I Don’t Always Think Ahead

He hopes Nana doesn't get mad about the hair on the couch.

I went to the hunt camp the other day with Blue. We had to take the new used lawnmower up and cut a bit of wood for the winter. No one really wants to trudge through three or four feet of snow to thaw out the icicle of a cabin, but I’m hoping that this [...]

A Fork In The Grass

alizas fork in the grass post

The following is a conversation that really took place last week, with no embellishment on my part. Allow me to set the scene: Nicky’s baseball game. Sunny, beautiful, breezy Sunday afternoon. I was sitting next to our friend, Glen* – our boys have played baseball together for the last few years, and even though he [...]

I’m Giving Up Advice for Lent


I had a post all written for you, but when it came time for editing I just wasn’t feeling it. Right in this moment I am not interested in telling you what to do, feel, think or say. I am giving up advice for Lent. Or at least for this week. I know – I’m [...]

When Your New BFF Doesn’t Know She Wants To Be Your BFF Yet


So, you’ve met this mom at 5:30 a.m. CardioPump, and she’s wicked funny and laughs endearingly with her hand over her mouth when the breast-implants-bought-on-a-girls-roadtrip-to-Mexico nasty neighbor up front hits herself in the face with the hand weights. When you see that your new crush’s travel mug reads, “Yeah. I said it. So What,” you [...]

Looks Like We Made It


By the time you read this, we will have said goodbye to 2012 and will be taking our first tentative steps into 2013. I am relieved to have survived the Mayan apocalypse as well as our own personal Pre-Christmas Curse which began with a skull fracture on December 23rd in 2011 and continued with this [...]

MU Teen: BFF?

goodbye scrabble tiles

I know as a teenager the term BFF (Best Friends Forever) gets thrown around a lot, and once it was been said it can be hard to end a friendship with a BFF. But sometimes it is better for both parties for things to end. People change and sometimes friendships need to, as well. I [...]

Agree To Disagree


If you are on Facebook or Twitter, you may have crashed headlong into some of the truly vile things that were said both before and after this month’s presidential election (and is still going on–really?!). Maybe you even participated in some of it. I hope not, but we all can get caught up. The truth [...]

Choose Carefully


This weekend was golden. Filled to the brim with food and laughter and talk and more food and most of all, friendship. Sitting shoulder to shoulder with my girlfriends, our feet tucked beneath us, our children’s laughter weaving between our own, and diving into the most delicious of chocolate cakes, I noted how different we [...]

When the Going Gets Tough, Internet Friends Become Family


I often wonder whether my OB/GYN did a clean enough job of cutting the cord between me and my three sons. Because when they skin their knees, it’s me who winces. When the littlest took a kick to the ankle at soccer last Sunday, it was me who hobbled back to the car. After my [...]

How to Make New Friends After Having Kids

Your new friends should be getting up at sunrise, not staggering home from the bars.

When you become a parent, many of your old friends fade away. Maybe they’re tired of hearing about where Jr. has smeared his poo… or maybe you’re tired of hearing about which corner of the pub they’ve throw up in. It’s somewhat harder making new friends as an adult. It’s not like when you were [...]

MU Teen: Free to Love


We all see pain in everyday situations. Sometimes it’s in the eyes of strangers, or the way our closest friend’s shoulders seem to sag with an invisible weight. We feel pain ourselves most days. Not necessarily pain of the physical variety, but the type of pain that hits us closest. The pain that stabs each [...]

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

college life

I grew up in a small town. Yeah, yeah…I know almost everyone says that when they’re prefacing a funny story, but for me it was fact. I grew up in Okeechobee, Florida. It’s a small retirement/dairy town where if you added up every man, woman, and child, the sum still wouldn’t outnumber the cattle count! [...]