5 Tips for Dealing with Toxic People

Chances are, you know at least one toxic person whether through work or family or friendships. They can be difficult, mean, manipulative, or even sickeningly sweet to get what they want. You feel exhausted after spending any time with them because of their self-absorption, tendency to create drama, dishonesty, lack of compassion, or manipulation. Everything … Continue reading 5 Tips for Dealing with Toxic People

The List

After my divorce, I knew I wanted to be in a healthy, adult relationship. This may sound nuts, but I did my share of soul-searching during my ex's affair, and that was one thing I decided. I want to grow old with someone who truly loves me, and although I was very sad that it … Continue reading The List

Know Your Worth

If you've ever been cheated on, especially if you were married, you might have tried to convince your cheating partner that they were making a mistake, that you love them (so of course they love you back), that they shouldn't flush your relationship down the toilet, etc. This is one of the biggest time-wasters known … Continue reading Know Your Worth

YouTube – Who Knew?

Something I've "discovered" during this pandemic is the magic of YouTube. Now, I've known and used YouTube many times pre-pandemic for things like replacing my car key fob battery or watching ASMR at bedtime, but having to find new ways to occupy so much at-home time led me to YouTube one afternoon a few months … Continue reading YouTube – Who Knew?

The Pool – a Memory

I lived right down the street from the neighborhood pool as a kid. This was a good thing because no matter how much I begged my parents to put a pool in our backyard, they said no. I cannot remember a time I couldn't swim, I love to swim, and the water is my happy … Continue reading The Pool – a Memory

Coming Out of Hiding

It's July 1, and I realized I had absolutely nothing to write in June. I was busy being quiet, watching, learning, absorbing, grieving, and trying to make sense of everything that's going on in the world. When I feel confused and scared, I don't have a lot to write about. I fear pissing people off. … Continue reading Coming Out of Hiding

Mad Skillz

We’re on week eleventy-jillion of our stay-home directive, and I realized yesterday that I have actually learned a variety of things during this time. Who knew quarantining could be so educational? Things I’ve learned: 1. I can give a men’s clipper haircut. My son’s hair grows at an alarming rate - a trait he inherited … Continue reading Mad Skillz

Memory Lane

My daughter came over today to spend some time with me. (This is a big deal when your daughter lives in her own apartment.) She came to spend some one-on-one time in honor of Mother’s Day, but we ended up talking about her father. She wanted to find a photograph of him from back when … Continue reading Memory Lane

Sick of This

I’m not fine. We’re going on, like, week 8 of isolation. I have not finished my novel, organized my garage, or taken homeschooling to a whole new level. I have gained 5 pounds, sampled several grocery delivery services, over-consumed news, and worried about everything from how to make it through the next day to mankind’s … Continue reading Sick of This

Graded Distance Learning, Here We Come!

Starting tomorrow, our school district will begin graded distance learning. They have been providing enrichment learning for the past month, and now it’s time to make it count. As the parent of a kid who is in a special education setting the majority of the time, I’m not sure exactly what that’s going to look … Continue reading Graded Distance Learning, Here We Come!