Long Exposure


Among the people you’ve known for a long time, who is the person who’s changed the most over the years? Was the change for the better? 


Before my son was born I knew very little about kids with developmental delays. But now that I’m living with someone who needs a little extra help each and every day I have learned so much.

My son was born one month early and was in the Nicu for two weeks before he was allowed to come home. That’s when the sleepless nights, dirty diapers and lots of trips to the ER started. My son had trouble keeping formula down and was diagnosed with GERD after a week long stay in the hospital. He had to be put on special formula that was really pricy and sometimes hard to find. Things got a little better until my relationship with my son’s father started to fall apart. Me and my son moved back home to live with my parents and soon me and ex husband got a divorce and me and my son started over.

As it turned out my son still had a long road ahead of him. He continued to not sleep at night for longer then 3 hours at time, when he did sleep. I spent many a night with no sleep. Then came the ear infections and they never seemed to go away. We would try antibiotic after antibiotic and nothing seemed work, he had to get a shot every time. After many months of battling ear infections he had to get tubes in his ears. He has since had two sets of tubes.

His speech became delayed because of the ear infections and he still attends speech therapy to help correct that. He is now speaking full sentences and comprehends most things. He also was able to potty train pretty fast. And while he still has a ways to go he continues to work hard and over come more than anybody I know and he does it all with a smile on his face.

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Do you believe in magic?


You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Describe your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ENCHANTMENT


The snow is falling and the streets are becoming harder to see. I stop walking and look down to see a what looks like a tiny present. It’s a square box with a red ribbon tried around it to make a bow. I pick it up and start to look around for whoever it may belong to. I don’t see any one. I carefully and slowly open the box and discover a tiny bottle with a note attached reading drink me.

“Hey you wake up. Its your turn to pick a broom.”

“A broom?” Where am I?

” Yes and you are in Tayle.”

“Tayle… How did I get here?’

“I don’t know just pick a broom and be on your way.”

I look around and notice there are brooms everywhere, they seem to be floating. Are they magical? I wonder.

“What do I need a broom for?”

“The brooms hold the magic.”

“Um I don’t know any magic.”

“Not my problem, just pick a broom and get out of shop.”

“Ok I will pick this one.”I pick the broom closes to me and start to leave the shop.

“And where do you think you’re going? You have to pay for that.”

“I don’t have any money.”

“Get out, get  out, get out.”

I walk out the door and the burst of sunlight is blinding. I can’t see a thing. When my eyes finally adjust to the light I can the town of Tayle. It’s a small town with old buildings and stone roads and the people appear to be goblins. Do I look like goblin? I must? I need to figure out why I am here and how I got here.

Beep… Beep.. Beep…..

I open eyes. Oh thank god it was just a dream. I turn of the alarm clock and roll over and go back to sleep.

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Sink or swim?


The Daily Prompt for today: Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?

Back in 2007 I was working at Walmart and they used to have POS(point of sale) systems that used to look like this B9634Pretty annoying to use and not very user friendly. I remember the day that changed. I had closed the night before and the next day I came into work and was greeted to a brand new system that looked something like this. logicposNot exactly like this but you get the picture. I knew how to do my job but I had to learn a new system in front of customers with out any prior training and little time to learn. At the time I worked the customer service desk so my job was a little more complicated then ringing up items. I remember my first customer with the new system. The customer wanted to return a t-shirt that had a hole in it. No problem or so I thought. I remember staring at the new computer and thinking where do I start? I quickly found the right button and slowly started the process. I remember explaining to the customer that we had just gotten a new computer system and that I was still learning my way around. The customer was very understanding. I did complete the return with little error. The system froze on me and I had to restart the computer. It felt like the very first very day of work, where you don’t know anything but I did know how do to my job I just had to work with new hardware. I will never forget what the front end manager said when we confronted him. “My bad I forgot to tell you that we were getting a new system, I figured you all would be ok with it and that nothing would go wrong.” He was not a very manager. He didn’t stay our manager after that. That was one of the hardest days at work I have ever had. I hope I never have to do it again. I no longer work for Walmart and hope I never have to go back.

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Daily Prompt:Tatto…..You?


Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting emblazoned on you skin?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PERMANENT.


I don’t have any tattoos but I don’t mind them. I like the stories behind them and the art in its self is pretty awesome.  I have considered getting one many times. I’m not really sure what is stopping me, but I want to get my favorite band’s logo on my upper arm. I have liked the band for about half my life and their music is huge part of my life, so displaying their symbol would mean  a lot to me.

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Connect the Dots


Today’s Daily Prompt:Scour the news for an entirely uninteresting story. Consider how it connects to your life. Write about that.


I found this article about a man who got arrested for stealing a cow costume from Chick-fil A among articles about President Obama’s sorry speech, the storm in the Philippines here is this silly article about a stolen costume. I am not really sure about the connection between me and the article, but I did find it very entertaining.  I found another article about a woman that got banned from using Twitter because she was using Twitter to stalk people. The woman got sentenced to jail for a few years. I relate to this article better.  I use social networks such as Twitter and I wouldn’t want someone to use it has a tool to stalk me and to use the information has they see fit. Although I still find it funny that the judge actually had to ban her from using Twitter. I wonder how you would enforce such a thing?



Daily Prompt:Cheering Section


Do you have a mentor? Tell us about him or her. Are you a mentor to someone else? Tell us what that relationship has added to your life.

I do have a mentor and they know who they are. I always turn to this person for advice or just to rant to. I have a very deep and personal relationship with this person. If you are familiar with Greys Anatomy this person is “my person” meaning that they are the one person that knows me best and I know them best. We know what each other is thinking and can almost finish each others sentences. We are there for each other when we needed most.

Having this person be a part of my life has done wonders for me. They have helped me through some pretty hard times and they always have a shoulder to cry to on. They are there for happy times too and always lends a hand. I’m sure having me in their life has been a great help to them as well. We will always have that special bond that no one else with understand and that no one can break. I wish everyone could have a relationship like me and “my person” because everyone needs that one person that they can tell anything to and that person won’t judge and then will offer the best advice.

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Old MacDonald


The Daily Prompt has asked: What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it?


The last thing I searched for online was for an app called Old MacDonald by the Duck Duck Moose,Inc. I was searching for information on it because I heard it was a great app for kids. I found some info and liked what I saw so I downloaded the app to the my phone and my three old loves it. My three old loves cows and there are cows in the app that you can “click” on and one will do a flip and another will get beamed up by a space ship. My son laughs and laughs at the cows. There is even a cow driving a tracker, you can move the tracker with your finger and through out the app the song Old MacDonald had a farm is playing, which makes the app even more fun. I discovered the app while at the doctors. My son wasn’t feeling well and I thought he had an ear infection so off to the doctor. While in the room the doctor hands my son her phone with app on it and tells him he can play with it while she checks him out. He was so entertained by the app that he didn’t mind that she was looking in his ears and listening to his lungs. My son liked it because he got to play with something he liked and he got to hold a phone that actually did something, which is rare for him. I highly recommend the app for those parents who want to keep their little kid entertained.  Go Here to look at the description and screenshots from the app.


Last meal on Earth


…for tomorrow we die. The world is ending tomorrow! Tell us about your last dinner — the food, your dining companions, the setting, the conversation.

If the world was ending tomorrow I would gather all my family and friends and have one huge feast with whatever we wanted. Forget how much it costs or if it is  bad for you.Kinda like Thanksgiving with pies, turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing only not those things more like lobster, steak, and every kind of desert you think of.  We would buy fancy plates and silverware to eat with. Even the drinks would be fancy and we would put it in fancy glasses. We would gather around a huge table and talk about our lives and how wonderful they have been. The meal would last for several hours and afterwards we gather a bonfire and continue to tell stories and sing songs and just be merry.

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A special day


I know many consider your first day of being a parent to be when you take the baby home from the hospital, but I consider my first day to be the day he was born. Here is my story.

My first day of being a parent was a special one. My husband(at the time) and I arrived at the hospital on base in the middle of the night. We had just gotten home from visiting family and had spent three days on a train. We check in and the nurse takes my vitals and hooks me up to some kind of monitor, which is wrapped around my big belly. The doctor comes in and does the exam to see how many centimeters I am dilated. At this point only one centimeter. It’s going to be a long night. Since I was on a military base and they have some weird rules, I had to be transfered to a different hospital. Oh boy I get to ride in an ambulance, while in labor, can’t wait. That was the worst ride ever.

We make it to the other hospital and I get rushed to a room and get hooked up to all sorts of machines and then more doctors come in and are checking me out. You would think my private area was famous. Finally it was time to push. I pushed and pushed but my son didn’t want to come out. Every time I pushed his heart rate would go down. I ended up having a c-section, which I didn’t want. My son was born at 14:52pm. I was knocked out for the c-section, so I didn’t get to see him until later that night, that was so hard.

After a long day I was finally ready to see my new bundle of joy. Since he was born about a month early he would be staying in the nicu until he was able to come home. The nurse wheeled me down in a wheel chair to see him and I was so overcome with joy I cried. I couldn’t hold him and I could barley touch him. I counted his fingers and toes, just to make sure they were all there. I remember thinking I can really do this? I don’t know anything about being a parent. I mean I did some babysitting when I was a teenager, but this is different. I knew my baby would be in the nicu a while, but I’m still his mommy and I love him more than anything. We stayed by his side everyday for two weeks, while he got strong enough to come home. My first time holding him was in the nicu, he was hooked up to wires and he was so small, I thought I would drop him. I didn’t drop him. I held him tight and sang to him and told him that I was his mommy and that I love him. After two weeks of being in the hospital he finally got to come home.

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