Zoom Zoom

So, does a person’s vacation start on Friday when they’re off work? Or on Monday when you don’t have to go into the office? Whatever the case, I’m on vacation this week and I could really get used to it. The kids and I kicked off our Week of Fun with a little car show. […]

Rules For My Vacation

Drink three glasses of water every day. I mean it. Read “The Help” Four dollar coffee good; four dollar wine bad. Spend no more than two hours a day cleaning the house. Help the kids clean their rooms. See #4. Eat more vegetables. File every everything that needs to be filed. Mail everything that needs […]

Tent City

Summertime at our house isn’t the laid-back, idyllic existence that I would like it to be. I have a full-time job, and my husband has a full-time job, and I paint ’til all hours and he does crazy things like train for triathlons. I can’t bear to pay for daycare, so our kids go somewhere […]

38 Candles

Yesterday was my birthday. I don’t remember being this angsty about birthdays in the past, but this one resulted in a lot of quiet reflection. It’s not about getting older, really, just trying to figure out where I thought I’d be when I was 38, where I actually am, and where I’d rather be. You […]

Local Color

I’ve heard about people who live in New York City and have never visited the Statue of Liberty…which makes me feel better because I’ve lived in Salem, Oregon for 10 years and have never been to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens. SHAME ON ME. Last week though, the kids and I took advantage of a sun break […]