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Universal Studios Orlando: Thank you for making today special for a little girl!

By on Oct 21, 2017 in Epic Adventure - October 2017, Personal, Vacation

I really have to take a moment to share our amazing experience with anyone who is willing to listen. Two incredible crew members at Universal Studios Orlando went above and beyond today and I will be forever grateful.

Have YOU been to Shelly Island yet?

By on Sep 14, 2017 in Personal

Intelligent, even moderately intelligent adults can easily explain the not-so-phenomena of newly formed islands. Science. *insert jazz hands here* Regardless of how or why the island appeared – or how long it will stick around – it is still a fun concept.

The ocean, the waves and the shore, and all of the magic of the seas have always captivated me. They draw me in. I refuse to live landlocked.

Can we stop finding things to complain about?

By on Aug 2, 2017 in Personal

When is enough, enough? Every time I turn on the news or scroll through updates online, I find more and more complaints that seemed to be rooted in people simply looking for something to complain about. Today’s complaint (which actually made the news)? Social media may be creating or hiding anxiety. Creating or hiding. Really? Ultimately, the complaint was about people only posting photos of good times.

Well, no kidding?

My Happy Place

By on May 14, 2017 in Personal

This one started out a little different. Now that I am starting to feel better, my best friend asked me if I’d be up for a beach day on Sunday.

Heck. Yeah.

So then I thought about it. An entire beach weekend would be even better than a beach day. So after work on Friday, we loaded up the vehicle with beach towels, toys and some overnight gear and headed to Kill Devil Hills for the weekend.

What a ride!

By on May 14, 2017 in Personal

Phew. I’m here. That sounds a lot less impressive than it actually is. But, I’m here and I’m feeling…good…


I haven’t uttered those words…”I feel good…” in a very long time. But I’m happily saying it now. My good and you’re good may be vastly different but that really doesn’t matter. Because at the end of the day, as adults we are the only ones that are responsible for ourselves in such a way.

But let me go back. First of all, I can’t imagine what my dad has been through in the last several months. I cannot imagine watching my own child deteriorate for no apparent reason. It must have been so agonizing. Don’t get me wrong, it was my physical pain and agony but there is nothing worse in the world than to watch your own child suffer.

And I was sick. Boy, was I sick. It was frustrating and it didn’t make any sense. No matter what we tried, I wasn’t getting better. In fact, I was getting notably sick. I kept thinking back to the six years of remission I had and wondered where they had gone. Ever since coming out of remission, it had been a struggle to stay out of the “red,” so to speak. I was always hanging halfway off the edge, trying not to fall into the next worse thing. And eventually, I would fall. Again and again I fell.

There were hospital stays, blood transfusions, iron transfusions, medications, treatments…everything…you name it.

Eventually, my hair even fell out.

I’m so the mom…

By on Feb 25, 2017 in Personal

I am so the mom that stands on the sidelines cheering my kid on while she…codes. Yep…codes. At some point during my Friday night, I realized that I’m totally the nerd equivalent of a soccer mom. I introduced Maddie to and it was on. She was playing in the arcade in Python and she was totally nailing the tasks.

Didn’t I just do this?

By on Feb 1, 2017 in Personal

So, its February. It isn’t just February, though. It is February of 2017. Two thousand and seventeen. I am sitting here wondering where in the heck time has gone.

Of course, if you’re my teenage daughter you would be arguing that time doesn’t really exist…it really isn’t a thing…so it hasn’t gone anywhere. And you’d be right of course…or she’d be right…or you both…however you want to look at this thing…but that is neither here nor there. Now we are talking about spatial reality.

What my kids really think…

By on Jan 13, 2017 in Personal

I don’t usually do the question/answer things on Facebook but this one has been making its rounds for years. It is always entertaining. So, without any prompting, I asked my kids these questions. I asked them all separately so none of them were influenced by other’s answers.