Back to School Ideas for Teenagers


Thank you so much for all your kind messages about my Lowe’s makeover. I certainly have some specifics to show you, and I’m working on that. For now, however, we have something perilous to talk about. Back. to. school. "GAH! Run for your lives! Hide the alarm clocks! Not peanut butter sandwiches again!” Once the flood of negativity has worn off, perhaps you can appreciate that stuff needs to … [Read more...]

2014 in Review {Cancer update}


I’m not gonna lie. While most people are saying, “Can you believe it’s the end of the year already?” I’m saying, “It’s about freaking time!”. 2014 and I did NOT get along well, and I’ve been ready and waiting to ring it out. However…this is a time to reflect and appreciate the good that did come out of the year. The blessings I was given. The happiness I experienced. So let’s take a look back and … [Read more...]

Care Package Idea


My best friend is going through some stuff right now, and he lives far away. Nothing more frustrating than a friend in need when you can’t physically be there, eh? So I sent a care package to make him (and me) feel better. I think a care package is pretty personal, so it’s not like I can tell you exactly what to put in one. I chose candy (duh), some of his favorite vices (celebrity magazines), … [Read more...]

Because I Have a Message (Or Three)


Today was a big day. I had my LAST chemo treatment. Echo, echo, echo… Since February, I have had 5 surgeries (one of them 9 hours long), 25 radiation treatments, 12 chemo infusions, and 6 fluid infusions because of the bad nausea. But today I said goodbye to all that. I fully appreciated that it could have been worse, thanked God for all that he has blessed me with, and skipped out of there with a … [Read more...]

Well, here it is


Thank you so much for all your messages and e-mails checking in. I apologize for essentially abandoning you, but I've had good reason. I have been diagnosed with Stage 1 cervical cancer. There. I said it. I hate saying it. It seems like an oxymoron to call myself a blogger who is a private person, but it fits. It's not that I don't trust people to know things necessarily. I just get uncomfortable … [Read more...]

An Update


I wish I had the time (and energy) to thank each of you individually, but I'm afraid this post will have to do. I'm two weeks into recovery, and I'm finally starting to feel like I'm human again. It's been a rough--and I mean rough--recovery, but your messages, e-mails, cards, etc. have been the light in my day! Thank you so very much for all your kind words, prayers, and positive thoughts.  Of … [Read more...]



It's been a little quiet this week, but I assure you I've been busy. Without being too dramatic, if I told you all the things I've done in the past week, it would make your head explode. Wait--I think that was too dramatic. Needless to say, it's been overwhelming. Tomorrow, however, is the day. THEE day that I've been waiting 20 years for is here. My beloved HomeGoods is finally opening in … [Read more...]

Flooring Woes


I don't even know where to begin with this one. Remember when Maximus almost died, and I was all, "Oh…that's sad. I'm so glad he's alive!"? So that wiped out our bank account. Yay. And then remember when my dining room looked like this?  Welp. Now it looks like this. I'll give you one guess who did it. His name starts with N and ends with Emesis. Long story short, he developed a bladder … [Read more...]

Before They Were Bloggers Reveal


Well, that was some good fun, eh? While there were some pretty funny erroneous guesses, a lot of you knew I was Z! Good job. I'm pretty sure the feathered mullet and collared sweatshirt gave it away. You could tell I had style even then, right? :) The best thing about that time is I could sleep in that hair, and it would look exactly the same way in the morning. Classic. Of course, we … [Read more...]

15 Favorite iPhone Apps


Three things about my relationship with my iPhone. I l-o-v-e it. I don't consider myself an iPhone junkie, but I love everything about it. I'm an app snob. If I download an app, and it's not just what I want? Delete! I don't fill up my phone with useless apps, so I'm pretty particular. I leave it in the most random places ev. er. (This one was really for my husband. He doesn't understand … [Read more...]



It’s what’s on my mind, so I’m checking in. I was at school giving a quiz (mean teacher) when I heard the news. When something like this happens at a school, I immediately go into two modes. The parent in me desperately wants to protect and hug my children. The teacher in me feels sympathy for the role the teachers in that school had to take on. I’m madly in love with my job, and more … [Read more...]

Letter on Canvas {GeeZees Canvas}


Sooo I don’t talk about this very much (ever?), but I lost my dad to diabetes over 11 years ago. It was the first loss I had ever experienced, and it was life-changing. My dad wasn’t the most verbally expressive man, but when I graduated from college, he wrote me a letter (two sides!) telling me how much he loved me and how proud of me he was. Needless to say, it is my most prized … [Read more...]

The Organized Junk Drawer


There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The classic oxymoron. “But Just a Girl, how can you have both?” you ask. I’ll tell you how. You buy a super sweet organizer, and you call your kids in for a family meeting. You tell them that anyone who messes it up will be grounded (a month or a year works best). Then--and here’s the important part--you actually follow through on that threat. But let’s … [Read more...]

September 11, 2001


Even eleven years later, I find myself watching shows and reading articles about that horrible day. It’s on my mind, and I imagine it’s on the minds of many others. "Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the … [Read more...]

A Gallery of In-Betweens


I have ADD. Granted, it’s self-diagnosed ADD, but my mom agrees with me. So it must be true, right? Like a song writer who wakes up in the middle of the night to write down song lyrics, I have ideas swirling in my head day and night. A blessing AND a curse. I start in on something, and if my husband waits too long to help me with one little element of it, I’m moving on to another project. … [Read more...]