April 22, 2011

How can it be? Mama is never silent!

I've been asked a few times over the last few days why I'm not writing. Truth is...
Sorry. Instead, here's a clip that reminds me of how I feel these days. Sorry folks, park's closed. Moose out front should've told ya!

April 20, 2011

F'n Facebook.

I check my Facebook first thing in the morning like it's the newspaper. Sure, I'm highly addicted, and do enjoy it, but I know it comes with a price.

It starts with friending just the people you already know are on there, the ones that have been bugging you to join. Then, as you sniff around their friend lists, you get a little more wild and start friending there friends. In time, you start to dig into a 3rd/4th/5th parties' list, have no idea how you got there, yet are amazed to see even more people you know.

Then you move on to searching for and friending people you used to go to school with. You find that half you've been truly curious how they are doing, and the other half you are just being totally nosey and want to see what kind of life they have(or don't!). 

Once you have an ample list of friends, it's time to move on to your profile editing. Just the right picture, and just enough but not too much personal info. Give them what sounds awesome about you, leave out the hum drum.

Back to the friends. Weed through after a while and start blocking comments of those you are sick of hearing from. You know the ones. They constantly play a game. They always talk about their wedding a year away. They give every mundane detail of what their baby ate that day. Block, block, block.

How about Facebook and a relationship? What happens there? Jealousy, questioning, and pissiness are all common symptoms for those faced with relationship demons on Facebook. 'Oh, why did you friend him/her? Why bother talking to them? Huh, are you interested in him/her again?' Dramaaaaa!!!

Then of course last but not least, is the almighty power to delete others. How does one go so far as to delete someone? Or be deleted? Well, an obvious one I know I've been deleted for is honesty. I call it like I see it, and make no apologies for it. I know it offends some, so I've been deleted for that. I've seen some deleted just because they've pissed someone off in the outside world, and couldn't stand even looking at them in cyber land.  Those that can dish it but can't take it, they unfriend you quickly. Those that choke you with politics, religion, philosophy, inspiration, or anything else that sucks when you're in a bad mood....unfriended.  And of course, the be all end all unfriending....the end of a relationship. Whether it's a friendship or a relationship relationship, it's the definite culminating activity that must be done for some to go on with life. Sad, huh?

I'll say the same thing I've always said since I started on Facebook over 4 years ago. It's a website. It's nice to interact with others you know, no matter how far away they are. But that's all it is. Get over it. Don't take it so damn seriously.....Now go friend me if you haven't already! ;)


April 11, 2011

Healthy, Cheap Snack Idea? Yes Please!

I'm always, always looking for easy, healthy snacks for my kids. Well, whole meals too, but we all know impossible that is. But the other days I whipped something up that even had me pleasantly surprised. It's cheap, it's quick, it's healthy, and it's delish!

I'm a big fan of the Christmas Tree Shop, but don't usually go into their food section. Last week I did though, and found these 'toast' crackers, almost like melba toast. They had a few different flavors, 32 in a pack, just $1! I bought a few packs and knew I'd find something great to use them for.
I had just purchased some yummy on the vine tomatoes that day too, so I decided to use them. I diced the tomatoes, and added a hint of onion, basil, salt, parmesan, and some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Tossed it together and created a little tomato salad.
That's it folks! After that, I simply placed a few toasts on a plate and put some of the tomato mixture on top. No cooking. No effort. So good. The crunchiness of the toast paired with the freshness of the mixture is heavenly.
My older one loved them, my little one is afraid of tomatoes. That's ok, he still enjoys the toast, and I know eventually I'll find something to put on it for him too!

April 6, 2011

I've been driving for 19 years!

My dad has a habit of buying a new car every year(used to be every six months!) and I think I got that habit. I've tried to stretch it to every 2-3 years at this point in life, but I'm thinking if I get back into a comfy place in life money-wise, I'll be right back to it. Here's a look back at some of my cars....
My first car was a 1979 VW Rabbit in poo brown. My dad and I sanded it down and took it for a $99 Maaco paint job. I chose turquoise. Horrid. We called it the blue dot special after that. I loved that car.
My next baby was a 1987 Mercury Lynx. I liked this car, had much more room than the VW. I had an accident on the way to school one morning(rear ended my friend's mom!) and my punishment was to pay off the damage repair. I came home from work one day and the car was gone, dad sold it. Apparently when you go to college you don't need a car. :/
My 1993 Geo Tracker, by far my favorite to that point, and my friends will all tell you it was fun! Top down, music up, good times. The snow up at college was no match for Barbie.
Got home from college, got engaged, got a job, decided I'd be cool and get a new car. I chose the coolest at the time, a brand new 2000 Subaru Impreza RS. I LOVED driving her. Got lots of double takes driving her. Needless to say, I bit off more than I could chew and couldn't afford her, so she was gone too soon.
Got a friend to buy my Subaru, and paid me in money and this cute little 1993 Eagle Talon TSI. Hardly drove it, because I was already off to New Hampshire to buy the one below.
Another Eagle Talon TSI, but this one was a quick gal. I still remember pulling into a deli parking lot, and boys started to come over to 'car talk'. When they saw me get out they were shocked I was a girl, and asked twice if it was really my car. Yes boys, she drives a stick and she drives it quickly ;)
I loved that Talon, but she got sick, and I traded the two Talons in for a new 2001 Nissan Sentra. My first 4 door car and it was kinda nice to be able to put my stuff on the back seat with such ease! She got sideswiped by a sleepy driver, but we were safe. After too many bad rains and a move to PA, we realized she couldn't stand up to the weather conditions.
So back to four wheel drive for me. My 2002 Kia Sportage. Eh, honestly I can't say anything bad about it, but it was a bit small, and when you're dad surprises you with a new car you don't say no, so....
I got my Subaru Impreza wagon, maybe 2001, as I was pregnant with my first and needed a safe mom-mobile. This was a super car, fit everything nicely, comfy, loved it.
But, it really only fit one child well, so I got a 2003 Subaru Forester. Love love loved my Forester! She was racking up the miles, and being spoiled she left me too soon as well.
After much deliberation, silly me traded my Forester for a new 2010 Nissan Rogue. It had some great features, was roomy, and had my first sunroof! But at about 3500 miles she had a transmission problem, and that told us what we could probably expect from her in the future, and I wanted her gone.
And so I came back to a Subaru Forester, a 2010. What a beauty. She should have come along instead of the Rogue, but you live and learn I suppose. We've been through alot me and this gal, and she's been great to me. I plan to keep her for a while. Well, as of now I do. I already know what I'd like next, but you'll just have to wait and see :)

**** UPDATE ****
Here's my new gal.....kept my Forester, but she was lonely in the garage....

**** UPDATE AGAIN! ****
No more Forester, but kept the Jeep. Now I'm driving the Mazda CX-9. A total gas guzzler, but SO comfy, and really fits our needs size wise!
**AND AGAIN!** 
You won't believe this but *gasp* I bought another Forester. Burgundy, BUT with all the options I wanted, 6spd was not available. I should have known right then and there it would not be a fit for me, but I took it anyway. And kept it for mmm like 4 months.
 
Last but not least, I now have a black Explorer. I was SO hesitant to get it, mostly because of how large it is, but O M G do I LOVE IT! It has 3rd row seating, kids all fit, no one argues for space. It's comfy, it has pep, great it all weather, and I couldn't be happier with it. Hey, I've had it for over a year now, so that says alot! :) 

April 1, 2011

Light It Up!


Today, April 1st, is the beginning of Autism Awareness Month, and tomorrow is World Autism Day. You may see many buildings or homes with blue lights on over the next few days to commemorate it. I'm not one to over-blog about Autism. I advocate when families need me, or am always a phone call away to answer questions. But it's something I care to keep on my homefront. 

But today I need you to read the current statistics, and I'll keep it quick and simple.

In 2004, 1 in 166 children were diagnosed with Autism. When my son was diagnosed in 2007, it was 1 in 150. Today, 1 in 110 children are diagnosed with Autism. That's a 600% increase in the last 20 years. 1 in 70 is the rate in boys.

There is no known medical detection or cure for Autism.

Support. 
Educate. 
Advocate.