How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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Moving On

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Mammogram

For those of you who don’t know, I just turned 40 in June. If you know my kids, however, don’t tell them. I tell them I am 29 and they aren’t good enough at math to figure out how old I really am yet....more

Birds and the Beez

 Critical parenting moments always happen when you least expect them. Not when you planned on them. Not when you are prepared. They happen when you are still stuffing the change back in your wallet after exiting the Target Snack Stand area while struggling to get the baby’s legs into the holes at the front of the basket in the cart....more

5 REALLY Important Things I Just Filled Out on a Form for Day Camp

I just spent 40 minutes filling out forms for my kids to go to Day Camp. There are forms at school, at the doctor, at the dentist, at soccer, at gymnastics, and anywhere else you go. I find it hard to believe in today’s day and age that I still have to fill out forms for my children with paper and pen. Each time I am faced with this task a voice inside my head says, “Isn’t there an App for this?” Nope. And so here we are 40 minutes later... ...more
plogan721 You know what's hilarious. Some app creator contacted me because they do exactly that! ...more

Alone Time Can Be Good for Your Work

By Terri LivelyThere is no question that being alone is a part of being a writer. But I would argue that alone time can be good for your work, no matter what you do for a living.John Irving said that he knew he needed to be a writer because he wanted to be alone: ...more

PTSD: Post Traumatic Summer Disorder

It is with a generous amount of certainty that I predict I will suffer from PTSD, or Post Traumatic Summer Disorder, at the end of next month. I had no idea how difficult it would be to go from two kids in school five days a week to two kids in no school for five days a week. Now, I am acutely aware of how difficult that is....more
I struggle with the board games dilemma too. One help is to develop "house rules" that minimize ...more

The Adventures of Abbey Dog Part 2: Spayed

Shortly after bringing Abbey home, we made an appointment to have her spayed. The procedure was free based on an agreement from the shelter where we adopted Abbey, but the anesthesia was not.Nice. Like I am going to send her in for surgery without pain killers. This was the first of many Veterinarian’s shenanigans that ended with me parting with more hard-earned cash than I had intended....more

Do You Dangle?

In high school there was a group of boys that I knew who would always say, “Can I dangle for your delight?” This phrase was often followed by bouts of boyish giggling as they all enjoyed their wit, referring to their favorite part of their anatomy in a silly bit of almost alliterative humor. My reaction was usually to roll my eyes and make a hasty exit from their general area....more

The Adventures of Abbey Dog: Part 1

She is the slobbery kissing, stair-surfing, fly-biting, triple-pooping, field mouse hunting, hairiest dog that I have included in my family for the past 8 years....more