The Day I Standardized Birthdays

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On birthdays and brain mortgages

"How old are you going to be this year?""34?""34? Are you sure? How old am I again?""What year is it?"Yeah, those are snippets of actual conversations from around the Redden abode as my June birthday approached. Apparently we've lost all track of our middlin', non-milestone ages as of late....more

A very merry birthday to Mom-5!

Happiest of birthdays to Mom-5!Enjoying a damn fabulous birthday dinner at The Waterboy.xoxo,shawna...more

Turning 48

I turn 48 today, and, oh, the joy of it! Behind me are the days of wishing, hoping, longing, wondering. Here now are the days of loving, laughing, appreciating, and clarity. I’m in the thick of it, this business of a happy life, wanting to hug it all to me, hard, while it’s happening. There are things I still want to do, places I would love to explore, adventures I’m eager to have. And, of course, there are people I can do without, too many hours spent in windowless rooms, the agendas of dissatisfied minds....more

30 Things I Learned Before My 30th Birthday

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Happy Birthday

Yesterday was my mother’s birthday.  And with all the craziness of the past couple of days (you know, what with the break-in and all), I failed to mention it when I dropped the monkeys off at her house yesterday morning.  Not exactly a stellar moment....more

What Forty-Three Means To Me

I turned forty-three yesterday; it’s been such a muddled confused year that it was a little anticlimactic because I have mistakenly been telling people I am forty-three for the last year.  I totally missed forty two. That’s okay because forty-two and forty-three are almost interchangeable,  generic numbers really.  I spent some time skiing yesterday, trying to survive as I careened down a mountain side, thinking about what turning forty-three means to me.FORTY THREE...more

Day 29 - Dixie's Third Birthday

Dixie our dog turns three today...Here's this year's video:Dixie turns threeHere's last year's video:Dixie turns twoAnd , here's Dixie's first year video...more

Why I hate the middle of November:

To be fair, this will be nothing new for any mother, ever, in the history of life.My Tiny Human was born the week of Thanksgiving, so around this time each year, things get a little bit crazy.WHAT DOES SHE NEED.WHAT DOES SHE WANT.WHAT DO YOU WANT HER TO HAVE.I SAW THIS DOES SHE NEED THIS HOW ABOUT 12 OF THEM.wash. rinse. repeat three weeks later for Christmas.Which is fine because people love my Tiny Human and she loves them and it’s a beautiful thing I AM SURE.But guys....more