Are You Setting Reading or Writing Goals in 2014? These Reading and Writing Challenges Can Help.

January 1 is always my favorite blogging day of the year. My blog feels all shiny and new and ready to write all of the things. That feeling doesn't generally lost very long but I am able to meet some of my goals because of the reading and writing challenges I choose every year. ...more
My reading goals are just a number - I have a TBR pile that is always growing.  Right now there ... more

The Day I Was Asked By My Son's Teacher to Talk to Her Class about My Blog

The front door swung open, and there was my rumpled and gangly seventh grader, tossing his backpack onto the floor. "Guess what, Mom?" "What?" I called from upstairs.  He tipped his head up to look at me. "We are blogging in my Language Arts class, and I told my teacher that you are a blogger.  Check your blog, Mom.  My whole class was on it today.  All of her classes were.  You probably had a lot of hits on it.  Check your stats!" ...more
As someone who is currently in a career change and does a lot of substitute teaching while ... more

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
AMEN ,sister!  As the song says "Better be good for goodness sake!"  I told the 4 year old that ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your October 2013 Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily October NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
My Addiction...my tv addiction ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your October 2013 Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily October NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more

Three Big Myths About Dating Plus-Sized Women

Editor's Note: I've been plus-size my entire adult life. I've been as large as 406lbs and as "small" as my current 220. I have experienced the gamut of plus-size dating trials and successes. The assumptions about larger women are moslty made because society has yet to embrace the beauty of ALL women. Guess what? There's more to us than the myths.-- Feminista Jones ...more
I love this post!  My husband met me at my highest (337) and said that he was attracted the most ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your August 2013 Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily August NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
I almost didn't do this month after July...  So here's today's post... ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your July Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily July NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your July Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily July NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
I haven't posted the last couple of days: Sunday 7/28: ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your July Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily July NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more