Wednesday, May 20, 2009

There came a time

There comes a time when the lights are dimming, the shop is closing up and everyone loses interest in the scene. A shop owner knows when he's bleeding money and losing customers. That is when it's time to put up the CLOSED sign permanently.

Here's the time, my friends, when Eucalyptus Pillow has completed its job. It started a couple years ago as an outlet for me about my kids, about nursing, about my job, about home life, etc. Now there's more I need to write about. More than just about the kids. It's about evolving into someone else right now, discovering more about what I can offer to the world. So, this blog has outlived its purpose that way.

From now on, you can find me here. I hope you'll follow me.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Because I just don't know what else to say about my complicated, messy, loving, codependent relationship I have with my own mother, I had to post this video instead. A friend shared with us, and I'm passing it on. It's hilarious!

Happy Mother's Day to all my blogging mamas! May everyone do whatever the hell they want today.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine

I'm sitting here typing away at the computer and simultaneously staring out at another gray, gloomy day. When the hell is it going to be nice outside? I'm sick of long sleeves and long pants, slickers and raincoats, umbrellas and running through raindrops. I've just about worn out all indoor play options for Andrew and he is starting to talk to the wall. Or worse, incessantly saying "mama" over and over again. And is beginning to get this weird tick on the side of his face.

Anyway, my point is, I need a day in the backyard! I need a long, hot day in the garden while the kids are running through the sprinkler and getting their hands dirty in the sandbox. I need a tan. A day at the park. A day at the pool. I love summer. It's my most favorite season. I'm so ready. So bring it on already.

So now that I've gotten that out of my system, I must congratulate the winner of the Rick Springfield CD giveaway contest! I had a totally official, drawing of the names ceremony with Andrew, and he drew the name: Heather! Heather, congratulations on winning the CD. You will receive it in the mail. Hope your little one will enjoy the new tunes.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pressure people

How well do you work under pressure? Do tell.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The WAHM: Pro vs Con edition

Now that I've established my new getting-a-business-up-and-running-from-home-in-less-than-3-months gig since I got laid off (can you say crazy?), quality time with the kids has taken on a whole new meaning. Now you must know that I have been working outside the home before and after my first son was born and thereafter still. So go run and get the smelling salts, k?

You get to see your child all day long.

Your child thinks you are the big toy that he/she can play with all day. And why not? You're home aren't you? Hooray, mommy's home!

I no longer sit a few steps from a vending machine full of candy.

I now live and work in the same home with a whole pantry full of food.

I can sleep in if I want to.

No paid sick day for "sleeping in".

I can facebook anytime I want.

I can facebook anytime I want.

I no longer have to suffer fools in the office and during Christmas parties.

No more free booze at the Christmas parties.

I no longer have to wear makeup or shower during the day if I don't want to.

I will smell.

I no longer have to fight traffic in the car during rush hours.

Will somebody get me out of this effin' house!!

OK, so I actually like the work at home gig. But most of the day today had no rhythm, no mojo, no nothing. Just one incomplete task after another because a particular 3 year old was either constantly hungry, needed me to play with him, was tired, wanted to go outside, wanted to come inside, wanted to type on the computer, or just plain needed. Thank God for my friend Barb or I would not have completed anything today.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A precious little post: the new Rick Springfield CD

I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but when the folks from Rocket Science contacted me about reviewing Rick Springfield’s new CD full of lullaby’s I thought it sounded kind of neat. I mean, anyone growing up in the 80s knows Rick Springfield, right?

So you’re like, Rick Springfield? Jessie’s Girl? A lullaby CD? Yep. And it’s good! What’s good about it is that it is soft, soothing, and when you’re done with the classics like Rock-a-bye baby (and why is the kid in the treetops?), it is a nice diversion. The first track, “Don’t Keep the Sandman Waiting” is the best, followed by a close second to the last song, “Up the Wooden Hills to Bedfordshire”, and track 3, “Another Rainy Night”. What’s also interesting about this CD is that these are all original songs. Yes, original. While most artists will re-do the classics, Rick Springfield’s new CD is full of all original songs written by him while his children were babies over 20 years ago. (Rick Springfield has kids over the age of 20? Man, we are all getting old.)

I must admit, these songs are also pretty adult-friendly, too. Regardless of the fact that the lyrics are for babies, they are likeable. The melodies are peaceful and warm, and the songs flow one right into another for a relaxing trip into dreamland. We all know how hard it can be to get a baby to calm down after a long day of stimulation, any soothing thing you can find helps! And you might just get relaxed, too!

The new CD is called “My Precious Little One” by Rick Springfield and is not in stores until May 5. So, I have one copy of this new CD to be given away to a lucky reader. Even if you don’t have a newborn or one on the way, perhaps there’s someone you know who would like it? Just leave your name and email in the comments. Contest will be going on for 2 weeks. Your name will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Celebrating the unknown and the infinite possibilities

Thanks to everyone for such encouraging words both here, on facebook, email and in person for the recent turn of events. As I read over my post, it seemed a little dark, and I want to assure everyone that I'm doing OK, and while I know there will be challenging days ahead, as this week has progressed I've been feeling better and better about it. I think it's just a matter of moving forward sometimes without truly thinking hard enough about the current situation. When I think hard enough that's when I have the panic attacks. While I never was one of those incurable optimistic types, the time is now to adopt that kind of attitude. When you're starting your own business in an economy that has been dubbed a "depression" I think you need to be.

Quote for today (from
When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.
-Deepak Chopra