Hi friends. This is probably the most important blog post I’ve ever written. If you don’t read all the way to the end, please at least read my first two favorites below.
One: Kids & Emergencies
Tuesday evening, my friend Jessica called me & told me that her SIL passed away unexpectedly. Jessica has okayed me making this post, but I don’t feel comfortable going into their personal tragedy. Through our conversation we realized two glaring facts.
- Parents please make sure your children know when, why, & how to dial 911 & know your home address. If your kids can play apps on your phone, then they need to know how to call for help.
- The general rule: Dial 911 any time there’s a threat to life or property — such as an accident, a crime, a fire or a medical emergency, says Ty Wooten, education director for the National Emergency Number Association, also known as the 911 Association.
- Now that most people no longer have a home phone or land line, please make sure you & anyone who uses your phone knows how to dial 911 from a locked cell phone.
- I personally have an iPhone 11, with facial recognition & no home button. If someone other than me picks up my phone, it will prompt them for a passcode. In the bottom left corner you can click “Emergency” to dial for help. I believe this is similar for all iPhones.
- Like iPhones, Androids also have an “Emergency Call” button on a locked screen.
Please note that I am not a parent, but I needed to know this for myself. Making emergency calls was something I never really thought about, but what happened to my friends family has brought this to the forefront of my mind.
If you are so inclined, please pray for my friend & her family.
Two: Code Word
While we’re on the subject of safety, I have seen a few posts recently on the Nextdoor app, for my neighborhood, regarding strange cars driving slowly specifically when children are around. Obviously this is creepy as hell.
When I was a child, my parents & I had a code word for strangers. If someone asked me to get in their car or go somewhere with them, I was to ask them for the code word. If they didn’t know it I was supposed to run to the nearest trusted adult &/or start screaming for help.
This is still a good idea even in today’s times. My word when I was young was Rumplestiltskin. Make sure it is not a common word, but one that your kiddos can remember.
Three: Feel Good TV Shows
Okay, so my first two favorites are very serious, but this next one will definitely lighten the mood. Last weekend I started rewatching The Mindy Project & it has been the delight of my week. I laugh out loud at each episode. Mindy Kaling can do no wrong in my book.
Like FRIENDS & How I Met Your Mother, there are tons of celebrity guest spots which I had totally forgotten about. Some of the guests were on this show before they were well known.
Four: Face Masks
I got some fun new face masks this week from Crooked Media. They are currently sold-out, but you can get on the email list for restock notifications.
If your not looking to make such a statement, might I suggest supporting my favorite local small business, Sea Marie Designs.
Five: Baked Spaghetti & Meatballs
Baking spaghetti is now my favorite way to eat pasta.
I buy frozen meatballs & cook according to package directions.
Meanwhile, get a big pot of water boiling for the pasta. You can use any pasta you like. Last night I used a short, fun-shaped pasta that sauce would cling to.
While the meatballs are baking & the water is coming to a boil, sauté an onion & some garlic (to your taste). Once softened, add jarred marinara sauce, a can of diced tomatoes, & a tablespoon of tomato paste. I also add Italian seasoning & red pepper flakes. Let that simmer until the meatballs are done baking.
Cook the pasta & once done add to the sauce & toss together. Nestle the meatballs into the pasta, cover with mozzarella, & bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. The cheese creates a nice toasty “crust” on top & the flavors really meld together. You will not be disappointed. Side note, if your pots can’t go in the oven transfer to a baking dish.
I hope this particular post was enlightening & feel free to share if you know someone who would benefit from my PSAs.
I hope you all have a lovely Mother’s Day weekend.