On my way to school…

On my way to school I tell my kids tomorrow we have to get in the car earlier.

On my way to school I tell my kids tomorrow not TV or ipad when they wake up because it slows us down in the morning.  For one minute I believe I will enforce this. mom in car

On my way to school the kids ask to listen to “Hard knock life” from the “Annie” Soundtrack ( New Annie).

One my way to school I roll my eyes when Rex says, Hard Knock Life describes his life at school.  I tell him he is not an unwanted orphan made to clean Cameron Diaz’s shabby apartment.  That he plays … But, by then he has stopped listening to me.

On my way to school I silently curse the car in front of me who hasn’t moved into the intersection further thereby making it Impossible for me get through on a yellow.

On my way to school I snort at the big school busses of the super pricey girls high school that is blocking part of the road.

On my way to school I drink coffee from my mug sloshing around in my dirty cup caddy.

On my way to school I wish I had gone to the bathroom before I left my own toilet.

On my way to school I look at the clock.  If I can get through the next two lights in 5 minutes we won’t get a tardy. Wait, why do I feel it’s MY tardy?  I just do.

On my way to school Vivien asks if I will get her a Subway sandwich today for lunch because today the school lunch is bean burrito.  She hates beans.

On my way to school I lament that in the last two weeks traffic on city streets has gotten worse.  I blame Wayz.

One my way to school I’m so glad that now that Rex is in school I don’t have to look for parking and am now allowed to go through the carpool lane as I have the required number of humans in my car. I’m also glad I only have one drop off this year.  How long can I keep Vivien in elementary school?

One my way to school I vow to go exercise RIGHT after I drop them off.

They get to school.

Tonight at bedtime I’ll read Rex my friend Sarah Maizes new book ( her third)  “On my way to school.” He loves all of her books. Compared to the girl in the book my adventures in the book are far more prosaic and not as colorful. great books for kids

I suggest you order a couple as it’s a great gift to have on have for the kiddie parties you have forgotten about that.  Oh, 4th book?  “On my way to the birthday party”?

 

 

wanting to watch My shows

I’m about to hit the road for a few days, so let me give you this vintage nugget.  It’s only a couple years old, but with netlfix, ipads, it seems quite retro.   When Rex was smaller he made it so I couldn’t watch the shows I want to watch when my kids go to sleep.

He is so cute here, yet so diabolical!  Happy long weekend

My Dream Diagnosis

You ever go into a drawer, a box, your sister’s closet and find an article of clothing you forgot you had?  Well, sometimes I forget about videos I’ve made.  I’ve done over 500.  Here is one I tripped over and it was never tagged, promoted, etc so it only has 56 views.  That’s probably just from my mom.

In it I do part of bit I did when I was doing stand up when I was pregnant with Vivien.  A big belly is a great sight gag.  Here I’m pregnant with Rex.  You can hear that baby pressing on my lungs.  I’m gasping like Dom Deluise.  What I can’t figure out is why me and my camera man lined up the shot the way we did..right next to the pile of junk on my desk.  Oh, now I remember I knew I was going to be out of commission soon with Rex coming and we shot 20 videos in one day!

Anyway… here is one of the best things a doctor could tell a woman:

 

Vaccinations.. invented for a reason

I’ve been seeing a lot of people sticking their neck out on social media to say, “enough Anti Vaccinaters” in light of the recent measle outbreaks.  I hadn’t rushed to the barricades for this round of the vaccination controversy, however we do have a story to tell.  Most of it is in this video I did when I was pregnant with Rex.

Years later a producer for a PSA to raise awareness about the rise of whooping cough contacted me.  She had heard my story and wondered if we would share it in the PSA.  I said, yes, however they didn’t pick us. What chilled me was she said of all the families she had spoken to we were the ONLY ones who had had a newborn in a house with Whooping Cough where the baby did NOT die.

I’m a very lucky/blessed/happy person that this wonderful little girl is still with me.

Remember 12 year olds need a booster shot for whooping cough.  I do not think parents should get an exemption for vaccination and imperil the rest of us.  I never believe in hiding behind religion for bad decisions that run counter to the prevailing norms of the day.  It’s no excuse to shroud woman and make then second class citizens.  It’s no excuse to mutilate a newborn boys’s penis.  It’s no excuse not to use modern medicine to protect us.  As my friend and mentor Dr. Dean Edell once said to me when I was in a pique of hippy talk, “Mother nature doesn’t care if you live, mother nature wants us to die.”.   We need to trip up her plans if possible.