Life lessons abound

I know; I know—we’ve been woefully short on amusing anecdotes here, lately. I’m falling down on the job. It’s pollen season, you see, and so my head is filled with cement and when I am not working or being a terrible, horrible burden on my children (UGH MOM WHY CAN’T I JUST LEAVE ALL MY CLOTHES ON THE FLOOR AND NEVER EAT OR SLEEP, YOU ARE THE WORST) I am doing exciting things like telling my husband that I have a million things to do, but I lack the motivation to get up off the couch.

Anyway! While I set this awesome example of productivity for my offspring, I am also working on helping them figure out when disclosure of their special needs makes sense, and it turns out that’s a much bigger deal than I ever would’ve imagined. But we’re figuring it out (and by “we” I mean “they,” because it’s all them).

Completely unrelated: Someone from Barbados keeps calling my cell phone and hanging up. Is it a wrong number? Someone working up the courage to talk to me (I’m not that scary, I swear)? This is just one of the mysteries I ponder while sitting on the couch blowing my nose. Don’t be jealous.


  1. Karen.

    Our mystery caller is from Toronto.

    Off to AlphaMom.

  2. Meri

    That’s such a hard thing to figure out. I still have trouble deciding sometimes.

  3. Em

    I used to have Italian people leave weekly messages on my voicemail (I only know it was Italian because at the end they said Ciao!). They seemed so nice, pleasant and happy. I wish I knew what they said.

  4. Chuck

    My prescription allergy spray seems to be doing a good job of keeping my sinuses clear, but one of my eyes is permanently weepy these days. Hope it doesn’t make me seem overly emotional. Going to check with my ENT doc on it later this week though.

  5. jennifer

    Someone from Barbados is calling me too. I sort of thought it was someone who was on vacation for spring break taunting me.

    Also my mostly-high-functioning special-needs kid is 5, and I’m trying to navigate the waters of being told “DON’T LET THEM LABEL HIM! HIS LIFE WILL BE DESTROYED FOREVER!” right now; so “it’s not an excuse, it’s an explanation” is a helpful mantra. Thanks for all you do.

  6. Cecile

    The caller from Barbados is a scam. Some people won’t realize that’s where it originated, assume it is a friend/acquaintance and they just missed the call.

    Then they call back to that number. After a brief “…hello…” they are put on hold and charged ~$35.00 per minute by the scammer’s sham utility.

    Moral: Don’t automatically call back a number that you don’t recognize.

  7. Joy

    Thanks, Cecile! I wondered why someone from Barbados called me too! Yay for caller ID!

  8. Betsy

    Do you think you should check your credit card considering your credit card experience? Remember the salads???

  9. Daisy

    Barbados? My cell phone never worked when we were in Barbados. It wasn’t me.

  10. Karen

    Ours is from Florida

  11. 12tequilas

    Another scam to be aware of is a guy that calls saying something about how there is an “enforcement action” against you. He claims to be from the U.S. Treasury legal affairs department. Something about paying your back taxes immediately or you’ll be arrested. Of course if one takes a second to think about one will realize how bogus it must be, but apparently the guy is really intimidating so people are caught off guard.

    Bottom line: scammers SUCK big hairy donkey balls, as Mir might say.

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