Category Archives: Acting Up

Has Tommy Tutone Got Your Number? It ain’t 867-5309

Have you seen it yet? The parody from Mayo Clinic of Tommy Tutone’s 867-5309? Knowing my numbers as the parody shares wouldn’t have alerted us to my cardiac issue, or prevented my cardiac arrest. Mine was a wiring problem of the heart rather than a plumbing problem. However, the vast majority of women who deal with heart disease would be helped by knowing their numbers before it gets critical. Who are these women? Look in the mirror, pretty good chance it is you and if not you, your mother, your daughter, your sister. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Thing is, much of it is preventable.



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Hello Diapers!

Ahhh, diapers how I’ve missed you. Okay, maybe not so much, but we’re loving having the need to use diapers again. We cloth-diapered Bean and while we handed down most of that stash we did have some left, we’re just finding that a little boy’s diapering needs maybe a wee bit different. So one of today’s goals is investigating what might work best for Fox.

In other diapering news, have you heard about the Diaper Act?

The introduction of the Diaper Act (H.R. 3134) to the House of Representatives is a step forward in helping struggling families get back to work. If you’ve read here before you may know that WIC and SNAP (Food Stamps) don’t cover diapers and the vast majority of daycares won’t accept cloth diapers. The Diaper Act seeks only a definitional change to how Child Care Development Funds can be used for diapers so that more families can access child care and get back to work. This does NOT mean more taxes, it is merely a definitional change, and really what parent, what human can argue with making sure that babes have a healthy change of diapers so their parents can get back to work? Want to help? Go ahead and sign the petition.

Call your representatives and tell them you support the Diaper Act HR 3134. Share information about the Diaper Act on Twitter, Facebook, and via blogging. There is lots more information at Help A Mother Out

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Introducing Justin

It is just over a year since I handed in my resignation. Of course, it took a little longer for me to actual leave, but still we’re heading up on a year, and what a year. Sometimes, I do miss the students I worked with. Mostly it was young adults just starting out, figuring out what they’re passionate about and pursuing those dreams. I got to help, just a little, but still.

I love running into my old students. Hearing what they’re up to and where they’re going. A few months ago I ran into Justin at a large warehouse store where he was stocking up on healthy foods. I was stocking up on healthy foods too, and not so healthy foods. We got to talking. He graduated this past year. His plan, to bike across the country, practically coast to coast. Why? To raise funds for the Make A Wish Foundation. Oh, and by bike I don’t mean motorbike, I mean road bike. Anyway, I’ve been reading along on his travels via his blog, Wish from Coast to Coast, and he is hysterical. I mean, the guy can tell a tale.

My phone was at 9% total battery life and my laptop was completely powerless… just as I was feeling. LIGHT BULB. I needed food yet didn’t want to move. Papa John’s delivery baby, directly to my tent! I used the last bit of charge on my cell phone to request a large cheese pizza and a Vitamin Water. The young lady at the other end of the phone paused for some time when I told her I was in a tent at Parrish Park and that I would be near the soccer goal to meet the driver.

The kid is smart, funny and good hearted, I promise fabulous travel tales of a lovely young man on his bike making friends as he helps kids in need. So go on, head over and say hi to Justin. See if he has been to your state. Help make a wish come true by donating to Make A Wish Foundation on his site. And please share.


Justin, I nicked your picture hope that is okay.

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Tucson Bloggers Meet Up to Save A Life

Well, at least we’re somewhat prepared now. The very lovely Becca of Our Crazy Boys organized a CPR training which I referred to in the last post. I got to meet some brilliant folks, including the amazing Ashleigh Burrows and Lia of My Craft Evolution (It turns out Lia and I worked in the same place about a decade ago. I just knew she looked familiar) and renew and update my knowledge of CPR for infants, children and adults. I swear CPR has changed in just the past few years. Our instructors were from the local non-profit Save-A-Life Foundation which consists of off-duty Tucson Fire Department folks and they were brilliant instructors. Have you been trained in CPR? Recently? If not in the past few years do yourself a favor and get certified or re-certified in CPR. If you’re local I recommend this group highly. They’ll even come out to teach private groups. I’m going to ask for Bean’s Preschool, see if I can get a group of parents together that might be interested.

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I have exactly 13 minutes to write and post this tonight.
Local blogger Becca of Our Crazy Boys has been shouting from the rooftops about Aquatic Awareness since she began blogging at Our Crazy Boys. Spurred by the recent drownings in Arizona she is organizing a CPR Class this Saturday. Just three days ago a 9 year old had to be pulled from the pool here in Tucson and luckily their parents knew CPR. As someone who is here only because others knew CPR I’m going to encourage all to attend. Go on. Pleaseeee. If you want to join in the fun email Becca at ourcrazyboys dot com. I’m going to dig out the ol’ Safe Kids materials and take them with if I can. Phew. Done with a minute to spare. Night night all.


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Stayin’ Alive

I’ve been posting. Really, I have. Just not here. See, check it out. I’m trying to find my pace there. I have another online project, just for fun though, that I’ve been thinking about for the past year or so, and started to do back in December only to put it on hold and I think that I’m finally moving beyond thinking and messing about to actually doing thanks due to Melissa and Ms.Velvet Hammer. I’ll tell you more soon. Honest. I know you’re just dying to know.

Talking of dying or not, I shared this at work today and can’t get it out of my head. Go on, play it. It is totally irreverent, but as a cardiac arrest survivor and as someone who lost a sibling to a heart attack I give you permission to laugh your arse off at this public service announcement. Well, as long as you take the message to heart. Get it? Take the message to heart. If Danny was still alive he would laugh too, but there wasn’t anyone nearby who knew CPR, so he can’t. So we have to laugh twice as hard for all those lost. Frak, only 32% of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a passerby. Only 8% of us make it from the site to the hospital. The number of us out in the public and functioning successfully is lower yet. The quicker we get CPR the higher the rate of survival, the greater the number of us that can continue to function and contribute in this society. Watch the bloody video will you and share. Thanks. I feel better now.

Check it out, then go to to find out about a little prize competition they’re having.

Staying alive, staying alive, staying alive….


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I was late to the party. Heck, I didn’t even know about it, but last night it was on. There was a party all about saving lives. Your life and my life. It was a Twitter party hosted by the American Heart Association. I never make it to Twitter parties, I tend to the in person ones with cocktails and BBQs, perhaps a little dancing, but better late than never though. At the heart of it – this video. Please watch and share.

Oh and a little more info – All of us at some point in our lives will know someone or be the person who needs CPR, but only 32% of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander, and less than 8% of those who have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital will survive. As one of that 8% I beg you to watch this and to share.

ps. Number one killer of women? Heart disease. More deaths than all cancers together. Now back to the never scheduled usual stuff.

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