The Many Phases of My Large Eyebrows

My eyebrow relationship has been a bumpy uphill battle.  It began around sixth grade when I was alerted that my eyebrows were not actually supposed to meet in the middle. ...more
My mother pinned me against the bathroom wall at 15 years old plucking away while I yelped lol ...more

Family Forgoes Capturing Amazing Moments Because They Can't Figure Out GoPro

We sold everything we owned, bought a sailboat and set sail out on adventure as a family of four. Of all the items we sailed off with on our 45-foot sailboat, the new GoPro Hero 4 was sure to capture countless amazing memories to be cherished forever. Maybe even in the next lifetime. ...more
Great visual storytelling! I feel the same way about my iPhone some days. (Apparently, my ...more

11 Things Low-Maintenance Girls Will Understand

This post is for all the low-maintenance ladies, who’s with me? Low -maintenance girls are better. Full stop. We’re easier to handle, more fun and I'd say somewhat rare these days.A girly-girl is something I am definitely not. I actually suck at been a girl. My laziness gets the better of me. I love the idea of looking like a contoured Kardashian but then I remember how much more I love my bed, and it wins, every time....more
This is my life with emphasis on 1, 3, 9, and 10!more

13 things my writing students need to know

It's obvious when a class's honeymoon period is over. It happens after the first essay is graded and it feels like deflated balloons. No eye contact. Sagging shoulders. Grumbling. From some anyway.As a writer and teacher of writing, I'm acutely aware that the process of receiving feedback is tough. Believe me, I've cried over bad reviews before. Writing is personal and involves vulnerability. To be critiqued is painful, irritating, angering. But, it's part of the process and often makes the writing better. If you don't give up....more

May the Horse Be with You... 'Cause the Cat Sure Ain't

My husband is fuming about our cat. Smoke-billowing-from-his-ears angry. Curiosity better move over, ‘cause the cowboy is first in line. When he went out to feed the cows and horses, the cat dared not to give him the time of day.Brushed him off, you might say. (Never mind she is a CAT. Snubbing is her native language.)  Probably doesn’t help kitty’s personality that we named her Puppy.  Sarcasm and contrariness seem to run in the family and clearly the cat is not immune....more

The Eyes Have It

So…over the course of a single weekend I became legally blind in my right eye.  The toddler and I were playing and being silly, and generally having fun jumping off tables and running with scissors when the fused fontanelle of Charlotte’s cute little cranium crashed into my delicate ocular socket. It was like the infamous iceberg against the hull of the TItanic (which shattered on impact, much like the lens in my eye).  Tears of laughter and excruciating pain ensued.  Mostly the pain thing, though....more

Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli

 About our move to Costa Rica, my darling fr...more

The Categorial Levels of Primary School

As you may or may not know, I work in a school.  I have done this job for a number of years now and I still find I am constantly being challenged by the delights and the not so delights of the primary school child. I am part psychologist, triage nurse, mean ogre, icepack coordinator, gatekeeper of bandaids, all while being the administrator to our extra busy principal.  So basically, I really run the show ... but I digress ...more

Confessions of the sick and sleepless

Another round of firsts for us around here, yay! My mini has been ‘Montessorized’ this fall at 2.5 years old. What is the big implication of this? Before this weekend, I was all “independent thinking”, “practical life skills”, “developing love of learning”. Yes, yes, check!Not so fast! While all of those are well and good — I haven’t been privy to what seasoned parents know as the FIRST YEAR OF BRINGING and PASSING GERMS FROM SCHOOL PHENOMENON… until now. You really don’t know anything until people shake you into reality via Facebook.As I naively posted:...more

Hi, I'm new here. Please come check out my 4 yr. old blogchild. ...more

Fifty Shades of Concrete

It began as a convenience store - a Minit Mart or 7-Eleven maybe... I forget, but you know the building I’m talking about. For several years they were successful selling gas, cigarettes and Big Swigs before they moved closer to the interstate and abandoned this structure.  After a while, a talented burger-flipper thought he could turn the empty building into a lucrative greasy spoon, but he was wrong. The concrete blocks were soon vacant again....more

Silly Greeting, Aunt Heather Style

Silly Greeting, Aunt Heather StyleSilly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.  ~Jane Austen...more