The Things I Still Miss the Most About My Dad

I honestly cannot believe it's been 13 years. Where the hell does the time go. It was a lifetime ago. I really miss the way his left arm got really, really tan from hanging it out the car window to smoke all summer long. Yet his right arm was pasty white. It would have been no big deal if he wore long sleeve dress shirts. But he didn't. Only short sleeves and a tie for him. I also really miss report card days. Those were some crazy times in our…

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The Only Thing I Learned From Giving Up Drinking: I’m No Quitter.

Nothing. I learned nothing. Not one freaking thing. Actually that's not entirely true. I did learn just how insanely disorganized my life really is. And that's going to take lots of alcohol to forget again. But I'm up for the challenge. I also learned I need alcohol to sleep. I need alcohol to deal with stress. I need alcohol just as much on sunny days as I do on rainy days. Maybe even more so. I also learned to feel. And if it's all the same to you, I just…

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What You Need To Know About Trying On the Dress Your Dead Grandma Will Be Buried In

Allow me to introduce my Aunt Batsy. She is my Dad's oldest sister. And it would be impossible to truly ever explain her to anyone. But I'm going to try. The other day I left my cell phone at her house. I didn't realize it until I got to the grocery store. So it was about an hour before I got back to her house to retrieve it. When I knocked on the door I heard her yell.  You left your phone! Your phone is here!  Yes, that's why I'm back. She…

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The Best Worst Comments I Have Received

When you write a blog and put all of your thoughts out there for the world to read, you know you’re setting yourself up for every crazy person to give their opinion. Everyone is smarter than you and knows better. But I really don’t get it. When I’m reading something that I don’t agree with or find dumb, I stop reading it and move on. I don’t take the time to tell the person why I think they are so wrong. But these people did. And I applaud them for…

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What You Need to Know About Being Married For Ten Years

Beau and I just celebrated ten years of marriage. It amazes me that ten years has gone by in the blink of an eye. Yet so much has changed in these same years. I remember when we were picking out our wedding bands. There was a second band you could purchase to match my set. The jeweler suggested Beau could come back and buy it for me for our tenth anniversary. I pictured what it would be like ten years later opening that gift. I was off. Way off. When…

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Ten Years Ago Today My Mom Sent Me a Little Miracle From Heaven

Ten years ago today my life changed forever. I gave birth to my first child. I cannot believe it's been ten years. It was an amazing day. And I love to relive all the moments each year on this day. I never took any classes to prepare for the birthing process. I figured the baby would come out one way or another. And it did. The only thing I knew for sure was that I was going to give birth on 7-7-07. The same day my mom gave birth to…

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How Having Kids Will Make You Look Forward to Going to the Dentist

I got a message the other day from my friend Moe. He was telling me how much his life has changed since having kids. He has two small children so a trip to the dentist alone is now a real treat for him. Thought about your blog today. The kids were waking up from naps and I was about to get the change me, feed me, bring me outside, I just woke up I'm cranky attitude from them. But lucky me I had a dentist appointment! I used to hate…

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Grieving the Loss of My Nannie. One Day at a Time.

Dealing with a major loss is never easy. Change is hard. Especially when kids are involved. Losing our nannie for the summer is no exception. I'm not used to taking care of these kids. And this house. I just wasn't prepared for this. I miss walking into a spotless home. I miss coming home to home cooked meals. I miss coming home to all of the laundry folded. The last ten days of the school year were glorious. I had to hire someone to watch these kids for real. They were long…

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There’s Nothing More Painful Than Stepping On A Freaking Lego

It always happens when you least expect it. It can happen in broad daylight. It can happen in the darkness of night. Which always makes it scarier. But the excruciating pain is always the same. Each and every freaking time. Nothing makes me lose my shit like stepping on a freaking Lego. There is just nothing like it. I gave birth four times. I had a major back injury. I watched my parents die slow painful deaths. But nothing, I mean NOTHING, compares to the pain of stepping on a…

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27 Things That Happen at My Pool. Every Freaking Day

I love having a pool. It’s like an instant party all summer long. And if there’s one thing I love, it’s a party. And if there’s another thing I love, it’s relaxing. Having a pool means having people over all the time. Which I also totally love. I can’t imagine what summer would be like without a pool. The kids splashing away. Laughing with one another. Creating memories to last a lifetime. If only Norman Rockwell was here to paint this freaking picture. Goggles. The bane of my existence. Here’s what…

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Being on a School Bus in 95 Degree Heat. The Grossest Thing. Eva.

It's no secret that I'm not really a fan of field trips. Something I probably should have considered before I became a teacher. And had children of my own. I have been to hell and back. And I lived to tell my story. Barely. Yesterday our eighth grade class had their graduation luncheon. It's an amazing party to celebrate this milestone in their lives. Normally a glorious occasion. Until the temperature reaches 95 freaking degrees and you're on a yellow school bus with no freaking AC and you're wearing a…

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For The Love of God I Need This School Year to End

The best part about being a teacher is getting your summers off. Hands down. And if any teacher tells you any different s/he is a big fat liar. I teach because I love seeing children learn. No. I teach because I feel I'm really making a difference in these kids lives. Nay. I teach because it's so rewarding. Never. I teach because of the amount of respect I get in and out of the classroom. No nay never no more. We all teach to get our freaking summers off. Period.…

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