Massacre of the Innocents

Though a requirement for my Master's Degree, statistics have never been a strong suit for me.  I remember when first learning basic stats in high school there was mention about considering the stats rather than sample stories or examples because while the stories are compelling, they often do not show the bigger picture.  I know this to be true, and yet when I see statistics showing that gun violence is down since the 70s and 80s, that supposedly gun assaults and the US obsession with guns and other destructive weapons ...more

Lessons of April

 In April, 2012, we had one disaster after another hit. First, my husband ended up in the hospital with 190/130 blood pressure.  That was scary, and it was enough to cause us to make some major life changes.  We started eating better and exercising more.  The changes were sudden and drastic, but we did it.  However, don’t tell him he was overweight.  You DO NOT want to get him started!...more

Lucky Day

The car sitting on the street in front of our house when I woke up this morning had stalled. I took Phil (the dog) out for her morning squat and noticed the car there and a man and woman inside. He got out to ask if I had any jumper cables....more

So who are you NOW?

Currently "between positions" (nice way of saying laid off in the latest economic quagmire and looking for gainful employment), Karin started writing cooking in my heels to save sanity, share a life-long obsession with food and cooking, and put the voices bouncing around her brain on virtual paper. She (me) also likes making people laugh, occasionally think, and has to do something with all those shoes, so there you go. ...more

What not to say..

What I want you to know about miscarriage. At 25 my husband and I found out on mothers day that I was pregnant. I had woken up at 6ish that morning stumbling into the bathroom, I hardly remember opening up the packing of the pregnancy test. Next thing I know there are two lines, running into the bedroom, literally kicking my husband yelling at him telling him to get up. "Get up, I'm pregnant, and going to store." I said. He said "huh? what? okay, wait why are you going to the store." He confusingly replied. "Did you not hear me" I quipped back....more

You Only Get Away With That Because You're a Mom

As I walked outside yesterday, in an ill-fitting, hot pink pajama set with the pants hiked up to my boobs to keep from tripping over the legs, a lopsided ponytail, and just socks, to put something in our trash can, I began thinking about the freedom we mothers have. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking about all the freedom we don't have. And I'll give you that. But take this trip with me here for a moment. Have you realized all the freedoms that we actually enjoy?...more
LOL! It's nice to know that I am not the only one who indulges in a handful of purse M&M's ;)more

Responses to Tragedy

This afternoon I was catching up on another episode of Awake (the fourth episode in the series). In this story line Detective Michael Britten interacts in both of his realities with a woman named Kate who babysat years ago for his now teenage son Rex (who is alive in one reality and dead in the other). In both scenarios Kate lost her sister in a surfing accident, but how she copes and deals with her sister's death and what that means for her life is very different in the two realities....more


Male Therapist: "So tell me how this works?"Detective Michael Britten: "I'm awake with my wife and I close my eyes, I open them and I'm awake with my son."Female Therapist: "And this has been happening since, the accident?"Male Therapist: "So you begin working on one case here, in reality, and then suddenly you begin working another case there, in your dream."Detective Michael Britten: "It completely feels real to me."...more

First Birthday

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." --Eleanor Roosevelt My mother celebrated her birthday today. She turned 82. This birthday was different-- her first birthday in 65 years without my dad by her side.She met Dad when she was only 17. Bright girl that she was, she’d graduated high school early and was already in what was known as “business college”—the 1940s version of today’s community college. Dad was 22, not long out of the Marines, returned from WW II in the Pacific....more
@HomeRearedChef Yes...of course! I forgot to say, "Happy Birthday!"...I was so wound up....more

Be the Nutella

We’ve all had those days as a parent (unless your child is a perfect angel, in which case, you can stop reading now.). You know the days of which I speak. They are the days where you lose all perspective. They are the days when your children have been pushing your buttons for hours. When they have been holding things over the toilet with an evil gleam in their eye and then dropping those things in the toilet when you make a move toward them....more