Judging Books by Covers

The following was written by my friend, Joli Crow. (It's shared with her permission.) And it speaks volumes as to the body-shaming and judging and the ridiculous lack of manners that seems to be rampant any more. I read this this morning on her Facebook status and the more I read, the more my heart…

Gearing Up for Starry Night Prom 2017

See these bright smiles and happy faces in this photograph? They belong to some of the participants in the Starry Night Prom 2016. Starry Night Prom is a registered Non-Profit 501 (C) (3) organization that annually holds an all expense paid prom for Arlington ISD High School students with significant disabilities. Starry Night Prom is…

Out of Sight Out of Mind (aka Adventures in Homemaking)

Three days in a row, I've gone to the half bath in the girls' room to use the toilet and each time SURPRISE! just an empty cardboard tube where the toilet paper should be. Does this bother me? Of course. I am actually thinking of employing a BYOTP policy in this house. Does it bother…

Choosing the Happy

Daily we see those bumper stickers and motivational posters that encourage you to "Choose the Happy" and we usually roll our eyes and think, "Pfffft....yeah, right." But the more I think about it, the more I realize that ultimately happiness truly is a choice. Whatever your situation, health, schedule, pain level, payscale, you-name-it:  You can…

An A for Effort

I'm probably the least organized person on the planet. I file things horizontally....on my desk....and chair....and table....and floor...and bookcase....and sometimes even IN the drawers. If I don't see the bills, then they don't get paid. Imagine how difficult "paperless billing" is when I forget to check my email. *sigh* And now it's shopping day and…

The Best Laid Plans…

So, when I started this whole "Walking 1000 Miles" thing and I'd planned to get up early, walk my 2-3 miles and then shower and write daily, I had no idea that I'd end up down for the count  with bronchitis for a week and also that we'd be suffering through a 104+ degree heatwave…

James Brown Probably Suffered Bronchitis At Least Once

So, eight days into my walking regiment and I'm hit with an upper respiratory thing. I am prone to bronchitis which is caused by fluid build-up behind my ear drums which is caused by acid reflux AND exacerbated by the sinking foundation of our house. Who knew that I could cure/prevent a bronchial spasm cough…

I Am James Brown AKA I Feel Good

So I have 6.6 miles logged on my app that tracks my 1000 mile journey.  (Truth be told, it should be 8.3 miles because I got 1.7 in the first day before I downloaded that app.) Whatever. I'm off the couch and I'm pushing myself to up my pace everyday. It's not consistent. But I've gone…

My Journey of 1000 Miles Began With 1.7 Miles Today

It's official. I'm about 100 lbs overweight according to all the BMI charts. For MY personal comfort level within my own skin and my clothes, I'll own about 75 lbs overweight. And either way it sucks. Yeah, according to some chart that floats between an Army orderly room and the vapors of the internets, I'm…