Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Public Enemy #1

So, thirteen years ago, when I was pregnant with Satchel, there was a LOT of hooplah about vaccines and autism. Mothering magazine, which I considered to be extremely trustworthy, did many articles and special issues on the topic. Warren and I decided to delay vaccinations for Satchel until we felt more confident that we'd be doing a good thing, and not endangering him.

We made the same decision two years later when Jiro was born.

As the boys grew into strong, healthy dudes, the issue of whether or not to vaccinate them faded into the background. They didn't need vaccinations to attend private or public school and we were easily able to find a doctor who supported our decision.

Well here we are in 2015 and people are losing their shit. I even had a Facebook friend ask that anyone with unvaccinated kids unfriend him immediately. (He's a new parent, and I remember the fervor I had as a new parent, so I didn't let it offend me too much.) Anyway, in light of current science and the measles outbreaks across the country, Warren and I decided to go ahead and vaccinate our healthy boys.

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Having never had a needle in their arms, they were a tad nervous. Satchel handled it like a champ (despite the above photo). Jiro needed some encouragement, but he survived. When he later told me it was the worst thing that ever happened to him, I told him that if that were true, he should consider himself lucky!



I did get a few, "Why didn't you do this to us when we were babies so we wouldn't remember?" complaints from the kids, but I explained my rationale to them and also reiterated the fact that they'd still need boosters and other shots at their current ages anyway.

Finally, to put it all into sharp focus, I told them how their dad and I spared them from circumcision and that at least we hadn't changed our minds about that!

Then we went to Belly Acres for a burger and all was right again.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Final Wishes

Excuse me while I get a little morbid...just for a minute.

One of my coworkers died suddenly last week, and I attended her funeral this week. She wasn't sick and she wasn't much older than me. Seeing how my dad also died suddenly, it got me thinking about my own funeral.

I have some small requests:

Please, please, please do not embalm me. Under no circumstances! I would like to be disposed of in the least expensive, fastest manner possible. A pine box, cremation, fire in the backyard--I really don't care. If you'd like to turn me into a tree, that'd be fine too.

Can we leave religion out of it? And don't have someone who never even met me lead the service (if there is one). If everyone could just gather round, have a few beers, and put Joni Mitchell's "Blue" on repeat, that'd be plenty. Should anyone like to say a few words, I'd suggest telling a story about a time when I was right about something, anything.

Thank you!

p.s. The kids probably know all of my passwords.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Family Photo

I asked Warren to come along for the yearly photo shoot, but we never quite made it happen. So, this year, Chip captured me and the boys in the apartment and in our new neighborhood.

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I seriously can't believe how gorgeous these two are.

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We had a lot of fun taking these pictures. I mean, who doesn't love playing in traffic?

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I'm declaring us officially "too cute for traffic."

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No cards going out this year, but we really enjoyed all of the ones you sent us! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Chrismukah

It's been a very busy holiday season.

Warren won Hannukah by making sure the candles got lit every night and by calling me to participate via speaker phone when necessary.

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On Christmas Adam (the day before Christmas Eve), Jiro and I went to Marlinee's house to partake in some yummy Thai food and to see some good friends. (Jiro & Gus are buds now, though we haven't managed to get in on camera.)

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Christmas Eve at Gigi's was quite festive. She and Branch made Jell-O shots to keep everyone's spirits high.

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Tracey & Ronnie brought Chinese food from Asian Palace and sushi from Toyko Grill.

As far as presents go, it will be remembered as the year Warren got Satchel a collapsible stool...

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and Tracey & Ronnie bought everyone scarves at the Thrift Store.

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Christmas morning we continued our tradition of delivering meals for MIFA.

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We had a really fun route this year and got to chat with some interesting people. Afterwards, we went to CKs for breakfast.

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Then we went back to Warren's to look in the stockings. Of course, Satsuki had one too.

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The monkeys did a good job of hiding their disappointment at not yet having their XBOX One. They had saved up some money and received enough in gifts to buy one, but much to their dismay, Game Stop was closed on Christmas day.

Then I finally divulged that I had one last present in my car. They were ecstatic.

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They immediately wanted to set it up and start playing it, so I went over to Brantley & Jim's for a little more Christmas cheer.

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The boys and I ended the evening at Leslie's house for one last dose of family fun. It was a great few days.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Thanksgiving Break

So, we had our first major holiday as a two household family. The monkeys had a cousin sleepover at Gigi's Wednesday night and got an early start on the festivities.

Left to my own devices, it soon became clear that I am an extrovert.

I started Thursday day off with my running buddies.

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Then I went to an early morning party with my buddy, Ross (who has escaped my lens), where I made new friends like Sheri. Sheri makes Kool-aid pies for awesome hosts like Michael & Kelly. (I love that they had a party that started at 10am!)

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Ross had to leave early to help his dad cook a turkey so I caught a ride with Brantley & Jim. It was a close call as to whether to have them drop me at Warren's house or take me to New Orleans.

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Warren and I drove out to my mom's to meet up with the rest of the family. We were late. Tracey was mad. Thankfully she had vodka.

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Warren's penance was carving the turkey.

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Satchel & Scarlett nabbed the wishbone.

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Food was eaten. Naps were taken. Games were played.

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Satsuki was also in attendance. We had just gotten her this time last year, so we brought her to Thanksgiving. Now we just bring her every time.

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We left around 7:00pm and headed back to Midtown. The boys went with Warren since they planned to go camping on Friday and I went home. Alone. It was a little sad. I was asleep by 9:00pm.

Friday I stayed busy. I had lunch at Dan & Ashley's and then we took their dogs to Shelby Forest.

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It was a perfect day for a hike.

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We saw lots of cool stuff and stayed far, far away from the shoppers. We joked that we'd rather get shot on accident in the forest than at a Wal-mart.

After the hike, I met up with my friend, Colleen, at the Memphis Made taproom. There were lots of people there and it was fun to check it out. Then Ross picked me up and we had dinner at The Second Line. It just happened to be the one year anniversary, so that was super fun--especially when the owner sent bourbon shots all around.

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Saturday, Ashley, Katie, Elizabeth and I drove out to Shelby Farms Park to run the Yellow Trail. I freaking love the Yellow Trail. We had a great run.

Then of course we rewarded ourselves at Tart.

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I did some housework and then went to see "The Theory of Everything" where I ran into my buddies, Margot and Gary. Margot and I giggled through the whole movie. It was fun. And the movie is awesome, p.s.

Then I met Seamus at the Growler to talk soccer and wait for my babies to return.

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They got back around 7:00pm and we had a quick family dinner so I could hear about the camping trip. They were not very full of details, but judging from the two photos I have seen, looks like they had a fun time.

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I'm glad Warren got them out of the house and that they got to get their nature on.

But I was really glad to have them back home and all to myself. Saturday night and all day Sunday we pretty much holed up in the apartment and recharged for the week ahead.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Four Eyes

Jiro told me he was having trouble seeing the board at school, and asked if he could have his eyes checked. (He then admitted he never turned in the paper work to have them checked at school.) Of course, I said yes.

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Turns out he was indeed a bit nearsighted. So he has joined the ranks of those of us who need a little help seeing things clearly. Just when I thought he couldn't get any cuter...

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And yes, I helped him pick out those frames.

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Satchel is the last man standing.

Ravioli Day

This was our NINTH year making ravioli with the Alleys. Ravioli Day is my favorite day of the year! The Alleys have moved into a smaller house and they don't need as much ravioli as they used to and they tried to not have ravioli day this year, but I insisted! (Like I do.) And we had a grand time as usual.

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Honestly, you would have thought I was dragging Satchel to his death with the emo show he put on prior to our arrival. He thinks he can break me with his dramatics, but he is wrong! I am happy to report that after approximately two minutes inside he was having a grand time. Without his XBOX. It's true!

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It was a much smaller group this year--of adults anyway. There seemed to be children everywhere! The children made Elizabeth nervous.

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(But she totally trusts me 100% now.) Look at my focus!

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(Photo by Chip.)

I know how to make Elizabeth smile!

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Once she was relaxed, I let Jiro take a turn. He is also a very good student.

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Richard kept trying to hurry everyone up, but I was all, "Let's drag this out as long as possible because I love it so much." Like really, Kristy, no hurry on the second batch of dough!

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Richard let me have the very last piece of dough to fill because he is awesome.

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My second favorite thing is dipping bread in the gravy while we wait for it to cook.


Once the ravioli was made, it was time to cook it and eat it which is almost as fun as making it.

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Ok, I need to stop lying and just admit I love it all. I love going to the Alleys' house and bringing the kids whether they like it or not. I love seeing these people all in one place and having us all focused on the same task. I love daydrinking and cracking jokes and laughing and trying to figure out of Richard is being serious. The delicious food is just a major bonus.

Long live Ravioli Day!
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