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Kats Eye On Life
Jersey Girl Transplanted to the Midwest
Dreamer, doer, thinker, partner, mother, photographer, writer
Interests: antiques, thrifting, etsy, pregnancy/wedding/family photography, social media in global communication, diversity work, parenting a spirited child, higher education
Recent Activity
Being a parent doesn't mean having all the answers but you'd better be ready for all the questions. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
Where is Facebook going? If one in 7 of the people of the world will be a FB friend by next year, what does that mean? Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
Within social media, are leaders the best choice as front men/women? Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
What can we learn from Conan O'Brien about effective use of social media? Quite a bit. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
Exploring how the exposure of social media has impacted higher education. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
Most of us hide from negative attention. But are we strangely attracted to the darker side notoriety? Exploring the idea that any publicity is good publicity. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
How does Generation X communicate news to family and friends? This Gen-Xer uses Facebook, much to my mother's chagrin. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
What does it take to become someone worth following online? Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
What separates the you online from the you in real life? Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
A young woman with a very bright future is missing - why haven't we heard? Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
What does the pressure to be first do to the accuracy of our news? Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
We need to find the emotional resonance in web of social media and remember that this emotion is key to engaging others to act. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
The dangers of over promising and under delivering with word of mouth advertising. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
In honor of my birthday, a list of 43 things I intend to do in the coming year. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
A look at an underrepresented cultural mothering style - pressing on with Zuki. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
A great deal happened in 2010 that I would rather not repeat. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at Kats Eye on Life
What happens when we assume? Nothing good, typically. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2010 at Kats Eye on Life
Kats Eye On Life is now following TRUE VINE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
May 7, 2010
Dear Anon - You've already heard so many amazing stories and such incredibly wise advice here, I don't know that my comment will add much. If my story supports you, please remember it. If it doesn't, ignore it. This is good advice for infertility advice and later hopefully for parenting advice. :) I was diagnosed with cancer for the first time when I was 22 years old. In the 15 years between that year and when I had my daughter, I was given chemo and radiation and other treatments numerous times for two different blood borne cancers. It was stated repeatedly by different physicians over the years that I wouldn't be able to have biological children because I wouldn't have viable eggs. When I got married, I hadn't had a period in years. After a year of marriage I visited an infertility specialist who asked me (fully clothed, after merely READING my paperwork) if I was Italian. I was surprised and said no. He then went on to explain that he had an Italian egg donor that I should seriously consider utilizing, as I have dark hair and eyes. I had gone to this visit alone, thinking it would be an initial consult, and I nearly fell off my chair. He recommended some more extensive tests (we'd already done the basics and two rounds of Clomid)just to "be sure". I was heading into a busy travel season at work so we scheduled my tests for two months later. Two weeks before my first test, my period returned. And returned every 28 days for every month thereafter. I got pregnant 6 months later. My daughter is now 4 years old and in the 99th percentile for height and 95th for weight. (I'm 6 feet tall.) She is constantly called my "Mini Me" which still feels strange, since I had been SO sure that I would never have a child that would resemble me (and I was OK with that). There is still no medical explanation for my daughter's existence. Blessings to you.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2010 on Need infertility encouragement at Ask Moxie
Congratulations to Emma! As a higher ed admission professional AND parent, this post resonated with me on so many levels. My 4yo daughter looks JUST like I did at her age (it's spooky) but she is very much her own person - a person I am working hard to know better and parent better. I too have dreams and hopes for her, as I do for the young men and women I've worked with over the past several years, but what I come back to, time and time again, is that the most important thing when selecting a college or university is that the institution is a place that will allow a young person to become not merely the person they dream of becoming, but also the person that they don't dare dream of becoming.
Wow. I am terribly behind on reading your posts - heck, I'm terribly behind on reading ALL posts - there are 649 unread posts in my Google reader. BUT - I read four books (not including the silly one for my financial accounting class) in the past week and maybe, I needed to read this post TODAY. Because it is PERFECT for me TODAY. Thank you, Patti - I can express in this little comment box how much I needed your words. Big hugs from Ohio!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2010 on how to write (a book). a wee rant. at 37days
Oh Moxie - I am honestly relieved to read more about your humanity. You always offer such spot-on, wonderful advice that although I've read your posts where you've shared your doubts and concerns, those pale against your wisdom and kindness. So it's great to read you're messy, though not great to read that you feel shame over it. I am by inclination a neat freak, who has struggled to get over it for many years so that I could enjoy guests rather than making them cringe whilst I shove a coaster under their drinks. :) Yes, that was me - I meant no harm and didn't growl at guests but I really couldn't help myself. I become seriously negative when my house gets too dirty or cluttered so we sacrifice to have a housekeeper come every other week. I used to spend an entire Saturday cleaning my house - much of it with a toothbrush (like the kitchen floor...) so don't wish for that gene, either! Everything in moderation - I now strive for generally tidy and fairly clean and remember how much more important it is to spend time with my lovely daughter and husband rather than cleaning, which never made me happy at all.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2010 on The woman behind the curtain at Ask Moxie
Dear Kelly - I don't know if you'll have the time to read down to this comment, but if you do, I had a thought - can you reach out via Facebook or Twitter or even email to folks in your area? The number of amazing mothers who posted here show how much strength and support there can be in motherhood. Maybe some of us could help you out? I only have one child who recently turned 4. What I remember of her first few months was a pediatrician appt where I asked, "Is it normal for her to be screaming if she's not eating or sleeping?" I asked the question calmly, but inside I was ready to thrust my baby into the arms of the doctor and flee the room. Instead we learned that she had GERD and some Zantac changed our lives. But the memories of that difficult time are only NOW beginning to fade - they were that awful. And I broke my leg when she was 6 weeks old. So while I have never had twins (and quite frankly am not sure if I could survive twins so PLEASE know that while I cried reading your post, I also thought about how brave and strong you are) I am familiar with the nightmare that can encompass an infant's first several months. Peace to you and your household - Kats
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2010 on Q&A: "help for a shitty mom" at Ask Moxie
Kats Eye On Life is now following Mothershaffer
Feb 19, 2010
A list of things that irk me about how others behave. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at Kats Eye on Life