Some observations after Week 1 of braces

So, last week I got braces. These are not to be confused with the braces I had at age 8 to fix a few wily teeth growing in odd places, or the braces I had at age 15 to straighten my entire mouth. No, these grown-up braces are to correct everything that my teeth have been doing over the last…

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What’s up, November?

    Seems like just yesterday we were wondering where September went and now BAM…what happened to October?? Life’s been busy, y’all! A few things I’ve been doing, reading, talking about or just generally enjoying… * Hiking with my family and telling others how to make it easy and fun. (Hints: Never call it hiking and always bring treats.) Read…

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Vacation re-entry

  Vacation re-entry is a bitch. Especially when you leave the cool mountains of Colorado for the fiery urban sauna of home. Oh Austin, I’m trying to love you again but right now I’m deep in the stages of grief. 1. Denial. Noooo. This can’t be that bad, can it? Sure vacation is over, but it’s still summer. I like…

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Things you can do while the kids are at Camp Grandma

  1. Go swimming on a whim. At night. Without refereeing the rules of The Splash Game. 2. Empty the kids’ closets of annoying T-shirts, crappy toys the kids won at some arcade party, and half the artwork they brought home from school this spring. 3. Empty the office of annoying emails, crappy pencils the kids left when they stole…

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Music that made me

Inspired by a recent piece in Rolling Stone magazine, my good friend Nancy from Midlife Mixtape gathered up a group of friends and asked us to share a mixtape of “the songs that made me.” A dozen of us have chimed in. Bless her for giving us a 10-song maximum or we could go on forever. Here goes mine… 1….

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Replacing the irreplaceable

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this photo. I have an affection for heart-shaped rocks and photograph them whenever I spot one. This particular limestone treasure sits on the property line between our wonderful neighbors and us. Unfortunately we are losing these neighbors soon and I’m seriously bummed about them leaving our street. They aren’t going…

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Hammering

Sometimes you just have to start. Pick up the damn hammer and put a hole in the wall. How hard can that be? It’s only a tiny hole. Sure, it might end up being in the wrong place…too high, too low, too wonky. There is always potential for error. In fact, you may get a few holes into the project…

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First Days

Today my oldest child started middle school and my youngest started kindergarten. Go ahead and ask me how I’m doing. If you were here in person you wouldn’t have to ask because my red, blotchy eyes say it all. My middle child, however, is earning Golden Boy status because the only mama drama he has generated lately are tears of…

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Summer Snapshot pt. 1

It’s now half-way through summer and we’ve hit triple digits here in Austin. I don’t even have to look at the thermometer to know for sure, because the clearest sign is that every little thing my family is doing has started to irritate me. Beginning with swiping my stuff every time I turn around. Which is how this came to…

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A day in the life

Does today feel like an ordinary day? Not worth pulling out the camera? Ordinary, maybe. Not worth photographing? Pshaw! I respectfully call bullshit. In fact, in 10 years I bet you will want to remember pieces of this very average day, no matter how routine the hours seem. I can help you remember. And I can help you see the magic…

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