I've been growing my nails out since August of 2013. That's also when I quit coffee and started working out, and I keep swearing it was just a few months ago. But it's well over a year ago now. Working out hasn't been as consistent as I'd like. I'm … [Continue reading]

Early to rise

This is the first year I've been really excited about Daylight Savings Time. I don't like it in the evenings when the shadows come creeping too soon, but I like how it makes me feel like an accomplished, responsible adult when I'm ready for bed at … [Continue reading]

Phoning this one in

Painted for the entire weekend. Chipmunk asked, "Did you SLEEP?" They loved the ways the walls looked tonight when their dad dropped them off and they got a sneak peek before we headed home to pass out. I continue to be utterly touched by the group … [Continue reading]


The last time a bunch of people helped me paint, it was 2005 and I was moving into my first home with my husband. We had to paint over Tennessee Vols orange walls in a room with a high ceiling. It involved a lot of primer. I remember my sister-in-law … [Continue reading]

Up and down

Anxiety is a thing I used to talk about a lot here. I don't talk about it less because it's gone, but it's definitely not as bad as it was. The worst of it comes and goes — and comes and comes when I rock the steady boat of my life. Any time I start … [Continue reading]

The endless possibilities of vacancy

I had a big wedding. Like full on Catholic Mass Italian wedding tons of guests I didn't know open bar Big Wedding. It was a pretty intimidating occasion. I have a lot of angst over the money and effort that went into that wedding — considering the … [Continue reading]