pediatric dentistry

Rex just had general anesthesia for some cavities.  I had no idea they were doing this now.  My dentist just shamed me till I let her work on me.

if this was my dentist I would be like Marcia Brady in that episode when she dreams of being "Mrs. Marcia Dentist"

if this was my dentist I would be like Marcia Brady in that episode when she dreams of being “Mrs. Marcia Dentist”

“you crying?  You crying?  Why you crying?  Your sister isn’t crying.”  I look over and see my sister serenely in the other chair bravely handling the Novocaine shot.  Did I mention I grew up in LA and my mom took us to a black woman dentist so we had positive role models?  Might have been more positive if she hadn’t been so rough.Tough love ’70′s has given way to medicate 21st c.

It’s in favor to not traumatize kids with dentistry.  We tried it a few weeks ago with laughing gas, but he just got more fun.  One of the doctors said he is “spicy”. Full of beans I always say.  So this morning he got a shot.  Cried, then fell asleep in my arms.  They carried him in and his 3 cavities had morphed to 6.  Little ones against each other.  The dentist said to avoid gummy vitamins… they get in and hard to get out with brushing.  Hard enough to get him to brush his teeth, unlikely big flossing would happen shortly.  Here I thought it was good I was giving them vitamins.  Bad mom. Oh and by the way, insurance doesn’t pay for the anesthesia.

I peaked in.  He was passed out, mouth open wide, oxygen over his nose, IV in his hand, a blanket over his body and his little feet peeking out.  Oh, the vulnerability!  ( he hates wearing shoes)

When he came out of it, slowly emerging from the sleep, he was very dizzy.  We carried him to the car and I sat next to him.  They said, “don’t let him drive”  I did let him take the wheel this weekend at the Peterson museum.kid area in peterson auto museum  Carried him in, laid down on the coach and watched Brave.  By the last half hour of the film he was better.
“I want a grilled cheese sandwich.”

A good choice.

 

 

Spouse underfoot?

When I did this video Mark was recuperating from surgery.  Now that he is consulting and catering he is home a lot more.  I guess I must adjusted to having my husband around more.  But, as the saying goes, I married you for life not for lunch.  Sometimes you need your space. If only so I can catch up on “The Good Wife”.

Right?

Summer Dioramas

Planning summer is proving far too complicated.  I know have created a diaorama in my basement just to make sense of it.  The calendar thing wasn’t enough.  I need minature 3 D replicas.  diorama for summer plans

“Okay, this is the camp I signed Rex up for 3 weeks is this area.  Vivien’s camp for two weeks is here, and over here is the other camp for Viv for two other weeks.  Here is my car shuttling them… ( Yes I look crazy, but it’s helping me visualize) This is the friend’s house in the country we want to visit many hours away… Then there is a swim lessons, Spanish tutoring, oh and what else, oh,yeah RELAXING.  Plus, Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios….” You see why I needed to model this?  Like architects do before a big build.

As I pore over this like a Civil War reenacter planning on retaking Gettysburg I still can’t get down all the moving parts.  How did summer become so complicated?

Well, for one thing they are starting the school year in AUGUST this year, which I do believe should be unconstitutional, so it’s chopped by a couple of weeks.  Then of course other people have their own schedules we have to sink up with for travel plans.  Why can’t they all stay put till I’ve figured my schedule out?dioramas

In the end I just needed fresh eyes.  My step daughter was in town.  I splayed out my dates, calendar pleading for common sense intervention.  She pointed to one block of days that could be altered and some of the model pieces fell into place. I cancelled one thing, moved another… I am almost there.

But, how do I get this cannon over the hill?

 

what family travel really looks like

A recent three day trip for a cousin’s wedding and a sojourn to Legoland gave us red cheeks and smiles.  Well, my husband’s whole body became red.  I think I’m faking it as a white person as I never burn.  Perhaps my cousin’s genealogy digging that says we are part Cherokee has something to do with it.

I honestly enjoyed our trip.  But, it never quite looks like the brochure.  For instance, here is us eating out.eating out with kids

I’m happy he ate almost half of his grilled cheese.

waiting at lego water parkThere is my family cold in the wind waiting for the big slide at Legoland water park.  While I enjoy the water park I had changed into my clothes at this point.  The have a pretty laconic system for getting people on rides there.  Isn’t there a former Disneyland staffer they can hire to consult?

lego land hotel restaurantThe happening scene at the Legoland hotel bar.  The staff was kind as we coached them how to make a good Manhattan. But, they are handicapped as there is no rye or proper Maraschino cherries Kept thinking a good sketch would be someone accidentally coming to this lounge thinking it was a good place to pick up a woman.

jousting ridelook over here Vivien!, Over here.

jousting rideRex, over here, look at mommy.  Look at mommy.  Oh, forget it.knight tourney ride

Um, are we sure that’s safe?

legoland hotel

The second day was well capped with face painting and photo op with Captain Beard heart… or something like that.

In the brochure version of amusement parks they look like this

fake familyUm, they look mighty unencumbered.  Does that mom have a sherpa?  Because I had a back pack, purse, hat, sunglasses.  Mark carried towels and a clothes line.

Here is our real action shot:awkward family photo

I think Mark fares best here.  He looks like a politician.

Always nice to come home and shower after marinating in pee warm water with the masses.  Besides, even pirates need a rest.sleeping pirate

Lyogging ( a new word)

 

So the good news is the pain I had last week in my throat has abated considerablly, the bad news is I have mono.  Doctor says I’ll be fatigued for about a month.  I’m already tired, but now above the motherhood reason.  So I wanted to blog, but I need to go to bed.  So, thus Lyogging is born.  Lying down and blogging.

 

motherHere is the kind of crack analysis I’m doing from home right now. (you hit the “here” word)

So, Mono is passed through saliva, kissing, sharing utensils, cups, etc.  Here is where I think I got it… I was slaving away at the school fundraiser, auction, hoopla.  I find it kind of miserable.  There was almost no food and I had to do the live auction portion where no one was listening to me so I shamed friends from the stage into listening, “Phyllis, Phyllis I see you!”  It wasn’t really their fault as it was bad acoustics, but I was going to hell and taking everyone with me.  So, I was thirsty and traumatized.  A couple of times I grabbed some bottles of water and I was pretty sure they were not MY waters, but I was wiped.  So, it could have happened there.  Or maybe some barista was mad I didn’t throw a dollar in karma jar and spit in my coffee, who knows?  ( there is no instant karma and the suggestion that my good fortune is being held hostage by a pierced twenty something who majored in philosophy annoys me)angry barista

Last week I was in deep throat pain. ( Wait, that didn’t sound right.)  I missed out on the     “Chef” film screening we were invited to.  Mark liked it.

I’m not totally incapacitated.  I will rally for things I have to.  For instance, my cousin’s son wedding.  I’ll throw on some lipstick for that one.  As I was trolling their registry it reminded me of the vid I did about wedding china.  Which I think is funny, but dang worth it, for that little Rex! One of the hardest things about Mono is holding back kissing these little cuties!

Sadly, I doubt many caught in the California fires had a chance to grab their china.  It’s really global warming exhibit A right now.  I grew up here and IT”S NEVER been this hot in May.  In fact our June gloom usually starts in May.  It’s Flipping Scary.  Other than turning off lights I’m a little stymied as how I can help our world not become a permanent inferno. Then king dumbass Marco Rubio said he doesn’t “believe” that humans contribute to global warming. Science isn’t a belief, junior.  He also said he is ready to be president.  He can’t mean our country, he must mean Florida Kiwanis.  If they’ll have him.

Oh, geez,  that guy is a Senator? Too sad.  I better go back to bed.. back to lyogging

 

 

 

Things I learned while I’m sick

Dudes, I am SICK.  What started as an itchy throat as been growing all week.  It’s gnarly.  Got checked for strep, not it. Drag, means it’s a virus I have to suffer through.  Went to an acupuncturist, helped the pain some. Still down. So as I lay here in my own sweat I wanted to share with you some of the things I’ve learned this week.  Other than a scrunchy can stay in my hair for days on end. This is list is in no particular order, much like myself.

Not how I look AT ALL right now.  Bad enough my dog sees me now, let's limit the exposure

Not how I look AT ALL right now. Bad enough my dog sees me now, let’s limit the exposure

1) There is a Year of Barbara on the View.. almost up.  Didn’t know. Never watch it anymore.

2) Drew Carey has NEVER been an acceptable choice for “The Price is Right”

3) Thank you Dallas on TNT.  Watching almost the entire season, which just ended.  Got me through the most painful night when I couldn’t even read Rex a bedtime story.  He asked me, “Can I watch a cartoon with you?”  My selfishness kicked in.  No, Honey, because mommy is on the thin edge and I want to watch this telenovela like soap with hunky men and scores of inappropriate things that occupy my mind instead of thinking of how much pain I’m in.  So, I learned a pain management trick and that Judith Light is still Brilliant!!

Hit the hyperlink to see why She's the Boss

Hit the hyperlink to see why She’s the Boss

The show repeats all the time, check it out.

4) Donny Osmond looks great.  If I was in Vegas I’d think of about seeing him and Marie.  I bet that’s a good show.

5) Pastor Rick Warren and his wife are saying really cool stuff about mental illness.  Destigmatizing it.  I haven’t always agreed with Warren in the past, but think it’s brave that after their son’s suicide they are using their platform to push for this issue.

6) Tom and Lorenzo is one of my favorite websites.  As you may remember I hosted a fashion show on TV Guide for many years and I know good red carpet catty talk when I see it.  These guys are the TOPS!  I almost always agree with them. Funny.  Follow the link to see them rip on the Met Gala.  Here is what they said about Elizabeth Olsen.  So rich.  Sorry cut her head.Elizabeth Olsen at the met

“No. inappropriate. Go home and find a skirt that goes to the floor. Not to mention accessories that match. Your sisters didn’t talk to you all night, did they?“-Tom and Lorenzo.com

7) People aren’t dressing up as much as they use to at the Met Gala.

8) Mrs. Sterling is weird too.  This Donald Sterling story is huge news her in LA.  The guy has long run these really bad ads in the LA Times, and I use to think, ” Who is this  Ryan O’Neal impersonator and his cheesy ads?  All that money and he can’t hire a graphic designer to do his ads.  Mrs.  Sterling wants to keep ownership of the Clippers.  She is alone.

9) I don’t get the eyebrow pierce.   If it’s design trends they are after, why don’t people put reclaimed wood on their face?

10) I have to stop reading about the Cleveland kidnap survivors.  The People Magazine arrived, I got back in bed.. but that poor lady Michelle Knight’s story was in.  If you have been through what she went through and are still standing she can get whatever pierce or tattoo she wants.

11) Nigerian kidnapping. Ugh, sigh, of course #bringbackourgirls.michelle obama bring back our girls  It’s hideous.  I hope America can get them now that they are allowed to help.  Can’t  Liam Neeson do something?

Oh, now it’s getting to dark reality.  Wish there was more Dallas?  I only have “The Good Wife” taped and I don’t want to watch about a shooting and they all speak so low.

Tell me what else I can “learn” about while lay here. What should I DVR or a good site to go to?

 

Friday Funny

One of my most viewed videos I’ve ever done spoofed the “dress to mask your flaws” genre.  I celebrated my muffin top.  Since the close of Campanile I cook a lot more, so when my friend saw these little bake tins of course she thought of me!!  Genius!!  They are even denim like!

muffin tops For a trip down tummy memory lane:

 

Getting ready for Easter.  Mark and I are hosting my family.  We are planning the main course, so my sister said “I’ll bring a coconut cake.”

Me:  Great.  But, can you get something else too because like your husband my kids don’t like coconut.

Her:  Yes, But, I don’t get this not liking coconut.  It’s Easter.  Christ rose again with a coconut cake in his arms.

That joke carried me for hours yesterday.  It reminded me of a sight gag I did at Christmas.  On Christmas eve I ran into the 99 cent store because though I had planned ahead I was just a smidge short of wrapping paper.  The Christmas section was so picked over it was like a bomb had gone off.  I picked the ugliest paper, all that was left, and saw an empty nativity scene.  Like looters had taken the Holy family, the wise men, the donkey and only left the manger.  That gave me an idea.  So I put this on my mantle.return of christ

I lampooned the concept of working from home.  We all want to do it, but does it really make sense?  Lots of behind the scenes comedy.  Today I was on a business call and taking notes.  The caller had no idea where I was writing down these important notes.
working from home

 

Happy Friday