had to get moo-ving

It's Oklahoma -- January -- and 78 degrees outside. That's practically sweltering. And the gardener in me is begging to go play in the dirt."Pleasepleasepleaseplease," she implores. "I'll be good this year and not dig too much outside of the boundaries of what we are able to commit to for a full season. I learned my lesson last year, really I did!"So I grabbed a shovel, strapped on my Fitbit, because, hey, I want credit for every single movement, and headed to the front yard for digging galore....more

The Constant vs. The Variable-- Which One Are You?

I have a weekly call with my grandparents who live down south. And, as always, my grandmother went on and on about how much she would love for my brother to call her. She told me how she prays and thinks of him often. She swooned about how she loves hearing his deep voice say, "Hi, Grand-MAW". She reminisced how my brother loved eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a child. Gag me with a jagged spork! As I hold the phone away from my ear, rolling my eyes, I can feel my blood boil up my back. ...more

Where Have All the Cowboys* Gone?

*(or Cowgirls)My industry is facing a tough time.  Our workers are aging out or otherwise retiring from operating.  The work is high risk, mostly outdoors and very active, and therein lies the problem....more
It's funny that you are in a completely different industry than I am (construction vs. financial ...more

Pull a Sophie -be your freaky self

Why I should not be allowed to think about things.

I love music.LOVE love.Those of you who've suffered through all the incarnations of my radio show know what I like, which is almost everything between the 50s and the 90s, with a couple handsful of random songs from 2000 to now. I also like classic country music, but not too much of 'today's' country. I love to turn up the radio and sing at the top of my lungs - in the house, in the car...in the grocery store.There are a ton of misheard lyrics that I sang incorrectly for years, and I still do, because it's fun....more

Boys to Men (Someday, anyway!)

Fashion Slump

Hi there.  My name is Christy and I'm in a fashion slump.  It happens every year about this time and one of these days I will be prepared. It is so freaking cold outside that you can't see what I'm wearing.  You will see my Uggs, my rain boots, or my workout sneakers and the bottoms of my pants.  That's it.  I'm covered in cold weather gear and I don't care.  Blech!...more

Soccer Mom or Kidnapper

One of the really fun things about being a writer is having a great imagination. As with so many things, the great thing is also a terrible thing, and that holds true for having a great imagination as well. I can vividly imagine what it will be like when I sell my first book, or the places I will travel as a writer, or what the life would have been like 800 years ago when I sit on a hillside in England.I can also imagine, in vivid detail, what might happen when the client that I've never met, and whose house I am on the way to, turns out to be a kook....more

Bloody Hell!

 http://wp.me/p4yiok-8N...more

This Is Why I Cook Alone

I was feeling ambitious today, so I decided to divide all of our snack goods into little baggies and cups. Ever the helper, Mini Maria stood on her stool and helped me pass the time by throwing out random questions, made up songs, and occasional pleas to “use the sharp knife!”We hit a groove … until Mini Maria pointed between the legs of the chubby, happy Teddy Graham turning a flip on the front of its cardboard box and asked me the worst question ever:“Mommy, is that its privates?”*blink, blink* “Um … Yes, honey.”...more