Father’s Day

Today is my first Father’s Day without a father. I never gave him his card last year. About a month ago, the twins found it in a chair pocket in the Honda. My heart ripped open when I realized I never gave it to him. I can’t even remember if we saw him on Father’s Day. I know we saw him the week before Father’s Day for his belated birthday celebration but the trips to the doctors and the hospitalizations are all blurry in my head now. Which makes me realize I better keep writing my memories down before they … Read more…

What I’ve learned in the last few days

I have had a very busy last few days.  On Friday morning we set out for my writing conference in Atlanta.  We returned on Sunday.  We drove over 1100 miles in less than 64 hours.  The Farley Family had a lot of together time.  After a crazy day on Monday (I will elaborate in a moment) Justin left for a business trip in Dallas.  He’ll be back tonight and for that I am happy.  I said a bunch of times last month that May was the new December and now I am wondering what the h*!ll June is because it … Read more…

Road trips…

So as you may have read on facebook we have a broken hotel wall and Eva has a chipped tooth. We also saw a police standoff with a dozen policemen pointing their rifles towards the woods and a motorcycle towing a coffin. All of this was reminding me of a list of quotes that Justin kept on our trip to Orlando last year. Enjoy as I spend my weekend with Clark Griswold….. Julie: Don’t bug your brother – he has enough issues. Alex: Was that a burp? Julie: No it was throwup. Julie: There’s an accident 5 miles ahead. Ethan: … Read more…

I feel so old

I walked out to the mailbox today feeling kind of spritely. (I’m not even sure what spritely is but….I’m sure I felt that way!)  It wasn’t catalog and magazine day for the mailman I guess because I only had a few letters.  (Does your mail come in spurts? Our mailman must hold all the catalogs and magazines because every once and awhile I get a dozen at a time.) I noticed there was a letter from Shea, my cousin.  I thought back to all of the letters we exchanged as we were growing up.  Writing back and forth from Long … Read more…

friends

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. I’ve been thinking about this song today.  I saw the movie Bridesmaids last night and it made me think about my friends…my old friends.  The movie was more about friendship than I thought it would be.  It was also more about bodily functions than I thought it would be too and I seriously thought I would lose control of mine during some parts because I was laughing so hard. Actually, I guess it wasn’t the movie that started me thinking about old times it was a … Read more…

A Gift from the Stars

I’ve been feeling a bit discombobulated over the last few days.  I’m not sure why but I think it might be because my Dad’s birthday has been approaching.  And it finally arrived today.  We always did something special, as most families do, to mark my Dad’s day.  Many were spent at our summerhouse, grilling on the deck or having lobster races in the kitchen.  I have a bag sitting about three feet from me right now in my office that has every single birthday card I gave me Dad in it.  He saved every single one along with my Christmas … Read more…

Please read the whole blog before you decide to hate me

My daughter, Eva seven year old extraordinaire, has a southern accent. Actually not just an accent she has the full drawl. She says y’all without the apostrophe. And that scares me. I am a New Yorker. Not upstate New York….Long Island. I am a city girl. I didn’t even know what the Civil War was before I moved to Richmond. Well, I did but it was just a blip in my Social Studies career. I never watched Gone with the Wind until I lived in Richmond. I never made eye contact with strangers or brought brownies to new neighbor’s doors. … Read more…

I drink my calories

I was sitting at a baseball game a few weeks ago with the other moms and I desperately needed a fountain Coke.  One of the moms said that she doesn’t drink her calories unless of course it is a glass of wine.  I’ve thought and thought about it and I can’t get the idea out of my mind.  Part of the reason I can’t forget about it is that I think that it is a great idea but I can’t do it…….I won’t do it. I can give up cheese, milk or any dairy products.  I can easily give up … Read more…

I get it

In response to stop-complaining.html?spref=fb Dear Jenni, Ok…so I have been trying your “I GET” idea all day.  I think it is a valid point.  We live lives of luxury – not always just in the monetary sense but in many different ways.  The things that stress us out are problems that many people would love to have.  But, here is what happened when I applied I GET to my day. The twins had a playdate.  Their best buddies in school are a set of boy/girl twins.  They play so nicely together and it actually allows me to get a few … Read more…

Relay for Life

Alex walked about 9 miles for cancer today.  He and his classmates raised over $23,ooo for cancer.  They hosted a spaghetti dinner for their parents as a fundraiser. They created informational brochures about different types of cancer.  They made PSAs about cancer.  In short, they learned a lot about a disease that is unfortunately very present in their young lives. When I was growing up cancer was some disease that was far enough removed from my life.  I remember one of my parent’s friends died of breast cancer.  She didn’t live near us so I never saw her sick.  My … Read more…