The Truth About Vacationing with Kids

The evolution of a vacationing with my kids goes something like this…. The week prior to departure I am busy creating piles all over my dining room table. I make lists upon lists, and buy enough snacks to feed an army…or two kids on a five hour flight. Cameras are charged, backup batteries are charged, and electronic […]

Life Hacks for the Lazy Gardener

I’m not what one would refer to as having a ‘green thumb’ – mostly because of a lack of effort or any desire to have dirt stuck under my fingernails. This loss of lust for manual labor does not mean I don’t enjoy a beautiful landscape, or a lush flowerbed. I have pined over English […]

Missed My Flight, But Got My Wings from the Angels

The last two months have been filled with a lot of pain and sorrow for me and my family. On March 17th my father passed away after an extended illness. Somehow knowing his death was imminent helped me when his time came to pass. I thought I had said all my goodbyes, cried all my tears, and […]

Morning Hell, or Heaven?

Most mornings in my house consist of me waking and dreading the next hour of my day. It is nonstop action from the moment my feet hit the floor, and believe me I’d rather them not. I have two dogs that insist upon being walked and fed before any other activity in the house is […]

Scuba Diving in Roatan, Honduras with my Autistic Son

Scuba diving was never on my bucket list of things to do in life. I never pined to swim below the water surface and explore reefs, or experience sea creatures of varying sizes. However, it was my son’s obsession and when he turned ten-years-old I reluctantly signed up to learn how to scuba dive with him. […]

Running on Empty

I’ve been known to judge people, I know this is shocking. I don’t judge everyone, but there are certain groups of people that fit into my judgyMcjudgerson criteria – people who run out of gas are prime contenders. I seriously have questioned how the fuck that happens? I try to give a pass to those […]

The Eulogy of My Father

My apologies for my recent absences. My father had become grievously ill and subsequently passed away. It was not a total surprise, considering the man’s life has been on the line many many times, however he had always rebounded. I would be lying if I didn’t say a part of me expected the same outcome, […]

Winning Isn’t Everything

When my children first began playing sports I naturally assumed they would be the best. However, the reality was much different. Growing up I was a top athlete without even trying. I ran track/cross country (not the coolest sport to say the least) and for some unknown reason I had a natural knack to win, or […]

Lord Help Us, The Recorder Makes an Entrance

We’ve just passed a milestone here at the House of Shit. I had thought we would skate by checking this one off the parental bucket list but apparently not. My daughter recently switched schools and after her first day at the new school she came home with the most dreaded piece of equipment any school age […]

The High Cost of Pet Ownership

I’m an animal lover through and through. Every time I meet a dog I begin speaking in ‘doggy talk’ while petting them profusely. There is not a cat that has happened by me whose ears weren’t scratched while running a hand over their long silky soft backs. I’m the crazy pet owner who has ornaments of her […]

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