Month: November 2013

Pickles, Pretzels and Piffle

Hi Everyone! Still NaNo-ing. Ugh! In the meantime, here’s a post from my Mom about her adventures with my nephew. She’s a new blogger so show her some love ! 🙂

Blue Stocking G'ma

I had the distinct pleasure of spending the night with my 3 year old grandson this week.  I have not done this before and did not know what to expect.  We decided to “camp out”.  That’s where you pull out the sofa bed in the living room and sleep there instead of in your bed in your room.  It seems he and Daddy do this on occassion and it’s fun.

E. loves to play Cut the Rope on my ipad, so that’s what we decided we would do.  He is amazingly good at this game for a kid his age and is very excited when the frog finally gets the candy.  If he has trouble with a particular level he hands it to me and says,”Here Grandma.  Tell me when you get it” and he goes off to do something else while I struggle with the game.  When I failed…

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The Missing Brazil – Ceara

A post on Brazil from The Side Wedge- His awesome blog focuses on surfing, travel stuff, photos, and music (“Noise to Note” posts). Check him out 🙂

The Side Wedge

As some who follow my blog shall know; I have just returned from a short trip out to the northeast of Brazil. I spent the week in the major city of Fortaleza and traveled back to Canoa Quebrada which is on the southern end of the state.

When I visit, I am surprised at the lack of tourists from the United States. There are lots of tourists in Ceara but mainly they are from Europe and the south of Brazil. So I am often the odd ball when I visit a restaurant or the mall in Ceara and people probably assume that I am from Europe when they first see me. But when they find out I am from the United States it seems that I go from average to celebrity.

North or South?

Ceara has many faces. The big sprawling cities such as Fortaleza, farms nestled amongst arid landscapes…

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Ten Things I’ve Learned So Far from My First Try at NaNoWriMo

In honor of the ides of November and the halfway point, here's a list of things I've learned so far from my first try at NaNo-ing: Fifty-thousand words is a lot of friggin' words.  Just sayin'. The pesky "to be" verb family and I should just go ahead and get married since apparently we are … Continue reading Ten Things I’ve Learned So Far from My First Try at NaNoWriMo

Somewhere on the spectrum….

Concentrating on NaNo this month. In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite posts from my friend Nicole. Have a nice night!

mommy&everything

On January 10, 2011 my son J was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I can remember everything about that day. It was a Monday and I had taken the day off work. The temperature outside was in the teens and so J and I were both bundled in our puffy coats patiently waiting for J’s name to be called.

The waiting room was not child friendly, surprising since it was a children’s hospital. There were some torn books scattered on a table and some weird mirror shaped like a fish that reflected everything upside down.

J tried amusing himself as I filled out what seemed like a million forms.  There were insurance forms, privacy forms, health history and family background questionnaires. I answered questions like:

How much did your child weigh at birth? Has your child ever had surgery? Does your child look at you when you call his or her name? Can your child point his finger…

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NaNo Update and The Daily Prompt

Hi Everyone! Well, I'm still chugging along with my word count for National Novel Writing Month but wanted to take some time out to post an update. My problem now seems to be that my NaNo story is going in a totally different direction than I'd planned. If "characters drive plot" then my characters are … Continue reading NaNo Update and The Daily Prompt

Dad’s “Magic”- A Guest Post by Linda (My Mom)

Hi Everyone! I'm still busy NaNo-ing. So far I'm doing well and I'm on track to finish. "Embracing the suck," as they say.  In the meantime, WOAW keeps chugging along with a guest post by my mother, Linda.  You may recall that I wrote this post about my grandfather, my Gido.  That's my mom's dad. … Continue reading Dad’s “Magic”- A Guest Post by Linda (My Mom)