Jumping in

I have officially reached the state of paralysis. You may have noticed there hasn't been a blog entry since July. If you've seen me in person lately and asked what I've been working on, I weakly respond with a shoulder shrug and desperate rush to change the subject. There are a number of reasons for... Continue Reading →

Waiting for the heavens to descend*

Moments of pure joy. We all have them. For me -- my wedding day, the first time I met my kiddos, when I got to play tambourine onstage with the Nerds Gone Wild on my 40th birthday. Last night. Flashback to 1994... I break the cardinal rule of college dorm life and start dating the... Continue Reading →

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 →

Hold on to the feeling

Pardon me while I dust off the blog cobwebs. April was a busy month. I successfully completed Camp NaNoWriMo with over 20k words added to my manuscript! YAY! But don't pop the champagne cork just yet, I may end up scrapping most of it and submitting an earlier version of the book. BUT, it felt... Continue Reading →

What’s the worst that could happen?

A common approach to dealing with one’s fears and anxiety is to imagine a worst-case scenario. What is the worst thing that could happen if you do X? For some reason this approach doesn’t seem to work on me as I have already imagined not only the worst-case scenario but also the slightly less troublesome... 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 →

The art of letting go

One of the great contradictions of my personality: I want to be a minimalist, but I have difficulty letting things go. I also struggle to follow through on the ever popular resolution of being more organized. Nevertheless, it's a new year and once again I've committed to paring down and organizing the house. Inspired (as... Continue Reading →

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