This Right Here

This right here is 100 percent the reason we traveled several hours this weekend to sit thru a four-hour ceremony so I could walk across a stage in cap and gown for a degree I actually received in December.

I could hear my kids cheering for me from the stage today. My son even yelled, “My Mom rules the world!”   Continue reading

Cornflakes

Ever have one of those days when it seems like every other person is pissin’ on your cornflakes? Today was that day for me. Fortunately, I’ve got a sister who takes my calls and makes me laugh!

Also, a shoutout to my other “sisters from other misters.”

You guys keep the frizz from being frazzled. Danke sehr!

A Toast to Uncle Don

I didn’t have a grandpa nearby while growing up. I had my great-Uncle Don. My own grandparents had either already passed away or were living in another state, so when it came time for Grandparents Day at my elementary school, or ordering Friday night pizza for all of us, or listening to the Reds games over the radio while reading the paper, or doing all those things that grandpas do … that was my Uncle Don. Continue reading

Hey, Lover


People have to leave their cell phones in a set of lockers by our office door, and it’s not unusual to hear a cacophony of alarms and ringtones go off throughout the day.

The other morning, however, as I walked in, all I heard was the smooth, soulful crooning of Boyz II Men as “Hey Lover” played from one of the phones. A lot of the people who come to our building are, um, older and higher-ranking, and it made me snicker to think one of ’em have this song as a ring-tone.

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Upward Mobility

That didn’t take long, did it?

Junior is now upwardly mobile. I was in our bedroom when I heard a commotion outside the door.

“Quick, Mom! Grab the camera!”

Nobody ever needs to repeat that in our house, although I did notice I was instructed to grab THE CAMERA, and not THE PHONE. That was my tip off that something really important was happening out in the hallway requiring high-res, quality documentation.

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Wall Art & Learning

We painted another room yesterday, and found these horses behind the heater. We are the third owners of this home. I’m fairly certain this wallpaper was put there by the original owners — the family that actually built the house — as the rest of it was covered by purple paint. Continue reading