A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Jake and I used to ride motorcycles together. It was something fun we did together, each of us astride our own Kawasaki and Suzuki 500 ccs, racing up and down the twisty back roads of our rural county. I bought a motorbike first as a hedge against moving […]
In two short weeks, Jake, a Captain in the Army Reserves, will be leaving our home again for a year. UPDATE: Thanks to the good people of the Internet, I have been stridently notified of my misuse of the word deployment. It’s actually not a deployment at all. Continue reading here.
Eleven years together, seven of them married today, Three deployments, two moves, four dogs, two little girls, the occasional deer neck tacos and hundreds of chickens later we’re still going strong. I wouldn’t want to live this crazy life without you. (And it wouldn’t be nearly as crazy without you.) I love you, Jake.
I read something recently about how our memories of the day-to-day become one big blur as we age: work, school, obligations — it’s hard to recall the particulars of those events because we did them all the time. It’s actually the break-from-routine experiences we remember the longest, according to researchers. I needed to hear this […]
Have you started your spring seeds yet? Jake and June started a bunch the other night. They did the same thing around this time last year. Chopsticks make great seed inserters (“seed inserters?”). Jake erected a bunch of grow lights in the bathroom. June checks on the seedlings when she gets home from school. No […]
When I think of building a snowman, I think of a long, cold, drawn-out engineering project. I think of fingers with no feeling. But Jake got out there with June and built two snowmen in less than 10 minutes. He didn’t even wear gloves. (Side note: June wears a tutu over her snowsuit.) And he […]
June recently discovered Dora the Explorer and has been in a full-on Dora fever for a few months now. It all started when I rented a couple of DVDs for her at the local library over Christmas break. (For those of you who don’t know, Dora is a popular Nickelodeon Latina character who goes on adventures with her buddy, […]
One of the quirks of our new house — and the reason why we got a good deal on the price — is that the master bedroom lacks any sort of heat or cooling. It doesn’t even have any duct work. As these Polar winds start to bear down on our little corner of Virginia, […]