Mind the Blatant Self Promotion

I'm on the verge of realizing a life long dream, so pardon the plug - but, here it is: My first book, False Start, available one week from today, is listed onBarnes and Noble and Smashwords. Just like Jane Austen and F. Scott....more

The Plate Spinner Weekly Prep Checklist

It's Sunday. What you do today determines exactly where you and your family's week will fall on the crazy scale. No pressure. Read on......more

Living Between a Dream and a Cube Space

Remember a few weeks back when I was eagerly awaiting THE CALL? If you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about, re-read this post. Quick. Do it now.All caught up? OK, good. Well, THE CALL never came. But hold your pity, because Read on......more

Getting Hitched

The object of my affection had put it off for as long as he could, stalling the way men do when on the verge of making a big commitment. But when our oldest announced that he was moving to the east coast for grad school, my man knew he couldn't put it off any longer. He had to Read on......more

Get Your Sunday Dinner On

When I was a kid, adhering to my family's Sunday routine was non-negotiable - Mass in the morning, dinner with the extended family in the evening.As much as I hated having to drag myself out of bed in the morning, then suffer through pinched cheeks and a seat at the "kiddie" table with my younger cousins, I'd give my left arm to be able to relive just one of those Sundays. Read on......more

Spin It Forward

Happy Friday, my plate-spinning peeps!For many of you out there, it's the last day of your work week and all you want to do is chill before tackling your lengthy weekend to-do list. Maybe your plans for the day include going out to lunch with your on-the-job buds or taking your kids to the movies tonight because they've been stuck inside all week....more
While it doesn't quite qualify as spontaneous, I spent my lunch hour with a group of amazing ...more

My Dog Ate My Blog

Okay, well, that's a lie. I don't even have a dog, but I had to come up with a really good reason for being away for so long, right? Loyal readers, you know I'm an exceptionally busy girl. Five boys, a full-time job, aging parents, a dark chocolate habit to fund, 8ks to run. These things all take time. Lots and lots of time. Oh, and did I mention I wrote another book? Read on......more

Stomach Flu and Mondays Really Get Me Down

It started yesterday morning when my second youngest, who is rarely sick, said he felt "weird." He then made a mad dash for the bathroom and spent the remainder of the day frequently visiting it....more

5 Reasons to Love this Long Winter

Apparently March has arrived. Huh.Looking out my window, everything as far as the eye can see is still covered with a thick layer of white stuff. And my foyer is a jumble of snow boots, hats and gloves. Don't even get me started on my banister. It's been stacked high with puffy parkas since November.This winter seems to be going on for-ever. (continued...)...more
I just found out the area I live in is supposed to have below average temperatures for the next ...more

A Thanksgiving Carol

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a week away. But, then again, I'm not hosting this year. You'd think that would give me plenty of time to come up with a brand new Thanksgiving ditty for you, right?  (continued)...more