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  • MEWDS - Multiple Evanescent White Dot Syndrome
    Family Life My Funny Life

    Don’t Fail Me Now, Eyeballs!

    So. Funny story.

    And you know it’s a funny story, when I start out like that, right?

    This tale needs the slightest of backstories, so I’ll begin by saying I just started at another new job. It’s a long story since I wrote this post about leaving my original job and starting at a new place.  And now I’ve left that “new place” after 8 months. Let’s just say very simply that what I thought was originally a good opportunity ended up being the wrong path for me.  However, I’m in a much happier place now with this current position. Read more

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    The Art of Being Grandma

    My Grandma Chris passed away two weeks ago.

    She lived in Columbus, so last Tuesday I travelled to Ohio to attend her funeral. The grandkids were invited to share a few words at the service if we felt compelled.

    And because losing her feels like a gaping hole, I wanted desperately to say something, but felt like there’d be no way I could sum up how much she meant to me in a few words off the cuff. Read more

  • Why Parents Suck at Hygge
    Family Life My Funny Life Parenting

    Why Parents Suck at Hygge

    Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the new Danish craze sweeping America – hygge. I can only imagine how many eye rolls have come out of the entire country of Denmark so far in 2017.

    Oh, America. As a nation whose interest is as fleeting as a trending hashtag on Twitter, we’ve also proven that we manage to take things to the umpteenth extreme, which means I can’t skim Pinterest or scroll through Facebook without an article about hygge accompanied by an iStock image of a lone candle and some slippers. Read more

  • Mom Guilt and the Muddy Puddles of Life
    Family Life Fox Parenting

    Mom Guilt and the Muddy Puddles of Life

    Fox is a model child.

    And before you want to deck me for being that parent who talks about her pre-shuz little bebe like he should win all the golden participation awards in the world, hear me out.

    He is a genuinely sweet little dude.  Strangers at the post office comment on how well-behaved he is.  His teachers laugh when I ask if he “was good” during the day.  He’s a rule-follower by nature. Read more

  • A Day in the Life of Mama Hen | The Hen in the Fox House
    Family Life My Funny Life Parenting

    A Day in the Life of This Mama Hen

    Woof.  I’m struggling with writer’s block lately.  ‘Tis the worst.

    So of course I turn to the one source of inspiration that has never let me down.  Pinterest.

    That’s a lie.  Pinterest has let me down numerous times.  Like the time I followed a cake recipe and literally added 2 pounds of powdered sugar to the frosting and made my entire extended family sick with diarrhea for days.  Pinterest, you suck actually, and you made me look like a real idiot who had no idea 2 pounds of powdered sugar was perhaps a bit much. Read more

  • Family Life Fox Parenting

    Coyotes and Little Kid Bar Brawls

    At this very moment, we are (im)patiently waiting in our household.  It just so happens to be T minus 10 minutes until our community’s Halloween trick-or-treating. 

    Fox is four this year and now fully grasps the concept of this holiday equating to a butt load of chocolate and candy and all the other vices that make up a small child’s biggest aspirations in life.  I had to remind him this morning about Halloween etiquette after he demonstrated his trick-or-treat tactic to me, which involved him mimicking his entire hand reaching toward the bottom of a candy bowl and picking up a fistful of candy “like a crane.”  I get that strong urge to covet candy, kid, but let’s not let on to the neighbors that we’re raising a greedy little sugar urchin, ok?  Help us save face here, and stick to one piece. Read more