Go home. Stay home.


The COVID-19 is sweeping our nation – the world. Today, SC was put on shelter-in-place mandate.

Many are starting 30-day April challenges. I was fortunate enough to have one of my colleagues start one for our communications team at work. We had our first call on Monday and the participation was impressive. I learned that one of my colleagues likes to paint – and is pretty damn good at it! Some are doing burpee challenges. Some are taking the time to bake some of their favorite things.

I signed myself up for two things. One is to complete a 5K training program (8 weeks), which if I stick to the schedule means I will be running 3 days a week. Week 1 was a success!

Second, I committed to “creative” writing (not work-related) at least 5 days a week. Week one was NOT a success. Between April 1 – 7 I only wrote three days (this being the third).

Rather than committing to working on just one piece of writing, I’m going to write whatever strikes me that day. Maybe a blog post (like I am now – my first one in more than a year, I’m ashamed to say). Maybe I’ll work on my eBook draft. Maybe I’ll write letters to friends and family (thanks, Blake, for that suggestion!). I simply want to commit to writing something…anything…more days than not throughout the month.  And we’ll see what comes of it.

I am going to make an effort to post once a week on my blog. So stay tuned, if you so wish….

And finally I must give the advice:
Go home.
Stay home.

Like Tristan (aka Goobie), pictured below.


March 1

There’s something about the start of a new month….a fresh start (although each morning is a fresh start, too).

In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of this past weekend when my parents visited for a few days. We played Pass the Ace a couple of nights. IMG_0043

And now ONE lizard…

So Chris found this guy last week. Chris was sweeping the floor and Harvey (named after Harvey Specter from Suits TV show) was hanging out on the arm of a nearby chair. That was his first appearance from we assume, the fern, since being brought inside for the winter in October. He came out again today …pretty brazen I’ll say (and appropriate given the character he’s named after). Be nice, Tristan!


harveystare down

Good bye wisdom teeth!

June 5, Alyssa had her four wisdom teeth surgically removed. The videos you watch on YouTube of the after-effects of the sedation. True. All true. She was goofy and felt nothing, while a worried momma watched on with horror as the gauze kept filling up with blood. And she babbled on and on (until the medication wore off).

But one week in…she’s doing much better. The picture below is from 2 days after. Those cute cheeks!


Nature Trail – Take 1

Nature Trail – Take 1

Cook, Tristan, Alyssa and I hit the nature trail at her middle school on Sunday for a nice little hike.

We intend to hike it again, and maybe next time take a picnic lunch. There were some benches along the way…and camp fire pits (which didn’t seem entirely safe given we’re often in drought conditions, but…).

Alyssa was even kind enough to pose for a photo on our way out!



Fee…fye…pho? Yum!

So here it is. My very first bowl of Pho (pronounced “Fah” by the way; I was led to believe previously it was “Fee” or “Fo” but it is, in fact, neither – the waitress corrected me Monday evening at the restaurant).

I chose the shrimp variety. Very delish and will likely become a weekly staple here in South Carolina (did I mention we moved?)


I like big books and I cannot lie…

My daughter repeatedly reminded me today that it is the one-month anniversary of our trip to Chicago for BookCon 2016.We had an awesome time. She asked for tickets last autumn, and I presented them to her on Christmas. She was beyond thrilled. She’s become quite the book aficionado and prefers to spend all of her money on books, books and more books.

Quite honestly, I couldn’t be happier.

After an amazing day in Chicago on Friday, May 13, we hit the convention center early Saturday morning to get in the longest line I’ve ever been in (that is not a joke) waiting for doors to open to the day’s BookCon event. Alyssa had mapped out exactly what authors she wanted to meet, the panels she wanted to attend, etc. She’s quite the planner. I told her the day was hers and I would do whatever she wanted to do during her time at the event. We had an amazing time and she scored lots of big books. (She’s becoming a hardcover collector.)

Yesterday, I drove her to a Barnes & Noble bookstore (the closest one is about an hour and 20 minutes from our house) so she could attend a creative writing workshop, get some book loot, and spend her babysitting earnings (from the day before – it burns holes in her pocket if she holds onto it for too long).

She bought a copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I saw it Alyssaon the shelf and pointed it out to her and told her I would like to read that one too should she ever get it. But she sat it back down and proceeded to shop around the store for a good half hour. One of the beautiful things about her is that although she likes to spend money, she doesn’t make impulse buys. She figures out exactly what she wants before she chooses to spend her money on anything.

The little sweetie snuck up to the register when I wasn’t looking and bought Miss Pelegrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. She wanted to surprise me. Happy mama.

And…she picked up yet another bookmark. The slogan? “I like big books and I cannot lie.”

Too funny. Read on my little bookworm, read on.