The Rantings of a Tortured Mind

Valerie Rayne Rants


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Friends & Family


Tonight has been a night filled with socializing. I don’t think I’ve been this social in YEARS! First, dinner with The Boyfriend’s family, then stopped at the store and ran into a good old friend, then spent forever talking to my mom on the phone.

She ended up having to call the cops on him tonight and they were able to convince him to go to the hospital. Who knows what will happen now but I’ve got my fingers crossed that he’ll get help, because he needs it!

I’m incredibly nervous that they’ll deem him healthy and of sound mind and then he’ll come here…

Dinner with The Boyfriend’s family was great and I was very excited to get out of the house. We had an amazing turkey feast with the most delicious glazed carrots I’ve ever had. I always enjoy hanging out with his sister and mom. The first time I ever met his mom, back when Alfie and I were together, the first thing she said was, “Ohmigod, you are so beautiful!” and she calls me Sweetie and I just think she is such a cool woman. And his sister and I have a lot in common in terms of our thoughts about life and love and parenting. We are also both curious about each other’s experience as young moms of four brats 😉

Other than that, it was a pretty uneventful day, mostly because I slept the better majority of it away. I’ve been sketching too hard to get any real sound sleep at night and just seem to sleep better when it’s light out. It’s doing a number on my productivity. I had all these plans to get some cleaning done and even more plans to get stuff done online and it just didn’t work out that way…

We’ll, until tomorrow my friends!

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A Night Filled With Excitement


Tonight has been a crazy night! It started around 4:30ish, when my Mom called to let me know that she had gotten a thing to take the pictures off her cellphone and put them on her computer, which she has been trying to figure out how to do for a really long time now. Luckily, she has a tech-savvy daughter who told her how to do it. Somewhere along the line, she couldn’t figure out how to get it to work, so gave up and decided that I would need to help her with it at some point.

Within minutes of getting off the phone with her, my cousin (who I now live very close to) came over for a quick visit. Right after he showed up, my brother called to find out if The Boyfriend and I wanted to go to a fire pit tonight. Since when do I have a social life… But then, the most intense thing happened tonight.

Right around 5:00, the kids were all getting very hyper and loud and got sent upstairs to play. Carter kept continually coming downstairs, screaming and crying for various reasons. The boys were being too rough with him or Kaeidyn wouldn’t let him play with what he wanted to play with or any number of things. So when he ran into the living room crying yet again, I said “Oh Carter…” in a teasing manner before looking up and seeing his head covered in thick blood.

Quickly, I jumped into medic-mommy-mode and began my own assessment of what had happened. After cleaning up his cut, I decided that it was deep enough that a trip to the hospital was in order. I was back on the phone with my Mom and she was rushing over here, worried out of her skull since I hadn’t given her much detail about what had happened. We spent the next hour or so at the hospital, while Carter got 2 little stitches. The first of the kids to ever get stitches.

He took it like a champ, as I knew he would, and didn’t have a concussion, so I was massively relieved. No one was around him when whatever happened happened, and he claims he fell down the stairs, though The Boyfriend and I are pretty sure it was from hitting his head off the stair railing. But at least he’s okay and he’s doing really great now. I imagine tomorrow will be a long headache-filled day for him.

Then, after we got back from the hospital, I guess my Mom tried to get her pictures onto her computer again and within 40 minutes of getting home, she was calling me to ask if I could troubleshoot her problem when she somehow managed to change everything to open wrong. Since I couldn’t instruct her over the phone, because we both made it sound too confusing for the other one, I was talked into going over to her house to fix her problem. I did and felt mighty accomplished that I was easily able to figure out what was wrong and get her pictures off her phone, which made her extremely happy.

To say the least, this has been a night filled with so much excitement that I think I will fall into a deep and blissful sleep in no time. So, goodnight!