See this margarita? I *earned* it! (and more like it)

Apr 23rd, 2018 2 min read

I just had what might be the Mondayest conversation in the history of history. It kind of blew my mind. And not in a good way. In fact, I’m not sure I can remain friends with the converser after this. <sideNote> I almost called him a conversant, but thank goodness I double-checked myself.  (Because accuracy. I never want to be that person who uses a…

I went on an honest-to-goodness real live date! (Call Ripley.)

Apr 5th, 2018 5 min read

So, if you know me at all or follow me on Facebook, you I am dipping my toe into the dating pool. I’d like to say I’m diving in, but I’m pretty sure my definition of “diving in” is more like wading in the shallow end. That in mind, I’ll just say I’m giving it a try and making an honest effort. Here’s a bit…

Hello, Chocolate, my old friend

Sep 26th, 2017 5 min read

Once upon a time, I set a goal of losing 42 pounds by my 42nd birthday. It took me five months and a strict-ass diet, but I did it.And then I undid it. Completely. Slowly at first. Holidays, you know. And then all at once. That’s how John Green’s character Hazel Grace Lancaster describes falling in love in “The Fault in Our Stars.” And then…

rizona State University police officers will wear their support for sexual assault survivors on their uniforms' sleeves for the next month.

Speaking volumes without uttering a word

Apr 2nd, 2017 8 min read

It’s truly amazing how things change over the years. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of posting a short story about the special patches officers with the Arizona State University Police Department will be wearing during the month of April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Those patches are meant not only to raise awareness about sexual assault – which is still far too prevalent,…

If you can’t say somethin’ nice…

Oct 5th, 2016 4 min read

Normally, I’d finish that sentence with, “come sit by me.” I confess to being snarky and sarcastic. But I’m not mean. At least I try not to be. I see no value in it. It accomplishes nothing. Of course, while there are things that we all can agree are unequivocally mean (We know ’em when we see ’em.), what constitutes meanness can vary from person…

Weird shit happens to me

Sep 20th, 2016 13 min read

This is so not the blog post I planned to write this week, but life happens. See that title up there? It’s true. It’s been true for as long as I can remember. For reasons I no longer try to understand, I am a magnet for weird shit — good and bad. The latest was bad. Decidedly bad. If you follow me on Facebook, you…

Suggestions welcome

Sep 13th, 2016 6 min read

I want a new goal. And for some odd reason, my brain thinks that sentence is the perfect reason to loop Huey Lewis and the News. One guess what song. If you’re my age this will be a no-brainer. There. Now we all have an earworm. You’re welcome. (Yes, I thought about reworking the lyrics, but couldn’t come up with anything good. Weird Al Yankovic…

My 2 biggest fears (not including clowns)

Aug 27th, 2016 5 min read

When I was watching a movie recently — a comedy — I was stunned to hear the characters confess to two of my biggest fears. I actually ran the movie back to make sure I heard right. I watched the scene three or four times. Why? Because it was proof that these fears I harbor are not weird or unusual. At least one other person…

Traitorous body!

Jun 25th, 2016 5 min read

Sometimes you can do everything right, and your body still goes behind your back and betrays you. That’s what’s happening to me right now. At least on the surface. Whhhhyyyyy? (You know you heard Nancy Kerrigan’s voice in your head just then. If you don’t get the reference — “The Whack Heard Round the World” — click here, ’cause I ain’t explaining it.) Anyway, I…