Great Expectations

I think it’s fair to say that this year has thrown all expectations out the window. Everything I thought, hoped for, planned, is laying on the side of the freeway somewhere, miles behind me.

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Road Trip Bliss

Twelve nights, five campgrounds, two states, 40-degree temperature variances—oh and plenty of s’mores and adult beverages. That’s one way to sum up our summer vacation. Another would be relaxing. A tad bit frustrating. Sketchy at times. Awe-inspiring. The BEST.

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Summer of Kindness

I have no words. I am a writer–and I have no words. There has been so much going on in our country the last few months that I feel like I’m tumbling around in a wave, unable to figure out which way is up.

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A Little Quarantine Fun

Seven-ish weeks of sheltering-in-place and I have (mostly) moved past anxiousness and have landed in the realm of boredom. So I thought it would be fun to answer some not-so-typical questions. Here goes nothing. 

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Just Another (Emotional) Day

I wake up to nature’s alarm clock—my two children begging for milk and Cheerios. It’s a Tuesday I think. Or Thursday? Day 8. Day 18? Who knows anymore? We’re in an alternate universe where schools are closed and toilet paper is a hot commodity.

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Turn the Page

It is Day 7 of sheltering-in-place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Day 7 of trying to keep my children entertained and healthy, and keeping myself sane. On top of that, we have a 3-month old puppy that wants to chew up everything in sight. Although I’m an introvert and love being home cuddled up on the couch, even I have my limits. And knowing I CAN’T really go anywhere even if I wanted to…well that is apparently one of my limits.

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What I Learned in Maui

I recently got back from a trip to Maui with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. It was six days, five nights of relaxation, fun, and glorious sunshine. It’s taking me awhile to get back into the swing of things at home, so I thought I’d reflect a little on my experience. And then maybe I can mentally join the real world again. Maybe.

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Books, Books, Books

Thirty-seven. That’s how many books I read this year–far surpassing my goal of 24. I can’t quite say how I managed to read that many, but I can say my house may have been a tad bit messier this year. But a little dirt never hurt anyone, right?

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