Wait! I’m Just Not Ready!

Wait! I’m Just Not Ready!

Dear Kid,

I’m simply not ready.

It just snuck up on me this year, and I’m not ready.

I’m not talking turkey, because Others are seeing to that this year. And I’m not talking holiday gifts because I’m never ready for that, so I’m readily unready.

To those celebrating the joy of the season, Happy Today! DearKidLoveMom.comI’m talking about the wind.

I got up this morning, and the wind was howling. It sounded like we were in the midst of The Storm of the Century.

We weren’t. There wasn’t a drop of precipitation to be seen or felt.

There was, however, wind. Lots of it. Screaming through the trees and around the houses.

It sounded like the start of a horror movie.

I was appropriately horrified.

I took the Puppy out for a walk—he didn’t seem particularly horrified—and the wind cut right through my jacket. And scarf. And mittens.

And I’m just not ready.

Winter is definitely coming…

Love, Mom

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Great American Smokeout

Dear Kid,

Once upon a time, the world came to its senses and realized that smoking cigarettes was not cool.

Many, many efforts were made to get people to stop smoking (most of which didn’t work all that well) when someone got the bright idea to teach little kids that Smoking Was Bad. This had the dual impact of getting fewer kids to start smoking and turning a gaggle of elementary school children into warriors against cigarettes.

No Smoking DearKidLoveMom.comSome of the warriors (not naming names but me) piled up literature by the ton and hauled it dutifully to any adult (and by “adult” I mean my grandma) who would listen to the horrors and devastation caused by smoking as explained by a kindergartner.

Eventually (and by “eventually” I mean 1977), the American Cancer Society created the Great American Smokeout, a day dedicated to encouraging people to stop smoking. While their enthusiasm had nothing on me, age 5, they were able to reach far more people. Since not everyone got the message at first, they repeated the event a year later. And a year after that. And here we are 40 years later and we’re still encouraging people to STOP SMOKING!!! Because 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.

That is a lot of people and a lot cigarettes. Which means Big Tobacco makes money and oncologists get to tell people their lungs look like tar pits.

NOTE: There is no safe way to deal with tobacco. Hookah, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco—you name it, they’re all carcinogenic.

If you know someone who smokes (and since there are 36.5 million people in the US who smoke, chances are you know at least one), remind them you care about their health and today is a great day to try cutting back on cigarettes.

Because friends help friends quit.

Love, Mom

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Yesterday the Unthinkable Happened

Dear Kid,



Disaster and calamity!

Yesterday, the unthinkable happened.

I left my phone at home.

I love my cell phone DearKidLoveMom.comAll day.

By itself.

Without me.

You know this because you tried to call, text, and otherwise track me down. It didn’t work and you resorted to calling Dad.

Not only could I not talk to you, Dearest One, I couldn’t go to the gym because Plans Had Not Been Made (and I’m still seriously exhausted).

I’m pretty sure there were other things I couldn’t do either. I’m not sure what, but I know that it is Vital to have a cell phone At All Times and since I didn’t the world was Seriously Out of Balance.

I apologize to the world.

Love, Mom

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Weekend Recap (a Day Late, But….)

Dear Kid,

What a fabulous success the Cincinnati Coffee Festival was. The venue was great, the vendors were wonderful, the crowds were spectacular, the music was top notch, the demos were interesting and well attended, and my Fitbit got a ridiculous workout.

Despite the amount of caffeine I had (yes, I tasted just about everything—I felt it was my obligation), I slept most of the day yesterday. I could use a few more days of wall-to-wall napping, but I’m starting to feel a bit more human.

In other news, the Puppy’s tail is feeling better. Did I tell you he sprained his tail a few weeks ago? If it weren’t so sad to see him yelp and then try to turn around to see who was tweaking his tail, it would have been funny. He now appears to be entirely healed.

The Bengals lost (not exactly a big surprise), Ohio University won, Indiana won (not many people noticed), the Cyclones won Friday night but lost Saturday night, Wilkes-Barre Penguins won both Saturday night and Sunday night (you knew that), and various other sports teams won and lost (generally not simultaneously).

I’ve used up most of my words—need to keep sleeping and replenish them.

Love, Mom

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Just a Quick Note

Just a Quick Note

Dear Kid,

Just a quick note to let you know I’m thinking about you.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival. CincinnatiCoffeeFestival.com DearKidLoveMom.comMostly, we’re racing around getting everything ready for the weekend (CincinnatiCoffeeFestival.com) and convincing the car that can hold twice as much as the people who designed it anticipated.

Cars are not known for their stretchability. I am not known for taking “no” for an answer. It made for an interesting conversation. The Puppy helped by sniffing the lawn.

Off to grab a couple minutes of sleep before we launch into tomorrow.

Love, Mom



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10 Things I Learned from Being on TV

Dear Kid,

What I Learned from My Brief (very) Stint (Ha!) as a Television Personality.

  1. 10 Things I Learned from Being on TV. DearKidLoveMom.comSome green rooms (the place you wait before you go “on”) are green. Some are not. Some green rooms are just the corner of the set.
  2. It is amazing how many different looks get crammed into a studio. (The actual number is 453 according to a recent study I made up.)
  3. It’s better if you actually know the price of the tickets in case someone asks you on air. When you overstate the ticket price by 50₵, someone (Dad) is liable to say something (a LOT) about it.
  4. Women who work behind the camera are teeny little people (I saw two and therefore can state this generalization with supreme confidence). Their size and gender has absolutely no bearing on their ability to do their job.
  5. People who are actual TV Personalities are very good at making their guests feel welcome and relaxed. At least the ones I met.
  6. The people who work behind the scenes are very good at making their guests feel welcome and relaxed. At least the ones I met.
  7. No one hangs around to chat with you before the segment. No one hangs around to chat with you after the segment unless they are seriously into coffee (which means everyone hangs around afterward).
  8. Being on air for several seconds does not make one instantly recognizable in Kroger. I do not have to worry about changing my name or hair color.
  9. Elves do not rush over to clean up the house just because one appears briefly on TV.
  10. It is better (much) to be on TV for something like the Cincinnati Coffee Festival than for many of the things people are on TV talking about.

Love, Mom

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Why $36 is better than $1,000

Why $36 is better than $1,000

Dear Kid,

There I was, happily working, typing away (I was once told I type mistakes per minute faster than almost anyone else) when a small notice popped up on the corner of my laptop. It said something about the HP not working which I assumed meant that the laptop couldn’t find the old printer (we just switched printers recently) so I did the only reasonable thing and ignored the message.

Isn’t that the right way to approach all technology problems? Keep working and hope they go away.

Hi Friend! Puppy Conversations. DearKidLoveMom.com

This picture has nothing to do with the post, but it was dang cute.

The next morning, the message popped up again.

Dang, my strategy didn’t work.

More importantly, my laptop wasn’t charging. Even I know that’s not good. So I paid attention to the message and discovered it was talking about my charging cord.

Really not good.

After teaching the puppy a few new unprintable words, I unplugged my useless cord, threw it in the car, and after work I zipped over to Microcenter to purchase a replacement.

Drive home, walk dog, plug in computer, feed dog, contemplate dinner, open computer, and discover that the charger isn’t working and the same awful message is popping up.

Freak out.

Spend 8 minutes 34 seconds on hold imagining that I will have to spend $1,000 to buy a new laptop.

Hang up on “hold” and freak out again.

Throw cord, packaging, and laptop in a bag and drive over to Microcenter so I can freak out in person.

Fortunately, Geoff the Microcenter Guy was kind, patient, and adept. Which is to say he didn’t let my  freak out get in the way of reality and he solved all the world’s problems (and by “all the world’s problems” I mean he convinced the charger-thing to charge the laptop. Yay and hallelujah!

Buying a new charger cord is so much better than having to buy a whole new laptop.

Whew! And thank you, Geoff.

Love, Mom

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