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You’re cracking me up

The Working Mom by Kay Luna, from the Quad-City Times

November 5, 2009

I'm LOVING all the Turkey-Day disaster stories you're posting for me. They're hilarious - and you're making me feel a little bit better (just a wee bit) about holiday cooking. I mean, everyone flubs up now and then. Then, we can all laugh about it later! HAHA! So, please - keep the stories coming. I think this could make a really funny story to run in the paper, so some of you might be hearing from me by e-mail to see if you'd be willing to let me use your real names. Some of these stories are just TOO GOOD to keep to ourselves. My worries about holiday cooking are going away a little, but not my anxiety over the holiday-season planning in general. What's the big deal? Well, due to some unforeseen family situations popping up, our Christmas traditions are getting turned upside down this year. So, I'm finding myself reflecting a lot about what new traditions we might want to create, and how we can go about doing it. Plus, I have my daughter's 3rd birthday, and my husband's (cough, cough, cough - hate to bust him out on his age!) birthday to celebrate and plan for in December, too. Seriously, how do you juggle it all at your house? I know I can't be the only one worrying about this already. Maybe it's not people or events you're juggling, but finances or service work around the holiday season. If any of you might be willing to talk about this issue (using your real name) for a possible story about how people divide up their time at the holidays, please let me know. In the meantime, please keep making me giggle.  

Turkey-day disasters

The Working Mom by Kay Luna, from the Quad-City Times

November 3, 2009

Hey, why don't they tell you to look in BOTH ends of the frozen turkey before you cook it (or do they, and I just ignored it???!!!)? Ha! Because I nearly cooked a plastic bag full of giblets (eeeuuuwwwww!!!) the last time I attempted to cook a turkey for the holidays. Therefore, that was the last time I ever attempted such a thing. TEEHEE! Thank goodness, my mother-in-law was there as I got ready to put the turkey into the oven, and she happened to check inside the bird and found the bag. Disaster averted. But I remember one year when we couldn't avoid disaster. That was the year when the oven's pilot light blew out and Mom couldn't relight it - and we couldn't think of anyone to call for help. So, she pulled out the electric skillet. Oh, yes, I said ELECTRIC SKILLET. And that's where she cooked our Thanksgiving turkey. Yeah. Not so good. Ha! So, what's YOUR biggest turkey-cooking/Thanksgiving Day meal disaster (or near-disaster)????  

Candy, candy, everywhere

The Working Mom by Kay Luna, from the Quad-City Times

November 2, 2009

So, I was the one who ended up sick at our house over Halloween. Go figure. We didn't go anywhere the entire weekend, period. We even missed trick-or-treating. Luckily, Babycakes is 2 and didn't know the difference. She felt quite satisfied with the Halloween parties and trick-or-treating she did Friday at daycare and the Quad-City Times. And you know what? She was actually happy that we "got to stay home," instead of going somewhere every day (I felt guilt over that one). Plus, she had fun by dressing up as Cinderella almost non-stop all weekend, which was adorable. We still ended up with just enough candy to make her CRAZY (Haha!), asking all the time when she could have a treat. We let her choose one piece after each meal, which made her happy. But I was just talking to a co-worker who says she has always told her daughter that the "Candy Witch" comes to some kids' houses, and collects half of your candy loot, much like the "Tooth Fairy." In exchange for taking the candy, the "Candy Witch" leaves a special gift. I've never heard of that one. She said her own Mom did the same thing when she was a little girl, and she always looked forward to it. Some dentists and doctors across the country also collect kids' Halloween candy, in exchange for healthy alternatives or money, according to stories I've read online. How do you deal with the constant begging for candy after Halloween? Do you restrict how much your kids eat somehow? I know when my son was young, my husband was always more than happy to "help" by eating some of his chocolate (with the boy's permission!). Ha! What do you do?    

I love Lucy

The Working Mom by Kay Luna, from the Quad-City Times

November 2, 2009

Well, I think I do. I haven't met her in real life yet. But my sister is friends with baby Lucy's mom, Heather Kernan of Rock Island. So, I've heard a lot about her. I've listened to my sister cry and worry about Lucy, who was a few days shy of turning one month old when she suddenly got very sick. On Aug. 22, Lucy was taken to the hospital because she didn't want to eat, and soon was flown to Peoria's OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She was diagnosed with meningitis. And then, little Lucy suffered a stroke. "Her stroke has cost her her eyesight, and possibly given her cerebral palsy (we won't know for a few months)," her mother wrote to me in an e-mail. "Her glands aren't working right, and she has a rare form of diabetes. Her worst-case scenario, according to her doctors, could leave her only with the ability to eat and breath on her own." A benefit fundraiser for Lucy and her family is set from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Eagles Lodge, 4401 W. Locust St., Davenport. The event - which includes food, a silent auction, bake sale, 50/50 raffle and music - is meant to raise money to help offset travel expenses for Lucy's numerous medical appointments in Peoria, and for developmental tools to help prevent delays. We run information about lots of benefit events for very worthy people all the time, and they all touch my heart. But this little girl holds a special place in there, after listening to my sister talk about her family's plight for so many months. So, if you have it in your heart to help Lucy, or just want more information, you can e-mail loveforlittlelucy@yahoo.com or call (563) 349-6889.