Did I Do Too Much for Them?

As mothers, we second guess ourselves and the choices we make all of the time. Since these children don't come with owner's manuals or anything remotely close to that, we sort of "wing it" and combine our gut instincts with the way that we were brought up and what we admired from parental examples we…

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…

Overbooking and Aging

I'm not really old. But I'm no Spring chicken, either. And for those of us who have been in the "over achiever" category all our lives, this whole aging thing is just ass-kicking. No, not a little tiring. I mean, beat-down with a baseball bat, friggin' leaving you taking 3-hour naps in the middle of…

Never-Ending To-Do Lists

We both had To-Do lists with at least 9 tasks so we cut our phone call short (half an hour as opposed to an hour.) My sister suggested I call her in a few hours to see which of us completed more on our lists. Mine was uber-long today since it's the last day of…

He’s on My Heart

A little before 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, I was suddenly urged to call my husband at work. I had been thinking of him for nearly an hour. This is not unusual. My thoughts jump around frequently during the course of my errands and household chores. If I fold his shirt, I think of him. When…

Being Broke….Meh, There Are Worse Things to Be

Ever have one of those pay periods where you manage to get ALL the monthly bills paid, mortgage paid, groceries purchased, etc and you're worth pretty much zero and all is right in the world because you aren't in the red? Yeah, I was actually riding that high all week long. I even put a…

I’m Sorry

There are days when I'm feeling down and put-upon and ill and angry and mixed-up and just yuk. And sometimes those are the days that I will reach for food and eat my feelings until I really hate myself for doing it because I know that this doesn't fill up that hole that was in…

Things No One Tells You When You’re Young

Normal is just a setting on a dryer. Go ahead and be yourself. If you want to shout or wear mismatched socks or clothes that aren't in style, do it. Whatever the "normal standards" are today, they're really sort of a suggested guideline for the loudest group you're around. If you want to make snow…

Really?! Another 19 Days?

So,  I was in the zone yesterday. I got up relatively close to on time and got the two high school juniors up and dressed and  out the door. We raced over to my best friend's house and picked up her daughter (also a junior) and dropped her off  at volleyball practice. My kids and…