A Slow Death

A Slow Death

****** Well, kids. I think I’m dying of a cold. I know I can be a taaaaaad bit dramatic, but I’m serious this time. I feel awful! I had a cold about three weeks ago. That cleared up after a few days, but this nagging cough stayed. In the past three or four days, that cough has become even worse, keeping me up all night hacking. Then in the past two days, it has gotten up into my sinuses and basically feels like an elephant is sitting on my head….

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And So It Begins…

And So It Begins…

Up until now, Gracie and Bean have been pretty great together. He really loved showing her his toys and she was crazy about him. But then last weekend, Gracie started to crawl. And Bean’s life changed forever. Now, Gracie can get into his stuff. And if he moves it away from her, she can crawl over to it again. Bean doesn’t know what the crap is going on, but he knows he is not happy about it. He’s started doing this really funny thing when he sees Gracie coming towards…

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Help You to Death

Help You to Death

I have a really great husband. He’s involved in our home life, prioritizes our family above all else, and, above all, he loves me. A LOT. I am a lucky, lucky girl. Which is why I hesitate to complain about this one, small, insignificant issue… On Sunday afternoons, Chris drives me absolutely insane. INSANE, people! It hasn’t always been this way. We used to enjoy Sunday afternoons together. But in the past couple months, those days have gone out the window. Why? Well, it began with a Target RedCard. I…

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One of Those Days…

One of Those Days…

I haven’t had one of those parenting days in a while. You know the ones. Those days when nothing goes right and everything is a struggle. I mean, don’t get me wrong. On most days, there’s always something that is challenging, but there are certain days when it seems like everything I touch becomes ten times harder to accomplish. It’d been a while since I had one of those, so I was probably overdue. On Wednesday, I paid for it. I had the best of intentions on Wednesday afternoon. I…

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Part Four: 30 Year Health Check

Part Four:  30 Year Health Check

Alright, this is my last post on products I use as I enter my 30’s this year. Mostly, because I’m tired of talking about my personal hygiene. But also, because I’m sure you all are tired of hearing about my personal hygiene, too. (By the way, it took me three times to spell hygiene correctly in that sentence.) (Hi, I’m an English teacher.) In the past couple of years, my make up use has changed a bit. Some of that is because I have different needs for make up now…

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Part Three: 30 Day Health Check

Part Three: 30 Day Health Check

On Monday, I blogged about my diet as I enter my 30’s this year. Yesterday, I talked about my new exercise routine. And today, I’m focusing on health and beauty products I use.  A couple of years ago, I really didn’t use many products at all.  I washed my face in the shower with body wash.  I combed my hair and let it air dry.  And I only used lotion when I forgot to shave my legs.  But these days, my face gets really dry and is already starting to…

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The Accidental Teacher

The Accidental Teacher

I sort of fell into a teaching career. That’s probably not what the parents of my students want to hear, but it’s the truth. I always thought I’d be a lawyer, actually. But when Chris got into graduate school at Yale about two weeks after I was accepted to law school, I decided to go with him to Connecticut and to turn down law school. When we got to Connecticut, I worked in the legal field for another year before finally deciding it really just wasn’t for me. So I…

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Part Two: 30 Year Health Check

Part Two:  30 Year Health Check

Yesterday was the first in a series of posts I’m doing about taking care of myself. Partly inspired because of my 2012 resolutions to eat better and exercise and partly inspired by my dad’s heart disease, I’ve been trying hard lately to be a little healthier. Which, for someone as lazy as me, is a big deal. Yesterday was all about what I’m eating (and not eating) these days, and today I’m focusing on the exercise part. Or, as I like to call it, “Operation: Dying On My Neighborhood Sidewalk.”…

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GRACIE CRAWLED!!!

GRACIE CRAWLED!!!

My daughter, Princess Grace, has chosen to sit on her diapered, cute bottom for the past ten months and not move a muscle. Puffalump had no interest in moving whatsoever. She was content to just hang out and flap her arms around when she was happy. For a while, I was convinced she would fly before she’d ever crawl. Well, Friday afternoon I picked the kids up and we were hanging out in the living room waiting on Chris to come home. I was across the room doing something with…

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Part One: 30 Year Health Check

Part One:  30 Year Health Check

I am not a runner. I don’t like exercise. But a few weekends ago, when my BFF forced me at gunpoint (not really) to run my second 5k with her, we were standing in my driveway with Sarah, her husband, Chris, and my parents the night before the race and I was complaining about running. “I CAN’T RUN, SARAH!” I moaned, rolling around my driveway. “THERE’S HEART DISEASE IN MY FAMILY! DO YOU WANT ME TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK?!?!” “No,” Sarah replied. “That’s why you need to be running.”…

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