Burned Bacon and Apple Pie: 26-33/365 Photo Challenge
doozeedad 365 Photo challenge Second week in a row of feeling blah. Okay, not so much of feeling ‘blah’ as just feeling like life is rising up and I’m trying to meet her where she lands and I trip and fall on my face. Lots going on with this particular photo week – introspection from birthdays, […] The post Burned Bacon and Apple Pie: 26-33/365 Photo Challenge appea...
Mon, May 25 2015 · 21 hours ago
The Kentucky Family Who Was “Living Off the Grid”
doozeedad You know what annoys the crap out of me? Posts like that one from Off The Grid News that was was going viral recently about the family in Kentucky who were living off the grid. They had their kids taken away, etc, etc and everyone was freaking out about it, like OH MY GOD! The government is […] The post The Kentucky Family Who Was “Living Off the Grid” appea...
Fri, May 22 2015
All About Mack
doozeedad MacQuinn is steadily becoming Mack. Oh, I suppose he can always be “MacQuinn” if and when he wants, but to be honest, someone called him “MacQuinn” a few weeks ago and I had no idea who they were talking about. He’s Mack. Sometimes Mac-Q. Sometimes Mr. Mac-Q. He’s 2.5. I was all set to write […] The post All About Mack appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, May 21 2015
20-25/365 Photo Challenge
doozeedad 365 Photo challenge I was feeling a little overwhelmed this past week and just really… really struggling to implement some of the changes I’m reading about, capture the images I see in my mind’s eye and live with the life that’s going on around me. You know? If you are up for the 365 Photo Challenge,it’s […] The post 20-25/365 Photo Challenge appeared f...
Sun, May 17 2015
Birthdays Upon Birthdays! Photo Essay
doozeedad It was Micah’s birthday first – then Moxie’s. Mack thought it was his, too! Mikey and I trailed along, so did the chickens. And May Day. And these flowers blooming all over the Lost Coast. And perfect life in a flannel-laced paradise with hummingbirds! The post Birthdays Upon Birthdays! Photo Essay appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, May 15 2015
42 (& The Nature of Fear)
doozeedad I wasn’t going to talk about my actual age anymore. It feels limiting and makes me feel boxed in a bit. Like, you are supposed to be or do x,y.z by the time you are 1,2,3. You are grown up and responsible at given set of numbers and you aren’t supposed to live boldly anymore […] The post 42 (& The Nature of Fear) appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, May 12 2015
doozeedad That’s what it is up here on our hill. It’s kind of surreal to me that I was sick from the anxiety of coming back only a short while ago – did that really happen??!! Was I really so stressed out? But, yeah and yeah. Now that the bulk of the basic work has been […] The post Paradise. appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Sat, May 09 2015
Tell Me Why
doozeedad 6 years ago I went to the hospital for an ultrasound. I had recently suffered a second trimester miscarriage and needed to know that the Rainbow Baby that I was carrying was alive. She was. But with fluid separating her skin from her body – a condition called “diffuse fetal hydrops” and with heart holes, […] The post Tell Me Why appeared first on A Little Mo...
Thu, May 07 2015
13-19 of 365 Photo Challenge
doozeedad Great week! 365 Photo challenge For this past week, I was trying to get my ISO fixed. I set the meter on my camera to a fixed 100 and maximum of 8000, and shot primarily in Aperture Priority. Are you in? Hashtag your photos on Instagram #photoswithmeriah to share your photos from this 365 Photo […] The post 13-19 of 365 Photo Challenge appeared first on A Little M...
Tue, May 05 2015
Micah Walks Around the Sun
doozeedad Micah’s class in The Best School Ever has a super-cool ceremony called “The Walk Around the Sun”. Parents help their child write down special events or memories from each year of the child’s life. These are read, year by year, as the child walks around a lit candle. One turn around the candle is one year […] The post Micah Walks Around the Sun appeared fi...
Sat, May 02 2015
9-12 of 365 Photo Challenge: #photoswithmeriah
doozeedad 365 Photo Challenge Trying something different here – Photo Friday on A Little Moxie – a week’s worth of my daily photo challenge, including updates on what I’m reading, goals, and specific techniques I’m working on. Want to join in? Awesome! Tag it #photoswithmeriah on Instagram and leave a link to your own blog post […] The post 9-12 of 365 Photo Chall...
Fri, May 01 2015
What Ikea and Marriage Have in Common
doozeedad Ikea and marriage have a lot in common, don’t they? I mean, you walk into the Ikea showroom and look at all that great-looking stuff, with great-looking prices. It’s easy to imagine how awesome that furniture is going to look in your place, all crisp and new. With fun little Swedish names, to boot! You […] The post What Ikea and Marriage Have in Common appeare...
Thu, Apr 30 2015
9/365: Mack in the Kitchen
doozeedad Photo Story: I was thrilled to have finally completed the Ikea play kitchen (yes! me! I did it all by myself! unreal!) and I wanted a picture with the kitchen in it somehow, to commemorate the feeling. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long – Mack loves that thing like a mouse loves fresh cloth. […] The post 9/365: Mack in the Kitchen appeared first on A Little M...
Tue, Apr 28 2015
Snake in the House, Return to School & Satellite Woes
doozeedad I love this place. You know why? Cuz it’s never, EVER dull. We are way the way out there in our Californian version of the Canadian hinterlands (is “hinterlands” even a word? I just stuck that in there because I liked the sound of it, but I’m not honestly sure). And the thing is, people […] The post Snake in the House, Return to School & Satellite Woes app...
Tue, Apr 28 2015
8/365: Rocket Plant
doozeedad Photo Story: I really wanted to get this plant clearly, with the background blurred and capture the gorgeous light. I struggled with the focus quiet a bit – when I got the camera to focus on the plant by pressing the shutter halfway and focusing, it would lose it and re-shift when I pressed the […] The post 8/365: Rocket Plant appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Mon, Apr 27 2015
doozeedad I was right to have been nervous about coming back. I mean, I found a mouse nest in my printer last year, remember? And alligator lizards in the sink and outhouse. I knew what we were coming home to. But what I didn’t count on – at all – was Moxie’s reaction. When we turned […] The post “Me! House!” appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Sun, Apr 26 2015
7/365: Moxie Goes to School!
doozeedad Photo Story: Moxie was very excited about joining Micah in school and was running around all morning. It was very hard to pin her down for a photo! I finally got this though; which while not as sharp as what I wanted, still captures the moment of her going back to school on a beautiful […] The post 7/365: Moxie Goes to School! appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Sun, Apr 26 2015
6/365: Micah Goes to School
doozeedad Photo Story: Micah had been waiting for the past 5 months to go back to school. I’m talking, almost EVERY DAY in Mexico, we would hear about something related to his school. He loves that small structure with the small fellow-beings in it with his whole entire (huge) heart. So the day finally came in […] The post 6/365: Micah Goes to School appeared first on A L...
Sat, Apr 25 2015
5/365: Tub Time
doozeedad Photo Story: I was focusing on trying to get photos of the kids without their private parts showing! I was also trying to get some more interesting angles which was challenging given that my foot was broken and I was balancing on my left foot while trying to get stable. I was also focusing a […] The post 5/365: Tub Time appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Apr 24 2015
When It’s Hard
doozeedad I’ve learned something about myself in the past month. I’ve learned that while I used to deal with BIG STRESS by falling asleep (by dint of narcolepsy), I now puke. And eat. Not eat-then-puke (that would be bulimia and I’m not bulimic), not puke-then-eat (I don’t know what that’s called). It just puke. And eat. […] The post When It’s Hard appeared firs...
Fri, Apr 24 2015
doozeedad Background: I’m not sure if this photo should be called “oops” or “damn, Mommy caught me”. Actually, the latter is way more accurate. I walked in and Moxie was there, happily dropping all of our freshly-laid eggs (by our very own chickens) onto the floor. I think she liked the crunchy sound it made as […] The post 4/365: Oops appeared first on A Little M...
Thu, Apr 23 2015
doozeedad 3/365: Help! The post 3/365: Help! appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, Apr 16 2015
2/365: Hello Flower
doozeedad The post 2/365: Hello Flower appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Wed, Apr 15 2015
1/365: Coming Home
doozeedad What better time to start a “365” photography project?! So here we go. 1/365. Coming home. The post 1/365: Coming Home appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, Apr 14 2015
Taming the iPhone
doozeedad I had my iphone stolen 5 months ago, in Mexico. The replacement that I received couldn’t be activated in Mexico, so I went without. Now, I’m a person that loved my iphone with a passion. I was tethered whenever, wherever. I’d try to be subtle about it, but I’d be sneaking peaks all.the.time. It drove […] The post Taming the iPhone appeared first on A Littl...
Sun, Apr 12 2015
Preparing for Life Again Off the Grid
doozeedad “Coming home” for us doesn’t mean driving up to an abode, opening the door, flipping on the light and unpacking our stuff before stepping into the shower to wash the travel off. It doesn’t mean peeking in the fridge before we make a list and head off to Safeway to get the ingredients for some spaghetti. […] The post Preparing for Life Again Off the Grid a...
Tue, Apr 07 2015
11 Things That Gave Us Culture Shock, Mexico – US
doozeedad We were traveling around Mexico for 5 months, which in the grand scope of everything, really isn’t a long time. But we still got shocked by some nuggets when we returned to the United States. Here they are: Free, Drinkable Tap Water We adored the little taco stands and street eateries we frequented in Mexico. […] The post 11 Things That Gave Us Culture Shock, Me...
Wed, Apr 01 2015
doozeedad My first picture with my phone!! I had to share that first because – holy cow – 2 weeks without a camera of ANY kind….!! Rainbow Sparkle Farts You know how you have all those layers in rainbow cakes, one upon another and it is layered with frosting and then something on the very, very […] The post Rainbow Farts appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Mon, Mar 30 2015
A Big Update!
doozeedad I don’t even know what to say, you guys. So much has happened, you have given me so much and I’m really fricking overwhelmed right now with life, with questions, with gratitude, with love, and with more questions. THANK YOU. For everyone who has contributed to our GoFundMe account, helping us get our stuff back, THANK […] The post A Big Update! appeared first...
Mon, Mar 23 2015
All of Our Stuff Got Stolen
doozeedad We were driving from Guanajuato to Zacatecas when we pulled into a roadside diner for lunch. While we were eating, our truck was broken into and pretty much everything we have of material value was stolen, including my laptop, both of my cameras, the iPad, iPod, iPhone, kindle fire. My laptop getting stolen was the […] The post All of Our Stuff Got Stolen appeared...
Sun, Mar 15 2015
A Day in Moxie’s Life
doozeedad This post is for the A Day in the Life with Down syndrome project. The short term goal of the project is to celebrate World Down syndrome Day (coming up on 3/21) through stories about a typical day in a life lived with Down syndrome. The long term goal of the project is to have […] The post A Day in Moxie’s Life appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, Mar 12 2015
Banditos and Caravans, Part 1
doozeedad There’s this book that everyone seems to use called, Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping: Explore Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize with Your RV or Tent (Traveler’s Guide series) It’s by the Churches, but it hasn’t been updated in 6 years. Plenty of campgrounds they write of have been closed, names changed, new campgrounds opened. But since there […] The po...
Wed, Mar 11 2015
…About That Touching Samsung Deaf Ad…
doozeedad This ad by Samsung is going viral – I know this because I was sent it by no less than 5 people and whenever I’m sent something by no less than 5 people, something is seriously going VIRAL! Here it is: The product itself looks cool and I want to know more about it. But […] The post …About That Touching Samsung Deaf Ad… appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, Mar 10 2015
Stories, Not Socks: Another Way to Celebrate World Down...
doozeedad If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know how outraged I was when the Word Down syndrome Day committee came up with the “Odd Socks” theme to celebrate World Down syndrome Day. World Down syndrome Day (WDSD) falls on March 21st, which is New Years in Persia and in the Baha’i Faith. […] The post Stories, Not Socks: Another Way to Celebrate World...
Tue, Mar 10 2015
Mexico: “Don’t Go There! It’s Not Safe!”
doozeedad I lived in Japan for 5 years. Now, Japan is supposedly one of the safest countries in the world. Some of the worst stuff that has happened to me in my life happened there. Those bad things happened to me despite my Japanese language skills being pretty good, despite the fact that I am white […] The post Mexico: “Don’t Go There! It’s Not Safe!” appeared fir...
Mon, Mar 09 2015
Why Freedom Shores is a Big Deal
doozeedad When we were in Cancun, my friend Corbett sent me the link to Freedom Shores, an RV-Park/Hotel in Campeche, Mexico, and asked me if I could check it out and get the scoop on how accessible it really is. So we made our way on over and sussed it out. This is the story: Bill […] The post Why Freedom Shores is a Big Deal appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Mar 06 2015
How Cruise Ship Passengers Made a Good Beach, Great
doozeedad We were on our way to Xcalac when Mikey pulled into the Blue Kay campground in Mahahual, more of a mental afterthought than anything. We had no intention of staying there. While we were turning around, a friend of ours from the campground in Puerto Morelos ran out to say hi – and told us […] The post How Cruise Ship Passengers Made a Good Beach, Great appeared f...
Wed, Mar 04 2015
“Special” is the new “Retard”
doozeedad In 2015, the annual day for “r-word awareness” is March 4. This day highlights the mission of many allies and advocates of people with developmental disabilities in “spreading the word to end the word.” And by that, it is meant to end the use of the word, “retard.” I hosted blog hops for two years in […] The post “Special” is the new “Retard” ...
Tue, Mar 03 2015
9 Reasons You DON’T Want to Travel in Mexico with Your...
doozeedad Mexico. The land of sunshine, good food and music. But ripe and flooded with crime. News reports of Bad Stuff happening in Mexico is all over the place. We ourselves travel with our 3 small children (aged 2, 4 and 6 and one with Down syndrome) for months out of every year, and have done […] The post 9 Reasons You DON’T Want to Travel in Mexico with Your Kids app...
Sun, Mar 01 2015
doozeedad I was reading some article recently on giving your blog readers WHAT THEY WANT and I was kind of stymied because I don’t actually know WHAT YOU WANT. While I try and stay within the parameters of traveling, disability and parenting, I’m pretty much all over the place with this blog. Kind of like in […] The post Marital Glue appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Feb 27 2015
Tulum, Yoga & Walking Birth Control
doozeedad Tulum is kind of like the hippie version of Cancun. It’s still got the refined-flour like white sand, stunning ocean, weather and sky, but the resorts are tucked amongst all the trees, so it doesn’t all seem as grossly glaring. The resorts are different too – they practically drip with new-agey wholesomeness, yoga-camps and aromatherapy. […] The post Tulum, ...
Thu, Feb 26 2015
It’s weird to be content.
doozeedad It’s weird to be content. You know, I am not sure if it’s because I’m deaf, but I’ve always been highly driven. I graduated from university when I was 19, simultaneously working full-time to put myself through. I went back to school when I was 24 to get my Master’s in International Management and kept […] The post It’s weird to be content. appeared fir...
Mon, Feb 23 2015
“Far From the Tree”: The Deaf Chapter
doozeedad Andrew Solomon wrote a book called “Far From the Tree” that was all the rage a couple of years ago. In it, he explores identity through analyzing multiple disabilities, along with homosexuality, children of rape, prodigies and transgendered people. It has taken me literally all this time to work my way through the deaf chapter. Whenever […] The post “Far Fr...
Sun, Feb 22 2015
Micah, The Crocodile and Celestun (Photo Essay)
doozeedad We splurged on a boat trip in Celestun and it was absolute magic. Our guide (“Jesus” was his name) took us to the flamingos, by islands chock full of Pelicans, through a mangrove tunnel and to a natural hot spring. He didn’t, however, tell us to watch out for crocodiles in the hot spring… and […] The post Micah, The Crocodile and Celestun (Photo Essay) app...
Fri, Feb 20 2015
Pete the Cat and Chichen Itza
doozeedad Do you know Pete the Cat? We were introduced by Katie when we visited her in Fresno. Our kids fell head over heels in love with that cool cat and what do you know? We’ve been reading his stuff Every. Single. Night. No breaks from Pete, man. Those kids are hooked. He’s good, all about […] The post Pete the Cat and Chichen Itza appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, Feb 17 2015
Who Has Special Needs?
doozeedad You all know how much I loathe the way people use the term “special needs” interchangeably with “disability”(my post about that is here ). The term was originally an educational one, designed for kids with extremely unique learning needs. Plenty of people who have real educational “special needs” do not have a disability and plenty of […] The post Who...
Sun, Feb 15 2015
doozeedad Cenote: “seh-NO-teh”: Noun. Magical underground water wonderland. The post Cenote: Wonderland appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, Feb 12 2015
The No-Tell Motel, an Iguana and Cancun
doozeedad We hated Cancun. Oh, balmy air, sand so fine it felt like refined flour. Ocean water with all the blues your kaleidoscope can contain, and birds chirping so loudly and melodiously that I thought Micah’s “Big Business” app was perpetually on. It wasn’t the balmy air, fine sand and melodious chirping of course; it was […] The post The No-Tell Motel, an Iguan...
Mon, Feb 09 2015
Walk With Me
doozeedad 4 years ago, I wrote a post called The Choice to Suffer. In it, I was talking about how caring for an elderly man in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s helped me to heal. I was about as wounded as a soul can get when I met him, and he taught me how to hold hands […] The post Walk With Me appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Wed, Feb 04 2015
doozeedad My Mom came to visit us for a week. In Cancun. Because, you know, since she’s an organic crunchy granola hippie, a bona-fide prism-carrying energy medicine healer, and devout (non-drinking) Baha’i ,Cancun is totally her scene! Here are some photos: *** In real-time news of our world, I’m going back to the podiatrist tomorrow to see if the swelling has ... Read M...
Mon, Feb 02 2015
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