Challenges · Family

My Dream Job

If I could do any job in the world, it would be to write. I love writing more than anything else I can think of doing. I guess the catch is what determines my success at being a writer. If it’s making piles of money and/or making a name for myself, that’s one thing. Let’s admit it-money is good. It definitely makes living a little bit easier. The fame part? I’m not sure how I feel about that. The thought is  enough to make me scrap this dream job and head back to retail!

There are a few things holding me back. One is working in the time to write. I also need to sharpen my writing skills. It would be nice if I knew what I want to write! Whether it’s blogging or a book, sharing what life is like with a trans kid or a story about a little boy who dreams about floating away on a leaf, there is no end to the possibilities, right?

What I like best about this dream job is that it’s not impossible to achieve. Being so quiet and wanting to stay out of the center of attention, I guess it’s more accurate to say that my dream job would be to write, making money in a low-key, unobtrusive way.

This post was in response to Day 4- Your Dream Job –30 Day Blogging Challenge by Live, Love, Simple.

What is your dream job?



Challenges · Family · Words to Live By

A Few Favorite Quotes

Day 3 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge by Live, Love, Simple is a favorite quote. There’s no way I could choose just one so I’m sharing a few of my favorites.

Have a great day!











Challenges · Other

Little Ol’ Me

Day 2 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge by Live, Love, Simple is 20 facts about me. I’m not really comfortable writing about myself so this might be a challenge. Of course, typing this might be a challenge in itself because I’m not sure if I ended that previous sentence with a period or a comma. They both look the same to me at this moment!

So here goes-

  1. I’ve been married for a long time. My husband didn’t ask to be part of a blog so I keep his life private.
  2. I am the mom of three incredibly awesome kids who went and grew up on me!
  3. I am the proud Nonna of two little guys- CJ and Beej. They are currently eight and three. They keep me pretty busy and I’m happy to have them in my life.
  4. I’m the proud mom of an LGBTQ kid, and I am an ally and supporter of the LGBTQ community.
  5. I am fortunate and blessed to have my parents still alive and living a few miles away.
  6. My dog, Ari, has been known to write a few posts here on my blog. (She really wanted to write this one because she knows that she is much more interesting than I am.)
  7. I was born, raised and have always lived within an hour of Chicago. Although the weather is not always that great and has grown to be more unpredictable as the years pass, this is where my people are and this is where I will be.
  8. I’m a compulsive reader. If there are words, I will read them- I can’t help it. I’m drawn to them.
  9. I’ve always been writing something- whether it was stories or notes about stories, this blog or random thoughts. Writing is my sanity tied closely with music.
  10. Music plays a big part in my life. It began as a child when my father exposed me and my siblings to all kinds of music and I carried on that tradition with my children and now the little guys. I listen to all kinds of music!!!
  11. I am a band mom, through and through. I spent many years shuttling kids to rehearsals, sitting at concerts and being a booster parent. My kids were all band kids and one went on to study music.
  12. I’m very quiet. Growing up in a family of four children, the others being much louder than me, I found it easier to remain silent than fight for attention that I really did not want.
  13. I’m also shy and prefer not to be the center of attention.
  14. I am loyal to a fault. When I have your back, I won’t be swayed.
  15. I have no time for unkind people.
  16. Platitudes really bug me.
  17. I feel much younger than I thought I would at this age!
  18. I cry when I watch the beginning of Up and Toy Story 3– every time!
  19. I will say that my favorite color is purple and yet I am more often drawn to blue, pink and orange (depending on the shade)…. so maybe it’s not purple at all!
  20. The Beatles are my favorite group- hands down. They are my go-to guys when I need a lift and they never fail to cheer my up.

Thanks for making it to the end of my list!



Quick Check-in

Here we are, almost at the halfway point in NaNoWriMo and I have-

  • Ditched my original story at 3700 words after week 1.
  • Picked up the original topic that I was originally going to go with but ditched before picking up the one that I ditched after the first week…. if that makes any sense.
  • Promptly got buried under a baby teething/fighting a cold, a 6 year old with a cold and some stressed out kids
  • Had 3 sleepless nights due to a sore back/outrageous winds
  • Finally let my husband convince me that the world will not end if disappear for a weekend and get some much needed downtime to rest a sore back and WRITE, and within 5 minutes of deciding that I would do that-
  • Kris sent out multiple crisis texts and said he needed to come home this weekend- not wantedneeded.
  • This promptly canceled my weekend of rest and writing.
  • Instead I created a Facebook page for people to drop in and support each other or do whatever they want–within reason….

So, here is the Facebook Page- please feel free to stop by and say hi!

NaNoWriMo Hangout

And if you aren’t on Facebook (and even if you are), how are you doing on your novel? I would love to hear about your progress? Word count? Thoughts on whether or not it’s okay for me to count that original 3700 in my own count?