Posted in Mama Adventures

A Mama is Born

My Red is a typical three year old. Boundless amounts of energy, attention span of a gnat, and sweetness all balled into one. He exhausts me from sun up to way past sun down. I am considering investing in a countdown clock to hang up in my house to remind me of how long I have left until he starts kindergarten. I appreciate my time with him but long for the day when he has the stability of a classroom.

I recently had to take him with me to get some blood drawn. I was hoping there wouldn’t be a long wait. When we walked into the waiting room, there was about 10 people waiting. During the 40 minutes that we waited Red and I talked about what we would be doing this summer, he ate his cheerios, and we looked through two magazines. He did way better than I expected. When they called my name we walked back and sat in the provided chair. The phlebotomist was curt but proficient. She ignored my son. He sat in my lap. I explained that I needed him to hold still because the lady was going to take my blood and I didn’t like it (which is true, I HATE needles). He obliged. Once I felt the initial pinch of the needle I looked down at the mop of red hair and asked him, “Can you count with me?” We counted to 35 by the time the lady was done taping up my arm. And that’s when it hit me. As much as I hate needles, the instinct to keep my son occupied during this stressful moment was greater than the fear and pain I had.

Almost six years after having my Curls, I finally feel like I am an honest to goodness mom. All the fear, insecurity, and frustration I have endured over these past six years has subsided for the time being. It makes me realize that I am doing the best job I can and getting better every day. I will hold onto this feeling as long it will have me and use it to guide me in my future parenting decisions. Curls and Red were meant to be mine and they are shaping me as much I shape them.  

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Posted in Pop Culture

MTM: Riddick

Today’s movie trailer is for the new Vin Diesel flick Riddick. A lot of people may think that The Fast and the Furious put Vin Diesel on the map but I can assure you that it was the sci-fi film Pitch Black. Pitch Black is a great movie that came out back in 2000 (The Fast and the Furious came out in 2001). It is about a group of people led by Carolyn Fry (the gorgeous Radha Mitchell) who land on a desert like planet. They encounter the criminal Riddick (Diesel) and take him captive until they need him for some dangerous creatures that come out at night. It is simplistic in how it approaches the scares and action sequences and that is how it gets it right. The follow up to Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, looked like it was trying too hard in the trailer so I never bothered to check it out. With Riddick they appear to be going back to their roots. Throw in science fiction goddess Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and I am there. Here is the trailer for the movie and it comes out September 6th. Have a good week!

Posted in Word Therapy

My 1st rejection letter and I couldn’t be happier

I received my first rejection letter last Friday. When I noticed my writing on the self addressed stamped envelope, my heart sped up. The envelope was thick and that made me start to shake. Is it possible that I would be published this quickly?  But then I opened the envelope and saw this:

Reject Letter

Behind the letter was my story (hence the thickness). Instead of being deflated, I was happy for a few reasons. One, the letter said AUTHOR. They called me an AUTHOR. I may not be a published one yet, but a successful publishing house called me an AUTHOR. That fills me with such pride. Two, I received a rejection letter because I had the balls to mail them my story. And three: this letter just fueled my determination to become published. I didn’t expect to get a letter proclaiming I would be published this early in the game. Which means it will be that much sweeter when I am.

Posted in Mama Adventures

Working It

These are my abs: 

I dare you not to look at these awesome abs

Truth? FINE. They aren’t my abs. They are Gwen Stefani’s. They are abs I aspire to. I figure if a 41 year old rockstar mother of two boys can have abs like this, so can I. I like to workout and try to focus on different parts of my body every day. But my abs are just as stubborn as my personality. My arms have been shaped as close to Jennifer Aniston’s as they are ever going to be. My legs are somewhat Carrie Underwood-ish (minus her fabulous tan). But my stomach has the mom pooch. The elasticity of my youth has disappeared and its place it has left me with a belly that sticks its tongue out when I sit down (the irony has not been lost on me).  But I will not be deterred.

So for the past three weeks I have done ab work in addition to my regular workout routine. It hurts. I hate it. But I am not backing down. I am going to beat my abs into Gwen Stefani submission and buy a crop top to celebrate when they do.  

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Posted in Pop Culture

MTM: About Time

Romantic comedy alert: I LOVE Richard Curtis. If you haven’t seen Love Actually or Notting Hill, you are missing out. As a female I have a predilection for movie romances. But I despise dumb romantic comedies. I hate predictable love stories (I’m looking at you Katherine Heigl). I want new takes on these tales. I want to laugh and cry. I want to identify with these characters. Richard Curtis gets that.

So when I saw the trailer for his new movie About Time, I was over the moon. The movie looks like a combination of Groundhog Day and The Time Traveler’s Wife. It stars romantic comedy go to actress Rachel McAdams and it is about Tim (Domnhall Gleeson). Tim finds out that he can time travel and he decides to use that to better his life. When he meets Mary (McAdams), she becomes his focus. Gleeson isn’t your standard handsome leading man. But if you are a Harry Potter fan (and who isn’t??), you will recognize him as a Weasley. And for my hubby, he is the son of Brendan Gleeson.

Here is the trailer. The movie comes out November 8th . Have a good week!  

Posted in Fashionista

Thank you fashionable Target lady

 When I was in Target on Friday, I walked past a lady a few times who was also getting her shop on. What made her standout was how stylish her attire was. Her toes were painted a bright orange and they were in a pair of jeweled gladiator sandals. Her outfit consisted of a pair of dark denim jeans and a multicolored tunic paired with a sea foam green bib necklace. The colors in her blouse and necklace set off her layered dark hair.

I adored her look so much I had to tell her. She was super nice and not scared of my stalker behavior at all. She informed me that she works from home so when she goes out she likes to dress up. She also said my compliment made her day, which in turn made mine. I walked away feeling great and inspired. As a stay at home mom/aspiring writer, I am in loose fitting, wouldn’t-be-caught-dead-in public clothes when I am not taking Curls to school. Add the no makeup look and my hubby is the luckiest man on the planet.

So it’s time to do an overhaul of the wardrobe and dress like who I want to be: a successful author. When I picture myself as a best selling novelist I think of stores like Anthropologie, chevron and nautical prints, and bright colors. I started over the weekend by purchasing this Merona dress from Target for my Curls’ kindergarten graduation:

Merona Lace Dress from Target

 The plan is to pair the dress with dressy gladiator sandals, a turquoise blue mani/pedi, a orange clutch, and tortoiseshell cat eye sunglasses. So thank you Target lady. Inspiration comes when you least expect it and I am glad that I can recognize it.

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Posted in Pop Culture

MTM: Fruitvale Station (Update)

So even though it is supposed to be Movie Trailer Monday, I don’t have a movie trailer today.  But with good reason.

 For the past 10 days, the Sundance film festival has been happening in Park City, Utah.  And the film I have read about over and over is the movie Fruitvale.  It is the story of Oscar and his interactions with a number of different people on 12/31/08. Sounds generic, right?  Sundance didn’t think so.  Fruitvale ended up taking the awards for Grand Jury Prize Dramatic and Audience Award Dramatic.  It has also been reported that The Weinstein Company picked up the movie for approximately $2.5 million.  Not enough? It’s a true story and the cast includes Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer.  Michael B. Jordan used to be on one of my favorite shows, Parenthood.  He was also in one of the best films of last year, Chronicle.  And Octavia Spencer just won an Academy Award last year for her role as Minny in The Help.

 I searched to no avail for a trailer but still felt the movie needed to be put on your radar.  So here is the link to the movie on www.imdb.com.  I smell Oscar.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334649/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

UPDATE: The trailer for Fruitvale Station was released at the end of last week and I am so excited to share it with you guys!  You can feel the tension from the moment it begins.  Have a good week!