I really had to tease you in with a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” title, didn’t I?
The truth is that this is a double feature, not unlike Friday’s triple threat post. I’m just saving up and combining a lot of good thoughts today. And just to make it science fiction-y, we visited ConBust on Saturday – Smith College’s little sci-fi convention – and I saw a girl dressed up like Jareth from Labyrinth. She’s pretty much my hero and she was totally willing to pose for me.
I think she pulled it off wonderfully.
Anyway. I had a terrible weekend. Just terrible. It was terrible emotionally, professionally, parentally, anxiety-wise, and probably more. And it had vomit. Weekends with vomit are almost always terrible, even if it was just the dog this time.
So to brighten up the aftermath of a truly dreadful weekend, I’m finally participating in Old School Blogging, just in the nick of time for March. This month, Co-Pilot Mom Kim helped co-host with The Miss Elaine-ous Life. The March theme of Old School Blogging is Random, and even though the linkup is now closed, well hey, it’s still March. Then stay tuned after my Random Questions, because I have an important message with a giveaway that I’ve been wanting to introduce from No Holding Back.
And now, Old School Blogging, Random Is Back:
What is the last thing you watched on TV? I watched “Once Upon a Time” on my couch on Sunday afternoon. Scarlet watched a bit of the lighter parts with me and she was completely intrigued/flabbergasted to see all of her favorite storybook characters come to life. She was mostly puzzled as to why Captain Hook was so nice on the show! I’m mostly puzzled as to how he can be so…well..you know..easy on the eyes, to put it as respectfully as possible. I like to speak respectfully of women and men.
When did you last step outside? What were you doing? Ugh, I went out in the cold rain to take Athena out. We’ve been worried she has some kind of stomachache/blockage but we were successful outside and she was much more playful and happy than she’d been all weekend.
What is on the walls of the room you are in? Well I’m in my office which has nothing on the walls. However I can just look down over the railing into the living room, and see lots of good stuff.
If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy? I don’t know that I’d go crazy right away! Unless you count a latte with extra whipped cream to be crazy. I’d love to buy our house in full so no more mortgage. Then brand new cars, big savings accounts for the kids, luxury Canon lenses, plane tickets to Alaska, the organic kind of frozen waffles..
Tell me something about you that most people don’t know. Sometimes I find it nearly impossible to open my heart to something new – friendships, relationships, parenting, new puppies, because I’m afraid that if I do, it will feel like falling through a crack in the earth. And I nearly always do it, and it nearly always does feel that way, but it’s like there’s a giant fluffy pillow that catches people who fall through the cracks in the earth. Maybe you knew that.
Who made the last incoming call on your phone? Well, crap! I just ran to check and I had two missed calls from Cassidy. And the second call was to see if I wanted a burrito! And I missed my burrito chance! Wah! (this weekend SUCKS)
If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do? I’d make our master bedroom into a real master bedroom suite. As it stands, there’s a small bathroom with only a shower. And there’s only a tiny closet in the bedroom. I have dreams of walk-in closets and spa bathrooms with jacuzzi tubs. I mean, how could I not? I love our home, but of course I dream…
What was the last thing you bought? Gas! And then tickets/snacks at a trampoline park where I met the totally awesome Allie of VitaTrain4Life and her adorable twin sons. I’m still smiling about how I met her, but I think it’s less shocking than it usually is when I meet someone I really want to meet, because Allie is totally how you’d imagine her in real life. Warm and friendly and all-around awesome! And she’s done vlogs on her blog, so that helped. More on that later this week!
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Wait, does this mean I’d have to do one or the other? My answer is that no, I wouldn’t do either one. If this question is asking me to choose one if I HAD to choose, then I’d choose sky diving.
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? I think I’ll go with Lana Parrilla and/or Robert Carlyle from “Once Upon a Time.” They play the Evil Queen/Regina and Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold. Their characters are both very conflicted between darkness and light and they both have proven they have big hearts, but both have killed. I’m fascinated by their acting!
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Definitely B&H Photo. I would go insane with luxury lenses. I had so much fun when I had to rent a wide angle lens a few weeks ago for a corporate real estate job. (this photo isn’t from the job)
Is the glass half empty or half full? It’s always half full, in the deepest recesses of my mind.
What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been? It was either outside Vancouver, B.C. or San Diego. I’d have to see on a map which one is farther away.
What’s under your bed? I just looked! Just a little plastic toy train that Des must have left there.
What is your favorite time of the day? Late morning, particularly on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. That’s when I have some time to myself to catch up on photos/blogs/breakfast.
What Inspires You? A lot of beautiful and tasty things inspire me. Rainbows, animals, cookies and ice cream. Romance, travel, books, films, art. However, I will say that parental love most inspires me to be a better, and stronger, person.
And now to introduce a very special Mother’s Day Campaign, by guest poster, Alexa at No Holding Back:
For most mothers, Mother’s day is a day to be spoiled by their children (and maybe husbands.) It’s a day we look forward to. A day that we, the mother, gets the one day that we are acknowledged for everything that we do as moms. And mothers should be honored. All mothers.
For many mothers, Mother’s day is a source of pain. A constant reminder of what is no longer here, or what will never be.
It’s a very difficult day for grieving mothers. I know, because I am one of them.
“A mother is not defined by the number of children you can see, but by the love that she holds in her heart.” ~Franchesca Cox
A few years ago, CarlyMarie of Project Heal began International Bereaved Mother’s Day. This day for mother’s to talk about the true meaning of Mother’s Day, and celebrate our children, both with us and not. Do you know why Mother’s Day was begun?
Anna Jarvis officially founded the traditional Mother’s Day to honour her mother Ann who experienced the death of 7 of her children and somehow through the years it has turned into a commercialized mess that corporate companies make millions of dollars from, but the worst thing is that bereaved mothers are completely forgotten. ~CarlyMarie
International Bereaved Mother’s Day is now the Sunday preceding Mother’s Day. So this year it is May 5th.
Inspired by the actions of CarlyMarie and so many others who make it their mission to bring light to grieving parents, I wanted to do something as well. Last October, in time for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15th, a group of bereaved parents and I published our book Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother. It is our stories and our best advice and tips on surviving the loss of a pregnancy, infant, or older child.
Fueled by the positive feedback and the positive impact it was having on other parents who have suffered the death of a child, we went one step further and created a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm, Inc, to raise funds to donate the books to hospitals, bereavement groups, and organizations that support bereaved parents.
As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to do something special. So we decided to start a special “Mother’s Day Campaign.” The goal is simple: raise money to donate as many books as we can to hospitals and bereavement groups for Mother’s Day, and use a portion of the funds to make a special Mother’s Day contribution to the organizations that support bereaved parents, infant death, pregnancy loss, and research for children’s health issues.
I also reached out to different people, including some well-known authors on baby and child loss, such as Sherokee Ilke and Teske Drake; to CarlyMarie (who creates the most beautiful artwork for bereaved parents on her Shore of Remembrance) and many others. I asked for donated items and services so that we could offer a wonderful incentive for those who decide to find it in their heart to make a donation. The response was amazing, and on May 4th, International Bereaved Mother’s Day, we will have a giveaway of 15 incredible items. And more may be added!
We just ask for one thing. A very small donation. $5 (or more if you’d like!) It costs us about $8 to donate each book. One donation will get you entered for a chance to win all of these amazing prizes! (Donate here)