Monthly Archive: February 2011

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Photo: Japanese Magnolia

I’m weird about trees. There are several stories I could tell of emotional attachments I’ve gotten to trees. Sometimes it’s one specific tree (The 100+ year old dogwood at the botanical gardens) and sometimes it’s a certain type of tree as a group. In this case? Japanese Magnolia. One of my favorite professors in college got very upset when the school decided to cut down one of the Japanese Magnolias we had on campus, in order to make room for a bigger Lion habitat. (What?) He was tenured AND about to retire so he just confronted the Vice President of...

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Chasing The Sister Who Is Also The Krazee

Nikki and Wes are so close. They just love each other and like being together. And Wes looks up to her with the admiration of a busload of Beiber fans. He follows her around at the playground trying to do everything she does. It’s especially funny because she’s a daredevil, he’s not. Neither of my boys are…but Nikki? Knows NO fear whatsoever. But oh – he tries. And her actions can inspire bravery in him much more than my own encouragement does. But it’s always a battle for him. You can see it as he is deciding not to go...

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Tornado Warnings Kinda Piss Me Off When They’re Not Saving My Life

With this schedule that combines work and boot camp and…well…life – I find myself very tired by Thursday. Zapped. It took everything out of me to stay awake until Donnie and E got home from Beauty and the Beast work last night. (Donnie is helping work on sets several nights a week.) As soon as they got home? I was in bed 9:15 – sleeping soundly. THEN…we had our first tornado warning of these season. The sirens went off around midnight or so. I got up, went to turn on the TV – no cable. We get these sirens whenever...

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New Anatomy of a Binge

Last week I wrote about my addiction to eating. This is the first week I’ve ever approached my eating habits as that…an addiction. Dealing with it the same way I did when I quit smoking. Facing every meal, every snack, every bit of food near my body – as part of my addiction. I’m trying to separate food from crutch. Which – surprisingly – has been quite easy. I guess, when it comes down to it, I can look at food and say, “This is a healthy meal.” And, “this is something that will just feed my addiction to emotional...

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Just Call Me Mrs. Sillypants

Sometimes being a Mom is simply about relishing The Silly. Wes’s favorite thing now is to make me create a new night-night song that goes along with whatever book we read each night. Last night? Moon song because we were reading Good Night Moon. Last night: Train Song because we read a Thomas book. He gets a kick out of them because I am so terribly bad at song writing. Then he wants me to sing the Barney Song (I love YOU…YOU love ME) but he wants me to sing it with the word “Mommy” instead of “You” because he...