bucket list

The Importance of my Jack-o-Lantern

Sunday night we finally had time to carve our pumpkins. I had been trying for weeks – and was determined to get it done today, before Halloween, before the busyness of November begins. By the time I came home from what I’d been doing and we devoured the lovely hamburger soup Jason had prepared, the… Continue reading The Importance of my Jack-o-Lantern

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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

Mental Health, mental illness

Extra Anxiety #endstigma

It's been a rough few weeks for my anixety, and I've been seeing my therapist weekly. I have been taking my emergency-only as needed anti-anxiety medication unusually often. I looked back at my diary app, on which I keep track of such things. As of Tuesday, I'd taken it 12 times since July 8. Typically, I take… Continue reading Extra Anxiety #endstigma

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

Marriage, Mental Health

Adventures in Lawn Care

I used to love mowing the lawn. At least, I remember telling people that. It's possible that I loved bragging to my entitled friends about how I did manual labor that also counted as exercise. I'm not certain why I felt why that was brag-worthy, but that was definitely my MO. I also used to… Continue reading Adventures in Lawn Care

Blogmas

Blogmas 2: December Birthdays; Life is Worth Celebrating

I just discovered a blogging tradition called Blogmas, where bloggers post an entry per day during the month of December through Christmas, all related to Christmas. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it, so I made a list of topics. I was able to come up with enough, so here goes. I'm… Continue reading Blogmas 2: December Birthdays; Life is Worth Celebrating