Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Second Deathaversary

Today is the second deathiversary of my little brother's passing and I'm still feeling messy and ugly about it. I've decided to focus on a few things that losing him taught me.
*Grief is built to last and it shows up in really weird ways when you really don't expect it. Like a punch right in the damn face when you're at a stoplight and the wrong song comes on. It sucks but there it is.
*I will remember the best of him because he would've done that for me. 
*My sister and I will likely spend too much time for the rest of our lives wondering if something could have changed this outcome. If we had a time machine, what is the exact moment that we could go back to, make a change and create an alternate timeline where he would still be here and be ok? We know this isn't useful. We will do it anyway.
*Mental illness is made about a million times worse by self-medicating. When life is genuinely shitty, that's when you should be NOT be drinking. 
*I will love certain people harder and I will let certain people go. 
Here's a bird finger to death for taking him at 30 and to addiction and mental illness and the breast cancer that took his mom when he was too young to handle it. 
Here's an awkwardly long hug for anyone else dealing with ugly, messy, dirty grief.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Words I Say to Make Teenage People Cringe

Hello. These are some words I should only say if I want my teenage children to cringe and then make a face like they're smelling something bad:
  • Savage
  • Fam
  • Bae
  • Gucci
  • Lit
  • Flex
  • Dope
  • Dank
  • Extra
  • Yeet
  • Bet
  • No


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Losing Weight and Having Community Support

I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Novo Nordisk to write about the realities of obesity as a chronic disease. All opinions are my own. This is a sponsored post.

One of the reasons I was asked to work with Med-IQ on this campaign about obesity is because I’m a public health professor. The reason I really wanted to do it is because for the past couple of years, all of us who hang out together on the Rants from Mommyland Facebook page, or more recently in the Rants private group, have been each other’s health accountability buddies. 

It usually starts in January, when the busy holiday seasons ends and we all catch our breath for a minute. Then I get one of those annoying post cards in the mail, reminding me it’s time to get my feet cleaned or get a mammogram. So I start posting about it and my online friends post back. 

We’re (most of us) parents. And that means we put everyone else first and our own best interests last. One of the things that Med-IQ stressed in discussing obesity was the “importance of supportive relationships and a sense of community in successful health and weight management.  Involve others in healthy behaviors, such as walking with friends or exercise buddies or cooking with family.”

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