I Fought the Gym and the Gym Won

Which I suppose means that I won, in the end, but we'll get to that. I'm an inherently lazy person. Yes, I've just admitted that to the entire blogosphere and all of mankind. But it's true. I have to fight my natural tendency toward lethargy if I want to get anything done. Even the things that I love doing, like writing and decorating my house. Read more about my struggles to get to the gym. ...more

Measuring in Gallons

Is it just me, or is everyone else measuring everything in gallons of gas these days? That latte? That'll set you back 1 gallon of gas.The free-range, natural chicken I considered buying for a millisecond? A whopping 2 gallons of gas. Per. Pound.Those shoes? Better start saving, because they're a full tank.And a pound of strawberries? At about a half-gallon, they seem like a steal. Get used to it, I tell myself. ...more

What the Price of Gas is Driving Me To

A few days ago, I drove by a gas station down the road from me that closed a little over a year ago. At the time, they made the price sign read $3.49 for a gallon of regular gas. I assume this was an attempt to keep people from accidentally driving in for gas, only to find the pumps turned off and the store darkened. But now it has the exact opposite effect. Who would have thought that $3.49 would be considered a steal just a year later? Read more ...more

BlogHer Donation Challenge - Please Visit and Comment

It's the final day of my BlogHers Act Donation Challenge and I'm begging you to please stop by and comment. I still need 70 comments to reach my 100 comment goal and donate $100 to one of the BlogHer-supported maternal health funds. I've been noticing plenty of traffic on my blog over the last few days, but not an increase in comments, so please, if you visit, take a moment to comment. Every comment counts toward my donation total. ...more

Last Call for Comments - Support Maternal Health Causes

We're getting down to the wire for my BlogHer Acts Donation Challenge and I need to get 73 more comments to reach my goal of 100 comments. (Remember, only one comment each day per unique visitor counts toward the total.) Please stop by and leave a comment before midnight EDT on Friday, May 9th. The more comments I get, the more money I'll be donating to one of the maternal health causes supported by Blogher Acts. ...more

Updated Donation Challenge: Kicking it Up a Notch

OK, the comments are trickling in, and I really appreciate the support I'm getting so far. Unfortunately, I think I may have set my sights a bit high expecting 200 commenters a day. So....I'm going to up the ante a bit. ...more

Don't Forget to Get Involved

Starting tomorrow, May 5th, your comments on my blog count toward a donation to one of the wonderful maternal health causes that BlogHers Act is supporting. ...more

I'm glad you posted a reminder, I bookmarked it but then couldn't remember the ...more

Getting Involved, One Comment at a Time

With a bit of prompting from contributing editors Lisa Stone and Amy Gates, I've decided to start my own fund-raising challenge of sorts. Not only have I decided to get involved and make a donation, but I'm asking my readers to help. ...more

Saying I'm Sorry

Ever since I first read about the Letter to My Body series at Blogher way back on Valentine's Day, I've been meaning to get around to writing a letter of my own. I knew it would be hard, and that it might not turn out to be a love letter so much as a plea for forgiveness. I'm sure that had a lot to do with me not getting around to it, but I know that it's something I need to do. And I'm finally going to tell my body exactly how I feel, for better or worse. ...more

Thanks for sharing your letter! I love all these "letters to your body" posts! ...more

Writing: My Life

I don't think I ever introduced myself when I first listed my blog, but even if I did, a lot has changed since then. I've grown as a woman and a writer, been published a few more times, found new confidence, gained (and lost) a little weight. I'm learning about me, and I'm taking you all with me. Now who could pass up a ride like that? Writing: My Life ...more

I see you are a fan of our Virginia's "first 50 words" - you have good taste! Now I'm off to ...more