The Step-Ladder Incident

One of the hardest things about living far away from family is the inability to be there at a moment's notice when something happens. My parents had a freak step-ladder accident last week that landed my mother in the hospital. My dad (who has no business even being on a step-ladder) was outside on said … Continue reading The Step-Ladder Incident

The Wish

Back when I was in the middle of getting divorced, I had a conversation that stuck with me. I was talking to our very close family friend about my heartbreak and how I was never going to get over it and how I was dying inside and on and on and on. You get me? … Continue reading The Wish


There was another school shooting yesterday. I don't have the statistics as they stand as of today, and you can certainly find them easily enough if you look. One is one too many as far as I'm concerned, and we surpassed that number years ago. I was brought to my knees watching the Columbine news … Continue reading Again

5:00 a.m.

When I was younger, I was a night owl. I loved staying up until 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning and then sleeping until noon. As I've gotten older, however, I've learned to enjoy going to bed and waking earlier. So much so that I'm up at 5:00 a.m. on a Saturday. This morning, the … Continue reading 5:00 a.m.

Are You Excited? I’m Excited!

I get excited about a lot of things, but at the moment, I think I’m most excited about finishing the year (decade!) strong. I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution person, and as someone who is a lifelong learner and educator, I tend to equate September with fresh starts. This year, I was … Continue reading Are You Excited? I’m Excited!

Easy Chili Recipe

Today's challenge prompt was to publish a recipe I like. At this time of year, chili is a welcome warmer, so I thought I'd share this recipe my mom makes and passed on to me (versus using one of the many I've enjoyed from Pinterest). It's super easy and really good! This makes a pretty … Continue reading Easy Chili Recipe

Stop Petting My Peeves

Ah, pet peeves… Those pesky little things you notice or others do that get under your skin enough to be annoying but not enough to call people out or end relationships over. I probably have more than four, but I’ve only been asked to write about four, and these are the first four that popped … Continue reading Stop Petting My Peeves

Letter to Myself Five Years Ago

Dear 2014 Kristi,   I’m writing to you from five years in the future, and there are some important things you need to know.   The pain you’re in won’t last forever. The dark thoughts you’re having are understandable considering what he’s been doing, but I am here to tell you that you’re going to … Continue reading Letter to Myself Five Years Ago