Conversations with Nicholas: Philanthropy Edition

This is how the conversation went down when I got home from work yesterday... Nicholas: Hi Mommy! Me: Hi, Babe! How was your day? N: Good. Mom, do you know about MS? Me: MS? The illness? N: Yes. It makes it very hard for people to walk and is very expensive to try to cure. Me: Oh. Yes, I've heard that. Are you raising money for MS at school? N: Yes...(starts … [Read more...]

What’s In A Name?

He wanted to know when he would be a "Smith." That's how the conversation started, with Nicholas asking when he was going to be a "Smith" like the rest of us. William and I started having conversations about him adopting Nicholas before we even got married. We went back and forth mostly because we were under the false impression that N would lose his survivor's benefits from Social Security if … [Read more...]

Our Lives in Boxes

We just moved offices. After we unpacked there was a pile of boxes taller than I am. It took 2 days for the custodial crew to haul them all away. And I took the stash of good boxes I hoarded home with me. Time to start packing non-essentials to go to storage. In case you hadn't heard, William got a job in Austin! He'll head up now and the boys and I will follow when I find a job. So, we'll be … [Read more...]

My Charmed Life

Like many women in Texas, I love me some  James Avery. When I was 11 I got my first piece of James Avery jewelry, a silver "dangle" ring with a hot-air balloon charm. I also got a dangle ring with a dinosaur (I think it was a Kentosaurus) because I thought it was cool, not because I had any real fascination with dinosaurs. The rings were gifts from my father, two of the three gifts that I can … [Read more...]

A List of Smells

In no particular order, I don't like the smell of: Gardenias, jasmine, rubbing alcohol, sweat, patchouli, cigarettes, rose (but the tea-rose kind of rose, I like the sweet-smelling kind of rose), bacon (but only in the context of not wanting my home or clothes to smell like bacon, it's perfect-smelling while it's cooking and being eaten), musk, and hospitals/nursing … [Read more...]