A Realistic First Day of School

So if Pinterest has taught me anything, it’s that I majorly fail as a mother. And I’m okay with that. My children may not have picture perfect matching First Day of School outfits, but they know that they’re loved. And they know their mom is crazy happy for them to go back to school. Hooray! We didn’t have that elaborate … Read More

Christmas in July, 2018

It’s a family tradition that we’ve had ever since I was little. In July we put up a small tree, make simple stockings out of paper, and have a night of family, Christmas music, and small gifts. Christmas as it is meant to be, instead of what it’s become. The tree was an absolute dream. My mother made these charming music-themed … Read More

Mercedes’ Great Wednesday Adventures!

Seriously, today was insane, and it’s only 11:30 AM! I had a full day so I dropped the kids off to the school a bit early. I needed to hit the ATM, but had received a notice saying our bank branch was closing and to go elsewhere. So I found another one to go to. It was inside a building, … Read More

This Mother’s Day Thing is a Mixed Bag

We love our mothers. Of course we love our mothers. But they drive us crazy. They raised us wonderfully/strangely/amazingly/poorly or they didn’t raise us at all. They fill us with love or hate or guilt or horror or remorse. We take care of them or they take care of us. Perhaps we have never met them. Perhaps we like it … Read More

Rest In Peace, Beautiful Thug Bunny

I don’t even know how to start this post. It’s a love story. Once upon a time I was looking at the local shelter’s website, and I found a picture of a black bunny with terrified eyes. The shelter had saddled him with the ridiculously unimaginative moniker “Shadow.” I told my best friend, the Angry Ginger, that I had found … Read More

Covering Hate With Love

This is something that happened last year, but I came across these pictures and wanted to share it. I find it more timely than ever. This is hateful graffiti that was left at my children’s elementary school. Yes, I know the original origins and meaning behind this symbol, but I think it’s a safe bet that when you see it … Read More

Miss Murder’s Black Philip Eye.

So this strange eye thing happened a few months ago. And it has changed everything.  You might remember that I was nearly killed in July by a scorpion sting. Since then, I’ve had a few difficulties getting back on my feet. Nerve damage, twinges, mental fog, etc. It laid me pretty flat and it’s taken me quite a bit of … Read More

Welcome to the Family, Marsh Cat!

Two years ago I met and fell in love with this beauty.  He’s a gorgeous, skinny, fearful-yet-friendly rag doll cat whom the girls named Marsh. Because he’s fluffy, like a marshmallow, but he’s also a boy, and Marsh is a manly name, they explained. We also call him Mystery Cat. Murder Cat. Mom’s Boyfriend. Mr. E. Murder Paws. Baby. I call … Read More