Wednesday, November 16, 2016


At airport early - check 
Change clothes - check 
Pee'ed - check
Conference call - check
Stuck on wrong side if security- uncheck

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

42 minutes of Joy

Love this lady
And this baby boy!!!

So blessed that she fought Dallas traffic to come see me for less than an hour


Thursday, November 3, 2016


For reference this photo was taken to prove these chili cheese fries (note only 20% were consumed by both is us) are bigger than his head.

In contrast these two fish tacos were 2 little guys (and I had to order a third one), because it was way littler than my head.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


When MJM was 7 years old she went swimming with the dolphins.  This may sound like a simple, fun activity.  But it was much more. In fact I have referenced this as life changing.  

She changed.  She saw something she wanted, and conquered any fears she had around getting in the water, being away from her sister and parents, swimming with an animal 25 times her size.  After this she fell in love with activities where she could control her fear.  Roller coasters and haunted houses moved to the top of her list (now anyone who knows her sister REM would assume with her personality that this was her gig, let me confirm that that child is much more like her mom and would choose to stay away or online shop rather than put yourself in this situation).

Somewhere close to the dolphin adventure MJM decided she wanted to work at a Haunted House. She has looked at, explored, talked about and been a participant at every Haunted House in town (and most out of town - except for NYC because it was June and I refused to go).

This season she applied for and finally made this goal come true.  I will tell you, I have never been so proud of this girl. She has given up every weekend for the past six weeks. She has gone so far out of her comfort zone. Every night the bloody pic she sends me warms my heart.  My beautiful girl and ugly herself up well.  Her passion has been so strong she even convinced CEM to work one night with her. 

With the end of this season I know she'll grieve not being there with her new found friends.  This was not just a Haunted House. It wasn't just learning the art of the scare.  This too was life changing............

Monday, October 31, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Delayed (really) delayed birthday post

Hey REM, Happy Birthday 

At this point is it happy belated 19th or early 20th?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

3 different ways to not eat desert

Last night at a company dinner tiramisu was served.  Of the 10 people who say at the table 

2 didn't have desert placed in front of them 

2 cut a bite without taking a bite (I fit into this category)
4 didn't touch the desert 

And one lone person devoured the entire plate.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Once deleted, not shy

I was in public the other day and a chick about my age was taking selfies.  While I was watching probably 100 were taken.  

I'm all good for a good selfie.  But too shy for a 100 at a time.

Below are the disparaging entertaining ones that made it out of the delete folder.
Other wise called : First takes, mis takes or bad takes

Belated Fathers Day post

When 2 kids get you the same card...
Must be Superman!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I don't like donuts

But I like the frosting, and I like a good outside of the old fashioned.

I'd kill my kids for eating this way.  It's good to be an adult ๐Ÿ˜

Missing Sara Watson

Love this lady!  So blessed that she is is my circle of friends!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Products of the moment

Yesterday the realization of how terrible of a blogger I have been came when I was looking for a pic circa 2013.  So what's better journal documentation of my life then the current product obsession ;)

Was looking for new tennis shoes.  Flipping love these merino wool beauties. No socks needed.  Meld to feet and you can wash ;)


And for the fully vain.  A light up phone cover.  

Without light 
With light

Monday, April 18, 2016

Best use of technology

I am often annoyed that there is such a focus on this device we carry in our hand (camera, mobility, there's an app for that) and less of a focus on solving real problems (cancer, world hunger, power).  

Regardless I love technology when it's used for helping pick out my outfit.

The event
The assistance required 

Sent to So Cal and Oklahoma. (And sought Tarzan opinion) Unanimously black boots and dress were picked.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Health warning

Almonds aren't really nuts
But pecans are......

Labeling quality could use some effort, above and beyond the obvious - get s label maker

Saturday, April 2, 2016

The difference THREE decades make

When I was CEMs age, my sister got suckered into the Columbia House tape club (I do realize how much this will age me - not one of my children will know what this is and how frustrating it was for a teenager to get out of a contract because you taped a penny to a paper card and mailing it off for 12 free records — insert fine line that you signed up for membership and the promise of future purchasing)

The biggest benefit of the club is they would sometimes send her "popular" albums (children - this was great exposure to cool, new music. Specifically for young fans who had never known a world called the Internet or Amazon) that was delivered right to your door.  The door so far away that even pizza delivery wasn't possible.

Of all these deliveries - Lover Boy "working for the weekend" was one of my favorites.  This song was often played above the correct decibel while I did my chores. One problem. My mother hates the album cover.  Hated it so bad that it had to be discarded and a homemade insert for the cassette tape was created.


Over the course of being a mother I have come to realize the disdain my own mom had for songs like "Jack and Diane" and anything by the Violent Femmes.

Yesterday when decibels were too loud in car my and I was enjoying a new song CEM has at her fingertips. I saw the album cover.


And 1981 called. I laughed, I drew the comparison, and then listened to her music downloaded - without having to tape the penny.

And thought of my mother.

Sunday, January 24, 2016