I don't like them. This looks horrifying. I never have enjoyed these, and you couldn't force me onto one--especially that one. When my family went to Disneyland, I made my dad go on all the rides with me. In the same seat. And yeah, I was 14. Shut up. Have you ever been on Splash… Continue reading Roller coasters…
JUST BECAUSE WE’RE SINGLE DOESN'T MEAN WE AREN'T EMINENTLY LOVABLE. In fact that deserves some of these: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Plus there's this We could be this, in a couple and happy. You can tell they're happy because of the books. It's true love people. But coming next in the realm of relationships are the happy single people. This is a… Continue reading For my single friends…
FiestyPants woke up at 11:00, midnight, 2:00am, and 4:00am. She was so tired she didn't even know she was walking around half the time, weepy and coughing. At one point, when I was getting her "Ju!" she lay down on the kitchen floor because she was too tired to stand. Sigh. This is what I'm… Continue reading Kids!
My book, These Lying Eyes, I wrote for my 13-year-old self who found a refuge in books. In particular, I found solace in The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley and the Lionness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. Can I ever be grateful enough to those writers? Is it possible for them to know what they did for me? I… Continue reading Why I write…
Did anyone else end the evening with both hands next to their face with long, tangled, scream? Rather like this? Oh...was that just me? What might you ask drove me to this? The fiery descent into hell caused by taking two toddlers to the WIC offices as though the WIC bureaucracy is better able to guide my… Continue reading WIC, I hate your face.
... .... ...... ............... How do you find the words to express the bucket, avalanche, tornado, volcano of emotions that goes with being a foster parent? Especially one whose end goal is to adopt? I mean... can you find the words to convey that when the child is placed with you it's terrifying? And is… Continue reading On Foster Parenting
So, I recently read Just One Day by Gayle Foreman. Though it wasn't my favorite book, and I didn't really buy the character Wren, she is pursuing a bucket list while she is young and healthy. Why? Because once you are on your death bed it is too late. And as I read this, hormone… Continue reading Bucket List
Hey there world, I was having some sad thoughts today. Just in general because I've always been a hormonal mess and specifically too, because things are going well for the tots to go home, and as wonderful as it is for them--it's sad for me. FiestyPants and I have this beautiful bond, and when I look at her, I… Continue reading Sad thoughts…and gratitude.
This week has been an adventure in parenting. Adventures sound fun. They sound like scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. They sound like your first comic book convention or Paris or meeting a favorite author. But Lord of the Rings was an adventure story and people died in that book. Lives fell apart. Tragedy struck.… Continue reading A tale of woe?
I think when people hear you are one of six children, they imagine this sort of child brawls, tears, lack of attention. Probably not this: Maybe being neglected happens. But I think that any given childhood will have tears, child brawls, and moments where mommy hides on the stairs eating chocolate while the kids run… Continue reading Real Christmas Memories