Kindred Spirits

Jonathan Crombie, the actor who played Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables, died last week. As it is the best movie EVER, I made my daughter and niece watch it tonight.


We watched the whole thing, screaming at Anne’s crazy antics, crying over the sad parts, and swooning at sweet Gilbert Blythe. It was a big hit and I was sorry to tell the girls Gilbert had died.

RIP, Jonathan Crombie.




So Much for Consistency

The class I took on blogging said to blog with consistency. Once a week is consistent, no?

It’s not that I’ve been particularly busy, just very, very lazy. I wonder if I could get that classified as a disability. It was all I could do last week to work. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that everyone else in the free world headed out of town for spring break. Everyone but ME and MINE.

Here’s a rundown of the week’s highlights:

Monday – worked. (The fact that this is a highlight should tell you something.)

Tuesday – Bridge night with Moon’s BFF

Wednesday – Wine with Kit

Thursday/Friday – I’ve already forgotten.

Saturday – Cinderella with Kit, Moon and Rimfire

Sunday – Church, lunch with the family, hanging with Moon

The lowlights included a whole lot of time on the computer. It’s gotten so bad that I cannot concentrate for more than 30 seconds at a time. If you can’t give me the scoop in 140 characters, just forget it.

It takes a lot for me to get OVER it, but this weekend I was. Obviously I got OVER being over it, but it was touch-and-go there for a second. Literally, a second.

Hopefully this week will be better. Let’s see, so far it’s been -

Monday – work.

Sigh. Work, drudgery, a dirty house, this is all feeling very familiar.


A girl can dream.


Goings On and What-Not


Before I tell you about my weekend, I wanted to pass on some information that I gleaned while in California. Up until a week ago, when I heard the term “Unisex” as in “Denny’s will now have unisex bathrooms”, I thought that meant a bathroom that can be used by both men and women. You know, like the ones you have in your own house! Uh, no, that is NOT what that means. It means that when you are dying to go to the bathroom and you’re stuck on a beach in Oceanside watching an Ironman race and finally find one inside a pavilion, while you are in one stall doing YOUR business, a man can be in the stall RIGHT NEXT DOOR, doing his. If you just upchucked your breakfast, welcome to my world.

Now back to more pleasant things – my weekend! This was one of the better ones because it had the perfect ratio of friends:family:rest.

Friday night we were invited to participate in a Seder dinner.

  1. The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This story is in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) in the Hebrew Bible.

The family who invited us was nice enough to include Moon so we had her look up all of the food/symbolism before we went. During the dinner, she filled the role of the “children” by reciting certain lines and looking for the matzah. In the car ride home I asked her if she had enjoyed it. She said, “It was one of my favorite things we’ve done all year!”

Okay, then. So much for taking her to Savannah/Chicago/Charleston/Nashville/SanDiego! Next year we’ll just hand her a Jewish calendar and be done with it.

Saturday, we went to Waffle House for breakfast, then did some shopping. Once a year we get to send gifts to India (Hey, I’ve BEEN to India!) and they were supposed to be there by the 9th. No big deal except that for some reason the date on my watch was wrong and said that Saturday was the 7th! If you got knocked down by the Tyres running through Target, know that it was for a good cause.

Sunday was Easter so we joined millions of other Christians dressed in pastels and went to church. AmmoGuy and his family had invited us over afterward for lunch where I ate more carbs in one sitting than I have the last two months. We watched some egg hunting, then came home where I crashed on the couch for a good, long nap.

I only got up because my husband had promised to take some photos for a little something I like to call MY AUTHOR PICTURE. You know, the one on the back of my BOOK? My publisher has one but it’s from a few years ago when I was younger and skinnier, so I thought we might need to update it. Then JD shot a bunch of pictures of the current me and I decided if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’ll just request that they install coated plexiglass at all of my book signings and people can slide their books underneath, thus preventing them from seeing the real, un-retouched version. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, amiright Kittens?

How was YOUR Easter?

5 Random Things

1. I bought new underwear for our trip to San Diego. They were on a table marked 5 for 19.00 bucks so I grabbed some and threw them in my suitcase. When we got to our hotel, I noticed one pair said “Single-ish” on the backside. My husband was not amused.

2. Every blog post should have a graphic. My computer is being super slow so I can’t upload one. #FAIL

3. I found this today and it made me very happy!

4. A gentleman came to my house today and removed a groundhog. Only 14 more to go!

5. Grumpy does not even begin to describe my bad mood these past few mornings. Someone today asked me if I could table a discussion and I thought, “I can TABLE YOU!”

What’s going on with you?



SanDiego, Go!

My company sent me to a convention last week, so Team Tyre decided to use it as an opportunity to explore the west coast. We went a day early so that I wouldn’t be wiped out by the time change, and so we could look around, but mostly that last one. We had lunch in Coronado, sat on the beach in La Jolla, and ate in every restaurant in San Diego. After the convention, I watched my homegirl, Kyra, run a half Ironman. It was kinda fabulous.

At the convention I took a class called How to Blog with Consistency. I guess time will tell if it was worth the 1200.00 bucks. Spoiler alert: probably not. Other things I learned, every post should include a graphic:


Here’s Moon learning about alternative energy sources.

Moon learned a lot on this trip. Like how celebrities will thwart paparzzi by wearing the same clothes over and over so that it looks like the photos were taken on the same day, thus limiting their sales potential. One night before dinner, I told her to wear my blue jean shirt in case it got cold. She didn’t take it off for five days. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop her dad from photographing her constantly.


We’re not worried about sales potential, obviously.

After the conference, we decided to drive to Los Angeles and fly home from there. It wasn’t my favorite city – WAY too many people, but I kinda fell in love with our hotel.


The view from our suite’s balcony overlooking the harbor in Marina Del Rey. You know you’re staying in the wrong part of town when you keep waiting for the concierge to tell you that your card has been declined. We were only able to stay the one night, but it was one, very awesome, night. As Moon said, “That was the best pullout sofa I’ve ever slept on!”

Hey, we didn’t want to spoil her with an actual bed!

Before leaving, we decided to show Moon how the 1% live by walking around Rodeo Drive.


Then we showed her how the 99% live by gawking at everyone and leaving without buying anything.

Now it’s back to real life where my bedroom view consists of a Burger King and a WalMart. At least there’s still plenty of opportunities to gawk.


She’ll Be Coming Down the Mountain

I expect my mother any second. Moon and I drove to Tennessee on Friday to visit with her, hang out, and drop off my dogs for the week. Okay, mostly that last one. Dogs? That’s right. Freeda has been trying out a new dog named FINLEY for a couple of weeks. Freeda likes him. I like him. Guess what two sour-pusses in the house don’t??

My mom and dad aren’t looking for another dog, but if one suddenly turned up on the mountain, what are they going to do, NOT keep him? You obviously don’t know my parents.



Besides, look at this cutey-patooty.

The only issue with this dog AT ALL is that his bark is slightly high-pitched. Imagine a squeaky wheel going around and around about a hundred times and played through a megaphone one inch from your ear. That’s not loud enough. But besides that, he’s perfect!

Freeda is much quieter. Her only issue is that when she was a puppy, she used to take off for long stretches. We started giving her treats every time she came in the door so that she’d figure out that coming home was a good thing. Now she tends to go out and in a lot. Imagine a revolving door going around and around about a hundred times except that you have to get up and hand the dog a treat every time she comes into view. That’s not aggravating enough. But besides that, she’s perfect!

Good thing my mom is known for being long-suffering and patient.

Hey, she never kicked Tania-the-Mad down the mountain. If she can put up with her, what’s a yapping, aggravating dog or two?


It’s Come to This

This is what I’m eating for four days:

1/2 cup of coconut milk

1/2 cup mango

1/4 cup white kidney beans

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla

Blended together to make a pudding OR blended together with ice and water to make a smoothie.

If I get crazy, I’ll substitute the mango for 3 dates, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and make it chocolate!

Why? Because it’s supposed to make me lose 8 pounds over 4 days. Why else???

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict a Moron Test Kitchen Grade of F.




Spring Forward Into Bed

Are you guys still here? I’d completely forgotten that I even had a blog. To be honest, I’ve been kinda nutso. I blame the time change. For the past two nights I’ve fallen asleep at NINE. This is putting a serious dent into my TV binge-watching time. (Have you seen the new Netflix show, The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt? Hilarious!)

But back to me. So this weekend I went to a BOARD meeting which is where I helped make serious long-term decisions about a local ministry. Yes. I. Did. You need a lot of skill to be involved at this high level like, being holy and nodding at the appropriate times.  Not everyone can pull it off.

Monday was a work day and I’m not sure what happened but I was in the WORST mood. Let’s retrace my steps. 1) Took Moon to horseback riding at 8 a.m., 2) Went to gym and rode a bike and lifted weights. 3) Worked 4) Went BACK to gym and did two miles on the elliptical. OH, I see now. EVERYTHING I hate (getting up early, not MOON) in one day.

Tuesday started off as bad because I made the mistake of weighing. I don’t know what I was thinking. I mean, sure I worked out TWICE in one day and had, gluten-free cereal and rice milk for breakfast, 3 boiled eggs for lunch and a salad with salmon, but it’s not like I was DIETING or anything. Of course I can’t lose weight like that! Who eats THREE boiled eggs? Stupid, *&$^%* pig!

Whew. Perhaps the mood still lingers a bit.

The best part of today was that I received some essential oils from my sister. The LAVENDER is supposed to relieve stress. It totally worked. JD was having a bad day of his own and so I chased him around and put lavender on his ears. Laughing at other people really helps lighten the mood, amiright Kittens?





Good vs. Wicked

This week saw the start of a new bible study at my friend, Mantamy’s house. We’ve only had one meeting but I’ve already learned that Thessalonians refers to a place, Thessalonia, Silvanus is also Silas, and Ikea sells coconut covered chocolate balls that are to DIE for. I’m hoping the next eight weeks brings me a greater understanding of Paul’s letter. And also more of the desserts, cause seriously, they are YUMMY.

Mantamy, as I’m sure you remember, is the friend who’s taken me from India, to Paris, to the shores of Cape San Blas. I’m pretty sure I’m listed as a dependent on her tax return.  In fact, there’s a whole host of people are might be listing me on their 1040s. “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Name that Movie/Play!

In keeping with my having the best friends EVAH, my friend and bridge partner Positive Patty gave the Tyres’ tickets to WICKED. It was fabulous! We learned that the Wicked Witch was framed, and that deep down inside, she was actually very good. That gives great hope to us that are related to Tania-the-Mad.

Moral of the story, my friends ROCK. You should look into getting some. (Just not mine – they’re taken! Why do you think I never use their actual names?)



You’ve probably seen the photos of our trip to Nashville by now. I only uploaded one every ten minutes while we were in Nashville. I can’t help it. It’s my FAVORITE town. We’ve done some traveling together recently, and as much as we loved Charleston and Chicago – Nashville was by far my favorite. Which is amazing considering that during the first 20 minutes, I almost left!

Moon and I drove to Nashville via my mother’s house so that we could drop off the dog. By the time we got to the big city, JD had already booked our room. We had a miscommunication regarding parking, and my miscommunication I mean I was yelling and JD was yelling, and he had to come down and jump in the truck to tell me where to go. But it gets better! Then he instructed me to park in a tiny spot next to his rental, never mind that I was in a LAND CRUISER, which is why he was yelling “Just don’t wreck my car” when I backed into something. Oh, RELAX, it was just a transformer. So of course JD had to jump into the drivers side and park us. This is when Moon looked at us and calmly said, “Well, this is a disaster.”

Hey, it could only get better, amiright Kittens? And it DID. We had dinner at The Southern which was incredible. Seriously, if we could send their pimento-cheese grits to the Middle East, peace would reign!

Because JD was working, Moon and I laid around in the hotel room, used the wi-fi and stayed warm. I do have to work, you know! Then my cousin, Gingerbread came and took us to dinner at Chuy’s.. The food was great but the ride was most entertaining. Let’s just say that Moon learned a whole lot of new words. I LOVE my cousin, another reason that Nashville rocks.

Next, Moon found out her favorite duo, Maddie and Tae, were playing at the Ryman so I got on Craig’s List and found tickets. Two tickets. So she and JD went to the concert while I stayed in and caught up on Downton Abbey. Did I mention it was 28 degrees? I’m not crazy.

The next day we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Hatch Show Print – highly recommend both. THEN we hit the Bluebird Cafe where we listened to amazing singer/songwriters. It was so good I wanted to CRY. It was a beautiful, snowy night of great music. In short, NOT a disaster.

The moral of the story is that moms make everything better and if men wouldn’t yell, we couldn’t wreck. The End.