Thursday, December 13, 2012

Where the Hell Have I Been?

You know it's bad when even
Diet Coke can't solve my problems.
Of course, in 1897 when this ad came out,
they were still putting cocaine in
"The Ideal Brain Tonic." So I guess it's less
ideal nowadays.
(Image via Tumblr)
You want to know how uncoordinated I am? I walked into a ceiling. It seems impossible, and yet...that's apparently how I roll, apparently. (And by "how I roll," I mean "whack my head and crumple into a heap on the floor.")

One of my kids was sitting on the floor in our upstairs hallway, tying her sneakers. I tried to go around her, but whacked my head on the sloped ceiling over the stairs. And gave myself a concussion.

The interesting thing about having a concussion is that I've been writing about youth sports-related concussions all year for Babble, and even once for Katie Couric. The mantra in sports is now "when in doubt, sit them out."

So I sat myself out.

Really, I didn't have much of a choice. I don't know how students and athletes manage to hide their concussions, in fact. I was nauseous and dizzy for days. I had instant if I tried to read. I couldn't find* the words I needed. I was exhausted, even more than usual for me. My brain was fuzzy, in a way that could not be helped with Diet Coke and Adderall.

So that's where I've been. I've been slowly ramping back up. In the mean time, Babble got itself a fancy new layout. I haven't done much this month, but some of my highlights so far for December are below!

Oooh, also, can you do me a big fat favor? It'll totally be my Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Solstice present from you. If you follow me on Facebook, make sure you're getting all my nonsense in your feed. To do this:

  • Go to my Facebook page.
  • Hover over where it says "Liked."
  • Click "Show in News Feed."
  • Yay! You have totally helped me. Because otherwise Facebook makes me pay actual money to have my nonsense shows up in your feed.  

And here are some of my fave posts for Babble and NickMom this month:

Sort of Parenting-Related News:
The 12 Funniest Generation Gap Tweets from the 121212 Concert

18 Alarming News Stories From 2012 That Prove the Mayans Were Totally Right

Viral Video That Will Make You Cry: LEGO Awesomely Helps Out Boy With Asperger

Winter Break Activity: Harry Potter Xbox Party (check out the golden snitch Christmas ornament craft!)

Pet-Related Nonsense:
Merry Catmas: 20 Cats Who Think Your Christmas Tree Is Their New Toy

Rescue Kitten Performs 'Nutcracker' Ballet

IKEA Monkey's Owner Wants Him Back, Is *Totally* Sane

On NickMom
Consulting Firm Lists Top 5 Places In the World to Live; My Kids Disagree

U.S. Government Promises World Isn't Ending; We Believe Otherwise

Carol Brady vs. Shirley Partridge

Top 9 Reasons It Was Better to Be a Mom in the 1970s


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