Do Not Disturb

I woke to a buzzing sound. Eyes weighed down with sleep struggled to open. What time is it? No hints of light trickling in around the curtains so it must not be morning yet. My eyes wandered around the room searching for the culprit, the interrupter of sleep. Another buzz. My phone … who is texting…

Pain in Training

My feet are frozen ice pops without socks to warm them, but I suffer through the discomfort. I’ll just think warm thoughts. My chai tea has cooled, making it an unappealing room temperature, but this one time, it’s okay. I’ll just drink it anyway. I can hear the tune announcing the end of the dryer…

Lessons from a Hack

You may have heard about the Equifax breach, but have you heard about the equally frightening Randlett hack? My son complained of his computer not allowing him access to the website where he completes his online classes. A fully functioning computer is a necessity when completing online school. I don’t consider myself technologically illiterate ……

Time to Fill Up

Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin bread. Candy corn. Kids in costumes fill their buckets with delicious candy (and sometimes apples, boxes of raisins, or coupons, unfortunately) as they panhandle door-to-door one night of the year. We stuff ourselves to bursting with turkey covered in gravy, mashed potatoes covered in gravy, and dressing covered in gravy. Okay,…

A Full Tank

I had been working on a project all day. My stomach grumbled and complained after being neglected for at least 12 hours. The project seemed near completion thirty times over, the inner voice–“Almost done … just a few more minutes.”–repeating on a loop over the course of the day. I guzzled several glasses of water…

Stay Alert

We scoped out the perfect spot for optimal relaxation. After paddling out past the waves, we got comfortable on our rafts. Basking in the sun, we were oblivious to the looming danger. A freak wave built up and crashed 15 feet earlier than any of the other waves that day. We had no time to…

Delusions

I came down with a sore throat over a month ago. Congestion was followed by an incessant cough–a cough that would not allow me to speak more than 2 words of a sentence before the pressure in my chest would cause me to cough. It has been super annoying and draining. By late afternoon each…

Empty Gift

“I have a gift for you, Mommy,” said my friend’s 6-year-old daughter Estelle. Mary Hannah had noticed her daughter giving wrapped presents to each member of the family in the past few days. She wondered where all of these gifts were coming from until she opened the one Estelle had wrapped for “Mommy.” Not wanting…

Matching scars

My boys have matching scars. They both have a horizontal line on the left side of their foreheads. This was not planned. When Hunter was about one and a half years old, my mom and sister rode with us on the train down to San Juan Capistrano. We had a wonderful lunch followed by a…