Great Day With My Dad

This week I took my dad to his neurologist for a follow up appointment at WVU Neurology Center.  Dad cannot hold his head up when he walks, his chin almost to his chest.  His mouth and tongue are always moving – against his will, just a constant nervous back-and-forth movement which he cannot control.  It all happened gradually within a few months and was …

Reminiscing on the 13th Anniversary of our Home

Thirteen years ago yesterday (November 5th) we moved into our home.  We designed it and our contractor friend built it while we lived homeless for eleven weeks.  Yes, that’s what I said.  He built it start to finish just that fast (basement included)! During that time, we lived down the hill with my parents and moved all our stuff into storage. Then one of the kids went …

The Great Flour Miscommunication

My wonderful husband grocery shops for me.  I know, I’m spoiled, but before you get jealous, remember the trade-off.  He’s out of town at least some part of the week every week – last week it was Sunday through Friday. So when he’s in town he does the Sam’s and Walmarting and picks up quick things for me to fix for dinners during the …

Gandview Day and The Rolling Pumpkins

The girls and I make a trek to Grandview State Park every year in the fall when the trees have changed, and today was our day.  We lunched at a picnic table with deer as our audience on this sunny, but cool day.  As we munched on chicken salad sandwiches, Kylie says out of the blue, “You know that Christmas song …

Bizarre Week – from the sublime to the ridiculous

Monday I busily managed the girl’s school, made dinner for a friend, and trained a client.  Unfortunately due to poor planning on my part, we had no dinner. Thank goodness my husband loves to go to Sam’s where they make those roasted chickens daily – they have saved me more times than I care to admit!!! Tuesday I took my mom to a new heart doctor only …

The Big Engagement

We’ve had a huge secret at our house for about three weeks and it’s been killing me!  Taryn’s boyfriend talked to Jim and asked for her hand in marriage.  He has been waiting for just the right time to pop the question and Taryn has been wanting to have the question popped at her!  Jim and I had to keep it from …

Allergy Testing Day and the Unexpecteds

Today was supposed to be all about allergy testing.  All my life I’ve been itching, the past several years sinus problems have worsened, and last year my lips started burning and drying up.  My doctor said I was starting to worry her, and recommended the testing.  In order to do this, I had to be off my Claratin for two weeks …

My Trip to “The Farm”

It’s that time of year again – deer season.  I am married to a hunter, so this means he spends time in the woods whenever possible from now through early December.  In early married years this was a source of contention.  Now, it’s more like – “Go on – git!” Jim owns some property which he terms, “The Farm”.  It’s …

Make your kids practice piano, they may grow up to be mountain bikers

Don’t think for a second that because I haven’t mentioned it, I’ve given up on single track mountain biking.  I’ve been a couple times since the first time with all the wrecks.  Practice makes perfect! Which brought me to a bit of introspection during today’s ride.  I am a person who keeps at something until I get it right – if I …

High School Education – Take Two

Despite popular belief, homeschooling isn’t just for kids. It’s like you, the parent, are getting a second chance to learn what you slept through in high school. At least that has been my experience – it’s either that or I’ve forgotten everything since everyone knows you lose brain cells every time you give birth. Multiply that by four. Today’s history class glanced …

The cold and rainy 5k (and other surprises)

My girls and I had planned to do a 5k together today but the weather was unseasonably cold and rainy – 38 degrees. We agreed last night that they would not go (I didn’t want them to get sick), and that I probably wouldn’t.  In anticipation of the fact that for some crazy reason I might wake up and go, I laid all …

The Great Black Tie Event and Fiasco

Jim was selected to represent his company to receive a prestigious award from Inc 500 this weekend – fifth fastest growing small business in the nation. Your’s truly got to go along and be his date! The awards were held in National Harbor at the Gaylord, Washington D.C. The Gaylord Hotel is gigantic – complete with restaurants, stores (in the form of houses), several ballrooms, a spa, salon, elevators, …

My Mom’s Special Birthday

Today is my parent’s birthday. Yes, I said that correctly, they share a birthday. Mom is three years older than dad – which puts them at 74 and 71.  My dad always uses the same joke every year: “We were married on the same day, too!”  People have to stop and think about that one.  There were several times throughout the year that I …

Moonlit walks around the campground

Kylie and I have our little night time ritual where we walk around the campground and gaze in the lit camper windows. Oh we don’t go up and look in, we just glance at them from the road, don’t worry. It’s amazing how many different types of campers there are!  Yes, we’re nosy, but it’s just so much fun!  The moon was full, …

Camping adventure at 3:00 AM

We were able to get away to the beach for a few days this week. The first day we had warm, balmy weather. We beached, we pooled, we beached again.  Ate crab legs until our eyes bulged.  It got pretty dangerous at our table, Jim is the only one who is good at the crab legs thing, the rest of us hacking …

“Whoop-De-Doo” doesn’t just mean “Big Deal”

My whole body hurts from a ride yesterday with my good friend and biking mentor, Aimee. This girl is the bomb on a bike!!! We rode single tracks, of which I am an amateur. I tried last year and stunk at it, so I backed off and gave the whole biking concept a little more time. I had no idea what …

Absurd dream leads to a great day

I awoke this morning to someone speaking with a very twangy, deep southern accent right in my ear. It was not a natural accent, it was someone trying to immitate the accent. It took me a few irritating seconds to realize that it was my alarm clock. I have no idea what the person said, I just know I angrily shut it off and immediately fell back asleep, dreaming that I …

Race Day and the struggle inside my mind

The morning of the race, I went downstairs for the Panama Jack sun visor I had lying ready on the dining room table. Next to it was Taryn’s Nike visor with a note:  “You need a more professional hat to wear.  I don’t want you to be embarrassed.  Try not to get it too sweaty though.  Good luck, I love you.” You have to realize – Taryn loves …

The difference between men and women; how opposites attract and how to curb "opposite annoyance"

The difference between men and women

There is a huge difference between Jim and I (Jim is my husband, if you’re new here).  I am married to my polar opposite.  Let me expound on the subject. I’m running my first 10k tomorrow.  Jim brought home donut holes from his trip to Washington, D.C. today. For lunch, I have a veggie burger on wheat thins, hummus, and pretzel …

How I earned my “doctorate” in life

My life right now is very different from this time last year.  I was in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices as much as Carter had liver pills (old, bad joke).  There seemed to be no end in sight – like a long, dark tunnel.  Mom had a stroke, dad had emergency appendectomy – which uncovered numerous health issues -two months …