Something that Scares Me

Ferris Wheels. I actually cursed that Ferris guy for inventing the damn things while riding one last night. They really, really scare me. Rollie was determined to ride the double ferris wheel in the background of the picture below, and thank god in heaven, Todd took one for the team and rode with him. I […]

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A Mind of Their Own

“MOOOOOOM!!!!!” I heard from the basement. Rollie was clomping up the stairs, with his pants down around his ankles. Me: “Uh, yes?” R: “Mom, I need to change my underwear and pants!” Me: “Oh, no. What happened?” R: “Well, I was trying to aim for the toilet, but when I peed, it went straight down […]

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Crazy Shirts Alive and Well

“Crazy Shirts are Alive and Well,” says a distracted Tech Writer Attempting to work on projects at coffee shop on Sunday afternoon. There are a plethora of Crazy Shirts available for my viewing pleasure today at the coffee shop. For the uninitiated, Crazy shirts are any bold and colorful patterned button down shirts worn by […]

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How to Answer a Telephone, & Other Lost Arts

Todd and I both have iPhones. Before that, we both had plain old-fashioned cell phones. When we moved from our house in East Atlanta to our current home, we didn’t even bother plugging in a phone. We have a land line, but we just don’t use it. I have forgotten what it was like to […]

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Ham Lincoln

Tiller: let’s play the guessing game . You go first. Me: okay. What are the rules? Tiller: you can say a person. Or an animal. But not a food. Me: Okay. Tiller: but it can be a person with food in their name. Like George . . . I mean, abraHAM Lincoln.

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Fairies in the Manger

The other night, Todd and Rollie left for Boy Scouts and Tiller and I were still at the dinner table talking. She was telling me how she had her feelings hurt because Vivian and Anna both got to be Mary when they played manger, and she did not get a turn. I was amazed that […]

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Merry Christmas. Hope You Don’t Die.

This is so sweet and earnest and honest, in a heartbreaking way, that I wanted to document it here in on Dogwood Girl, even though Todd already posted it on Facebook. Todd: At Cub Scouts last night, the boys made Xmas cards to send to troops overseas…I look away for a couple minutes, and R […]

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A Good Day

I thought I was having kind of a crazy day. I started my period yesterday, and I had to do a newsletter for a non-profit, and we still had a bare Christmas tree just sitting around undecorated. We got it on Friday and didn’t even have time to decorate it until late this afternoon, and […]

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California Is Scary

According to Tiller. . . We were sitting around the kitchen table and somehow California came up. Tiller blurted out, “California is scary!” “What? I said. “Why is California scary? You have never even been to California!” “But there’s that hotel.” I stare blankly at her. “Hotel?” She stares at me like I am the […]

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The Blends Project

Anybody else get this in their head while doing the Blends project? For those of you who don’t have a first grader at my kid’s school, the Blends Project is 30% of their grade. Basically, the teacher gives you a list of 20 “blends” – blends are letter combinations, such as “br” and “ch.” The […]

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