Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ricki promo + pumpkin robbery

First off, wanted to share the promo for the Ricki Lake show. It airs Friday and you can look up times on yesterday's post.

So, that's happening.

And now a (sad) story.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hell Week + Important Dates UPDATED

Hi guys.

There a few words that I might use to describe why I haven't been around for a week. Normally I'd give a lengthier explanation, but I have the feeling these words might just be explanation enough:

trip to urgent care
broken down transmission
hate calls from perfect strangers to my phone
internet down at the house
lost keys

None of that is even close to a joke. So, yeah. Been an eventful week. And not in a good way.

The good news is...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

How things went with Ricki + Check in

All right, so let's talk about how things went on Wednesday on Ricki Lake.

I'm really, really happy to report that it was an incredibly positive experience.

So, here's the story, in a nutshell.

Several weeks ago I got a voicemail from a producer of the show...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ricki Lake UPDATED

So, I'm in the airport on the way down to California because tomorrow Lolly and I are going to be on The New Ricki Lake show.

No, this is not the 90's. Yes, this is actually happening.

On my Facebook page, I mentioned that there was an 8% chance that this was a set-up and that I would get there and someone would tell me that one of my children wasn't mine. And then I'd have to be outraged and violently throw a chair and get tackled by security.

However, a few commenters (on Facebook and Twitter) proposed some even better scenarios:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wednesday check in on a Friday (because that's how my life is right now)

Hi folks.

I'm having a minor episode of meltdown.

Everyone Shhhhhhhhh *puts finger over your mouth* It's okay. This happens to me from time to time. Basically what is going on is that I'm totally overwhelmed by the workings of my life and I find myself unable to do important things. Like return any emails. To anyone. About anything. Including my little brother who is a missionary in Tennessee. Or Important People. Or really awesome readers who send me really awesome messages of support or who ask me totally legitimate questions. Or basically anybody. I also find myself unable to do things like: manage my schedule; not eat the universe and every dairy product in my fridge (esp. cheese and ice cream); take 15 minutes to sign up for my licensing exam (oh, that little thing? No big deal! Who needs to maintain credentials?); respond to people about really, really important stuff like blurbs for book covers or TV shows; get to work when I need to get to work; anything whatsoever that has to do with my church calling; etc.

The few things I have been able to keep in tact in order to survive are: I successfully see my clients; I eat (way too much) food; I sleep sometimes; Lolly and I watch a TV show every night together to reconnect; I eat dinner with the family every night.

I feel like a complete mess.

Anyhow, I think that's a perfect reason to do a check in. Feel free to do one also. (I think I need a caveat stating that checking in on The Weed is not meant to replace or supplement therapy with a licensed professional. It's just for fun y'all.)

Rules. You check in with how you are physically, emotionally and spiritually. You make a commitment and talk about last week's commitment (if you had one). You are not allowed to say "good" or "fine" for any item.

Physically: I feel a little crappy. My blind eye hurts. It bugs me from time to time, with a weird headache behind it. I also feel blergh in general. Not sure how to describe it, but it's not "good" so it counts. Also, I ran several times this week, but I really need to do some weight training.

Emotionally: I feel overwhelmed. Life feels like complete chaos to me right now. I just told someone that I feel like I'm atop a racehorse that's on crack, just watching my life course past at high speed. As previously stated, I feel like I'm neglecting important things. And the craziness feels like it's increasing rather than decreasing.

Spiritually: I feel like my spirituality is yet another casualty to the crazy. I feel connected when I connect, but I also feel inconsistent and like I could use some good prayer and meditation. I did end up enjoying conference a lot, and thought there were some very apropos messages that were very helpful (and strangely work in tandem, as often seems to magically happen.)

Commitment from last time was to write in the memoir for 15 hours. I achieved this.

Commitment for this week is to write for 10 hours. At least.

Side-note: one of the things I forgot to clarify about commitments is that they should be attainable. So if you haven't exercised in a year, setting a goal for 6 workouts might not be a great idea. But one or two? Totally appropriate.

All right guys. It's Friday night. You're all having fun. I'm about to go have fun. And I'm about to eat pie. So life can't be that out of control, right?

If it suits your fancy, hit me up with another check-in, and let me know how things went this week. Hope you are all doing well.

Not editing this sucker! *presses publish*

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Anna: Mommy, how many cents is one nickel and two pennies?

Lolly: Well, sweetie, one nickel is five cents. So what would the total be?

Anna: Is it three?

Lolly: Hmmm. No, a nickel has five cents in it. It's like five pennies.

Anna: Can I look at a nickel?

Lolly: Sure. *finds a nickel and hands it to Anna*

Anna: Mommy, who is that on the nickel?

Lolly: It's Thomas Jefferson.

Anna: Ow wow, Mommy. He's really really handsome. *stares off dreamily*

Yeah. Anna just expressed her first crush. On a nickel.  Not sure what's more disturbing, the fact that it involves a founding father, or the fact that she just basically just got a crush on currency.

What a dreamboat.

(That joke would be so, SO much less creepy if I hadn't come out last summer.)
Photo attribution: here

We can't blame our sweet daughter for the strangeness of her celebrity crush. After all, her mother has a crush on... this.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Comment Clean Up + Question about kids and conference

All right, so the comments on the check-in post just got a reeeeeaaaallly poor clean-up. I tried to follow the rule "if it's not a check-in or in direct response to a check in, it goes." I probably messed it all up and offended three trillion people and did it in a totally unfair way and stomped on a genuine question or two, and for that I'm so sorry. I also got bored and stopped prematurely so I may have missed major stuff.

Normally when a post has threads that go off the deep end

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A religious post from Lolly

Hey guys, first of all, thanks again for your check-ins on Thursday. It ended up being a really helpful experience for me, and I enjoyed the opportunity to hear how so many people are doing. I definitely think that just became a "thing" so expect it to happen again.

Conference. I'm loving it. If you haven't had a chance to watch and you'd like to, you can check it out here. There are two sessions left tomorrow, one at 10am and one at 12 Mountain.

And finally, since tomorrow's Sunday and it's conference, I thought I'd share a religious post that Lolly wrote for another blog. I share this not spark a religious debate, but just to relish in our respective forms of worship, and to share a little bit about what Lolly and I believe.

God's Message to me from a Stranger

A few Sundays ago I was having a particularly hard day.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Wednesday Check In

I wrote this post last night. It's a post that I decided to scrap, but now I've decided to post it so I can get the "post something!!!!" monkey off my back while I'm trying to focus.

Today I'm writing. All day. It's a mess, and shiz just got real up in here in my office. Pray for me. Pray that my mind will focus and that the words will come right.

Writing is hard. It's also amazing and exhilarating. But it's hard.

I stole this free-to-use photo of a pencil and paper off of the internet to symbolize writing even though I haven't written using a pencil on blank paper since approximately grade-school. I did this because I really don't want to PAY for a picture of someone using a computer. Effective, yes?
Photo attribution: here

All right, here's last night's post:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

So... yeah. Here's a post about bruises and cuts.

This is a picture of Viva after she hit her face on the piano while pretending she was a kitty. (Notice the dark bruise on her cheek.)

And this is a picture of Tessa after she face planted while running at the park.