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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sundays In My City Memorial Day Weekend at the Beach

Unknown Mami

Long Beach, California 
(just after sunrise)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Weekend Warriors #11


Click Here to see how it works:

There are no rules...(feel free to post an old or new post!)
This meme is for both Special Needs and Non-Special Needs Families
Educate yourself and your children about ours
this will run through the whole weekend
(Friday evening posted by 9pm PST
thru Noon Monday, PST )
so that Special Needs Families
will have time to participate..
we never know what any day is going to be like..

This weeks Question:
 Why do you think there is a lack of participation in Special Needs Meme's?
(Thanks Angel for talking me into not giving up on this Meme) 

My Post:
My Answer to this Weeks Question:
I think people are quick to move on if something doesn't affect them directly. I think people tend to look at the "right now" and don't want to step out of their comfort zone. I don't think people truly understand that this can happen to you or your family at anytime. I don't think people realize that just by being pregnant your child is at risk. Just look at the statistics for Childhood Cancer, Autism/Aspergers, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Deaf/Blind etc.
Why wouldn't you want to educate yourself now? 
My Non-Special Needs friends do!

My Tip of the day:
Education really is the key

My Friend Rina & Tafari

Don't forget to Link Up Below

Please link directly to your Weekend Warrior Post
(feel free to link posts with Special Needs Giveaways 
and informational links, but please, no links 
to ads for expensive items the average household cannot afford) 
Email Next weeks questions to

Friday Confessional Turtle Boy

I confess:
  • I live in the L.A. area and because of Kobe I can't stand the Lakers (the arrogance is nauseating)
  • I redirected my son so I could take his cheetos puffs
  • I am doing great at exercising but still battling my desire to cheat eat
  • My feet look like I walked over Hot Coals
  • I couldn't find the Toenail Clippers last night so soaked then filed my toenails down
  • I am confused by the happiness in my new neighborhood. My old hood people were so negative, and rude. So now when people say hi I am not prepared for it.. it scares me.. like someone jumping out and saying boo!
  • I am super sensitive. I get my feelings hurt easily.
  • I can eat like a Football Player 
  • I don't think Taye Diggs is cute He looks like a Turtle.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday Thunks Baby Mop

1. Tomorrow you'll be thinking to yourself?

 I get one hour a day to think of myself and that's during my morning walk. Which is spent most of the time thinking of the kids appts, meals, and weekend plans. So I really spend that hour trying to think of myself but failing. However just taking the walk is thinking of myself so maybe I need to give my self a little credit!

2. Where's your picket fence?

3. With a big smile on your face, you do what?

 get abused during my Autistic Son's Meltdowns... and i mean ABUSED!

4. If I was to walk up to you, you'd do what?

   You know.... the whole Stranger Danger thingy!

5. The list goes on and on. What list?

6. Does every rose have a thorn or does every thorn have a rose?

 After much research I would say Every Thorn carries a possible infection. Google it.

7. Talk dirty to me. What kind of mop/vacuum/dust thingymabob do you use?

8. Your Mamma don't _______ and your Daddy don't _______.
(I'm tryna quit, ugh!)

9. Ever had a suitcase packed by your feet, and if so where were you going?

Decade of the 90's...Every other weekend Taking son Across the Bay Bridge to visit Dad.

10. Have you ever ridden in a limousine?

 I did and didn't like it. It was the only time I ever was carsick! Could it have been the full bar in the Limo? Possibly.

11. I went to bed too soon and got up to ____?

(yeah i know, i can't stop using this powder donut coma pic, LOL!)

12. "And this last mile I travel with you ", to where?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Special Exposure WW Stimming

5 Minutes for Special Needs

I love this pic. 
Tafari has his head tilted and is absorbed
in his visual stimming,
his fingers are fluttering near his eye...
I take the pic and call his name...
He turns, jumps up, and 
acknowledges me & the camera... 
direct eye contact and a smile...
He's doing so well!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wherefore art thou corn man... and other Random Tuesday thoughts


  • Yesterday's post had me craving corn... the Corn Man didn't come :( 
  •  I have a cut on the bottom and top part on the tip of my tongue. I don't know how I got it but it frikkin hurts! So maybe Corn is a bad idea.
  •  Six more days until I have a real bed!! Okay a Futon but that's getting closer!
  • Caffeine in its cold state (iced coffee, iced latte, iced black or green teas) is more potent than caffeine drunk hot. 
  • I went to Barista school and worked in various coffee shops (one well known) as a Shift Supervisor for more than 6 years. I think the total is closer to 8 yrs counting maternity leaves.
  • Tip your local Barista the companies treat them like crap.
  • I reverted back to being a Vegetarian. Not because I am an animal activist, for my health.
  • I spent many years being a Vegetarian when I lived in the Bay and its the best I've ever felt in my life.
  • Today is National Missing Children's Day.
  • If a Perv ever took my child please lock me up because I'd hunt him down like Sally Fields did in An Eye for an Eye.
  • It's suppose to rain here in Cali Tuesday & Wednesday. I'm very happy, not ready for Summer.
  • I strongly dislike the heat. Strongly.
  • If you hate Tofu try it baked.. Teriyaki Baked Tofu is delish! And I detest Tofu!!
  • I am NEVER sticking up for my Lil' Cousin again!! She has a PHD in "lack of loyalty" and an AA in "throwing stones while having a glass house".
  • I no longer get bitter or upset when people aren't how I expect them to be, I simply move on and don't look back.
  • My garden of friends and family has been weeded.
  • I didn't walk the last three days
  • Going to walk now
Join the Un Mom for Random Tuesdays
(I ♥ Random)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday Minute Prayers For the Pond

Monday Minute with Ian!

1 - Do you *snort*?

No, but I do have this Loud Contagious Never-Ending Laugh!

2 - Our friend, has a nickname and it's Daffy.  What's your nickname?

(given to me by my Samoan friend, the girls at my old job use it too)

3 - Do you know sign language?

 Some but not really ASL more baby signs. I had to drop out of my beginning ASL class when my son aged out of his subsidized daycare

4 - What's a sample convo from your hood?

(My Living Room)

*Blaring Creepy Music from outside* 

Kids: Mama.. the Ice Cream Man is here do you have a dollar? 

Me: Hell Naw!! You think I'm made of money? It's the end of the month, what we have left is only for Emergencies!!!

(5min later) 

*Beep Beep-Bicycle Cart Horn* 

 Me: Watch your brother the Corn man is here, and don't touch my change jar thats for the Tamale Lady!!!!

(The corn man is so good.. he rubs butter and  parmesan cheese then sprinkles pico de gallo on it. The corn on the cob is on a Stick so you can hold it and chow down... and The Tamale Lady.... Fresh Fresh Fresh & YUMMY!... so yup this is considered an emergency!)

5-  Do you sleep with electronic devices - i.e. laptop, Blackberry, iPhone, etc?

I am terrified of the dark. Seriously pee my pants terrified!! My T.V. and bathroom light stays on all night!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Weekend Warriors #10

Click Here to see how it works:

There are no rules...(feel free to post an old or new post!)
this will run through the whole weekend
(Friday evening posted by 9pm PST
thru Noon Monday, PST )
so that Special Needs Families
will have time to participate..
we never know what any day is going to be like..

This weeks Question:
How do you schedule activities 
to fit your whole Families needs? 
(example everyone wants to go swimming,
but what about the person in the wheelchair?)

My Tip of the day:
You can't go through life allowing pain to dictate how you behave
~Adam Braverman (Parenthood)

My Post:

Answer to the Question..

I research. I find ways for my family 
to have fun where everyone is satisfied. 
AMC Theatres has Sensory Friendly Films Nationwide.
You can go to the movies and 
the kids can split up with their friends 
to watch what they want to see,
You can take your Special Needs Child
to see the newest Sensory Friendly kids movie!
Shrek 4 is playing today near us. 
(we won't make it today though, 
we are going to support the Lemonade4Autism Stand)

Click Picture to find Theatre near you.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Blessings to Duckalicious

Bloggy Blog Designz

My Prayers are with you and your Family

Latest update via Twitter:
If there is a mother in need that is big sis request- of a transplant please give me a name. We'll get it to the transplant team.

(thinking of you today, 
Bloggers, I will be posting my 
Weekend Warrior Carnival tomorrow)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Music Monday's Albums That Rock!!!

I need some new and updated songs to run to. I am really lost here as of late and need your help with finding me some new music to put on my ipod.

I love country but not a lot of country songs are good to run to so I am asking all of you to help me find some good hip hop Jane is random and can't follow directions, running songs!!

Please help a girl out will ya..

How could I not help her?  Let me warn ya first... I am an African who grew up in the Peace Corps, and have lived in Uganda, Holland, Compton CA, Cerritos CA, San Francisco and Oakland CA, and now Long Beach CA. So my tastes are very colorful and I describe myself in one word: RANDOM. So here's my list some is Running Music, Some is Cool Down Music, but you besta believe they are all ALBUMS THAT ROCK!....

Please join in helping Just The Girl add to her Ipod
(Its a Rockin' good cause!)