Laugh at my pain. Go ahead.

We’ve been passing a nasty virus around our family, and our three year-old daughter is the most recent to suffer from the terrible sore throat and high fever.

I had it first, and after a double-dose antibiotic shot to the glutes (which almost made me pass out because I’m not good with needles), plus a course of oral antibiotics (complete with side effects), I’ve finally got my tonsils feeling normal again (after the whole 2-week ordeal).

It turns out it probably wasn’t strep throat after all, which means all those antibiotics didn’t do me any good. grrrr. I’m totally switching doctors.

So back to my daughter. Normally, she’s happy, cooperative, lively and delightful. (She calls Sleeping Beauty “Princess Booty.” How adorable is that?) Seriously, I’m not just saying this because she’s mine. Okay, maybe I am. 🙂 But I have also had people with no umbilical connection remark on how happy she is. The word “sparkling” has been used to describe her personality.

Well, last night, after a week of her own fevered misery, my sparkling fairy princess turned into a screeching, sleepless, orc-child. I know it was only because she felt terrible, but she was mean!

Sick kids always feel the worst between two and four in the morning. So, I was trying to keep her from waking the entire south side of Indianapolis. Holding her, walking around with her, offering drinks, turning on cartoons… battling sleep exhaustion from my own recent illness, and several nights of being up in the wee hours with her. She didn’t want anything I offered.

Finally, I gave up the dance of appeasement and plopped down on the couch with her on my lap. I draped a blanket over her back, which she fussed over and made me re-position. I put my arms around her, and she yelled at me for putting them on the wrong part of her back. She pushed one off and pulled the other around more firmly.

Once she was settled, I leaned back to rest my head against the couch. I closed my eyes and hoped we could both doze off.

No luck! My orc princess gave me a loud, stern, “NO, MOM!” and reached up to pull my head back up. “Head up! Keep your eyes OPEN!”

Are you kidding? FINE. I just wanted her to go to sleep and stop yelling. For the next five minutes, we stared at each other. Her red-rimmed, purple-shadowed eyes were barely open, but she kept them on me, the little sleep Nazi.

She finally fell asleep, and I wiggled out from under her and crashed on the other end of the sofa. Ahhh, motherhood…

Somebody’s been inside my head (hotels give me the heeby-jeebies)

I have been a compulsive hand-washer and outspoken microbe-phobe for most of my life. For example, back in my sorority days, I would make regular rounds of the chapter house with a can of Lysol disinfectant spray.

I hit just about every common surface, including the phone switchboard, bathroom light switches, door handles… My nickname was “Psycho.” You get the idea.

My hubby, knowing about my neuroses (and loving me in spite of them), sent me this link from Gizmodo today. The article, “10 Gadgets that Help you Survive in Cheap Hotel Rooms,” set my geeky and germy-phobic heart strings a-quiver in harmony.

I wish I’d had some of these gadgets in my arsenal back in college. Cheers!

A quick, easy way to mobilize your blog

Using my smartphone to browse my favorite blogs and shops is convenient, especially when I’m stuck in a waiting room without any good magazines. While I was at the dentist with my son yesterday, I decided to check on this blog, to see what it looks like on a mobile screen.

Well, I had looked at it before, but I decided to look again. I loaded and waited for it to load. Then I scrolled down, which took quite a while, because the three-column design was forced into a very long single-column view. The flow of content and widgets was nearly unrecognizable, and the overall effect was messy and disorganized. I could hardly find anything, and I know exactly where to look! Not good!

I did some quick searching on “how to make a mobile version of a blog,” and other variations on those terms, and I ended up at MoFuse. It took just a few minutes to set up a free account, plug in my feed, and claim a MoFuse location for my mobile version. Easy!

And for even more mobile blog fun, I designated a new subdomain of my blog ( and pointed it to my MoFuse site. Then, I added a snippet of automatic mobile detection code (provided by MoFuse) to my blog, which sends visitors on mobile devices directly to the clean, lean, mean, mobile layout. Finally, I added a mini-mii version of my blog header, and voila!

It seems to be working, and it was quick, easy, and free. You can take a look from your mobile device at, or by taking a picture of this code (yes, that’s how it’s supposed to work, but I haven’t tried it myself). Or, you can enter your number here and have the link sent directly to your phone.

Here we go again with the super-fabulous AdSpace contest!

AdSpace ContestOnce again, it’s time for The AdSpace Contest and I’m proud to announce that I am one of 10 co-hosts.
The idea is simple: Get as many entries as you can (very easy to do) before October 15th. The more entries you get, the better chance you have of winning! Shortly after the 15th, we’ll announce the winner.

The prize?
A 125×125 pixel ad spot (above the fold) on at least TEN DIFFERENT BLOGS that will run for one month. That’s at least a $100 value! Last month’s prize grew to be ad spots on 45 blogs!

Who else is co-hosting?
How do you enter to win?

  • 1 Entry – Subscribe to any one of the blogs above via email (if you subscribed last month, you’re already entered again!).
  • 5 Entries – Twitter about the contest with a link to this post (new!)
  • 10 Entries – Write a post about the contest (must include links to all 10 hosts OR use our suggested text)
  • 25 Entries – Offer up an ad spot on your own blog for one month as part of the prize package (links will be listed above)

Simply put, you could subscribe to all 10 blogs (by e-mail), write a post, twitter about it and offer up your own ad spot for a grand total of 50 entries! Fill out the form below once you’ve got your entries done.

Fill out the form below to ensure that your entries are counted! Email subscriptions to RSS feeds are automatically entered.

I wrote a post about the contest (Post URL: )
I’m offering an ad spot on my own blog for one month

I posted to Twitter about the contest with a link (permalink of tweet: )

Contest ends October 15th. Good Luck!

Congrats to the lucky winner!

Not Just a MamaThe winner of the AdSpace contest has been drawn, and it is *drumroll* notjustamama! She receives one month of free ad space on 45 different sites, including the 10 original contest sponsor blogs.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!!!

Feeling down because you didn’t win? Don’t worry! There’s another one coming up very soon. Stay tuned, and have a great day! 🙂

Mom? What about the Wii?

Recently, we found out that our family will be moving. Hubby has a new job, and since, you know, we all kinda really love him and stuff, we’re going along with him. 🙂

So we told the kids at dinner one night. Had everybody sitting at the table together and everything. He said, “Well, we have some exciting news. We’re all going to move to Colorado!

It’s difficult to know what thoughts zip through the brains of children at a moment like that. For about two seconds, their eyes and jaws were wide open, and then… the questions.

Can we bring the Wii? What about the Wii?”

Really? Wow. I guess it takes a looming major life change to expose one’s priorities. I suppose it makes sense that they would be concerned about their Nintendo. We don’t have any pets, due to allergies and asthma. I suppose the Wii is the closest thing they have to a puppy.

And I must tell you that the second thing they asked, after we assured them that the Wii and everything else in the house would be making the trip with us, was whether they could bring their friends. So it’s not like they don’t have any human friends.

It got me to wondering about the popularity of video games among kids these days. When I was a young girl, my favorite things were dolls, horses, a BB gun, and an Easy-Bake Oven. My brother collected Hot Wheels cars and played baseball. Other kids collected baseball cards and action figures.

Few families in my town had cable television back in the late 1970s, and almost nobody had a video game system. Now, lots of families have game consoles or handheld devices. My kids would play constantly if I let them. Does anybody collect baseball cards anymore? I don’t know. My kids don’t.

And before you judge me a terrible mother, you should know that my kids do enjoy playing outdoors and doing non-video game activities (when I make them), like reading, running around, getting dirty, building with Legos, etc. But video games are still their favorite hobby. I’d bet there are lots of other kids who are the same way. What’s it like at your house?

Aaaargh! Avast ye!

A hearty yo-ho-ho to you, mateys!

Yes, it’s Talk Like A Pirate Day, and I couldn’t let it pass without a quick piratical acknowledgement.

In other news, you might be wondering who won that big AdSpace contest. Never fear… Entries are being tabulated, and the lucky swashbucklin’ scallywag will soon be announced! And don’t worry if you missed out on the first contest, because we’re doing it again! Details forthcoming.

Have a great weekend, ye scurvy dogs! (and I mean that in the sweetest way)

photo by thornj

This sad story caught my attention

I don’t really know how I ended up at this blog, but once I read the story that goes with it, I thought I’d pass it along. It’s called Silent Auction for Carol. Here is the description from the site:

Carol Decker, my wife, had an emergency cesarean section on June 10, 2008. After the surgery she developed life-threatening hypotension from a septic pneumonia infection. After fighting for several weeks, the medicine she was on to save her life had the unfortunate side effect of blocking blood flow to her legs, left arm and eyes.

Since then, Carol has had both legs below the knee amputated, her left arm amputated and she is blind. Carol was transferred to Harborview after an extended stay in ICU at Swedish Hospital, which insurance has covered to an extent and the rest we have had to pay for out of pocket. Carol will now begin inpatient rehab, which her insurance will not cover, and is estimated to cost somewhere around $80,000.

The site hosts an ongoing auction of donated items, such as jewelry and handmade blankets, etc. 100% of the profit goes directly to Carol. If you’re a parent, or feeling particularly compassionate, you might want to visit the site and check out the auction items. If you don’t want to bid on the active item, you can just donate money. Or if you’re crafty, maybe you’d like to donate an item for the auction. I’m going to look into that. 🙂

Five (okay, eight) things about Fringe

I watched the premiere episode of J.J. Abrams’ new series, Fringe on Tuesday. I know some of you haven’t watched it yet, so I won’t give anything away. I will just say I enjoyed it, and I noticed some similarities between Fringe and some of my other favorites. Here is a short list of observations and thoughts on Fringe.

  1. Fringe starts on a plane, like another one of my Abrams favorites, LOST.
  2. The music is also composed by the same guy, Michael Giacchino. You can hear the similarities in that eerie pre-commercial break glissando.
  3. The fleshy special effects are pretty cool.
  4. Nothing is more fun than the banter between a batty old chemist and his formerly-estranged, skeptic son.
  5. “Fringe” refers to fringe sciences, such as paranormal, reanimation, mind control, etc.
  6. I like the “smart girl” lead, played by Anna Torv. She’s acts tough, but we’ll have to see whether she can really kick butt like Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner in Alias).
  7. I wonder what those little symbols between segments mean.
  8. I’ll bet The Pattern is somehow connected to The Numbers and Milo Rambaldi. 🙂

The verdict: So far, I like Fringe. I’m looking forward to seeing how the mysteries unfold and resolve. Guess I’ll have to make more room on the DVR.

Got a few minutes to kill?

In conjunction with the upcoming, super-fabulous, awesome-tastic E for All video game expo, I have helped develop a quick survey about women and video games. Fun, right? So if you have a couple of minutes (seriously, it’s very short), and especially if you’re a woman, please go take the survey. There will be a PoshMama/E for All prize drawing for people who participate in the survey, and the results will be presented at the end of September. Thanks!