Friday Fun

Crazy Sports Fan? Who Me?

Sports fans. Crazy with their antics, foam fingers, and self-imposed rituals. Some of you might think the route you drive to work on game day, or the pre-match food you eat impacts the outcome of your favorite team. I say hooey to all that! Would you like some scrambled eggs? I make them every Friday… Continue reading Crazy Sports Fan? Who Me?

Friday Fun · Housekeeping

The Proper Care and Feeding of a Blog

Oh hey! ‘Scuse the mess! Mercy me, if I’d known you were going to stop by, I would have baked cookies and fixed my hair. But, we’re friends, so the chaos doesn’t matter, and I’m glad you’re here. It’s October in the halls of MamaMick, and while others are sipping warm pumpkin concoctions, I’m obsessing… Continue reading The Proper Care and Feeding of a Blog

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Ready to Re-On-Vay


“It’s time to re-on-vay…”

This is the phrase that my best friend Kelsey whispers to me every time we go on vacation together.

“Re-on-vay” is short for “let’s relax on vacation and let’s not say the whole sentence because we are too relaxed to finish it.”

Our families have been doing the re-on-vay together for almost ten years. What a blessing to find another set of people just as dysfunctional as we are who get along well enough to travel together. They tolerate my need to be at the airport at the butt-crack of dawn and I tolerate their need to do things that involve deep water and sea sickness.


So friends, we are off to someplace paradise for a while with my bestie and her husband as well as another fun couple making their first trip to the tropics. Even though the homestead will be in good hands with Grandma and Grandpa (and 5 dogs) I’ve got the pre-vacation jitters as I try to prepare both of my kids to tackle situations I’d normally micromanage if I were here. As difficult as it is for me to leave them and the always-a-gnat-in-my-ear responsibilities, I’m old enough to know that this quality time with BD and friends is a much-needed reboot and kick in the pants as well as an opportunity to grant some independence to Tanna and Dane.

And, before you get the urge to throw snowballs at my head, let me provide a little gift for you. I know that this time of year can be stressful, so hop over to Brene’ Brown’s site and read this short article, “The show must go on. But at what cost?” It was exactly what I needed yesterday when I found myself drowning in a pile of Christmas lists, bills, work assignments and high school wrestling schedules.


Now pop an umbrella in your hot chocolate, throw in some ear buds and escape from the self-inflicted chaos with my playlist. Perhaps you can re-on-vay today, too.

Psst: The Kenny Chesney sandwich is just for you, Christy. xo

Adventures in Imperfection · Friday Fun

Friday Recap–Play it again, Sam!

Finally Friday, folks! In the states, Daylight Savings has packed her bags (ruby-red slippers and all) and it will be that beautiful full moon providing light at the end of this Autumn day. I’m busy working on my manuscript (NaNoWriMo y’all) so I will spend November replaying some old posts while I grind out 50,000 words by midnight on November… Continue reading Friday Recap–Play it again, Sam!

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It’s a good thing he’s cute…

Dear Dad, I’m reaching out to you before Mom tattles on me. I think she’s pretty mad, so if she shows up before you finish reading, just hide me somewhere. The Rat Rod will do. I’m very sorry about what happened out on the trail last week. I didn’t know that her knee was hurting before we… Continue reading It’s a good thing he’s cute…

Friday Fun

The Church of Baseball

Even though a faint dusting of snow still lies on the ground, the 2013 USAAA 13-and-under state champion Rebels will be packing up cleats, adjusting cups and heading down the road for the first game of the season on Saturday. I’ve missed the baseball mamas (dads, too!) and we sisters from other misters have spent many weekends huddled together in blankets or… Continue reading The Church of Baseball

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Time for some Kitchen Dancing!

Say what you think Love who you love ‘Cause you just get So many trips ’round the sun ~Kasey Musgraves, Follow your Arrow This month marks my 47th trip around the sun. While age is not something a woman wants to talk about, you caught me at a “peace with myself” moment and I thought, “What… Continue reading Time for some Kitchen Dancing!

Friday Fun · Reader's Challenge

Life’s Music Playlist: Reader’s Challenge #3

Happy Friday folks! If you’re like me, you’ve trudged through fourteen inches of snow and/or messy  life circumstances to make it through another week of being who you are and doing what you do. You’ve met (and missed) deadlines, possibly been buried in laundry and have pieces and parts of life buzzing and picking at… Continue reading Life’s Music Playlist: Reader’s Challenge #3

Friday Fun

5 Things Men will never Understand about Women

BD (Big Daddy) married me almost 23 years ago and still doesn’t understand how pillows work on the bed. His choice would be to leave them laying on the floor; allowing the bed to more accessible when it was time to turn in for the night. In fact, if it were up to him, the bed… Continue reading 5 Things Men will never Understand about Women

Reader's Challenge

Reader’s Challenge #2: Be Brave

Isn’t it funny. We seek, appreciate and often adore vulnerability in others. We love them for their honesty and willingness to trust us with the deep and imperfect parts of their souls. In that same breath, we despise any display of our own personal “weaknesses” and exposure of vulnerability. What we love in others is the same thing… Continue reading Reader’s Challenge #2: Be Brave