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September 30th, 2008 | Author:

This past weekend, I participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk here in town.  That’s not the remarkable part.  The remarkable part is that there were 10 other women walking with me, all of whom live somewhere other than here.  Except for the one that we were walking for.  From SC, from VA, from TN, from eastern NC, from OK – they came to walk for my friend C.

They came because we’ve been together for 8 years, online, as part of a community of mommies, sharing our lives.  They came because as a group, we rock.  We’ve been through ups, downs, frauds, losses, members leaving, members returning, siblings being born,  all kinds of life events – and we still have a group caring enough to come and walk.  We rock.  I’m still high on estrogen power.

And they came to hang.  The after-walk party was a blast, we broke out the karaoke machine for a few songs, played a game of Apples to Apples, but mostly we just sat and hung out and had mango martinis, cosmos, and snacks.  There was a lot of laughter, “remember when” stories (the girl who nursed her husband until he was full is still a favorite seven years later, and still gets shudders and ‘ewwwws’), new stories, wonder-what-happened-to musings about former members, and just general comraderie.

“You can’t cut the cheese”, “I was dreaming about Kung Fu”, “Why, yes -I like gouda”, “Mommy, what’s a sex toy?“, and countless other quotes are memories we will all share.

And oh, crap.  There’s video.  I have to work on destroying all copies of that!

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September 22nd, 2008 | Author:

Starting on Friday, there will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 March Mommy friends descending on my city.

There will be at least five guests in my house on Friday night.

Tonight:  soccer clinic.  Tomorrow:  soccer practice.  Wednesday and Thursday:  I should be doing some homework in here somewhere.  Friday:  arrival.

Do you see what’s missing from this time-line?  Yeah, cleaning.  Oh holy crap.    Time to phone for re-enforcements, I think.

This legion of March Mommies is descending upon Charlotte for a very good reason:  one of our mommies has been diagnosed with … wait, can I spell this? ….. chronic myelogenous leukemia.  (Spellcheck has no idea.)  Anyway, I’ve talked about C here before, we hang a lot, she’s my girl.  And she’s in remission.  But remission, in this case, just means that the meds she takes daily are working.  Not that she can stop taking the meds.  And the meds, well – the side effects are not so nice.

Enter this weekend. This weekend is our city’s Light the Night walk.  Light the Night is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s version of the Race for the Cure (which I am doing next weekend.)  Except it’s at night.  And the walkers all carry balloons.  And somehow there are lights.  It’s supposed to be really pretty, especially if you can get a view from above. We had our own group t-shirts made.  They’re purple.  It’s C’s favorite color.

So what’s really cool about this is that we actually have March Mommies coming from other places; there aren’t 10 of us in NC.  We’ve got VA represented, TN represented, and OK represented.  People are flying in to walk with us in honor of C.  And I’m all goofy inside thinking about that – when I found these women on ParentsPlace more than 8 years ago, who’da thunk that today we’d still be posting together about our moppets?  Or that, given the need to raise money for research that would directly benefit one of our own, we’d still be tight enough to pull this off?

Oookay, that was pretty sappy for me, and more so for a Monday morning.  And to think, I was contemplating going back to bed.

September 15th, 2008 | Author:
It’s almost making me forget about the car alarm going off behind me.

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September 14th, 2008 | Author:

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September 14th, 2008 | Author:

There. I admit it.

I am not a good Facebook-er, or a good MySpace-er, or LinkedIn-er, or whatever else I’ve joined and invited my friends to and thought was so ultra uber-cool, and then abandoned when real life got in my way. Or I found a new hobby, or a new hangnail or whatever. Or I reached the pinnacle of having Brian Boitano add me to his friends list.

To be perfectly honest, I cannot stand MySpace.

There. I admit it.

I think it’s mostly juvenile, and people who put music on their pages to start playing automatically are rude. There’s nothing like following a link (at midnight, usually) into MySpace from that long-lost friend who has sent you a Friend request, only to find that person has some of their favorite music blasting from their page. Cause you know, the rest of your house isn’t sleeping or anything, right?

I like Facebook better, but I can’t keep up with all the requests.

There. I admit it.

Despite having this set as one of my Firefox home tabs, I currently have 38 (lil)green patch requests waiting. I have an untold number of abandoned Scramble games. I have notifications from a month ago, waiting to be read. 80’s toys. Stickerz, flair, cause invitations, coolest person, coolest mom, presents from Brooklyn (?!?) and several other applications that I just can’t remember. 12 unread messages. My status messages stay unchanged for days, and recently an entire week.

The worst? All the karma that I have ignored. IGNORED. I am terrified of what might happen to me for not giving good karma to someone. Even though I know, good karma must be earned. I’m not earning any via Facebook, and I wonder how I will be bitten in the ass, karmically speaking.

I can’t even bring myself to talk about my virtual dog, Lucy. Please take pity on Lucy and feed her and pet her, next time you sign into Facebook. Cause God knows, I have forgotten to do so. I’ll send you some bones next time I think to check on the poor puppy.

So there you go. I am not a good social networker. I’m just not. I admit it. But I’m not sure I’m seeking help.

Oh and so if you’re on my friend list on one of these social networking sites, I have never ignored a request from you. I have never cursed your name when going to your page at midnight and having to slam my hand down on the mute button to make the music stop. I have added every application required to accept a request from you, and I have given you karma every time I log into Facebook.

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