• #BeReal,  Blog,  Life

    Heartaches By The Dozen

      The thought occurred to me this morning that I don’t have much time left with my kids. I watched Son #3 get on his bus this morning and a small pang went through my heart. How many more times do I get to watch him wave to me as his bus goes by? My two elder boys were done waving to mom the moment they entered Kindergarten, but not my Zombie Hunter. He has waved to me every day he’s gone to school since he first began attending it. Even when I drive him there and drop him off. And he won’t go in the school building until he’s…

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    When Modesty Forces You To Eat Your Own Words

    Remember these? Buttons/lapel pins/whatever you want to call them, they were popular back in the day. I had a few. Still have some of them. One of my favorites was this one that said “My charm, beauty, and honesty are only exceeded by my modesty.” It was my favorite because it was funny, and kind of true. I was often told that I was too modest because I had/have a hard time accepting praise for my accomplishments. Yesterday I posted to Facebook a picture of the sweater I made for myself. I’ve been working on it most of December and I finally finished it this past weekend. I had to…

  • Blog,  NaNoWriMo,  OctPoWriMo

    Here We Go…

    There are only two days left until I take on two challenges that will run me straight through to December. October Poetry Writing Month (OctPoWriMo) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For those of you who are not in the know, OctPoWriMo is a 31-Day poetry challenge where you write 31 poems in 31 days. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You are basically writing a book…in a month. (Yes, it can be done, all you skeptics.) For me, and many others, October is going to be busy. Not only am I going to be writing a poem a day (okay, so maybe THAT’S not…

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    Straight From My Heart Love Will Never End

    Two years ago this very day I was in Amarillo spending the last birthday he would ever have with my dad. Well, actually, yesterday was that day. My kids and I drove up from Dallas to surprise him. Three kids in a Jeep Compass on a six to seven hour drive. And the smile on his face when I walked in the door…I will never forget my dad’s smile. I didn’t write this yesterday because I couldn’t. Some days the Missing Him is fine while other days the rend in my heart is opened fresh. Yesterday I felt ok, until I didn’t. So I distracted myself as best I could…

  • Blog,  Parenting

    Coming of Age

    His clothes were laid neatly in the back of the SUV, along with two large packages of toilet paper, several boxes of macaroni and cheese, the pillows from his bed, and several large plastic bins containing as much of his life as he dared to take with him. The rest he left in his room at home. He was beginning a new life with bits and pieces from the old. He’d been waiting for this moment for an eternity, but it’d help if he could push forever off just one more day. Balancing precariously on the line between the past and the future, he takes a deep breath and crosses…

  • Blog,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    When Research Goes Awry, Or Why I Am About To Turn Into A Salt Water Puddle

    I’ve begun doing some research for a short story due the middle of this month. I’ve got the story started but I’m trying to get into my character’s psyche. Which isn’t really all that hard, but I’m trying to understand her because she isn’t me. My story is completely different from her’s though we have one thing in common: despair. This leads to anxiety and mild depression for me. For Janet, it will lead to something darker. Obviously, this is not going to be a happy story. So what kind of research am I doing? Lots and lots of reading. Tuesday I spent an hour at the library and came…

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    I So Can’t Even Right Now…

    I just heard the incredibly sad and tragic news. I am trying hard not to turn into a blubbering pool of salt water. And I am being entirely serious. Hell has frozen over and the apocalypse is upon us. KERMIT AND MISS PIGGY HAVE BROKEN UP!!!!! I am unbelievably gutted. The couple was a HUGE part of my childhood and life, and I always knew that they loved each other despite their differences. But if these two can’t make it… Still, I wish both all the happiness in the world. Miss Piggy, darling, you’re a survivor, baby. Remember that. <3 And, um…Kermit? Green is my favorite color. 😉 x Jesi…

  • #BeReal,  Blog,  Writing

    It’s My First Video Blog!!!!

    Yep, that’s right. My first attempt at vlogging. Some notes about this video: 1. I was nervous-excuse the um’s and moments where I stumble over my tongue. 2. My brain works on warp speed sometimes and it takes awhile for my mouth to catch up-sometimes my brain stops mid-tracks and I have to think about where I was going with that train of thought…(snickering at the pun)…please gloss over the tangents. In fact, gloss over all the terrible parts. 😉 3. My cats are expert photo/video bombers. Benedict Cumberbatch has nothing on them. Hell, they probably taught him a thing or two. 4. I’m still learning how to edit videos…ignore…

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    #BeReal by Hastywords

    Hastywords, a blog acquaintance and very sweet lady, has begun a blog series called #BeReal. It’s an incredible series being written about and spoken of by many bloggers on the interwebs. It’s about being who you are, whomever that might be, and learning not to judge others. It’s about realizing that first impressions are not always the correct impressions, and people are layered.   Hasty began the series last week with five incredibly talented and amzing people. She continues the series this week, and I would love if you would hop over and check out ALL of the articles in the series. And sign up if you are interested in…

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    Is It Time To Build An Ark Yet?

    If you haven’t heard, Texas is being pummeled with rain and storms. This is the most rain I can remember, and I’ve lived here all my life. Just to give you an idea, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, last year at this time, more than 71 percent of Texas was classified as being in a moderate drought and nearly 50 percent of the state was in a severe drought. Now, our rivers and reservoirs have returned to normal and near normal levels, and only 5 percent of the state remains in moderate drought. And we still have more rain on the way. In fact, the forecasters are predicting even…