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All I Want For Christmas is My Sanity Intact

All I Want For Christmas is My Sanity Intact

I wrote the following article for a friend’s newsletter several years ago.  Said newsletter went out on December 17, 2010.  This is a tough one for me, but holds important sentiments for me to revisit this time of year.   A LOT has changed since I wrote this.  When I originally wrote it, my father had passed away (unexpectedly and rather tragically) just over two months previously, so I was in a not-so-good place.  Since then, we’ve lost Daniel’s Mom &  Grandy and my Mammaw.  The “old” traditions have changed.  They’ve given way to what is beginning to look like our new ... Read More »

Pay for Christmas Presents with an Hour & 1/2 of Your Life: A How-to Guide

I’m fairly savvy when it comes to direct mail, since I’ve worked in print advertising for close to a decade.  And as we ALL know, FREE stuff gets our attention.  So when we got a postcard from DirectBuy of Birmingham offering a FREE 7″ Android tablet with wifi and USB plus a $100 Restaurant.com gift card, how could I resist? Before I get into this story, there’s a couple of things you should know: We only have 1 television in our house. Neither Daniel nor I particularly enjoy watching either Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol on repeat. We are trying VERY ... Read More »

Why You Should Move 650 Miles From Your Best Friend

Why You Should Move 650 Miles From Your Best Friend

I, like many of you, have a very best friend.  Her name is Kate, and we met in the 7th grade – only THE most awkward time in anyone’s life.  We’ve been friends for almost 25 years.  25 YEARS.  That’s a long damn time to put up with me.  Or her, for that matter. We went to school together through middle school, high school, and after a brief separation, college.  We were roommates in college; I introduced her to her husband; and we were in each other’s weddings.  We have watched each other and stood with each other through love, ... Read More »

My Renaissance Weekend

My Kindergartener Needs a Personal Assistant

My Kindergartener Needs a Personal Assistant

Seriously.  I CANNOT keep up with the details at this point in the school year.  Remember how I was the BEST MOM EVER just a few short weeks ago?  Well, that time has come to an end.  Let me tell you where we are now: I set my alarm for 5:30 every day to get up and work out.  And then I actually get up close to 6:30, which is when the girls are supposed to get up, and I’m supposed to be showered already.  We really need the time to change around here. It’s been awhile since we picked ... Read More »

I Just Asked My Yoga Instructor on a Date

I’ve been practicing yoga for almost a year now.  I love it for a multitude of reasons.  I’m not particularly good at it, but nicely enough, I don’t really care.  It seems like yoga is less about how good you are at it and more about the experience of being there.  I like that.  I suck at camel pose and wheel pose, but can finally do pigeon and half moon.  And yes.  I realize I sound like a stark-raving-lunatic. I have several instructors that I take classes from regularly.  I like them all.  They each have their own style and ... Read More »

From Pink Ribbons to Yellow Ribbons. And. A Nice Hot Shower.

From Pink Ribbons to Yellow Ribbons. And. A Nice Hot Shower.

Molly came home from school at the beginning of last week with a pink slip of paper in her “Take Home Folder.”  It was sort of a gut-punch and made us super excited all at the same time. I’m sure you’re wondering why a slip of paper asking our child to wear a pink shirt would have us feeling such mixed emotions.  It’s pretty simple: both of our mothers had breast cancer.  My mom has been cancer free for over 10 years.  I remember the day her oncologist released her.  Mom was ecstatic and nervous and relieved and sad all ... Read More »

I Wonder Why the Maid Didn’t Come This Week

I Wonder Why the Maid Didn’t Come This Week

I feel sure she just got lost, or missed the day on her calendar, and misplaced my phone number… If it continues to happen, I’m afraid I’ll have to terminate employment. Alas…that left the house cleaning to little old me. Which means, it didn’t happen.  If you’ll recall, I wrote last week about the pressures of being a mother working mom parent woman spouse adult human being.  There are just some things that cannot get done. I had things to DO people! Like go to the Greek Food Festival.  And yoga. And the grocery store. And church. And Costco. And ... Read More »

ALL of the things

I just can’t care about it all. As a mother, as a wife, a home-maker, a woman, there are a LOT of things I’m told I should care about. The news tells me. The social media tells me. My friends tell me. My mother tells me. Other parents tell me. Coworkers tell me. They all tell me ALL OF THE THINGS I should care about. And it. Is. Exhausting. Let’s take a look, shall we? At all of the things: High Fructose Corn Syrup GMO’s Organic &/or Natural foods Artificial sweeteners BPA in plastic containers Food coloring Signing children up ... Read More »

In which we host a birthday party

In which we host a birthday party

We Vanns – we’re loud. In volume, opinion, emotion, style (clothing and otherwise), and in just about every other category I can come up with. We don’t typically follow status quo. We’re a bit left of normal; our friends are a wide range of humanity; and our tastes in all things cultural run the gamut from classics to comic books. And then Molly turned 6. And we had a birthday party. Now, keep in mind that she started Kindergarten just 4 short weeks ago. So that means that HER birthday party is the FIRST birthday party of the school year. ... Read More »

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