dancing child, memories

That Moment When…

It doesn't take much to get to me these days. There are little moments that knock at my heart like tiny little baby fists, not particularly painful but still palpable. I can never be sure when one of these moments will float by like a dust mite or take up residence in my mind, pushing aside … Continue reading

The Books I’ve Loved in 2018

One of the worst things about having chronic headaches was how difficult it was for me to read books. Not even difficult - nearly impossible, especially in the year before my surgery. Every so often I would plow through a book that really captured my attention (Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste … Continue reading
mail, package delivery, terrorism, midlife, empty nest, twitter

The Day I Damn Near Lost My Mind

Even though there’s rarely anything interesting or unexpected, I still love to get the mail. A magazine, a package from Amazon, even a packet of coupons from my grocery store – it’s like when I was a kid and would grab the prize in the cereal box before my little brother could get it. Though … Continue reading
headaches, midlife, middle age, spine surgery, chronic pain

It’s All in My Head

  Today, I made quiche. Today I fried bacon, shredded Jarlsberg cheese that I tossed with a little flour, and chopped green onions. I mixed those ingredients with eggs and milk and a dash of nutmeg, plus a little salt and pepper. Then I poured the mixture into two warm piecrusts and … Continue reading
midlife, relocation, residence inn, dog friendly hotel, marriage

How to Live at the Residence Inn

Unlike Eloise, who lived at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and said, of hotel living: I absolutely love the Plaza! I have not expressed the same joy during my six weeks at the Residence Inn. It's not because there's anything terribly wrong with the Residence Inn in Bellevue, Washington. In … Continue reading