Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Believe Yourself

I like to study human behavior. In college, one of my favorite courses was sociology and I like to watch shows like Survivor and The Walking Dead for the character development.

I've addressed my Daryl Dixon adoration already.

I read this quote from Maya Angelou years ago, When someone shows you who they are, believe them, and it's stuck with me. I mean, it's basically the science of sociology boiled down into a sound bite.

I've met many people over the years who told me one thing but then did another. Most of these people are not in my life anymore because if you say one thing and do another, that doesn't build trust.

I try not to be that person. I try to follow through, to be the person I say I'm going to be when I describe myself, even just in the thoughts I think. I try to walk my talk and talk my walk, but that's not always easy to do.

Especially when I'm talking to myself.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Last Day of School, 2016 Style

On the day before the last day of school this year, the kids came home on the bus and had hot chocolate as a snack. May in Oklahoma this year is rainy and cold. I want to say, this is so weird for Oklahoma! but pictures of last May tell me that it's really not. Last May was also rainy and chilly, so maybe this is just a thing now.

On the last day of school, when they left the house for the bus, my son turned to me.  

Aren't you going to take a picture?

Mind you, this is at the crack of dawn on a day when dawn may or may not crack because it's buffered by clouds, so my brain may not have been fully engaged. Dude, I don't even have my phone, I said. Do you want a picture?

Meh. I'm good.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Taco Tuesday Upgrade

Taco Tuesday is awesome! My family members all love Taco Tuesday... but sometimes, they get tired of tacos and they complain.

I say I would never get tired of food when it magically appeared on my plate at dinner time, but hey—I'm just the mom, right?

So keeping with the theme of the cuisine, this Taco Tuesday is going to feature quesadillas. And a little something extra:


Why? Because I was given some Bush Brothers Hummus Made Easy to try and share about and it was so great, I had to try it again! One of the pouches was for black bean hummus, and the first thing I thought of how much I wanted to dip a quesadilla into that. And though the products were provided to me, all opinions herein are my own.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hummus is Yummus

Let's have three cheers for dubious holidays! I mean, it's easy to celebrate almost anything, and I guess celebrating is a positive way to spend our time, but most of these are not my cup of tea (note: International Tea Day? December 15). But some of them are totally my bowl of hummus.

Did you know that this Friday is International Hummus Day?! I have the perfect way to celebrate, because Bush Brothers sent me three flavors of Hummus Made Easy to make for myself and review—please note that the products were provided to me, but all opinions herein are my own.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Mother's Day

I remember the first Mother's Day card. I know I have it saved somewhere in a box. It was terribly sweet. My son was just over a year, my husband picked out and signed a card from him with all of his favorite words, like MAMA! DADA! BALL! NO! and such. Aww, it pulled at my heart strings.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Five Years

I didn't want to go to sleep last night.

I knew I would wake up and my social media feeds would be inundated by all of the memories posted over the past five years, since my father died. I even woke up early, in the wee hours, like I did that day, when I got that call.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

What Would Daryl Do?

I've come late to the Walking Dead. But see, nobody told me that it's really about all the other things and not so much the zombies.

If you're not a fan, this post is for you, too, so don't go shuffling off down the road, stick around.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An Ode to my Front Porch

All I ever wanted is a front porch.

I grew up in the city, in a big, drafty house on a patched, tree-lined street. We filled every corner of that old house, there were 9 of us all together, and while there were many rooms and niches that I loved, it was the porch that made me happiest. The back porch was long and narrow, running most of the length of the back of the house. When I think of it, it's the sound of a screen door slamming and feet running on crunchy gravel that I hear. But it's the front porch that holds my heart.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Stories all around us

I was graciously gifted a Prim Goods Beauty Bundle in exchange for my honest feedback on their story and products. I am thrilled to be able to do so, and I am also sweet smelling and soft scrubbed thanks to these Prim Goods products. All opinions and ideas herein are my own because my opinions and ideas are not for sale.
I love a story. I remember years ago, on an episode of Oprah, she had a guest who would go to any city—like, throw a dart at a map, visit the place where the dart landed, and talk to the first person he met, to find out their story. I think that man inspired me to seek stories.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Step Up or Step Off

A boy at school has a crush on my daughter. This does not surprise me—she's cute, smart and funny (I'm totally biased). It's sixth grade. They're learning about their hormones and experiencing some pretty dramatic feelings.The boys and girls aren't free to be just friends anymore, it's more complicated than that as they sort out who's dating whom (which usually means they agree that they like one another and then spend their time not looking directly at one another, being awkward around one another, possibly holding hands or sitting close).

I asked her, Do you like him? Is he cute?

Her reply surprised me. I can't really tell if he's cute. All I see is that he's mean.