Summer camp is not punishment

I want my kiddos to try new things, to eagerly embrace the unexpected, the unknown, the new. I want them to venture forth without fear because I spend so much of my life buried under it. Fear keeps me from all sort of things -- new opportunities, relationships, adventures, and frankly it sucks. I will... Continue Reading →

Happy birthday, Caravan of Composition!

Today has been a full day. Youngest graduated from elementary school, and both boys enjoyed the bell-ringing satisfaction indicating the start of summer break. Following the graduation ceremony/last exam, we celebrated at their favorite restaurant, then came home and brainstormed a summer chore chart and screen time limits. I shifted my focus toward Camp NaNoWriMo,... Continue Reading →

Launch party love

I feel incredibly blessed. Last night was the launch party for Second in Command. Friends, family, and coworkers came out to help celebrate and many others shared their well wishes throughout the day. I even met a few new people who heard about the event and wanted to check out my book. I wanted to... Continue Reading →

Yeah, it was cold, and I’m a little crazy

Friday morning at work, the wind whistling angrily against our office windows, the following conversation took place: Coworker: What are your weekend plans? Me: Oh, I'm going camping. Coworker: ... Me: Yup. Coworker: It's supposed to be really cold this weekend. Are you crazy? Me: (briefly contemplates) Yup. One fateful day, when oldest was in... Continue Reading →

Hall-uh-ween

Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween my favorite holiday. But this year, I haven't been feeling overly festive. Today is Halloween, and there isn't a single decoration outside. Well, except for the pumpkins, which were carved with limited enthusiasm. We're all feeling a bit un-fallish this year, I guess. Youngest went off to school... Continue Reading →

Summer book report

Ah, the lazy days of summer, the perfect time to curl up in the sun on your favorite lounge chair and get lost in the pages of a good book. I'll admit there weren't nearly enough of those moments this past summer, but I managed to devour a handful of delicious reads. Here are a... Continue Reading →

Passing on the torch… or not…

I love to cook. Our household has its share of dietary challenges, which means a fair amount of time and effort is required for meal planning and prep. I've been a vegetarian for 26 years and recently eliminated dairy. Oldest prefers an "everything plain" diet and actively describes certain foods (grapes for example) as his... Continue Reading →

Happy Camper

I love camping. Fresh air, campfires, afternoon naps in the sun. The blissful escape from routine. Back in the days before kids, hubs and I camped all over the state. We weren’t very adept when we started out—on our first trip we forgot pillows and other essentials and had to drive to a nearby mega... Continue Reading →

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