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Random Instagram Dump


I’ve discovered that if I don’t blog here, my traffic goes down and if my traffic goes down, I get less sponsored gigs. Go figure!  Hmmm…. So how about a rambling post about the few things that I can write about?


1. Balance

I feel much more balanced than I have in months. It’s been a long hard journey but I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere with my work life and my social life. They’ve been at odds for years. I’m finally getting a good rhythm, balancing my work days with my go-out-to coffee mornings and my hang-out-with-my -neighbors-and-chat-the-day-away afternoons.  It feels so much better to be balanced. I’m happy and I can pay my bills too!  It’s a great feeling.


2. Bug.

Oh, that girl.  She is the light of my days.  She is brilliant and sweet and turning in the most curious of creatures.  She’s got a quiet side to her these days. She’s not so outgoing as she used to be. She likes to explore nature and wander around by herself more than she used to. She reads whole books in a day. It’s pretty amazing.  One of her good friends moved away and I think her natural balance of friends has tipped a little and she’s still adjusting. She might be a bit of an introvert which is okay.

She recently went through a terrible time with anxiety. Her old trigger (kids puking in class) happened a couple times this last month (it’s life) and she went on a tailspin of anxiety about going to school in the morning. We tried toughing it out and it just wasn’t working. I was literally pushing her into her teacher’s arms in the morning while both of us had panic attacks.

Finally, her dad stepped in and he took her to school two mornings in a row. She didn’t like missing me but I felt like we were going backwards into separation anxiety that we’d conquered in kindergarden. So being with her dad was helpful. He’s a little more firm and a little less weak at the sight of her crying. She’s a smart girl, she figured it out. We’re looking into therapy too to see if maybe talking to someone besides me and her dad can help. It’s so hard to know what to do sometimes. But she does seem better and I’m so relieved. She’s brave and so proud of herself when she gets through a day. I love seeing her smiling when I pick her up.

3. Curry for dinner!

Bug is the pickiest of picky eaters. She doesn’t like butter or cheese or sauce except sometimes when you least expect it.  She’ll take a liking to something rare and special like super sharp cheddar or havarti of all things.  But it’s a small window of favor and as soon as you stock up on the new food she will quickly dislike it. She doesn’t like anything with garlic or anything too sweet like barbeque sauce. And then she takes on other people’s opinions about food too. She’s got all her dad’s idiosyncrasies about germs and restaurants and food that other people prepare… it’s just a real challenge to feed this girl. She’s not keen on Ranch dressing or even pizza. All the go-to foods that you can google for picky eaters, she does not like. In fact, I don’t even know what she does like. It’s the holy grail for me to cook something that she actually eats with gusto.

So you can imagine my glee when she requested curry for dinner last night. I almost did a cartwheel. She never requests anything (well besides Ramen noodles and Easy Mac which both have the nutritional value of a potato chip). Plus, I LOVE curry too. Yum!

china-cove 4. Mother Daughter Adventures

We still make time for little outings. Both of us love it so much. I never remember to take my camera with me anymore (also my kit lens is crapping out on me which is a huge drag) but I love getting good instagram shots. We hit the beach the other day after I picked her up from her dad’s. It’s hard sometimes that we don’t live there anymore but that doesn’t mean we can’t visit and walk around like the locals we used to be.

5. Gray

Do you see my gray hair? I am seriously going gray this year. It’s a turning point.


6. Glendora

Bug’s good friend (and her mom who is my good friend too) moved to Glendora so we’ve visited them a few times. They have this park there called Big Tree Park and they’re not messing around with that name. This tree is HUGE. It was fun to sit around and talk with old friends while the kids scrambled and climbed the roots that are as big as dinosaur feet.


7. Long Walks

I’ve been trying to incorporate small changes in my activity level.  I can’t seem to work in time at the gym anymore (too expensive and the windows I can go are better used for work) but I can work out in our little mini gym in our apartment complex and take walks with Bug or whomever will go with me.  Bug loves to work out in the small gym. She loves working out in general for that matter, little shredder that she is. She likes to ride up and down the treadmill and show off how many more push-ups she can do than me. She is in such great shape.

Yesterday we took a long walk up a hill by our house. We were probably gone two hours and it got blustery and cold on us. That happens a lot. We go out and start exploring and we don’t turn around to go home early enough. Before we know it we are racing the sun and wishing we had worn heavier sweaters. But all was well and I got a lot of good instagram photos.

That’s all I got!


  • Cathy

    <3 <3 <3 this post! Glad you and Bug are busy and doing well. Can't believe how grown up she is too and love the shot of her checking out the cereals!

  • Mandy

    My 4 year old daughter deals with anxiety and we’ve found help using Peace & Calming essential oil with Young Living. She has a little hollow photo locket that we put a leather disk in with a drop of that oil. It calms her in ways I can’t. It’s been such a help to us that I can’t keep from sharing. :) Best of luck to you both!

  • Kuky

    Yay for finding balance! I’m slowly getting there. For the past week or more (I’m not sure how long) I’ve managed to actually go thru all the blogs I’m following. That’s a start right? No more going to my reader and being greeted with close to a thousand unread items. See see I’m commenting near the time you blogged! ! ! ! Woot!

  • Heather

    I absolutely loved that post. I’ve gotten bad about keeping up with Instagram and seeing everything here together was the BEST. You are beautiful as always and Bug is growing like crazy.

  • Jessica


    I had commented on a photo of yours on Instagram about Bugs anxiety, but I just thought of something else. I wanted to expound on my personal experience, I have had emetophobia(fear of vomiting) since I was a little girl. It has affected my whole life up to now. Eating out, being around people, riding rides/boats etc. I wish that someone in my life recognized that I had a legitimate phobia. It sounds crazy & you’re right that it is something that is a part of life. Unless you have it, it sounds ridiculous. There is a therapist in Canada who specializes in a treatment program. I have been on a waiting list for almost a year to have Skype sessions with her. I have my first session next week :) I just wanted to give my two cents of being an adult with emetophobia. I have suffered my whole life & I want any parent who sees tendencies in their kids to know that it is a REAL thing & there is help. :) If you have any questions or anything, don’t hesitate to email me. I love seeing your relationship grow as Bug gets older, my mom died when I was 11 & we were best buds like you guys are. :)

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