My daughter Brontë LOVES stickers and makeup. She combined both her passions today by creating the world’s most awesome eyebrows. Totally nailed it, right? 🙂Read More My Daughter’s Eyebrow Experiments
“Hemlines leaving everything to the imagination…” This was my entry for this week’s Six Word Story Challenge at Sometimes Stellar Storyteller. The theme was “revealing.” Obviously, you could go different directions with this theme: revealing info, revealing gestures, revealing clothing… maybe even write about a youth potion for cows (HAR DEE HAR HAR, couldn’t help it). […]Read More Six Word Story Challenge: Revealing
Picture a little girl, aged three or four, with long blonde hair and a pouting round face. Hayley’s forehead hair swoops to her right temple where it’s fixed with a tiny bow. The kind of bow you’d expect to find above poodle ears. Hayley was already playing at the library’s Lego table when Brontë approached her. “Hi!” Brontë […]Read More Paper Tigers on the Playground
It had already been a rough day by the time the bleached blonde in the white SUV was giving me the middle finger. Rough, as in my two-year-old daughter Bridget had been throwing irrational fits for hours, those kinds of spiraling tantrums where the kid slams their own head against the floor then screams even harder because […]Read More When Your Kids Catch You Flipping the Bird
In case you hadn’t already put this together, I’m a huge fan of movies and television. Give me some good dialogue, a well-crafted plot, and I’m on board… whether it’s Breaking Bad or Gravity Falls. But after watching all of these make-believe little universes, I’ve noticed certain quirky conventions common across all genres. We’re so used to seeing them, we […]Read More Three Normal Things Movie and TV Characters Never Do
I’m proud to announce my “Should have translated the Chinese before tattooing” entry into the Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge came in third place this week. The theme was: impulsive. I’d also like to congratulate fellow bloggers at Kirstwrites and Becoming Unstuck for winning first and second. Good job guys! For this week’s challenge, on the theme […]Read More Won Third Place in the Six Word Story Challenge!
Having kids can make you rethink childhood, filling your world with new toys and cartoons while bringing up long-forgotten memories about how it felt to be a kid. But lately, I’ve been reassessing adulthood too. Maybe it’s because kid society sets up an obvious parallel, or maybe my mind just tends to wander after hearing the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse song for the forty-millionth time. […]Read More 7 Reasons Why Being An Adult Sucks
I’ll never forget my first breakfast in Germany while waitressing over the summer, years ago, for a student work-exchange program: hot white bread rolls slathered in thick layers of butter and Nutella, washed down with whole milk and sugar mixed into coffee so strong that a second cup literally broke me into a sweat. We also had […]Read More Junk Food and Soda Not the Cause of Obesity?
Violet the Cat: Oooh, ohh… we’ve been wanting to ask you something. Me: Okay, what? Zoë the Cat: We think we’ve figured out what you are. You’re a tigress, right? We’re right Me: Tigress, I like that. But why do you think I’m a tigress? Violet the Cat: Because you’re really big, you bring back […]Read More Conversations With My Cat: Tigers
Me: GET OFF THE TABLE! Wylie the Cat: That’s so MEAN. Violet the Cat: Yeah, you KNOW we love flat things. Me: I don’t care. It’s dirty. We eat there. Violet the Cat: How DARE you? I bathe twenty-seven times a day! Me: Don’t care. I don’t need you guys tracking your litter-paws across the […]Read More Conversations with My Cat: Tables