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Ready for the Sun.

Posted: March 8, 2019

It got cold again here in Las Vegas. Although I feel almost bad typing this when my friends and family back in Ontario, Canada are dealing with highs almost thirty degrees cooler, it’s still cold. And overcast. And rainy. Two weeks ago, I wrote about how the cold and darkness of winter was getting to me. We’ve had some glimpses of sun since them, but nothing that has stuck. I know Spring is just around the corner, and that the clocks jumping forward this week will help, but, again: oof. I’m ready now. I’ve taken to raising the blinds here…


Posted: February 22, 2019

I’m not the least bit ashamed to say I’ve been struggling a bit lately. February. Dark, cold, tiring February. I’m not a fan. I’m not the biggest fan of winter overall, actually. One of the best things I ever did was leave Canada for Las Vegas eight years ago. The winters here are much more mild and forgiving, though I feel strange writing this as we come off of two days of heavy (for us) snowfall. You heard me right; I said snow. That photo was taken looking out my front window. So, February has kind of been kicking my…

things I think about at 5:30a.m. on (what happens to be) valentine’s day morning

Posted: February 14, 2019

First, and always: go back to bed. Then… everything else. I must remember to get heart balloons while DJ’s at school. I did that last year and he remembered, and asked if there would be balloons this year. He has a great memory when he wants to. Should I change things up now, while it’s early, and use my full name as a writer? More rain? And while we’re at it: I’m over this winter darkness and am ready for Spring. I really should try just to have one cup of coffee today. I’m not anti-Valentines Day but that doesn’t…

things and thoughts

Posted: January 29, 2019

I spend too much time on Instagram–this I know to be true. But sometimes it has its benefits, like when I came across a quote from Portuguese author Jose Micard Teixerira that so accurately summed up my belief system these days. He said, among many things: “I no longer have patience for certain things… simply because I have reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism. I lost the will to please those who do not like me,…

Why I Journal

Why I Journal

Posted: September 7, 2018

In my 34 years on this planet, I have written and completed over thirty-two journals, and I often get asked, why. Why I journal. I recently discovered AllSwell (and their adorable notebooks) and immediately followed them on instagram. Recently, I received an email from them (I’d forgotten I’d signed up for their newsletter as well) with the subject line “are you an apology addict?”. I was intrigued, so I read on, coming across this: People ask if I re-read my journals. I keep them but rarely revisit them… RSVP no, thank you. For me, I release, process and move on…

How Am I Doing with that Must-Get-Around-to-Doing-that-Soon List?

Posted: August 9, 2018

By sheer, dumb luck I came across a list that I had written two and a half years ago. My MUST-GET-AROUND-TO-DOING-THAT-SOON LIST that I had completely forgotten about. Dare I read it over and see what I can scratch off the list? My Must-Get-Around-to-Doing-That-Soon List Book (and take) that vacation to Mexico for our fifth anniversary Read more classics Stop comparing myself to others Publish my second book Quarterly organization of DJ’s closet Buy a new journal for 2016 (preferably before 2016 begins) Try one new restaurant each month for date night Go back to Bardot for the beet and goat…

Las Vegas and Me

las vegas and me

Posted: May 5, 2018

I’ve been asked why I don’t write about Las Vegas much. For that, I don’t really have an answer beyond: how do I write about a city I don’t really know? It’s not like New York, where you might walk everywhere, where you run into friends on the subway or in line buying a bottle of wine. The closest I get to that kind of life is bumping into a fellow mom in the target grocery aisle (and even that, I can confidently say, has only happened twice in the just over seven years I’ve lived in this city). My…

The Kind of Woman I Want To Be

Posted: March 24, 2018

I want to be the kind of woman who can easily turn away from social media when it feels like too much. I want to be the kind of woman that wouldn’t care that her stomach oozes over her jeans when she’s bent over. I want to wash my face at the end of every day (I still don’t do this, after all these years). I want to be better about biting my tongue. I want to never again throw away any of my journals (what a hard lesson to have learned). I want to be more patient. I want…

Winter Lists On a Thursday Morning.

Posted: March 1, 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I was inspired this morning. So, here’s a little glimpse at life right now: things currently on my nightstand. mango papaya candle slow motion by dani shapiro ear plugs from last night phone charger songs I can’t stop listening to. say something by justin timberlake & chris stapleton help me out by maroon 5 hold me tight or don’t by fall out boy still feel like your man by john mayer things on my 2018 to-do list. eat more popsicles outside teach my son to swim go on a road trip finish…