Monthly Archives: October 2013


Watch Out for Monsters!

That’s right, Halloween is tomorrow! And all your nightmares have been encapsulated for your cinematic enjoyment in the comfort of your own home. For example, would you like to view a movie marathon featuring a psychotic humanoid wearing a hockey mask and wielding a machete with the finesse of a butcher? Now’s your chance! Or,

Three Valuable Life Lessons from Halloween

When I was a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite days of the year. I loved making my costume with my mom and dressing up like some of my favorite superheroes and celebrities. Now, I have my own children, and it’s even more fun to experience their excitement about dressing up in their costumes.

Pregnant and Smoking? Not Hot.

There are a lot of things that are hot. The pan handle on a stir fry pan after burning dinner, leather seats in a car on a 90+ degree day, Ryan Reynolds chopping wood in a remake of “The Amityville Horror.” But one thing that’s definitely not hot? Besides Miley Cyrus’ performance on the VMA’s,

I Hate Headaches

I know hate is a strong word, but I really do hate it when I get a headache. They hurt.Growing up, I got tension and migraine headaches every now and again, but my sister suffered from chronic migraine headaches. I used to feel so bad for her when she would get a migraine headache. She

The New Bullying

I recently had a high school reunion that I was, unfortunately, unable to attend. Apparently it’s been longer than I thought since I graduated high school. But I had a pretty good run in high school. I was involved in drama and choir and relatively happy. I had a couple different periods of drama where I

And Then There Were Three!

I was all set up for a scheduled induction at midnight on on Monday, September 30, due to the fact I was continuing to swell and had slightly elevated blood pressure. Well, our little guy had his own plan in mind! Monday morning around 9 a.m. I was awoken out of a deep sleep with

My Pal Poopaloo: The Health Benefits of Pets

Poopaloo is my dog, and yes, his name is Poopaloo. Long story short, my wife is the queen of nicknames. When we got Poopaloo nearly 9 years ago, my wife originally named him Rocky. He soon became Rochisco. Then she gave him a last name making him Rochisco Poopaloo. And within weeks, we dropped the Rochisco,

Vaccination Nation

I’ve been a flip-flopper. Not politically. Although right now, I’m not sure being a political flip-flopper is uncommon. No, I’m guilty of flip flopping when it comes to the all important flu vaccination. I’ve never felt passionately about the necessity of getting the flu shot, and I’ve never been aggressively against the flu shot. Some

Flu Season Has Arrived!

Yup, it's that time of the year again. The flu season officially kicks off in the beginning of October, and over the next 6 months or so, we are all in for some health challenges. While the peak of the flu season typically lands in February, it's important for all community members to realize that NOW

Confessions of a Distracted Driver

Confession time. I admit: From time to time I have been a distracted driver. In the past I have eaten while driving, applied makeup while driving, checked my maps app for directions, looked at the rearview mirror for too long (while adoring my baby boy), voice texted, daydreamed and I’ve even almost fallen asleep at

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