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MOTHERS back in ACTION

We’ve posted our next project over at Mothers in Action for Vietnam.

With your help, we have already sponsored two corrective surgeries and a mobile medical clinic for rural Vietnam.  This time, our goal is to raise $1500 to cover a corrective heart surgery for a child in need and $500 for a Parasite Reduction program for an organization Children of Vietnam.

The Parasite Reduction Program is especially near to my heart, and you can read more about it here. The COV PRP program serves thousands of children aged 3 – 18 in rural Vietnam.  Intestinal parasites wreak havoc on children through the catastrophic effect of malnourishment.  When Han came home, he had intestinal parasites that he’d likely had for YEARS.  $105 will fund one year of treatment for 700 children, so imagine what we can do if we raise $500!

Please join us and PLEASE consider posting about our new projects on your blog!

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I laughed so hard I woke up the baby.  Now that is funny.

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Well, if you’re not my friend on F@cebook (and if not, why aren’t you?!) you probably don’t know that young Chewie has been really sick this week.  We went to the doctor first thing monday and although his short test for h1n1 came back negative, our doc things there is a strong chance he actually DOES have h1n1, but it’s not worth sending off the long test because no matter what, he’s too young for the meds.

Weeks like this are when I find my worlds colliding in the most arduous way.  All I want to do is be home and take care of my sick baby.  I do so, day dreaming about being a full-time Stay at Home Mom.  How great it would be to be able to focus my worries and loss of sleep over the babe’s fever and not over meetings I’m missing, not fielding calls and e-mails about work problems in – between rectal temp readings.  Not having to close my office because in my absence there is not enough help to keep it open.  Ugh.

The babe is too young for ibuprofen, and so we’re settling for tylenol, which doesn’t have the fever-fighting power I wish it did.  Even WITH tylenol the babe’s temp got over 102 last night.  SCARY.  Now, someone help me with this – on rectal temp readings, do you subtract a degree?  I haven’t been.

Today he’s been hovering at 99 – 100 degrees which is progress, but I hate having such a little baby with such a strong bug.  yuck.  Last night Ryno slept on the couch so the babe could sleep ( carefully surrounded at a safe distance by bolsters so he was safe ) on Ryno’s side of our bed.  That way, every time I woke up (about every 30 minutes) I could reach over and feel him to make sure his fever wasn’t sky rocketing.

It’s been a week.

I have wanted to post on some pop culture things all week, but haven’t had the time, so I’m doing a quick round-up here.  The most interesting thing is how I’ve been crying at the most inane things on tv.  And seriously crying.  Frankly, I’m an emotional wreck!  And NO I’m not pregnant, I’m as barren as the day is long.  But I AM emotional.

If I actually twittered, here are thoughts I would have shared.  As you’ll see, I am too long-winded for twitter:

  • The VMAs.  i used to watch the MTV VMAs every dang year.  Back when I used to have time to follow music.  This year I watched because I wanted to see Janet’s tribute to MJ.  I loved the tribute.  I loved the whole thing and – YES – I cried when Janet danced to Scream.  And when “Smooth Criminal” started playing I cried and got goosebumps.  But after the VMAs did you see or hear anything about that tribute?  NOOOOOOOoooooooo.  All anyone could talk about was k@nye’s epic act of douche-baggery.  i was watching and couldn’t believe it – except I totally could, because I swear MTV plans that stuff.  Guess they have to stay relevant.  i was totally losing hope in humanity, and yes, I cried after he sat down and T@ylor Swift just stood there, near tears, totally humiliated.  It was nice to see the support from the crowd and then I thought Beyonce handled the whole thing beautifully.  I know, cynics will say her response was planned and calculated, but she was eloquent and shared her time and did not have to.  That totally made me cry too.  K@nye (whose music I actually enjoy more than T@ylor Swift’s) managed to stay in the public eye for another whole day by appearing on Leno’s first show to apologize.  THAT part did not make me cry.
  • Oprah – I just can’t quit you.  I never get to watch Oprah’s show because I’m normally at work but this week I was able to see her first three eps of this season – two-part Whitney Houston interview and a MJ episode.  Do i even need to tell you I cried multiple times during both?
  • The new season of The Biggest Loser.  Oh my gosh, did you all watch?  I cried almost the entire two hour episode.  I was super stoked to have recorded it in advance which meant I was able to fast forward through most of the expletive-laced screaming in contestant’s faces.  i was so touched by the lady who had a husband, a five and a half year old and a baby who were all killed in a car accident, leaving her on her own.  As a wife and a mother of a five and a half year old and a baby, I cannot imagine how life could go on after a loss so devastating, and I don’t want to imagine it.  That lady slayed me.
  • Ellen is a new judge on American Idol.  i LOVE Ellen.  I love her stand up and I do enjoy her talk show when I get a chance to see it.  i’m not sure about her as a full-time judge, but only because I think I might be through with AI in general.  I was beyond bored with the show last year and I was annoyed about Paula leaving.  they obviously brought in Kara and then weren’t eager to keep Paula and I don’t think that’s a good trade.  And now they’re going to still have FOUR judges which is too many.  Anyhoo, what were your thoughts?
  • Yesterday on NPR they ran a story that really touched me.  This young lady organized a “Nun Run” to raise money to pay off her student loans so that she could take the vow of poverty and become a nun – which is her life’s dream.  Although I’m not Catholic, it really touched me that she is so secure in her faith, so certain that this is her calling in life.  She wants to work in one of the most poverty-stricken, violent neighborhoods in Chicago, and that is admirable to me.  So do I need to tell you she totally made me cry?  I’m hoping that a wealthy Catholic person heard the story and will help her out, because WOW.

Now I’m going to stop… Just thinking about all of that is making me tear up and we’re all out of kleenix…

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