My Dog is Defective

Almost exactly a year ago now, we adopted him. Oliver.We'd found him through a rescue group, driven over an hour to go meet him. They were sure he was half lab, but had no idea what the rest of his genetic makeup might be ....more

Wasps and Hate

I've been trying to find a way to write this post for a long time now. The topic of hate and intolerance and the damage it does is something I've written about quite a bit in the past, this is true. But this is different ....more

6th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge CONTEST!!!!

It is always hard to choose photos for the contest with so many wonderful submissions!These are the 23...more

5th Annual 30 Day Photography Challenge CONTEST!!!!!!

It is always hard to choose photos for the contest with so many wonderful submissions!These are the 23...more

And this is why I have designated days for this shit...

Fuck.July 6th.The last day before life as I knew it ended....more

The worrying and the almost barfing and the talking

I have anxiety issues.I've had them for as long as I can remember. From the time I was a wee babe, I worried about everything. All the time ....more

It's a good thing my liver has been training for this....

I briefly thought I was maybe, possibly, probably, most definitely going to die yesterday.Twice.Fine. I'm being a bit dramatic, but am still pretty sure that I shaved two of my nine lives off yesterday anyhow.The first time was when I went to pick The Oldest up from band practice and asked him if he wanted to drive home. The weirdo laws here state that a learner's permit holder can only drive when there are only adults over the age of 21 in the car, so in a world with four younger siblings, he doesn't have much time without the little people tagging along.The rest of them were at home, so I figured what the hell.He has to learn how to do this at some point right?Motherfucker.Now, I know that many of you out there reading have been through this whole teaching a teenager to drive thing, and I applaud you ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the what the hell edition

Hi.Once upon a time, I wrote these posts almost every week.I don't really have a compelling excuse at the moment, aside from the tiny man currently ruling everything about my life. I don't get much time to even touch a computer, let alone think about writing anything.I SUPPOSE I could have written more this weekend, but I was super busy with a triathlon.And by triathlon, I mean that I watched the entire season of Orange Is The New Black (more on that later), I finished two books and pulled two all nighters in a row. Three things.There ....more

I almost got sucked back there, but I don't have to do this anymore

Last night, I took three of my kids out to dinner.Two of them are off at camp with their father. Whenever one or some of the kids gets to go do something fun and amazing that the rest of them don't get to do, whichever parent is left here with the remaining kids institutes "Super Happy Fun Day".The ones left here tend to get spoiled.They get to go do things we don't normally do.They get to order the fancy bottled root beer.They get their own pint of Ben and Jerry's.They get to watch Deadpool.I'm just going to stop anyone pissed about that last one right. here.Right ....more

the value of a woman

In our society, it seems like any time there is a high profile sexual assault case the same thing happens. Any time there is a high profile athlete or actor or singer accused of sexual assault, whether the case ever even makes it through the court system, the same thing happens. Any time there is a woman who comes forward with her story, the same thing happens.It's happening right now, on television channels and social media feeds near you.The questioning.The doubting.The blaming.The shaming.The well if she'd have respected herself-ing.The what was she wearing.The what was her prior dating history-ing.The did she lead him on analyzing.The she wasn't even conscious so how do we know she didn't consent-ing.The not all men-ing.The defending.The justifying.The concern about whether this is fair to him-ing.The but he has to live with this for the rest of his life-ing.I've seen it.You've seen it.I'm not about to spend any time here rehashing any of that ....more