Saturday, October 22, 2011


I'm so so super flattered that Sarah at It's A Vol gave me the Versatile Blogger award! I'm just now starting to blog and she's my only public follower so although I read a whole lotta blogs, she's my only blog friend. So sweet of her to give me a shout and an award!

The Rules
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Give the award to 15 other bloggers.
So now that I've thanked the lovely Sarah, here are 7 things about me:

1. I am half Venezuelan and half "white".
2. I am a fluent Spanish speaker, due to the above, but my primary and native language is English.
3. I am a reformed slob. I used to me the messiest person alive, but since becoming a mom, I can't stand messes.
4. I love love love photography. If I could be anything in the world, it would be a photographer.
5. I hate the beach. I'm weird like that. The sand drives me crazy.
6. I thrive off of non-fiction. True crime shows, documentaries, and all that jazz.
7. I get a high off a good bargain, but I don't have the patience for the extreme coupon deal.

Now that you know how incredibly boring I am, I'm going to break rule 3 because....umm, I don't know any other bloggers, especially 15. At least none that know I exist.

Thanks again Sarah and so sorry for breaking the rules!

One of THOSE Weeks

So I've been MIA for a while. I'm aware. This time I have a better excuse than just being lazy.

Last week, on our way to daycare, Gavin and I got rear-ended. Hard. We were waiting for traffic to clear so that we could turn left and had been completely stopped for about 15 seconds or so. Blinker and headlights on. Brake lights working. You get the gist. Out of the blue, someone one smacked into the back of us at about 35 mph. They didn't so much as tap the brakes. There were no skid marks. I didn't hear the squeal of the brakes and was not looking in the rear view mirror so I didn't even see the car coming.

The woman that hit us was 87 years old with a heart condition. She was very upset and was sobbing through her apologies to us. Somehow, she didn't have a heart attack. She said that she never saw us. This is where I could go on a huge tangent about why she never should have been in the road in the first place. Not to mention, we live in a college town and if she had gotten on campus with all of those jay walking students....disaster.

The most imporant thing, Gavin is 100% ok. He cried a bit from the shock (who could blame him?), but once i came around to his side of the car and talked to him for a minute, he calmed right down. Just in case, the paramedics came out and the 911 operator recommended that I don't take him out of his car seat and he was extremely unhappy when 3 paramedics were triaging him while in his car seat. That was more about the strange circumstances than anything else though. Once he got out of his seat and he got a clean bill of health, he was laughing and smiling. Robert took him to the pediatrician for a more in depth check out and they said he looked great. So this is where I do go off on a tangent for my other mommy friends....

Recently the AAP changed their recommendations to keep children rear facing until age 2, however car seat manufacturers still say in their materials that children can be rear facing at age 1. Conflicting information. For a while I was excited about Gavin turning 1 because I could turn him around and he could see more and I could see him better and there would be more room in the car....etc. Out of a weird nagging feeling (and laziness) I left him rear facing...just in case. I also told myself that we probably wouldn't wait until 2 because he would get bored and that was being a little bit over the top. Needless to say, one of the first things I thought about when we got hit was "Thank God he's rear-facing". Call me crazy, that was the very first thing I thought. The paramedics backed me up on this one saying that had he been forward facing he would have suffered some neck damage. I say all this to say, I know rear-facing is a pain. I'm right there with you, but it's so worth it. Had he gotten neck damage because forward-facing was more convenient for me....the guilt alone would have killed me. So keep them rear-facing no just until their 2, but until the car seat weight limit tells you that you have to be forward-facing. You read all that? Impressive.

The damage was...interesting. She drove a 2003 Ford Focus. I drive a 2008 Mazda3. Her whole front end was crushed in. Her car was obviously totaled. So when I got out of my car and saw that damage, I thought that my damage would be equally as bad. My bumper was dented in. That's it. Seriously.

We are so so lucky. Everyone is safe and there is only property damage. I've been MIA because although it wasn't my fault, there is a whole lot of paperwork and running around and calling insurance companies and rental cars....and so much more. Hopefully it will all settle down soon...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thankful Thursday

My son is an extremely healthy and happy child, despite the day care cold he just picked up. Again, I have a healthy and happy child.

As if that wasn't enough (which it kind of is), I have a loving husband who is an incredible father to my happy and healthy child. He may do things that drive me crazy, but it's important to take some time (ahem, now) to reflect and remember how lucky I am to have him in my life.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes. 'Nough said.

The very small extended family that I have is very supportive and loving. They may be mostly made up of relatives from marriage, but they're mine and they're awesome.

I have a place to call home. As I went through training to be a volunteer at Project Homeless Connect, they said something that hit close to home. Most of the people there will be almost homeless. Usually, something terrible has happened (job loss, illness, accident, etc) and they didn't have savings and they are close to losing everything. This could be most of us. We don't have enough savings to float us if we both lost our jobs or one of us became terribly ill or injured. If that's not a smack to the back of the head to remind you to be thankful, I don't know what is.

The new TV shows this season rock my socks off. The Ringer, American Horror Story, Up All Night, Suburgatory....the list goes one. Not to mention all of the returning champs, Modern Family, Glee, The Office, Raising Hope, Happy Endings....this list goes on as well. No wonder I haven't been blogging....