Sep 6

It’s 108 in Celebrity Years

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Happy Anniversary  to my incredible parents. Here’s to thirty-five more years!
Mom and Dad at Virginia Beach

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Sep 3

Or The Worst Prank Ever Pulled by National Park Employees

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I have a lifestyle twin. For realsies. Clayton, Bryson, and I took a spontaneous trip to the Shenandoah Valley a few weekends ago. We spent most of the day Saturday driving along the Skyline Drive and stopping to take pictures. We decided to hike one of the trails while on the drive. When we were packing up what we wanted to take on the hike, I realized I couldn’t find my camera case. We’d been driving, jumping out, taking pictures, and jumping back …

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Sep 1

Displaced

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When someone says it better than I could hope to, I’ll just send you that way:
Why religious freedom has to mean religious freedom.

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Aug 31

One More Reason I’m Thankful for the Feminists

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I should not be allowed in the kitchen if I am not making or serving coffee. It has to be some sort of civil code that once you fail miserably at something after a certain number of attempts, you are legally required to abandon the activity. It’s true with things like weapon carrying or child rearing — if you suck at it, they don’t let you do it anymore. Why is this not the case with cooking? I. Suck. At. …

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Aug 30

On Summer

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This whole experience of moving has come with a seemingly endless well of firsts. And I’m talking in just the last three hours there has been a growing list. Like right now, it’s almost 1AM and I’m just now using the office in our “new” house specifically for writing. It’s intended purpose from the start. Feels pretty good. It might feel better if the sudden kick into the blogosphere wasn’t the result of “To Catch a Predator”-induced insomnia. Seriously, why …

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Aug 4

10 Indications that We Probably Won’t be Good Friends

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1. You own something emblazoned with a Disney character. And you have not yet banished it to the memories box in the attic.
2. You spell things phonetically, not correctly.
3. You shrug absentmindedly when I quote Dumb and Dumber, instead of following up with the next line.
4. You don’t know what “unfortch” or “whatevs” mean.
5. You expect me to wear make up or pants, even if I’m not at work or church.
6. You won’t let me grip your wrist for the entire …

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Jul 26

Please Excuse My Lack of Perspective

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I haven’t been very disciplined in writing. Not because life isn’t eternally entertaining, but because these days it is more Lifetime movie than ABC Family. My attitude lately has far from represented the lighthearted sarcastic banter I’d like you to think of concerning my literary prowess. I refuse to make you suffer through my whining. So my husband gets to. Basically, adjusting is hard. And I thought I’d be much better at it. The idea that this adjustment doesn’t have …

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Jun 12

Begin Your Pre-Tan Routine

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Ok, I’ll admit it. I’ve been faking it. A girl from the South with Cuban roots is supposed to look a certain way, and, frankly, my maternal genes have been sucking the Latina (read: melanin) right out of my skin. I could handle the pastiness through the snow-filled winter, but spring has already come and gone and it’s straight up summer. Mama needs some color. Considering the fact that I now believe everything Prevention magazine says, I’m deathly afraid of the sun. …

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Jun 4

Memorial Day/Life from the Past Four Months. Summed Up in Two Pictures

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Me and My Mouse-Killing Hero on Memorial Day
I'm learning we'll do scary things if there's a trusted pair of arms waiting for us in the water.

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Jun 3

And I Was So Excited About Not Having Cockroaches

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About two weeks ago, on a Friday night, Clayton and I were spending the evening lazying it up on the couch. Apparently, Friday evenings can put some little creatures hard at work, and one of those happened to catch my eye as it scurried from under the bathroom door, around the corner of the wall to the kitchen, and right up under the stove. Yes. I saw it with my very own eyes — the fuzzy grey fur, the long, …

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