I notice that no one is asking me for beauty tips.

I have been blogging along for a couple of years now and I notice that no one is asking me for beauty tips. I wonder why that is?It couldn’t be that I offended with last week’s rant about non-helmet wearing riders who have more concern about their hair than their brains.It can’t be a grudge about the blog where I referred to my truck as The Perfect Purse, that was just common sense....more

Bedtime Schmedtime

I had a really long meeting that didn’t get me home until after 9.  When I arrived my brood was all upstairs – a good sign, hopefully, that they were winding down and almost ready for bed.  Not quite though, as Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 was wrapping up in my bedroom.  {Thank the lord I didn’t have to endure all of that a second time around.}...more

The Buzz Around Here

Paige has developed a bizarre and extreme fear of bees.I have no idea what brought this on. Every time I ask her about it I get a different answer. “Luke at school likes bees.” Or, “No reason.” Or, “Because bees go buzz.” Or, “Can I watch Sesame Street?”When you want to get to the bottom of something with an almost-four-year-old, they are often the worst people to ask about it. Mark and I refer to this as the “bad witness” syndrome. What your preschooler reports ain’t always what happened....more

Everyone gets a nickname, right?

2012 is all about organization; my husband is whipping around my house faster than MacGyver disassembling a bomb. It’s quite frustrating as I feel like a slacker. But as the big clean of 2012 is happening, it was my job to manage my photos. I have a lot of photos.  A lot. No less than ten shoe boxes and at least seven albums of memories from high school through college, and beyond....more

A Petrified Old Woman

Dorothy and her mother Mini came to the police department to report their neighbor, Mrs. Taylor, for glaring at them daily from her front window. They stated she sat in a chair facing outside and stared for hours. They told me they would make eye contact but Mrs. Taylor never acknowledged them. They also explained that anytime they left their house, Mrs. Taylor was sitting at the window....more
@KarenLynnn Our entire department knows about Mrs. Taylor and we all drive by hoping to catch ...more

Why Go to Bed at All?

What will it be tonight? The cat jumping on my head and waking me up? The cat jumping on Ken's head and waking me up? The twins coming in, one at a time, to sleep in our bed and waking me up? The cat again. I wake up and put her in the hallway. C coming into my room and waking me up to say the cat's jumping on his feet? Me suggesting he carry the cat out of his room and close the door? The cat back in the bedroom because C left the door open but closed his own?...more

Duck and Cover

It’s 2:30am, and we’d been sleeping sound,When your voice bubbled up and began to surround. You may not know this, but you are almost One,And, hey, silly girl, this crap should be done. You gnawed on some pizza, then you fell asleepAnd here in this house we heard not a peep, ‘Til your tiny mouth opened and started to shriekSo right about now, I just can’t help but freak. We moved you around so you slept all aloneGave you a place you could call your own ...more

Hanging by a Thread(s) and the Zoolander Miracle

This week I had family in town for my dwarf second cousin’s funeral; it was like a circus, but not because of the dwarf.  Various characters have stopped by my house to say hello and have a glass of tea....more
@sassymonkey Hehe...thank you! I'm glad something came of all that suffering! :)more

So Proud...

This is what my son wrote for his paragraph in the family Christmas letter.  He’s 13.“Last summer I went to camp where we had a storm with no rain because the drops evaporated before they hit the ground.  However, the lightening caused a wildfire, and we had to evacuate.  We were relocated to a small room, which is always the best place to go in a fire.  Everyone knew exactly what they were doing. ...more

A New Chicken Place?

It was a long day of traveling!I was so excited to be heading to Sedona!We had landed in Phoenix,grabbed the car and were heading towards the Highway!Oh, who is we?  My husband and two kids!We were getting settled in the car for the long drive, about an hour and a half or little more to Sedona.I was settling back in my seat and I noticed an establishment “Juicy Lucy”Now, of course it caught my eye because Lucy is my nickname.I said, “Look ‘Juicy Lucy’”No one really said anything....more