Life and Such

Sometimes You Just Have to Win

Sometimes You Just Have to Win

One of the most important thing I’ve learned about parenting is that you have to pick your battles. Because once you start one, you have to win it. As soon as a child starts winning a battle of the wills, he’ll never give up. You have to decide whether a given situation is worth fighting […]

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

It’s that time of year. The weather is warm–in fact, in here in Phoenix, it’s pretty much swimming weather. School has been going for nearly forever. Spring Break was just long enough to give the kids a taste of what the freedom of summer will bring and make it that much harder to go back […]

My Brain is Turducken

My Brain is Turducken

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you know that this last week or so has been rough. We had a bout of flu ravage our household right after a few of us finally got over nasty colds. It’s like the viruses new spring was upon us and we weren’t going to be cooped […]

A Post That Isn’t About Writing

A Post That Isn’t About Writing

Whew! I think that’s the longest series of posts I’ve ever done on the subject of writing. It’s time for a break. A week from tomorrow is my son’s first birthday. As I write this, he’s snoozing in his room, cuddled up with his favorite blanket and toy dragon. How in the world did that […]

Laptop Miracle

Laptop Miracle

It appears my laptop was only mostly dead. And to quote Miracle Max, “Mostly dead means slightly alive.” I’ve been grudgingly writing on my desktop, but in the back of my mind I kept wondering what happened to my beloved laptop. Many people have a “writing space” to help them get in the moment to […]

Creature of Habit

Creature of Habit

The last week has been a crisis of broken things for me. First my Kindle died. Then my laptop. Lastly, the carport collapsed. I hope this trend doesn’t continue. Since this started with my Kindle, I’ve learned how much of a creature of habit I am. I’ve done little reading (no Kindle to read on). […]

Beware the Parrot

Beware the Parrot

My two-and-a-half-year-old is at the stage where he repeats EVERYTHING. And he’s using full sentences, which makes it both funny and horrible, depending on what he’s repeating. Often, it’s hilarious. Sometimes, he’ll come up to me and say, “I know what we’re going to do today, Ferb!” (Although his enunciation leaves something to be desired, […]

Spoiled Rotten

Spoiled Rotten

I know the baby of the family, in a lot of families, usually ends up a little spoiled. This is no different in my family. My youngest gets away with a lot. And he gets away with even more because for the most part he’s a sweet, good-natured, obedient kid. He’s happy and he smiles […]