Category: health

Signs of Life Day Eight

Hello, beauties! Today I stumbled upon something inspiring and I want to share it with you. I’d never heard of Verily Magazine before, so when I clicked a shared link from one of my favorite Twitter people (@onegroovynun, and yes, she’s really a nun!), I jumped around the site to see what Verily was all about. It looked exactly like the sort of women’s magazine I’d… Read more →

Insomnia and Manitowoc County

In 2011, I went through three months of the worst insomnia of my life. It would take hours to fall asleep, and then when I fell asleep, I’d jolt awake in twenty minutes only to start the process all over again. Ambien was my remedy of choice, and while it took care of the sleep, it led to strange behavior and… Read more →

My Do Not Eat List and the Tennessee Vols

First, the food. I finally went to the allergist to figure out why I cannot get a grip on food. For a long time, specifically since 2009, I’ve been trying to discern which foods rip my stomach apart and which ones don’t. After reading The G-Free Diet, I was sure that gluten was the culprit. I cut out all wheat products… Read more →

No more football

It was a hard conversation, but it was a necessary one. Jeremy is no longer able to play tackle football on account of the hearing loss he suffered in the last year. As many of you know, Jeremy was born with a hearing impairment in both ears and was aided at 10 months old. By Kindergarten, he was down to… Read more →

This week gets a big WTF.

Just when I said it was too much, there ended up being more. I learned yesterday that Karin’s mother passed away from a horrific car accident, another life taken swiftly, without warning. That makes five this week, which leaves many of us wandering around wondering what the hell just happened. Jeremy was so tender when I told him that Ethan lost his… Read more →

I’ve joined the club.

These were my doctor’s exact words on Thursday: “I don’t want to use the word extreme, but that’s pretty much what we’re talking about. You now have to go above and beyond.” It was at my annual appointment, where I whined and complained about how my body seems completely different from what it was just two years ago. She told… Read more →

I pulled oil.

Since I’m already doing a cleanse this week, I decided to go full hippie and try oil pulling. (I’m building a slack line in the backyard this afternoon, right after I get back from the hookah bar.) I don’t know what’s gotten into me. Actually, that’s a lie. I know exactly what the problem is. I’ve not once worried about… Read more →


Let’s all take a minute to observe the warmer weather. We’re all jumping for joy over 45 degrees, which is leaps and bounds better than 2. I didn’t like 2. I hope you were all good pet owners and cared for your outdoor family members appropriately. (Condolences to those with busted pipes, flooded rooms, and other Polar Vortex-induced calamities.) Our family… Read more →

Salsa, baby!

With a healthy yield of ripe tomatoes, the only thing a girl can do is make a ton of salsa. SO GOOD. I have one more batch of salsa to make before I pull up all the plants (which are all dying a slow death) and prepare the beds for a fall garden. To date, this has been the most… Read more →

He’s the boss of Major.

This mischief happened earlier in the week. I considered it a challenge of authority:But then this happened shortly after, and then I was reminded of who’s really in charge:In other news, I saw something on Pinterest that I had to try. Actually, there are dozens of things on Pinterest that I’d like to try, but this seemed doable. Instead of… Read more →

Spider Bite Saga

This post is for the benefit of my grandparents who are not on Facebook and missed my spider bite saga last night. Tuesday morning I woke up with what felt like a scratch on the outside of my left foot/lower ankle. However, when I looked at it I realized that it wasn’t a scratch but rather some sort of bite.… Read more →

That little heart attack you heard was mine.

Jeremy went to the audiologist this morning for a much-needed updated hearing test. I should’ve taken him last year but his hearing loss has been consistent since the very first test he had as a newborn. That is my only excuse, though I feel a tiny bit validated since it was confirmed that he still has a mild loss in… Read more →


When Jeremy was only a few months old I applied for addition life insurance beyond what was available through Chuck’s employer. I felt it overwhelmingly necessary to have more than “enough to bury me.” After the healthy history, blood work, and medical records were submitted, I was shocked to discover I’d been denied life insurance. At 25 years old, I… Read more →

Major and Smokey

This is Chuck’s old Smokey stuffed animal. It mostly stays in Jackson’s room. When I saw it under the bed I remembered we also had one of Chuck’s old Tennessee t-shirts which Jackson has recently outgrown. So then we played dress-up. Major has gotten significantly bigger in the last two weeks. He has to be more than ten pounds now, and… Read more →

Breaking out

I am leaving the house today. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I leave it, but by golly I’m leaving it. I will get dressed and I will drive somewhere. Even if all I have to do is take the recycling three miles up the road to dump it, I will leave this house. And it will… Read more →

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