A Morning Routine For Normal People (Part 1)

I have this vision of myself in the morning. I get up long before everyone else in my house and do all of the mindful, intentional, important morning routine things. I pour a cup of coffee (that should probably be herbal tea), then I journal (and plan my day or write about gratitude things or write whatever a mantra is), read a book (nonfiction of … Continue reading A Morning Routine For Normal People (Part 1)

Hibernation Requires Quality Entertainment.

Maybe it’s the weather. Although to be fair, we live in Atlanta, so if our friends and family from Chicago came down to visit today, it would probably feel like spring break. But even though we aren’t walking around in weather that is the same as Mt. Everest or Antarctica (seriously… Antarctica?), it is still cold. Okay… coldish. But I’m still blaming the weather for … Continue reading Hibernation Requires Quality Entertainment.

Trigger Thumbs Down

So apparently I have the thumb of a diabetic farmer with tuberculosis. I have been diagnosed with something called trigger finger… except in my case, it’s trigger thumb. This has nothing to do with an actual trigger, like on a gun. I’ve never even seen a gun in fact, let alone overused one to the point of compromising a digit. It’s the name of a … Continue reading Trigger Thumbs Down

A (sort of ) Serious Guide to Organizing the Pantry

I really believe that there is a spiritual transformation that takes place when you throw away fennel seeds that expired in 2012. I don’t recall buying fennel seeds. And I don’t recall ever making a recipe that would require me to use fennel seeds. And yet there I was, dumping out a jar of fennel seeds that expired in the June of 2012. We have … Continue reading A (sort of ) Serious Guide to Organizing the Pantry

I Hang Pictures Because I Love You

One of my husband’s love languages is Acts of Service. (Others include golf, tennis, beer, and Cleveland sports, but that’s not really relevant here.) You might have read the book, The 5 Love Languages? If you haven’t, a it’s good one. Essentially, there are five ways in which you show and receive love and you have a predominant type: Acts of Service, Quality Time, Words … Continue reading I Hang Pictures Because I Love You

Decluttering My Life

Ryan and I have been married for almost twenty years. We have lived in a condo in St. Louis, three houses in Cincinnati, an apartment in Italy, and two houses in Atlanta. We have moved seven times. Seven. And except for the moves to Italy and our first move to Atlanta which were corporate moves, we have packed ourselves. We have become decluttering-purging-garage-sale-masters.  And still … Continue reading Decluttering My Life

Why My Kid Hates “A Christmas Story.” And Why I Kind of Love it.

When our kids were little we really tried to be the kind of parents who only let them watch movies that were basically age appropriate. We logged into Common Sense to see what they recommended and (mostly) we followed their advice. There was the notable lapse in judgment when we showed our young girls the movie, Gremlins, and it was all totally fine right up … Continue reading Why My Kid Hates “A Christmas Story.” And Why I Kind of Love it.

Do What You Love. (Even if it’s Surprisingly Crafty, Like Making Christmas Stockings.)

I’ve heard it said before that if you want to know what you should be “when you grow up”, if you really want to know what your passion is, that you should think about what you loved doing as a kid. What made you the happiest when you were a kid? Now go do that as an adult and you will be a content human. … Continue reading Do What You Love. (Even if it’s Surprisingly Crafty, Like Making Christmas Stockings.)