Adventures in Piracy & at times, Lunacy

Pirate Mum writes about her adventures as the First Mate aboard this Pirate Ship she calls home, and about her Pirate Crew. Captain Hobbes, Serenity (eco-friendly "crunchy" Pirate Mum), Pit (Pirate-in-Training), and just born Stowaway Immie will be featured (as well as the David: Pirate-First-Class, who has recently re-joined the ship's crew, along with stories of adventures, recipes, natural living, fun and fortune (and sometimes misfortune). The Life and Times of a Family of Pirates. Weigh anchor and enjoy the trip...

Arrrrrsk me a question, mate!
2:16 PM
December 20th, 2011

Hey, You! Get off of my Pier!

I could be totally off base with this one, and if I am, I am but this irks me to no end!

Read on: When I growing up, I was taught manners. I have noticed lately that this is not often on the parenting curriculum. No, I’m not going to get on some little kids because they show bad manners…this “rant” is specific and has nothing to do with kids (beyond the fact that the people that are pissing me off once WERE kids)

I was taught that when you go to visit someone, you park either a) in their drive if they have room and you know it is okay with them. b) on the street in front of their house. I realise this is not always possible and have encountered this myself and in those cases, try parking in between houses (where I am less likely to take a resident’s spot) or if possible, in front of a house that is empty. In my neighbourhood, parking spots are NOT an issue. We live at the end of a street that T’s into another. It is a small neighbourhood, quiet and the streets are not busy. We own a rowhouse and all the homes on our street and the other street are rowhouses. Directly across the street from us is an ABANDONED rowhouse and a stretch of grass that could easily fit two large or three smaller cars. On the other side of the T is a stretch of grass with NO HOMES on that side of the road and room to park probably 20 cars or more. Everyone on my street has either a garage and one car wide drive (long enough to park two cars in) or a breezeway/enclosed porch and two car wide drive. There is a grassy space between each set of two rowhouses…THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLACES TO PARK. So I wonder, WHY, WHY, WHY do these people, who are not visiting me, insist (on a nearly DAILY basis) on parking in front of MY house? Right where my Captain parks his work ship when he gets home. Not only do I have some random person taking the Cap’s spot, but often they are pulling up INTO OUR GRASS (despite the NO TRESPASSING sign RIGHT THERE). WHY? On top of that, just the other day I had to put a post-it out on a woman’s windshield because for THREE HOURS she was parked in front of my house, BLOCKING MY DRIVEWAY! I could not get out if I had needed to. (Luckily I didn’t need to, because I had no idea who on the street she was visiting).

What happened to common courtesy?

Foregoing the Arrr this time and adding a Grrr,

~FM Serenity

8:16 AM
November 30th, 2011
Holiday traditions, what are yours?
We have a new addition to our family and we’ve been a true family for just over a year now, though the love began well before that. We’ve both brought memories of family traditions for the holidays from growing up, but we will be starting traditions of our own.
So far we’ve begun the food tradition in November of Cornish hens and beef roast…we will form more traditions over the upcoming holidays…we’ve put up a Yule tree…and I’ve noticed I am in the baking mood. Not sure what new traditions we will come up with this year to add to the old ones (such as Midnight mass at a Catholic church…and no, we aren’t Catholic). We will celebrate Yule, but will also celebrate (by phone/emails) Christmas with family members.
I realise that this post is not as rousing as it sounded in my head…new baby wasn’t feeling well last night and so mum got no sleep! Maybe I’ll get a nap in later?


Holiday traditions, what are yours?

We have a new addition to our family and we’ve been a true family for just over a year now, though the love began well before that. We’ve both brought memories of family traditions for the holidays from growing up, but we will be starting traditions of our own.

So far we’ve begun the food tradition in November of Cornish hens and beef roast…we will form more traditions over the upcoming holidays…we’ve put up a Yule tree…and I’ve noticed I am in the baking mood. Not sure what new traditions we will come up with this year to add to the old ones (such as Midnight mass at a Catholic church…and no, we aren’t Catholic). We will celebrate Yule, but will also celebrate (by phone/emails) Christmas with family members.

I realise that this post is not as rousing as it sounded in my head…new baby wasn’t feeling well last night and so mum got no sleep! Maybe I’ll get a nap in later?

6:53 PM
November 17th, 2011
Selkie Sensuals

In time for the holidays, I have updated my products and put a couple of items on sale. Check out Selkie Sensuals’ “Products” album for available items. They are going fast and there won’t be any more before the first of the year! All natural, eco-conscious bath and body products, handcrafted by me…who has over 10 years experience making these items. Come “like” my FB page to be updated on all the Selkie news!

6:10 PM
November 4th, 2011

Imbolc at 11 days old!

12:52 AM
October 28th, 2011

Well, I know I have been absent of late…we had the ship out to sea but came back just in time for…

the arrival of my Stowaway!

Imbolc August Rhys Mikhil Marín Allinder was born at 8:39 pm on October 24th 2011 after 13 hours and 39 mins of labour!

He weighed 7 lbs, 9 ozs and was 20 and 1/4 inches long. He has beautiful light brown hair and dark steel grey eyes.

I LOVE my OB!

The story: I went into my appointment on Friday the 21st and had high BP (the first time EVER in my life) and the doc sent me over to be monitored. I spent the night in the hospital and they put me on labetalol (which helped some but did not remedy the high bp). I was sent home on Saturday with instructions to arrive at 6 AM Monday morning for an induction.

Pitocin was administered about 7:30 AM Monday the 24th. BP was high the whole time. I got an epidural around 3:30 pm (BP went down). I spent about 90 minutes total pushing. My OB is into the “painless as possible, no cutting unless necessary” philosophy. She was great! No episiotomy, no tearing AT ALL! (My first son tore me literally ALL THE WAY DOWN), and I had an episiotomy with my second son. Third son was bigger than son #2, but my OB worked the area while I pushed, had me stop mid-push to allow for stretching and I managed to birth son #3 with relative ease. The epidural was running out as I delivered and in 45 minutes I was up and being taken to my room. Unfortunately my BP went back up and we were not released until Wednesday after dinner. We arrived home last night around 10 PM. I feel great except for some residual pain at the epidural site and a reaction to the tape that was on my back. I can pee! I can sit! No stitches! YAY! With the help of the mother band, I wore my pre-pregnancy jeans today and I fit in my shoes again!


4:29 PM
October 7th, 2011
Just over 2 weeks left until my due date. Seeing the doc every week and things are good! Heartrate is always good, weight is steady (gained 37 lbs so far) and slightly down from last week (doc told me to stop gaining! Even though I am tiny and gained 55 and 57 lbs with my first two with no probs, but anyway…). No strep, all labs normal except Vit D so taking a supplement for that. The nursery is ready and Onyx the Cat, as you can see in the pic, gave his Official Seal of Approval for the comfort of the crib. LOL. I fell asleep the other day in the nursery recliner and when I woke up, I found him sound asleep in the crib. Gonna have to get him a cat bed I can drag around to whatever room I am in during the day cuz that is where he sleeps, wherever I am. (As I type this, he is asleep on the floor right next to me). Hoping I don’t have him and Immie fighting over who gets the crib…sigh.


Just over 2 weeks left until my due date. Seeing the doc every week and things are good! Heartrate is always good, weight is steady (gained 37 lbs so far) and slightly down from last week (doc told me to stop gaining! Even though I am tiny and gained 55 and 57 lbs with my first two with no probs, but anyway…). No strep, all labs normal except Vit D so taking a supplement for that. The nursery is ready and Onyx the Cat, as you can see in the pic, gave his Official Seal of Approval for the comfort of the crib. LOL. I fell asleep the other day in the nursery recliner and when I woke up, I found him sound asleep in the crib. Gonna have to get him a cat bed I can drag around to whatever room I am in during the day cuz that is where he sleeps, wherever I am. (As I type this, he is asleep on the floor right next to me). Hoping I don’t have him and Immie fighting over who gets the crib…sigh.

12:24 PM
October 5th, 2011

Not “Go the F*ck to Sleep”, but Slow the F*ck Down!

I was surprised this morning when my almost 15 year old freshman son told me that the crossing guard who was struck by a car on Monday the 3rd had died. From all news I had heard (on Monday-the school called all of the parents), she was struck but responded coherently to the school nurse and had been taken to the hospital to be checked out, but everything seemed to be fine. But it wasn’t. She died.

http://hamptonroads.com/2011/10/chesapeake-crossing-guard-hit-truck-killed-work

Apparently, the Toyota Tundra driver had sun in her eyes when she struck Mrs. Person. I wonder a little about this whole story though (as if some is not being told)…yes, maybe there WAS sun, I am not saying that there was not (even though it was an overcast, rainy morning, the sun peeked out a few times over the course of the morning, so it is possible-also police and eyewitnesses claim there was sun at the time), but apparently her school aged child whom she was dropping to school had to tell her that she had hit someone! How do you not know that you have hit a HUMAN? I know when I have clipped a bird or chipmunk. Navy sailors can feel it when their huge ships hit whales…can one really not feel that their truck has hit a PERSON? Police say they ruled out texting (they say nothing about phone use and this is a BIG problem here-seems nearly NO ONE has heard of bluetooth technology), alcohol and speeding (though I am loathe to believe that one, I live within viewing distance of where this happened, on the same street, and people speed down this 25 mph residential street ALL THE TIME.) I have been driving down this very street during times when school is letting out, when there are kids EVERYWHERE and people are still behind me, pushing me down the road (tailgaiting, mad looks thrown at me, etc), trying to get me to drive faster because why? Because Johnny will think Mommy abandoned him if she is 2 minutes later than yesterday? Sorry, but little Johnny is chatting with his mates, he won’t notice. I myself have nearly been hit while in a CROSSWALK by a truck not paying attention and driving too fast, almost in this exact spot (just over a week ago in fact). This is dangerous and uncalled for. I know slow school speeds are annoying when you have somewhere to be, and they can’t always be avoided, and you can’t always leave early…but for Goddess sake people, in a school zone where there are kids, parents, teachers and crossing guards, DON’T yak on your phone without bluetooth, DON’T fiddle with the radio or other things in the car (or pull over if your kids are in need of your attention), PAY ATTENTION to people around you, and of course…SLOW THE F*CK DOWN. Accidents happen, yes…but something of this magnitude, IMO, warrants at least a negligence ticket…but from the most current info I have, the driver is not being charged with anything.

RIP Lovette Person. I did not know you personally, but I saw you, helping our neighbourhood children be safe when crossing the street. Every time I saw you, you were smiling and happy and looked like you were having the time of your life. Sorry it was cut short.

Arrrrr

~FM Serenity

1:47 PM
October 2nd, 2011
wearethe99percent:

First they bailed out banksand I spoke outbecause I am not a bank.Then they busted the unionsand I spoke outbecause the unions spoke for me.Then they made cuts on the poorand I spoke out because they are workers, too.Now they’re coming for meand I hope we finally speak togetherbecause 99 is more than 1.-the people united will never be defeated-


wearethe99percent:

First they bailed out banks
and I spoke out
because I am not a bank.

Then they busted the unions
and I spoke out
because the unions spoke for me.

Then they made cuts on the poor
and I spoke out
because they are workers, too.

Now they’re coming for me
and I hope we finally speak together
because 99 is more than 1.

-the people united will never be defeated-

3:18 PM
October 1st, 2011
wearethe99percent:

I AM THE FUTURE(99%)www.occupywallst.org#OccupyWallSt#OccupyDetroit 


wearethe99percent:

I AM THE FUTURE
(99%)
www.occupywallst.org
#OccupyWallSt
#OccupyDetroit 

8:48 PM
September 27th, 2011

The Revolution WILL be Televised!

rosinhabela:

My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.

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