Just Write {132}

April 22, 2014

Just Write, revisited.

Just Write {1}

We are driving along, just the two of us. I channel surf for tunes as Elsie Jane kicks and coos from her backwards position behind me. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is where I land and I sing it at the top of my lungs, windows down.

Somehow she loves it when I sing.

The working day is never done, but girls, they wanna have fuhunn.

I pass by a house with much recycling out front. Cans and cans and bottles and bottles and cardboard boxes. All from alcohol. I think about how that used to be my end of the driveway and how it didn’t take long to add up and so I’d try to hide parts of it under cola types of things.

I think about how, with the boys, I had to pump and dump a lot and worry because it is very simple: I was drinking too much. Maybe I was trying to chase away boredom, cause girls they wanna have fun.

But now it’s September and it’s in the 80′s, bright and sunny and new and for some reason I have on a long-sleeved shirt. Elsie starts to fuss, she doesn’t really like the car, and so I speed up a little and sing a little louder. I turn on our street and I realize that I am chasing boredom with a song.

I put my arm out the window and wave it a little and we pull up, bump bump, up the empty driveway, and we’re home.


This is the 132nd installment of Just Write, an exercise in free writing your ordinary and extraordinary moments. {Please see the details here.}  I would love to read your freely written words so join me and link up below. You can add the url of your post at any time. Just be sure it’s a link to your Just Write post, not to your main page. There are really no rules, besides Just Write! (Then link back to this post in your post so people know where to go if they’d like to join in.) (Any links not following those two guidelines will be deleted.) 

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What can you do when you’re bored and it is raining outside?

If you have kiddos, you know that no one knows better than The Cat and the Hat, right? This is what he would say to do: You show up and use your imagination and make a mess and hurry to clean it up before Mom gets mad.

Asher and I got to see this happen LIVE the Saturday before last at the Zach Theater in Austin at The Cat in the Hat play.

You guys, it was so good, so funny, and so entertaining. It was just the right length for the little ones, at about 45 minutes. The characters came off the pages of the actual Dr Seuss story in the intimate Zach Theater space. We felt like we were part of the show and never took our eyes off the action. Asher laughed and sat enthralled the entire time, then later he asked all sorts of questions about how the actors made it work. It was such a great experience and I could not recommend it more.

Austinites, get your tickets and head on out to see the show, which runs through May 3rd and takes place every Saturday at either 11am or 2pm. Then mark your calendars because Pinnochio runs from April 18th to May 24th.

Happy Theater-going!


Asher, hot cocoa, and part of the set of The Cat and the Hat

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I can see inside of you

April 17, 2014

When Really Big Life things are going on, I find that even though these big things are so often stressful, I am more at ease about the little things. I mean, there isn’t any room for a long conversation about why a lot of sugar is bad for your body. They know this already and good grief, they don’t even have that much sugar to consume around here. So I get over it. I say yes. We move on. Later they eat broccoli with dinner and I don’t even have to make them. There’s give and there’s take. There’s push and then pull. There’s pain and then grace. There’s a marshmallow Peep at the beginning of the day and a whole pile of carrots at the end. Only one is actually even food, but so be it. Maybe one day I’ll tell the rest of the story here. Maybe I won’t. Is that [...]

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It’s a better idea… #sellmyphone

April 16, 2014

{this post has been written as a part of my partnership with ebay. The things I admit in it are still totally my own.} Back when I received the Moto X smart phone, I had several people ask me if I wanted to sell them my iPhone because they assumed I would no longer need it. But, truth be told, I couldn’t sell it because I need it for an app that Moto X doesn’t have yet. Yeah, I kid you not. I’ve been keeping my old smart phone for just one app I cannot live without. It’s my white noise app, and I cannot sleep without just this particular one. (I see you there, rolling your eyes at me and all my smart phone dependency. Stop judging. It’s mean of you to wish for me to NEVER sleep again because of this conundrum.) At some point I’m either going to get over [...]

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