Archive for February, 2014


PMS … it’s not what you think!

February 25, 2014
This game actually came out after Kill Doctor Lucky, but takes place before. Both games are fun to play!

This game actually came out after Kill Doctor Lucky, but takes place before. Both games are fun to play!

The other night, before the Chief shipped out, we were having a Family Game Night. If you haven’t played either Kill Doctor Lucky or Save Doctor Lucky, you don’t know what you are missing.

The girls were being a bit obnoxious. Loud. Goofy. Interrupting the game in a major way.

The Chief was not having any of it. In fact if it had continued he would have called the game. After one grumpy bark, T1 exchanged a look with me.

Smiling, I started signing to her under the table. Apparently not as far under the table as I thought. While she struggled with the letters, the Chief blurts out, “PMS.”

My only response was, “Well, if the shoe fits.”

Yesterday, a day after the Chief left, T1 asked, “Mom, when you were signing PMS, did you mean me or Dad?”


T2 then chimes in, “Yeah, he was grumpy. We were just having fun.”

“You know he gets into his mode before he leaves. You guys were being a bit rowdy.”

T1: So it’s kind of like ‘Pre-Maritime Stressing.’

Me: Exactly!

I told the Chief about this revelation and his defense is “I was just trying to enjoy the game and they weren’t letting me with all their acting up.”

No comment. “Just thought I’d warn you before I posted it for the world to see.”

P.S. In a funny twist it turns out T1 was PMSing. HAHA! Now I know what’s wrong with me!



February 24, 2014

Calling all Eleanors! I nominate you!


Hey, I think I know this person….

The Eleanor Project

It’s taken me about a year to want to post this.


Need a Name Change?

February 22, 2014

The Maersk Alabama is in the news again … and not for Hollywood publicity. Seeing as how the ship has had multiple pirate attacks and now drugs and dead security guards, perhaps Maersk should take a lesson from Exxon and rename its ships. (If you didn’t know, after the Exxon Valdez oil spill Exxon changed its fleet to SeaRiver.)

For more information, see GCaptain’s article: Drugs Found On Maersk Alabama Where Security Contractors Died


What does 40 look like?

February 18, 2014

In less than a month I will be turning 40. I already tell people I am 40 so in some ways it is just a number.

When the Chief turned 40 I used to tell people he was finally catching up to his age. He’s an old soul. When I married him he was 25 going on 40 and many people often got his age grossly wrong. Not that he looked “old”. Just that he looked and acted like a mature and responsible person.

But do I look 40?

I started asking this question one night when I was bored and I was looking at the IMdb on my phone and randomly looked up the cast of Hawaii 5-0. I think I was a little stunned to see that actress Grace Park is 1 DAY YOUNGER THAN ME! Seriously? She’s 40?!

Grace Park courtesy of Flickr/

Grace Park courtesy of Flickr/

Okay, I’m not Asian. I don’t have those genes.

But do I look 40? I feel 40 when the aches and pains hit. I feel 40 when I take my weekly MTX dose. I feel 40 when a little bit more hair falls out because of the MTX. I feel 40 when I take my weekly Enbrel shot. I feel 40 when I need to take a nap because the fatigue builds up.

But I don’t feel 40 when I bench press. I don’t feel 40 when I run (but I still loathe running). I don’t feel 40 when I’m around my friends (okay, to be fair, I am the youngest. LOL). I don’t feel 40 at church or summer camp (30ish maybe, but not 40). The Chief makes me feel … 😉 (well this is a PG blog).

I know it’s impossible for you, dear reader, to answer this question as I have not posted any identity revealing photos of myself. But maybe you can answer “What does 40 look like?” Clearly, in my opinion, it is not Grace Park.

Or is it?

Do other 40 years old look like her–much younger than our years? Is it possible I don’t look my age?

I think about all my “over 40 friends”. Did I ever consider they “looked 40?” You know, except for the stray gray hairs I’d never accurately guess their ages. Besides, I’ve had gray hair since I was 26. And too many of us color over our gray.

And you can’t go by the ages of a woman’s children. Seriously, I never would have guessed the age of my children’s kindergarten teacher … even 9 years ago she had children that were in their early 20s… and she had them young, so she was within 10 years of my age. Two of my best friends are the Chief’s age … one has children between my children’s ages and a toddler; the other is a grandmother twice over. Well, my own older sister had her first child at 39! (I am sooo thankful I am not her!)

10 years ago I went on a cruise with two girlfriends. One was turning 30 a month after me and the other was turning 25. No one seemed surprised I was 30. The other 30-year-old and mother of 4 kept getting, “30? You? No way!” Seriously? Or as the Chief said, “maybe it’s how you carry yourself.” That’s easy for him to say–he gets credibility and respect for looking and acting older. I’m not so sure it’s the same for women.

I guess I won’t mind turning 40 if someone could just reassure me I don’t “look” 40.

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