Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dressing Up

Today, I wore a tiara with my blue jeans. Sometimes, at home, I wear my tiara with pajamas. Honestly, I'm not sure why I waited for Halloween to take this look out and about. If I had my way, I would look like a princess or a cowgirl every day of the week.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Little by Little

Sometimes progress is so slight it cannot be perceived.


Friday, October 29, 2010


I'm trying to figure out how to be more like Erin's friend and less like my usual unfocused self without the motivation of tragedy. Let me know if you have any suggestions.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

For Dominic

While my family has been in full-swing celebration, another family is living a nightmare. I cannot imagine their pain. Please pray for 4-year-old Dominic and the Segerblom family. Dominic has battled health issues since before he was born. He underwent gallbladder surgery earlier this week, and now he is fighting a serious blood infection that may have spread to his brain. Please pray for Dominic's miraculous healing.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Baby Love

I stare at Dylan. I stare at Nicole. I cannot believe he lived inside of her. It's not like I've never met a baby before. But the miracle and mystery of it all hits you in a different way when the baby belongs to your sister.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Baby Dylan Luc

He sure made his mama work for it. But after 64 hours and 25 minutes of labor, my beautiful sister Nicole gave birth to the beautiful Dylan Luc. He was born today at 5:04 p.m., weighs 7 lbs 2 oz and is 19 1/2 inches long. The doula said he has musician fingers, which is not at all surprising considering the incredibly talented parents he has. Welcome to the world and to our family, sweet Dylan Luc. You are loved, loved, loved.


Monday, October 25, 2010

An Update

We are anxious and waiting, but still no baby.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Timeline

3:08 a.m. Phone rings. I know it is my sister calling, and I'm so excited I drop the phone. She tells me her water broke a couple of hours ago (at 12:39 a.m. to be exact) and she and Cliff are on their way to the hospital.

5:12 a.m. Text from Cliff: @ hospital, waiting for room. Very early, will call when we get a room. All is good, mamma napping. Go Team Dylan!

5:27 a.m. My mom calls. She and my dad are showered and ready to head to the hospital as soon as we are given the word.

7:37 a.m. Text from Cliff: Real slow right now, have a room. Not missing anything. The moment it picks up we'll get you guys here. She's doin great, nurses impressed with her calm.

10:40 a.m. Text from Cliff: Still going, no big changes, resting now.

1:08 p.m. Text from Nicole: Waiting, and waiting for Dylan to do something. Think good thoughts :)

5:25 p.m. My mom, dad, brother Jimmy, John and I arrive at the hospital, and our cars are packed for the duration. We have a cookie tray for the nurses, goodie bags for visitors, a birthday cake for the baby, and champagne for the mama. Good family friend, Matt, has been at the hospital since noon and is saving us space in the waiting room.

5:30 p.m. I rearrange the waiting room furniture. In a matter of minutes, it looks like we live there.

6:15 p.m. I see my sister, and we spend 45 minutes walking the hospital halls and doing the stairs. Despite having been awake for more than 36 hours, Nicole looks amazing. She is calm and strong and handling each contraction like a champ.

10 p.m. Jimmy and Matt return from a food run with two large pizzas, enough for everyone (not just our crew) in the waiting room.

10:30 p.m. We have transformed the waiting room into a living room and dining room and now we are hunkering down and preparing for it to be our bedroom. My mom has changed into her "lounging pants" (aka pj's), our shoes are off and we have blankets ready. We are also getting sillier by the minute due to sleep deprivation, and everything is making us giggle.

11:04 p.m. Text from Cliff: We've been in active labor, almost transition. This girl is workn!

11:59 p.m. Still no baby, but lots of optimism and excitement. Go Team Dylan!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Geek Squad Grief

After requiring assistance from half the store's staff, I told the guy at Best Buy I hoped, for his sake, we were his most annoying customer of the day and that it would be all uphill from here. My dad was excited at the prospect. "We would be proud to be your most annoying customer," he said with enthusiasm.  


Friday, October 22, 2010

Save Your Drama

I am not dramatic. Just don't ask my dad to confirm this information.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Trust is Hard

I have to remind myself that God has a plan and his is better than mine.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ashleigh is Brilliant

"My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot."
~ Ashleigh Brilliant


Tuesday, October 19, 2010


This road has both shortcuts and detours.
You won't get to choose your path.
But don't worry.
It only matters that you keep moving, preferably forward.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Mama Knows Best

I got a sweet voicemail from my mom today. It went like this:
"Hello. This is your Mommy. Please tell me that you really didn't put up Noel candles and angels. Try and put up at least Halloween or fall stuff first. OK. Give me a call when you have a chance. Love you."


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Sunday

It rained today. I got to see some of my beautiful friends. We ate butternut lasagna and pumpkin soup, not to mention pie. And the overcast sky made me feel slightly less crazy for decorating the top of my bookshelf with "Noel" candle holders and a couple of angels. Need I say more?


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Deck the Halls

Seriously considering decorating for Christmas now. This would allow me to clean off the guest bed.


Friday, October 15, 2010


Sometimes life needs rearranging.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Friendship is My Therapy

My best friend has been on a mini-vacation. In her absence, I have diagnosed myself with not one but two psychological disorders.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Second That

"I live in half real life, half fantasy land, and in both worlds I am paranoid." ~ Erin Kelley

Unfortunately, John and I relate.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Name Everything

Mom: "Is Daisy still sick?"
Me: "No. Daisy is in the car. Sunshine is still sick."
Mom: "Daisy is the car?"
Me: "No. Claudia is the car. Daisy is the GPS. Sunshine is my computer."


Monday, October 11, 2010

10/10/10 Revisited

My dad christened a power strip with a glass of red wine. My brother told me not one but two tales highlighting bowel movements. And by the end of the night, my dad suggested I run for office.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mmmm ...

After convincing me to try a Trader Joe's freeze-dried banana slice, my brother says, "It tastes like banana-flavored chalk. Is that not gross? Hey, Johnny, want to try one?"


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Testing ... Testing ... Testing

"Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't."
~Richard Bach


Friday, October 8, 2010


Once I start going through the cupboards, it becomes clear the lack of cooking done in our kitchen. I cleaned out our spice drawer yesterday and found an unopened jar of cinnamon sticks dated September 25, 2004. We last moved in June 2006, which means I packed and unpacked cinnamon sticks two years past their expiration date. Who does that?


Thursday, October 7, 2010


The situation is out of control. Today, I wore socks adorned with tiny Christmas trees. Thank goodness I own a lot of underwear. Otherwise, I'd be in real trouble.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My Sister

I think Nicole is the most beautiful mama-to-be. Just try to tell me you disagree.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Beyond Impossible

Sometimes I like to think of all the people in the history of the world who were ever told their idea or dream or passion or goal was impossible. Turns out, a lot of people have been wrong.


Monday, October 4, 2010


I have a deep desire to be a domestic goddess. Achieving this would require learning to cook, clean, sew and make all things ridiculously pretty. This might take awhile. In the meantime, I'm looking for inspiration.

Found some here: New Dress A Day.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Note to Self

Chocolate cake is chocolate cake. Just because it comes from Whole Foods doesn't make it healthy.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

My Kind of Celebrity

The priest told me he works for the Vatican. He's lucky I didn't ask for his autograph.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Hello, October

I survived September, but my computer didn't. Poor Sunshine has seen brighter days. I'm not even going to think about the fact that she won't boot up. Denial will help me sleep tonight. Panic will not. 

Speaking of panic, October is the beginning of the end of 2010. I feel as though I haven't harnessed the magic this year was meant to be. Thirteen more weeks to change that. 


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