Bye, Bye Baby (Monitor)

Thank you so much to all of you who visited my blog. I am truly honored that you read my posts, and took the time to comment on them as well.  I plan to respond to all of your notes and visit your blogs as well. I’m very proud to be a part of this […]

Farewell People Magazine; Hello Positive Body Images

I used to be a religious reader of People magazine. But I gave it up last year as we refined our budget. But I will occasionally read through a copy in a doctor’s office, and I’ve been perusing recent issues my mom gave me as post-surgery entertainment. However, after reading through these copies, all I […]

Back in the Day

We probably all remember our parents saying things like, “Back when I was a kid…” to illustrate how easy our lives were compared to theirs. After reading this list of “back in the day” comparisons on a blog I follow, I can already see how growing up for me was completely different than it is […]

Breathing Again

Aside from July 21, 2010 being my 9-year-wedding anniversary, it was also the day of my sinus surgery. I did not get the traditional wedding gifts of pottery and willow, or the modern one of leather. Instead I got a supportive husband and a ride to the outpatient surgery center. After gathering my things and […]

Beach Outing

You’d think growing up in San Diego, Bryan and I’d be regular beach bums. Not really. There always seem to be too much to do; dread of crowds; sand in the car; the heat and sunscreen. That’s just me. (I know, nice attitude!) We knew Sophie deserved her inaugural trip to the San Diego beach […]

Gender Distinctions Start Early … Really Early

A few weeks ago, Sophie and I were in Old Navy trying on clothes. I found a cute, gray t-shirt I thought would look so cute on her. After Sophie tried it on in the dressing room, I turned her around to face the mirror. I happened to think she looked quite cute. She glanced […]

Scenes from the South Park Walkabout

There’s an amazing little community here in San Diego called South Park (not named for the TV show). This is such a neat community. The homes are in the craftsman style and in walking distance to the stores, which are all unique and not part of national chains. The streets are filled with all sorts […]

Scrapbooking Accomplished: 4th of July Style

While on vacation last week, I made a significant dent on my 4th of July scrapbook project. This was something on my summer “to do” list; actually it’s been on my “to do” list for five years. Here’s a sampling of the layouts. When I conceived of this scrapbook project, I collected all the 4th […]



I am currently on Day 2 of not taking any over-the-counter pain medications (specifically, Excedrin). I must continue this regimen for the ten days leading up to my sinus surgery because I cannot have any aspirin or blood-thinning products in my system. This may not seem like a big deal. But to me, this challenge […]