Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world. ~ August Pullman’s Precept, Wonder, RJ Palacio

The very best thing about today’s 7th & 8th grade awards assembly?

Hearing students and teachers loudly whooping and hollering and applauding for your son when his name is called.

The second-best thing?

At the end of the assembly when several students come up to you to say, “Hi Daniel’s mom!” One even took the time to introduce himself and shake my hand.

The third best thing?

My kid was the only one who made a point to step away after receiving his awards to come hug his mom. Parents around me were hella jealous because what 7th or 8th grader does that?…in public?

I might have gotten a little teary at today’s awards assembly. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been listening to Adele’s new album, 25, on my way to the school.


and yes, Karen, this was a good week!

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.




If it’s November it’s time for report cards and teachers conferences and hearing about the inappropriate things your teenaged son might have said in the classroom because teenaged boys do that sometimes.

I’m learning so much about teenaged boys that I have never known before. Somehow I think my brothers failed me on this. Then again, teenaged me wanted very little to do with them…and vice versa.

But I digress…

If it’s November it’s time for report cards and teachers conferences and hearing what teachers have to say about your son including the fact that he currently is enjoying a 3.83 GPA.

So far 7th grade life is pretty fine. 3.83 fine.


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.