letting it rain

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It rained today. Us thirsty folk here in California get very excited when it rains these days because of the extended severe drought so we do silly things like celebrate…because it’s raining!!!

It rained today, So why not put up one of The Big Top Christmas trees?

And so I did.

And if that isn’t reason enough, Jodie is coming home for Thanksgiving tonight.


because having three sisters is not nearly enough

As the youngest daughter, poor Jodie has endured much at the hand of her three older sisters. There’s the one time the big sisters ditched her on the walk home from school because why should they have to worry about their 7 year old baby sister they argued. Because adorable and little and blonde and someone might steal her, I answered back. I might have also told her big sisters that no one would steal them, they would bring them back because sometimes they were that mean to their baby sister. Yet here we are today and Jodie is now a sister of more sisters than she can count!

Last night she was initiated into the sisterhood of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Delta Gamma which means I get to add Sorority Mom to my maternal resumé. A big deal for my darling daughter. A big deal only open to the sisterhood. Of course that wasn’t about to stop me from being there to surprise my darling daughter…and perhaps make her cry tears mixed with homesickness and happiness.


It’s a talent of mine.

Dear Darling Jodie,

This day, this moment is a very special one for you. Although Dad and I and your sisters and brother can not be there to celebrate with you I am thankful for the opportunity to celebrate and congratulate you with this letter.

From the moment that you told me of your intent to pledge with the Gamma Phi Chapter of Delta Gamma I could not help but think that this was something that was meant to be for you. You were born to be a sister…literally….even if your older sisters teased you so when you all were growing up. Once your shiny, new-ness as a baby wore off and you were walking after them just trying to keep up they soon realized that you were so much more than a cute little baby plaything to force their own will upon. Soon enough they realized how awesome it was to call you their sister…as I imagine your new sisters at Delta Gamma are starting to discover.

The motto “Do Good” suits you because you have always been someone who tries her very best to do just that. Your family, your friends, your teachers, your fellow classmates, your coaches, your teammates over the years have come to appreciate the firm anchor that you have been for us all. How fortunate Delta Gamma will be to include you in the bond sisterhood and secrets of the Delta Gamma Fraternity!

As with every part of your adventurous life, I am happy for you and very proud of you. You never fail to disappoint in the sense that when you say you will do something you do it and you do it with grace, strength and kindness. Good luck to you on this next adventure of yours.

I love you with all my hearts, my baby, my love, my life my joy!



Do Good, Jodie.



learning the big secret

When you’re a Business major with emphasis on Event Planning and you are a part of the students’ Programming and Activities Board at your school you get to do some pretty cool things.

Like hang out with this guy…after you prepare the perfect cappuccino for him.

Follow what your head is telling you and work hard. That’s the big secret.

~ Joel McHale


in a world like this just doing my job

Yesterday this:

Literally shared all over social media and even by local Phoenix television news. But what of the ASU and the ASU Police and the ASU LiveSafe app?

No news…at first. Soon though they took to Twitter assuring students, faculty, employees and visitors that while it was unsubstantiated they were investigating…and beefing up their presence. Stay safe they admonish too.

Home from working all night seeing all this on my social media feed as well in texts from my daughter there at ASU I’m thinking that there shall be no sleep…even if the Monday rains in Northern California promise a good day’s sleep for all Vampira Night Shift Nurses.

The hours pass with updates from Jodie with tales of a virtually empty campus

Empty except for the presence of campus police and other agencies everywhere. While denied publicly, Jodie confirmed reports that one building was basically locked down with occupants carefully evacuated and one person appearing to be taken into custody. Classes were never officially canceled, yet most were. At the end of the day, nothing much happened except for nerves rattled even more than they were during the overnight minor earthquakes that happened near Phoenix. Oh, and parents more stressed out than they really need to be literally everywhere. The threat did indeed prove to be nothing more than a hoax as announced today by the ASU Police and for that we are all thankful.

Still the fact that this is the reality for all of our children at literally every level of their education everywhere is absolutely, positively fucked up…absolutely, positively fucked up. Really.

But as for today, today is a new day. Today, hopefully, is a better day. Today is the day that my most favored Sun Devil Freshman is trying to select and schedule classes for the Spring semester which can prove to be a frustrating task when one is using ASU’s wi-fi it seems…if I am to believe my ASU twitter feed.

Lucky for Jodie, I am here.

Made. My. Day.

Just doing my job, baby girl…just doing my job.

Added bonus, I get to see your face. Thank you FaceTime.


very special eyes

In case you haven’t noticed, I have special eyes; which is a nice way of stating the obvious…I wear some pretty thick glasses so that I might be able to see. No, not correctable to 20/20. I don’t think my vision has ever been corrected to 20/20 vision. No, that does not make me “legally blind” like so many people claim that they are…as they seem to function just fine without their glasses and can read well below that top line of the Snellen Chart. Because I imagine that inquiring minds want to know, with glasses for my special eyes I can easily read line 6…line 7 if I squint and perhaps guess just a little. Of course that means that I am not “legally blind”. I’m not even a person living with low vision (yet) and thank goodness for that.

I saw my ophthalmologist last week for my usual eye exam. Good news! My vision is relatively stable with only minor changes in correction needed. Hurray for that! Of course the challenge is finding the right frames and trying not to faint from the sticker shock even with vision coverage…which doesn’t cover much for those of us with “special eyes”. If only someone like me could just order glasses from Coastal.com or Warby Parker or even Costco. Alas, no. Most discount opticians can only accept prescriptions of -12.0 and greater. Mine is -14.5 and -14.0. Again, I remind myself how lucky I am that my almost low vision is correctable and that I have vision coverage that pays for about half the cost of my eyeglasses.

And after I wrote that check for my new pair of glasses, Jodie shared with me her work with Delta Gamma Foundation and their Service for Sight Mission.

Watching this video I am reminded again how fortunate I am living with my special eyes.

Next month, the Gamma Phi chapter of Delta Gamma at Arizona State University will be holding their second annual Anchor Splash® to benefit the Delta Gamma Foundation. It will be held on October 17th, 2015 at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex Pool.
Anchor Splash® is a swimming competition involving men’s and women’s fraternities, service and social clubs, sports clubs, dormitories, and campus interest groups. Multiple chapters across the United States and Canada have sponsored this type of event, which enable the Delta Gamma Foundation to give grants locally and nationally to those who share their Service for Sight Mission.

Yes, this means that I am now a sorority mom. I’m proud that my daughter has chosen to participate with an organization that emphasizes service and the desire to Do Good along with everything else she must juggle with life at Arizona State so of course I am sharing here the opportunity for us to join them in doing a little bit of good for those with very special eyes.

The Delta Gamma Foundation is, by law, a 501C3 entity and your gift is tax deductible. The Delta Gamma Foundation also accepts matching gifts for your tax deductible contribution. Thank You and together we will Do Good.