Thursday, October 27, 2005

My First Halloween...

This will be the first Halloween that I will be without a child dressed in costume with whom to roam the streets of Irvington. Over the years, my kids have been:

* a bag of trash - Rachel
* a dead football player - Sammy
* dracula - Joel
* mad scientist who killed people - Joel
* dentist who pulled his own tooth - Sammy
* fancy belle of the ball complete with evening gown and water-filled balloons for boobs - Rachel
* Ninja - Mikey (for the past 4 years)
* Annakin Skywalker - Mikey
* Buzz LightYear - Mikey

We had a big Halloween party a couple of years ago, complete with fog machine and supper in a pumpkin (very yummy!).

But this year, since Mike and I are separated, Mikey will be with him. We already bought Mikey's costume . . . a bright, red ninja costume. I can just imagine him running up and down the driveways with his cousins yelling, "Happy Halloween!" Years ago, my kids decided they didn't want to shout the traditional "trick or treat" when folks opened their doors. Instead, they decided to yell, "Happy Halloween!" and it stuck.

From the year Rachel was a bag of trash with gum wrappers stuck in her picked out hair, to Joel being a vampire and actually taking a sip of "vampire blood" at one house (much to my horror), to Sammy being a dentist who pulled his own tooth and the black kept coming off of his tooth all night long, it's been an amazing and spooky adventure.

It's difficult to think about this being the last year for trick or treating with my children. Mikey's 10 years old and likely won't be interested in this particular activity much longer. So, although I am happy that Mikey is spending time with his dad and cousins, I am sad for myself.

Irvington will have to celebrate Halloween without my four precious little goblins this year.

Monday, October 24, 2005

What do you need?

Go to Google and type in "[your name] needs" and then search.

Here are the results of "tina needs":

1. a slower pace
2. a ride
3. to narrow her shoulders and create a waist (from What Not to Wear)
4. a response
5. to ask other parents to pay a little more to enable Tina's needs to be met
6. to see this (curiously, under a section called PoopScoop)
7. your help
8. to read
9. a boy (i would prefer a man)
10. two more cents
11. a specialist dementia social worker
12. someone nice ;o) (from a fetish swingers site!)
13. to f**k (yikes!)
14. to be kicked in the face multiple times (uh, no thanks)
15. immigration help


Friday, October 07, 2005

Things My Mother Told Me

September 10, 2001:
Everyone's life throws spitballs, some more than others. You have always acted like yours were made out of fairy dust.

November 5, 2001:
I know you are still going through a lot of turmoil in your life so I don't bother you too much. I hope it all gets straightened out for you one of these days soon. You are a very special person. Just remember that sometimes we make wrong choices. When we do, we have to "fix" our lives. Being the strong women we are, we can do this. It just takes some time. Then, we can be ourselves again. I hope your "fix", however you decide to do it, brings you peace and happiness. You have brought a lot of peace and happiness to others and you deserve it for yourself.

I love you very much.

December 12, 2001:
HI!!! Just wanted to let you know that I have not heard from Star Staffing yet. I take that as a bad sign. I find it hard to believe that they do not see the benefits of hiring me, especially since I am a mega genius. I know this because I reached a score of 81,410 on Atomica this morning and became a mega genius. To this point in my life, I am not sure that I had reached that level of success but when it is printed in front of you it is hard to argue. Phil feels a difference in the air so I know this is true. Now if only I could find those contrails that give you super powers, my day would be complete with or without a call from Star Staffing.

I hope you have a wonderful day. I am leaving now in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

Yours truly,
Mama Megagenius
Swooooping awayyyyy......

January 3, 2002:
I believe I might have surpassed the expectations of the mega genius status. I now own a bright red Blazer. Surely, this is a sign.

With your new position in life and the fact that you will shortly be driving the car of the one previously known as MEMA (now known as SUPER MEMA --- yes, Elizabeth, there is a contrail for super powers), you are hereby elevated to Mega Genius In The Making. When we next meet, we will find the wizard and have him bestow the title on you formally. Until then, click your heels together three times and say "I ain't afraid of no ghosts". This will work as long as you don't go through the hidden door in the back of the cupboard/closet, which could lead you into that cold world that I cannot remember the name of......

Beware of the Ides of March!! Don't walk under a ladder? Let everyone know if you make that hole-in-one!?X

I must go now. I see another email entitled "Sanity Test". It intrigues me.


February 2, 2002:
Each of us can fill up our lives with the things that go on around us. It takes special effort to make sure that those we love are not left on the sidelines. Many times they are the ones who are being the most supportive by being understanding about our involvement with others and other things. But it never fails that we will need them and miss them at some point. And we need to make sure that we have not allowed their lives to fill up without us.

March 5, 2002:
You have grown to be lovely women [addressing my sister and me] -- the kind that makes me very proud -- to be your mother. Have a wonderful day.

October 24, 2002:
I am so pleased that you got this [an award at work]. It shows that every once in awhile, people notice. Seldom do they take the time to tell you, so a big thank you from me to David Turner for telling the world that you are great. I'm very proud to be your mom.
I love you, my star.

January 22, 2003:
OMG --- I can't tell you how much it means to me that you sent that to me [an email telling her how much I love her]. You are a wonderfully loving daughter and I feel blessed to have you in my life. I love you very much and I am glad that I can be a little lightness in your life. Thank you.

April 26, 2003:
Congrats. I'm always very proud of you, but it's wonderful when others recognize you too [another award at work]. It makes me feel even more proud that you are my daughter.

See why I love her?