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Bigger Than My Words

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been struggling with my thoughts, my actions, and my words. As someone who typically makes sense of the clusterfuck of thoughts scrambling in her head through writing — or at least attempts to — I’ve felt more than a little bit lost. The horrific event that happened so…

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Friday Favorites: A Change of Quaranscenery

It’s that time of year, ya’ll.For those of you who’ve been following along for awhile you know how excited I get each May. Is it because my soul somehow survived yet another Minnesota winter and has surprisingly thawed out? Obviously. But more than anything, it’s because for the past 10 years May means it’s time…

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Running Back Into The Fire

A couple of years ago I knew a family whose house caught fire. The father bravely got the mom and two of his triplets out of the inferno to the safety of their front lawn (the other triplet had broken curfew and was still at a party, thank goodness). Then he heard barking from inside…


Quarantine Mostly-Favorites (2.0) and more thoughts from the inside

I wish I could honestly say this post is full of favorites, but it’s really more of a mixed bag. Which, let’s be honest, is pretty much all we can hope for these days, right? So how’s everyone doing? Other than the obvious, what are you sick of?Netflix? (Check.) Your pajamas? (Check.)Feeling like you should…

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This is What I Know Now

Quarantine. A word I never thought I’d use to describe my life or have to use as a teacher, yet here we are. Over the past five weeks I’ve learned a few things and have also adjusted my parameters about things I thought I knew for certain. Come to find out, I’m not sure I…

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Dos and Don’ts of Surviving Quarantine With Your YA Children

So here it is, Day 3,911 of quarantine with your teens &/or young adults, and if you’re like me, the boat that started off sailing over relatively smooth waters is starting to rock a little bit. Or perhaps yours is already capsizing. Whatever state the waters are that you’re navigating, I have some important dos…

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Life in The Bubble

Today marks Day 30 for me of life in the bubble. That’s what this weird, new existence feels like to me — living in a bubble. And what’s even weirder about it? The fact that, although the situation that created it is horrific and surreal, I’m okay with it. Honestly, having my kids back home…

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12 Great Things To Do With Your Older Kids in Quarantine

Parents of older kids, we’ve never felt so fortunate, have we? For years we’ve relished the freedom from sleep deprivation, dealing with meltdowns, home chef duties, endless hours of mind-numbing play, and having to help with homework (and having to listen to your kids INSIST you are doing it wrong). Now that we’re in the…

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Quarantine Favorites 1.0 … and Thoughts From the Inside

As some (12) of you know, I’ve struggled with what to call the new Friday Favorites now that they aren’t relegated to Fridays anymore (or regular for that matter), but never in my wildest list of possibilities did I ever think “Quarantine Favorites” is the title they’d have one day. What a bizarre time we’re…

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The Freedom in 51

Last week I turned 51. I was thinking I could say I’m officially over the hill except I just Googled what age is considered “over the hill” and it said 40. I think Google needs a new definition of hill.40 is like a mound, at best. In any case, I’m definitely officially over the hill.…


Quarantine check in: How you doin?

Thought I’d take a minute out of my *cough* busy day and check in with you to see how you’re all doing in quarantine. We’re on Day 13 in our house (voluntarily), and since Minnesota has issued a “shelter in place” for two weeks that begins tonight, I will have officially been in jammies quarantine…

Coronavirus: What it means to all of us

Coronavirus: What it means for all of us

While we’re all handling the self-imposed (or forced) quarantines in our own ways – hopefully by keeping our distance from others and doing all we can to flatten the curve of despair – the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is wreaking havoc on our routine lives. Tragically, many people are affected in ways beyond imaginable, but for…