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A mom's adventures in keeping healthy, keeping her sanity, and making stuff.

Mourning Celebrities

I mourn celebrities. I know some people do not understand this. It actually took me by surprise. Why mourn for someone you never actually knew? Except I feel like we did know them. They shared their art with us and that is a very private thing to share with the world. The one that first hit me the hardest was Robin Williams. Celebrities I loved had, of course, died before him, but when he passed, I couldn’t watch any of his movies for over a year. I think his death hit me so hard because he had ALWAYS been a part of my life. From Mork and Mindy on up. I’ve watched Jumanji and Hook more times than I can count. I love his stand up and the episode of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” with Robin is still one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life.

Then 2016 started off with David Bowie’s death. I cried randomly for three days. I had also just had a baby, so that probably added to the emotional part, but Bowie was an important musical figure to me. I feel like I discovered him late in my life – after high school – and couldn’t get enough of him.

And now we are leaving 2016 with the passing of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. I am having a lot of trouble with the loss of Carrie Fisher. She was a bad ass princess who only needed help her rescue. She was an advocate for mental health. She was hilarious. Princess Leia was a role model for how I played with the guys. There was only one other girl in my neighborhood and we were both tomboys.

This has been a hard year for a lot of reasons. The death of our heroes has just added to it.

One Year Ago

One year ago, I had my most wonderful little gift. My 6 lb 2 oz Maximilian. His birth was incredibly traumatic. I still only have still images in my head during that whole thing.

He is now a very opinionated almost-toddler. We celebrated his birthday on the 18th with friends.

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I love you so much, Mr. Max.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 30

Finally. The last day.

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Day 30: What are you MOST thankful for?

All of the amazing people who have made themselves a part of my life and my circle. I can’t think of anything more wonderful.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 29

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Day 29: Something At Home

I could be obvious and say “my family!” because, of course I am most thankful for my family at home. So, I think I am not going to say the obvious. I am going to say that I am most thankful for my home. I love my house. I love my yard, my 2300 square feet of 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It’s a pain the ass at times, but I am thankful that we found this home.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 28

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Day 28: Gift

WTF. Really? I think the person who created this silly list was losing their shit at this point. Gift? As in I have to choose from 40 years worth of gifts for that ONE gift that I am most thankful for??? I call BS on this one. I have been thankful for every gift that has been given to me. Tangible and intangible. And lately, I have been given so many gifts, or kindnesses as I have started to call them. I honestly could not ever choose one.

30 Days Of Thankfulness: Day 27

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Day 27: Song

Well crap. This is like asking me which kid is my favorite. Or which book (which I answered, but which changes from moment to moment).

So, I guess I am most thankful for “Master and Servant” by Depeche Mode. No, I am not into that in my personal life (not that it is any of your business unless I post it here). It was the song that got me to really listen to more of Depeche Mode. Then I started listening to other artists. I guess it basically led to an appreciation for music that I had no idea that I had. “M & S” is funny, witty, dark, yet cheerful. I feel like I should be thankful for something more thought-provoking like Sigur Ros, but no. I love this silly song. And this is my blog.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 26

Ok. I got behind on these and I really want to finish them. I only have 5 days left. I had gotten sick and I am still recovering, but I am finally feeling well enough to sit at my computer.

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Day 26: Charity

I will need to mention two. And yes, they are both cancer related. You will have to forgive me if that is pretty much constantly on my mind.

The first is The Warrior Sisterhood. These women are amazing and have helped to give support and even some normalcy with activities such as going to the pumpkin patch, painting, and family roller skating. I really can’t express to them how much their support has meant.

The second is the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. These folks are fighting for more research and understanding about Stage IV breast cancer. There is surprising little research about MBC. The number of people living with MBC is even unknown. We just kind of get pushed to the wayside.

So, if you have a sudden need to support a charity, think of one of these. The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network is one of the Amazon Smile charities, so you can donate and shop.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 25

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Day 25: Luxury

I have a lot of luxuries to be thankful for. So, I think I will choose pedicures. That is a few hours of bliss right there. I don’t get to have them very often, but I love them when I do get them.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 24

You are all lucky I am still cognizant enough to write something up. Our feast was amazing. You can check out my Facebook Page or Instagram @FoxandBroom for food photos. I am too lazy to download them and upload them tonight.

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Day 24: Photo

Oh boy. A photo I am thankful for… In today’s age, I have thousands of photos on my computer alone. And now to choose one.

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I love this picture so much. I felt well enough to take my boys to the pumpkin patch. Our way was paid by The Warrior Sisterhood. They all had so much fun. They played hard, picked out pumpkins, and we had hot chocolates afterwards. It was such an amazing day. We did get really chilly, but the hot chocolate fixed that. So, for the moment, this is the picture I am most thankful for.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 23

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Day 23: Feeling

I think all feelings are amazing. The fact that we can even tell if we are feeling angry or sad or mad or happy or joyful is a pretty amazing thing. Today… today, I am thankful for feeling curious. My curiosity has gotten me into a lot of trouble, but it has also led to a lot of new knowledge. I have grabbed hold of electric fences, watched how different baby animals grew, walked down streets I didn’t know, gotten lost, and met new people.

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