Gratitude for Imperfection

On the train home from Boston the other night, I referred to my friend’s son by the wrong name. She was very nice about it when she corrected me. “Now that you mention it, he does look like a Josh,” she said. She was sweet, but I was mortified. Five hours later, I found myself unableContinue reading “Gratitude for Imperfection”

Classic Imperfect Happiness: Mining Meaning

Lately I’ve been thinking even more than usual about what it is I’m passionate about. I’ve been thinking about writing a blog post about this, but it turns out I already did, way back in December 2010. I’ve changed a bit since then; for example, with the help of one particularly understanding friend, I’ve made greatContinue reading “Classic Imperfect Happiness: Mining Meaning”

Still More Grocery Store Lessons: Who Deserves Compassion?

I’ve written about my realization that feeling a sense of scarcity and like the world owes me something is a choice and that I can choose to feel differently. I’ve written about how much better showing compassion feels than feeling annoyed does. Now I come to the third thought that’s been percolating since my groceryContinue reading “Still More Grocery Store Lessons: Who Deserves Compassion?”

Escalade Escapades

Luckily, my resolution around judgmental thinking was simply to be aware of judgmental thoughts. Because if it was to not have judgmental thoughts, I would have had a much bigger challenge Wednesday than I did. I took the children to Whole Foods Wednesday morning, a place just ripe for judgmental thinking on an ordinary day.Continue reading “Escalade Escapades”

Week 20 Review: Love and Loss

This week has been filled with ups and downs. I gave in to manic energy baking popovers and shopping for charitable donations. I ran (for exercise) outdoors twice for the first time in months, once in the snow. My ears and fingers were numb with cold, but I felt wonderful. I wanted to smile butContinue reading “Week 20 Review: Love and Loss”

Mining Meaning: Digging for Hidden Passion

Just last night, I sat on the sofa wondering what it is I’m passionate about. I don’t have cable, so while this isn’t an uncommon pastime for me, I usually distract myself with a novel before I get too involved in an ultimately frustrating thought process. Then this morning I read Tucker’s post, “Who AmContinue reading “Mining Meaning: Digging for Hidden Passion”

GF/CF Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (and Week 16 Review)

NaNoWriMo Day 21 Word Count: 37,869 I know that many of you eat raw cookie dough even if there are eggs in it. But I’m certain I’m not the only overly-cautious person who will not even entertain the idea of eating raw any kind of anything with eggs in it. My daughter has been programmedContinue reading “GF/CF Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (and Week 16 Review)”

A Year with Frog and Toad

NaNoWriMo Day 19 word count: 33,208 We went to see A Year with Frog and Toad, put on by the University of Utah Youth Theater this morning. We were supposed to meet some homeschooling friends out front at 9:20, and against all odds, we were making wonderful time. I stopped to fill up some waterContinue reading “A Year with Frog and Toad”

I’m Guessing Victoria’s Secret Wasn’t Stretch Marks

NaNoWriMo Day 17 word count: 29,956 I have no idea what in my recent history caused me to be flagged as a person who should be receiving Victoria’s Secret, but clearly someone thought it was worthwhile for me or Current Resident (also me) to receive the catalog because there was one in my mailbox thisContinue reading “I’m Guessing Victoria’s Secret Wasn’t Stretch Marks”