Thursday, January 21, 2010

One-Way Ticket To Crazy Town

It's safe to say that I am stressed out today.  Stressed and wired because I'm stressed so I drank too much caffeine this morning so now I'm really really wired and oh my gosh this sentence has got to stop.

Inara is still not feeling well.  And I can't say much more than it could be nothing, or it could be something more complicated (not life-threatening, but something that will require tests and trips to specialists, and she has already been through all this when she was a baby and I thought we were DONE with all that, but we might not be done after all and ugh I must stop this sentence NOW).  And so we have to wait and see what develops and the waiting is probably the part that's making me so crazy right now.

Added to this is the fact that we are meeting with some potential real estate agents this evening, and I just hope they don't think we're big weirdos, or laugh at us when we tell them our budget.  Oh and Yousuf is meeting with the bank now to talk mortgage numbers.  Someone break out the manti-perspirant!  Fun, fun, fun - I'll be sure to let you know how it goes. 

In the meantime, I am trying not be overly-dramatic, hyper-sensitive and full of basically I have to work hard to not be myself until all this plays out.  It's going to be tough, but I think I can do it.  Let's talk about something other than me for a little bit, shall we?  Here's a random assortment of stuff that has come across my desk (and I use the term "desk" very loosely.  My desk is really a cheerio-encrusted laptop sitting in the middle of the kitchen table which is currently splattered with the remains of Nissa's lunch.  I do not think she liked the peas.) in the last couple of days:

Yes, I'm still talking about it - because it needs to be talked about.  You may or may not know that I am more than slightly obsessed with baby slings (because I would not have survived parenthood without them.  Basically they feel good, and they're good for you.  See my favorite babywearing site for more information on slings.). So when I heard about these fantastic sling companies offering up their products in the name of charity I was super stoked.  If you've ever thought about owning a sling, now would be a perfect time to check out:

Today and tomorrow, two fabulous baby sling companies - BabyHawk and Sakura Bloom - will be donating 50% of all their online sales to Partners in Health-Haiti. I can personally attest to the fabulousness of BabyHawks, it was certainly our preferred carrier when Inara was a wee babe:


Another amazing lady, the talented Jan of Sleeping Baby Productions will be donating all the profits from the sale of these Salvor Organic Pslings between now and Valentines day. Awesome!  I've not owned a Psling but I can say from personal experience that working with Jan is a dream.  We have loved all the Sleeping Baby Slings that have passed through our house and have snuggled both my girls:

And I just found out about this one today - Canadian company georgeousbaby is giving away a Paige Beco Butterfly 2 Baby Carrier to help raise funds for Haiti Earthquake Relief.  All you need to do is send them a receipt of your Red Cross or Unicef donation.  More information can be found at their blog, but hurry - this contest ends tomorrow morning, Friday January 22nd 2010.  Here's Inara in a 4th Generation Beco (not the same model as the contest prize, but similar.) being worn by my sister-in-law on her WEDDING DAY (shout out to my amazing sister-in-law!):

I know there are lots more efforts being made to raise money for the people of Haiti.  All are well-deserving of your time and attention, so please check them out, and if you find anything you think would be useful for me to link to, please drop me a message

Those of you without babies or who just want me to move on can now breathe a sigh of relief.  I have lots more randomness I can talk about because that's how I roll when I'm stressed, and I am crazy like a stressed out fox today:

Cindy McCain in the NOH8 Campaign:
 Ummmm....have you SEEN this picture of Mrs. McC?

The wife of well-known Republican (that's an understatement)  Senator John McCain reached out to California's NOH8 Gay-Rights Campaign to appear in one of their ads (their daughter, Meghan, is also a well-known marriage equality advocate).  Whether or not you support same-sex marriage, I'm sure you can appreciate the cojones (pardon my spanish) it took for her to do this. You can read more about Cindy & Meghan McCain and how they are Redefining Republican here.  And as a completely unrelated aside - damn, I hope I look that good when I'm 55.

Okay, enough news.  Onto entertainment!

Go Team CoCo:
So, Conan O'Brien finally got the heave-ho from NBC.  I say he's better off without them, and I hope he finds an even better gig (rumor has it that FOX wants him). Thoughts?

I'm not really on one team or the other.  But this picture sure is funny.

Beatboxing Is Cool (at least I think it is):
No entertainment round-up would be complete without a mention of the latest American Idol episode.  How cool was Jay Stone last night?  I so want to be able to do that when I grow up.

All right - that's all from nerve-wracked crazy-lady Mahreen for now.  I have to go get ready for our big real estate agent appointment.  I might *even* get to shower before we leave...that's how important this is to me.  I hope Inara is up for it, I have a feeling we are going to be in for a very exciting night.  Until tomorrow...
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