My personal first aid kit.


Since I was in college I’ve had a personal first aid kit. Back then I definitely didn’t refer to it as such (& lets just say its contents may not have been as healthy/positive self-care as they are now)–but I definitely possessed one. (apparently my kit included a curling iron) I’d redo my personal first […]



When I’m not overwhelmed by the task of raising a soon-to-be-TWEEN into a productive member of society I can step back and see how all I ever needed to know about life Ive learned from this rearing process. Yes, roots and wings. Sure, practice what you long to preach. Indeed, playful parenting is the way […]

Love languages.


her <3 language. Almost exactly a year ago the Child & I experienced our worst morning ever. The worst morning in the eight years I’d been a mother and, Id venture to say, worst for her *ever-ever.* The specifics of it are unimportant (exhaustion + losing a family-member with solo-parenting slapped on top)–what’s important is […]

#wycwyc is not about excuses.

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The other day I skipped out on life and had coffee instead. I sat. I didn’t fit in fitness. I mindfully chose to have a saltier, crappier (technical term) snack I’d thought the morning would bring. And, because I am who I am, I scrawled this on my cup. A reminder to me: My taking […]

Old hands.


Anyone else recall the (late 70’s) commercial where two women compare tops of hands & the chronologically OLDER is proud to possess “younger looking hands” all thanks to XYZ product? Was it Palmolive?! (Google isn’t much help with this factoid as I sit here blogging in “real time” and brain-dumping as the Child & Doodle […]

What would Tami Taylor do?

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(my wine) To know me is to be aware of my fondness for the television. To have seen evidence of my complete and utter adoration of the trashtastic TV shows. For me the consumption of popular culture is virtually the same as snacking on processed foodstuffs: Some, in moderation, is fine.  Making it forbidden only […]

I’ve judged you.


I’ve never considered myself judgmental. Heck, these days more than even being supremely liberal–I’m a libertarian. Autonomy. Freedom of choice. If you’re not hurting anyone then do what you want and hold your beliefs close. Judgmental was not a word in my self-definition. Until recently. And, even though my year of living what would happen […]

Stop hacking life.


the precise moment I realized I may NOT be a hacker. What is a life-hack? Essentially it’s a trick.  A shortcut. A tip which helps one hack-away at the time-consuming crap of life and make it all go more swiftly. Years ago, I was all about the hacks. I was in a hurry.  I was […]

A day in my life.


My initial thought when I decided to join the Day in my Life link-up was: I can’t imagine anyone cares what I do all day/what my routine looks like? And then, like some sort of law of attraction, I began to receive a flurry of questions from friends online and off. How different is your […]

Gilmore Girls reinforced my mothering.


(our fancy ONLY for use while G.G. viewing cups.) Once upon a time, 15 years ago (!), a little show named Gilmore Girls was launched. I was a happy newlywed living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and cared NOT AT ALL about the WB channel or its offerings. Flash forward fourteen long years and I’d […]