Life, you are a cruel and kind mistress


I wish I could take
your pain and sadness away
Fates, please hear my call

No one knows what hand
life might deal: shuffle your deck
“Clink, clink,” the dice say

You are not alone
You always have me, my friend
Loneliness, be gone

Life is bitter, and
life is sweet – full of laughter
Let the good times roll

In the worst of ways


An Ode to My Allergies

You attack me in the worst of ways

A little twinge here

A little tear there

An itch I cannot scratch

The attempt to control you brings more

What is thought to be a warning is the beginning of a curse



The swelling starts with a dimming of vision

A drop here

An earthshaking jolt there

You attack me in the worst of ways

You can be crushed with the help of my friend

But for how long

Research and songs


Because this is sort of an awesome use of my time while researching. I heard this Beer Song Medley by Darby O’Gill while reading and I had to share this part.

“Beer, beer, beer, trickley beer, beer, beer…
Beer, beer, beer, trickley beer, beer, beer…

Doh, My beer, I spilled my beer
Re, the man who buys me beer
Me, the man who drinks my beer
Fa, a long, long way from beer
Sol, I think I’ll some a beer
La–ts and Lots of lots of beer
Tea, I’d rather have some beer
that will bring us back to

Beer, beer, beer, trickley beer, beer, beer…
Beer, beer, beer, trickley beer, beer, beer…”

Everyone likes awards


Everyone likes to win an award. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside in the place where the doctor tells you your heart should be. That’s how I’m feeling right now because Jennifer from TripleZmom nominated me for this awesome award for new or small blogs. Thanks so much for the shout out, Jenn!

In return, you answers some interview questions from the person who nominated you, give eleven facts about yourself, and then nominate other blogs that are new, just starting out, or small. It’s all about discovering new blogs and giving a nice shout out to your blogging peeps.

1. How long have you been blogging and why did you get started?

- I’ve been blogging for a little over two years now. I don’t really remember why I started other than I felt like I had something to share with the internet world.

2. If you could have a day to yourself, what would you do?

- I would listen to my favorite music and write all day.

3. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?

- Law and Order: SVU

4. What is your goal for your blog?

- To share the little things I write and pictures I take or come across and to hopefully make my corner of the internet a little better.

5. Who was your first celebrity crush?

- Patrick Swayze

6. Who is your favorite author?

- Jasper Fforde, all the way!

7. Where have you lived?

- I’ve lived in a few suburbs of Dallas, Texas and in Waco and Tyler, Texas.

8. Gold or silver?

- I like both, actually.

9. What’s your favorite thing to drink?

- Green tea because I gave up coffee for Lent.

10. The beach or the mountains?

- I’d actually prefer the desert (provided I have sufficient water and shade) because I’m weird like that.

11. What’s your favorite vegetable?

- I love broccoli.

11 Things About Me

  1. I change my hair color quite a lot. I’ve had some shade of almost every natural hair color you can buy in a box.
  2. I once hated poetry, but now I think it’s one of the most beautiful things in life.
  3. I don’t like wearing glasses, but I can’t wear contacts.
  4. I want to move to Scotland someday.
  5. I was once a deaf education major.
  6. Borderlands (both 1 and 2) are my favorite PC games.
  7. I’m awaiting my DNA analysis result from 23andMe because I’m fascinated by genetics.
  8. I hate when people jump to conclusions, but I can’t help but do it myself.
  9. I wish I had more time to read all of the things I want to read.
  10. I once wanted to be a marine biologist.
  11. I wash my hands any time they feel even slightly sticky.

My Nominees, not necessarily new bloggers but who definitely aren’t getting the recognition they deserve: 

My friend Caro at My Daily Diatribes because she’s awesome.

Since Jenn and I apparently wanted to nominate all the same blogs and I am a bad blogger and don’t read all that many blogs these days, you tell me! Are you a new or small blog? This recognition is for you, then!

My Questions:

  1. How long have you been blogging and why did you get started?
  2. What is your goal for your blog?
  3. What is your ideal vacation spot?
  4. Who’s on your top five celebrity “list”?
  5. What is your favorite blog post of yours?
  6. What is your favorite movie?
  7. Favorite season?
  8. Are you a “gamer”? If so, what’s your favorite game?
  9. Who is your favorite author?
  10. What are your hobbies?
  11. Tell me about yourself in one sentence.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blog that presented you this award and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions asked by your nominator, give 11 random facts about yourself. List 11 questions for your nominees.
  3. Nominate several blogs that you feel need the recognition that have fewer than 1000 followers. Contact the blogger to let them know they have been selected by email, commenting on a post, facebook, etc.
  4. Upload the Leibster Award image to your blog.

Sick days


When I was a kid, sick days at home were spent lounging about watching The Price is Right (with Bob Barker, not that clown Drew Carey). I remember spending all day in my pajamas eating crackers and drinking sprite. Man, that was the life! Sick days were especially great when Granny lived with our family. She’d let us build forts in the living room. She’d make tasty lunches of nothing but tater tots for me. We’d spend the day watching Matlock, Hawaii Five-O (the original, not the new crap), Perry Mason, and The Rockford Files. Now, that was the life.

As an adult, sick days can mean about the same thing as when I was a kid. Minus the part where I get to hangout with Granny all day. However, most of the time a sick day at home means a little lounging around and a lot of catching up on things around the house. That’s what I’ve been doing today.

It’s the end of my extra long weekend. I’ve found myself sick. I slept in a bit today but got up and pretty immediately started chores around the house. I even went to the store to pick up a few essentials. I’ve spent my afternoon baking awesomely delicious cookies. And now, I’m collapsing to relax and veg-out before going back to work tomorrow.

How do you spend sick days?

How things change


The bright sunshine breaks

through the thick wall of clouds

Accustomed to the perpetual gloom

my eyes slowly adjust

to each shard of light

Just when my eyes have adapted

to the new daylight

the cloud wall comes tumbling


The central star burns

so brightly

All I see are

hot, white spots




twinges of color





The world begins to come

into focus

A bright world


from what I knew

No more beautiful

It is the same world seen

through the same eyes

Colors more vivid

Lines sharper

There is a quiet contentment

about this world

It is clear


the same world

a different perspective