Early Retirement?

If you have to get old, you might as well do it with pizzazz.

Winter seems to be going on forever around here. The dog is dragging his wiener every time he goes out for a pee, and I seem to be shoveling more of the salty slush that the plow keeps throwing in the driveway. It’s a constant barrage of melancholia and it’s really taking it’s toll on [...]

Walk The Walk

Not me, but it sure could have been with those clothes.

You know how kids sometimes don’t do things when you ask them to? Yeah, I know it’s rare, but every once in a while they just seem to forget when you mentioned that the laundry needed to be put in the dryer after the buzzer went off and the dry clothes need to be folded. [...]

What Do You Want To Be? (When You Grow Up…)

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If I’d planned on growing up, I guess I’d have chosen to be something like a a nurse, a teacher, or maybe a public servant. You know, something that changes lives and really matters. But since I have an incurable Peter Pan complex, I’ve always wanted to do something in the arts. And it could [...]

Back-to-School Mommy Survival Kit


Back-to-school, that time of year when we are all running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to search for the holy grail of school supplies, maybe we are going about this all wrong? Screw French water paints that glow in the dark in the full moon, the Marsha Brady vintage dockers for [...]

You Say Aphasia, I Say To-Mah-To


I like to think I’m a hands-on parent. Somewhere between absent and hovering. In an attempt to “participate” in my children’s “upbringing,” I sometimes look over their shoulder to see what they’re watching on their various devices. Shockingly, the 16-year-old and the 14-year-old find this annoying. The 9-year-old, however, STILL LOVES ME, and willingly participates [...]

MU Teen: My New Adventure

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It has fallen into my lap recently the opportunity to move half way across the country for a promotion at work. Even though this is the most amazing things to happen to me in my 18 years, it is also one of the most stressful. Now, I’ve never moved on my own before, but I [...]

Things I’d Like My Daughters to Know


My daughters. My loves. My world. The apples of my eye. My oldest recently turned four years old and my youngest is two and a half. Right now they’re learning things like the alphabet, to look both ways before crossing the street, and how to quietly hide by my bed and scare the crap out [...]

MU Teen: Overprotective Parents

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There are probably a good decent amount of those reading this who can identify with what this article is about. Over. Protective. Parents. Don’t get me wrong here; I love my parents to death! They are my guiding hands in this world, helping me out as I get older. At this age, however, I’m starting [...]

The Etiquette of Barking Spiders


I got a talking-to the other day. My son, Connor, was picking up the splayed cards from his memory game the other night when we heard a noise come from the kitchen, where my husband was making dinner. A barking spider, or at least that’s what it sounded like to us. I was playing around [...]

How Boobs Changed My Life

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I remember the day I got boobs. Yes, it was a specific day, as if they grew overnight. The morning of our senior class picture, I’d begrudgingly woken up for school. Just a month before, I’d turned 16, gotten accepted to college, and gotten my period. Can you imagine the emotions? So this day, yet [...]

How to Choose A College Major

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Going to college? Have you picked a major?  Eventually someone will make you (colleges are funny that way), so I am going to give you a foolproof plan for choosing your major. Ready? Are you sure? Choose what you love. Yeah, that’s it. Pick something you love. Have you walked around with a camera in [...]

MU Teen: I’m a Big Kid Now

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Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on time. I know. I know. What time could I possibly be reflecting on at just sixteen years old? But the topic has become quite sensitive to me. I’ve always felt like an old person at heart, probably because I’ve always preferred older people to people my age. At [...]