My Snuggle Bunny

This kid…THIS KID…is SUCH a snuggle bunny. If he knows you at all, no matter how casually, and if you’re female and ask for a hug? He’ll give it to you. He’ll wrap his tiny arms around your neck, his legs around your waist, he’ll lay his head on your shoulder and he’ll stay there […]


That Time Of Year

3 years ago, I was spending a lot of time in Knoxville dealing with my (suddenly) dying father. This time of year is still hard on me because I spend a lot of moments thinking, “This time three years ago I was…” It all happened so suddenly that those weeks in February and March 2009 […]


Damn Flaky Tooth Fairies.

Nikki lost a tooth this week and I received the DREADED text message on my way home from boot camp the next morning: “Nikki woke up and found her tooth under her pillow :/” SHIT. SHIT. SHIT. SHIT. SHIT. SHIT. That’s verbatim, if you’re wondering. I didn’t even forget entirely! I had the dollar in […]



My first month of boot camp in September 2010, my coach timed me in the mile. It was on a track and we were supposed to run “as fast as we could” and by the time I was done I wanted to die. I was SO exhausted but I was also SO PROUD because I […]