How to stop the man from bursting through the door

We have been through this before, but this, this feels different. These were babies. And though age does not determine the value of one’s life—these were babies, and as such our emotions are astronomically escalated....more

Donna Reed would slap my face

Me: What are you doing?Alex: Ironing my jeans.:::Blank stare:::Alex: I didn’t dry them. They’re wrinkly. :::Blank stare:::(Insert awkward silence as I watch Alex actually iron his jeans. Like, for real.)Me: Why would you ever do something like that? I don’t understand.Alex: I know.Me: That’s not something I would ever do.Alex: I know. I love you anyway....more
Running helped me get through some difficult moments in my life. Keep it up. You won't regret it.more

I am a pioneer dream woman.

Me: Babe, I am every man’s dream.Alex: Um… yeah….Me: I’m blonde, I bake bread, and I appreciate video game time. Am I right?Alex: True…but you are wearing a hoodie.Me: Yeah, but I’m not wearing a bra.And that, my friends, is how you win an argument....more

I might have MS, so screw it, I'm going to Mexico.

Over the last week, I’ve had a few of those Stopped moments, those moments when you watch the leaves in the wind just a little bit longer, when you stare straight into the sun as you drive instead of squinting away, when you close your eyes and breathe the Las Vegas heat straight into your lungs and hold it there....more

I'm Sort of Connected to a Nobel Peace Prize

Today I found out that a charity I have volunteered with for the last two years has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. WOW. I am so thrilled with this news! Wings of Hope is a truly wonderful organization that deserves all of the attention and honor this nomination brings. They are on a short list of 150 nominees, and I sincerely hope that they are awarded the prize in September....more

Dealing with Content Thievery

This week, a site stole an article from Travelated (my group travel blog) and copied it, in full, on their own web site. I contacted the owner of the site  and (politely) asked that it be shortened to an excerpt or be removed....more

It's so frustrating. If you can't create your own content, then go find a different business to ...more

Just Call Me Raisin Bran: My 30 Day Fitness Challenge

It’s hard to get up every day and kick your own ass, but my friend Rease and I are doing it. We’ve officially completed two whole weeks of the 30 Day Shred, and as my boyfriend says, I have ‘scoops.’ What does this mean? My sides are slimming a bit, curving in the way they should when you’ve been killing your abs every day for two weeks. It’s like my love handles have been scooped out. Of course because I have ‘two scoops,’ my boyfriend has now decided that my nickname is Raisin Bran....more

Vegas Neighbors Aren't Normal

Life in Vegas is pretty good--except that all of my neighbors are insane.I've drawn some pictures for you....more

Thanks, Denise. I was completely dumbfounded by the vacuum cleaner episode. Was the man trying ...more

How I Became a Reader and Library Lover

For most of the day today, I was at the library working on revisions of my book. I haven’t touched my novel since before New Year’s, when I finished my first edit. I am now going much slower through each chapter, really taking my time to get things right. I was feeling guilty for putting it off for over two weeks, but today I saw that Cheryl Klein (from Arthur A. Levine books) tweeted that I should let it sit for a minimum of two weeks, so I’m going to pretend like I planned it all along....more

A Little Girl Wants to Kill Me.

I woke up sweating, with my heart racing furiously. I sat straight up in bed and looked around for intruders–in my mind, I saw them, reaching toward me....more

About once a month I bolt awake from a truly bad dream. It's never the same dream and it always ...more