Rebuilding the Lattice Fence.

So quick catch up: our lattice fence was pretty much falling down thanks to being built with permanary features and our former neighbors being complete jerkheads. And now we're rebuilding it with equal parts better knowledge, better reinforcement, and better plans. Back when we were planning the first fence, I actually had wanted the "privacy" lattice at Home Depot -- the squares are tighter and therefore more frequent, but also smaller so, you know, more private -- but it was twice the cost of the regular grid lattice and we were trying to do it on the cheap, so I gave it up ....more

On Neighbors and Fences, Revisited.

So, I quietly posted a teaser for a project last week, but I'm not sure many people saw it. Go ahead and look -- it's just one photo and like three sentences. Okay, so now that our awful drug-dealing neighbors had been evicted and the landlord appeared to be taking his sweet time to do anything about the wreckage they left in their wake, we decided it was time to take a good, hard look at our attempt at a privacy fence and how it fared from nearly three years of abuse from said neighbors ....more

Buoyancy.

The winner of the DRAGONS: Defenders of Berk giveaway has been notified. Thanks everyone for entering and stay tuned for more great How To Train Your Dragon stuff from DreamWorks! ***** Recently, a friend of mine posted a status on Facebook about why we write online -- are we telling our stories and sharing pieces of ourselves or are we just reacting to the things around us, everyone feeling like our two cents is somehow important above the cacophony of people who feel the same way ....more

A Project Teaser.

It's the Tuesday after Memorial Day, the last week of school for the kids, and maybe I did my own share of some day drinking this weekend. Welcome, summer. However, I know it's been a minute since I posted anything here -- not for things not happening, but just from a lack of time ....more

DRAGONS: Defenders of Berk Part 2 Giveaway!

YOU GUYS. It is only a little over THREE WEEKS until the new DreamWorks movie How To Train Your Dragon 2 hits theatres and my house becomes a sovereign territory of Berk for all intents and purposes. I am legitimately excited for this movie ....more

A Little Late Monday Dance Party.

So yeah, I'm really late posting today.I figured it's been a little heavy here in the last couple of weeks, so let's have a little dance party as we ride this Monday out, shall we?Take it away, Kiedis: That's all. :) ...more

Sticks and Stones and A Little Boy's Bones.

Kiedis tried to cut his own hair last week. He only got a section of it, kind of by the crown over towards his forehead in a very thin, flat, lateral move that is easily disguisable by the rest of his mop, but I was shocked to find eight inch tendrils of golden locks strewn about my bathroom floor after getting out of the shower one afternoon. He was startled when I asked him about it and became upset -- I can only assume he thought he was in trouble though I at no point expressed that to him ....more

On Rape Culture In A Starbucks.

I was going to write this kind of easy, flippant fashion post today for the Mamanista Fridays hashtag, but I had an experience last night that actually rattled me a bit and as I woke up this morning I couldn't shake it, so sorry, you'll have to wait a minute to see me in formal wear. I went to a Starbucks last night on my way in to work. This is 100% not the norm for me, as the closest Starbucks to me is in the opposite direction as my workplace from my house, but my boss was going to be in an all-day meeting and so I offered to pick up her afternoon coffee for her on my way in and she gratefully agreed ....more

Tales From The Ghettohood: Rescuing Roscoe, Part Two.

So when we left off, I was in my backyard, pouting about missing prom by lighting a bonfire when I heard a giant rustling from the empty house next door where my drug-dealing neighbors had up until the week before, lived. In the darkness without my glasses or contacts, I could see a large animal rooting around the back porch stairs, seemingly dragging something behind it. When it noticed me approach the fence, it scampered over almost gleefully, a big tongue hanging sideways out of a large, familiar smile ....more

#365feministselfie Project: BlogHer's Selfie Of The Year.

So then this happened. Mostly, I think, because of this post, which was nominated and then selected for Schmutzie's Five Star Friday...more