Friday, May 31, 2013

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Cancer And Profound Memories from 1977

It is 1977, I am 11 years old and my mother is diagnosed with lung cancer. My parents tell me that my mother has something called tumors on her lungs and they show me the X-ray of where they are. An X-ray. A picture of what looks like nothing is about to change my families life forever.

My mother is told that she has 3 months. I am not sure if I am told of the timeline. She lasts 8 months. 8 LOOOOONG months of coughing, comas, cancer, courage, clots, and caring.

I am there when my mother’s hair falls out from chemo. I am lying on my belly watching an old Montgomery Ward black and white TV at the foot of her bed. She is sitting up by the pillows. I see her out of the corner of my eye as she pulls hair out of her head. She is holding a few bunches in her hand. She asks me to go downstairs and get her a garbage bag. I head down annoyed that I have to leave the TV. I am not sure what I am watching. Grabbing a paper bag from Grand Union from under the sink I head back upstairs and hand it to her. We don’t say anything. I see her crying in my peripheral vision as she takes hair from head and places it in the bag. I am very aware of what she is doing and I think I sort of know in a way but I am 11 and confused.

It is one of the most profound moments of my life and yet I was like a fly on the wall just watching it, not reacting, not speaking just trying to avoid.

Some Questions Answered 5 Years Apart

Blue is my answers from 2008 and Red are my current answers.  Feel free to answer them on your own blog or Facebook account and link back to me so I can read yours.

1. What is your job and do you like it? My job is so broad, I do freelance work, billing for my husband’s company, my 3 blogs and most importantly take care of my 2 babies which is the hardest but most rewarding job I have ever had. I love my work! 

My primary job is as a Mother. I also run Maria's Space and an online newspaper for my town.  Also, I work in the school as a substitute aide whenever they need me. Wish it were more often. I LOVE ALL MY JOBS

2. What to you do to unwind after work? Unwind? What’s that? I usually blog, talk to a friend, or read a book.

I don't even know what that means. A few months ago I sat down to play some Facebook games but I got tired of it. Now, I read or watch mindless TV.

3. Who have you known the longest of your friends? That would be Peggy. We met in the 2nd grade and talk 2 times a year. After her would be Teresa who I met in 1987 or 1988 we don’t remember. Before the summer we spoke at least once a day but this summer it has only been weekly. We both have busy lives and live 1.5 hours away from each other.

My answer is still the same.

4. Who do you go to for advice? It sounds like a crock but I go to my husband depending on the advice. Actually I go to different people for different things.

Me, myself and I. Honestly, I no longer feel the need for outside advice but if I want to ask someone something of substance, I ask my niece who is very level headed and smart. She knows how to listen and weigh the options.

5. Not counting your current relationship, how many times have you been in love? In love? That is very different from loving someone. I have been In Love one time.

My answer is the same

6. What is you favorite snack food? Before this week I would say, that I don’t have a favorite snack food really. I love salty so it would possibly be chips of some kind.

Probably something sweet to go with my tea. A granola bar or banana.

7. What is the best meal you ate this week? That would be on Wednesday when my husband and I had grilled chicken and steamed broccoli and brussel sprouts. was on Tuesday when I had sauteed broccoli, spinach and noodles with some garlic. Delish!

8. What to you is the most important factor in romantic attraction? Attraction? I think butterflies. If you get butterflies in your belly than it is worth pursuing.

If he makes your heart sing, your belly flutter and seduces your mind go for it.

9. What do you think is your worst habit? Biting my nails.

Probably not saying what I mean often enough

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Some Questions To Ponder

Top 5 albums in your music collection right now
Wow this is hard because picking favorites when it comes to music is very complicated, I guess my all time favorites are.
1-Pearl Jam – Ten
2-Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
3-Melissa Etheridge – Brave and Crazy
4- Metallica – The Black Album
5 – Stevie Nicks – The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks

1. If you were to die today, what would your last words be? Please, remember me
2. What would you want your epitaph to say? She was an awesome mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister, grand-daughter. She saw the good in everyone and noticed the little things. We will miss her.
3. What song would you want played at your funeral? She’s The Spirit In Me by Mother Station. Or Angel by Stevie Nicks
4. In lieu of flowers, what should loved ones do in your honor? Oh hell no, I want flowers. I didn’t get many while alive so bring on the blooms!
5. What unfinished business would you wrap up? I would make sure that my kids, husband, family and friends knew how much I needed them in my life and what they have meant to me. I have no unfinished business.

Who lets you have your way more than you should? Not a single person!!! Wahhh..

According to the cliche, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but what’s the way to yours? Spending time with my kids. The moment my husband gives the kids his attention for more than 10 minutes I am unbelievably in love all over again.

What’s something that should have been put away but hasn’t been? Probably stuff that I want to post on Ebay. It takes up wayyyyy too much space in my bedroom and it will probably never get on there
What do the cops in the donut shop say? oh ay oh, ay ohhhhhh.

Fill Ins - Mine in Bold

 I enjoy just being with my husband and my kids.
2. What kind of adults my kids will be is something I wonder about often lately.
3. In your heart, you knew there is good in every one.
4. Take love, add a little one and you end up with a family.
5. Life has gifted me with friends, children and love.
6. Taking a shower with the door closed is an instant vacation.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to spending time with the hubby, tomorrow my plans include taking the kids to the park and Sunday, I want to fly a kite.
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Way Back In 2008 - The Goddess’s 2nd Day Of Pre-School

Tuesday was the Goddess’ very first day at pre-school and she did fab! Mom on the other hand was a bit of a mess.  I can’t say I was worried, just a little melancholy that my baby was going to leave me for 2.5 hours, two days a week.

Her dad and I were sure that she would have fun, we also were sure that she wouldn’t miss us, her brother is in the same place so they would have each other.

From the moment she woke up at 7:00 she was ready for school. She wanted to get dressed right away and we had to keep reminder her that school wasn’t open yet. She asked about 15 times before 9:00 “can we please go to school now.”

Unfortunately it rained so I was unable to get any good pictures of her going in. I took some but I am not happy with any. My husband was with us and I always feel silly whipping out the camera every second.

Bad Mommy moment – I had promised her that she would be getting a balloon. We had brought one on Monday for her brother’s first day and she asked for one the whole day. I promised her that I would get her one on HER first day. Since it was her first day, I refused to leave town. Honestly, I doubt I will be leaving for the next 2 months).  I walked into the class and both my kids ran over to hug my legs and say hello. My son was first, followed by the Goddess. Her first words….”Hi mommy, where’s my balloon?” We did go out to get one right after but how awesome would it have been if I had walked in with it???!!!

Here are the few I did manage to get.

Heading to school in the pouring rain.

Dropped off, took pictures and she sat right down to play

Finally, getting a balloon.

Posted by mgagliano 9-14-2008

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Luvs® Super Absorbent Jumbo Packs Giveaway

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The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: The Complete First Season DVD Giveaway

If you haven't checked out Annoying Orange yet, you seriously need to. My kids and I found this on You Tube and were very excited when it finally made its way to TV. The whole family loves it and laughs at every episode. I am so happy to be part of this giveaway, courtesy of The Cartoon Network.


The High Fructose Adventures of AnnoyingOrange: The Complete First Season

Delivering rip-roaring laughter in honor of Cartoon Network’s season two television premiere on May 16, the obnoxiously funny series, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: The Complete First Season, peels out on DVD May 28, 2013 from The Collective and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. Starring the hugely popular YouTube comedian Toby Turner and featuring an array of guest stars, including Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Leah Remini (“The King of Queens”), Bret Michaels (“Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”), Alice Cooper (Wayne’s World). With more than 1.3 billion views Annoying Orange has expanded from a viral video to Web series, to Cartoon Network primetime and has become a true pop culture phenomenon.

Approved for all ages by the Dove Foundation, The High Fructose Adventures ofAnnoying Orange: The Complete First Season is packed with exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes, a storyboard animatic and the very first Annoying Orange webisode. The DVD set includes all 30 episodes from the debut season and will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.93.  The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Vol. 2: Get Juiced!, featuring 10 episodes from season one, will also be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.93.

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10 of my Favorite Songs in Random Order.

This is actually really hard. I love music and there are so many songs that I love.

Black - Pearl Jam – God damn I love this song. I love everything Pearl Jam. His voice, the words, the depth of the songs. The last line in particular gots me everytime. There was a time in my life when I played that line over and over. “I know one day you’ll have a beautiful life, I know  be a star in someone else’s skye, why (especially this word) can’t it be me?

Like the way I do - Melissa Etheridge – There is nothing I don’t like of Melissa’s but this song really spoke to me. I love the grainy, tough, strong quality in her voice but in this song in particular you can feel the passion, hurt, anger, you feel when you just want someone so bad but have to compete with someone else.

The River - Bruce Springsteen – God damn I love this song. Springsteen rocks and always will. This song is so friggin good. It is hard to pick a favorite of Springsteen’s work.  His words are strong, sexy, meaningful and full of life. Love him. Simply the BOSS.

Round Here - Counting Crows- I played this Cassette until it was unplayable. What is not to love? My name is in the song and who doesn’t want to hear someone say, “she’s always on my mind”? Ahhh…if only.

With Arms Wide Open - Creed - With songs like What’s This Life For (close tie for favorite Creed song), My Sacrifice, Torn, My Own Prison, What if, One Last Breath it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite. I love the singer’s voice, the words, the meaning of the songs. I had high hopes for this band.  I found the singer and the guitar player grrr…sexy as hell but like most awesome bands they crashed and burned and all I have left are a few great songs.  This song in particular speaks of when he first heard he was going to have a son and what he wished for his son. I sang this song to my belly when I was expecting my son.

Boy’s of Summer - Don Henley – One of the best songs ever written. I get such warm feelings when I hear this song. I reminds me of quiet moments on warm summer days, riding in a car, wind in my hair, heading back from the beach.

Crash – Dave Matthews – Such a friggin sexy song.  Dave is the bomb. I’ll crash into him any day!

If -Bread- One of my favorite songs to sing. It is simply beautiful and it reminds me of my childhood. This was on the radio all the time in 1971.

Space Between - Dave Matthews – Dave sings words I would pay to hear someone say to me. “You cannot quit me so quicky, Will I hold you again” and my favorite, “Take my hand because we’re walking out of here.” A wet Dave playing a guitar in the video doesn’t hurt either.

Edge of Seventeen- Stevie Nicks – I adore Stevie and Fleetwood Mac so actually picking a favorite is like asking me to chose a favorite between my children(Sara, Dreams, The Chain, Leather and Lace, Landslide, Rhiannon, Edge of Seventeen). Impossible! Edge with it’s guitar intro and Stevie’s flowing shawl still gives me chills.  Growing up in the 70′s circa 1975 every girl wanted to be Stevie. We wanted her hair, we wanted to dress like her, sound like her, she was the S-H-I-T.  One regret for me is that I have never seen her in concert. She is one hot, talented chick, one of the best female song writers of all time and she still rocks. For me, she is the VOICE of the 70′s and the original Goddess.

The clouds…never expect it…
when it rains
But the sea changes colours…
but the sea…
Does not change
And so…with the slow…graceful flow..
of age
I went forth…with an age old…
desire…to please
On the edge of…seventeen

This is Stevie to me!!

My Handsome's First Diploma

With Handsome getting ready to move to the Middle School next year (oh my God did I just write that?), I have been looking at some of his older photos trying to remember by little guy! He has come soooo far. Here is what I was thinking when he receive his very first diploma at his very first school. June 29, 2008

Walking into his class room with his father who has only been to school once I thought for sure he would bolt from his seat and give his teacher a hard time when she asked him to sit.

He was one of the 85% who were able to contain themselves. They sat looking at us (the families) while we stared at them for about 15 minutes before the festivities began. There was a time when he stood up to walk over 10 minutes in but his teacher asked him to sit and he did.

Last year he would not sit and I was unable to get any pictures of him and his class. This year, he stood with the class and posed for 100 pictures as all the families snapped away.

I was so proud that he went up for his diploma with a big smile on his face(last year his teacher had to ssssstretch and hand it to him). Proud that he posed with his therapist and his teacher for pictures and proud that he sang all the songs, the national anthem and counted in Spanish 1-10 and then backwards. Love it!

So cute to see all their little faces as they leave the school and high five each other.

No Kindergarten For Us Was The Best Move!

Handsome has come a very long way . We had his IEP (Individualized Education Plan) Meeting yesterday and he is doing awesome. His overall level of achievement is High Average, his standard score in written expression is superior and academic skills are advanced. WOW, this kid has come a long way. When I started him in early intervention at 3, I was unsure if I was doing the right thing. When I held him back a year before putting him in Kindergarten I met a lot of resistance from the school and from friends and family. I know it now as I knew it then that it was the best move for HIM! After days of rain this mommy's heart is still bursting with pride

I wrote this July 15, 2008 but since I had my son's IEP meeting yesterday I thought I would share this again. It was originally on my blog In the Blink Of An Eye.

 I have decided that my son will NOT be going to kindergarten this year. Back in April I discussed his IEP meeting and how I was confident that another year in Pre-K would be beneficial to him.

The school for some reason seems to be against his staying in Pre-K. They believe that I should put him in Kindergarten and if he needs more time, he can repeat Kindergarten. This just makes no sense to me.

What is the most frustrating, is that my son who has been in Early Intervention since he was 21 months for a speech delay would be fine in Kindergarten but it is not Kindergarten that I am worried about. It is every grade after that. He is academically ready for 1st grade but his academics have never been the issue. My kid was telling me B-L-U-E spells blue and H-O-U-S-E spells house when he was 22 months old.

My decision has been based on his IEP as well as my daily interactions and concerns with him. I have been telling his therapists that I recently made a call to the school to let them know that I have made my final decision, he will not be coming in September.

There was a bit of an attitude on the phone from someone who I thought was my ally. Maybe they were having a bad day or maybe there is some red tape they will need to go through now that he is 5 (above Pre-K age), but still in services.

I have no idea.
What I do know is this…
My son had a speech delay which contributed to a social, emotional and mental delay. This along with the personality of a pre-schooler (testing the waters, talking back) and the inability to remain focused, along with a self esteem problem because for the past 3 years he has been corrected every time he tried to say something and a classification of a preschooler with a disability = a definite reason to delay the start of school.

While he has been making great progress since starting services, I see no reason why this is meeting with such resistance.

There are mainstream children who have no classification or present any of the above mentioned reasons for delaying Kindergarten, yet because of their birthday or immaturity wait a year to begin. So, why are we rushing my son?

He is enrolled in a preschool that I have been talking with for over 4 months now and I am excited to see what September hold for him.

Supposedly he will also get speech and OT at the Elementary school 4 times a week but if this does not fit into my schedule (I do have another child and we will be waiting in town for close to 2.5 hour a day, 4 times a week), I have no problem cutting off therapies, giving him a year off and resuming again when he starts kindergarten.

I have a call into the Special Education Department to discuss more what will happen in September. Hopefully all goes well and they and I can continue to work together for my son’s benefit. If not, I will have to confront them on their attitude and demeanor on our last call and ask that they refrain from further discussions of my son with me unless we are in a Board of Education Meeting.

School Issues in July?
I thought we were all getting along.

The Car Wash Can Be Scary When You Are 3 Years Old

This is a way back post from August 31, 2008

I took the two of them into a car wash the other day. My son was amazed, this was the 2nd time and he couldn’t wait. The Goddess on the other hand was very nervous. She kept hiding behind her juice to peek out.

In this one she is saying, “no, no pictures”.
Handsome loved the sudsy water that cascaded over the vehicle. He just kept saying, “the sun’s going down. Look it’s night time.”

Feeding Ducks Is Like A Religious Experience

Past Post from September 17, 2008

Feeding the ducks with the Goddess is like a religious experience. Sometimes just being with her is like that for me (tearing up as I write this). I wished for many years for a baby girl. Losing my mom so young really made me hunger for a mother-daughter relationship and I love spending time with her.
Today, on a beautiful fall morning, we went to feed the ducks in town while waiting for Handsome to come out of school, there were none.
She was throwing bread to nothing. The water was still, and empty. I asked her where she thought all the ducks were. She said, “I don’t know, maybe they are home with their mommies (cute).” Then she stood at the deck, put her hands around her mouth and yelled, “Ducks, ducks…where RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu?Wouldn’t you know it, they came. Tons of them just started flying across the water towards us. Crazy.
And the rain comes down
There’s no pain and there’s no doubt
It was easy to say
I believed in you everyday
If not for me
Then do it for the world – Stevie Nicks
Posted by mgagliano 9-17-2008

My How Things Have Changed Over Time

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We Spent The Day Taking Time To Smell the Roses

Stretching My Food Dollars With A Disc Of Noodles

My family is part of a backpack program through our school district. It is for families who need extra help with snacks and lunch. Every Thursday the kids come home with a backpack filled with various items, apples, juice, oatmeal, snack crackers, fruit snacks, soup, and microwavable pasta.

The kids take turns carrying the extra heavy bag home and love putting the items away once they get home but neither of them will eat the soup. I have been stocking it in my pantry trying to think of a way to use it. They are very good to us and I refuse to not use the items they send home for my family.

Last week I opened two of them, I know they have a lot of salt, 1190 mg to be exact. So I soak them for about 8 hours draining them every so often.

I strained them two times allowing the water to just rinse off any seasonings and salt.

Next I added a tablespoon of olive oil to a pan.

And added mushrooms, broccoli and spinach and pepper.

After that, I tossed the noodles in giving

 Giving it a little stir before dumping it in the plate. It was delicious!!

These noodles are not one of the best options for dinner but many college students and folks just starting out use them all the time because they are really inexpensive. So far I have used them with tomato sauce and a homemade peanut sauce, if you have a healthier option, I would love to hear it.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness - DVD GIVEAWAY

If you have watched any of the Kung Fu Panda movies, you know that it is a funny, family friendly movie that everyone can enjoy!

Life Lessons From Po

Coming to DVD June 18
Brace yourself for awesome action and legendary laughs in this fun-filled animated TV series based on the Academy Award®-Nominated hit movie Kung Fu Panda! As the chosen Dragon Warrior and sworn protector of the Valley of Peace, Po the panda is highly skilled, ever vigilant and hungry for justice...and dumplings.  Together with the Furious Five—Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper—Po must fend off fierce villains, including an evil version of himself (courtesy of the Mystical Mirror of Yin and Yang) and the toothy Croc Bandits!
In this fun feature, we will share some of the best life lessons that Po learns in KUNG FU PANDA: LEGENDS OF AWESOMENESS. These important life lessons are great to share with your little ones!

Work Together
In the episode “Chain Reaction,” Po and Tigress are forced to embark on a mission together, despite Tigress being annoyed by Po. As luck would have it, they’re attacked by Croc Bandits and wind up handcuffed together. In order to stay safe and eventually escape, Po and Tigress put their differences aside and learn to work together to evade the Croc Bandits!

Don’t Be Boastful!
In “Po Fans Out,” Po’s ego gets the best of him and he releases a supernatural creature so that he can vanquish it and look good in front of his fan club. Unfortunately, Po’s scheme doesn’t quite go to plan. By trying to be boastful, Po puts himself and others in unneeded danger, something not even the Dragon Warrior should do!

Listen to Your Elders
In an episode fittingly titled “Bad Po,” Shifu tells Po not to touch some ancient artifacts, but Po’s curiosity gets the best of him and he gazes into the Mystical Mirror of Yin and Yang. This ends up splitting Po into “good” and “bad” versions of himself! Because Po didn’t listen to Shifu, his “bad” ego goes on a crime spree, and “good” Po has to listen to Shifu and the Furious Five to restore himself.

Stand Up For Your Friends
In the episode, “The Princess and the Po,” Po is put in charge of protecting Princess Mei Li on a journey the Qidan Clan. Despite a rough start, Po and Mei Li eventually become friends. However, when they arrive to the Qidan Clan, they learn that Mei Li is to be sacrificed. Po and the Furious Five then defend her and are ultimately victorious in saving the Princess!

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