Don’t Throw Your Playlist Out With the Song: A Message for Life

My SLOWEST, yet Best Run in a Long Time.

I just got back from running four miles and I feel great. Don't roll your eyes. This is not another one of those annoying "look-how-awesome-I-am-because-I-run" posts. In fact, I had the absolute WORST run in recent memory. I was hot, hurting and so very painfully SLOW.a> So, how is it that I feel ON TOP OF THE WORLD right now? I made an important discovery in that agonizing four miles today and it has to do with my running songs. To really understand, I have to give you a back story. Two and a half years ago, my aunt was diagnosed with Stage III B Colon Cancer and was fighting for … [Read more...]

13 Things (Wo)men Want: A Life List for My Son on His 13th Birthday

Today, I heard Sam on the phone with a girl. He sounded a little nervous and it was cute. This post came to me after that. He will turn thirteen tomorrow. Know that the "she" in this post can easily be a "he." It is applicable to girls, boys, hetero and homosexual relationships. It is not about sexual roles. It's about healthy, fulfilling relationships. 13 Things (Wo)men Want 1. Laughter: Make her laugh often and then laugh at yourself. Life can be serious enough. I guarantee you if you are laughing, you are not fighting. 2. Honesty: No, not when she asks you if she looks like a … [Read more...]

Dear Fellow Elf on the Shelf Parent

Will This Un-do the Damage? One Can Hope...

Look, let's start out with a full on psychobabble confessional. It is not you. It is me. The following is really a reflection of my poor holiday self-esteem and NOT your mind-bogglingly annoying behaviors. You see I am already sick of this season and it has only been in swing for about three days. My intentions were good on Thanksgiving morning. I signed up for a 5K knowing that those running endorphins would carry me through the merciless hours of gluttony to follow. It really was a lovely run and morning. I vowed THIS would be the year I became a LOVER of all things … [Read more...]

Jalapenos and Contacts: It Must Be Thursday

Sam's shriveled lens

I am really writing this post for sympathy because I am not sure I can continue to live in my family feeling that we are completely wacked while everyone around us lives normal, "cray-cray" free lives. Sadly, our crazy is not at all of the glamorous kind. Thursday: contacts and jalapenos. Here goes. Once the kids were all out the door, I made my way around the house picking up the carnage that remained in their bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchen. I did the typical MOM-ADD thing. I carried a basket of clean clothes up to Maisy's room intending to just put it down. I couldn't find a … [Read more...]

The Talk: How My 14 year-old Left ME Speechless

I talk. A lot. All day. About ALL sorts of things. I talk about breasts, uteruses (or uteri--never sure of the plural on that.) I talk about prostates and PAP smears. In a word, it takes a lot to ruffle my feathers when it comes to matters of the human body and what it's capable of. That is until today. See, even though Chris and I have a 50-50 relationship, there are some things that are "assigned" and not negotiable. He does all the car stuff (especially since the untimely demise of the BMW.) I do all the shoe shopping. It is an agreement that works. In the last year (OK maybe two) Chris … [Read more...]