I Eat Downstairs

how I lost to my 3-year-old

I was sitting in the dining room eating my lunch when Allie came to the table. “I eat downstairs,” she said, grabbing the edge of her plate with two hands. “No, you eat at the table,” I said. “I be careful,” she said. I put a finger on the opposite corner of the plate, preventing it […]

Authentic Chinese Food

A real life adventure - eating authentic Chinese food in Chinatown, Philadelphia

We went to Philadelphia for an overnight mini vacation the weekend before school started. Joe was working an odd shift and had Thursday and Friday off, so we left at 7am on Friday and came home late on Saturday night. We packed a lot of fun into two days and one night. I’ll write about all […]

I Want to Wake Up to a World Where Robin Williams is Alive

Robin Williams

I want badly to wake up tomorrow to a world where Robin Williams is still alive. I want to wake up to a world in which Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin’s Genie and Sean Maguire did not succumb to mental illness. I want to wake up to a world where suicide is not the 10th leading cause of […]

35 Things I Want to Do in my 35th Year

35 things I want to do in my 35th year

Today is my 35th birthday, so I made a list of 35 things I’m going to accomplish this year. Hug and kiss my kids every day. Hug and kiss my husband every day. Strike up a conversation with strangers when I’m out in public. Go to the beach on vacation. Work less and live more. […]

Born a Cat Person

Born a Cat Person

I was born an animal lover. My mom was an animal lover, and my Grandma was an animal lover. When I was a little girl, we lived way out in the boonies in a trailer in a field across the road from Old Grandma and her fields. If you’ve ever lived in the country, you […]

My Mother’s Legacy

What's your mother's legacy?

I thought I was going to write this post about the legacy I’m leaving for my daughters, a legacy of warm hugs and playing together and lifelong learning and I love you frequently spoken. Then I was talking to my sister about essential oils of all things, and I realized that our legacies are directly related […]

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