Little Man // “Gracie”


My boyfriend’s nephew is a special needs baby.  He has cerebral palsy due to a brain aneurysm in utero.  He has seizures regularly, he has appointments with therapists almost every day, he’s underweight and is aggressively fed in an attempt to put pounds on him, he has poor hand control and neck stability, and he is still unable to talk or walk.  But dammit, he’s perhaps the cutest kid with the most contagious smile and an amazing laugh.  His progress is obvious over time and impressive considering he wasn’t expected to survive for more than a handful of months.

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I had a weird phone call this afternoon.  It was unexpected.  I didn’t recognize the number calling me initially.  It looked familiar, but I couldn’t place it.  I have been applying to a lot of jobs in Virginia, and I worried that it could be a potential employer.  So I answered.

And it wasn’t.

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In Good Company // “With A Little Help From My Friends”

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Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt: Who do you like to be with when you’re feeling sad?

Well, there’s a lot of people that help me deal with a lot of different sadnesses.  Sadness can be multifaceted; sometimes you’re experiencing-loss-sad (mourning), or feeling-empty-sad (desolation), or without-meaning-or-direction-or-purpose-sad (hopelessness).  “Sad” as a descriptor is a catch-all, an umbrella term.

But for every kind of “sad,” there’s a person I would spend time with to cheer myself up.

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Teeth // “Fast Car”

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My boyfriend had dental work done today.

The morning leading up to the dental visit was miserable.  After waking up crying at 4 AM because of an acute sinus headache, I dragged myself out of bed around 8 or so.  My boyfriend was soundly sleeping at the time; he didn’t have to wake up at 6:45 for work and took full advantage of the extra hours of sleep.  I threw a pork roast into the slow cooker with some seasoning and tried to carry on with my morning despite the searing pain behind my eyes.  Around 10 AM, I was gently shaken awake by my boyfriend and given coffee, yogurt, and a 15-minute warning to get out the door.  Apparently I had fallen asleep on the couch without realizing it.  I had every intention of taking advantage of the early hours and writing, but my body thought otherwise.

The dental visit came and went.  One hour and several hundred dollars later, we were both pretty miserable.

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Surprise // “St. Judy’s Comet”

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Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt: Talk about a surprise that made you happy.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I love long car rides with my boyfriend.  We get to talk, sing loudly, goof off, and just enjoy the time alone with each other.  I don’t know what it is about our weeks, but I think most of our quality time comes from car rides; being together on the road helps weed out environmental distractions, like the computer, or the phone, or the nonsense that gets sent our way by people close by.

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NaBloPoMo December. Let’s Do This.

Hey, y’all.  Happy December 1st.  There is an entire month of merriment waiting for us!

The theme of December’s NaBloPoMo is JOY, and it couldn’t be more appropriate.  Sometimes, however, joy is hard to realize.  There is a lot of negative nonsense all around us, every minute of every day, and trying to find joy might be a more difficult task than usual.  I mean, it’s a fact of life: with the good, comes the bad.  What makes the difference is what you choose to focus on and devote energy to.

Admittedly, I’m one who can get easily caught up in negativity.  It sucks me in; I fixate on it, dissect it, try to make sense of it knowing full well that I can’t, and then when I realize I can’t make sense of it, I go into some kind of rage spiral.

BUT, maybe NaBloPoMo will be a good thing for me this month.  This month’s writing prompts focus on, well, JOY!  I think taking a few moments out of my day to write something positive will do me (and everyone else for that matter) a world of good.  This month’s collection of posts will be a mixture of prompts and a number of personal updates.  And in true Leila’s Mixtape form, most posts will include a track or two for your listening pleasure.

Let the blogging begin!


NaBloPoMo December: Day 1


My boyfriend and I are watching “White Christmas,” singing along with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye and telling stories about Christmases past.  It’s been a nice way to unwind from a busy day.

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