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Five Question Friday

The ultrasound went well – Liam was a perfect and the ultrasound itself was only half as long as they said it would be so around the time he started to get antsy, the tech was wrapping it up. I don’t think there was a cyst but then, I’m no radiologist and the tech could neither confirm not deny anything. But she did refer to a blood vessel when she was taking images which is what the doctor thought it probably is. It still means surgery, but just a smaller cut and less to remove. I’ll keep you posted… I’m sure Liam in 15 years will be thrilled to know that his mom blogged his belly button surgery.

1. What giveaway would you like to do on your blog?
I’d love to host a giveaway that makes a difference for someone… A $25 gift card would be a nice bonus/treat but what about $250 or $2,500? That would be awesome.

2. If you had to choose between natural artistic ability and natural athletic ability, which would it be?
This is such a hard question for me. I feel like I have some natural artistic ability, or at least a whole lot of creativity. But it would be so nice to be a runner and actually like to run or be able to but there is nothing that feels natural about it to me, no matter how much I work out on the elliptical or the bike. And I completely suck at all sports. It’s true. But even so, I wouldn’t want to lose my artistic ability so I’ll stick with that.

3. Do you ditch the coat the minute it becomes “spring” or are you a holdout for more cool temps?
I actually like wearing layers in general – probably a defense mechanism at work there – but I also definitely prefer cooler temps. It could be 60s all the time and I’d be a happy camper, wearing a t-shirt and jaunty cardigan. Such a nerd.

4. What would you do if you won the mega millions lotto of 1/2 billion dollars?
Live out my life dream of being a philanthropist. And buy a house in Australia so we could split our time between here and there. And quit my job. And set up college funds for all my friends’ kids and our families non-adults.

5. You are at a hotel by yourself…what do you do?
Watch HBO and sleep. Perhaps read a book. And also take a long, hot shower. Really… what else is there?

Linking up with Mama M for Five Question


It’s Thursday!

How’s that for a thrilling blog title up there? Tha-rilling.

You’ll have to forgive me but I got to work at 5 this morning so my day is a little skewed along with my brain. I picked up lunch on my way back from a meeting and couldn’t understand why the place wasn’t busier – um, because it was only 11 in the morning. I’m taking a mental break to write this blog post and then jumping back in.

In case you missed it, here’s a cute video of my cute kid saying cute things:

And for you enjoyment (and mine), spam comments I’ve received this week:

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Blogging is awesome because it gives back to much, without having a blog I never would have gotten to read those gems above and been able to share them with you. Plus spammers are so supportive and polite.

Tomorrow Liam has to have an ultrasound of his belly because he has a spot on his belly button that he has had since he was born that NEVER heals, as in, if he rubs it on something, he gets blood on that something (usually a t-shirt). We’ve had it chemically cauterized multiple times and it never fully heals so our pediatrician finally referred us to a dermatologist who instead referred us to a pediatric surgeon (because Liam clearly wasn’t going to sit still long enough for stitches in the office, which the doctor nicely put as, “He’s five, he’s not supposed to be able to sit still for that.”) The pediatric surgeon explained that Liam’s spot wasn’t an umbilical granulanoma as the dermatologist had thought but instead is something from his umbilical cord that got stuck on the outside rather than the inside. He asked me multiple times if urine ever came out of it, which I thought was odd, but can apparently happen as the feed to the bladder can get caught on the outside (the thought of pee coming out of Liam’s belly button actually makes me giggle and also I’m sure I would have had it taken care of much sooner if that were the case. The doctor thinks it’s a blood vessel but it could also be something attached to a cyst (hence the ultrasound). If something different were seeping out, it could be coming from the bowels and while he didn’t specifically say this, I don’t need a medical degree to assume it would be excrement-like. Thank goodness that was not the case. The human body is marvelous.

So, tomorrow we have the ultrasound to make sure there is no cyst and to determine the exact surgical course. Either way, surgery is scheduled for April 27 at the Children’s Hospital as Liam will have to be sedated. The doctor was explaining to me the process for outpatient surgery and I got to tell him it was familiar to me because my other son had a bone from his foot moved to his hand so we were old pros at outpatient surgery. I find it ridiculous that we have to go through the same procedures for Liam’s little open wound spot as we did for Jack’s hand but after watching Liam leaping from the exam table to the floor about five times during our visit, I totally agree that sedation is necessary. I wonder if will calm him down for the whole weekend? Here’s hoping. It is our anniversary that weekend, after all.

Spring Break is in full effect, though next week pretty much looks like any other week for me. Liam is thrilled though, about this magical thing called, Spring Break. I can only imagine the good things he thinks will happen.

I like…

  • Salt on my cantaloupe, watermelon and some apples
  • My coffee ice-cold when I purchase it at a coffee shop, even in winter
  • My husband’s #1-all-over haircut
  • Avocados and it makes me sad I spent the first 30 years of my life [mostly] not liking them
  • Any and all good Mexican food
  • Warm chocolate chip cookies
  • Road trips
  • Being anonymous in a big city
  • Feeling at home in a small(er) city
  • OPI nail polishes
  • Aveda hair products
  • Reading until the wee hours of the morning
  • Finishing a project
  • Making lists
  • Feeling my muscles ache after a good workout
  • Our minivan… it’s true, I do
  • Liam’s overly dramatic approach to life
  • Jack’s slight lisp (I really love everything about how he talks)
  • You

We all think we’re pretty cool

Liam clearly thought he was pretty hot stuff in his sunglasses and Superman shirt. And even though he requested to have me take his photo, he could not sit still long enough for me to get a non-blurry shot. I think his stomach ultrasound is going to go smashingly well on Friday morning, don’t you? [more on this later]


I’ve been attempting to do fun stuff with my hair and I feel pretty cool until I see a photo and think, my goodness, what a rat’s nest. Thank goodness rat’s nest hair is all the rage. At least in my head because it means I don’t have to dry my hair every morning.


Attempt #2


I also think I’m pretty cool because tomorrow Liam is supposed to dress like a character from a book and after vetoing many of his ideas because they were a) too difficult and b) not really primarily literary characters (e.g., Anakin Skywalker, a Ninjago or a Transformer) I thought of making him a “Thing 1” t-shirt from Dr. Seuss. Liam objected at first but then demanded that instead he be “Thing 2.” Oh, okay.


This woman at the donut shop thought she was pretty cool, she was wearing fuzzy, froggy flip-flop/slippers. In public. At three in the afternoon. But then I wear Mary Jane Crocs in public and a rat’s nest on my head.


Jack thought he was pretty cool with his mohawk in the bathtub. I love his floppy, long hair. It will be a very sad day when we cut it off. Sniff.



Music Monday: Songs from Special Moments

First Concert I Ever Went To
Eternal Flame | Bangles

Second Concert I Ever Went To
Come As You Are | Nirvana

First CD I Owned
Jeremy | Pearl Jam

First Celebrity I Ever Met (and Then Watched Perform This Song)
Slide | Goo Goo Dolls

First Time I Ever Made Out With a Boy
One | U2

First Song Simon and I Both Loved
Open Skies | David Crowder Band

First Dance With My Husband
At Last | Etta James