid not having a gift because there’s not a logical reason to explain why Santa would visit some kids, but not the less fortunate kids. Ugh.

With everything my daughter experienced, helping other families in the NICU has become very important to me. I’m passionate about preemies! My daughter is the 2017 Charleston March of Dimes March for Babies ambassador, and we’re proud to help support their mission and help other babies born too soon, but we want to do even more!

It’s tough to think about all the people in need and not be able to help everyone. As much as it stinks, I guess it’s most realistic to pick one or two things and work hard to help in those areas. But, as I go through my day, I am going to make an effort to be my best, be continuously thankful for the life I have, thankful for my health and the health of my family, thankful for all of the amazing family, friends and pets in my world, and look for opportunities to help others.