The things that have made me laugh recently

Daddy's Playboy Cards

If you've thought the last almost-eight weeks have been nothing but depression and sob-fests over in Ali-land, you would not be far off. This has been a seriously bleak time. But despite losing Daddy and being thrown into a logistical nightmare that includes commuting from Merritt Island to Orlando and Melbourne, seeing Mia ride a roller coaster of healthcare, and picking up more dog shit than I ever wanted to see in my entire life, there have been a few really bright spots in all of Continue Reading

The roller coaster is moving faster than I can blog

Yeah. This roller coast is moving far, far too fast for me to keep up with on this blog. What roller coaster, you ask? The one my family got on when Daddy and Mia got sick. You know, the one that keeps going up and down and twisting and changing directions faster than I can process. The one that is my life and emotional state of being right now. That one. So where was I? Oh yes. We'd been told it was time to let Mia go, and we were preparing to do just that. Here's how that roller Continue Reading

More on Mia


Once again there are too many details about Mia's health to share in one, or even five, Facebook status's. And so I turn to my blog to share the news. Where I left off: Mia was safely moved from Cape Canaveral Hospital to Kindred in Melbourne. Things were rough when Mia first arrived at Kindred. Cari was in town to oversee the move but had to head back to North Florida the next day and though she was the first of us to see Mia in Kindred, her last visit wasn't great. The move took a toll Continue Reading

Soooo about that birthday…

Imperial Salon Hydrotherapy Pool/Tub in Melbourne, FL

Friday was my first birthday without Daddy and man,... it started off SO. GOOD. I opened presents from friends that were thoughtful and perfect. I cried happy tears and laughed all morning. From a special bangle bracelet with an incredibly meaningful symbol, to a set of magnets with photos of me and my Dad, to a bouquet of gorgeous yellow flowers... the gifts I received were unprecedented and perfect. And the love sent my way - holy crap I FELT it. All morning I practically radiated Continue Reading

My last birthday card from Daddy

Today is my birthday. It's the first one where I won't get a call from my Dad. I should have already gotten a card because he liked to send them early.  He was never one for writing his raw thoughts (like me), but he did know how to pick out a card. This is the last birthday card I got from Daddy: -------------- My Daughter If I could gather up all the smiles, laughs, memories, and pride that you've brought me through the years and give them back to you, I would. Maybe that way Continue Reading

A Lengthy, Detailed Update on Mia

Mia and Daddy

Since so many people have asked and the details are so vast, I thought I'd write out a full-length update on Mia's health in chronological order. This is long, but it's thorough and pretty interesting if you're interested in that sort of thing... The Beginning: The Flu and Ventilator Mia got Type A Flu around February 16th. She was admitted to ICU on February 19th and she was incubated/put on a ventilator to assist with her breathing after not responding well to the by-pap machine on Continue Reading