Choosing My Happy

"Happiness is a choice." That's what the sign says on my sister's kitchen counter.  My eyes are drawn to it every time I climb up on one of her tall kitchen bar stools when I visit.  It's placement is perfect.  It's right next to the coffee pot, just seemingly taunting me and asking me if…

The Little Things

He wakes me gently to let me know he's leaving for work, because he knows that I have a little panic attack when I wake up and he's not there.  He covers me up with the crocheted afghan, because he knows that I get cold even though I insist on sleeping with one foot poking…

Ramadan 1438 (2017)

Well, in sticking with my usual Ramadan traditions, breakfast was LATE on the first night this year, too. I had big plans, people. BIG plans. We had the dates soaking in milk for about 13 hours. We had freshly made mango juice. We had hummous and baba ghanouj and I even remembered to have my…

Supposed To vs Actually

We're supposed to go on a road trip today. We're supposed to be stuffing the entire overbooked with practical shit summer into one day of family fun not too far from home. My kids are supposed to be up and packing picnics, getting softball equipment, and bags of ice ready and into the back of…

October Anniversaries

Last week, my husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. Wow. It seems like such a huge accomplishment on the one hand. On the other, the older we get the more time seems to just fly by. So really, making our marriage work this long has not been more difficult than just remembering to…

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…

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…

Quiet is the New Loud

...or at least that's what I'm going to try to convince my kids of today. I purposely got up before everyone else today so that I could have at least half a cup of coffee alone to my thoughts. Today was a scary day to be alone with my  thoughts. Did you ever wonder why…