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When Infertility Pops Up

I was sitting in the carpool line, reading Simon Parkin’s Death By Video Game, a book that Josh got me as a tongue-in-cheek joke since — based on the percentage of my day that  I spend playing, making, or thinking about games — it is likely that when I kick it, my hands will be […]

597th Friday Blog Roundup

The case of the totally weird receipt that ended up in my mailbox. I opened my mailbox to collect the mail.  The receipt below was inside, tucked in with the letters.  53 cents taped onto a receipt from the post office. We’ve been trying to figure out why this was left with our mail.  The […]

Fraternal Experiences and Other Words on Loss

I haven’t yet read Daniel Raeburn’s book Vessels: A Love Story about their first child who was born still, but an interview I read made me place it on my to-read list because of a few ideas he brought up. Fraternal Experiences He and his wife processed their daughter’s death differently.  He states in the […]

Your Failure Resume

Piggybacking on Sunday’s post about presenting the whole picture and not just the highlights reel, Lifehacker had an interesting idea a few weeks ago about creating a failure resume.  So think the opposite of your actual resume.  It’s a document that catalogues all the times you’ve failed. But there’s a point! By doing this exercise, […]

#Microblog Mondays 91: Anniversary

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. It’s the 29th anniversary of my Bat Mitzvah this week.  I commented on it aloud at dinner only because the date sticks in my mind.  The Wolvog cocked an eyebrow and said, “Do you really […]

Closer to Reality

Thank you for all the kind words about the new book.  I am really proud of it.  If I was flippant when people offered compliments, it was only because my insider view of my life doesn’t sound like it matches the outsider view of my life. When we only talk about accomplishments, you get a […]

596th Friday Blog Roundup

It was a week of bad news — not for me but for good friends — and it kept coming day after day.  Bad medical results.  A funeral.  A gloominess hung over the week, punctuated only by more grey rain.  I felt numb, maybe because our friends are too close so their news is too […]

When You Open Up a Box of Your Book

My box of author copies still hasn’t arrived, but my friend, Chris swung by a bookstore and snapped a picture of my new book on the shelf. I thought about swinging by a bookstore myself, but it has been continuously raining.  I know that’s a bad excuse.  I guess I’ve been waiting for my copies.  […]

Need vs. Noise

About two weeks ago, all schools in the area were put on shelter-in-place status due to a gunman.  He shot his ex-wife outside of a school.  The next day, he went to a nearby mall and shot three people in the parking lot.  A little while later, he shot another person in a grocery store […]

#Microblog Mondays 90: What Are You Craving?

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. When I’m feeling super anxious, I crave Special K because I associate it with lunch time at home, where I’m comfortable and in my own space.  Sometimes when I travel, I bring a container of […]

Your Fiction Ideas Are Shriveling Away

I’ve had an article open since March about how all of my unused skills are shriveling up, becoming liver spotted and hunched over from disuse.  I’m totally at peace that guitar is on that list.  Printmaking is on that list, too.  Horseback riding.  Despite being archery trained, I fear that archery is being pencilled in […]

595th Friday Blog Roundup

It’s Friday the 13th.  I have a compulsive need to say that every Friday the 13th.  As you were. Hey, remember that whole “do yoga, drink water, get sleep, eat well” thing I was doing?  It didn’t last long.  I’m still doing yoga every morning, but after weeks of drinking huge amounts of water, […]

Wanting More

We are barreling towards the end of the school year, and with it, the end of elementary school.  When I flipped the calendar over to May this week, I thought back to a moment one month into the school year back in October.  I was talking to someone in the front office, and I commented […]

Trigger Warnings

Back when I started in the IF blogosphere 10 years ago, people would write “Children Mentioned” at the top of a post if children were mentioned.  Some people thought this was silly and there were a lot of comments or posts about how people should assume that parenting after infertility blogs might mention children.  Some […]

#MicroblogMondays 89: Rings and Things

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Remember how I couldn’t find the jacket for Harry Potter 4?  I finally bought a new copy this week so the bookshelf in the kitchen would look orderly.  I now have an extra copy of […]

Best House Features in the World

Do you need a distraction? It sounded like people needed a distraction from this day.  So I present to you the most fun article from Mental Floss this week: Cool features in people’s homes. Think hammocks as floors or slides instead of stairs. Which makes me think about what I’ve always wanted in my future […]

594th Friday Blog Roundup

It has either been raining or in a state of pre-rain for… weeks. At least, it feels like it has been weeks.  Baseball has been cancelled a bunch of times, and I’ve been using up the cheaper hair gel because why bother with the good stuff when my hair is going to frizz anyway? I’m […]

That Day

Image: Angela via FlickrMother’s Day in the UK happens 2 months before our Mother’s Day in the US, so I read this post about JK Rowling back in March and then remembered it today.  She had a bit of brilliant advice, one that twists the holiday in my mind. She writes, “If your mum isn’t […]

What Publishers and PR People Don’t Understand

Lauren Marie Fleming (otherwise known as Queerie Bradshaw) wrote a fantastic post on BlogHer about not having a lot of followers but her blog and social media accounts still having worth.  The irony is that I read the post, and ultimately ended up featuring the post, because her name caught my eye.  It was an […]

#MicroblogMondays 88: The Object of the Game

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. There’s a new game for the PS4 which sort of blew my mind.  It’s called Everything, and every object in the game is playable.  Meaning, you can make anything in the game the player character […]

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