First, there was ice. It poured from the sky, covering the streets of Nashville on Valentine’s Day evening. In ordinary times, this would have caused a whole lot of chaos and grumbling across the city about ruined date nights and cancelled reservations. But these are not ordinary times. Since there’s nothing romantic about dinner for […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

February 24, 2021

We’ve Changed, and Our Snow Week Proved It

It’s my last visit to my parents’ home before they move and as usual, I’m staying in the rooms my grandmother occupied for a decade before her death in 2015. I was very close with my grandmother growing up and being among her things during our visits has definitely helped me say goodbye to her […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

February 7, 2021

One Last Goodbye

My Grandmother

When it comes to bad bosses, she was one of the worst — the kind who had no personal life outside the newsroom she managed. We joked that she slept in her office and never actually went home, and honestly, it wasn’t a stretch to imagine her emerging from beneath her desk each morning, straightening […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

January 22, 2021

We Had a Bad Boss

Crying Woman

Truth be told, I’d rather close the book on 2020 and never, ever look back. But this blog is a record of my life, after all, and when historians carefully pore over these entries centuries from now for insight into how suburban white women lived during the (guessing here) Doucebaggian Period of American History, I’m […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

January 8, 2021

What I Learned From 2020

Masks 2020

Dear Parents, As you may have heard, our school board unanimously decided during last night’s Zoom meeting to hold in-person classes at all of our district’s schools, starting August 10th. Although some parents have expressed concern about sending their children back to school in the midst of an out-of-control pandemic, we have come to the […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun, Humor

August 4, 2020

The Back-to-School Memo That Should Have Been Sent to Parents This Year

Students Going Back to School

So. Let’s talk about school. And let’s talk about it with the caveat that I’m not trying to push a position on you here, and I’m certainly not telling you what you should decide for your kid. Each of us has our own individual set of circumstances and we’ve all got to do what works […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

July 15, 2020

School’s Starting Soon and I’m Not Feeling Good About It. Here’s Why.

Empty Classroom

This is the year we learn what it’s like to live with fear as a backdrop. It feels right now like outside the walls of my home, the world is burning down. Since I last wrote, Coronavirus has invaded the planet and shows no signs of relenting. More than a hundred thousand people have died […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

July 1, 2020

Oh Hi.

Typing Computer Keyboard

Here’s something I’ve never shared with you before: I have a child with an autoimmune disease. It’s something I haven’t written about because like many autoimmune diseases, it’s an invisible illness. Although my child has struggled and life since diagnosis hasn’t been easy, you probably wouldn’t have any idea my kid had anything going on […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

March 23, 2020

Still Wondering Why You Should Stay at Home? Read This.

Family

My Facebook feed is filled right now with moms and dads resolutely trying to help their kids do all of their schoolwork from home. And I feel for them, because I know how hard it is. This is my fourth year of homeschooling my daughter under much the same conditions — Teachers set her curriculum […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

March 20, 2020

It’s Time to Cancel School Until Fall

School Year Coronavirus

You probably have a lot of thoughts and feelings right now about coronavirus. So do I, my friend. Honestly, I feel like I have no words for what’s going on — but that’s what GIFs are for, right? So here’s a look at my life right now — IN GIFS…   Me, watching the news. […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun, Humor

March 13, 2020

How I’m Feeling About Coronavirus Right Now. A Story in GIFs.

Sheldon Meme