I can spot them a mile away.

Sometimes, I think I have a special gift for spotting games, manipulations, and those who’d like to play them at my expense. It’s not a gift that I’m particularly happy about possessing, and I have a feeling that I inherited it (along with my snappy wit, my singing voice, and my love of words) from my dear mama. Continue reading “I can spot them a mile away.”

Some people stay in their houses during COVID and some people buy whole new houses to stay in.

We’ve been busy these last months; a lot of things have happened. We’ve also been not at all busy and doing our part by sheltering in place. The three of us have looked at one another quite a bit in the past four months. If I was a person who draws, I have no doubt that I could easily draw my husband and the boy, and probably the fat ass cats, too. I am not such a person, but you catch my drift. We’re always together. And we’d probably be utterly sick of one another if we didn’t have an epic backlog of TV shows and YouTube videos with which to occupy ourselves. Continue reading “Some people stay in their houses during COVID and some people buy whole new houses to stay in.”

Expected*

That was the thing about the world: it wasn’t that things were harder than you thought they were going to be, it was that they were hard in ways that you didn’t expect. ~Lev Grossman, The Magician King

I was never a person who had a lot of friends. I liked a lot of people, and I was heartily amused by even more than that, but at the end of the day, there were honestly very few people who–at any given moment–I would call just to chat or turn to with a problem. Strangely enough, high school was probably the high water mark for my friendship roster; I had a couple of best friends (and their families), a boyfriend, and several band, chorus, and theatre friends to boot. Continue reading “Expected*”

[Un]packed*

More than a decade ago now, I lived for a year in Las Vegas. I hated everything about it. To this day, if anyone asks me about Vegas, I’ll tell them: “it’s great for a weekend, but anything beyond that, and you’ll start to feel your soul seeping out of your pores and dissolving like sweat.” There was no naturally occurring grass. There were no real trees. Almost every person in Vegas is a transplant from somewhere else, and Continue reading “[Un]packed*”

10 Things You Should Know Before You Think Too Much About How Awesome It Would Be If We Were Friends

Even 20 years ago, I had no excuse for my behavior.

1) I appreciate other strong women, particularly those who gather their confidence from within and couldn’t give a damn less what the rest of the world has to say about them.

2) I have an observable issue with men who need to be dominant over women, particularly when their actions make it apparent that they believe women should sit down and shut up or for any reason pretend to be something less than they are. Continue reading “10 Things You Should Know Before You Think Too Much About How Awesome It Would Be If We Were Friends”