Solo with 18 month old Road Trip Prep

I am preparing for a solo 10 hour road trip with my 18 month old son.  Yup, you read the correctly.  Just me and a toddler for 10 hours in a car.

Here is what I have done so far:

Snacks:

  • pouches for fruits/veggies
  • goldfish
  • crackers
  • PBJ sandwiches

Entertainment:

Random:

  • extra diapers & wipes

I know I have to be missing something… Any suggestions for me so I keep up my sanity?  HAHA

I will blog as we take our journey which starts on Wednesday morning bright and early.

The Great Aaron Hernandez Jersey Exchange of 2013 – July 6th & 7th

On July 6th & 7th the Patriots will make a mark in their history books by offering an exchange for #81 Aaron Hernandez jerseys.  There are a few rules for exchanging a jersey.  The Patriots are encouraging parents to come down and exchange the jerseys for another team member because they understand how children like to wear the jersey of their favorite team and some parents wont want their child sporting a Hernandez jersey in light of all the charges brought against him.

Jersey Exchange Rules:

  1. The jersey must have been purchased from the Pro Shop or from the Pro Shop online.
  2. NFL Official Jerseys from the Pro Shop are NIKE or REEBOK only (no receipt of purchase required)
  3. Only 1 Hernandez jersey per person may be exchanged.
  4. The exchange must happen in person at Gillette Stadium at the Patriots Pro Shop ONLY during normal business hours.
  5. You may exchange the Hernandez jersey for any other patriots player of equal or lesser value.
  6. Only valid for in stock Jersey’s ONLY – No special orders/requests allowed.
  7. The Patriots ProShop reserves the right to make all determinations regarding program validity. All determinations are final.”

Hours of Operation:
Sat July 6, 2013 – 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday, July 7, 2013 – 10:00am to 7:00pm

MY OPINION OF THE EXCHANGE:

This is an excellent idea.  I feel bad for the parents who may have come to New England to see a game yet can’t get back to exchange the #81 Hernandez jersey they may have bought while at a game or in the area.  I think it benefits local fans more than the broad spectrum but over all this offer goes over the top with compassion and understanding for their fans.  I think it is a marvelous thing they are doing by allowing people to pick another team member’s jersey in place of Aaron Hernandez.  This could be seen like a chance to “pick your new favorite player”.

What I would like to know after all the #81 Hernandez jerseys are collected is “Who’s jersey got picked the most to replace Hernandez?”

Review: Poseidon’s, Gloucester, Ma

Poseidon’s
99 Western Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 290-4313

Rating: ★★★★★

When I first moved to Gloucester this is where Sean took me for a slice of Pizza on one of our walks to Stage Fort Park.  I loved it.

I am sad to say it has been 2 years since that slice but last night we ordered a Large Greek Salad and a Small Veggie Calzone.  They were super awesome and substituted spinach for the broccoli.  We were told dinner would be here in 30 minute.  It only took 20 minutes to get here (on a Friday night at peak dinner time hours).

IT WAS FABULOUS!!!  It was more than enough food for all 3 of us.  Robert, who was like a bottomless pit, ate everything I put on his tray. Next time we will order the small calzone and a small salad.

I look forward to trying more items off their menu.

Ripped from the Headlines: Gloucester, MA Child Sex Offender Couple gets Sentence Reduced

This news is  OUTRAGEOUS!!  The reason for the reduction in sentences has not yet released to the public.  I did some digging since I hadn’t heard of this case and the details are grim to say the least.  Here is a summary of everything I could find.

But first, MY OPINION:

I am appalled and curious about how a mother could do this to their own daughter.  Before I was a Mom I would have thought “wow that woman is nuts” and now that I am a Mom I think “OMG  is that woman a nutcase?  How could she do that to her own flesh and blood?”  It is a shame that the sentence for a crime like this is only 30 years.  I believe it should be sterilization and life in prison.  Or to make it cheaper on the tax payers, DEATH.  In all honesty I don’t see why there aren’t more people for the death penalty.  Housing, feeding, educating, and caring for criminals is so costly.  Why should we the tax payers pay for these criminals?  I say give them a chance to appeal to all courts and if they don’t win offer them death or Gitmo; don’t offer them a lesser sentence.  Anyway… stepping off my soapbox because I know my pro death penalty views are more monetary based than human rights based(but is someone does an outrageous crime should they really be treated like a human?)…

Info found:

I found the case files from the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. KENDRA D’ANDREA and WILLIE JORDAN.  OH BOY, OH BOY!!!  When I was reading the news paper articles I didn’t realize that the sexual abuse was first reported to the Department of Social Services(DSS) on December 2, 2004 by an anonymous caller.  The caller stated that there were pictures posted on a Sprint PCS website of Kendra D’Andrea performing oral sex on her daughter.  The caller provided the DSS with the address, account phone number, and log in information.  At this point the case was turned over to DSS agent, Jerome Curley.  Once he confirmed all the information provided was correct he notified the Gloucester Police Department and presented them with the printed evidence he had gathered.

Gloucester Police issued the case to detective, Joseph Fitzgerald who took charge of the evidence and acquired a warrant for a search of Ms. D’Andrea’s apartment.  When he arrived at the scene he found 2 children (3 and 8) and the cell phone that was being used.  he places D’Andrea under arrest, read her Miranda Rights and she began to sing like a canary.   She told them how she posed and took pictures her daughter in a sexual way for her boyfriend who was traveling for work.  At this point Mr. Jordan was arrested in Michigan and returned to Gloucester, Ma for booking and questioning.  The attorney for the two accused attempted to get all evidence seized from the apartment thrown out based on the original DSS agent accessing the account saying that he violated their 4th amendment rights.  The court denied their request.

** interesting fact**

Sprint PCS removed all the pictures from their website at the request of Mr. Jordan before the police could issue a preservation letter.  no copy exists other than the one obtained by the DSS investigator.

Finally in 2008, both D’Andrea and Jordan plead guilty to the federal child exploitation charges including the production of child pornography and conspiracy to produce child pornography.  Jordan received the max sentence of 30 years and D’Andrea received 27 years of federal imprisonment.

Here is where it is puzzling.  Why the heck are their sentences for such atrocious crimes being reduced?  As of May 17, 2013, Jordan’s sentence has been reduced by only 2 years while D’Andrea’s sentence has been reduced to the lowest federal limit of 15 years, that is a 12 year reduction.  REALLY???  WTF???  Whatever loophole they found to get that sick woman a reduction in sentence needs to be closed.  They were issued retrial because they were denied the evidence hearing.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  The molested and raped an 8-year-old girl and  U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns, saw it fit to REDUCE the sentence….

Page Kelley, the court appointed attorney, has not returned calls about the case to the reporters at the Gloucester Times.  I can only hope she feels some level of utter DISGUST at the court appointment that she let a child rapist slip through the cracks and get a reduced sentence.  I know it isn’t really her fault she was assigned the case.  But the judge showing favoritism to a rapist who fessed up to their crimes so fast is RIDICULOUS!!!  She was caught red-handed there was no other choice for D’Andrea but to plead guilty.

THIS CASE IS OUTRAGEOUS!! After reading the case files I am sick to my stomach and I hope when she is released she finds a home VERY far from Gloucester.

I step off my soapbox…  This was a very exhausting post to write.

Sources:

Scared Monkey, Gloucester Times, Taking the Fifth, http://www.volokh.com/files/Stearns.pdf