Monthly Archive for March, 2015

Escape to Tucson 2015

Desert Hikers 2015

We had such a fantastic time on Spring Break in Tucson!

Stay tuned for tall tales of our adventures and pictures.

Keeping the wick lit

There is value in being the one who’s on call.
There is worth in doing the things that are only noticed when they’re NOT done.
These things are hard to measure without an official title and corresponding tax form.

The freedom of a dozen moments strung together on a free-form whim is pre-payment for unconditional, unquestioned, immediate response.

The light of a paycheck is absolutely necessary.
…but so is keeping the wick lit.

Breakfast by Candlelight

Breakfast by Candlelight

Oh, the dreaded time-change. We’re despisers of Daylight Saving Time. It doesn’t save daylight; it shifts it away from our morning routine and tacks it onto the end of the day, where there’s plenty of sunshine already, and that’s just a nasty trick to play on Night Owls.

Today, rather than grumble about it, we had breakfast by candlelight.

I’m pretty sure “saving candle wax” was one of the reasons originally stated for starting this nonsense, so to that, I say, “MYTH BUSTED!” 😉




Last Thursday, Claire and I were invited to attend a VIP Pre-screening of Disney’s new movie, Cinderella.

It was a school night, but I threw caution to the wind and snagged us two spots on “The List.” I used to do events like this quite a bit, but it’s been years since we have. I joked that at one point, my then preschooler thought everyone just showed up at a venue, and went to the front of the line because their names were on “The List.”

Because this was a pre-screen in the digital age, I dutifully turned in my magical handheld device in exchange for a coat-check ticket, and the evening began.

Cinderella was preceded by an animated short Frozen Fever. Admittedly, we’re both Frozen’d out, but this was awesome. It was so clever and funny, and we laughed through the entire thing. I daresay our hearts were warmed a bit by something frozen. (Who knew?!)

I have one thing to say: DRY BANANA HIPPY HAT.

When you see it, you’ll know what I’m talking about, and you’ll laugh as hard as I did.

Cinderella is one of my favorite Disney Princess stories. It is. She’s thrust into a situation beyond her control but makes the best of it. Yes, she ends up finding her prince, but all she really wanted was a night off and a fancy dress. Seriously…is that too much to ask?

I wasn’t sure how this adaptation would be. I did some research before heading to the theatre and was pleasantly surprised to see one of my favorite actors playing Prince Charming. (My husband and I know him as Robb Stark from Game of Thrones, fame.) Oddly enough, he plays nearly the same part: a prince searching for his place in the kingdom, facing a struggle between following his heart or sticking to tradition. Thankfully, he lives through the entire movie this time. (Heh.)

I’m not a Downton Abbey fan (yet), but there are two actresses from that in this as well.

Before we went to the movie, I told Claire that someone from Harry Potter was in the movie! …and she was once again using a wand! …only this time she played someone good! She thought for sure I was leading up to Professor McGonagall, but changed her answer to Bellatrix with that last hint. Her role as the Fairy Godmother did not disappoint!

Cate Blanchett plays a wonderfully wicked step-mother, and I left the theatre realizing that my life is sadly devoid of incredible hats. I love how they made the step-sisters more ugly on the inside than the outside. (They were hysterical, by the way. Absolutely hilarious.)

If you know the Cinderella story at all, you’ll be shocked at the twist at the end. Okay, I’m totally kidding. It ends just the way you know it does.

There are a couple of fun twists and turns throughout, but I found an odd comfort in knowing what was going to happen next. The mice were masterpieces in and of themselves. Seeing the transformations of the pumpkin coach and accompanying creatures on the big screen were incredible.

I love what Kenneth Branagh did with this adaptation. (He’s another favorite!)

I can’t stop thinking about the dance. The way they tie in her past, his present, their future, and the magic of it all was so masterfully done.

Cinderella opens to the general public on March 13th.
Go see it!
You’ll love it.

…and your kids will, too. 😉

*I was provided with complimentary tickets to this event and was asked for nothing in return. The above excitement and enthusiasm is all my own.


Yesterday was my 41st birthday! If you’re a long-time reader of this website, or even a close friend, or anywhere near me when I’m out in public, you know I *love* birthdays, mine especially. 😉 Seriously, they make my heart smile, and I love having an excuse to celebrate! What’s a better excuse than a birthday!?

My phone was literally dancing across my desk all day with all the texts and emails wishing me the best. I had perma-grin as I scrolled through all the Facebook notifications (which I keep OFF my phone for various reasons), where I’d been not-so-subtly reminding everyone that my big day was this week. (Facebook tells people when your birthday is, so that was an added perk.)

Then, late last night, as the frenzy started to wane, my phone lit up with another text from an out-of-state friend, a friend I’ve known for TWO DECADES now. I smiled when I saw her name, before I even saw the text. Her message started out with an explanation that there would be three texts, and she’d waited until my birthday to share them with me. Along with this first message was a picture that didn’t really make sense. It was a colorful photo of a program I’d seen on her Facebook wall. I wasn’t sure how it pertained to me. I was intrigued.

The second photo popped in, and again, the pieces weren’t really falling together, but I was hooked. Where was she going with this? I love a mystery, and the puzzle started tumbling around in my head. I scanned the text in the photo under the “Phenomenal Women” header, but I didn’t recognize the names. I held my breath, wondering what the third text would be.

When that photo popped onto the screen of my magical handheld device, tears sprang to my eyes, and I literally gasped out loud.

Phenomenal Honor

*Click photo to see more detail.

I’m humbled.

I needed these words. I’ve often felt as though I’m speaking into a void, and I’m never sure if my words are having an impact at all, and then I question whether it matters anyway. I have words and entire books in my head, in my heart, and half-finished on my computer, and my energy to work on them ebbs and flows. I’m okay with that, and I’ve made peace with my life and choices and priorities. I wouldn’t change this, any of this, my life, for the world.

…but this gift was something I didn’t even know I needed until I received it.

Thank you.

Bald Eagle at the Lake

We have a Bald Eagle that frequents our area. We’ve seen him sitting in the pine trees, and flying around the lake. Today, on the way to school, Claire spotted him sitting on the ice at the lake!

We stopped and marveled at him, and I took a photo.

**As always, click on the photos to see more detail.

Bald Eagle on the Lake

It’s not the best photo, but there he is! I can’t believe Claire spotted him!

I was so enthralled with him that rather than go straight to the grocery store, I circled back around to see if he was still there. He was!

I was so enthralled with him that rather than go straight to the grocery store after dropping Claire off at school, I circled back around to see if he was still there. He was!

See him?

See him?

I watched him some more...

I watched him some more…

He flapped his wings.

He flapped his wings and put on quite a show.

What a great way to start the week!