Friday, August 14, 2015

Cooper Applies to College

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 Tell us about yourself.
My name is Cooper.  I’m 7 months old and I live with my parents and our two cats. 

Why are you interested in the University of Alabama?
I’ve learned about the University of Alabama since birth (and a school in Florida but we won’t talk about that).  My mother and her entire family are Alabama fans and my aunt is currently enrolled in her senior year.  I love the school’s legacy of tradition, athletic supremacy and academic excellence and I would love to be a part of that.
Plus I’m told I look nice in crimson.

Who in your life has most influenced you.
That would have to be my mother.  Only because she birthed me.

What do you want to major in and why?
I chose engineering as my major because I wish to design and build a wearable machine that will predict when I’m nearing hunger so I don’t have to wait any length of time for a bottle.

What will you contribute to our campus community?
I have a great personality and I think I’m good at making people smile. =)
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 Tell us about a challenge you overcame.
Recently my mother tried one night of a sleep method to get me to sleep in my crib.  She laid me down in my dark room alone and walked out.  This in itself was troubling as I’m rarely in a room by myself.  I began to protest but she did not return for a full TWO MINUTES.  She placed my paci back in my mouth, rubbed my face and walked out again.  That was not what I was expecting.  I protested again.  THREE MINUTES LATER she came back into my room and soothed me enough to make me believe she was going to pick me up only to walk out again.  I protested vehemently and was persistent until she had no choice to not only pick me up but return me to where I belong, in the bed with her.  Through my struggles I learned that persistence is key and Mom is a sucker.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy sitting on the carpet at daycare and playing in a bucket of toys, bouncing in my bouncer , talking to anyone that will listen, and watching my mother do just about anything.
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I ask you, nay, I implore you to accept my application to the University of Alabama. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Roll Tide.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

When the Levees Broke

Lately I’ve been on a documentary kick. I’ve been mostly listening to them at work in my headphones but if something really interests me I’ll go back later and watch it. I was fumbling around on Youtube looking for something to listen to and came across Hurricane Katrina specials from various tv stations. That led me to a documentary directed by Spike Lee called “When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”.
I didn’t know a whole lot about Katrina. Chris and I took a trip to New Orleans with a friend who was a native in 2008, just three years after the storm but I really only got the general idea: category 5 storm, flooded New Orleans, stranded people, Lower 9th Ward, George Bush doesn’t like black people, ect, ect…

When The Levees Broke, Spike Lee, Ducomentary, Hurricane Katrine

I am so glad I watched this film. There are parts that are hard to watch and there are parts that are nothing short of heartbreaking. It’s hard to imagine American citizens going through something like this. Not just the storm itself but the inaction of the government at all levels and the amount of suffering afterward. The images that brought me to tears were those of mothers at the Superdome crying for relief for their babies who were passing out in the sweltering heat and those of people being forced to leave the bodies of their loved ones on the sidewalk to board buses out of the city.

It will make you think twice about anything and everything you heard from the media about the disaster and the people it affected.
There’s not much else to say about it except that it is very moving and if you watch it (and I hope you do especially with the ten year anniversary coming up this month) be prepared for strong language and visuals, understandably.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Phenomenal Cosmic Power - Itty Bitty Living Space

Thank you to those of you that got the Aladdin reference in the title.

I’ve realized something about myself. I thoroughly enjoy being alone. I love my husband, baby, cats, and family (not necessarily in that order) and the time I spend with them, but I thrive on alone time. Since becoming a mom I’ve added a fantasy dwelling to my list. This new fantasy is on a slightly smaller scale. Like a cozy, tiny house or chic studio apartment that I have all to myself.

Something like these…

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studio apartment, tiny living
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studio apartment, tiny living
Just to be clear, I could only live in something like these if I lived ALONE. But since in reality I have a wonderful husband, beautiful son, and two fat cats I would just settle for a Victorian home with bay windows, hardwood floors throughout, a wrap around porch, walk-in closet, secret reading nook, and theater room.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I Knew We Should Have Named Him Phoenix

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Cooper is now NOT the only Cooper in his class at daycare. There are seven kids in his class. Two out of seven babies in the nursery are named Cooper. What the heck?

When we were milling over baby names we didn’t mill much over boy names. We knew if we were having a boy he would be Cooper Timothy. We’ve known that for years. People are always asking where we got the name. Chris likes initial names; AJ, CJ, ect, ect. He really liked CT and asked when the time came to procreate that I find a name that could fit those initials. I wasn’t loving any C names I ran across. Until one day I was on the facebook page of a friend who bakes cakes for a living. I was flipping through her album of beautifully decorated birthday confections and saw the cutest little barnyard cake with the name Cooper on it. I thought it was a nice, unique name that I’d really never heard before as a first name. I said it out loud and the more I thought about it the more I could picture us a with a kid named Cooper. So Cooper has a barnyard cake to thank for his name.

As for the middle name, I poured over T names and couldn’t come up with any I liked enough that weren’t already in use by someone close to us. Chris suggested we use the name of his hero/man crush, Tim Tebow. At first I waved off the idea because I wasn’t going to name my kid after a Florida football player (Roll Tide). Then I got to thinking…Cooper Timothy sounds pretty good. And Tebow isn’t a bad guy to name a kid after! He’s a good, Christian guy who’s never afraid to stand up for what he believes even if it’s not popular. Not to mention athletically talented and a natural born leader.  He’s what I would want my son to grow up to be like.
So Cooper Timothy it was!

That was probably four of five years ago and now Cooper is on the rise. Naturally.

I mentioned once or twice or a bunch of times before we found out he was a he that the name was gaining popularity and maybe we should at least entertain the idea of another name. Chris’s taste in baby names is vastly different from mine. Every name I threw at him to think about he vetoed instantly.

Even though I could pretty much guarantee there would be no other Phoenixes, Shepards, Olivers or Simons in his class.

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