The Walking and the Self Loathing

I don't do change well. I've written about this topic only about a million times. Here ....more

I did some things...

In an attempt to be hip and current and all those things I am supposed to try to be now that I am almost forty, I decided to revamp the ol' blog.I am such a dinosaur that I was still using an original Blogger template from before they did a huge update a few years ago. The one where you have to actually select the option to use the old code.Yep, that's me.Voluntarily staying in the dark ages.I had a decorative template from another website that I'd used for basically the entire 7 1/2 years I've been blogging. It was more "me" 7 years ago ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the #mylifeisnotforprofit edition

Hellllllooo. It's been a week already and it's only Tuesday. My inner rage could have something to do with the fact that I've been accused of being a racist several times since the weekend.Possibly.Fiction can be fun, ladies and gentlemen! ...more

Removal Anniversary Day is Coming

My bebe will be two in a few weeks.I'm rather in denial about it.I have never been one to wish away the infancy of my kids, least of all with him. My last.We've been working on teaching him how to make a two with his tiny little chubby fingers for a while now, and he's just about got it down.Even if I'm not particularly ready for him to be another year older, he is.We have this family tradition here where we make a video of the kids singing Happy Birthday to whoever we can't sing to in person. Many of our family members and close friends live far away, so there tend to be a lot of singing videos.The baby has started to sort-of sing along with the older kids.One time, totally jokingly, The Oldest mentioned that we shouldn't sing Happy Birthday...more

The tooth fairy, no longer.

I always knew that this day would come.I have.Knowing doesn't make it easier.Not much about grief is ever made better by advance notice, though. I've learned that one more than a few times.There was, of course, a part of me wholly in denial about it all. A part of me that believed that things would always stay the way they were, that the experiences of my children would be similar enough to keep it going.They weren't.I knew they wouldn't be, but I allowed a part of myself to believe it anyway.My father, gone over five years now, was the Tooth Fairy ....more

the hardest lessons...

It's August. Around here, this month is wildly predictable. It begins with rampant lethargy, boredom and heat ....more

Before You Go To School This Year, 2016

Before I even start writing this one, I have to tell you guys that I meant to get it done before school actually started....I did. I just didn't end up that way.But hey, that means that I already have a current first day of school picture that includes all of you to put here, so there's that. Since you always reap the benefits of being the oldest kid, Oldest, I'm going in reverse order this time ....more

When You Woke Up This Morning, You Were 8

Dear Little Boy,You aren't so little anymore, I suppose. I keep asking you when you are going to outgrow my lap and you've started to believe that it is going to eventually happen. You used to just laugh and tell me that you'd always be my Baby Chicken ....more

And if you don't know, now you know...

This week, I spent some time with one of my oldest friends. And by oldest I obviously mean greatest, as it couldn't possibly be any reference to how old we both are now. I'm not even telling you how many years we've known each other, because it's wholly irrelevant ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday (okay, Wednesday) - the Olympics, as told by mansplainers, edition

Before I go any further, I have to confess to you guys that I love the Olympics. I love everything it stands for, I love the idea of world peace and unity in the name of sport. I love hearing about the stories of athletes like Yusra Mardini, the teenage refugee who dragged a sinking boat full of people to safety before swimming her way to this international event....more