Bitter/Sweet Blog Posts

  • A Test
    on May 20, 2014
    It's all a test. This blog has been migrated over to a new website that combines my professional work with my personal writing. The wonderful Andrew Odom helped me out with it because my patience was not what it should have been for that process...
  • A Thing
    on May 13, 2014
    It’s hot.Eighty-four degrees in the house, to be precise.  At 11:46 p.m.I have this thing (one of many that makes me so attractive) that I don’t turn on the A/C until Memorial Day, and it goes off after Labor Day. And the rest of the time we...
  • Weekly Round Up of Random Thoughts
    on May 10, 2014
    (can you see it?)Random Thought The First: It strikes me that this blog may sound a little sanctimonious at times, sort of competitively enlightened. That is not my intention. I have a friend who is a recovering alcoholic who likes to lecture me like...
  • Fear
    on May 6, 2014
    Remember the snakes? The ones I talked about yesterday?Well, today I accidentally weed-whacked one. It started writhing and flailing and I dropped the weed whacker and ran, screaming and cursing, to the other side of the lawn.I am ashamed to admit (o...
  • Cracking the Whip
    on May 5, 2014
    It's Monday again. I am trying to make myself go to yoga. Mondays are hard. Being your own boss is difficult. You have to be your own cheerleader and task master. This seems like research from the Department of Duh, but I am here to tell yo...
  • May the 4th Be With You
    on May 4, 2014
    Fourteen years ago today, Pacific time, I was fitfully resting on a hospital bed while Dane napped, drooling, on one of those uncomfortable pull-out chairs reserved for dads. Husky Stadium (the old one) was shrouded in mist, and the sun was barely be...
  • Just Be Honest
    on May 2, 2014
    It is crazy to me how many excuses people make to hold themselves back from doing things.I think a lot about this lately (and I apparently also use the words "a lot" a lot, which is a cardinal sin in my former writing classes because what "a lot" mea...
  • Choose Peace Over Productivity
    on May 1, 2014
    Ever since Dane died, this has been one of two mantras of mine. The first deals with getting up and putting my feet on the floor every morning which was harder than it sounds in the months after Dane’s death. Peace over productivity helps me k...
  • Mondays.
    on Apr 28, 2014
    Mondays. They are just like Tuesdays, or Thursdays, or any day for that matter. No one is making me get up and report to a desk, so there is no real built-in characteristic of the day.Still.It is overcast, and 18 people died last night in the storms...
  • It's Fuckin' Friday, Y'all
    on Apr 25, 2014
    Imagine that read in Paula Deen's awful nasal-y whine.That is how I feel today. Trapped in Paula Deen's whiney nasal cavity. It's a temporary place. I came home from yoga, pissy as hell. Trying not to kick the dog, yell at the kid, or otherwise sprea...
  • Just Try
    on Apr 24, 2014
    Today on my yoga mat, struggling through an ashtanga class that does all 108 poses in an hour and fifteen minutes, a shaky voice in my head said, "I can't."Answering back, a tiny little voice, muted but stronger said, "Just try."So I did.(Image by Pa...
  • Worky-work, Busy Bee
    on Apr 23, 2014
    (Image by William Warby via Flickr)Sometimes, the best thing to do is just put your head down and work. I come from a family with a strong work ethic, but I wouldn’t consider myself a worker bee. I don’t just pound something out. I don’t have t...
  • Tell The World...
    on Apr 22, 2014
     The die is cast. It is official. We are moving to Baltimorein the fall. As with all things this year, we are a little sketchy on the details. It may be August 1. It may be September 1. It will certainly be before school starts, at least for Sic...
  • Apathy Parade
    on Apr 21, 2014
    (Image by Michael via Flickr)If you were anywhere near me in my early 20s, you will recognize what I am about to write about.There is a large part of me that just couldn't give a rat's ass. About anything. It's not disdain for anything; it's just an...
  • No One Here Gets Out Alive
    on Apr 19, 2014
    (Image by Tim Parkinson via Flickr)I woke up this morning thinking about suicide. Physician-assisted suicide, to be precise. I read this week that Marylandis close to passing a physician-assisted suicide law, which I am all for. I know it is weird to...
  • Right On Time
    on Apr 18, 2014
    I swear, it’s like one of my yoga teachers creeps into my head and heart and finds exactly what I need. I can be a moody person, sure, but in the space of an hour during class on Wednesday, I was laughing and crying, super quiet and wide awake. St...
  • On Wealth
    on Apr 17, 2014
    When you post stuff on the interwebs, you open yourself up to morons. On Facebook in a post that showed how Sicily had finished building her house (a share of someone else's post), aforementioned moron called Sicily and the whole project "classist."...
  • Coming Home
    on Apr 16, 2014
    Yoga today was like coming home. So weird.Yesterday's class was yin yoga. It's hard, don't get me wrong, but it's more passive, and a perfect way to re-enter a practice after taking time off.Today's class was intermediate yoga. I would call myself a...
  • Let It Go. LET IT GO.
    on Apr 15, 2014
    With the push to finish the tiny house and the sheer exhaustion that came after finishing the tiny house, I had not been to yoga for two weeks until yesterday's class. The focus of that class was the concept of letting go.This has suddenly popped up...
  • Who Knows Where The Road Leads?
    on Apr 14, 2014
    I don't want to be Sicily's momager.I can't remember who (chime in if it was you) who just last weekend asked me if I was going to go all Kardashian with tiny house publicity. I shudder at the thought.But.What is the tiny house and all the publicity...
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