She comes in the room,Hair a blaze.A rats nest,A crazy maze. They bounce,And they flutter.Filled with light,Making the whole world shudder. People straighten,And brush.Hiding before society's eyes,Refusing the discovery how to rise. Coils and curls galore,Frizzy and tangled,A head of hair so strangled,Dull and decrepit,A burden. Mask the natural,Redo and Revise.Don't let them see,What a … Continue reading Every Curl Counts
The school had had an active shooter practice drill a couple of weeks ago. My daughter was in class, but students were working in groups and didn't hear the announcement that it was just a drill. She thought it was real and texted me. She was upset the rest of the day. We talked about … Continue reading Code Red
When It Rains….
The house we are renting needed to be treated for termites. As in whole house wrapped up in in gift wrap tent fumigated treatment. Obviously we could not stay in said gift-wrapped house while the treatment was performed so we arranged to go "camping" for the few days that the home would be uninhabitable. We … Continue reading When It Rains….
On the Peloton platform, they’ve gamified fitness utilizing badges and milestones to mark significant workouts. Garmin does this too, as does Apple and other fitness trackers. I have no judgment about this - I find them motivating. I would still move my body without them, of course, but it is fun! We have a Sober … Continue reading Face Punch
I was listening to Glennon Doyle’s podcast and in one episode they were discussing all things recovery and rules and the parameters we set for ourselves, as well as those set for us by cultural norms and practices. They discussed wanting to do, or not do a thing, such as dyeing one’s hair, buying a … Continue reading Hair…and more
Tapping this out on my phone, from a bathtub in a house we are renting, I'm kind of excited. We’ve owned and rented various homes over the years, as well as lived in base housing during Eric’s career in the Navy. We've been house hunting for about 6 months for a long term place of … Continue reading Lemon Tree
Lightbulb Moments from Sharing Sobriety
I recently shared my getting sober story within a fitness group online. It was a conversation that was real and honest and vibrantly highlighted the lessons learned in early sobriety, from the vantage point of where I am now. It was a great experience to be able to articulate why I find sobriety important and … Continue reading Lightbulb Moments from Sharing Sobriety
I don't think about the day count much anymore, until someone mentions it in sober circles and I pull up the app and take a look. I recently hit 2000 days of sobriety. 2041 days today in fact. Reflecting back on the sober time - it's motivating, but definitely not a daily forefront-of-the-mind thing like … Continue reading 2000 Days
"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us."—Ashley Montagu This morning (2 days before Christmas) the parking lot of the Trader Joe's was a zoo. People were honking, angry and agitated. The lines were long and no one looked happy. It … Continue reading Holiday Happiness
14 years ago today we welcomed our first child and it feels like 1000 years ago and yesterday all at once. Time is elusive and crafty, bending and warping depending on perspective and hindsight. In just 4 years, my tiny chubby-cheeked baby will be a legal adult. (Seriously?!) My brain sees the little baby, the … Continue reading Time