How Many Boxes Hold Your Life

I used to keep a lot of stuff. Boxes and boxes of stuff. Then I began culling, donating, sharing stuff with friends. I still have boxes of stuff, sentimental things from childhood, items from our wedding, special outfits from when the kids were babies. The usual stuff. But I also had boxes of stuff from my first husband, Mark. After he died, I had so many containers filled with the things I … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned: Listen To Your Mother Essay

The amazing women of the 2017 Austin Listen To Your Mother cast!

There is a wonderful show called Listen To Your Mother that the fabulous Ann Imig created about a decade ago. The show is all about supporting motherhood in all its forms. I have been planning to submit an essay to participate in a show for years, and have put it off for years. Then Ann announced that 2017 was going to be the last year of the show. Since this year is my year to move, I pushed … [Read more...]

Most Middle-Child Conversation, Ever

While Tobin loves his little sister, he's pretty "meh" about her most of the time. Not hostile or anything, but generally he ignores her. This week, he had a project due where he had to create a timeline of his life. He had to choose 6 events from his life to talk about. He decided he would do his birth, his first birthday, getting his first dog, and then he was stuck. This is the conversation … [Read more...]

What I Know At 42

I just turned 42! Mostly I can't believe the number is associated with me when I often don't feel like an adult, much less a middle-aged adult. I've been reading a lot of books by smart people who talk about lessons they've learned, and thinking of my own lessons. Here are things I know or believe for sure. I didn't learn them suddenly because I turned 42, but I think they're worth sharing. … [Read more...]

Post-Surgery Update, Now With More Pounds

So! It's been a little over a year since my surgery, and several months since I checked in here with you all. Guess what happened in those few months of no accountability? I regained! I stopped making good food choices and I haven't been exercising. Although there are several reasons for those two things, including a month or so of depression, it hasn't helped that I haven't been checking in here. … [Read more...]