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Are you bleeding?

This week, while we’re in Hawaii, I’m pulling some fun categories to the surface. One of my favorites is “Are you bleeding?,” not only because it’s an interesting category, but it’s the first triage question I usually ask.

I can’t help it. It’s how I was raised.

“Are you bleeding?” No? Carry on, then.

There is a whole other set of questions to ask from there if the answer is “yes.”

Check out the “Are you bleeding?” Category for some “fun” stories!


I’ve always been fascinated with language, and having a child is a crash-course in not only teaching a language but learning one as well.

Over the years, I’ve been careful to record the “Claire-isms,” the words and phrases that Claire makes up. As I looked back through these, what I feared is true! I’d already forgotten some of them.

It’s a good thing I’d written them down when I had a chance!

Check it out: Claire-isms!


Well, it’s finally here! In honor of our 10-year wedding anniversary next month (almost 14 years together…can you believe it!?) my husband and I are escaping to Hawaii for two glorious weeks of play. The grandparents have arrived for two weeks of play as well, but they’ll have their work cut out for them, too.

Play is hard work when a preschooler is involved.

I’ve got some things set to auto-post these two weeks. For your reading pleasure, I’m pulling up some categories, dusting them off, and providing links to them. I love reading back through our stories. It’s one (if not the main) reason I love writing here at The Casual Perfectionist.

So, sit back, relax and start reading.

Hey! That’s on my To Do List for the next couple of weeks, too!



We'll see you after Labor Day! Have a great holiday!

Self-Portrait with Lady Liberty

I had a FANTASTIC time in NYC! Stay tuned for more details... 🙂

Playing with my imaginary friends in real life

I’m off to NYC for BlogHer ’10!

I wrote about it over at Mile High Mamas, and I can’t believe the time has come!

My flight leaves after noon on the 5th, jetting off into the future.  East Coasters live in the future…didn’t you know that?  On Sunday, I’ll fly the friendly skies back into the Mountain Time Zone, wondering where all the time went and how it got there so quickly.

I can’t wait to experience BlogHer for the first time!
I can’t wait to meet my imaginary friends in person.
I can’t wait to see some locals halfway across the country.
I can’t wait to relax in a room all by myself. (No offense to my wonderful husband and awesome daughter, of course.  Do you think they’ll even notice that I’m gone?)
I can’t wait to get up close and personal with Lady Liberty.
I can’t wait to learn new things about writing, blogging, and social media.

Bottom line?  I just can’t wait.

If you’re interested in taking a peek at what I’m doing, look to the left side of the blog and scroll down to the Twitter application, or check out my twitter page directly.  I won’t be updating the blog or Facebook until my return, but I do hope to use twitter to capture and share my adventures.

…and I’ll be sure to tell you all about it when I return!

Writers write.

A long time ago, I wrote myself a note. It says, quite simply, “Writers write.” Part of me thought it was silly to state the obvious. The other part of me was shocked at how powerful it was in its simplicity.

Writers write.
I write.
I’m a writer.

I’ve always written, but I haven’t always considered myself a writer.

Slowly, as I started to focus more on my writing, I began to grow into the title. It became comfortable. It made sense. What I did started to become who I was…who I am.

I’m a writer.

Today marks a big day for me. A month ago, I gave my notice to my editor at Mile High Mamas, the Denver Post‘s parenting blog. Today is my last day as assistant editor.

I’ve loved my time at Mile High Mamas, and I’ll contribute writing pieces every now and then, but it’s time to shift gears. It’s time to follow my passion; harness this energy and see where it takes me.

It’s time to start the next chapter.


Yes, I’m writing a book! It’s a nonfiction piece, so I’ll be polishing my book proposal. I’ve been working on this for a while, but without the time to give it my full attention, it’s been left to simmer on the back burner for longer than I’d like. Rather than wanting to stir it all the time but only having time to stir it now and then, I’ll be able to focus.

I’ll still be writing here at The Casual Perfectionist, because this site is intertwined with my grand plan. This writing will feed that writing, and vice versa.

My husband is so supportive of me and my goals, that sometimes I have to pinch myself to realize that my dreams are coming true. Claire has always been my full-time job, and I am so thankful to be in a position where I can focus on my daughter and my writing. I am so excited to see where this leads.

I’m a writer.
Writers write.
It’s what I do.
It’s who I am…

…so it’s time to do just that.

Tuesdays & Fridays

Remember when I wrote on the blog every day for a whole year?
Remember when I couldn’t not participate in NaBloPoMo 2007, 2008, and 2009?

I love writing. I love posting here. I also tend to be a tad OCD and want to post and write all the time, but that’s just not going to work well for my sanity this summer. (Yes, I twitch when I don’t see every little day on the calendar lit up…but I’m getting over that. Honest. Kinda.)

I have some big plans in the works, and our New Summer Routine is getting into full swing.  …all of which is exciting and exhausting and draining and energizing.  Who knew it was possible to remain somewhat sane and upright in the middle of this seemingly contradictory vortex?

It is, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

Still, because of all this, you’ll notice that I’m changing up the posting schedule here at The Casual Perfectionist.  I’m forcing us all to relax, enjoy our travels, and visitors and find time to just be.  So for this month, I’ll be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays.

If you’ve popped in to see what we’re up to, and you don’t see a new post, never fear! Check back on a Tuesday or Friday, and you’ll find us.  If you really want something to read, check back through the archives.  Can you believe that this post marks 1,176 posts!?

I’m nothing if not wordy.  😉

When you’ve read your fill, go outside and play.
You can bet we will be…


536 miles is a long enough ride for one day.

In totally related news:


Be it ever so humble, there really is no place like it.

We had a fabulous time, but it’s so good to be home.

More on our adventures, later!

The Last Day of School!

It’s the last day of school!

In true Dramatic Diva Princess form, Claire is “devastated and wants to go forever.” [quote – end quote]

At least we’ll be seeing the grandparents soon; her art classes start shortly after that AND there is a drama portion to these, so her skillz will not be wasted. 😉

Not to mention Ballet!  She begged to do the Summer Ballet Classes, so we’ll be doing those, too.

But, not until we take some time to play.

And, with that, we wish you a great rest of the week! Posting really will be light for the next week or so. We’ll catch ya on the flip-side!