Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunday Sound Out

From Chicago, home of moths the size of bats, it's your host, the woman who may, possibly, have slight entomophobia, Dawn Meehan!

I have a lot to say since I skipped last week's Sunday Sound Out while I was dying of a sore throat and achy back. But first, answers to your questions...

I was just wondering if you will be doing any camping this summer. It always seems to be quite an adventure for you.
Heck no! Joe got the camper in the divorce which means I no longer have to go camping. I am going to be taking my kids to the beach by myself for a little vacation, however.

With Brooklyn in preschool, what will you do with those precious three hours twice a week?
I plan to work out for an hour, shower, clean for an hour or so, put my buckets of pictures into albums, go to the grocery store, write for at least 2 hours, do a couple loads of laundry, get a start on dinner, mow the lawn, finish crocheting a couple projects, and apparently invent a time machine since that's more than even I can do in three hours.

Just wondering what the two oldest think of a possible move?
Surprisingly, they're open to it. We'll see what the future brings. If it works out to move, then great. If it works out to stay here, then great. Either way, things will happen the way they're supposed to.

I'm SOOOO jealous!!! Think my husband and kids would notice if I tagged along w/ you to NC?
When they ran out of clean underwear, they'd probably have a clue that something wasn't quite right.

Don't you just love getting pulled over?
Ummmm. I'm going to assume this is rhetorical.

so how did Austin know you had gotten stopped?
Because Savannah was with me and she texted Austin who told Jackson who texted me, asking if I was going to jail. Yeah. Apparently, one of Savannah's friends was driving by at the time I was pulled over by the cop. She texted Savannah, asking if I was getting busted. That's the thing about having a van the size of a bus - everyone recognizes you wherever you go. And that's the thing about texting - everyone knows what's going on the minute it happens.

Okay, seriously, it is KILLING me--Where did you (or were planning to) go the day of the "Get Ready!" post?!?! I GET the point of the post, but you can't just leave us with a cliffhanger like that! Please? =]
Nowhere. It was a story. But if it makes you feel better, ummm, let's see here, how about the zoo? We were getting ready to go to the zoo. Happy?

Is it wrong that I think Billy Crystal is cuter than D.J.? Probably.
Hmmm, let's see...

Ummm, beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

Julia in Sweden said...
Get well soon, sweetie! Who knows, there might be something to cheer you up in the mail this week? At least I hope so.
Lots of hugs!

THANK YOU, JULIA!!! Julia sent me a ton of chocolate from Sweden! And it is delicious! I totally hid it from my kids and haven't shared at all. I can't believe they haven't sniffed it out! Thank you so much! It really did cheer me up! :)

And thank you to everyone who sent cards and treats to Savannah while she was recovering from her knee surgery. She started writing thank you notes to everyone, but I screwed up and accidentally threw out all the envelopes with the return addresses. I'm sorry, but wanted everyone to know how much their thoughtfulness and generosity was appreciated!

I sure do hope that magic fairies come and clean up your house overnight so that you don't have to deal with it when you feel better.
I do too. It would certainly be nice to, Wait! There are magic cleaning fairies??? How is it that I never knew about them? How can I get them to come here?

I love Jackson. Seems like a great kid. (They all do, but I always especially enjoy your Jackson references.) Did he successfully make a cherry pie?
Define "successful".

Oh Dawn! That's one of the big things that sucks about being a single parent - nobody to take care of you when you are sick or the rest of the household.
It works that way when you're married too oftentimes.

Possible SSO: Dawn, I have seen in a couple of your Facebook pictures that you have a tattoo on your ankle. So do I. Would you mind telling us what it is and/or posting a picture??? :)
Wow, you guys sure scrutinize pictures! Yeah, I've got a tattoo of a fish on my ankle. It seemed like a good idea when I was 18 and knew everything. I can't even say that it's a Jesus symbol or a Pisces symbol. It's just a stupid looking fish.

Why, by the way, didn't Savannah's friend's parents pick them up? Just curious.
Because it's the single mom of six's job to do all the driving, apparently. I could tell Savannah felt bad about that. I told her it was okay because I want her to know that she can always call me and count on me.

Hey, Dawn... A moth? REALLY? Minus Dawn, a moth is the wimpiest creature on the face of the planet. (That is, of course, if you don't count Mothra from the GODZILLA movies!) I mean, they are like butterfly wannabes that are so ashamed of their wimptitude that they only come out at night. I guess you get to keep the supercape but you have to get a different kryptonite. It simply can NOT be a moth!
Okay, this comment was from Que who writes a hilarious blog, Dad by Trade. You need to take a minute and go over there. He's a great writer (even if he makes fun of my bugaphobia and watches Godzilla movies). Read his post about Stay-at-home parents HERE! Trust me. He's FUNNY!

Dawn, you really should be writing sitcoms
Funny you should mention this...

Wow. Did you offend a gypsy or something? Tick of the moth gods?
I googled "gypsy curse" just so I could come up with a smart-aleck response, but was too shocked to find websites dedicated to this very topic. Apparently there are a lot of wackadoos people who believe in this kind of thing out there.

And... I am 100% ASHAMED to admit this, but the teen-mag pinup isn't of Justin Bieber. I recognize the kid - I think he was on Jack and Bobby on the CW... but it's definitely not Bieber. (Why do I know this?!?!??!!)
My kids pointed out my error the next day. Oops. I guess it's some guy named Logan something or other. They all look the same to me. Sorry, Justin.


I'm writing some articles for Goodnites these days. You can read them HERE. You can also get some really GREAT information about bedwetting and I know some of you have kids who wet the bed because between 5 - 7 million kids in the United States do.


I'm also writing articles for parents of tweens at Don't Fret the Sweat HERE. Go read my latest article and offer me lavish praise there. I mean, read my latest article and read the other articles by writers more talented than me and get some great insight into common tween issues.

And for your tween girls, enter to win a trip to NYC in the Cool and Confident Girl contest by Dove go fresh deodorant! For more information, go HERE to!


The winner of the purity ring from Cornerstone Jewelry is HERE.

For a chance to win a 4 pack of tickets to The Emperor's New Clothes at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, go HERE!


I'm going to be a guest on Suburban Wow this Friday at 11:00 AM Central time. The show is hosted by Weaselmomma from World of Weasels and Melisa from Suburban Scrawl. Two funny, talented ladies! Check them out and tune in on Friday when I make a fool of myself on their show.


And finally, seventy-seven fantastic mom bloggers in 11 cities across the country are participating in 77kids Do Good Day on July 14th by doing good in their local communities in pay-it-forward kinds of ways. All in support of the new 77kids by American Eagle stores. I'm part of the fabulous Chicago team and we're going to be supporting a Ronald McDonald house in Chicago by preparing a meal for the families staying there, providing some craft projects for the kids, and bringing them donations. I encourage you to get out in your local communities and pay if forward on July 14th as well! You can find out more about this project on The Motherhood.


Whew! I think that's it. Have a grand week, everyone!

Photo of fireworks from dcjohn's photostream

Photo of Dwayne Johnson from david_shankbone's photostream


Julia in Sweden said...

I'm so happy that you liked the chocolate! It's my favourite kind ;-) I like it best when it's refrigerated, but then I guess it would be too easy to find ;-)
Take care and give me a shout if you want a refill!

Gwen said...

A move? Would you possibly be moving to be closer to a certain single dad of six blogger? I can imagine the blogs you both could write with 12 kids! I hope that's where you're moving. I think you guys would be awesome together. plus he's a total cutie.. :)

Lisa said...

You don't have to have a camper to go camping! Don't you have tents and sleeping bags??

I can't imagine cooking for 7 over a campfire though...

Unknown said...

Thank you for the nice words. I ALMOST feel bad about the MOTH posts.

Jennie said...

In your own defense that was a freaken HUGE moth, I feel your pain. My 4 yr. old is freaked by any bugs although he loves learning about them as long as they aren't alive near him so we argue over who kills things cos I'm training him that it's a man's job! It isn't working.
My point for this comment though is there is a website called (I think) and you can pick any state and it will show you houses for sale that are near water, thought that could help your search.

WeaselMomma said...

I can't wait to have you on the show Friday!!!! We should have much fun and laughs.
I'm also bummed that that I am not able to participate in the 77 Kids event. It sounded great, but I will not be in the area that day. What a great cause you chose.

Tamara said...

Dawn, you really should be writing sitcoms
Funny you should mention this...

HMMMM.... I think I see a mom to my six pack sitcom in the works. If S**t my dad says can become a show, your family antics would be fantastic!

Sara said...

My daughter yesterday found the HUGEST (yes I know that's not a word) moth yesterday, out dead in the yard. It seriously WAS as big as a bat. And DISGUSTING. And then she "peeled" it (pulled it's wings off). It must have fluttered in the breeze or something, because then she screamed, so I screamed. Oh, it was just disgusting. Why do almost 3-year-olds love bugs? EWWW! And what's the difference between a moth and a butterfly, anyway? My husband swears that giant disgusting thing was a moth. It did have a huge body...

Natasha said...

I THOUGHT it didn't look like Justin Beiber! To me it looked like Zac Efron. I don't like either of them, actually... lol, I just know 'em.

And oh... so... the "Get Ready" post was... hypothetical? I mean, I'm sure similar things have happened in the past, but I thought that had really happened... lol.

Kris said...

Not one reference to Spuds in the SSO?

jdb in AZ said...

By the time the next Twilight movie comes out, Awesome Austin will be old enough to drive, and hopefully consider it a privilege to chauffeur his sister Savannah and her cute friends.

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