Frankenbooby and Commercials – Ten Things That Make Me Cry

In honor of National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day (yes, that is also a thing), this week’s Tuesday Ten link up is all about things that make me cry. Some of them are happy tears. Some are tears of sadness. But these things will absolutely, positively, 100% turn on the water works on this girl.

1. Commercials with Sarah Mclachlan singing
You know the ones. Misty shots of caged puppies shivering in the rain. A kitten playfully bats her paw at the camera. Sarah’s haunting voice dares you to turn away. Seven seconds into this commercial and my face is wet with tears — my mind wondering what those poor animals must be feeling and my heart breaking for the loving home they should have known. I haven’t quite dialed to give yet… but I should.

2. Imitation of Life
This is a wonderful old movie about the relationship between a mother and her daughter. It is also a movie that looks into the more complex problems caused by racism in that era (not that the same issues don’t exist). All in all, an extremely fair-skinned mixed daughter shuns her black mother… and the black mother selflessly bows out to allow her daughter a chance at happiness. I won’t give it all away, but I TRIPLE DOG DARE you to watch this movie without bawling your eyes out. You’ll cry. You’ll cry and you’ll call your mom and tell her you love her. That will be about as far as the conversation gets. You’ll be too emotional to continue.

Imitation of Life Trailer

3. Sonograms
Baby toes are awesome. They are 10x more awesome on an ultrasound screen for some reason. I will never forget watching my little girl in my belly, sucking her thumb and doing somersaults. Whenever I see pictures of my children’s ultrasounds I am immediately taken back to the time they were closest to me. I can’t help but cry (mostly tears of joy) when I look at them then and now. They are such miracles. And I took part in those miracles!

4. Chinese Hot Mustard
It is the most delicious self abuse possible. I can only really describe it as that. I don’t really get a chance to enjoy the food for battling the heat of the mustard, but I can’t help myself. I must always have hot mustard with my chinese food. Tears and snot aside, it’s the only way I can enjoy an egg roll.

5. When My Family Leaves
I love my family. My life is so full of energy and excitement (and happy stress) when I have them near. Every time they come to visit, I promise myself I won’t cry. But after I drop them off at the airport, I get halfway home before the lines on the road get blurry and I break my promise and weep. Some of them are so far! And I miss them all so much. Then I just think about the next time I will see them. That cheers me up… a little.

I  love my family.

6. Most Pixar films
Most children’t films have at least ONE point I want to blubber during. You can judge if you want but to me, that just means you have never seen Up or Toy Story.

7. Stubbing my toe
Cryin’ ain’t the only thing it makes me do. I am more than certain that there is a nerve that leads from the toe to the tears, jumping, and profanity parts of the brain. Sometimes it’s the bed but usually it’s a toy. I hit that toe hard enough and it is INSTANT wailing sailor. A good toe stubbing can reduce a grown man to tears so I don’t feel any shame in that one.

8. Breast Infections
I have been the victim of a number of weird physical ailments. The most notorious, however, would have to be a series of recurring breast infections I first got while I was 7 months pregnant with my daughter. I had a high fever and very sore breast which began to leak the most rancid fluid I’d ever smelled in my life… like it literally woke us out of our sleep. Anyway, turns out, I had a really bad breast abcess that had to be surgically removed and cleaned. I’ve had several since and yeah, they make me cry. The scars they’ve left also make me cry. I’m not a vain person per se, but I am not a fan of my poor mutilated bosom. It sucks but my husband doesn’t seem to mind Frankenboob. More importantly, the first infection was retained in my breast probably to protect the baby. My children are worth the hurt.

My last breast infection last year. Womp Womp

9. Church
It’s amazing to go into a place when you are feeling at your absolute lowest and emerge feeling like there is hope. There is something rejuvenating about being able to open your soul and allow the bad to leave and good to flow in. It is overwhelming to be surrounded by love. I often cry but it is only because I am so happy to be somewhere safe and free from worry.

10. Missing Memphis
I left my hometown 9 years ago this April. I don’t regret leaving. But I do miss Memphis a whole lot. I miss lighting bugs and smelling the moisture in the air. I miss the sound of katydids signaling the end of a summer day. I miss the very specific country dialect. I miss the barbeque. I miss what I know. I don’t cry about missing home as much as I used to but it still happens from time to time.

That sums it up I think. Just be grateful I’m not pregnant or this little list of things that make me cry would have been a novel. I’d like to thank Lisa of The Golden Spoons and Rabia from The Lieber Family for hosting this Tuesday Ten link up. Make sure to go and check out the other things that make them cry too!

The Golden Spoons

In Memoriam — Gwendolyn Kay Wallace

This past Friday, our family was shaken by the news that a very special person passed away in a house fire in Memphis, Tennessee. She was one of my sister’s godsisters thus, often times by default she would babysit me as well — and though I didn’t have the fortune of spending the same amount of time with her as my sister, she never made me feel anything but welcomed and wanted. I always got such a warm feeling when I was with their family… and it was that much warmer when Kay was around.

There were and are no words to express how extremely heartbroken we all are.

I wish I could thoroughly explain how wonderful and fun and lively she was, but any of these things would be an understatement because she was so much more. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and friend. She was a reflection of them and they of her — a purely golden family full of love and strength.

You will be so very missed, Kay. It’s been years since we last spoke, but I will never forget your smile, and energy, and sass. I am so very glad that I was fortunate enough to know you and although you may not have known it, you touched my life.

Family, please know you are in my prayers — I pray for your strength today, tomorrow, in the coming weeks, and year. I pray that you find hope and comfort in each other, even though understanding or answers may never come. I pray that God wraps you in his loving grace and shields you from the pain and frustration that losses like these bring. I pray that one day, your hurt will be healed and all the thoughts and memories you have will bring you peace. I pray… I pray… I pray.


It’s National Hamburger Day!

In honor of National Hamburger Day, I’ve decided to pay homage to my favorite places for a burger… some you may know of… others you may not. My list, of course, is limited to the places I’ve been to… but I’ve been to plenty 😉

The Squeeze-Inn’s famous cheese skirt being modeled by a delicious stack of beef and toasty buns.

My 5 Favorite Burgers… On Earth…. EVER!

5. Back Yard Burger — Yup – a chain. But you’re always gonna find a great burger here. I love the grilled taste and with all the types and toppings, you’ll never get bored.

4. Five Guys Burgers and Fries — We recently got these in Sacramento. These are not for the weak of heart. These monsters come piled with toppings and flavor. Each sandwich is made fresh when you order so there may be a bit of a wait… but it’s UBER worth it.

3. The Squeeze Inn — This place is a Sacramento institution. Their behemoths  have a great sense of fashion. You’ll never catch them without their cheese skirts. The place may not be super huge or swanky… but they make a meeeeean burger.

2. Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken — I know, I know. The name says fried chicken, and make no mistake, the chicken IS slammin. However, they have a hamburger that will make your knees wobble. If you’re feeling froggy, you can get in on the Monster Burger Challenge. Just make sure you are ready to take on the two 1/3 lb mountains of beef in 8 minutes… otherwise your picture goes on the Wall of Shame.

1. My grandma’s kitchen. She made the most INCREDIBLE hamburgers… they were the size of a dinner plate and had flavor for days. I never figured out how she managed to make them so good with just salt and pepper. Unfortunately, I can’t go to her kitchen anymore, but I found one that makes for a serious rival. Where? Black Bear Diner. Their burgers have just the right amount of everything (grease included) and they have an old-fashioned approach that I just adore. I just can’t wait for my wax-paper wrapped sandwich to arrive. It looks so happy all nestled beside the fries. I top it all off with a rich, thick strawberry shake (the whole mixer tin, YAY) and say goodbye to my calorie cap. Diet be danged. I can’t pass these up.

Make sure to visit these websites and take note of the locations nearest you. In fact, stop in today! Who wants to cook this close to the holidays anyway!