RV Trip Part 2: Ohio

My Family
RV Trip 2014

Read here for RV Trip Part 1: West Virginia We actually went through Ohio twice — going and coming back — and I was going to lump it all together so there wouldn’t be 10,000 parts to this trip. But then I realized that there is no way I’m going to fit all of South Dakota in one post (seriously, that state has got it going on) so forget it. We’ll do the parts by state and in chronological order. […]

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Shark Week Ends Everywhere But Here

Is It Just Me?
nurse_shark

While perusing our Ranger Rick, Jr. shark feature: Me: Once, when I was snorkeling in Belize, I saw a Nurse Shark in the water with me. And even though I knew they don’t attack humans, when it turned to me and our eyes met, I freaked out and swam away. Slowly. Heart-poundingly. My 7yo: What did you do when you saw it? Me: {what?} Um… I freaked out and swam away. My 5yo: Did it eat you? Me: {seriously?} Yes. I’m […]

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Are You Paying Attention To #Ferguson?

Progressive Politics
Hands Up Dont Shoot

If you don’t know what’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri, this link has a thorough timeline: Ferguson updates The basics are on Saturday afternoon, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man getting ready to attend college in a few weeks, was shot in broad daylight and in the middle of the street by a Ferguson police officer. The only other part of the story the police and witnesses agree on is that Mike Brown was unarmed. The citizens of Ferguson were upset […]

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RV Trip Part 1: West Virginia

My Family
RV Trip 2014

The first day of our 5000 miles RV trip went much slower than we expected. Not the driving part but the prepping — although I did enjoy driving our RV to the local suburban grocery store to stock up. Luckily, we had chosen a place only 3-4 hours away: New River Gorge, West Virginia. Even so, I had to call the rangers to double-check we didn’t need to know anything about our RV spot along New River since the ranger […]

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Ol’ Ugly Eyes

Awkward
Beautiful Eyes

When my son was about 2 years old, my husband and I took him grocery shopping because with two adults we could just barely survive the horrors of bright red car carts and ALL THE MARSHMALLOWS MUST BE OURS. (the last one was mostly me) In the midst of the sweating and chaos, a middle-aged woman walks up to our family and says, “I just had to stop you to say that your son has the most beautiful eyes.” Before either of […]

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I’m Back!

My Family
Off to RV

I’m back after taking most of the summer off of writing. I wish I had some sort of interesting reason for my absence. I tried! I thought: Am I too happy to blog? Too depressed? Lost? Dazed? Confused? I finally gave up on being reasonable and starting writing this post. TADA! I actually have so much to tell everyone. We went on our big RV trip and 5000 miles later, we’ve been to Yellowstone and back. I’ll need to write about it […]

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WTH World, Why Are You So Weird (Edition C)

WTH
Cat Face

Random odd things that can only mean I’m weird, and I’d like your to accept it. Goodreads just let me know that I’ve read “In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed” for nearly two years. What is in this truck? X-Men? Pod people? Scott after I’m all ARE YOU AWAKE YET: I’m in the important ‘pre-moving’ phase. Ah, yes. My cats are in the phase constantly. The size of the tissue box I brought to my daughter’s preschool graduation. I […]

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Edgar Allan Poe As A Children’s Book (Plus A Giveaway)

Reading
Ricky's Spooky House

A local Richmond author and friend of a friend took an Edgar Allan Poe work and made into a children’s book. There will be a subset of people who read that first sentence and say YAY! without a flinch. Others will be a little concerned. Both will be happy to hear the book pulls off Edgar Allan Poe without scaring the bejesus out of little kids. (I didn’t just write that so I could use “bejesus” — okay maybe a little.) […]

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Goodbye Forever Preschool

My Daughter
GymnasticsNovMay

My daughter graduates from preschool this week. I have mixed feelings on the subject mostly because I watched a video that made me WANT A BABY RIGHT NOW. But this is our last preschool go around as far as I know and it makes graduation just a little bittersweet. Mostly for me since I think she’s happy to hang out all summer long in her pajamas with me and E and Scott. This year has been so full of change […]

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Thank You Maya Angelou (PS. Do I Tell My 7-Year-Old?)

My Son
Maya Angelou School Presentation

I shared in the world’s mourning of the inspiring and forever-missed Maya Angelou mostly by listening. As famous people, who have impacted our lives, pass away, Scott and I will discuss it, but I have never had to tell my kids. They don’t watch the news so most of the famous people they care about are cartoon who never seem to die. However, my 7-year-old son did his first school report on Maya Angelou. He learned about her childhood and taught his […]

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The One Guy Who Loves Cat Toilets

Pets
Dog Cat Scooping Litter

I’ve always thought no one enjoyed scooping kitty litter because it’s gross and sandy and takes way too much bicep strength. Then I got a dog. If only he didn’t think they were tasty snacks, I could take advantage of Lars’ longing. Related posts: A Very Happy Puppy-In-A-Penguin-Suit From My Family To Yours The Puppy Is Growing Up 5 Signs You Might Have A Lot Of Cats Frozen Plus Whatever Your Kid Loves Equals A Cake From Arendelle (Close To Heaven)

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