Brownies: The Cure For What Ails Ya

I am eating a brownie. A very large brownie. I'd take a picture, but since it is approximately the size of Nebraska, it is a teensy bit embarrassing.  Alright, already, it may look exactly something like this:...more

We're Gonna Want to Run More Tests

One of the most laughable things about getting hired at 911 is the actual hiring process.  It hasn't changed much in 11 years.First and foremost, they have to make sure you're not a shithead.  Shitheads are criminals and criminals must be kept away from the inner workings of a 911 system as much as possible, for obvious reasons. I am not, nor ever have I been, a shithead, despite my college fantasy of killing my roommate so I didn't have to study for finals....more

Grocery Grins

 Who knew my grocery tears would turn into grocery grins?! I’m grinning because today, I officially became a published author! Whoo-hooo!My article, Grocery Tears, has been published over here at:...more

Mean Girls Never Left it On the Playground

When I was a kid I dreamed of a day when we would all just be adults and want the best for each other. I guess you could say I was a dreamer and learned the hard way that mean girls really just turn into mean women and the meanness comes from the inside--out. When I recently read the post Mean Girls at Work it was like deja vu all over again. The article quotes the book Mean Girls, Meaner Women by Drs. Erika Holida and Joan Rosenberg: ...more
Unplug from the "Mean Girls" and rise above it all. The key is loving yourself and knowing your ...more

Stress & Why I Can't Deal, or Maybe I Can Learn

I began my stressing career early in life. My first clear memory of stress involved Little League softball. I played right field back when nobody ever, ever hit to right field. I thought it was my responsibility to pray over every pitch, that if I forgot to say a prayer for that pitch and we lost the game, that it would be all my fault. Perhaps this was stress, perhaps delusions of grandeur -- I'm sure we could all have a lot of fun with armchair psychology with this story, but my point is that when it comes to stress, I'm a black belt. (Don't worry, I've learned to stop wasting my prayers on minutiae.) ...more
So glad I found this site! The articles are so amazing and easy to read and understand. I'm a ...more

SOC Sunday - Three Levels of Relaxation

The writing prompt for today's Stream of Consciousness Sunday from All.Things.Fadra is: Describe, in detail, the way you like to relax.I have different levels of relaxation....more
Dinner in bed is the BEST! @victorias_viewmore


Life is hard sometimes. Like sweat in your eye, hold in your breath, hard. With the hard, it's very common to forget the easy. Like laying next to the one you love. Breathing fresh air. Making choices, from what you wear to what you eat. ...more

Why I'm Quitting the Gym (Without Even a Little Bit of Guilt)

I am quitting the gym.  That doesn't sound right, does it?  To quit an activity that is rumored to offer health benefits, energy, and vitality.  Since I have some weight to lose, it's even more blasphemous.The gym, though, has become a stressor in my life, and not a good one.Stress is wreaking more havoc on my body in far greater ways than regular time at the gym might fix....more
@victorias_view Thanks, Victorias_view. I would love to hear any ideas people have for at-home, ...more

Trading Cable for a Clean House

Two weeks ago, I had a housecleaner come to our house for the first time ever. I was worried that she would say that it couldn’t be done. She said that she was going to have to bring a helper for the first cleaning. She said it would take a very, very long time. And even though it would mean cutting back on other things we valued in our budget, I agreed to it right away. ...more
Loved, LOVED your post and honesty. Wow! I will admit that once-upon-a-time my house was kept ...more

The role of a caregiver

My husband recently had a double bypass surgery and after the surgery he was weak for a few days. He could not walk much without getting tired. I took on the caregiver role and I must say to save him from stress, I had to take a lot of stress. He could not drive for 6 weeks and as I do not drive, we had to depend on my son to take him to the doctor for his follow ups. One of the questions, I had asked at the rehab class was is it okay for him to be angry and the nurse had said I should try to not get him angry. ...more