bucket list, Family, Mental Health, mental illness

Skate Like No One is Watching

Tonight, my twelve-year-old niece had her birthday party at the roller rink. I was interested in skating, so prior to the party, I sent out a text asking if it would cost anything for me to rent skates. Word spread, and my nieces were excited. I had to find my balance first, and one niece… Continue reading Skate Like No One is Watching

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Family, Marriage

The Hope Nail Polish Brought

On Friday, we went to the store to buy toilet paper, deodorant, and a few other essentials. Before we checked out, I picked up a $4 bottle of baby-girl-pink nail polish. To me, this is a huge deal. The last time I bought something for just myself that wasn’t an absolute necessity (like contact lens… Continue reading The Hope Nail Polish Brought

Family, Marriage

Food Pantry Ham Horrors

My husband and I got a ham from the food pantry. It was free, which is great and all, but it really did not appear ham-like. Jason, between gagging as he cut it up, made some pretty amusing comments. Here are my favorites: On slicing it: “It's like I'm dissecting Jabba the Hutt's tongue. No.… Continue reading Food Pantry Ham Horrors

Family, Marriage, Mental Health, mental illness

Epic Night for Free

Last night was epic. My husband and I cooked dinner together: hot dogs with bread (for him) and ketchup, generic box macaroni and cheese, and canned corn and green beans. I joked about how we were enjoying Poor Man’s Supper, since all of those things are so inexpensive, and not very healthy. We watched some… Continue reading Epic Night for Free

bucket list, Family, Mental Health

Happy Birthday, Grandpa: Adventures in Gardening

Today would have been my grandpa’s birthday. It is precisely one week after mine, so it’s easy for me to remember. I have fond memories of my grandpa’s time with me – he was patient and kind, and he taught me to drive. My grandpa and grandma used to live on a farm in a… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Grandpa: Adventures in Gardening

Family, Mental Health, mental illness

When Self Care Means Medication

Blogmas is over! It has been almost two weeks since Christmas and I took a bit of a blogging break. I’ve still been writing, but more personal things. Life has been going pretty good, but I have been pretty anxious. Something happened recently with my family. I was at a restaurant celebrating my brother and… Continue reading When Self Care Means Medication

Blogmas, Family, Mental Health, mental illness

Blogmas 23: Minimalism and Re-Gifting at Christmas

In my husband’s large family, we choose not to buy gifts for everyone. We always play a couple of games, one with his mom’s side and one with his dad’s. These games can be very fun to participate in, which I did today. However, I typically end up with something that is not very “me”.… Continue reading Blogmas 23: Minimalism and Re-Gifting at Christmas