Tatum = three

HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY, TATUM!!!

I love watching them celebrate TOGETHER.

I love watching them celebrate TOGETHER.

She's so happy with her new purse and phone!

She’s so happy with her new purse and phone!

Celebrating [with Ayden] at Theresa's

Celebrating [with Ayden] at Theresa’s

The birthday girl

The birthday girl

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

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Trivia Crack and the Mediterranean Bar

My darling Tatum turns three in three days.  We have yet to plan her party because winter weather [round two] looks to be heading our way this weekend.  Most likely we’ll have a small celebration at the house and a larger soiree after the fact.  Maybe we’ll even combine her festivities with brother’s if he’ll allow it.  Doubtful, but worth a try.

Bonus points for Seymour lurking in the background.

Bonus points for Seymour lurking in the background.

In the days leading up to her birthday I cannot help but reflect on where I was three years ago during the final week of my pregnancy.  Unbeknownst to everyone except Maris and my parents I secretly flew to Tennessee, where I was literally in hiding at Danielle’s house in Southaven.  Chaos ensued as I scrambled around trying to find a way to have a scheduled C-section without insurance in a state where I was technically no longer a resident.  The uncertainty of her delivery combined with the fear of being ‘discovered’ was almost unbearable.  How any of us escaped from that nightmare serves as a testament to the strength of our family and the incredible people who love us.  It blows my mind to think that in a few months Tatum will be the age Adam was when we made that ill-fated, life altering journey to California.  Sometimes it feels like it was all a bad dream….

This wheel haunts me in my dreams.

This wheel haunts me in my dreams.

Trivia Crack.  Not trivia fun, trivia wheel, or trivia challenge but trivia crack.  Sure enough people fiend for it, myself included.  Spinning the multicolored wheel to answer questions in six categories [sports, art, history, music, science, entertainment, and geography] consumes my life.  I can’t stop.  I won’t stop.  Just three correct answers stand between me and a coveted character.  Accumulate six characters and win.  Rivaling Candy Crush in terms of addiction factor, this game has now eclipsed my Words With Friends obsession.  Oh and P.S.– stealing a character from somebody else is a major no bueno.  Don’t cheat.  Earn it with your blood, sweat, and tears of your intellect.

Unwinding after a busy day on the job

Unwinding after a busy day on the job

Despite battling the upper respiratory infection from hell I managed to survive my first week of work.  The first major sign of trouble presented itself Wednesday morning [day three on the job] when I woke up with laryngitis.  Did I mention I work exclusively over the telephone?  Let’s just say that was an experience I won’t soon forget.  Because I’ve been sick the vast majority of the time I feel like I haven’t been able to perform at peak capacity– but I’m working hard and trying my best– learning and improving daily.

My job comes with a unique set of challenges.  Working the phone [as opposed to face to face interaction] keeps me on my toes.  I’m struggling slightly because I’m not where I want to be in terms of sales….yet I can easily identify the areas where I need improvement.  Analyzing my weaker points allows me to formulate a game plan for conquering them.  Practice makes perfect.  Having a desk directly across from Birdie helps too.

Probably one of the best things to ever happen to me

Probably one of the best things to ever happen to me.

One of the best kept culinary secrets in Memphis is the Mediterranean Bar at Kroger.  As if our local grocery store wasn’t glorious enough with its cheese samples!  Conveniently located next to the cheese section, these delectable offerings just beg to come home with me.  Olives, cheeses, artichoke hearts, dolmas, and roasted sun dried tomatoes [not to be confused with the regular roasted tomatoes] make me weak in the knees.  I could subsist solely on those damn tomatoes.  My mouth waters just thinking about it.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

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This is God

Ask ten Unitarian Universalists about God and you’ll receive ten different answers.  My church refuses to be limited by a singular explanation of such a staggering concept; instead, people are encouraged to explore their own personal ideas.  I struggle when it comes to defining any sort of Higher Power– it’s much easier for me to eliminate what God is NOT as I articulate the meaning of the word.

This breathtaking exchange embodies the very definition of God as I believe:

What I see here renders me speechless.  Tears stream down my face and chill bumps cover my arms.  I watch this again and again and the effect doesn’t diminish.  This is God.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

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Bow down to royalty

Stumbling upon this meme made my day.  Therefore it deserves its own entry.  Represent.

queenIf you could invite seven guests to a dinner party, living or dead, who would they be?  Freddie Mercury most definitely receives an invitation to my dream supper.  My dad says Monsieur Mercury has more talent in his pinky finger than most contemporary performers.  He’s brilliant.  ♥

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

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Blizzard, Memphis style

Nothing gets Memphis riled up like the prospect of inclement winter weather.  Even the slightest chance of snow in the forecast works folks into a frenzy.  Sunday night’s Winter Storm Watch cleaned out entire aisles at Walmart as people scrambled to stockpile supplies before hunkering down as the temperature rapidly dropped.

Spoiler:  the snowmaggedon winter apocalypse consistently underwhelms.

mem1mem2Witnessing the spectacle leaves me amused and baffled.  Getting sucked into the polar vortex is hard to resist when it’s all over every local news channel and saturating your Facebook feed.  These reactions would be perfectly understandable if we lived in New York or Minnesota– one of those places where blizzards dump five feet of snow.  So why is the response so disproportionate to the reality?!  Memphis typically gets one single snow day once a year.  ‘Snow’ in 901 lingo is not something powdery and fluffy; it’s mainly ice and slush with a few flurries stuck to the top.

The first [and hopefully last] snow of 2015.

The first [and hopefully last] snow of 2015.

Schools were cancelled today.  The public schoolers [such as Adam] were already off because of President’s Day but I’m sure the private schools and college kids are loving their snow day.  What a bummer to think that your yearly reprieve occurs on a holiday, poor SCS students.  Getting a snow day as an adult just doesn’t have the same appeal.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

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Cheap massages and effortless weight loss

Now that I have your attention….

Money doesn’t grow on trees.  Don’t squander your hard earned cash on products and services that fail to live up to your expectations.  Do invest in small business and shop local whenever possible.  Don’t waste your time with management that is anything less than courteous, knowledgeable, and professional.  Do accomplish all of these objectives by supporting two of my closest friends as they launch their own businesses!  Both are fully mobile and proudly serving the Memphis area.

Anthony Simpson

Anthony Simpson

Trained and licensed through the Healing Arts Institute of Atlanta, Anthony Simpson spent the past five years building his massage clientele while working in another industry.  His delighted customers [30+ regulars] urged him to become a masseuse as his primary occupation– and their wish was his command.  Anthony specializes in a mixture of different massage techniques but his specialty is a deep tissue Swedish sports massage.  All sessions are tailored to the client’s varying needs.  Sessions consist of one hour and twenty minutes of pure bliss for only $80!  You won’t find quality massages for such a bargain anywhere else in this area.  As if the price weren’t reason enough to cheer, take an additional $15 off for referrals!

Now imagine the convenience of such a pampering experience within the comfort and privacy of your own home.  Anthony comes to you.  Provide the venue and he handles the rest.  Does this get any better?!  It does because I can assure you Anthony is the consummate professional who has earned my trust.  I have known him and loved him for over twelve years now.  Call Anthony at (901)801-8888.

Megan Hood

Megan Hood

Chances are you’ve probably heard of that crazy wrap thing now offered by Megan Hood….the miracle product that tightens, tones, detoxifies, and firms after just 45 minutes.  Blast cellulite and contour areas that need improvement?!  Yes please!  Noticeable results occur after just one $25 wrap.  I cannot wait to try one of these bad boys on my cheese depository a.k.a. stomach trouble spot.  ;)

What stands out most to me about her business is her genuine enthusiasm for her merchandise.  She uses the line regularly, loves the results, and even posts before and after photos of herself.  Any company confident enough to utilize the moniker “It Works!” stands behind their inventory and lets the repeat customers and glowing testimonials speak for themselves.

Megan offers so much more than just ‘experimental weight loss’ products.  Obviously the wraps are her best seller but she also adores Greens On The Go [multiple servings of fruits and vegetables and a blend of 38 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods all in a single pouch], Hair Skin Nails [designed to strengthen and improve the health and appearance of the aforementioned parts], and Fat Fighters [pills taken after eating to absorb fat and carbohydrates before your body does].  Visit Megan’s website for more information on these glorious products.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

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Obligatory Valentine acknowledgement

My special valentine manifested itself in the Starbucks drive thru this morning. 

Upon approaching the window the cashier told me that the car in front of me was feeling generous and had paid for my order.  Too cool!  I hear of those sort of things happening but have never experienced it firsthand.  What a pleasant surprise.  So of course I handed him my card to treat the vehicle behind me.  Thank you to whoever started my morning off the right way– I truly appreciate your random act of kindness and it was a much needed pick me up on a less than stellar day.

valentineWith two [free!] venti drinks in tow, I made my way to the student I tutor Saturday mornings, sufficiently caffeinated.  Sadly the extra boost did nothing to help the awful cold/sinus/strep that just won’t leave me alone.  I could barely trudge through the session and immediately went to the doctor after it ended.  Apparently a severe upper respiratory infection is the source of my misery, and I am the grateful recipient of three antibiotics.  Did I go home and sleep?  Surely you jest.  Hell hath no fury like an Adam [whose play date with his best friend gets cancelled] scorned….so I was forced to suck it up and endure 45 minutes of screaming children at the McDonald’s Playplace.

Meet Wolverine and Bear

Meet Wolverine and Bear

Build-A-Bear animals created last weekend were my Valentine gift to my children.  Thanks to a ‘2 for $30′ special they each got their own furry friend.  Originally the plan was to share one– yeah right– so this unexpected deal eliminated a lot of hassle.  Adam wasn’t bowled over by the limited choices so I appeased him with military gear for his dog, Wolverine.  Conversely, Tatum reveled in the pink explosions and required no extra fanfare.  All left happily clinging to their new snuggle buddies.

PARENTS:  How do you explore the notion of gender specific items with your youngsters?  Adam’s primary complaint centered around the lack of ‘boy’ options.  He refuses anything ‘girly.’  What’s the best way to address this with him?  Advertisers bombard children and shape their impressions about gender and ways its delineated.  I want to undo some of the damage done by media exposure.  Other than limiting television and encouraging a diversity of activities, what should I do?  Luckily my church will be instrumental in this process but I want advice from other parentals.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

 

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