Carol Rood

I am a 40ish woman in a relationship with a beautiful woman. We have 4 kids, three of whom live at home, one who has moved out. I am also a blogger who can be found at Coffee, Clutter and Chaos. I am a retired Navy Corpsman, and a part time Skin Care Specialist for Quarles Dermatology. I love my life even though it is full of craziness!!

Why should I continue blogging?

When I started blogging 4 years ago, it was on a whim.  I knew I liked to write and my friend Patty was participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  I was absolutely positive I did NOT want to write a novel, however, that month is also NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).  Now that was something I felt I could handle.  So I created a Blog called Glass Half Full, and started writing.  Looking back at those posts always brings a smile to my face.  They were so rough, and the writing was not at all the way I write now....more
Rachel Medanic   Rachel, Thank you so much.  You have so eloquently put my thoughts into words.  ...more

Being a mom these days means also being a detective!

When I decided to become a mother it was no light decision for me. I had always said I didn't want children, and to be honest, I meant it.  I had many men come and go in my life, and never wanted to have children.  Then the day finally came and I met a certain man and decided maybe being a mom wasn't such a bad idea....more

“Miss you to Pieces” deployment book and a GIVEAWAY! Happy Veterans Day!!

(From Carol: I have been involved with my neighborhood summer swim league for a few years and I have met some of the most amazing people who live right here in my neighborhood through the swim team.  One of them is Donna Purkey, who is an award winning author!!  She has a husband and two beautiful children L and R.  She wrote a book for children to help them deal with a parent on a military deployment.  It is a WONDERFUL book , and I encourage you all to purchase a copy for yourselves, or a military family you may know.  I am certain it will help with the anxiet...more

Angel Food Cupcakes for an Angel!

When I was in middle school I moved from Westport Ct, to Fairfield Ct at the beginning of my 7th grade year.  Fortunately I was entering a middle school which was grade 7 and 8 so there were lots of kids entering who didn't know each other and I didn't stand out as the "new girl".  I made two friends very quickly, and we remained friends for many years.  One of the girls I was great friends with was named Dee Dee....more

Perimenopause AKA "I can turn you from a bitch to a blubbering idiot in 30 seconds, all while having a hot flash"

I have been healthy my entire life.  I have never had a broken bone, and have only had the flu once that I remember.  However, since I was pregnant when I had the flu that should count as if I had it 3 times.  I mean really, it was pretty awful that as soon as I was done with the first trimester nausea, puking nonsense I came down with the flu so I was right back to puking.  TOTALLY not fair........more
What did your doctor add, or did she, about your little pills?more

When the Homeowner's Association goes too far

I live in Southeast Virginia.  I have been here since 2002 when the Navy chose to station me here at a local helicopter squadron.  When I retired from the Navy in 2004 after 20 years of service I decided that I didn't want to move and uproot my kids again, so I decided to stay here in Southeast Virginia.  In July of 2006 we bought and moved into a house in a very nice subdivision in Suffolk.  When we moved in I promised my two boys that we wouldn't have to move again and that we would stay here until they graduated from high school.  That was very important to me, a...more

Real Food: Homemade Blackberry Honey Jam! YUM!

If you read this blog with any regularity you know about my struggle with my weight, and  how recently (the end of April) I started my family on a mission to change our eating habits from a regular diet to eating real, organic foods....more

My kids are growing up way too fast. Don't Blink!

I am a mother.I am a mother of teenagers.So far being a mother of teenagers has been uneventful for the most part.  They get decent grades in school. (Yes I have to nag).  They do their chores. (For the most part, but sometimes I have to nag).  They don't sass too much. (Most of the time.)...more

A Teacher's Thoughts...for what it's worth

My children have been blessed to attend schools here in a town where they have had many, many wonderful teachers. I have friends who are teachers.  I know they are overworked and underpaid.  I know they have to spend a lot of their own personal finances on things for their students and classrooms.  I know that in order to teach they have to love it, because the financial rewards are not great....more

I survived my 30 year high school reunion!!

So, I recently wrote about how Facebook changed my memories of high school and how my 30th reunion was coming up soon.  I decided a while ago I was going to go, and Karol (the woman formerly known as Bluebell) said she would go with me.  I was excited when the reunion was first announced.  I shared how people on Facebook had reconnected with me in such a positive affirming way, and that really reassured me that it would be okay....more
I read this post and the one before it. I don't usually read blogs but I had an overwhelming ...more