My Husband Hired the In-Laws to Mow Our Yard
I could feel each clipped blade of grass judging me as I pulled into the driveway this evening.
Dear Museum Visitors,
Why yes, the Pledge of Allegiance on our One-Room Schoolhouse chalkboard is missing the words “under God.” Why? BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT WRITTEN IN THE ORIGINAL PLEDGE AS IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1892, just 5 years before that schoolhouse was built. “Under God” was added in the 1950’s, the schoolhouse closed in 1947. There is no historical reason whatsoever for the modern...
“As long as you’re nice and you look like you know what you’re doing and sound like you know what you’re doing, I think you have a pretty good shot.” My 13 year-old’s advice for today’s museum site visit which could result in a $100,000 grant.
Mother to One, Mother to All
In my “spare time” away from raising 5 kids and running a historic house museum, I am the adult leader for a local chapter of a teenaged girls’ club. It’s official name is the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and is supposed to help build confidence and character in girls from 11-20. I belonged to it as a teenager and even I will admit it is a little antiquated,...
We are just pretending that he didn’t leave at 11 p.m. last night after dragging our 7 year-old out of bed and yelling at her over things HE was in trouble for not doing earlier that evening. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Then again, I told him to go, so I can’t really complain. I’m not sure I want to pretend this never happened and sweep it under the rug (his...
Why is it that I always have a face full of zits on GPOYW? And no, you can’t see it. Isn’t it enough you all were the first to know my marriage is a disaster? You can’t have everything, people.
I just threw my husband out for being an unbearable asshole to me and our kids. I don’t really feel like getting into specifics, I’m just putting that much out there.
My husband has been assigned mandatory 10-hour work days from Mon-Sat from now through October. We’re not even halfway through week two and I’m not sure our marriage will survive his grouchiness.
I started to participate in the “20” meme last weekend and, although I usually like to reminisce; for some reason I completely shut down when I started writing and suddenly I did not want to even THINK about where my life was when I was 20, much less post about it on Tumblr. So I didn’t. I’m still not sure why I had such a reaction, but I did. So I went with it. Apparently,...
Watching the Tony's
And now I really want to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway. And that’s in addition to the 5-10 other shows already on the list. We are tentatively planning a New York trip this Fall, but there won’t be enough time or ticket money to begin to cover my ‘must-see’ list. Sigh.
Write one leaf about losing followers.
writeoneleaf: This is where I admit that I am so lost thanks to tumblr’s “updated” dashboard that I can no longer tell how many followers I have, or don’t have for that matter. And since I mostly created my mediocre tumblr so that I could follow brilliant ones, it really doesn’t matter all that much to me anyway.
Wise Words on Facebook today
This morning, a young lady I recently met at a youth conference posted this: “A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.” My first thought upon reading it was “Why the heck didn’t I live my life that way at 16? I could have saved myself a lot of grief. But the more I thought about it (and yes, I can...
Pity, Party of One
Just once I would like to be the first person that someone wants to be with whether it’s as a sibling, a spouse, or a friend. Instead, I am always that back-up person that will have to do in a pinch because that other relationship didn’t work out, the other sister is unavailable, or the other friends aren’t picking up their phones. That’s always how it’s been in my...
I’m thrilled that the museum board removed the “interim” from my Executive Director title. But, I already know this job isn’t what I’ll want to do for the rest of my life. I loved “saving” the PTA at my kids’ school, but once it was up and running I was happy to turn it over to others. There is still work to do to get the museum back on its feet, but...
I Wrote Something l Liked Today
And this was it: “Can I really call it my ‘misspent youth’ if I loved every minute of it?” Yep, that’s it. One whole sentence. At this rate, I should be publishing my ‘great American novel’ when I’m 100.
A couple of months ago, I mentioned a sweet 16 year-old friend of our family who had been battling pediatric cancer for most of her life and was on life support at St. Jude’s in Memphis. Well, she rallied a bit and regained consciousness during the time my niece and her friends made what they thought would be their farewell visit to her, although she was never completely weaned from her...
One of the things that amuses my sisters and I most about our Dad is how he can get fired up about things that really don’t matter and go off on idealistic rants with far more passion than the subject matter actually merits. So imagine my horror when I caught myself going off in a similar fashion about how the flawed plot and mixed messages make the third Jurassic Park movie completely...
"How About a Nice Game of Chess?"
When discussing politics or religion, I usually go with the same credo woven into just about every 1980’s movie: “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” -WarGames Of course, they were talking about nuclear war. But it’s still a good credo. Live and let live, I say. And keep your “questions” about my faith out of my ask hole. I think my lone...
Random Rants & Rumblings: Graduation →
claviusrobinsky: It’s that time of year when schools are letting out and everyone who has ‘earned’ it begins to graduate. I’m not a fan of graduations. If my parents hadn’t have forced me to I wouldn’t have gone to my high school graduation. I didn’t go to my college graduation (as a participant in the actual… I felt the same way when I graduated high school and got my B.A. I think it...
My Current State of Mind
Me (to my husband): Well, (insert name of our museum Board President) called and invited me to lunch tomorrow. Either he’s offering me the Executive Director position permanently or I’m getting fired. And frankly, I could live with either one at this point as long as I have a definite answer.
Well, I Guess That's Not the Only Reason
Once upon a time I was a completely content Latter Day Saint. I joined the church as a young adult amidst much protest from my family. I paid for my mission to Italy myself out of what was left of my college fund. Even though my family members were hurt and I felt judged for being “too liberal” by many of my new LDS ‘brothers and sisters,’ I believed in the doctrine and I...
Random Rants & Rumblings: Dear Anon(s), →
claviusrobinsky: Perhaps I should count myself among the lucky that I have made it through 15 months on tumblr without a hateful anonymous message. I made this post the other day and suddenly my ask box became a popular place for the faceless hordes. In that post I said: I am whole heartedly in favor of… This kind of ignorance is why I rarely identify myself as LDS in public Internet...