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

The difference between men and women

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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

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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 …

Funny quotes from the week

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Jim:  “So when do we blow up the house with the science project?” (The girl’s lab science kit came in the mail this week.) Kylie:  “So French is basically just mumbling everything you say.” Taryn:  (Mid-sentence on the phone with her boyfriend), “Is that – EWWWW, YUCKY!!!  What is that?!?  Is that cat throw up outside?  Is that GUTS?!?” (Drama …

Girl’s day out – and in

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Saturday began very early with Jim and Nolan going to Jim’s hunting property (“the farm”, which isn’t a farm at all, just a bunch of woods, but he calls it a farm), and I met my running buddy, Andrea, for a 6 mile trek. Nolan arrived at 6:20 (from the dorm) complete with an armful of dirty clothes and a smile for …

Mom gets stuck holding the dog dish

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Friday morning 7:30 AM I’m kneeling at Kylie’s long legs sewing up a skirt slit that is not Bible college approved before she and Hayley go to their second day of a dual enrollment  8:00 Algebra class. A borrowed skirt from oldest sister Taryn who is five inches shorter than Kylie and not at all the same build, and I ask,  “How in …

Do I look swollen to you?

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The longer this day wears on, the more my body hurts.  It usually takes me about 24 hours for soreness to kick from strenuous exercise (or a bike wreck), and my 24 hours are most definitely up! My knee has a huge knot, my arm and leg are swollen, shoulder hurts, back, knees, pretty much everything but my head, which proves …

Life with Penelope the Pug

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I guess I should talk about  my dog since the fam said last night’s subject was a little on the heavy side! We got Penelope the pug “for the kids” about 10 years ago and she has loved me ever since.  If I go up the stairs, she goes up the stairs.  If I go to the bathroom, she sits outside the door.  If …

Wait, where did the last 20 years go?

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Life is full of excitement and “firsts” with teenagers/young adults.  Today we took our son, Nolan, to college for his first taste of dorm life.  His younger sisters have told him they’re going to miss him so much when he’s gone. Life is like some kind of electrically charged atmosphere when the three of them are together, playing “got-you-last” all through the …

Long Wednesday

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Jim is out of town with work for the fourth week straight (home on weekends). 5:00 AM and I’m wide awake – what is UP with that?  I don’t even have to get up that early! I started the coffee IV drip and went with it. (He usually makes the coffee – I know, I’m spoiled!) The school day was going …