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What has happened to the Olympic Games?

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | 2 Comments

Growing up I remember anxiously awaiting the return of the Olympic Games, watching wide-eyed as iconic figures such as Scott Hamilton and Mary Lou Retton took to the ice and uneven bars, respectively. With signature moves and million-dollar smiles, they wowed us with their pure athletic prowess and genuine love for the games.  My grandmother and I often watched together on a small black and white TV. We didn’t have high definition, a 50-inch LCD screen or extravagantly produced commercials filling in the gaps. But we didn’t need these things. All we needed – all we wanted – was to see and experience the excitement and competition. Read more

Aless’s First Fever

Posted on by Crystal in Oh Aless! | Leave a comment

Lil’ Aless woke up around 4:00 AM this morning. She loves waking up and making sure everyone else is awake, too, with happy sounds and laughter within seconds of opening her eyes. Today was different. She woke up whimpering and slightly crying. As soon as I picked her up I knew she was sick. Her skin was extremely hot to the touch and her face was very pale. Read more

Working from Home is Not a “Luxury”

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | 46 Comments

Like millions of people around the world, I have successfully worked from home for many years – since 1998 to be exact. As a remote worker, I believe my efficiency, availability and output far exceeds the vast majority of traditional workers. I’m not plagued by office politics, constant interruptions and distractions or a draining commute. What I am plagued by, however, is the condescending comments often made by those who have either never worked from home or worked from home unsuccessfully. Read more

Cow Patty Hopscotch – It’s a Maine Thang

Posted on by Crystal in MUDDies | 1 Comment

I’m from Maine. Was born here. Raised here. It’s where I call home. Now for those of you who have only experienced Maine through the few movies where a film has been shot or where the storyline takes place, don’t believe everything you see. We are not all a bunch of funny-talking, toothless wonders who haven’t a clue whether or not the earth is flat or round. Seriously. Read more

The Skin Cancer Waiting Game

Posted on by Crystal in Life As We Know It | Leave a comment

I went to the surgeon yesterday to see what’s up with this weird, itchy spot on my face. He definitely did not have the same strong reaction as my primary care physician. In fact, he was as laid back as could be explaining each of my options with great care and detail. Basically I can have the spot completely removed without knowing anything. Or I can opt to have it biopsied which would give us some insight. Both of these options leave scarring; the surgeon didn’t sugarcoat this part. The third avenue is to just wait it out. Read more

My Little Angel!

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Snapped this yesterday… The sun was behind Alessandra. Very angelic!

How-To Win a Pinterest Contest

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | 1 Comment

About a month ago, I became slightly addicted to entering Pinterest contests – specifically Pin-to-Win contests. Out of  seven contests, I walked away with one score, a 2nd place win of the Tangled Vacation 2012 contest from Socially Tangled. I was excited and very appreciative, of course, but it left me thinking – what did I do wrong on the others? Read more

My Unborn Grandchild is a…!!!

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I’m happy to report that my son, Keith, and his girlfriend, Darian, are going to be the proud parents of a baby…XXX! Read more