My Hair Is a Story. I Kept the Part About the Girl with a Backbone.

Somewhere around 2009, I decided to grow my hair out. To be 100% honest, as I always am on this blog, I decided to grow my hair because I thought I would be getting married in the next few years. Boy, did I miss the mark on that one (but found my ...more

Because It's No One Else's Job to Put Me First

Since I have committed to blogging daily for the month of July (connecting with #NaBloPoMo and #BlogBoost), I see this as an opportunity to jot down some of the sticky notes that hang out on the walls of my mind. The notion of "Putting Myself First" ...more

The Midlife Pursuit: What's My Passion?

Aside from stalking old boyfriends, I've learned a lot about myself through the quizzes on Facebook. For instance, the “Friends”character I’m most like is Monica because according to the quiz, “I’m a little uptight but a great friend.” Not ...more

365 Days of Vacation Mindset

Oh, vacation, you were magic. I feel like someone set the reset on whatever part of my brain controls giving a damn. Cheese danish for breakfast, lounging around in my bathing suit, sleeping in hours later than I should, letting the kids stay up late ...more

What Do You Mean You're "Not a Target Person"?

Go on. Get yourself together. Pour yourself a drink in that tumbler from the dollar bin. Have some Market Pantry comfort food ready. Find a Nate Berkus throw pillow in case you need something to beat in disbelief. Maybe pop an Up & Up ibuprofen. ...more

I Thought My Sister's Death Was a Lie

This spring I dreamt that my sister Bobbie wasn't dead. She hadn't committed suicide after all. She was coming home. It was 1966 again and I was 10 years old. She was 21, just like before, and I sobbed for joy when she came to the door, in her familiar beatnik style, looking somewhat detached and cold, but there. After all, I never saw her body — they said it was too far gone for me to see — so her death really may have been a lie, camouflaged amidst my parents' many other deceits. ...more

How to Find Lost Items Using Psychic Powers (Really)

Approximately three months ago, I was losing my mind.Anyone who has planned their own wedding can probably relate to this. The stress of planning, combined with starting a new job and board exams had me at the point of total melt down....more
Rita Arens :( I was almost sure that my bracelet was gone forever. Losing something you love is ...more

I Don't Need a Man to Walk Me to My Car. But I Want One.

One of the reasons I chose to live in this small town was its low crime rate. I know most of my neighbors (even if some of them aren't my favorite people in the world), and I've never felt unsafe. I often walk my dogs late at night right through the middle of downtown without a second thought in regards to my safety....more
Gentlemen of the World, rise up - we need you!more

Huge “Love Your Cat” Giveaway

Huge “Love Your Cat” Giveaway It is estimated that over 96 million cats are owned in the US alone. Cats do make the best pets. They’re charming little critters that will steal your heart in no time.These prizes will improve your cat’s life! He/she will love these prizes! And so will you! The sponsors are being so generous! ...more

Go for drinks? Grab coffee? How does a Mormon casually date?

So, one major reason I started this blog is because I figured it would give me some structure as I try to be a normal, real-life person post-graduation. For some reason, writing helps me think through things. Yes, I could attempt journaling or talking to a shrink, but instead posting these thoughts for the entire world to see seems more cathartic and possibly productive....more

Go for drinks? Grab coffee? How does a Mormon casually date?

So, one major reason I started this blog is because I figured it would give me some structure as I try to be a normal, real-life person post-graduation. For some reason, writing helps me think through things. Yes, I could attempt journaling or talking to a shrink, but instead posting these thoughts for the entire world to see seems more cathartic and possibly productive....more

Slimy Carrots and Blogging Rut

missing that view already I confess that I have no idea what to blog about so I'm writing a confessions post. I confess that I haven't even begun to work on my vacation recaps. I haven't even downloaded the pictures and without the pictures I've already forgotten the details of what we did each day ....more

The Evolution of a Phenomenon!

Loving, learning and laughing without borders... http://t.co/w2UacWnAEZ#TR Snippets - ideas, thoughts and life's awesome lessons into words of wisdom to excite, educate, entertain, therefore empower hearts!...more

5 Guide Tips to Boston's Samuel Adams Brewery Tour

It’s been four days since our tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston, Massachusetts and I am still on a high from the experience. It was our final destination of our seven day trip of New York City, Providence, and Boston. This was the perfect ending to our trip. Here's what we learned....more

Angelina Jolie Is Planning To Sue Daily Mail Over Heroin Video For Invasion of Privacy

Angelina Jolie has reportedly begun legal action against the Daily Mail for publishing a video online, which it claims shows her while she was addicted to heroin during the 1990s.The newspaper suggested the footage, taken from the National Enquirer, featured a conversation between Jolie and her father Jon Voight about her brother James and late mother Marcheline Bertrand.The Times writes Jolie is believed to regard the publication of the video as a gross violation of her privacy ....more

Dental Hygeine

Surprise, surprise. When you play with fire you get burned. And, we got ourselves a little “ouchie” (as my girls would call it) this month ....more

Yucca can bloom in deepest, darkest shade!

We have been gardening on his plot of land for 22 years. Many years ago a yucca plan tucked away in a dark corner of our garden bloomed. It was a one-time event and we never expected to see the yucca again—after all they’re supposed to be sun-lovers.It was too big to move so we just accepted it as a foliage plant--and the foliage is impressive ....more

#BackToCleveland - LeBron James Returns to Cleveland Cavaliers as Fans React in Hilarious Memes

LeBron James announced today that he would be leaving the Miami Heats and moving back to join the Cavaliers in Cleveland, Ohio....more