Fortunate Child

I love, love, love this article. This is pretty much how I was raised. . . and look how I turned out. Seriously, though – the stories I was told by family members, combined with the books I read, (Okay, and maybe one very real love story and apocalyptic breakup) made me very much the […]

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Our August Los Angeles Trip

I was freezing. Kids didn't seem to mind.

Just wanted to take a second to mention the wonderful trip we had in August to LA. I kept on thinking i would write a big post about it, but i will never have time, so Mom! Here are a bunch of photos! Todd spends a lot of time in LA. At Five Star Hotels […]

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A Snowball in the Face

Worlds overlapping. Part of the reason i have a weakness for end-of-Summer-into-Fall songs.

“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” Markus Zusak, The Book Thief I’m reading The Book Thief. Well, actually, i am listening to it as an audiobook. I haven’t finished it, but i am enjoying it thoroughly. I just had to write about this one line though, before […]

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Even 20 Years Later

Yeah, long week. And yeah, that was me walking up the street in flip flops, my shorts, pj top, no bra, carrying a bottle of wine i mooched off my awesome neighbors because I went to the store to get wine, came home with US weekly, bad red box movies, and ice cream, but forgot […]

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Simplicity

I fight to keep my kids away from the tv. Even when we are at the lake, with all of nature around us. So today, I finally said, turn off the tv. We’re going fishing. We did it old school. We walked around the whole cove. We stopped to poke sticks in ant hills. We […]

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Still Mouse

When I was a little girl, my nickname was “Annie Mouse.” (Lisa was “Sport Model.”) I wanted to be Annie Horse, because I loved horses so much. I’m not sure where the Mouse came from – maybe mom or dad will chime in with an answer to that. My Grandma Smith called me Annie Boo. […]

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This is 41

A week ago yesterday, I turned 41. It was a Tuesday. Why does it seem like birthdays always fall on Tuesdays? It fell on Tuesday. I got up at 6 am at my mom’s house, put on my Dad’s underwear*, and went to work. My own mother forgot to wish me happy birthday before I […]

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Never Forget: What is your 9/11 Story?

I sit here every year, read a few news articles about folks who lost their lives, families whose loved ones never came home that day, and heroes who saved others, but lost their own lives. I never quite know what to say. It is a sadness that will never go away, and as someone I […]

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The Boy Who Smashed My Snow Globe

At about 5:20, nine years ago today, this little guy came into my life. He totally picked it up like it was a snow globe, turned it around, shook it up. Really, i think the globe just busted wide open, and shattered into a million pieces, catching the summer afternoon light as they skittered across […]

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I Really Wuv Ken Burns

Well worth the short five-minute watch. I love his 1+1=3 analogy and the thought that his work is an attempt to wake the dead. I have often thought that bringing back the dead inspires me to write, or often the desire to hold on to life, because it could be gone in a moment. I’m […]

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