Commode To Joy

finding happy in the crappy

Happy Valentine’s Day

A ring of the doorbell during nap time sent me from singing along to Bublé to cussing under my breath. “Calm down,” I reassured my snarky side. “You’re expecting a delivery. The delivery person must have rung the doorbell as a head’s up that your new shoes are now on the doorstep.” My inner snark rolled his eyes. I stayed in the bathroom and continued freshening up for my niece’s afternoon birthday party. […]

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Trust Your Gut: Identifying Instinct

“Trust your gut.” You’ve heard the phrase, and if you’re like me, you know exactly what that means. I assumed that trusting your gut was a sentiment that everyone understood, but this past week I learned otherwise. Some question what it means to “trust your gut”, not knowing how to identify what is instinct and what is not. Out of curiosity, I started paying attention to how I “know” when […]

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Home Cooking Never Felt Better

Years ago, after completing my undergraduate degree, I moved to the East Coast to begin a masters program. I got a full-time job at the university where I had enrolled in order to cut back on tuition costs, and I signed up for classes part-time. (I had refused to take out more student loans and was figuring out the financials for myself.) When I made the move out east, mom went with […]

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Enjoy It

The “enjoy it” sentiment is thrown out to parents of small children with the casualness and regularity of the phrase “have a good day”, troublesome as it may be. I took it to mean that I should enjoy every single everything about mothering, and I viewed it as an achievable feat. As it turns out, it’s an unrealistic ideal. There. I said it. I was stretched as thin as I […]

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Christmas Trees & Toddlers

This is my first Christmas with a toddler at home, and I have been filled with anticipation of seeing my son’s reaction to the lighted, decorated, sentimental, 8 foot masterpiece that is our Christmas tree. Fueled by eagerness and enthusiasm, the Christmas tree (it’s artificial) and all of our boxes of ornaments were brought up from the basement the day before Thanksgiving in an effort to maximize the amount of time that […]

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