What really freaks me out…

So once you’re an adult, aren’t you supposed to stop being scared of stupid stuff that probably won’t really happen? Not me. I have some pretty weird, irrational fears that have lingered with me for years and I’m not talking about cancer, death, or random crime. Perhaps it’s a sign of a vivid imagination or…

South of the Border: America’s Favorite Roadside Oasis

  Located just south of the North Carolina border is a wonderful, kitschy tourist trap known as South of the Border. This tacky, delightful, slightly run down destination has caused millions of children to beg their parents to stop each year to see Pedro and all of the sights. From the highway, travelers can see…

Bluebird of Happiness

One of my most treasured possessions is my Bluebird of Happiness given to me by my mother in law as a wedding gift. I detested this gift as soon as I opened it for two reasons. One, I don’t like knickknacks. Two, I hate birds. They’re dirty, they poop everywhere, and they have scary, beady…

Contrasts: Lady Victory

This gilded bronze statue of a winged Lady Victory stands atop the First Division Monument in Washington, D.C. President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the monument in 1924 to commemorate First Division members who gave their lives in World War I. It has since been updated to include the names of all First Division members from World…

T-6 Days

T-6 days until I drop daughter number three off at West Point. I keep looking at her when she thinks I’m not looking trying to memorize her face, the casual way she relaxes on our couch, her infectious laugh as she watches a funny Vine video on her phone. We try not to talk about…

Mom, Your Selfie Game Is Really Bad

This morning my daughter decided I had to take 10 selfies before going into school for our LAST day. Why?? I don’t know. Probably so she could mock me. The requirements? They all had to be different poses or expressions and none of them could be “mean teacher faces.” Why? Well, duh. The point of…

Faking It…

We are finally closing out our school year here in Virginia and are slogging through our final three days before summer officially begins. Grades had to be submitted this morning so we are all just basically hanging out. As an end of the year treat for my students I decided to bring in my griddle…