Slip On By

My little sister sent me a link to a song the other day. While normally I might put the song aside and carry on with the busyness of my day, I decided to stop and listen and see what the fuss was all about.As I sat and listened, a tear floated down my cheek and before I knew it I was sobbing. Listening to each captivating word, grasping its meaning and realizing that it was speaking to me...and to so many others out there....more

The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey

My family is a little bit difficult to please. I’ve talked about it in no particular detail at earlier points. If you cook a meal, they’ll be looking for the bread you forgot. If you made pasta, they’d miss the meatballs. If you remembered the meatballs, they’d miss the sausage. And so on and so forth. It’s not that they’re ungrateful, they’re just…thorough.Over the course of my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to forecast these ‘needs’ and prepare for them in advance, so as to avoid unnecessary lectures, extra trips to the store, and/or belabored sighs....more

Advice from My 62 Year Old Self: 12 Key Lessons

I always love "advice to my younger self" type posts. Simply because if we are purposeful about it, we do become wise women as we continue to experience life. There are always some time-tested lessons (like - I should've listened to my mother!) and new epiphanies that only the living can bring. Here is a great post from Adela of The Black Tortoise on what her 62 year old self would say to her younger self. ...more

What Did College Really Teach Me?

When you're in high school you can't wait for college. Once on campus, you yearn for graduation. It's always about preparing for that "next step". What happens once you graduate to "real life". Then what? Lady Unemployed looks back and ahead in this reflective post that ponders - why wasn't I told more about the "how" of pursuing my dreams? ...more
What college taught me: how to snort cocaine. Alas, true story.more

Life Lessons of an OCD Mom

Big Love.

She comes into the living room, galloping clumsily, her little pink Converse shoes slapping against the floor. "Hey Mom! I want to wear my feetie-feetie pajamas!" Trying to clean up the last of dinner, I barely glance up at her, tell her to go pick out any pajamas she wants.  The house is a mess, homework isn't done, and we are running about ten minutes late on bath time. It's just she and I; her brother and Daddy gone on a quick adventure to "the big hill" to alleviate some of his anxiety. ...more

The Buttons

The Buttons...more

Thoughts on Aging: Red Hat or Grumpy Old Bitch?

Something happened to me when I turned 40 – I started thinking about death, as well as getting old – which isn’t too hard when your bones ache and your vision gets worse overnight! It’s been a bit of a spin-out thinking about this stuff, but it is what it is – I’m only going to get older and die at some point after all....more
I've decided that I'm going to be like Betty White when I get older. I want to be that sassy old ...more

How to raise more grateful children

When things aren’t going well, we can use gratitude to cultivate a new mindset. If we think of failure as something to be thankful for, a necessary step in learning, we are embracing growth and challenge. With a fixed-mindset, you are defined by your mistakes—failure is an identity, not an event—which makes thankfulness seem impossible....more

The other heroes!! (In my opinion!)

I have not posted about my weight loss this week due to my car not running and I was not able to get to my weight watchers meeting.  I plan on attending next week – I am still on track and counting my points so we should have another banner week of weight loss.  ...more