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The amazing tonsil acid trip

Buck’s tonsil surgery went really well.  In fact, I’m shocked at how quickly he recovered.  He even refused pain medication the whole day.  I kept asking him, thinking that surely he must be in pain and by the end of the day I just felt like a drug pusher.  Are you sure you don’t want any?  It’s cherry flavored.  First one is free… and the second one… and the third one… I bought a whole bottle so it’s all free… I’ll…

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A tonsils silver lining

Today Buck is getting his tonsils removed.  Well, technically not removed.  Apparently, they don’t do that anymore.  They just shave the tonsil down and leave a little bit of it so it can continue to do it’s job (whatever that is).  It was always a surgery I wanted as a kid, but never got.  Sitcoms made getting your tonsils removed look so glamorous — you got a ton of special attention and enough ice cream to choke a horse.  Who…

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Enjoy it! It all goes by so fast!

That is the quote I get from strangers, friends and family members the most.  “Enjoy it!  It all goes by so fast!”  The category of human that says this to me is always the same — older women whose children are already grown.  They’ll watch me interacting with my children and then when they finally approach, I know exactly what they’re going to say.  I can see it in their eyes, waiting to pounce with their cautionary phrase. Can you…

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My version of a spooky story…

In honor of Halloween, I thought I would tell a spooky story — a tale so horrible that when I read it the other night, I couldn’t fall asleep.  I laid awake in bed, blinking at the ceiling thinking, “How can this be true?”  But it is true.  Very, very true.   My story is called, “Anatomy of a Chicken McNugget”. The book I’m reading is, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and the section that kept me up all night was about…

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Taking back Halloween

Before I had kids, one of the things I really looked forward to doing with them was making Halloween costumes.  It was one of the highlights of my childhood — sitting in the garage with my parents and using a cardboard box and some spray paint to make something magical.  Sure, the end result was often completely insane, but I didn’t care.  And sure, I often had to explain what I was to the neighbors handing me candy (I’m a…

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Another double Thanksgiving

Last night as I searched the internet for airline tickets for Thanksgiving, I was reminded for about the billionth time in my life that my parents are divorced.  My mother lives in Gainesville, Florida and my father and step-mother live six hours away in Miami.  I need to see both.  I need to show the grandchildren to both.  And I need to spend the same amount of time with both because they will be watching, ever tallying the amount of…

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Two stories

Story #1. A couple of days ago, my kids were showing our neighbor their artwork and Emerson said, “Buck is the best artist out of all of us.”  I immediately said, “No, he’s not.  You’re all really good artists.”  While Emerson was complimenting Buck, it bothered me that she was putting herself down.  But I immediately regretted saying, “No, he’s not.”  Couldn’t I have said that in a more diplomatic way?  Seriously, someone says my son is a good artist…

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Five things you should know before homeschooling

It’s already October which means that you’ve been back in the school routine for at almost six weeks — the insane rushing in the morning, the lunch making, the long pick up lines and of course, the dreaded homework.  At this point you might be already burnt out and even entertaining that old day dream of yours… What if we just homeschooled?  Well, since two of my kids homeschool and one of my kids goes to school, I can tell…

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