Drying the Worry: Finally Hitting a Milestone Early

With the exception of birth, my oldest child had never been early for a milestone. Some caused concern, even with his doctors. Others seemed small or inconsequential and were easy to brush off. But it was the combination of them all together that seemed big.

With each milestone he achieved later than other kids his age, I couldn’t help but think back to his early birth. I couldn’t help thinking that something happened. Something that couldn’t be detected at the time but was gradually showing itself now. Continue reading

What She Said About Happiness, and By She, I Mean Hoda: The Power of a Gratitude Journal

Good morning! Am I the only one who’s excited that this post on happiness and gratitude is about, or at least inspired by, Hoda Kotb? When Joel McHale first introduced me to her through The Soup, I had no idea that years later I’d be crushing on her.

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A Divorce in Wedding Season

In May of 2009, I had three weddings in the month of May. After attending the first, it was all I needed to confirm what I did not have and what I needed to do.

A week later, I told my then husband I would not be traveling to the next wedding with him. That I would never be traveling to another wedding with him. That I was leaving him. I started the month as a Mrs. and ended it as a Ms.

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Motherly Instincts: Guest Post on Total Basset Case

This week’s post is a little different. My beautiful, inside and out, friend, Sarah, just had her first baby. He arrived 10 weeks early.

Today’s post is a guest post on her wonderful blog, Total Basset Case. Hop right on over there to read this week’s post, Motherly Instincts, about my premie and the lesson it taught me about being a mom.

While over there, check out all the fun things she has on her blog: from fashion to design to running tips and stellar recipes. Sarah’s one of those people that by girl standards, you want to hate her. She’s beautiful, smart and talented. But she does being a friend even better – which is why you will love, not hate, her.

This Too Shall Pass: (But While I’m Waiting for it to Pass, I’ll be in my Car Crying)

For as long as I can remember, I operate near the fringe of keeping it all together. Testing my limits to see how much I can handle. I do it to myself. I like it (most of the time). I thrive on it (in some twisted way).

As this summer came to a close, I inadvertently tested myself again. Work travel, personal travel, family in town, etc. I clawed through August into early September.

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Adaptive Running: New Trails & Stroller Pushing

Running has been the constant in my life since I was 12 years old.  Things change, people change, cities change but the solace, strength and peace that I find in running remains.  Once my first was born, I suddenly had a new constant: the love for my child.  No decision was made without consideration of him.  How to reconcile my two constants?

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Running Away: a Bad Thing? 

Runaway shows up three times in my iTunes library.  Not the same song, but three different songs by three different artists all titled Runaway.  It gave me pause. Yes, I have turned away from some tough times, but I have also hunkered down and pushed through. Surely, I am not a runner.  Surely, there is another explanation for why I have so many songs that share that title.  Set on finding a different explanation for the multiple Runaway songs, I came up with another hypothesis:

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Attempts at Making My Easy Life Easier: 7 Lazy Tricks

Over the years, the desire to find a better way (or pure laziness) has driven ingenuity and fueled creativity.  It has motivated smart and useful inventions. This is not about the items that have served the betterment of humanity.  This is about the small things that keep me from pulling my hair out. The 7 tricks below are small tweaks to my daily, mundane, repetitive tasks… and answers the question: how do I make my life easier?

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Loving a Homosexual: We All Do

I met my best friend when I was 1 year and 361 days old. My best friend is loving, funny, caring, smart, thoughtful, loyal and a great runner. He is taller and much more attractive than me. We have had our differences, but don’t all brothers and sisters?

He has been gay since the first day we met. People wondered, they assumed, they questioned, but I never understood why. It never mattered to us and it should not matter to anyone else. But for some reason, it does, and today, we were all horrifically reminded of that fact.

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Chasing Away the Monsters

The last two years, my husband opted out of his annual golf trip with his college buddies.  Electing to stay home to help me with our growing family.  This year when the ‘who’s in?’ texts began, I told him he had to go.  We (the three boys and I) would be fine.  He seemed doubtful of this statement.  I. could. totally. handle. it.  I reassured him.

I was lying.  Not about him going – I wanted him to go.  He needed to go.  He needed time with his closest friends.  Those friends where there is complete candor, no judging and unabashed laughter.  Three little boys in three years – he needed time with big boys.  The part I was lying about was the totally handling all three little boys by myself for a long weekend part.

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