Friday, May 18, 2018

Passion Project


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In early 2011, a friend introduced me to the world of the television series Supernatural. Using Netflix, I quickly devoured all of the seasons up to the live one (which I had recorded on my DVR). I got caught up just in time to watch the season six finale air live. Because of my love for this television show, I met other like-minded fans on Twitter. I had the idea to launch a fan website devoted to the fans and community of Supernatural. In July of 2011, Supernatural-Fandom.com was created. I "hired in" a staff of volunteers to help me maintain the site and social media accounts.

During the summer of 2014, my ten-and-a-half year relationship ended and I moved back home with my parents. This wasn't as terrible as it may seem... other than the fact I lost my internet connection and, therefore, could not maintain the website. I went to coffee shops and updated things as best I could, but the website went to the wayside. In May of 2016, I decided to take the website down completely. I could no longer afford to operate the website, nor did I have the time to keep it properly updated. My Facebook page, Facebook group, and Twitter accounts for the website are still active. Today, my Facebook page has almost 26,000 likes, my Facebook group has just over 53,000 members, and my Twitter account has just over 41,000 followers.

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One of the moderators on my Facebook group has recently run a semi-successful (and extremely large) Indigogo campaign to help fund her personal passion project - a virtual reality fan film which is loosely based on Supernatural. Her project is called Legacies and is so very cool! Check it out if you have a chance.

Using her expertise, and another moderator's amazing drawing abilities, we are planning a crowdsourcing campaign of our own to bring back the website. It will be a smaller campaign, but would allow the site to be brought back for a minimum of two years which would be amazing. Once I'm a stay-at-home mom, I will have more time to work on this passion project. I know, being a stay-at-home parent is hard and there will be a lot of days when I'm super busy, but I will have more time than I had before to maintain the website. On top of that, I have an awesome group of ladies who will be able to help me out and keep things going when I'm unable to do much.

The previous website had a lot of things I'm hoping to bring back. Those are things like:

  • A fundraiser to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - maybe other charities too.
  • A live chat room which will be accessible during the first airings of the new episodes
  • A forum where fans can discuss various different topics
  • Contests, competitions, and fun activities
  • Original articles written by people "hired" to do so
The main reason I wanted to launch the website to begin with was to create a place of community for the fans of the television show. I really hope our crowdsourcing campaign is effective and we're able to bring in, at least, the minimum of what we need in order to bring the website back to fruition.

I am sure I will write more about this as the process continues. Do you have a passion project?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Why Mother's Day Was Bittersweet

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Mother's Day was yesterday, Sunday, May 13th. My husband and I started our day by attending church. After the church services, all moms and moms-to-be (me!) were honored by being given a beautifully decorated cookie. We then went home and prepared for our guests. Even though our kitchen doesn't currently exist due to remodeling, my husband and I hosted our parents for a cookout during the afternoon. It was a wonderful time spent visiting with both sets of parents, discussing Hammer's baby shower, and just enjoying the day.

I am beyond grateful for my own mother and my mother-in-law. My mother is the one who raised me and was integral in why I am the person I have become. While we didn't always get along, my mom is now one of my best friends. She is there for me when I need her. I'm never afraid nor ashamed to be in my early 30s and need my mother for certain things. My mother-in-law is an amazing woman. She raised my husband into the perfect man (hey, I'm not biased!) and has been there we we needed her the most. She and my father-in-law routinely help us with our home remodeling. She is a strong woman and someone I admire deeply.

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All that being said, this Mother's Day was incredibly bittersweet for me. Last summer, my husband and I learned we were pregnant. At our first ultrasound at 13 weeks, we learned we were having twins. Within one month, we lost those twins due to a malformation of their umbilical cords. I delivered my sleeping babies into Heaven on September 13, 2017.

The image shared to the right was on my Facebook timeline. It triggered an immense sadness in me a week ago. I was already struggling because it was a Monday, but seeing the image of crying parents giving an angel baby away made me emotional the rest of the day. I should have been celebrating my own first Mother's Day yesterday with my twins. Our sons would have been about three months old had we not lost them. Even typing this, I am becoming sad and missing my baby boys.

All that being said, I am incredibly grateful for my current pregnancy. We became pregnant with our rainbow baby, also a son, very shortly after delivering the twins. My due date with my current little one is July 19th. We cannot wait to meet him. We will most definitely be telling him about his brothers. Next year, I will be able to celebrate Mother's Day with this little guy. While I will always miss the presence of my twins, I know having their little brother with me will make the day easier.

I would like to wish a (belated) Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there... whether you be the mom of adult children, little kids, angel babies, furbabies, or anything else... you deserve to be celebrated! ♥♥♥

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hey, It's Okay

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Hey, it's okay...

... to only write once a week, right? At least this link up is keeping me writing once a week.

... to be both happy and sad about Mother's Day on Sunday. I will expand on this on an entry later this week.

... to have been super lazy the last week or so after work. It's amazing to get home and not have to work on homework. I have been totally using that to my advantage and being incredibly lazy.

... to finally be in my third trimester and not love it. While my pregnancy has been pretty easy, I'm now to the point where I'm having some issues. My hips and back hurt often. Walking 50 feet to the bathroom at work is not enjoyable (and I go multiple times a day). My breasts are starting to hurt again. For some reason it seems like my morning sickness has returned. I have crazy dreams... like last night I dreamed someone gave me an entire box of a dozen donuts. However, every time I tried to eat one, it fell on the floor. Not cool, dreams! Not cool.

... to be excited I only have 35 days of work left. Assuming I don't go into labor early, I gave my notice with a final date of employment of June 30th (a Saturday, the last day in the pay period). I went through and counted yesterday. Taking out weekends, holidays, and already planned vacation days, there are only 35 days left. It makes me excited that I will be a stay-at-home mom soon!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hey, It's Okay

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Hey, it's okay...

... to have been lazy with my writing in the last week. The good news? My semester is over and I should now have more time to dedicate to writing. Huzzah!

... to live in Illinois and have left the house this morning in capris and a short-sleeved top. Hello, 80° weather. Finally!!!

... to be annoyed with my doctor (even though it's technically not his fault). About seven months ago or so, I was tested for allergies having had issues for nearly ten years. After the testing, I was informed I am not allergic to anything though I have symptoms of allergies almost year round. He said I have "non-allergic rhinitis" which basically means I have all of the symptoms of allergies without any allergic reaction happening. Well, everything around us started budding last week (flowering trees, flowers, etc) and my husband and I both wound up with allergy issues.

... to be incredibly relieved to be done with school for this semester. I have been going to school non-stop (meaning spring, summer, and fall semesters) for three years now. I'm taking a short break due to baby coming and will have a minimum of seven months without classes.

... to need more blogs to read. I used to read a lot of blogs and write more often. Now that I'm back into it, I only have three blogs I read regularly and one rarely writes. I like reading just about anything. Anyone have any good blogs to read?