The Sound of Hoppy-ness and Joy

Once upon a time, I was very sad and everything was very dark, even the sky. The window was open, and I lay in bed under my blanket, feeling the whisper-cool of the night air and listening to the sprinklers count fourth notes in the distance. It was quiet, it was dark, peaceful and somber. … Continue reading The Sound of Hoppy-ness and Joy

Survival Skills

I wish someone would tell mothers of small people that things will get better eventually. I just spent five hours sorting through clothes. The closets are organized, and 3Ts are filed away with summer 2Ts, and honestly I thought this day would never come.For so many years I've been throwing things in cardboard boxes and … Continue reading Survival Skills

Chapter One. The Chapter Where My Own Mother Turns Against Me and I Stub My Toe

I don't even know what to tell you.Surprisingly enough, I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. I don't know if it's because my cupboard project has come to a standstill because my sore wrist doesn't let me hold the sander, or because I have fifty million things to do for the party, or because I feel … Continue reading Chapter One. The Chapter Where My Own Mother Turns Against Me and I Stub My Toe

Everyday Conversations

┬áToday I had the following conversation with my husband via cell phone:"Hey, there's a package from Amazon on the porch," he said."I know, I ordered it," I answered."Well...what is it?""It's an antler," I replied.Silence."An...antler?" he finally repeated."Yes. An antler."More silence."I just...don't know...why I have these conversations anymore," he finally said, "Okay. It's an antler. Love … Continue reading Everyday Conversations

Dr. Claw And The Longest Post Ever

For many years I've longed after a cat for my own possession.I've always liked cats, having fond memories of Pookie Flower, the not-so-brilliant Siamese that I grew up with. She wasn't the friendliest of animals, but she had glamour. And mystery. Glamorous mystery. Plus, my mom ended up pulling kitty litter duty, so all my … Continue reading Dr. Claw And The Longest Post Ever

If You’re Hungry and Violent, Like A Hippo

The hippo's pink head lunges forward, his jaws snap shut.I squeal, "I think I beat you!"He puts on a brave face and looks at his hippo, who apparently wasn't hungry."One, two. I have two..." he counts the marbles slowly."I have eight!...oh, um, but you were close" I add as I watch his face drop.I'm a … Continue reading If You’re Hungry and Violent, Like A Hippo

The Post Where I Admire Chicken Bottoms

It's been a week of tears, of feeling my own fragility. The earth shakes, the waters rise, and life goes on for some of us. I don't know about tomorrow. And so, in light of life's uncertainty, I will count my blessings and embrace them. I will not waste these gifts, they too precious. Consider … Continue reading The Post Where I Admire Chicken Bottoms

When Life Is Unpredictable, Messy and Reptilian

I fought for it this weekend. Oh. did. I. fight.I want to be grateful. I want to be a person who sucks the marrow out of every minute of life. But sometimes, life hands you a giant reptile.And one day, you wake up and find yourself petting a Billy Goat.Or you fall down the stairs … Continue reading When Life Is Unpredictable, Messy and Reptilian