Thank you all for the love, prayers, and good wishes for Annabel! She is doing SO WELL and should be fine to resume all of her regular activities tomorrow. It was a stressful week, one that I don’t think has fully hit me. James had a lot to do with that – on Tuesday morning, the kid got frighteningly pale, fainted, and then threw up when he came to. You may remember that he did something similar a few years ago and scared the daylights out of us. This time, he was responsive much sooner. The common thread in both incidents is that he’d just woken up, which indicates a vasovagal response (aka, fainting). My mom and I are champion fainters, so he comes by it honestly.

But I could reeeeeeally use my kids not having medical emergencies in the same week. These last seven days took years off my life.

Around The ‘Net

~“Harvey Weinstein pushed me inside and raped me in my own hallway”

~They survived six hours in a pool as a wildfire burned their neighborhood to the ground

~A Eulogy For The Person I Was Before I Got Sick

~Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

~The ‘orphan’ I adopted from Uganda already had a family

~“Cooking Them to Death”: The Lethal Toll of Hot Prisons

~Read this and you may never eat chicken again

~This summer, hundreds of China’s young gay people took their parents on a sea voyage of reconciliation

~Dirty John

~Richard Branson’s hyperloop bet is next step in battle with Elon Musk over future of travel

~The Only Job a Robot Couldn’t Do

~A man finds a $24 million lottery ticket in an old shirt — just in the nick of time

~Meet the two amazing women running across America — to break the same record

~New York bartender steals the show on ‘Jeopardy!’

~Tom Hanks: Actor, typist

~Hogwarts Express rescues stranded family who lost canoe in remote Scotland


With the holiday season coming up fast, I would like to humbly ask that any of you who shop via Amazon consider using Amazon Smile to benefit Friends of Maddie. When you shop via Amazon Smile, a portion of the total purchase is donated to the charity of your choice. It’s a great, easy way to help families suffering through the loss of a child. Thank you in advance for your support!

Fun Finds

~I can’t say enough good things about these silicone scrubbers. They are amazing and everyone needs like 5 of ’em.
~I just ordered a “tank top organizer” for my closet because I have too many tank tops and not enough hangers.
~I’ve been looking for a pair of yoga/exercise pants that have a pocket, and I came across this pair with promising reviews. Does anyone have a rec for a pair they love?

Happy Sunday, everyone!