• Parenting
  • Outer Space

    Outer Space has captured Roger’s imagination. When I brush his teeth at night I pretend the toothbrush is  a rocket ship and  his teeth are planets. He seems to really like that and it keeps the process moving. I decided to get a fitness DVD from the library and saw “Outer Space Yoga for Kids.” […]

  • Films
  • Your Party Sounds Awesome

    I was at a friend’s 3 year old son’s birthday party and complimented his dad Danny on his new nose stud. “Yeah, I was at a party where they were doing piercings and tattoos so I decided to get this nose ring.” What!? I was like “Wow, your party sounds way cooler than the parties […]

  • Dad tales – Gary Lee
  • Storyteller

    Although it is not a paid profession, I identify as a storyteller. As an adolescent kid I’d captivate an audience of peers with “story time” during Blue Dolphins swim practice (as an excuse to take a break from swimming laps). I am not sure why our coach agreed to let me yap but I guess […]

  • Pittsburgh love
  • message received

    I went to church on Sunday at the Sewickley United Methodist Church. The initial plan was to take Roger but he delighted in staying in his orange boxer briefs for over 30 minutes coming up with distraction after distraction to keep him from getting dressed so I took Evan instead. It was a chilly walk […]

  • Story time
  • he is your president

    Oh, politics. Like it or not, Donald Trump is our president. There are a lot of things that are confusing in the world but one that befuddles me is the “not my president” movement. I love using my imagination as much as, probably more than, the next person. However, it’s also okay and a good […]

  • Parenting
  • baby breastfeeding moves

    My nursing mom days are winding down. Evan is over one. Before the phase is a distant memory; I mocked-up some baby breastfeeding poses and moves that I have observed with my boys. The Torpedo – When the baby is on your lap like a sideways, strong column, hands and feet pointed back. All he […]

  • Story time
  • Crocs Confessional

    I have to admit something. I started out hating Crocs. Hating them. I’m pretty sure I said almost verbatim “they are for people who’ve given up on life and are sad and fat.” Here is my confession: I converted. What caused this conversion? Four things. 1. The Company’s Stick-to-it-ive-ness a. they innovated – they added […]

  • Story time
  • Hardwiring Happiness

    I’ve been reading a lot of self improvement and psychology type books. Hardwiring Happiness was quite good. The main things I took away from it are: We have a negativity bias. It’s passed down from our ancestors who survived and bred. The ones who were cautious, clingy and wary of a tiger attack were the […]

  • Working woman
  • Feedback

    Reentering the workforce full time has had its peaks and valleys. I recently had a pretty bad 90 day review. I took the feedback. I looked hard at myself. I acknowledged faults/flaws/nonsense in my life. I realized I don’t need a social life at work. I can work smarter and tune out the annoyances. I […]