• Navel Gazing and Other Hysterics

    Some Days are Hard

    Today, my family in Canada are coming together to remember the life of my cousin Ryan who left us last week. I’m not able to be there. The laws of space (they are in Canada, 15 hrs away) and time (Josh is in Philadelphia for work this week and Willa graduates from preschool tomorrow) conspired against me. So, I’m left to remember him on my own. My Dad comes from a large family – 6 siblings – of which he is the youngest, and there are 7 years between him and the next youngest brother. As such, growing up my cousins were like rock stars. They were always older and…

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  • Navel Gazing and Other Hysterics,  Stuff About Writing

    Thirty in Thirty

    When I first started this project, to post 30 times in 30 days, I was nervous. I didn’t think I had enough to say, I didn’t think you wanted to read that much, and I worried that discipline was going to be an issue – that I wouldn’t be able to commit and finish. Well, I have. 🙂 It’s been rough, there have been some pretty weak posts, there were days that were just too busy or where I just forgot – oops!  But, there were only two days this week that you had to suffer through double posts (which I think is pretty miraculous) and this post marks my…

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  • Navel Gazing and Other Hysterics

    Being a Big Baby

    This is my office for today: I know, it’s a little dreary isn’t it. I’m in Grove City, PA. I’m meeting my girlfriends here for a shopping trip, but I came a day early to get some writing done, have a bit of a baby free breather. But I kind of forgot that that meant that I was going to be alone in a hotel room, and I’m not good at being alone, and I haven’t slept alone in a hotel room since before I was married, so I tossed and turned all night – I look like a nightmare this morning. I’m at the Best Western, which is right…

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  • Navel Gazing and Other Hysterics

    Advice for a New Mom

    Today I’m on my way to Pennsylvania to meet my girlfriends for a weekend of shopping, chatting, and eating! It feels so good! Josh is staying home with both the babies for the first time. He is more than capable – but send him some good vibes okay? It’s very weird to think that for the next few days I’m just going to be responding to “Megs” and not to “Mama.” Sniff, sniff! My best friend is pregnant, and getting ready to have her first baby – so no boozing it up – but I’ve also been collecting items for her for the last little while, and trying to think…