Noticing What Matters

This post has been swirling in my head for months. Maybe I paid more attention because of the quarantine and businesses being closed. Maybe I paid more attention because I’m no longer at a job that literally takes over 70+ hours per week of my time. Maybe I paid more attention because I vowed to be more educated in what happens in the world than years past. Maybe I paid more attention simply because after eight years of my social media being dark I started an Instagram account. Regardless of the reason, the domino effects of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota put me into a hazy, dark, and twisted place. I can’t begin to fathom where it left so many others. … More Noticing What Matters

Five Items for Your Flight

Traveling by airplane isn’t anything that’s new to me. I’ve been flying by myself since I was five years old. To put that in perspective for you, that would have been 1990, pre 9/11 and all the airport security changes. I could take my full water bottle or apple juice from the car all the way through security. My parents could walk me to and from the gate. On occasion my mom was even allowed on the plane to buckle me in. Unless you were in First Class, there were never assigned seats. For some of you that just blew your mind. For me, I’m mulling over whether that’s my version of, ‘in my day we walked up hill both ways in the snow to school…’ Ha! … More Five Items for Your Flight

Happy Anniversary

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to read. Bedtime stories of Four Fat Rats and hungry caterpillars with their beautiful photographs were enough of a bribe to welcome bedtime. Pillow forts and castles in the sky always included her little box of books with lions and wardrobes, a mouse and a motorcycle. As she started getting bigger, Indians came alive inside of cupboards and small human-like creatures lived in places with mystical names like “The Shire.” … More Happy Anniversary

Springtime for Oklahoma

When I decided to finally put down some roots, at least a few for now, and buy a house, even despite all it’s crazy weather, I started my search pretty close to my hometown. This however, meant I needed to make sure I left enough money aside after the purchase of my home to put in a storm shelter if the house I chose didn’t already have one. You may be thinking, ‘why don’t you go down to the basement like in the movie Twister?’ Well Joe, because that’s a movie and our houses don’t have basements here. … More Springtime for Oklahoma

Let’s Get One Thing Straight

Hopefully by now you’ve found some sanity in your quarantine life, whether you’re in a “safe at home” state, participating in self-quarantine, or otherwise. If you read my previous post on how to get fun, full-bodied, curly hair, some of this may be a repeat, but in addition to comments from people struggling with how to keep curl in their hair, there’s the opposite problem that needs addressed: how to get frizzy hair smooth and straight. … More Let’s Get One Thing Straight

Add a Little Curl to Life

Since we’re all spending a bit more time at home these days, some people are bored, some are going crazy (metaphorically speaking of course), those that are still able to work are having longer days than the old normal, while those at home may be picking up the slack. In addition, we’re not able to do a lot of the things we previously did, and honestly, none of us truly know when that’s going to change. While something like getting your hair cut and colored isn’t on the “necessities” list, whether you’re a man or a woman it sure does make us feel good. … More Add a Little Curl to Life

9:02

Sitting in my third grade classroom we were suddenly interrupted by another third grade teacher rushing in; her son being in my class. She spoke to our teacher, hugged her son, and checked him out for the day. None of us knew why at the time. This Wednesday wasn’t going to be normal. … More 9:02

Dip Nail Removal

When I started having a little bit of financial freedom, one of the first things I started doing was getting regularly scheduled manicures. It might seem girly or silly, but having perfectly done nails made me feel like I looked more professional. I discovered gel polish, which made my tendency for cooking and washing my … More Dip Nail Removal