Of Progress & Goals (A&I July BSG: Week 1)
You know what “they” say, right? “Fall six times. Stand up seven.” Or something like that. Anyway, that’s what the end of June was for me. After a hiatus of a bit over a year -- a year spent settling into a new house, enduring more stress than n... Read more
Of Changing the Fight
This is an incredibly difficult blog for me to write because it involves admitting one thing I've denied for years: something just isn't right with my son.
Please don't misunderstand me. LittleDude is a happy, energetic, incredibly smart 4-... Read more
Of The Day I Would Have Given Up
Today, the old me would have given up. She would have decided that three hours of interrupted sleep provided exactly enough energy for a raid of her 4-year-old's reward candy stash and marathon of her latest Netflix addiction.
Today, the ol... Read more
Of My April Goals & Getting Back to Basics (A&I Challenge: Look Here)
When someone asked me how this month is shaping up, my first instinct was to say, “Crazy!” But it seems like that answer is getting a bit redundant. Every month is crazy. In September, my husband came home from a deployment. We spent most of Oct... Read more
Of Putting My Nose Back to the Grindstone
I’m back! (Don’t have a heart attack or anything.)
I can’t believe my last blog post was at the end of August. I really can’t believe I gave into emotional eating BIG-TIME over these past six months and GAINED ten pounds. But it is what it ... Read more
Well, here I am. The day I said I’d be 50 pounds lighter than I was at the beginning of this journey. And guess what. I’m not. In fact, I’m a whole one tenth of a pound lighter. So instead of counting down the days until my husband comes home b... Read more
Of Balance, Big-Girl Panties, & a Budget
I’ve written this blog more times than I can count this week, each time with a different approach. After all, the word “balance” has been at the forefront of my mind in various forms this week, but being reliant on a soldier’s paycheck, nothing ... Read more
Of the Biebs & My Spark
Yesterday was Lulu & Sissy Day, meaning it was the day during my visit home that I devote to my six-year-old little cousin (who calls me Sissy because my parents have practically raised her). On Lulu & Sissy Day, Lulu gets to call the shots (wit... Read more
Of Cher & 3 Words to Describe My Spark Journey (So Far)
I confess. I am a closet Cher fan. I’ve met quite a few famous people over the years (thanks to work, friends, the Army, and sheer luck), but I’ve never met Cher, and she’s probably one of the few celebrities who could make me gush (Dolly Parton... Read more
Of Gratitude for Horrid Undergarments
I apologize for the length of this blog. I know it’s incredibly long, but I hope you all will read it anyway.
It all started when I grabbed the wrong undergarments from my drawer. You see, I have these undergarments that I avoid unless ... Read more
Of the Importance of Family Heritage
Earlier this evening, I bought a piece of my son’s heritage that I never knew existed: a children’s book written by his great-grandmother (my husband’s grandma) and published in 1961. Various sellers on amazon.com were offering 7 copies of it in... Read more
Of Resolutions for 2011
I’m not usually a huge fan of New Year Resolutions. After all, I tend to jump right in and do something once I decide it really needs doing (which should not be confused with me merely saying repeatedly that I should do something), so in my worl... Read more
Of October's Progress and November's Goals
Happy November, everyone! And to all you writers out there, Happy NaNoWriMo!
I’m short on time today, so I’ll cut to the chase. October progress...
1. Drink 248 ounces of water. -- I got my water in every day this month! Verdict: Win
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Of Meltdowns and Realizations
Today was not a good day. It started bad, got better, and went a little downhill. But the good news is that I’m working through it.
When I woke up this morning, I was in a funk. I don’t know why. I was feeling tired and fuzzy and was missin... Read more
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Of Drunken Disco Singers & Getting Into the Groove
This morning had an odd start. First, putting Toby in his pack-n-play last night was a good move. I think he’s been dealing with way too much lately, and he just couldn’t sleep. Normally, he adjusts very quickly when we travel -- especially when... Read more