Category Archives: Just me

Puppy Parade

I don’t really talk to them. I mean, when they come back in the house after a potty break, I tell them how sweet they are. My pups. But that’s it.

For a few weeks after school started this past fall, and all of the kids left for eight hours every day, I was sad….a little lost. But then I realized that I really, really enjoyed having the house to myself, and the quiet, and the freedom to go someplace only having to worry about my own self. The introvert in me rejoiced (and continues to rejoice).

Some people feel like they need to go out and get a job when all of their kids go to school, which is awesome to be able to do without worrying about day care costs as much. But I work from home (mostly) and can Netflix binge TV-MA shows while I work (because aren’t all the really good shows nowadays rated TV-MA??), so it’s kind of perfect.

I’m never lonely, though. I mean, I’ve got this little girl glued to my side nearly every second of the day, and can’t walk or sit down anywhere without another (bigger, older guy) plopping on the floor. Actually, it’s more like easing onto the floor, because you know…he’s old.

We recently took in another guy that needed a new place to live, another heeler named Rusty. He’s younger and chubbier and doesn’t always tack himself onto me. But, he also doesn’t let me go anywhere without being involved. Although, he’s the only one that doesn’t follow me into the bathroom. In fact, the first time I got up and went to the bathroom with him here, he stopped at the doorway and acted a little embarrassed. Which is TOTALLY fine with me because it gets to be kind of a full house in there as it is.

Most days I do an exercise video, which is so much easier without the rest of the family talking to me or needing something from me or watching me. Louise does think that that’s the perfect time to play ball, but you know, whatever. We don’t get outside for ball much during the day, so I’m happy to oblige. Grim has his spot on the couch, and as long as I don’t give him any attention and then walk away, he stays there. Russellmania didn’t get the memo about mama’s exercising, though, and it took a few days for him to…not sit in front of me and stare.

So anyway, I’m not a crazy dog lady. Yet. I don’t have one-sided conversations or anything. And I would never use any kind of baby talk when I say hi to them. Never. Not ever. Ahem. I’m not like that. Yet.

I just lead the puppy parade.

What’s Happenin’.

It’s spring break here, on this first day of spring, and the weather is gorgeous. For most of the last several spring breaks, I’ve been traveling to conferences or trips, so the kids and I haven’t had a good ol’ fashioned, lazy, sunny, relaxed spring break in a while. I’m digging it. Ivy’s playing recContinue Reading

My Story (Right Now)

The following is what I read in the Listen To Your Mother: KC show last weekend. It’s become an out of body experience, like my brain and body are at odds with each other….my brain is telling me it’s no big deal, I can pick up the toy, while my body is throwing it acrossContinue Reading

Here We Go, 2016.

I have some goals for 2016, and while some of them aren’t earth-shattering, work every day towards them or it won’t happen goals, I always think it helps me to write them down. One, for accountability…I don’t like letting people down (though obviously I do, sometimes), and two, so I can look back on themContinue Reading


It’s November 23. I’ve published 22 blog posts this month and I didn’t so much feel like doing one today. So here’s a (very short) video! Mwah. Happy Monday, y’all.

After Salon Shameless Selfies

After Salon Shameless Selfies

I got my haircut yesterday and got a lot cut off. But I love it! I don’t love that my stylist for at least three years is leaving the salon to go to school. A good stylist is hard to find! I know you get me. (I’m happy for her but sad for my hair)Continue Reading

Evolving comfort zones

I’m as comfortable saying I read 13 books in January as I am saying I read 3 books in 2011 (that’s just an estimate of 2011). I’m comfortable with my evolving style and getting in front of the camera. As long as my pants fit, I’m comfortable now as I was 15 pounds and aContinue Reading

What’s Up, Yo.

I’m eating my breakfast now, the breakfast that I forced myself to finish cooking before I sat down to write this. I’ve had a super annoying habit lately of burning my food when I get even the slightest bit distracted, so while I cooked it, I thought of all of the things I wanted toContinue Reading

A Look Back Over My Shoulder at 2014

Ah, 2014. I think it was a good year. It was often uneventful, but challenging. I had some failures, and some accomplishments, and hopefully, they balanced each other out. 2014 was the year I sent another kid off to school all day, every day, when Essie went to kindergarten, and ended up with one atContinue Reading

What NaBloPoMo Has Taught Me

Y’all. This was a long month. But. BUT! I will have finished NaBloPoMo tomorrow when I do my Project 365 post, and even managed to write all of the posts the night before (or sooner). I feel accomplished, and totally exhausted. I did learn a few things along the way, in this posting-every-day-in-November journey, andContinue Reading