media/meme monday – how to hold twins one-handed

  I have an announcement to make! Drumroll please…
  Two of my cousins are expecting babies! Yay! Babies are my favorite thing in the world! And they’re both due this summer! Okay, now before I get carried away in all the excitement, I should probably admit that I’m a bit nervous about babysitting not one but TWO newborns. I mean, I’ve had plenty of experience with infants (remember my little cousin Luke, who will now be a big brother?), but I’ve only ever had to care for one at a time. How will I even hold both babies with one-and-a-half arms?
  Thankfully, Ryan Haack from Living One-Handed made a video specifically on this topic. Watch and learn how he single-handedly (yes, I make really lame puns) holds two beautiful twin babies!
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cool things for one-handers

Check out my Pinterest board of my favorite products for one-handed folks!

Peace,
Caitlin 🙂

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awkward stares

Okay, I have a confession to make. I know I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of how people react when they see someone with a disability. They tend to either stare openly or try to take a discreet peek at what exactly makes the other person so different. And of course, they look very uncomfortable. Like I’ve said, those kinds of things annoy me. But here’s what I’ve figured out quite recently: I am one of those people.

Yes, I admit it. I get all awkward when encountering another person with a disability. I guess I’ve always known this, but the moment that it became really clear to me occurred a couple days ago. I was waiting for my bus when a man in a wheelchair made his way across the sidewalk in front of me. It was one of those cool motorized wheelchairs so, needless to say, he looked pretty badass. For some reason, though, he made me very nervous. I was so afraid to even look his way because I knew that he would (not incorrectly) assume that I was staring at him because he was in a wheelchair. As a disabled person myself, I know firsthand (haha, it’s a pun!) how annoying people’s rude stares can be. So I’d hate to subject someone else to something I don’t want done to me. That’s sort of hypocritical. Still, it’s hard NOT to look. I’m not used to seeing others who are so different.

That’s the thing about obvious disabilities – they’re different. And different equals interesting. People are naturally drawn to things that are unconventional and/or strange. That’s why celebrities all try to outdo each other in weirdness. It’s the reason why Lady Gaga wore a meat dress and Katy Perry dyed her hair pink. Being different draws attention. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sure, the stares can be obnoxious sometimes, especially when I just feel like blending in with the rest of the world. But I find comfort in knowing that Lady Gaga would kill to be part-bionic like me. After all, she’s already performed on crutches and in a wheelchair. I mean, I consider that a compliment!


So, to the man with the cool wheelchair who caught me looking, I’m sorry if it made you uncomfortable. But I really hope that one day, you too will take it as a compliment.

Peace,
Caitlin 🙂

(Images of Lady Gaga from whatever sites Google Images directed me to)

 

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media/meme monday – limb difference ryan gosling

  While checking out one of my favorite blogs, Born Just Right (which follows mom-blogger Jen Lee Reeves and her adorable daughter Jordan, who was born with one hand), I came across this lovely image of Ryan Gosling. For those of you who don’t know who he is, I highly suggest you go rent The Notebook and Crazy, Stupid, Love. He’s probably the most handsome man in Hollywood, and I’m pretty sure every girl my age still harbors a little crush on Noah Calhoun and his unfailing love for the aging Allie Hamilton. (Pause here for dreamy sigh.)
  Anyway, Ryan has sparked a myriad of memes on popular sites like Tumblr and Facebook. People basically find a picture of him and add a flirty message beginning with “Hey girl.” So it’s like Ryan Gosling is hitting on you, get it?
  People have made everything from Med School Ryan Gosling to my personal favorite, Catholic Ryan Gosling. And now, Jen from Born Just Right has created Limb Deficiency Ryan Gosling! Isn’t that AWESOME?! So enjoy the above photo and check out the others on her blog.
Peace,
Caitlin 🙂


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media monday – fantasia 2000’s the steadfast tin soldier

  Okay, so let me start by saying that I’ve never been a big fan of Disney’s Fantasia movies. But this segment, which actually didn’t make into any of the films, is pretty awesome. My abuela used to read me Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” all the time when I was little. And, while it deviates from the original, this short clip certainly does the story justice. It’s about a one-legged toy soldier that falls in love with a ballerina doll. But that’s all I’m going to say. I’ll let you watch it for yourself.

Peace,

Caitlin 🙂
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