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What COVID19 is Revealing

On the phone while walking the dogs, my mom and I chatted about, what else? The virus. We were remarking on things we'd been seeing, hearing on the news, and from friends. Between poop pickups and her calling her dog, we had one of many of our "solving the world's problems" chats. "I wish more… Continue reading What COVID19 is Revealing

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness · sobriety · Writing

Is there a “wrong” way to do it?

There's always been something off for me about the label of alcoholic that I've never really known how to articulate. Please don't misunderstand, I don't think AA is wrong, bad or whatever, but maybe there are more paths to recovery and the way we currently approach addiction and alcohol is not a route that works… Continue reading Is there a “wrong” way to do it?

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New Year, New Me! (and all the other things we tell ourselves)

Christmas got put away today, all the boxes loaded up and back to their spot in the garage for another year. It's feeling fresh and clean in our space. The house is 99% uncpacked and is now home. The kids will be back to school and we'll be in our full swing regular routine again.… Continue reading New Year, New Me! (and all the other things we tell ourselves)

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My Job

It has been nearly 2.5 years since I made the decision to no longer eat anything with a face. I'll gladly offer resources and information when requested, but am not out to convert others to become vegetarian or vegan. (I will never be accepted in the vegan camp becuase I still have a leather couch,… Continue reading My Job

autism · Family · Health and Fitness · Homeschool · Homeschooling

Learning vs Schooling

My son was picked on by one kid last year. Repeatedly. It never got physical, but it was a daily torment. People with Aspergers or HFA can come across to us neurotypicals as abrasive, headstrong, disruptive, etc. That never excuses name calling, being picked on or having teachers turn a blind eye. My son was… Continue reading Learning vs Schooling

Food · Health and Fitness · Writing

Plant Life

Today marks two years of not eating anything with a face. I discussed my reasons for moving toward a plant-based diet here, but two years in, a review of the process seems in order. There have been many failed recipes. Homemade bean burgers that fell apart before we even got them out of the oven,… Continue reading Plant Life

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Changes

We have recently moved for the 9th time in about 12 years. It's been a chaotic few weeks with packing and unpacking, and then for good measure we threw in a dog CCL surgery! We are loving the new digs and the ocean of cardboard boxes is slowly diminishing.  San Diego doesn't get winter weather,… Continue reading Changes

Health and Fitness · Writing

I’m Alive….

I love that song by Sia, "I'm Alive". I belt it out at the top of my lungs in the car. I used to belt it out during a killer spin class climb when it was on the set list. Powerful vocals plus adrenaline = euphoria on a whole other level. There are a few… Continue reading I’m Alive….

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness · sobriety

The First Time

The first time I had a drink, I was 4 or maybe 5 years old. My older step-sisters, in high school at the time, were having a party. I don't remember much about that night, other than I felt amazing being with all those big people. I was making them laugh! They let me play… Continue reading The First Time

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Day 55

I have not had a drink in nearly 2 months. In 5 days I will have earned my 2 month chip. In that time I have also switched to a plant-based diet. I would like to say that these 2 decisions are miraculously making me into the fabulous version of myself that I always knew I… Continue reading Day 55