Baby, Book Review, Non Fiction, Personal

Tiny Little Human | Review of Bringing Up Bebe

Many years ago, I posted on Facebook an article from Harper’s Bazaar that begged women to stop expecting themselves, as mothers, to "fall apart." The pride mothers seem to feel at  their lack of showers, lack of clean clothes, and lack of meals that didn’t consist of cold chicken nuggets or other child-centered leftovers was… Continue reading Tiny Little Human | Review of Bringing Up Bebe

Navy, Politics

Dear Congressman

I complain often enough on social media about Congress, especially regarding their treatment of the military. But complaining doesn't change anything. So I decided to contact a few Representatives who are doing some positive work for military families and let them know how I feel. --- Dear Congressman, I must first confess that, as a Navy… Continue reading Dear Congressman

Deployment, Marriage, Navy, Personal

The Worst Thing a Civilian Has Ever Said to Me

People always have interesting things to say when we talk about my husband being in the Navy. There are a lot of crazy misconceptions going around, like I get my groceries for free and don’t have to pay taxes (I wish). There are a lot of probing questions, too... I am not sure why Kyle’s… Continue reading The Worst Thing a Civilian Has Ever Said to Me

Book Review, Home, Non Fiction, Personal

Less is Joy

Last month, I confessed to everyone that I am a shopaholic. And I told you that part of my New Year’s Resolution was to resist the temptation to purchase any article of clothing for the entire month of January. I am happy to report, I succeeded. In fact, I have done the opposite of buy clothes. I… Continue reading Less is Joy

Personal

New Year’s Confessions of a Shopaholic

I really wanted to start out this new year with an awesome post detailing all of my resolutions and intentions for 2017. I tossed around ideas like "blog once a week," "save for retirement," and "drink alcohol only on weekends." But, I am self-aware enough to know that I am too weak to promise anything… Continue reading New Year’s Confessions of a Shopaholic

Culture

I’m Losing the War on Christmas

If you have ever worked retail during the holiday season, you know the sheer terror that quakes in your soul when you realize Halloween is over and, suddenly, literally overnight, you must master holiday return policies, mentally prepare for the onslaught of unsatisfied and panicked gift givers, and practice your holiday greeting.  Perhaps the most… Continue reading I’m Losing the War on Christmas

Book Review, Fiction

Paging Robin Hood | Review of Camille Perri’s The Assistants

I didn’t technically read Camille Perri’s book The Assistants. I listened to it. I don’t have quotes stockpiled in my trusty “Thoughtful Notebook,” and I didn’t spend time analyzing paragraphs for deeper concepts or hidden meaning. My review is far from academic. But this book struck me in a way few have.  The writing wasn’t… Continue reading Paging Robin Hood | Review of Camille Perri’s The Assistants

Deployment, Navy

Yesterday Was the Worst

  No one told me that I would have nothing to say when I needed to say goodbye...that I, usually never loss for words, would think of literally nothing. No one told me about the confusion my heart would feel, somehow both proud and completely terrified of what you were going to do.  No one… Continue reading Yesterday Was the Worst

Deployment, Navy, Personal

In Search of Pre-Deployment Advice

I’ve been googling things like “Tips for Emotionally Preparing for Deployment” for a few weeks now. Kyle is leaving soon, and I need help. I have so many questions. Can I fall apart? Should I cry for a day, and then move on? What is a normal adjustment period if I decide I can’t get… Continue reading In Search of Pre-Deployment Advice