Caffeine and Alka Seltzer 

Guys, I’m so tired. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sleeping — that is the problem — I’m sleeping way too much. It’s called hypersomnia and it is a stress reaction not uncommon to those with PTSD. Usually, sleeping is a challenge for me, but when something is particularly stressful, it’s like, “tag, your it!” in [Read More…]

Thanksgiving Without Turkey (and stress)

I see all the amazing recipes and Instagrams of set tables. I see people playing football at the park and the mad rush to grab that last minute item at the grocery store. The air smells like roast turkey. It’s Thanksgiving Day….and I’m in bed. The last couple weeks have been rocky for me. I [Read More…]

I Why I Need to Celebrate Halloween

Firstly, Halloween isn’t inherently evil. You can just chuck that idea into the garbage disposal. Here’s a link to get you started with the history lesson, but the short version is that Halloween was originally All Hallows Eve, the day to prepare for All Saints Day (a day to remember and honor the saints passed in [Read More…]

Blessed with Work

Work is a blessing to me right now. Being employed outside the home forces me to put my housework aside temporarily. It requires me to interact with others, gives me a new outlet for my anxious energy and creativity. Working gets me dressed, fed and out of the house. It is good. I’m working mostly [Read More…]

Being Glad

Today, I am thankful for cold medicine to bring some relief to my kids’ colds. I’m thankful for a bathroom that works and is pretty, for an awesome washer and dryer for laundry. For leftover chicken parmesan made by a friend. I’m thankful for getting past the worst of my ear ache, for my husband [Read More…]

Thoughts

The kids started school on Monday. It feels strange; having these afternoons to myself. There is so much on my To Do list but I feel too tired to do any of it. I want to get out of the house. I want to work again. It has been almost 11 years since I was [Read More…]

Political Reality Check from My Friend’s Twitter Feed

https://t.co/ZTR5lMMl6I#sermonnotespic.twitter.com/z63uPneEPB — Valerie Kyriosity (@KyriosityTweets) September 12, 2016   This political season kinda reminds me of lent. I don’t know about you, but I’m doing a write in and knowing full well that either of our current candidates are still evidence of God’s grace and mercy toward America. Please note that the subject she is quoting [Read More…]

Carnival

I’m alive. Really. I am. The last month has been a veritable circus. We actually went to our county fair for some family fun, which I think was an amusing metaphor. Chaos isn’t always bad. August was a rough month, good and bad stuff. Medication changes are a rollercoaster I hate to ride, but I’m [Read More…]

Rest and Be Thankful

52. Rainy Sundays. 53. Cereal that my kids like. 54. Mimi’s who invite grandkids over for the weekend. 55. For Leapfrog TV consoles. 56. For clearance deals ($30!) 57. Microwaves and yummy lean cuisine snacks. 58. Hot running water. 59. Comfy couches and quilts. 60. Time to rest when it is ok to be sleepy. [Read More…]

Worth It: Reflections on Twelve Years of Marriage

July 17th was Ben and my twelfth wedding anniversary. 14ish years together. I used to wonder if we’d make it. We will. Those couple of years that are supposed to have been the hardest: One year, three years, years seven to ten.   Check, check, check. You and I have heard this before but it [Read More…]