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recent searches

These are a few of the recent searches that brought visitors here:

1. Steven Cojocaru kidney disease
2. 3D
3. broken underwire
4. Johnny Depp’s handwriting
5. “bigger feet” daughter
6. “large ketones”-“low carb”
7. NCP for labor pains
8. birthday text to ex in her thoughts
9. going to holland disability
10. elevated ketones, sugar

I don’t remember to check recent searches very often.   It’s always interesting to see what brings people by for a visit.




J. (12 yr old daughter): When I’m all grown up and working in an office, I’m going to wear this dress to spice up my workers.


So many thoughts are running around in my head, fighting for the chance to be committed to paper or screen.  I haven’t had the energy or made the time to actually get them out.  I’ve been taking notes in a little notebook in my cryptic style.  Maybe I’ll be able to figure out what the notes mean when the time comes to use them.

A lot has happened lately. Things I don’t feel comfortable writing about here.  Things that are good for me, but also are very challenging and a little scary.  Those things have been occupying a lot of space in my mind to the point of overpowering any creativity or ideas that were lingering.

I’m still posting on twitter and will be blogging more soon.  It’s often easier to come up with 140 characters or less than an entire blog post.  Also, I can post to twitter from my cell phone, which is nice because our home computer is occupied a lot these days by three people aged 15, 13 and 12.


I took the kids to Pops on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma last weekend. Instead of artistic, beautiful photos of the glass pop bottles like Susan posted after her family went to Pops, I have photos of my kids standing next to the 66 foot tall pop bottle that lights up at night.

They didn’t want to be near the camera (so I could actually see their faces), they wanted to be next to the pop bottle so they could see how tall they were in comparison.  My cell phone does not take stellar photos, but it works great in a pinch.  An added bonus is that the kids could send the photos to their friends on the way home.  🙂

After taking 45 minutes to pick out a bottle of pop and finding themselves thrilled with their choices, the kids have decided that that they really like this place.  They’ve been asking to go back.  They want t-shirts to go with their pop bottles this time instead of the keychains, bottle openers and pens that we got this time . . .

Labor pains

I found this meme on  Shannon’s blog, Rocks in my Dryer and thought it would be fun to play along.

How long were your labors?

15 yr old daughter, 36 hours.
13 yr old son,  7 hours
12 yr old daughter, 3 hours.

How did you know you were in labor?

15 yr old, contractions, went to hospital the night before, got sent home, went back the next night, she was born the following morning.
13 yr old, contractions.
12 yr old, contractions. When I called the hospital, the nurse advised me to take a bath and wait until the contractions got closer together.  I went straight to the hospital. See question about drugs below and you’ll see why it was a good thing I didn’t listen to that nurse.  🙂

Where did you deliver?

All three were born in hospitals. 15 yr old was born in Dallas, TX.  13 yr old was born in Lynwood, CA (coincidentally, at the same hospital his dad and uncle were born in). 12 yr old was born in Oklahoma City, OK.


15 yr old, epidural. After 24 hours of contractions before being admitted to the hospital, I was so thankful for the epidural that I wanted to hug the anesthesiologist for relieving my pain.

13 yr old, had one injection for pain in IV, but it only made me feel groggy and didn’t help with the pain of contractions a bit. I didn’t opt for another of those when it wore off, since it didn’t work anyway.

12 yr old, no time for epidural.  My water broke right after I changed into my lovely hospital gown and she was born about a minute later.



Who delivered?

Doctors delivered all three.  15 yr old was born at a teaching hospital, so quite a few doctors/residents were in on the delivery.

For 12 yr old, my sister Julie almost had to catch her, but the Dr. ran in the room just in time.

If you want to play along with this meme, just cut and paste the questions into your own blog, and leave your link below.


When I was reading through some of my favorite blogs on Google Reader, I saw a meme that Annie posted today that had anagrams from the title of her blog.  So, being the curious one that I am, I went straight over to WordSmith.org/anagram to see what anagrams could be made from the title of my blog.

My favorites are:

Hogwashes Salt Lush

Seawall Ghost Shush

Whales Hauls Ghosts

Ashes Shallow Thugs

Funny, huh?

If only my name were Nartalie, an anagram could be ALIEN ART.  🙂