There is no moment this week. Wasn't one last week either. Today marks 8 days of the plague. Can't remember the last time I was this sick. I have barely made it off the couch in the last week. The bird has it, too. It's not fun. What's it like out there in the world? Does the sun still rise? Do the birds still sing?
Cough cough. Sniffle sniffle. Never mind, I'm going back to bed.
All month long I've been seeing different people post ALL over Facebook what they're feeling thankful for. I couldn't help but think, "ugh, how annoying""lame!""must be nice" "hmmm, what am I thankful for this year?"
I discovered that the best things to be grateful for are the ones that you don't have to think about. They're the ones that you feel the gratitude on the spot for. Yesterday I picked up Little Bird from school and walked up to The Giving Tree, a tree adorned with paper mittens that hold the names, ages, and holiday wishes of children in the community who are in need of a little extra help this holiday season. We picked two mittens. One was for a 7 year old boy who wanted coloring books and stickers and the other was for a 3 year old boy who wanted winter boots. I showed my bird the "mittens" and explained that we'd buy these gifts for kids who need a little help. Then, I asked, "Bird, what's the hebrew word for giving to people who need help?" She excitedly shouted, "tzedakah!"
Tzedakah is the Jewish obligation to do what is right and just. In fact, the highest form of tzedakah is to give anonymously, and that's just what we'll be doing with these gifts. So, the very fact that my kid, at seven years old and with Autism, knows that we give to others who need a little help sometimes, is exactly what I'm thankful for.
So, I've started adding some lean proteins back into my diet. Not happy about it, but I've gotta say, I think I feel a bit better physically. I like to make turkey sandwiches on toasted english muffins. They roast turkeys at a grocery store near me and I usually get a few fresh slices of breast meat and use them for sandwiches. Since it's getting to be Thanksgiving, there's cranberry sauce on every endcap of every aisle in the stores. I grabbed a can last week and added some to my sandwiches. Of course, it's got corn syrup and stuff that I don't want on my sandwich, so I decided to try to make my own... in my beloved slow cooker.
I had to buy something from Target that was only available online. My total didn't come to the minimum for free shipping and I figured, well, I need other things from there anyway, so I might as well just add to the subtotal and score the free shipping, right? Well, apparently, they shipped a bunch of items separately (still free). I've gotten three different shipments from them. Here's what came a couple days ago...
This medium-sized box with air filled plastic (to protect its contents) was used to transport these very fragile and valuable items:
THAT'S IT !!!!
So, I say shame on Target for using/wasting so much packaging to ship two little items. Though, I do thank them very much for the No More Tangles so Little Bird and I won't fight so much when combing through her hair!
Something started happening to me in the last year. Well, at least since I moved into my new home and got a lot happier. I've become.....wait for it..... domestic! I know, I know. I've actually been pretty do-it-yerself-ish. I've always been a bit of a knitter- scarves and such. I've also always liked baking, but mostly from a mix that comes out of a box, and mostly because it's the fastest way to get to eat something warm and delicious.
But, in the last several months, I've gotten pretty crafty. I've posted a few things here and there about said craftiness, and of course I highly recommend you go back and read that stuff. I've been pretty hooked on making my own jam, after reading how easy Brooke made it look earlier this summer. Since then, Little Bird has been enjoying tofu cream cheese and homemade jam sandwiches in her lunches. It's also delish when I dip pretzels in the jam! Well, last week, I had a bunch of blueberry jam and strawberry jam in the fridge and I got the fantastic idea to use it for even more deliciousness....
Step 1. roll out pie dough on a cookie sheet and spread jam all over that shizz, leaving about 1/2 inch from the edges of the pastry.
Step 2. take pizza slicer to it (you choose how many), and roll 'em up starting from the outer edges to make little crescents
Step 3. bake at 375 for 20-22 minutes and then eat them all up!
These were a great treat and I felt extra great about using ingredients I already had (I hate buying things I don't need) and especially about the fact that there's nothing NOT natural in the jam :)
Over the summer I heard about a great project/exhibit that an art gallery was presenting called The Journal Project. The Janice Charach Gallery offered up blank journals for artists (and artist-wannabes) to create a work of art to be displayed in the gallery. When I heard the journals could be shared among a group of people, with each person contributing a page, I jumped at the chance to participate. I posted on my facebook page, asking other moms to kids with Autism if they'd like to join in. I got a great response and the project was a GO!
I left it pretty open with the only rule being that the artists must be mothers to children with Autism. I let these mamas choose what and how they'd like to participate. I started with the cover page:
And then I sent it on it's way! Here's what came back to me after being sent ALL around the country:
I haven't talked about it here, but if you know me in my for reals life, you might know that I lost a very good friend at the end of August. His time was up on this spiritual plane and he was done, so he chose to move on. I've missed him. A lot. A few days ago I had been thinking of him. Nothing special, he just popped into my awareness. The next day, I got a text from my friend M warning me that I might be a bit freaked out, but.... He'd dreamed of J. It seemed very real. It seemed like J had come to say goodbye and make some peace. When M asked J if he'd visited me yet, he said he was "working my way east." (M lives in California)
So, I've been waiting. I want to see him. I want to talk to him. I want to tell him things, ask him things. I'm excited to tell him that in his absence, I've gotten to connect with his sister, just like he always wanted. I also want to let him know that it's okay. Because it is. I can't wait to see you, J!
This week's prompt:
Tell us about a time something happened or something was said that gave you the chills.
I took my daughter and my uterus to the polls. NOT my wallet.
It's important to me to support a leader who counts my gay and lesbian loved ones as equals, deserving of equal rights. It's important to me to support a leader who understands the needs of working families who've been deeply affected by the terrible economic times that Obama walked in to. It's important to me to support a president who will join me in the fight for equal rights and pay for women, and fight for a woman's control over her own body; giving the same rights awarded to her male counterpart.
Little Bird and her class go bowling once a month or so. I accompanied the class on the first trip of the year. LB's muscle tone is soooooo low that I never thought she'd be able to lift a ball on her own. I was suuuuuper annoyed, thinking that I'd have to carry the ball every time and help her get it up onto the ramp and then even help her push it down. And I was right. That's what I had to do for the first few frames. And then....
Women constitute more than half of the population. In 2008, 60% of voters were women. It is estimated that 10 million more women than men will vote in this election. Despite this, women make up only 16% of Congress. Women earn only 70 cents to each dollar men make. Women of color and undocumented women make less than white citizens. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are determined to overturn Roe V. Wade. Romney has not supported equal pay for women (The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act). Romney has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood. Romney has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Romney doesn't want health care to cover birth control. Romney says same sex marriage should be banned with a Constitutional Amendment.
Women, let's rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for your health and your right to choose. It is a vote for equal pay and equal rights. A vote for Obama is a vote for our families. It is a vote to marry who you choose. It's a vote to start a family when you choose. A vote for Obama says that we won't stand for violence against women and that rape is rape. Our vote ensures that our daughters will grow up with the same rights that we've had. A vote for Obama sends a message: This war on women must end. We will not go backwards.
This election is shockingly close. Our safety is at stake. Our silence is consent and our vote is our voice. Let’s get active. Let’s get out every vote we can. Let’s make this election a mandate. A mandate to finally ensure women the respect, dignity and equality we all deserve! This is now. This is our call to action. Once and for all, let's take back the power that is so inherently and naturally ours!