Archive for 2013

The BEST New Year's Resolution

The BEST New Year's Resolution
Put your phone down. I’m not saying disconnect completely. I love my phone and find it a great way to relate to so many. However, when you’re with real live people, put the phone down and be with them. Three incidents in the past week reminded me that we are looking at our phones far... Read more »

UPS delivery failure: GET OVER IT

UPS delivery failure: GET OVER IT
Twitter and Facebook is filled with hatred toward deliveries that failed to get to homes in time for Christmas morning. Disappointing? Yes. Tragic? NO. To all the whiners out there that have put the delivery giants on notice that they will no longer do business with them, I’m sure you’ll make quite the impact –... Read more »

A Seat at the Bar, with Dr. Seuss

A Seat at the Bar, with Dr. Seuss
When asked who my literary influences were, I hesitated for a good long time. I thought of all the usual great authors, but nothing screamed that they were the one. I’ve had small children in my house for the past 17 years and as much as most parents received an abundant amount of joy from... Read more »
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I have friends. Well at least one.

I have friends. Well at least one.
I was given one hour to write about something I learned since I woke up this morning. When I moved to my current house almost 10 years ago, I came in a little guarded. I was leaving an incredible group of friends that I trusted deeply. I found it so hard to recreate that bond.... Read more »

Twas the REAL night before Christmas or any other day

Twas the REAL night before Christmas or any other day
Twas the night before tomorrow and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Children were nestled all snug in their beds While visions of mom cleaning danced in their heads. I pick up the shoes left by the door As well as the five coats dropped on the floor.... Read more »

You can't say Merry Christmas anymore?

You can't say Merry Christmas anymore?
On one of my many recent shopping trips, I was walking out of the store and heard the familiar ring of a bell and noticed our old friend the red kettle. I’m not the mystery gold coin dropper, but I always try to slide in a few bucks every time we pass. I was with... Read more »
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Random acts of Christmas

Random acts of Christmas
Thanksgiving week is typically my favorite time of the year.  The kids are home, it’s a very long weekend, sports are generally on hiatus and we spend a lot of casual time together.  How that week goes down in my head is often much different than reality. Ideally:  We decorate the house while dancing around... Read more »

Mourning Black Friday

Mourning Black Friday
We’ve gathered here today to say goodbye to Black Friday.  Retailers and greed have killed it. I have so many fond memories of waking up at 4am and meeting friends for early morning laughter and freezing as we ran from store to store.   Giddy while eating lunch because we nearly finished an entire season... Read more »

Saying goodbye to my dog

Saying goodbye to my dog
I have a strange ability to forget things.  It’s a blessing and  a curse.  I also don’t write dates down, like birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  I’m not sure why, but there’s probably some weird deep secret from my past that causes me to forget large chunks of my life. The writing group I’m in has a... Read more »
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Can you really fix your kid's problems?

Can you really fix your kid's problems?
Did you ever have one of those weekends where everything went great? Yeah, well for me, this wasn’t one of them.  Each one of my kids had little heartbreaks.  It seemed like every time I got one hole plugged up, another stream of water would break through the dam somewhere else. This was a big... Read more »
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