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General, Grammar

April 16, 2021

Literally The Best Blog Post, Literally Ever, Part 1

But I have to literally draw the line, literally lay down the law, literally fly off the handle at the literal miseuse (and overuse) of the word “literally,” because otherwise my brain is literally going to explode.

General, Parenting

March 6, 2021

Stay Away From the Green Handles

Our son Kiefer didn’t learn not to put diesel fuel in a car that takes unleaded gas, and I don’t tell this story to embarrass him, I tell it to embarrass Todd and myself, because what in the world.

Family, General

February 12, 2021

Birthdays, Teen Drivers, and Exploding Pyrex

In case you’ve never tried melting Jolly Ranchers in a Pyrex measuring cup over a low flame for the purpose of an elaborate popsicle-making experiment, let me save you the trouble — it doesn’t end well.

Books, General, Reviews

January 2, 2021

2020 Book Review

Due to the haphazard nature of my reading this year, I’m writing a haphazard End Of Year Book Review as well. It’s gonna be short. It won’t include everything I read. And, much like 2020 itself, it might leave you thinking Really? Is that it? by the time it’s done.

Family, General

September 26, 2020

Lep Kuchen and Mimosas

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

Family, General

August 21, 2020

The Road Gets Bumpy

Aggressive brain cancer is no walk in the park. Well, it’s currently 114 degrees here in Arizona, which means even a walk in the park isn’t exactly a walk in the park, so to speak…Never mind. Aggressive brain cancer is the worst.

General, Parenting

August 4, 2020

The DMV and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Website

I wrote this (but hadn’t posted it yet) just a couple days before everything started with my dad, and then I forgot all about it. But this morning Todd took Kiefer to a third-party facility to *finally!* get his driver’s permit, so it seems like the right time. No sweet stories of pain and hope here, just a tale of website woe.

Family, General

July 30, 2020

Mismatched Pillow Cases

The other night my mom put on the Bee Gees and sang along while she cleaned up dinner in the kitchen. My dad sat nearby in his wheelchair. He was a little low and a little sleepy, but he watched my mom, and I watched him watching her, and it was so tender I had […]

Family, General

July 18, 2020

Cupcakes & Black Holes

Sometimes, when the kids are chattering away with each other about silly nonsense, I look over at Dad, and he’s smiling as he watches them. Sometimes I see my mom bend over to give him a kiss, and he smiles up at her, full of affection.

Family, General

June 29, 2020

My Dad’s Brain Tumor, So Far

If you’d asked me a month ago what a glioblastoma is, I’d have shrugged. A month ago, I had literally no idea that such a thing even existed. But several weeks ago, my dad suffered a series of sudden and alarming seizures that led to not one but two emergency brain surgeries, and now he […]

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