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December 14, 2008



I'm so glad that Anni was ok. If it's any consolation, I think everything you guys do is amazing!

Frankie is adorable, and I can't wait to see you next Thursday!

Brigid Keely

I'm glad Anni's alright.

Does Kohl's still need VCRs and books? What about videos? Is used stuff ok? If so, where can I bring/send it? I have a freaking stack of VHS videos, a functioning VCR and some pretty good books that are just taking up space. I'd be more than glad to send them to people who'd use and appreciate them.

I poked around your links in this post and didn't see any pertinent info, but it's very possible I just overlooked it.

moreena tiede

Brigid--Yes, they can always use donations of stuff like that. And, yes, used is just fine. The only possible restriction is that you need to make sure that the books are not moldy as some of the kids with cancer (bone marrow or stem cell transplant) can get infections from mold spores.

You can send them to:
Kohl's House
2422 N. Orchard
Chicago, IL 60614

Thank you!!!


Hee hee, both my boys (aged 2.5 and 4.5) took one look at Frankie and said "Who's THAT?" x

Brigid Keely

Awesome! I am allergic to mold, so anything moldy/mildewed gets tossed fast.

Do they need any kitchen stuff? Glasses, flatware, pans, etc?

moreena tiede

Brigid--I don't know about that. Why don't you email Michelle (Kohl's House manager) to ask her?


Brigid Keely

Thanks, I will do that right now.


Frankie is sooooo cute!!!

kathy a.

(((( moreena ))))

so glad annika turned out OK, except for the barfing and the long trip and the ER and all.

you are an amazing mom, and a lovely, brilliant, creative person. wish i had a magic wand for the cheese pizzas and/or to just put stuff on "pause" as needed -- sending virtual hugs and good wishes in your direction as a poor substitute.

i can't imagine how anyone can perform to superwoman standards at hyperdrive and for months on end. you are a hero. xoxoxo

kirsten Dickinson

you are an awesome mom.

I hope you win!


Yay for cute kids!


Frankie is super-cute, and I hope things normalize a bit for all of you, in a good way, soon.


It's impossible to not suck sometimes. Even when things are going pretty well. And when times are tough, it's pretty much a given that a person will suck, at least in some small way, on a regular basis. But that doesn't mean that they aren't doing a terrific job. It's hard to accept, but it is possible to be terrific and lousy more or less simultaneously. Try to forgive yourself like you would a friend.

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Falling Down, November 2004

  • Balloon in hand, my 4-year-old
    twirled across the kitchen floor,
    singing nonsense words
    in her own key.
    "It's my gift!" she declared
    to the world at large, which
    was really only me,
    sitting at the table. Enough
    twirling, and she lost
    her balance, tumbling
    to the floor in a theatrical
    slapstick of elbows and knees.

    She lay on her back
    for a few seconds,
    at the textured ceiling
    with the mysterious
    spaghetti sauce stain.
    Suddenly she
    flapping her arms and legs
    there on the floor, as if to swish
    the imaginary snow
    into a snow angel.

    "Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

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