St. Patrick’s Day Reminds Me…

Of Jazz, who wears a shirt asking me to kiss him for luck.

Of Carter, who came out on this day.

Of Alec, who calls Carter the love of his life.

Of pub crawls I can — and can’t — remember well.

Of listening to a group of brawny men sing “Danny Boy” with such mournful beauty that it made me cry and smile at the same time.

Of a dress my mother had that was covered with tiny shamrocks and how we’d search the yard for four-leafed clovers among the grass.

Regardless of whether you celebrate in green or orange or not at all, I hope you have a memorable day <3

Happy 4th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe Thorny’s been my husband for four years now. I feel so lucky to have managed to do enough to keep him here. Plus, it feels like just yesterday that he was taking my order, nervous and adorable, securing a spot in my heart.

Four years. There’s been so much we’ve done and shared. Exciting vacations, Thorny’s art and writing taking off, the two of us babysitting, spending holidays together and with the families… But it’s the little, more personal moments I cling to.

He’s made me laugh liquids out my nose more than once. I’ve never cried more in joy, sadness, or fear. I know now what making love is really all about because of him. Some days I think the world could end and I’d be just fine with that because I’ve loved and been loved so well.

I hear this song and still think of you, Thorny.

Happy Anniversary, bb. <3 <3 <3 <3

Happy Birthday, Thorny

I know I’ve been crabby for each of my birthdays now that I’m over 30, but I couldn’t believe it when Thorny lamented that he was “getting old”. When did 23 become old? I’m sending this image back to you, babe, because it says exactly what the two of us can do with our oldness.

Happy birthday, Thorny! <3

Happy New Year!


Plans for 2015


  • Keep adding new work to Sunshine Paintings — more minis coming soon!
  • Write another book — this one will have fairies and monsters
  • Keep being a good friend and great husband
  • Continue saying “I love you” out loud as often as possible
  • Volunteer somewhere — still working out the where


  • Keep taking it one day at a time
  • Ask for what I need and anticipate the needs of others
  • Run the full marathon
  • Learn more about interior design & boxing
  • Make more of an effort with estranged family members
  • Make sure the special people in my life know what they mean to me

Do you have New Year’s Resolutions/Plans/Goals? Go ahead and share them :)

Bye-bye 2014!

2015newyearseveIsn’t it weird how the daytime might be completely normal, but as soon as the sun sets, it’s all kinds of party-time? Or is that just me? Because I plan to do laundry this morning. I just think New Year’s Eve is kind of an odd holiday. We’re celebrating a second, you know?

Not gonna stop me from celebrating though! :D

So what are you doing to ring in the new year?

Me and Jazz are hanging at home. There’ll be a fire, bubbly stuff to drink, all kinds of things to nibble on, good food {hehehe} ;) and we’re watching movies both old and new (haven’t decided which ones yet). Of course, we’ll pop into some channel or another to watch the NYC sparkly ball drop, do the countdown, and then snog each other into the new year <3

:star: I hope all you guys have a safe and awesome time tonight! :star: