It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. —Voltaire, 1751

Vacation comforts

Posted: July 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: family, kids | No Comments »

We weren’t here 10 minutes when Pong put out the Lego people.

Ping told Mark that he likes how comfortable it is here, how familiar.

Now if we could just come more often.


First day vacation migraine in full effect …

Posted: July 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: family | No Comments »

I don’t know why, but every. single. time. we go on vacation, I get a migraine the first day.  It’s like my brain exorcising all the stress demons – preparation for relaxation.  It’s usually a less than 12 hour migraine (which is rare for me), but it HURTS.  I need to find better ways to de-stress, better ways to let go.

Been working on that for 28+ years now, and haven’t found the answer.   Maybe it’s just not in me to let go.

February is sick month

Posted: February 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: family, kids | No Comments »

The last week of January I came down with a cold.  That turned into a sinus infection.  That cleared up only to get a virus.  That turned into bronchitis, that turned into pneumonia.  That turned into sinus infection #2.  I’m on my 3rd set of antibiotics and have taken umpteen days worth of steriods (yes, I have roid rage).  I’m OVER IT.   I’d rather have a broken leg or two less toes or be sick to my stomach.  This head –> chest –> head –> chest –> head stuff is for the birds.

So all three of my boys have gone off to Pensacola for a soccer tournament this weekend – and left me here to my sickness.  Normally, a weekend to myself would be AMAZING!  Filled with SHOPPING!  And a MOVIE!  And jewelry classes!  And OTHER THINGS!  But no, I’m barely able to hoist myself out of bed.

Stuck inside means CRAFTS people.  So stay tuned for Sunday or Monday when I’ll surely have great new creative things to share.  [Right?]

Putting myself first

Posted: June 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: crafts, family | No Comments »

So after about 2 years of neglecting most everything but my job, I’m putting myself first.  That’s right.  I know, I know, I’ve said it before.  But this time I *have* to do it – my health requires it.

So this weekend, I spent some time rearranging the craft room.  Such a shame all the stuff that’s sat there just begging to be made over the past two years.  Decided to start easy with scrabble tile pendants.  Forgot how the Diamond Glaze doesn’t wash off, and my hands are covered in it.  I got about 12 of them done:

While they dry, moving on to some wine charms.  Haven’t made any of these since the store up the street asked me for a wholesale order and I had to say no – working 60 hours a week didn’t leave me any time to make them in bulk.  Check out this set of 6 Wine Charms/Drink Markers **Foil Stars** perfect for summer!


Posted: April 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: family, kids | No Comments »

Leo:  There really is this girl in Russia that has ESP.

Me: I wonder if she needs a job.

Me: Sam go out on the back deck and shuck the corn

Leo: Sam, what the HECK where’s the corn?

Sam: I chucked it off the back deck.

Eating clean: an experiment becomes routine

Posted: April 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: family, food | No Comments »

So I gave up processed foods for Lent.  Well, with the exception of diet Coke and booze (although you can argue that booze doesn’t really count because it doesn’t contain preservatives).  Anyway … I’ve never felt better.  I sleep better, my skin is better.  And it really works well with my OCD (those of you that know me know about the germs issue – this lets me focus on something else, but admittedly it could easily become an issue also.  Hey, at least I don’t hoard).

A coworker turned me on to Jamie Oliver.  If you haven’t already heard of him, please check him out.  He’s amazing.  What he’s trying to do in Huntington, I wish the entire country would do.  My kids are NOT going to like the way their food choices are about to change at home.  Pay particular attention to episode 2 (available on  The part where he makes chicken nuggets to show kids what they are made of is sickening.

I’m still eating clean about 90% of the time (hell yes Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish) and the DH is in on it too.  Ping and Pong can eat up what’s left of their garbage snacks and then SHAZAM!  It’s going to be interesting.


Posted: January 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: kids | No Comments »

“Mama, H-E-double-hockey-sticks isn’t always a cuss word. Just when you put the “what the” or the “where the” in front of it.”

“Mama, if you hadn’t of fed me that stuff for dinner, I wouldn’t be so gassy.”


Posted: January 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: kids | No Comments »


me: Hello?

Claire: This is Claire, may I speak with Sam?

me: Sure … Sam! Phone!

Sam: Hello? Yes. I know. Me too Claire. I can’t wait to see you either. I love you too, Claire.

hangs up

ooooh, a bonus!

Posted: October 6th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: kids | No Comments »

Sam: Wanna hear my new song I wrote for the guitar?

Mark: Sure, Sam. *Mark listens to Sam’s new song* That’s really good, Sam. If you become a big star like Springsteen, you’re gonna have to give your Mama backstage passes.

Sam: Papa … if I become as big as Springsteen, I’ll give her passes AND free popcorn!

Sam carries on the humor …

Posted: September 26th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: kids | No Comments »

Sam: Mama, today at Primrose, everyone was picking on ___ and I said, “hey, everyone, just because ___ is unique doesn’t mean you should pick on him.”

Me: How is ___ unique?

Sam: He always has stuff coming out of his nostrils.