Greetings from MA

Just a quick post to say we’re having a lovely, relaxing time out East.

Unfortunately, we seem to be a couple weeks early for the fall foliage, which is a HUGE bummer to me, but what can ya do? The website I visited while planning this trip said peak was around Oct. 1. The woman we spoke with today on our drive to the “mountains” in Vermont said that they don’t really start changing til around Oct. 12 or so. Arg! (BTW, I say “mountains” because they are so much smaller than what we’re used to in CO. In fact, the highest peaks in MA and VT are lower than the elevation we live at. hehe.)

Anyway, we have had a couple days of rain, but today was beautiful. Tomorrow is also supposed to be nice so we plan to hit the Appalachian Trail for some hiking. :)

Ava has been an awesome traveller, both on the 2 flights to get here and with all the driving we’ve been doing. She is having a blast (despite cracking her head into the coffee table in our condo on Sunday – poor thing). She’s being very friendly with Grandma and Grandpa (who are staying across the hall from us) as well as anyone and everyone we encounter in stores, etc. She sure is a friendly girl! And she’s starting to say more and more actual words (not just signs). It’s pretty exciting. :)

OK, I’m off to go soak in our jacuzzi tub. I’ll post again later in the week or when we’re back home.

Cheers! :)

SPF – Cookin’ in the kitchen




Katy has declared this week’s SPF (Self Portrait Friday) theme to be cooking in your kitchen. These pics of me and Ava were taken last week while we made zucchini bread from the TONS of zucchinis we got from our garden this year. Ava loved to help mama stir the batter. She was a very good lil helper. She just needs a lil apron and she’d be all set. ;)
Go check out everybody else cooking over on Dirty Days.

OK, now I’m off for a week. Take care and be well! :)

P.S. Don’t forget Metaphoric Monday – Shiver Me Timbers!

Packin’ up and headin’ out

I haven’t felt very verbose lately. I’ve got things in my head that I’ve contemplated writing about, but have decided not to get into it, not in detail anyway.

I will say that the guilty parties who had been “trolling” my site have come forward and apologized. I’m not sure whether we (I?) will be able move past this or not. They are women I’ve known for more than half of my life, and were my best friends in high school. We’ve taken different paths in life, we disagree on many issues, but I don’t know how to get over this. It doesn’t seem like our differences justify what they did. Time will tell. It’s an odd situation. I’ll leave it at that.

I got my hair cut yesterday and then went over to a friend’s house where I enjoyed a nice glass of wine. I need to do that more often – both hang out with other women AND have a glass of wine. ;) It was very much needed.

We’re getting ready to head out of town – to Western Massachusetts primarily (though we hope to also spend a day in Boston) – for a week. We leave on Saturday, Sept. 24, and will be meeting my parents there. I hope to see lots of beautiful fall foliage. The yellow aspen are pretty here in CO, but it’s just not the same as all the vibrant colors out east. I’ve never been to MA before, Ava’s never seen an ocean, and Jody’s never been that far east, so it should be memorable for all. :)

If I don’t get a chance to write tomorrow (because I will be frantically packing), I hope you all stay safe and well and have a good week. And I hope and pray that Rita somehow slows down and doesn’t cause much damage. It’s so scary that it’s happening again.

I may blog from the road – Jody will have his laptop – but I think a vacation from the blog might be good for me as well. ;)

HNT # 3 – Hair!

Happy HNT (Half-Nekkid Thursday)! :-)

I got my hair cut yesterday and it is this week’s HNT pic. Not quite as short as I wanted to go, but I am still happy with how it turned out. As part of the haircut, I got a scalp and shoulder massage and – oh my gawd – it couldn’t have come at a better time. After the crappy headache Tuesday and some other stuff that’s been stressing me out, it was sooooo much needed. I thought I was going to melt right into the chair. In fact, it made it easy for me to practice some grounding meditation, which I was also in DESPERATE need of.

Here’s my attempt at some creativity for HNT. Like the pseudo elf ear? ;)

Not familiar with HNT? Check out the guidelines here. And then go see who else is half nekkid today over at Osbasso’s, where it all started.

Here’s one more hair pic (for those interested) taken from the front.

Cheers! :)

oh, my f’ing head


I woke up with a headache today which has gotten worse as the day progressed. Ever want to put your head in a vice and squeeze it til it pops? That’s how I feel right now. Arg. At least I’m not puking too as I have in the past with my migraines. Gotta be thankful for small favors, right?
::groan:: Wake me up when it’s over.

Collection of Katrina sites, stories, articles

It has now been nearly four weeks since the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. I had not yet posted on this topic because I felt ill-equipped to comment on it. I don’t live near any of the affected areas, I don’t personally know anyone who was there. I only know what I see on the news or read on the internet, which I have to admit, hasn’t been a lot because I rarely watch the news and I haven’t been seeking it out on the internet until recently.

Immediately after the devastation, there was talk on several of my message boards – people wanting to help in any way that they could. Many organized relief efforts in their own small ways. One woman volunteered to accept clothing donations and notified others in her area of where trucks accepting donations could be located. Another woman asked for donations and tried to find jobs for a displaced family who would be staying in her city. Another asked for donations for a family that was staying with her sister. A coworker of Jody’s promised to match any donations people make to him before passing the money on to a charity. Another coworker, a dog lover, is making plans to travel to Louisiana to assist with the animal rescue efforts. It’s heartwarming to see people doing whatever they can to help with the efforts.

I can’t imagine being in the situation that so many are. Many lost everything in the storm, including pets, family and friends. My heart goes out to those who were affected.

I can’t imagine being stranded on a rooftop for days, without food or water, while helicopters flew overhead. I couldn’t believe that several days after the hurricane, there were still people stuck in situations like that. How many survived the storm only to die waiting for help? It’s incomprehensible.

I decided a few days ago to start a small collection of informative links regarding Hurricane Katrina. Yes, it’s been nearly a month since the disaster took place, but we can’t forget that these people will continue to need help for quite some time. If you have a link that you feel should be included here (especially regarding any families you know in need of help or donations), please leave me a comment with it. Thank you.

I read today that many people who’ve finally been allowed back into New Orleans are now being evacuated again as Hurricane Rita approaches. I can only hope this hurricane weakens as it approaches land and doesn’t cause any more damage or fatalities.

A very brief collection of Katrina sites/stories.

Want to help?
A Mom in the Swamp – A blogging mama displaced by Katrina
Red Cross – Includes Family Links Registry, online donations, volunteer opportunities
Charity Navigator – How You Can Help The Victims Of Hurricane Katrina
Donate to the United Way

News:
Hurricane Katrina Timeline on Widipedia
Hurricane Katrina and holocaust: Slow response or deliberate extermination?
Pres. Bush admits failure on hurricane response
Barbara Bush says things are working out “very well” for the poor refugees

Local stories:
— Locally, three Great Harvest Bread Company stores donated 100% of bread sales on Sunday, Sept. 11, to Katrina Relief. The stores are usually closed on Sundays, but they opened for several hours on Sept. 11 to sell their two most popular types of bread for $5/loaf to raise money. They made $26,000.
Jody‘s work matched any contributions made by employees. The company was able to send $10,000 to relief efforts.
Out of harm’s way – Family finds open arms in Longmont after fleeing devastation

Help for children (information from the American Academy of Pediatrics):
Resources to Help Cope with Natural and Other Disasters – For children, parents and pediatricians
An Open Letter to Health Care Providers Attending to Families Affected by Hurricane Katrina: The Role of Human Milk and Breastfeeding – Why it’s so important that women who are able to breastfeed do so, especially during disasters. “Human milk is a valuable resource that can not only protect the vulnerable infant from disease, but can also promote psychological health and comfort during stressful times. Human milk reduces pain and promotes more rapid healing after injuries and infections. While maternal health is of great importance, it should be recognized that even the malnourished mother will produce milk of good quality for her infant.” Also worth noting that when there isn’t clean water to mix with formula, breastmilk is always readily available.

Help for animals:
Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue
Pet Finder: Hurricane Katrina Updates and Links of Interest

People/companies helping with relief efforts:
Lance Armstrong gives $500,000 to relief efforts
Celebs donate to Hurricane Katrina relief
More celebs donate
Roundup of companies donating to Katrina victims
Companies pitch in for Katrina relief

Also, human milk banks are “available to provide milk to Katrina Hurricane victim babies/children with a medically indicated need for human milk and who do not have their own mother’s milk available.” As a result, there is an increased need for donor mothers. If you have a large amount of breastmilk stored and don’t see an immediate need for it, please consider donating.

HMBANA (Human Milk Bank Association of North America).
Our hearts are with the people whose lives have been directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Please help us spread the word that HMBANA milk banks are available to provide milk to Katrina Hurricane victim babies/children with a medically indicated need for human milk and who do not have their own mother’s milk available. This will also require an increase in donor mothers. Help us inform interested lactating mothers, especially those in states with milk banks to call their nearest donor milk bank for further information.

Approval as a donor involves a triple screening process beginning with an initial phone screening for medical, dietary and lifestyle factors which might make the donor ineligible, followed by written documentation of their medical history and a signed medical release to be sent to both mom and baby’s health care providers, and last would be the willingess to have blood work drawn. Our screening process is similar to those used when one donates blood. I am most grateful for your assistance in this matter.

Georgia Morrow
Program Director
Mothers’ Milk Bank of Ohio
614.544.5906
gmorrow@ohiohealth.com

For more information visit: Human Milk Bank Association of North America (w/ milk bank locations)

Thank you for reading. And thank you to everyone who has done their part (big or small) to help the victims of Katrina. It’s wonderful to see the goodness in people when they band together for a common cause. Peace.