Monday, May 29, 2017

Annalise's 10th birthday slideshow video

The link above is to a video I made for Annalise as she approaches age 10. I hope it works!  I used a free app. And you need sound, because the song I picked makes it more perfect.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Depression monologue

That girl was truly having a full blown panic attack while giving this speech, but still managed to get the point across because she had to.

I'm grateful to have identified the trigger of my own spiraling depression- finishing college.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Greek, Middle Eastern, and Jewish

I think back to when I was a little girl, before the Ancestry DNA test was invented and when I thought I was 100% Greek.  We used to have world-something day, where everyone wore like ethnic attire.  I wore Greek ethnic attire, of course.  But now that I know I'm only 68% Greek, 14% Middle Eastern, 10% European Jewish, and traces of others, how would I incorporate the three main ones?  I'd be making a statement for sure.  Kids who knew at the time that they had two or more cultures got creative with costume mixing.

My mom used to want to take the test, but she wanted it for the wrong reasons.  She wanted to take it to make sure my Jewish DNA didn't come from her.  When I told my dad about it, he said, "I always knew it.  It came from my father, we always knew he was part Jewish."

My mom left it alone when he said that, but she did not leave it alone every time I told her I got a good deal on something.  I have a lot of rebate apps and gift card earning apps, and I often get stuff for free plus a few cents.  My mother will say, "That's the Jew coming out in you", or "That's because you're a Jew."

Grrrrrrr.  Please stop mom!  I can't tell her that, though!

The actress Mayim Bialik (who used to play "Blossom" in the 90's) does a great job of explaining Jewish culture in layman's terms.  She even has a video about having vegan passover for her kids.  (Whatever animals were slaughtered at the original passover, for example, were represented with stuffed animals as centerpieces at the table)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Finally reading a book

it's basically about the christianization of Greece. My mother would kill me if she found out. I mostly read it while chilling in the car.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

New blog layout!!!

I love the new blog template. You can see stuff on the sidebar!

Annalise had field day yesterday. She won a ribbon for sack racing. Only when she came home, she referred to it as "jumping in the sack". My mom is almost 72, and in her day "jumping in the sack" was a slang term for having sex. So my mother bursts out laughing. Soon, I am too. Annalise got genuinely mad because she didn't get why we were laughing. She also hates it when you tell her that a certain joke is "only for grown ups". Luckily we concealed laughter enough for her to forget about it and move on to something else.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The helpful hymn

This parody religious hymn went viral.  It's hilarious.  The funny thing is is that I have started singing it to myself, and it actually gives me a boost.  I don't know all the words yet, but I may actually eventually get there.  

Monday, May 8, 2017


My daughter Annalise Joy is 9 years, 11 months old, and this past week, I taught her how to shave under her arms. She was overjoyed at the sight of the hair that came off the razor onto the towel. "That's so cool!"  She explained. Yes I know she's young, but some ethnicities are harrier than others. I was 10 when I started shaving everything. Anna exclaimed that she can't wait to tell her stepsister, but her stepmother and stepsiblings don't have the same genes, and I totally told her not to.  Her dad wouldn't mind, but his wife has an opinion on everything.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A great Halloween idea

Everyone is all abuzz about the new adaptation on HULU of "The Handmaid's Tale". I'm so not going to watch it, because I know what it's about. It's a feminist dystopian story where women called handmaids are forced to have babies.  I just can't stand the whole feminist idea that having kids is somehow bad. The whole story reeks of paranoia. But I got an idea!!! I could totally be a handmaid for Halloween. I already have a hooded red cape and the hat can just be made from a white poster board. (The hats the handmaids wear look like the cones the veterinarian puts on an animal).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cut out sugar

i have made the decision to cut out sugar gradually. My dad will be 75 next month, and he is in the end stages of diabetes.  He's lost a toe, and also has retinopathy and nerve pain.
I don't want all of that for myself.
When I was going through some weird mental health crap at the end of 2016, I lost my appetite completely. It resulted in loosing 17 pounds. I also cut off my extremely long hair and then went to the salon to have it "fixed". Finally, I can do a ponytail again.
My appetite came back, and it was all for crappy junk food. For the pst week or two, I've been cutting out the sugary stuff. I go for walks with just socks on the pavement. I think I gained back about ten of the 17 lbs I lost. Idk, bc I don't get on the scale.
If anyone else has any ideas for lowering sugar, I'd love to hear them. Is there anything that does not have sugar?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel's newborn son

please watch this video until the end:

In 2007, I could not get my newborn daughter on a better plan unless she "passed" her 2 month check up- which baby Kimmel would not have.

Healthcare reform IS PROLIFE. If it was a few months ago, you'd have been marching for his life.