Cry with Me

I cry. I am an empathetic person, and I’ve learned to keep my distance and cocoon myself for self-preservation. But often, I cry. From TV commercials, Disney music, fabulous theatre, kindergarteners singing, someone receiving $24,000 on “Ellen” or when reading an article in a magazine that renews my faith in humanity.

Sometimes crying embarrasses me. My kids look over to see if my eyes are welling up; they can now sense moments when it may happen. I warn people I’m sitting next to that I cry, and I carry tissues in my purse and camera bag

Here’s the thing. When I’m crying, I’m Present. I’m not rehashing the past, fretting about a future that hasn’t happened yet over which I have no control… there’s no wall or anxiety. I’m just here. It’s just me. And I’m usually really happy. Even when I’m crying over something sad, I’m usually able to find the peace in having at least connected with the moment.

You can offer me a tissue or a hug, or you can cry right along with me. I recommend the latter because then we’ll see each other’s silly tears and it will turns into peals of laughter.

I like laughing too. 🙂


Currently, June 2016

Current Book – I just read 3 books on vacation: “Who Do you Love” by Jennifer Weiner and “Cherry Money Baby” by John M. Cusick were summer fun easy reads, and “The Country of Ice Cream Star” by Sandra Newman, which was a haunting story written in its own dialect. I’m reading “Whatever Makes You Happy” right now, but I don’t like it as much as either of those other 3 books.

Current Guilty Pleasure – Nutella left over from Wendy’s graduation party – right out of the jar.

Current Drink – water. But I did “invent” an apple pie shot the other day of two parts Siegburg Apfel Apple Schnapps and one part St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur.

Current Favorite Blog –, but she’s mostly on Periscope now.

Current Song – “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx

Current Wish-List – reduced shoulder pain

Current Needs – limes to make Denise’s mojo chicken recipe

Current Triumph – Learned how to use Apple iBooks Author at work, helped DD1 paint a desk for her first apartment

Current Indulgence – calories

Current Outfit – jean shorts and an aqua button down

Current Banes of My Existence – ants in the dishwasher

Current Excitement – Brian got a new car for Father’s Day

Current Mood –it’s all good


Selfies from January 2016

I love that my iPhone has now automatically created a selfie folder! For “almost Wordless Wednesday”, here are my selfies from January. My inlaws were in town for 3 weeks, so there are a lot of family photos!:


Currently, Jan 2016

Current Book – I just read “Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. I probably won’t have time to look for my next book for about 2 weeks.

Current Guilty Pleasure – homemade chocolate mint brownies. But there’s only one left!

Current Drink – water

Current Favorite Blog – Outdoorsy Diva

Current Song – Still into you, Paramore

Current Wish-List – less tension with DD2

Current Needs – a nap

Current Triumph – Got the golf tournament web page live at work

Current Indulgence – dinner dates with my husband

Current Outfit – skirt, sweater, tights, heels

Current Banes of My Existence – my daughter’s girlfriend’s cat scratching Brian’s chair

Current Excitement – it’s a brand new year!

Current Mood – turning wounds into wisdom


Currently, Oct 2014

Current Book – I just read Roald Dahl’s “Danny, the Champion of the World”, which is probably meant for 10 year olds. I’m also reading “The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only: A Parent’s Guide to the New College Experience: Calling, Not Calling, Packing, Preparing, Problems, Roommates, … Matters when Your Child Goes to College” by Harlan Cohen.

Current Shame-Inducing, Guilty Pleasure – Facebooking when I should be working out.

Current Drink – water

Current Favorite Blog – because I have known her for years but I always learn new things about her when I read her blog posts. And because we empower each other.

Current Song – Marry You by Bruno Mars

Current Wish-List – a few lbs off

Current Needs – well there’s that empty light on my dashboard…

Current Triumph – Met Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom TWICE in one day!

Current Indulgence – Musicals. Les Miz in Gainesville, #CinderellaTour at the Straz and Anything Goes at my kids’ school

Current Outfit – PJs

Current Banes of My Existence – loud sounds waking me up around midnight.

Current Excitement – College acceptance letters showing up in our mailbox for my daughter!!!!!

Current Mood – enjoying the ride.