A Clean Sweep for Funsies

Wednesday is a short day for me, and it’s been a rough week to say the least. So, when I got home yesterday after three loads of laundry, two dishwashers full and vacuuming up what the dogs left from a movie sized box of Mike & Ike’s spilled on J’s carpet (as I said…rough week), I retreated down to my newly *emptied* office. ‘Halleleur!! I’ve been dying to get to it and make a space for myself. Which, with all the womanly doings around this house, is hard to come by nowadays.  Continue reading “A Clean Sweep for Funsies”


Baptism by Fire in the Idea Machine

20170914_182750I’ve been giving today a lot of thought for the last few weeks. My 4C kids were meeting up for the first time and I had a lot of ideas bouncing around in my head. I outlined a couple things last weekend that felt good. My first instinct, just for funsies, was to have the kids cross interview each other for the sake of comparing the information they uncovered. Find out how creative they were. How inhibited. How outgoing. How diverse the thought process. And also?…because everybody hates things like that. 👌 How many times in our past have we wanted to melt away at the thought of introducing ourselves to a group. Talking about ourselves when no one is listening. Or the dread that will forever seep from the phrase, “Let’s go around the room and…”. No. Please, God. No.

So, of course…this is exactly what I was going to do. Continue reading “Baptism by Fire in the Idea Machine”

My Favorite Internet Doggos (and Puppers)

My 5 year old daughter came home today with a thousand questions about 9/11. Maybe more. I could tell she really needed to talk about it. Just talk. So that was what we did this afternoon. We talked…20170911_235955 She started talking about the people who helped. And saved. And shared.  Specifically, a story they discussed in class where groups of travelers offered rooms to each other when they were stranded. This was very interesting to her. Because “they didn’t even know each other!” Which made her reflect on the kindness of such an act. Indeed. I started explaining to her that that was the beauty in that awful time. That everyone stood together. It didn’t divide us. I trailed, inadvertently over to the contrast between that time and the morale of our nation today. It got to me. And I cut our conversation short. Much like I’m going to do now.

It’s been a difficult day between that and some family issues my dad and I have been left to iron out.

So….Because it makes me feel better, here are all of my favorite internet dogs..Enjoy!

(In no particular order because greatness knows no rank) 🐶





Ernie Pooh


Jake and Addie

Jake is blind and the happiest guy I know




Toby Littledude




……And one cat. Chippo. Because he’s worth it.

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