He vs She: Sick days

Day One He: Takes to the bed at the first sign of illness and sleeps for 24 hours. She: Drags herself to the nearest sitting spot. Stares blankly into the distance. Mumbles that this is bs and she doesn’t have time for it. Gets up and drags herself to the next spot that may or […]

hot mess express

The back of my brain tickled at having the time to do a load of laundry and dishes between the children’s taxi deliveries and pickups, but I ignored it. I clinked the stack of plates like some parody of a functional housewife as my phone hummed a familiar melody and I realized my crime. It […]

somniloquy

“One of the gloves is spinning too fast. I hear it clicking.” “I don’t understand what you’re saying. I think you’re asleep.” “I’m not talking. It’s the gloves.” Either my child is a spy and I don’t understand her secret code or she’s experiencing Color Guard withdrawal. I’m going with spy. Spying is the new […]

The project

He: “I’m turning the water off and draining the old tank now.” She: “Everybody shower. Quickly! We won’t have water for a week. Fill the water bowls. Move it!” I love home repairs and improvements when they are complete enough for the tools to go back in the cabinets. Getting to that stage is somewhat […]

Iron Fist (spoiler free)

Luke Cage > Daredevil > Jessica Jones > Iron Fist In a perfect world, all seasons of episodic television would be presented in their entirety on subscription services like Netflix. Watching the full season in one night or spread out over several weeks would be the viewer’s choice. The ultimate reward is knowing that even […]

McKay’s

If you are buying used books in Knoxville, you go to McKay’s. I’m sure there are other options. I don’t know them. I’m not looking for them either. I’ve been a McKay’s fan since my oldest child was a toddler and that is too many decades ago to break a routine. McKay’s used to be […]

southern gothic

“I want a bamboo forest behind the house that blocks out all light and heat.” “You want a dark forest in our backyard?” “Yes!” “Will it have the usual inhabitants?” “Yes, but they’ll keep to the forest. Actually, I want to live in a castle.” “I’ll get right on that.”

One Year

The one year anniversary of my father dying is the end of the year of ‘first time without’ milestones. The veil between reality and memories is threadbare right now. This time last year, he was standing right here. This time last year, we were all watching a movie. This time last year, mom called me. […]

Magic 8-Ball

My imaginary Magic 8-Ball currently gives the following answers: Did you see today’s EO?! Where’s your hood? No laundry on the steps! Breathe I’m not giving you my passwords. Not until your feet stop growing. Get in the car. You ate the whole box?

Autism chameleon

“One of the guys at work said that I act different depending on who I’m with, so he doesn’t know who I really am. I don’t know which is the real me either.” “It’s all you. You’re very real.”