Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Things Friday

It's been a hot minute since I did a "5 Things For Friday" link-up post, so I'm coming at you with one eye open today.

1. First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for everyone who commented and sent love about my upcoming book. I read every single comment, e-mail, tweet and text--this blogging community is a truly amazing place!

Be sure you're following along on Instagram for sneak peeks along the way; I am absolutely over-the-moon excited for the big launch happening this summer!

2. In a flurry of cleaning off my computer hard drive (talk about a monumental task), I found this horrifying amazing screen grab from my first ever taped press conference. Some days I wish I could go back to life in front of the media, but I'll stick behind a computer for now...

3. What the hell is up with all the judgement going around social media (and the world) right now? I thought I had heard it all and then my neighbor who just had a baby disclosed to me her doctor (you know, the one who is supposed to be neutral) shamed her for use of formula. That doctor is damn lucky I wasn't there to reach across the exam table and slap some sense into him. Come on, people! Differing opinions make the world go 'round.

4. This article from is disturbingly good. I've talked here before about the absolution of my relationship with my biological father and in reading this article, I felt waves of epiphany. For anyone who has ever dissolved a toxic relationship from their lives--I cannot recommend this enough!

"Loved ones and friends—sometimes even therapists—who urge reconnecting with a parent often speak as if forgiveness will be a psychic aloe vera, a balm that will heal the wounds of the past. They warn of the guilt that will dog the victim if the perpetrator dies estranged. What these people fail to take into account is the potential psychological cost of reconnecting, of dredging up painful memories and reviving destructive patterns."

5. Is it even a blog post if I don't include a photo of my two favorite people?

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

Linking up with April

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(raises hand)
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Our honeymoon to Costa Rica
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Our trip to San Francisco, Fall 2012
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

I Got In A Fight With A Lawn Mower...It Won

Are there household chores that you never did as a child? Mowing the lawn was always one for me, because I'm fairly certain my parents believed I would lose a limb trying to cut grass. That was probably a safe bet for them considering I fell down a hill walking the dog (in a rainstorm) and tore my meniscus. 

Fast forward 26 years later and I still had not mowed a lawn...until Saturday. It is very likely Judy was beginning to think she was living on a wild savannah as she jumped through weeds to do her daily business. Fed up with trying to clean her paws from brush, I took a stand.

A stand against a lawnmower.

I whipped that sucker out of the garage, figured out how to start it, mowed a patch about the size of postage stamp and listened as the whole thing went put put put...turn off.

Well crap, I guess it's out of gas. No biggie, I'll just get more.

I loaded that sucker up into the back of my (very tiny) compact car and off I drove to the gas station. I pulled right up, popped off the gas lid and turned to begin fueling when I heard a guy's voice..

"Ma'm! Ma'm!"

(surely he's not talking to me, right?"

"Ma'm! Ma'm! YOU CAN'T DO THAT!"

(who? me?)

"Miss, you've never handled power equipment before have you?"

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CLUE---the fact that I have a mower hanging out of this tiny car or that I just learned to start this beast an hour ago?

So, here's your life lesson--you can't take a lawn mower directly to the gas station to fill it up. Turns out, it's illegal.

Full disclosure: My mom had suggested I buy a gas can to fill with gas to fill the lawn mower, but I pish-poshed that idea because--I don't want that can sitting around, that's silly.

Turns out the second life lesson for today is: Always listen to your mother.

Happy Thursday!

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