Only them

Yesterday, while on the phone, my sister and I were laughing. We were actually laughing so hard that we were snort-laughing.

What? Like you don’t snort-laugh…..

Which, in itself may not sound blog post worthy.

But in light of the events of this past week, I think it is.

No matter what, no matter where, siblings are there.

And they are the only ones I can snort-laugh with in the middle of true tragedy.

“To the outside world we all grow old.  But not to brothers and sisters.  We know each other as we always were.  We know each other’s hearts.  We share private family jokes.  We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.  We live outside the touch of time.”

Vigil for Koralynn – update

Updated – Here is a video of the vigil.

Candlelight vigil for Koralynn Fister.

Tonight, May 28th

9 to 9:30pm at George Washington Park, Centraila

Bring your own candle and a way to light it.

Please, please….if you think a child may be in danger, talk to someone who can help.

No words. (Graphic post)

(For a more complete story please go here: but please be aware that it is graphic.)

When my oldest children were young, we had the usual “fear” periods.

Afraid of being alone.

Afraid of bugs.

Afraid of the Tooth Fairy.

We dealt with each fear as best we could in normal parent fashion.

And of course, the fear of monsters.

THAT was the easiest one to deal with…..beacuse monsters are not real.

Easy fear to put to rest.

Monsters do not exist.

That is what I told my children.

But I lied.

Monsters do exist, and they walk amongst us.

Looking ever so much like people. Like a niece’s boyfriend even.

Monsters are real.

On May 24th, 2012 my sisters two year old grandbaby was killed by her mom’s boyfriend.

(Legally I must add in the word allegedly.)

(So imagine the above statement with the word allegedly.)

(Because I’m not adding it.)

The wounds on her body dated from back several weeks to the ones that happened when she was killed.

My sisters visual access to her grandbaby had been limited over the last two months. She now knows why.

Koralynn Fister was only two years old.

She was my sisters grandbaby.

She was killed by a monster.

Could you please send a healing thought or prayer to my sister and her family. This tragedy….this horror….will take much to come to terms with.

If you have any concerns about a child’s safety, please…please….please contact someone who can help.

And hug your babies extra close tonight.

I don’t even know what else to say.

Peace to you Kora

Thursday Thinking

This is a weekly series that I hope you will take part in. Basically, I will ask a question, you answer. Easy-peasy. ;) Sometimes the questions will be very simple and easy to answer in one word. Other times they may be more controversial and require a bit of thought on your part.


Today, let’s turn the tables. What question do YOU want to ask ME? 

I’ll answer any reasonable question to the best of my ability.

However all requests for my credit card number will be ignored. :)



My name is Allison and I have nomophobia.

No it’s not contagious but…..

………chances are you have it also.

Nomophobia: The fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The phrase was coined by a U.K. study commissioned by SecurEnvoy as an abbreviation for no-mobile-phone phobia, and it found that two-thirds of mobile phone users get anxious when losing their phone, running out of battery power or finding themselves in a location without network coverage. The study also showed that younger people (18 to 34) are more likely to be nomophobic, and the level of nomophobia has increased from 50 percent to 66 percent in the last four years.  It also found the average case of nomophobia causes stress levels similar to those of suffering anxiety related to “wedding day jitters” or going to the dentist.

Right this very minute my cell phone is sitting in my lap. And if the cat happens to jump in my lap and knock it down to the floor…I will pick it up. Right away. Even though it is 2 feet away. Because I am not touching it.

My precious…..


I have no idea. Heck, in the last 48 hours my phone has rung once. One time.

But I neeeeeeed it. My precious.

Someone might call me. Or text me. Or email me. Or tweet me. And what if I miss it?

My phone and my coffee are the only addictions I have left.

I don’t smoke. I don’t drink.

See the cold sweat on my forehead?

I might miss an important Facebook status. Like that Jane had an egg for breakfast. And Joe is stopping for gas.

What if I miss it????

I sleep with my phone less than 18 inches away. I tuck it in the waistband of my yoga pants when I am pretending to clean the house. It’s in my back pocket when I shop. It’s with me when I step in to powder my nose.

Because what if I miss something????

Do you have nomophobia?

Now I understand…

So, this took place on my Facebook. It really explains so much.
Allison (Me!):
Absolute highlight of my week…I was just RT’ed by Genevieve of Choo Choo Soul! Yes, I realize that is a bit sad. Leave me alone in my pathetic glory.
    • 10 others like this.
      •  Meg:   I want your life
      • Miranda:  That is so cool! We saw them live a few months ago and I am not ashamed to say it was the best concert I have been to.
      • Allison: I am resisting the urge to tweet back asking if DC is as….ummmm…..ya’know….. in person. 😉
      • Jen: All aboard the choo choo train…
      •  Miranda: Do you mean sexy? If so the answer is yes, yes he is.
      • Allison: See, that is why I couldn’t go to that concert. I would have been rushing the stage all like “What kid? I don’t have a kid here, I’m here just to see you!”
      • Meg: I felt that way about Anthony Wiggle.
      •  Miranda: What made it better was he was all sweaty…
      • Allison: Dang. Now I’m picturing that Miranda.Meg, before I found DC, I liked to watch a little Greg. Not Sam though…. 😉
      • Allison: And I love knowing that others enjoy Choo Choo Soul as much as I do. LOL
      •  Meg: Did you see the Wiggles were retiring? And I didn’t realize Jeff was so old. He’s 58!!!
      •  Miranda: It was glorious.
        Allison: ‎:P Miranda, I am totally jealous.
        Allison: I thought they were just bringing Greg back and Sam was retiring? I just saw a picture of Greg and I couldn’t get over how old her looks too. Hang on, let me look for the article I read.
      • Allison: Meg…Dang! I just saw what you are talking about. Now I feel old. 21 years of Wiggles. That’s crazy.
      • Meg: Luke got into them “early” – my maid of honor is Aussie so she sent him Wiggles stuff before they hit the US. (FTR, I still miss Steve.)
        Allison: LOL, Faith always tells me that Joe is not right.
      • Jenette: OK…silly question…but what was the tweet? LOL…I have to ask cuz’ it was killing me! :-)
      • Allison: My tweet: “Oh Choo Choo Soul – you make watching Disney Jr tolerable. #momscrush” Then Genevieve RT’d and added “BLESS YOUR HEART MAMA!”
      • Jenette : AHhhhhhhh…that is adorable and absolutely wonderful…I’m sure it made your day. It would have made mine…LOL! ♥
    • ******************************************************************************************************************************
      This explains so much! I am the way I am because my friends corrupted me! It’s their fault! Now shhhhhhh…… Choo Choo Soul is on.

Be Only You

Would you go without makeup for a day? Two eighth graders in Arizona challenged women and girls around the country to be Only YOU for the day yesterday. They asked:

Just be the natural you, just for a day, dont flip out. You can do it! No makeup, no contacts, natural hair, favorite outfit. All natural. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Could I do it?

Yes. Yes I could.

Not only could I do it, I was part of a news story about it. Seattle area women were asked to take a photo of their self, au natural. No make up, no hair goo, comfy clothes. Then we were asked to hold a piece of paper describing in one word how we felt.

Since I don’t wear makeup unless there is a chance I’m going to be on TV, and I let my hair do whatever it wants, my word was easy-peasy.


Pinterest? Huh? (plus a giveaway!)

There are so many social networking sites out there now. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn are the ones I am most familiar with.

At least until Facebook changes its format again….

Facebook is where I make sure my family and friends can catch up on my family’s latest doings and pictures.

Twitter is where I rant to and with people I have never met.

LinkedIn is where I pretend to be a grown up.

Have you heard of Pinterest? Pinterest is a newcomer on the social media scene, but it is causing quite a stir.


It confuses me. I’m not really sure what I am supposed to be doing.

Luckily I was given the opportunity to review (and give away!) a copy of Kelby Carr’s new book – Pinterest For Dummies

And goodness knows I need all the help I can get.

Pinterest For Dummies, will help new users get started creating their Pinterest boards, finding people to follow, and pinning bookmarks. The book will cover: 

• What Pinterest is about and why you should use it

• Getting your account set up

• Setting up boards and getting organized

• Pinning, repinning and giving credit where credit is due

• Using hashtags, liking pins, commenting, finding people to follow, checking out Tastemakers, sharing pins with your other social networks, and using search

This book, like all For Dummies books, is written in a logical, easy to follow format. Each step, from requesting a Pinterest invite, registering, setting privacy settings, to the highlight of Pinterest….PINNING!

(Want an invite? Hit me up, I have a few left.)

(I also have a Handy Dandy Pinterest button up….you can follow me!)

Hey y’all! I’m pinning!!

Pinterest For Dummies quickly and concisely answered every question I had about Pinterest. It explained what, how and why.

No, I’m not going to tell you! Buy the book!

Or you could win one right here. 😉

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{Mommy Rambles was very generously provided with a copy of Pinterest For Dummies for review and giveaway. Because goodness knows I need all the help I can get.}