The things parents do

Long ago, to get Brandon to eat his brocoli I took a page from Parents magazine, and told him they were little mini trees.  It worked, he loves them still to this day. (He also still calls them trees but, meh who cares.)

Last night I hit a new creative low.

I made beets.  Brandon eyed them suspiciously and so I said, "Brandon, you know how we put color things in the water to make it change color in the bath?  Well, beets are like colors for you, so if you eat them, YOU WILL HAVE RED PEE!"

And he ate them.  Every last one.

However, when he woke up this morning and said to Rob, "daddy I think I missed my red pee," I felt a little bad.  I have no idea why it didn’t work. I’m hoping he gets a red pee at school today or something, because if not I am TOTALLY going to feel like a fraud as a mother!

What tricks do you pull to get your kids to eat?

Tick tock tick tock

On my last visit with my shrink I made a few comments and noticed him furiously scribbling away.  Later when there was a lull in the conversation he said, "lets come back to when you said you don’t go to other peoples houses because they are dirty.

"Uggggg, yeah, ummm, can we ignore that?"

No, he wasn’t going to let me.

"Do you have other habits like this?"

"OOOOO yeah."

"Tell me a few."

"I won’t drink out of a glass at a restaurant, if I think it’s too dirty or scary I ask for my drink served in a to go cup.  I will drink out of it, if it is a plastic glass though. If I manage to go to other peoples houses, I prefer not to eat, because I am positive their dishes are dirty.  I have two exceptions to this rule and one of them is Katie.  I go to Katies house, and even sit on the carpet, because Katie is the cleanest person I have ever known EVER."

"So.  You don’t sit on carpet, you don’t like glass, you don’t go to peoples houses, and you think dishes are dirty?"

"There is  more, lots more, but we just met and well, I like to save some stuff you know."

he pondered this for a while and finally said.  "You know, when we first met, I ruled out Bi-polar, and thought this was just a case of depression.  Now, however I’m thinking we need to investigate Manic behaviors and OCD."

"Ummm ok."

"Do you ever have obsessions?"

"Oh boy do I."

From there we discussed my obsessive thoughts of my kids dying, how I can’t make a decision with out overthinking it to the bone.  How I will lay awake at night obsessing over something as simple as what time I should take a shower before I go to todays doctor appointment.

After that he came up with a chore for me.  Compile a list of things that make me tick, and a list of my biggest stressers.


I will give you my partial list of Ticks.  You can’t have the stressors because they mention people that I don’t feel like dealing with after they read this.  I say it is a partial list of ticks because I am only writing them down as they come to me, obviously I don’t know them all off the top of my head!

First a little about OCD, taken from the OCD foundations website.  I will bold the things that I am guilty off.  Luckily, so far I seem not to have compulsions.

1. Obsessions
Obsessions are thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again and feel out of your control. The person does not want to have these ideas. He finds them disturbing and intrusive, and usually recognizes that they don’t really make sense. People with OCD worry excessively about dirt and germs and become obsessed with the idea that they are contaminated or contaminate others. They may have obsessive fears of having inadvertently harmed someone else even though they usually know this is not realistic. Obsessions are accompanied by uncomfortable feelings, such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a sensation that things have to be done in a way that is "just so."
2. Compulsions
People with OCD try to make their obsessions go away by performing compulsions. Compulsions are acts the person performs over and over again, often according to certain "rules." People with an obsession about contamination may wash constantly to the point that their hands become raw and inflamed. A person may repeatedly check that she has turned off the stove or iron because of an obsessive fear of burning the house down. She may have to count certain objects over and over because of an obsession about losing them. Unlike compulsive drinking or gambling, OCD compulsions do not give the person pleasure. Rather, the rituals are performed to obtain relief from the discomfort caused by the obsessions.
3. Other features of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
OCD symptoms cause distress, take up time (more than an hour a day), or significantly interfere with the person’s work, social life, or relationships. Most individuals with OCD recognize that their obsessions are coming from their own minds and are not just excessive worries about real problems. They realize that the compulsions they perform are excessive or unreasonable. When someone with OCD does not recognize that their beliefs and actions are unreasonable, this is called OCD with poor insight. OCD symptoms tend to wax and wane over time. Some may be little more than background noise; others may produce extremely severe distress.

Individuals with OCD often have substance-abuse problems, as a result of attempts to self-medicate.

And now my list. I will update this as I think of more.  I do not feel these are all attributes of OCD, they are mearly my personal ticks, or quirks.  I post them so you can all laugh at how dorky I am!

o I cannot put lotion on my feet.
o I can not touch my feet if they are wet
o I must eat food on both sides of my mouth or it feels uneven
o If I eat candy I must put it in groups of two and eat in order of least amount of colors up to the most amount of colors
o I don’t go to anyone’s house who has dogs (I make an exception for Ginger but I don’t sit on the couch), (also if I am forced to go to a house with a dog I immediately shower after or everything smells like dog and I can’t handle that.  I also can’t handle the smell of lake.  Lake Tahoe is an exception it smells pretty)
o I don’t pet dogs or cats they are dirty (I got rid of my cat because of this)
o I don’t eat at peoples houses. I will pack food to go to my mother in laws
o I have to put socks on before I put on my pants. If not I will spend the rest of the day stressed out about my socks
o I can not handle repetitive noises, pen clicks, tapping, gum popping, it sends me over the edge
o I get abnormally angry when people put hot sauce or fish sauce on the food I make. I have no reason for this, it just makes me angry. Fish sauce makes me see red.
o I can not handle dish clothes. They are gross and dirty. Sponges freak me out. I don’t like them, won’t touch them and don’t like them on my dishes
o If I use a wash cloth on my son, that is it is done and has to be washed. You can not use a wash cloth more then once
o I obsessively pick my face, back, arms, anything. I love to pick. I can’t walk by a mirror with out picking. When I sit at my desk I find myself suddenly picking. When I am cranky I instinctively look for something to pick.
o I cannot flush the toilet at night. If anyone does flush it at night I lay awake upset over it for hours
o I live by the philosophy POUR DON’T GRAB. I hate when people reach in and take things. Get your grubby paws out of my snacks.

o I did not eat cereal for almost 3 years because I worried there was bugs in it

o I have a hard time talking to people with bad teeth, and or bad breath.  It makes me want to gag.  I know, I’m an asshole.  Buy some gum and I will talk to you.

Okay that is all I can think of for now.  There are more.  People who know me in real life, feel free to add input on more quirks.

I haven’t even begun to research mania.  First we need to get this out of the way and go from there.  Oy vey!



I know exactly how Edward feels

I have this friend Ginger.  We hang out a lot.  And every time, with out fail it happens.  She opens my car door to get in, the wind catches her and my entire car is filled with her sent.  This shit.  Every single time the second I can smell her I am torn between wanting to jump out of me seat and lick her or wanting to punch her in the face for smelling so good and being a girl. 

I swear, I totally get how Edward feels whenever Bella walks by.  Some smells are just designed to catch your nose.  For months I wondered if I should steal her smell and slather myself in it.  But no, it is hers.  However when I was walking through the store Sunday and a bar of soap caught my eye.  I picked it up, sniffed and BLAMO yummy goodness in a bar.  It was a different brand so it wasn’t technically stealing her scent was it?  FUCK IT.  I put that bitch in my cart and away I went.  

Last night in the shower I stood there for a good two minutes doing nothing but sniffing my bar of soap.  Mmmmm.  It’s called Kiss My Face Orange and Lime and I swear it is like a little slice of heaven.  It woke me up, and perked me up and made me all smiley and YAY in the shower.   Hopefully now when Ginger gets in my car I won’t want to lunge over my seat and sniff her as much. 

Have you ever had a scent like that?  One that was just so good you kinda wanted to get a spoon and dip it in the lotion to see if it taste as good as it smells?  I’m interested in what flavors make you all YAY it’s a good day? 

(I’ve never done that, nope, not me…I forgo the spoon and lick it right off my arm.  It never taste good, and I never learn.)


* I am driving to San Francisco Wednesday to Meet Dooce and get my copy of her book signed.  Woohoo!

* I made a great dinner last night, Chicken Capresé pasta.  I will be posting the recipe tonight.  While you wait for it think, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, whole wheat pasta and sweet red onions. 

* I still need to post about my last doctor visit.  I’m lagging because I want to compile the best list of information I can for it.  But it’s a doozy.  Basically it will be an entire post devoted to MY CRAZY, with awesome examples.  I give you full permission ahead of time to laugh at me.  

*My parents took Brandon fishing this weekend.  There are two dead fish in my refrigerator.  I am trying not to barf thinking about it.  They plan to eat them tonight.  I plan to hide in my room while this happens.

* I discovered a new cereal, Total Cranberry Crunch.  I love that it is healthy but taste super good.  I also discovered a new coffee creamer. It is Coffemates, Toffee Nut.  It taste like a combo of caramel, vanilla, sugar, and the best candy you have ever eaten.  While I realize this isn’t an actual NEW flavor, it is new to me because I went to a different store this weekend and that is how I discovered it.  I love when you shop somewhere different and find tons of new things.  Don’t even get me started on the pleathera of stuff I discovered at Whole Foods this weekend.


Thats all.  I’ll be back to write a better post tonight I promise!


Sign up for Earth Hour! - I VOTE EARTH: Shannon Mateo

   Earth Hour 2009 by WWF – Sign up for Earth Hour!




On March 28 you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for one hour.
Or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on.

The results of the election are being presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. We want one billion votes for Earth, to tell world leaders that we have to take action against global warming.




This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

To learn more click here

So what did you do today

Disclaimer: This was really from yesterday but I didn’t get a chance to post it.

My closet yesterday AM.  Oh how messy!

Oh just look at my shoes in such a mess, and my jeans strewn about, drawers not even closed

Dresses all mashed up and pushed to the back


Two hours later


Clean!  Yay

Ahhh organized shoes

Clean and tidy dresser

(Ahem, see the weird lines on my dresser?  That is from when we moved, and my husband got the bright idea to DUCT tape our drawers shut.  So when he pulled it off he pulled the front of my dresser off too!  Great moving skillz dear)

Winter shit shoved above the closet BE GONE SNOW BOOTS

Dresses up front all ready for my pasty white winter legs!

Don’t worry my boyfriend didn’t get kicked out though

Hello summer shoes

Wednesday after work my husband went and helped a friend move.  His friend paid him for helping.  Later that day while we were roaming the grocery store I told him about earlier how Ginger, Lisa and I had met at the mall for coffee and then messed around trying on shoes.  I was telling him about some great shoes and the big sales blah blah and we went on with our shopping.  I turned around grabbed some stuff and turned back around to see money in my face.  He was giving me the money he made from moving and his exact words were, "go get your shoes baby."  He then took the boys home and let me go off to the mall to buy these beauties.


Is he not the best ever?


A few other recent summer finds: 

(never thought i would be a flats kinda person, until I put these on and then wondered,  "where have you been all my life."  All of my outfits are ten gazillion times cuter with flats instead of tennis shoes, Converse, Vans, flip flops.

And finally a few months ago Katie and I were at the place we shouldn’t ever be allowed to go (read:Target) when we found these puppies on clearance for $6.99.  I told Katie she had to buy them.  And to thank me for helping her spend her money she grabbed a pair in my size too and off we went merely with our fancy new shoes!


On a side note.  Today my dad and Codi were outside playing.  After a while Rob and Brandon joined in. They were all messing around with the new basketball hoop my dad put up for the boys.  I finally headed home and walked up just in time to see Codi pushing the little toy stroller around.  Suddenly the stroller caught an edge and faster then I could blink a large THUMP came from Codi’s head as he face planted into the concrete.  He has a massive goose egg on his forehead, a 2 inch scrape from his forehead, over his eye and down the side of his head, scrapes on his cheek and mouth, and temple.  The poor guy is a mess.  The worst part is, it happened so fast I couldn’t even have stopped it if I had been close enough.  I have photos of it, but they are on my work camera.  It was the saddest little thing I’ve ever seen and his scrapes and bruises are breaking my heart.  After that we took the boys on a run around the hill at the park.  By the time we made it down, the bruise on his head had morphed into a huge goose egg.  After a bath and some Neosporin he tried to lay down on my chest but kept having to turn his head because it hurt to lay on that side.

That noise you hear, that is the sound of my heart CRUSHING, as he looked up at me sadly, in pain and asked to nurse.  He hasn’t done that in a month since we stopped, and it was the most heart wrenching thing I’ve ever encountered as a mom, having to say no and watching him break down into a fit of screams. 

Woe is me.


I have some upcoming blog posts stashed in my head.  Here are some previews:

*How I finally had a second appointment with my therapist, and he is leaning away from normal depressed and closer to depressed with a side of Manic and or OCD.  In fact he really wants to revisit the OCD talk next week.  When I mentioned this to my friends their response was an overwhelming DUH SHANNON WE HAVE ALL KNOWN THAT.  Sounds like he thinks aside from normal OCD I might actually be obsessive with making myself sad, or ruining something before it has the chance to be ruined.  More on this to come.

*How I robbed the grocery store with nothing but coupons and a club card.

*How I had my first night since Codi was born, alone with Brandon only while Codi stayed at my parents, and how amazingly wonderful it was to just soak up Brandon, all alone while he wasn’t busy competing with Codi.

He must have really wanted his house cleaned

My cousin Lisa just sent me this link:


Police: Man adds meth to wife’s water to give her energy

04:50 PM PDT on Thursday, March 26, 2009


MORTON, Wash. — A Lewis County man faces assault and child endangerment charges after detectives say he made his wife drink water spiked with meth.
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The woman was breast-feeding their three-month-old child at the time. She said she did not know the meth was in the water.

The 34-year-old man told investigators he hoped the meth would give her energy to clean the house.

The man is currently locked up in the Lewis County jail on another pending charge. Detectives said they learned of the meth incident while listening to the inmates phone calls.


I’m just wondering who is going to clean his jail cell for him now?


*Taken from the following website

Gotta love husbands

What happens when your husband comes outside to the grill where you have taken over and says:

"Don’t worry babe, I’ve got it, I like to let it cook all the way on one side first."

To which I lovinly reply:

"Umm okay but I was turning it every two minutes to cook it evenly"

Then he says: