Oh y'all.  I don't even know where to start.  If you have read my last two posts, you'd think I had been reading like nobody's business, but I haven't.  Not really. Truth is that I've been wasting a lot of time napping, looking at Facebook, pinning outfits on Pinterest - well, outfits and cake.  And workouts.  I've pinned some workouts too.I am a study in paradox. ...more

Summer Reading the Second

Hello there!  I've been reading.  I told you I would.  It's all been complicated by Coach though.  ...more

Summer Reading

I wasn't sure it would ever get here, but summer finally arrived.  This was a big year for us- Coach started a new job, G started high school, V started at a new school, and AC started middle school.  I just held my breath and jumped.And now it's here.  Summer, summer, summer.  I started a reading list sometime in late February, and this summer I'm going to plow through a list of 40 books.And I'm going to master pie crust, ...more


I'm distracted right now because Coach and I are in the throes of a serious competition with the six kids we have here on vacation.  (Our three and three of our nieces and nephews)We have less than 24 hours to photograph 30 abstract items/ideas and present them in a multi-media presentation.Frankly, the competition was a genius plan on my part. It was an activity that was meant to entertain/occupy the kids for the next 24 hours, all the while incorporating ...more

Losing It

Well, I still haven't found a way to eat artisanal ice cream, watch television, and lose 20 pounds.  I am pretty confident that it can't be done.  Well, it can be done if you're an 18-year-old boy, but then you would have to smell like a mountain goat and Axe body spray, so there's always a drawback.Anyway, we've already hit swamp-ass temperatures here in Tennessee, and putting a bathing suit on is imminent ....more


I haven't been able to eat today.  Oh, I wanted to, and there was no shortage of food.  As a matter of fact, I made roast, gravy, broccoli casserole, and mashed potatoes. I wasn't allowed to eat, but instead, was instructed to take four Dulcolax tablets and then chug 64 ounces of Gatorade with an entire economy-sized bottle of Miralax.I'm running a little hot right now, so I'll keep it short ....more

On Fire

This is Tyler.  He was my dog.  Well, he was my ex-husband's dog.  Then he was our dog.  Then he was G's dog.  Then he was my dog.   ...more

Home Improvement

So.Do you ever have one of those weeks that you set aside to get some things done, and then it turns out you don't get most of those things done, but you do get an unexpected day at the hospital getting a blood transfusion?No?Well, I did. We have been on spring break, and I had a birthday.Oh, and I had a blood transfusion. More on that later ....more

The Flush of Doom

I've just finished my second tour of duty with the stomach bug. It wasn't me; it was AC, the littlest one in our family. She's also my most efficient and polite patient as far as stomach bugs are concerned. Sunday night she complained about her stomach hurting, diagnosed herself with a gluten intolerance, swore off pasta for an hour, and kindly went to bed. After a few trips to the bathroom with the trots, I thought she was asleep for ...more

Unclean Meat, The Gospel, and Cavemen

Coach is in the living room watching Walking the Amazon on Animal Planet, a program about two British guys who have decided to walk the banks of the Amazon, grill piranha for sustenance, and live under a tarp. He's riveted.It's a step up from The Turtle Man though; about a month ago I spent 30 minutes watching a man wrestle a family of skunks out of a Kentucky woman's duct work, take his mother to a barn dance, brush his ...more