I couldn't possibly make this sh*t up.


Flashback to written punishments …

I was cleaning out Jack’s old room after moving him to the new bigger bedroom upstairs, and found this pad. Haha!

I don’t do this anymore, but had threatened it a few weeks ago. Now it’s just take away electronics. All the way.

Jack: Just because you’re making me do this doesn’t mean in learning anything from it. 

I wonder why I didn’t make him finish this?

Beme me up!

me: What are you watching?

Jack: A video.

me: Of what?

Jack: Just this guy that does cool videos.

me: Appropriate videos?

Jack: Yesss… They’re just ones he films. Lots of cool stop motion.

me: Swearing?

Jack: No. Well, he bleeps them out.

me: Wait, is this that Kristie guy?

Jack: You mean Casey.

me: Yeah that’s him. What’s his last name?

Jack: Neistat. Bet you can’t spell that.

me: N-E-I-S-T-A-D-T?

Jack: Oh my god how did you know it was NEI… There’s no D Mom. Sheesh.

me: Heyy that’s pretty good for not knowing!

Jack: He made this cool app called Beme that’s like Snapchat but better because you don’t have to use your hands all the time.

me: Beam?

Jack: B-E-M-E. 

me: Ah of course. What’s it do?

Jack: It’s like a 4-second video that records when you put it up to your chest and you don’t have to push any buttons, and it automatically posts it for you. So you don’t have to look through your camera to see what’s happening in front of you. 

me: Posts it where?

Jack: To the Beme app.

me: But no one has that.

Jack: It has over a million downloads!

me. Oh. And how old is this guy?

Jack: 35.

me: Isn’t this just like Snapchat without the text?

Jack: Mom! Those are long videos, and these are 4 seconds!

me: Only 4. Why not 5?

Jack: 4 seconds is really long.

me: What could you say in 4 seconds?

Jack: A lot.

me: No I mean literally what could you say. It would be all cut off. Like what if I wanted to record a video and say “This is a great concert at..” Beep. It would be over.

Jack: That was only like 2 seconds.

me: Really?

Jack: Yeah.

me: Maybe I’ll have to check it out.

Jack: He filmed a Mercedes commercial.

me: Wow, with 4 second clips? That’s impressive.

Jack: I never said he used the app for it, geez! It was before the app!

me: Well sorry I thought that’s what you meant. Sheesh. He must be pretty good if Mercedes wanted him.

Jack: We should get it. But it’s only for the iPhone. 

me: Hmmm. (Now oddly intrigued)

And that’s how Jack convinces me to try new things. I have an iPhone. 

BTW Beme now has 1,000,001 downloads.

Saving that for later?

Jack walked up to me and tried to smear something on my arm.

I naturally jumped back expecting it to be a booger. Or even a fake rubbery glue booger. Gross!

me: What are you doing? 

Jack: Want this? It’s a squash seed. I found it in my hair.

Maybe I shouldn’t have asked.🙂

Testing the Blog Share

Come on Facebook.

You’re always unhitching yourself from my WordPress wagon. 

Let’s try this again. I’ll make this a photo post to ease you into things.

Jack: You shouldn’t post any more about me. They’re all lies. Or as you call them, “embellishments”.  (He air quotes)

me: Grrrrr!

Here are some photos from our trip to Parris Island, SC. We picked up Jack’s cousin from the Marines!

Positive reinforcement for dogs, husbands and children.

I’m a big believer in positive reinforcement. “But what if you simply can’t catch him doing something good??” (As one of Jack’s teachers put it…) 

She really did try, bless her young soul…

It does work. Catch them doing something good. Reward or praise them! They like to feel good and to seek out the praise. Rather than hearing NO all the time, or getting hit on the nose with a rolled up newspaper. Like husbands usually get haha. 

me: You were really nice this morning. I liked how polite you were.

Jack: That’s because you fed me and didn’t have me do anything annoying.

See? It’s…working…


At least in this photo I caught him doing something good.🙂

I’m Pokemon GONE. And the secrets of a PokeMom.

Yes I downloaded the app. Yes I played Pokemon Go here and there for a few weeks. Yes I was freakishly good at it and got to level 15, though I haven’t taken over a gym yet. 

I downloaded the game originally for Jack, plus I wanted to see what all the hype was about. It seemed fun. People at work played as they walked around the building. Jack played a little on my phone but then went away to camp for two weeks, and away with his friend for another week, and now he’s in Arizona with his dad! Sheesh, the little app was all alone with no one to play with. I decided to check it out one day when Jack was gone. It was oddly satisfying to capture Pokemon one by one and use the camera function to show my neighbors that a rare Pokemon had landed in their front yard! I loved the Pokestops and spinning the wheel, and the bubble pop sound as you collected treasures and the much needed Pokeballs. It spoke to my sense of order and my enjoyment of collecting things. Plus, I walk a LOT and that’s just conducive to hatching a lot of eggs. Don’t judge!

me: Jack I powered up a few Pokemon while you were away. Did you put the app on your iPod? 

Jack: No I’m not even that interested in it mom, plus they can access all your info. It’s not safe.

I didn’t really hear that last part.

I played a bit more and liked how it tracked my movement and that I knew where the Pokemon were gathering in my town. I invited one of Jack’s friends to go on a Pokewalk with me because I missed Jack! And his friends all need exercise. Win win! 

Jack: Mom why are you face timing me in the road? 

me: I’m collecting Polemon at the big stop sign near the old cemetery. 

Jack: Is that ALEX??!! 

me: Uh yeah he was looking for you and I told him you were gone and I had nothing to do so we decided to walk and…

Jack: Can you give home the phone??

There was a series of “Dude”, “So lame” and “DUDE!” and then I got the phone back.

Jack: Mom, this is a game for KIDS! 

me: Yeah. I know. 

I felt only slightly chastised.

So I played some more here and there and happened to develop mad Pokemon catching skills. What can I say, I enjoyed it! Is that a crime? 

And then I noticed something. I got an email alert “just letting you know another gmail account (not mine) was linked to your gmail… If this was not you, take these steps to fix it.” So I did. And forgot about it.

But weird right? I sort of remembered someone telling me that my email information could be compromised if you downloaded and logged into this app. Well, not someone, just this one smart little guy.

Jack: You know Pokemon Go can access all of your information right? I told you. You shouldn’t do it Mom.

He reminded me again on our next call when I told him about the weird gmail account.

me: Yeah but if everyone is playing it, it should be ok I think, right? 


So I kept the app and we played a bit more. Jack and I would take walks with his friends and catch Pokemon. During lunch I would go next door with one of my interns to our usual Pokestop and we’d hang for 10 minutes to let it refresh so we could collect twice the booty. We knew how to work the system, and I learned how to throw mad curve balls to catch the harder Pokemon. 

Why isn’t it PokeMEN? Hmmm.

Again when I talked to Jack he gave me an earful. Only after I told him I had a super high CP evolved Rhyhorn.

Jack: I TOLD you! They can get into all of your information! You should just delete it Mom.

me: But I like it!

Then it happened again. I wasn’t able to retrieve my gmail on my phone. This was the same account that I had just repaired a week or so ago. The password was just flat out changed by someone in CT at a time when I was out at dinner. Luckily I had been checking my secondary gmail account (randimly) which was the backup email address for my REAL gmail account. Sigh…  I took all the steps to change the password to this account. Then I decided to Update all the security features and noticed that now BOTH of my accounts said “Pokemon Go has access to all of your gmail account info.” And I had only used ONE account to login.

That was it. DEE-LETE! Gone. Not worth the hassle and potential for disaster.I sadly  erased the account. It had to be done. I mean, come on! Right?


Goodbye my one and only low cp Pikachu. Goodbye my most powerful and evolved Flareon, and bye to the the cute Ghastly. And I will miss the chance to evolve my Koffing into a Weezing, because that’s just funny. 

But seriously, I hardly even played at all…😉

Glad you’re home. Goodbye again.

Jack has been traveling more this summer than I have in 5 years. 2 weeks at camp in NYC, a week at Lake George NY, a week coming up in Arizona, and then a week following that in South Carolina!  All of the weeks have been without ME! The SC week involves me so in glad. We’re driving down to get my nephew from the Marines. Woot!

It was a complete circus last night unpacking from one trip and repacking for the next. Jack truly lived out of his suitcase yesterday. I just refreshed some clothes and replaced an inhaler. It was a suitcase tune-up. LOL.

I’m sure Jack just wanted to sit and do nothing, but there was a lot to accomplish! He played with the photo booth on his laptop, making goofy face videos that had roller coaster scenery going by, etc. I kept trying to get him to come hang with me but he insisted on doing his thing. We did get a little cranky with each other.😦 I just wanted to see him!

Anyway, I puttered around the house cleaning up and putting his stuff in the laundry, or away, as needed. Going from upstate NY to Arizozna means the heavy sweatshirt could go away, and maybe the pants too. Needed extra sunblock and goggles for swimming. Swap out the shorts and shirts, pack different toiletries that had been forgotten, etc. it was nuts.

Our most meaningful exchange last night: 

me: Hey do you want to sit on the couch with me and relax and watch TV for a few minutes before bed?

Jack: Can you please step out of the frame so I can calibrate my face properly?

me: sheesh…


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