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…

I worry

Posted: February 25, 2018

Last week, I heard something in an interview with Cheryl Strayed that stopped me cold. I hit pause—Cheryl’s face frozen mid-sentence—and tried to regain my breath. I sat there for a few more beats before I decided it was best if I got up and moved around (I have a bad habit of sitting for periods far too long), so I went into the kitchen and made myself a cup of coffee—my third of the day, probably. And then I finished watching the interview. I’ve since watched plenty of Big Little Lies and read Hourglass (and half of Still Writing),…

Maui: because it’s been one of those weeks, and I just want to reminisce

Posted: February 8, 2018

The last almost two weeks have been, well, kind of a mess. First, I fell down the stairs and messed up my tailbone. Then, just days later, DJ and Dom both got the worst cold they’ve probably ever had. That I didn’t catch it was a miracle. DJ missed a lot of school, Dom missed work, and I was here, working from home like I always do. It was a rough six days, to be honest. I’m tired this morning; the kind of tired that coffee cannot fix. DJ is back and school and Dom is back at work but…

I’ll tell you what I want you to know

Posted: February 6, 2018

Over coffee with a girlfriend recently, I admitted that I’m a terribly private person. I didn’t give her the chance to say what most people say—“you sure share an awful lot online for someone who claims to be private”—before I set down my too-strong coffee and leaned closer, saying, “I share what I’m okay with other people knowing.” That is to say: I’ll tell you what I want you to know. And the rest I want to keep to myself. I share a lot more with some people than with others, as I think most people do. And there are…

Why it’s time for a social media detox

Posted: April 24, 2017

Starting tomorrow, I’m doing a social media detox, because—to be honest—it’s killing me. No Instagram, no Facebook and no Twitter or Snapchat (even though I’m rarely on those). I’m going to start with seven days, but I’m hopeful that I can make it much longer. Here’s why I’m doing it: 1. I need to break the comparison cycle. She has this, he has that, she wrote another book, he’s on vacation again—It. Is. Killing. Me. I’m aware that it’s my own problem, and that I have to train my mind to stop thinking this way. 2. To improve my mood….

3 things from the past week | 5

Posted: April 23, 2017

1. If you’re already having a weird day, don’t pour yourself a glass of wine or eat chips for dinner. Or pour yourself that second glass of wine. It’s never a good idea. You’ll feel worse in the morning, I promise you. I learned this the hard way. 2. It’s really frustrating to me that one day, I can manage to get 2,300 words written amongst chaos (I’m talking the kid running around, at my in-laws, at the coffee shop when I forgot headphones), and then the next day, I struggle to get out a measly 341 words). If you don’t…

3 Things from the past week | 4

Posted: April 16, 2017

1. I try not to be the kind of person that imagines their life looking any different than just the way it is, but sometimes… sometimes I catch a glimpse of a beautifully dressed woman in impeccable heels getting into her Mercedes and I wonder what her week will look like. Or I turn to my husband and say: in another life, I’d live on the road, writing in a different coffee shop each day. Or I nod along when he tells me he’d love to live even a day in the life of the families that own the beach…