I need these on Post It notes…

  1. I’m thankful I get to drink filtered water every day.
  2. I’m thankful my daughter is healthy.
  3. I’m thankful we live in a nice house–better than the majority of the world.
  4. I’m thankful we have so many good friends and family.
  5. I’m thankful my husband loves me.
  6. I’m thankful for accessible healthcare.
  7. I’m thankful for our car.
  8. I’m thankful that I get to be a stay-at-home mom.
  9. I’m thankful that both my parents and in-laws are still married.
  10. I’m thankful for second chances.

Some days I get too caught up in looking over at the neighbors’ grass, or wondering about that new house the “Jones’s” bought. Thanksgiving is really more a constant battle than an annual holiday for me. Today was one of those days where I kept finding myself frustrated by all my “have-nots’ until I got an envelope in the mail from World Vision. On the back of the envelope it said: “3,800 children die every day from water-related illnesses.” Reality check.


Today was the first sunny saturday in way too long…

because there’s a reason Washington stays so green.

Five interesting things about today.

1. Violet hollered with a hot temper when strapped in the car-seat. thats right, she hollered.

2. I watched the cat sit patiently in front of her while she shook with excitement and patted him on the head.

3. AJ bought more vw bug stuff. yes, more.

4. I learned a great secret about something i can’t say.

5. someone that i can’t name, did something that i can’t tell you, for someone that you don’t know.

keeping secrets is my cross to bear, my everest. I love them, but oh they eat away at my very spirit.


I’m actually not this stupid…

If you’ve been to Costco, you’ll understand this story. So today I was at Costco buying laundry detergent. When I got to the the self’-checkout line and the product wouldn’t scan for the coupon price, I realized that someone had put a jug of household cleaner in with all the detergent jugs. Identical…except for the words on the label of course. When the closest employee realized my mistake, she yelled back at the manager so she could get an override to delete the item–in front of a line of waiting shoppers.

“Yeah, I guess she thought it was detergent.”

“No, it says it’s cleaner right on the front, but she got confused or something.”

“What? No, she wanted detergent and she thought that this was detergent.”

“No, she doesn’t want it, she wants detergent instead.”

“…because she got confused, and now she wants to exchange it for detergent!”


Thanks Costco employee. Is there a spot where I can not nominate you for employee of the month? Or employee of the anything……


the stuff of science fiction

Last night I stood on the balcony of a crowded room. All the people below me were seated in rows of folding chairs, and the room rumbled with dim conversations in the flickering light of the disco ball. It was the strangest thing; most people were peering in the half-light at a small glowing screen in their hands. Some of the screens were different shades of yellow and green, and some were different sizes–but all their users seemed completely absorbed with the content on that screen . Those who were talking to one another were referring to something on their screen. Sometimes cell phones creep me out.

side note. Smells are a big deal to me. The crowd last night smelled just the way a crowd should smell–not so much evocativeof a bunch of people crammed together in a room but of anticipation and excitement and great memories in the making.