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Death with Dignity

I had such a good day on Saturday. Rain in the morning allowed for extra snuggle time with my two favorite people and the blue skies with breeze allowed me to wear my new sweater as I walked with my husband and baby girl down to the end of the pier to visit our town’s small aquarium. Later, I met up with a girlfriend for a pedicure and that evening I went on a movie date with husband. It was a perfect day.

Monday as I got myself and my wiggly girl dressed, my husband informed me that the terminally ill girl who had planned her own death for the 1st of November did in fact end her life. If I wasn’t busy putting on my daughter’s shoes, I would have cried right then. I have followed the story of Brittany Maynard for the past several weeks. The 29-year-old newly married women was diagnosed with a brain tumor which was expected to take her life within six months. Rather than wait for her terrible painful death, she chose to die with dignity. The last months of her life were spent traveling with friends and family and doing whatever she could to live life to the fullest. On Saturday Nov. 1st Maynard decided to die. The first word that comes to mind when I think of her is courage. She faced her illness, accepted reality and made a bold choice that would save herself and her family from furthered suffering. I was raised Catholic therefore, suicide is considered the ultimate crime. I know there are many people who are criticizing Maynard’s choice to take her own life but all I can feel toward her is admiration. [...]

By |November 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|6 Comments|

Fireworks and Sippy Cups

So there I was driving down the street in my new ride, hair flowing, tan skin and feeling good about the recent baby weight I’ve dropped. Katie Perry was telling me I was a firework and in that moment I believed every word she said. A little louder I said to myself as i turned up the volume and started singing along. The baby’s carseat was empty and I was on my way to meet a friend for some much needed “sister time.”

I glanced down at the center console and saw an old familiar friend, lipgloss. Why yes, I will put on that slight sexy shimmer I said to myself as I greased my lips at the next stop light.

That is when I saw him out the corner of my eye. His motorcycle engine revved as the light turned green and although his helmet covered his face, I imagined that he looked a little like Heath Ledger meets Vince Vaughn with just a sprinkle of Tony Soprano (what can I say,  I have a very specific type.) The traffic didn’t allow him to move too far past my side. However, I didn’t realize this was going to allow him to want to communicate with me. My windows were up and the air conditioning was on, but it was clear that he was trying to get my attention.

Wow, there is nothing like a little Burt’s Bee lip gloss to get the day started.

Needless to say, I was obviously very flattered that this Top Gun body looking guy on a crotch rocket wanted to speak with me in traffic. He nodded his head in my direction rather quickly as to not take his eyes off the [...]