The Five Stages of Grief… For a Lost Friendship

It’s been a long winter so far. Maybe it just feels that way. There has been snow day after snow day (coupled with late starts and early dismissals), an exciting case of the flu for 2/5 of us, and my most recent excitement, oral surgery. While I’ve been in caffeine withdrawal from quitting Diet Coke cold turkey the day before surgery (stupid, STUPID) I’ve just been sitting around loathing scrambled eggs and just about everything else on the planet. And I miss my best friend, the person who was the most awesome at wanting to set everything on fire with me....more
Nicole - I GET IT.  I can so relate.  I miss my best friend, too.  We were once joined at the ... more

Am I the Only Mom Who Wishes for a Best Friend?

My negative thoughts as a result were things like, "I have no friends," and "No one cares about my life," and "I wish my sister lived closer because she is the only one that gets me." But, I find myself feeling lonely. And sad. Moms need friends too, right? Or am I the only one? I have always been a people person. I have always had "an easy time making friends" as my Mom would say to me all the time growing up. But, here I am. 35-years-old. 3 kids. A good husband. A stable life. And, all I want is a close friend. ...more
You read my mind!  Thank you so much for helping me see that I'm not alone. more

Be Careful What You Wish For: All The Neighbor Kids Play at Our House

From where I sit, I can hear the chatter of a half a dozen little voices. Our house is the unofficial hangout of the neighborhood kids. A few years ago when I required that the kids play at my house, I didn't know what what I was getting into. At the time I required it because the neighborhood kids were older and had freedoms that bordered on unsafe. When they were younger, I figured that if they played here, I could keep an eye on my kids and temporarily prevent any danger or mischief the other kids could get into in the meantime....more
Quick story.  I live in a child filled neighborhood.  My youngest daughter's friend had a pool ... more

Five Vacations I Have No Desire to Take

As I've aged, I've grown more comfortable owning my vacation style. The following are vacation paradise to some people (even some people to whom I'm related by blood or marriage), but they totally don't magnetize my poles....more
Can we be friends?     I have no desire to go on a cruise.  Any cruise , to any destination. ... more