Not that I ever had any doubts, but for the record, you can never get too much of the California Wine Country. My husband (who is much more an oenophile than I am) and I recently returned from our third visit to Napa/Sonoma in the last four years. Once again we tasted amazing wine. Once… Continue reading Back to Napa + Guest Post
I’m not sure for how long you have to be a writer in order to sensibly take a break from writing. I’m pretty sure it’s longer than I’ve had this blog, but take a break I did for most of the summer. I was still writing in other places like Richardson Living Magazine and Grown… Continue reading Weekend Reads and Listens – Return Edition
There is no escaping the movie trailer for Bad Moms, which opens today, if you are a mother. While others will likely enjoy the movie, it’s us moms getting tagged in “OMG, we have to see this!” posts and fielding multiple invitations to MNOs (Moms Night Out for the uninitiated). From the previews, the movie… Continue reading When Did We Become the Moms in the Movie?
After 10 years of working in higher education, I am used to the series of questions I get every summer: “Do you have the summer off?” “No.” “Oh really? Because my cousin is a professor and he doesn’t work in the summer.” “Right, well, faculty members sometimes take it off, but staff members don’t have… Continue reading Surviving Freshman Orientation: Guest Post on Grown and Flown
A popular hashtag in the wake of tragedy is “#WeAre[insert name of person/location].” Maybe it’s slacktivism, but I’ve always appreciated them. They convey unity, solidarity, and the acknowledgement that while this particular event happened there, it can just as easily happen here. I think those are important messages to send to suffering families and communities.… Continue reading Dallas Strong
I was feeling cocky last fall when I wrote my “Next Summer” post and gloated about our 70-degree weather in October signaling that summer in Texas was finally coming to an end. There is a flip side of course to all that, and it looks like this: Alas, summer has fully descended on us and… Continue reading Next Summer is Now
As a parent, you learn to make the most out of the rare moments of alone (or at least “child is distracted”) time. You can turn a 30-minute episode of Paw Patrol for them into a completed blog post for you. You figure out how long it takes the toddler to eat a snack and… Continue reading Finding “Me” Time Abroad