The Party Bus & The Pee

My husband’s department from work rented a “limo bus” (a.k.a., a party bus) for an evening last weekend to look at Christmas lights. My sister-in-law also works there so she and her husband joined in the fun. As we waited for everyone to load the bus, I noticed my brother-in-law step out of the restroom…

The Journey Continues, Even in Silence

Note: This was written at 2AM, December 11th. I had been playing the piano (with headphones) in only the light of the Christmas tree when the urge to write was so strong, I forced myself to just start typing. It’s a nothing piece but everything at the same time.  I can generally categorize any writer’s…

To Hell and Back, Part 1

Originally posted on Nelbell:
As promised, I’ve finally gathered the energy to recap the trip to Colorado that nearly did my family in and explain how it relates to me seeing Adele this summer (part 3). As I write this, my children are safe in their beds sleeping peacefully as if it never happened. The younger one…

The Women

I was reading a book, minding my own business last week while my son was at pitching lessons. A crowd of women slowly grew near me. They were the mothers of the young softball players who were also there for lessons. I continued to read when the volume reached the point where although I wasn’t…

Carrying the Load

An interesting realization has been occurring in my life over the last few months. Truly, much to my surprise, I’ve discovered I’m not superhuman after all. I know that sounds terribly arrogant. I’ve unearthed the great truth that I can’t feel fantastic and think clearly and interact with high energy all the frickin’ time, ya’ll! I need to lean on others….

It’s Magic! (In Your Face! ALL the time!)

We bought our 9-year-old son (8 at the time) a magic set for Christmas last year. It was a huge hit and he actually got pretty good. He put on magic shows every time we had guests over and drug it along whenever we went to someone’s house. Naturally, the novelty eventually wore off and…

Glory Days

A recurring theme has been popping up in my daily life lately. I can’t even remember all of the specific moments, but it essentially boils down to numerous people (singers, bloggers, friends, etc.) voicing what they believe is the best phase of life. For instance, I read a post written by a woman I really respect the other night….

Moving Nests

In the spring of 2013, I sat in a circle on the floor at my then 2-yr-old’s preschool. My husband was just to my left. My mother, the preschool director, several teachers, and an endocrine nurse were also there. All eyes were on the nurse. There were no children in sight. They were all in…

Colorado Storm

It’s been years since I’ve been to Colorado. I used to visit annually and always appreciated the afternoon thunderstorms that would roll in like clockwork between 3:00 and 4:00 every afternoon. They’d usually roll out just as quickly. This summer, I was struck by how wonderfully different Colorado storms compare to the ones I’m used…