fresh look, new things afoot!

it’s a hot mess up in here, y’all. if you’re visiting for the first time in a while, you probably (long ago) noticed nobody’s been home much for months. y’all know i’m not one to make too many apologies or excuses about that. you also probably noticed things around here got re-decorated a little. it’s…

writing the perfect storm

i had planned to write a post about something way more work related today — specifically, some musings on the home office. but as i’ve sat here in my home office all week, listening to my constant MSNBC soundtrack in the next room, i couldn’t help but think of so much more important things happening in the…

what is your reach?

it’s been a crazy couple weeks with work and i have pretty much let everything else go: no writing, no workouts, stress eating, a sink full of dishes and a personal to-do list a mile long. i’m so grossed out by my own self! so this morning, i vowed to get back on track. the…

if it clucks like a chicken . . .

no joke, this just happened: a colleague i’ve never met was organizing a meeting at a client’s office and was asked by someone on our side what we were doing for lunch, since the meeting would run from 11:00-3:00. his response: “They are in the middle of the inner city, it looks like Popeyes Chicken 🙂”…

snapshot

ironically, there isn’t a photo that could possibly capture the beautiful, the mundane, the tragic of this evening. but i wanted to somehow capture the sort of like 16,000 conflicting emotions and experiences that happen around here on any given evening, but particularly tonight. thanks for indulging me in a pretty non-typical-for me post. i’m…

hey, girl. did i just see you in that Cialas ad?

first. let me start by absolutely confirming that there are no issues of the nature that might require such, um, performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals in this household. none, whatsoever, thank you very much. but damn, y’all. i’m turning 44 in a week-ish. Spy hits the big 5-0 in April. and all of a sudden, i’m sitting here…

how to talk about tragedy with a 5-year old

what happened in Paris last night is shocking. it is terrifying from the standpoint of living in any major city and thinking about whether it’s possible this could happen in your city on an average Friday night out. could that have been me at that restaurant? i grew up in DC in the ’80s. yeah,…

how i saved $755 on plumbing repairs using #girlpower

there’s been some weird juju around here lately, y’all. over the past 3 weeks or so, seems like everything mechanical or technical that can freak out has. my car, my computer and my security system have all gone on the fritz and a leaky kitchen faucet i’ve been trying to ignore reached critical status. the constant…

what Saturn in Sagittarius feels like to a Sagittarius

i promise i haven’t turned into a total coconut. nor have i been one in hiding this entire time. i actually find a lot of truth in astrology (don’t judge) and tonight, had an a-ha moment. it’s been a shitty week so far. i’ve been doing a lot of thinking about why,  and am in…

Friday favorites: this week’s 5 best reads

here it is, the very last day of Writing 101 and i still have a backlog of about 5 assignments. oh well! hitting yesterday’s prompt today: For those who didn’t reach out to someone, publish a roundup of great reads: blog posts or articles you’ve enjoyed this week and want to share with your followers….

throwback Thursday: the art of the mix tape

wow. what an unexpected walk down memory lane i took this past weekend. i spent a good part of it re-arranging furniture, making room for new, finding room for books that have been in boxes since we moved in an generally trying to unclutter every inch of this house i possibly can. we have a…

navigating digital dependence: lost without my GPS

[tap, tap, tap] huh. what the . . . ?  [shake, shake] what’s wrong with this thing? hmpf. is it broken?  [holds map to ear, then looks at it again in disbelief.] i don’t get it. why isn’t the lady telling me where to turn? it’s been a long short week, y’all. that’s all i…