In Which I Use the F Word for the First Time

I’m 34 years old, and I’ve never really used the F word before. It’s crude, and it’s intended to evoke negative emotions when you use it. But you’ve been reading about my struggles with chronic illness, mental illness, and all sorts of things over the past few months, and now I can’t avoid it any […]

5 Supposedly Romantic Songs That Are Actually Really Creepy

Happy Valentine’s Day! Before you send your significant other that sexy or romantic playlist of hand-picked songs, try to make sure you’re not sending the wrong message. There are a lot of “love songs” out there that have decidedly creepy undertones that people don’t really think about when they squeal, “OMG THAT’S MY FAVORITE SONG!” […]

8 Valentine’s Gifts That Your Husband Won’t Hate

This is a guest post written by my husband Tom. I think the fact that he wrote this for me may just be my Valentine’s Day gift! Another year, another Valentine’s Day. It’s the one day in a relationship that all girls look forward to, and all guys dread. Am I right, guys? Our ladies […]

My Post-Flu CFS Flareup That Won’t Go Away

On January 8, the day I’d been waiting for to read the final book in the epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time, I got sucker punched with a nasty case of the flu. I was in bad shape for a week. While reading A Memory of Light upstairs in my bed, crying over character […]

What Is It Like to Serve on a Grand Jury?

I was selected to serve on grand jury duty in June 2012. I filed for a postponement – for which the first request is automatically granted – because my summons date was the same week as the Type-A Parent Conference. So my new summons came a few months later, and we were told that the […]

What Do I Need For the Darkmoon Faire Profession Quests? (World of Warcraft)

As you may know, I am a huge World of Warcraft geek. I find myself doing the same Google search every month when the Darkmoon Faire rolls around because I can never remember what items I need to bring with each of my characters in order to complete the profession quests and level up my […]

13 Steps Toward My 2013 New Year’s Resolution to Get Better

My New Year’s resolution for 2013 consists of two words: get better. The most freeing part of making such a broad sweeping statement like that is that there are so many different ways to accomplish it. I’m not resolving to lose 15 pounds in the next three months, although I’d be delighted if I could […]

Top 12 of 2012 in THIS House

To look back at 2012, I decided to “check the records” and see what was important enough for me to blog about. According to WordPress, I published 126 posts this year. Holy cannoli! Here are the 12 I’d like to remember: New Year’s Resolution: Healthier Me, Healthier Family. Nothing like a failed New Year’s Resolution […]

The Irish Blessing – Some Comforting Words (Video)

The Irish Blessing is a song that has comforted me since learning it for my high school show choir. It’s quite beautiful in four-part a cappella harmony, though I can’t recall who did the arrangement. Alas, I am only one person, but as a soprano, I did get the melody. The recording is unpolished. I […]

13 Things I’ve Learned from NaNoWriMo This Year

This is my fourth consecutive year participating in National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. (That’s pronounced NAno-WRY-mo.) 50,000 words in 30 days. You’re supposed to write a whole novel from start to finish in one month, but they allow rebels to participate. This year, I decided to be a rebel so I could […]