Joyful Noises and Head Colds

I smell like swimming pools and Marc Jacobs perfume. I have a horrible cold in August and a roll on perfume thing. So I'd roll it on and think, "I don't smell anything. Is it broken?" and then roll again just for good measure. Ten minutes later my nose started working again and I was overpowered … Continue reading Joyful Noises and Head Colds

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

The Magical Ordinary

In the morning, a terrible mist comes to me. Foggy and groggy, I stumble around the coffee maker, blind. I think everything is grey and stale. My coffee is lukewarm. There are mountains of dirty diapers and my shirt smells like spit, and everything is awful.Despite my disposition, the world still sparks; I'm not so … Continue reading The Magical Ordinary

My Kid Looks Like Rocky and Other Confessions

It's easy to be proud when everything is sunshine, rainbows, pots of gold and Lucky Charms.  When your children are behaving and your baby is sleeping and your mother cleaned your house and you've had a decent amount of sleep.  I was feeling pretty good about having three kids.I felt like everything was working and … Continue reading My Kid Looks Like Rocky and Other Confessions

Today I Sweat, I Waffle, I Think About How Much I Love the Word ‘Waffle’

What is Summer?Meditative babiesHide-outs made of CedarParties at the park...and swimming pool fever!Happy Summer! It's 100 degrees over here. Send help. Or ice cream. What's your favorite part of Summer? It's so hard for me to choose...I'm leaning towards Air Conditioning right now, but I waffle between that and BBQs with homemade ice cream...and bubbles. … Continue reading Today I Sweat, I Waffle, I Think About How Much I Love the Word ‘Waffle’

Things That Make Life Sweet and Tasty

Every spare piece of paper has been marked in this house, covered with squiggles and circles and polka dot creations that represent Humpback Whales and rainbows. Running out of blank paper is the first thing I'm grateful for today; it's disappearance is a sign of creative little hands. While we're on the subject, I'm also … Continue reading Things That Make Life Sweet and Tasty

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

Gratitude Number 307: Romance from Heaven

There is a certain temperature that does something to my blood. Around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, my blood starts to bubble, like pink Champagne and everything in me dances, and I have smiles for the stranger and patience for my children. Today was a sun day, a magic day, a 70 degree day and nothing could … Continue reading Gratitude Number 307: Romance from Heaven

Derrick Tells Another Story…With Guns

Sometimes, my husband tells me stories about his childhood. They usually involve weapons. Last night I had the privilege of hearing the following tale while washing the chili-bean bowls.Derrick: "When my mom went out of town once, my dad turned out all the lights in the house, opened the sliders and doors, and he gave … Continue reading Derrick Tells Another Story…With Guns