Monday, September 1, 2014

People of BlogHer '14

It was a great weekend in San Jose! The following are people that I had the pleasure of meeting during the conference, in no particular order. Long, long overdue. My apologies.

Simply Recipes Elise Bauer

Samantha from Airplane Rides and Guacamole Sides Samantha has an amazing story. I won't ruin it for you here but you want to read her. She is inspiring!

Destiny from  Suburban Wife, City Life

Kendra from Simply{Darr}ling.com

Williesha from Nerdy Thirtysomething Life

Lexi from La Primera (How on earth had we not met before? If we have, I don't recall and I'm a jerk but after all of these years being friends online it was great to see you in person! Even if we had to go to Northern California to do it.)

Kimberly from Manifest Yourself

Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama

The Ginger Warrior

Salma from The Write Balance 

Bridget from Saving My Sanity

Sharon from Midlife Boulevard I can't wait to dive in here a little more!

Finally, I had the honor of hearing Libby Kranz speak at the Listen to Your Mother Open Mic night. Her daughter Jennifer recently passed away from a brain tumor and now Libby, and other family and friends are fighting pediatric cancers. Please visit their website Unravel Pediatric Cancer where you can find out about their nonprofit efforts and read more about Libby, Jennifer, and their family on the Love4JLK blog, linked on that page. Beautiful.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

This book begs for the fireplace.



You know how some books beg to be read on a beach with a big, floppy hat shading your eyes? This is not one of those books. Reverie, by Christina Yother is the kind of book to be read by the fireplace with a cup of tea. Perhaps while there is a snowstorm outside. (Does that make me weird?)(Don't answer that.)

Reverie is the story of Hetty, an orphan, who ages out of the orphanage in her Montana hometown and begins to make her way in life. Soon the Wheeler family needs her help on their ranch and Hetty begins to feel things for Issac, one of the Wheeler sons. Issac is the perfect brooding Leading Man. Responsible, loving, and troubled.

I loved this story. Granted, I love a good romance, but there were twists in the plot that I honestly didn't see coming. I like that in a novel. While I read this in the summer it would be a perfect addition to your winter reading list. Hence, the fireplace. And the tea. (The book isn't for the fireplace under any circumstances.) The other thing I love about this book is that it is part of a 3 book series called Hollow Hearts. I love reading books that have recurring characters; for me, it makes it easier to get into the story when I'm already invested in it. Christina's second novel, Reliance, will be released on October 7th, the second of the trilogy. I can't wait to dive into the story of Elias, the second Wheeler brother.

Where to buy:

Reverie on Amazon
Reverie on Barnes and Noble
Other places to buy can be found at Christina's website

Reliance will be available soon-believe me, I'll let you know!

While Christina is a friend of mine, my review is all my own. I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stuck in the MIddle

It's been 7 years since I started this blog, and six since my first BlogHer conference. I'm not OG. (I just found out what that meant. Original Gangster.) I'm not a newbie. I have many, many OG friends and many, many newbie friends. I'm stuck in the middle.


Last night I saw an old friend. I've connected with her many times at conferences and online. Shared a cocktail. But because of my own insecurities I've never really known how she felt about me. My policy has always been that since I'm not an OG I'm happy to stay in the background or on the fringes. Those relationships came before me and I understand that history sometimes trumps. I don't want to look like a squealing fangirl. That's not who I am.  

I stood on the edge of her circle to say hello, alternating between waiting for her conversation to end and having my own but not getting the chance to talk to her. A little while later when she saw me she jumped up and gave me the biggest hug and said how great it was to see me, it had been so long, and we've known each other for years! 

Like I usually do, I put my foot in my mouth, thinking that she must have mistaken me for someone else. No, she knew it was me. Her reaction was exactly what she wanted it to be; I was the insecure one.

*****
To be perfectly clear, this person has never, ever done anything to make me feel not a part of the group. "It's not you, it's me," totally applies here. 

I may still be stuck in the middle in many ways but because of one woman's generous acceptance of me-acceptance that I never asked for nor expected, I feel like I belong. 

Finally.

~ headless mom

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quiet

It's going to be a scorcher today. How do I know? Not from some smartphone app or a big busted weather girl. No, I know from being on my porch since about 5:30 this morning. There is not a cloud in the sky and as soon as the sun peeked over the fence it's been hot.



These are not the long shadows that I'm typically fond of. Those come in about 10 hours. These are the ones of quiet morning hours when the day is full of possiblility and the night wasn't full of sleep. The sleep interrupted by a child leaving at 4 in the morning and a puppy deciding that sleep shouldn't happen until the human had already had her 2 cups of coffee.


Her ears kill me and make me give in but tonight is going to be the night, once and for all, that she learn to sleep in her crate. My boys have taken the night shift but caved to her not sleeping in the crate. We need her to. We're busy and she will occasionally have to stay in it during the day too. 

But she's a puppy, and puppies are cute. And will easily persuade you that the floor is much nicer for sleeping than a crate with all the toys.

This is Libby. And the reason for my Sunday afternoon nap today in the air conditioned bliss of my living room. It's already hot out here.

~Headless Mom

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I'm baaack!

Welcome back. Well, to me anyway. I haven't intended to take such long breaks lately. I could say it's life, or kids, or the new puppy, but really? It's honestly just been laziness. 


The Nutshell: baseball, VBS, puppy, vacation. That's it. I have a few posts in draft that I may or may not ever get to. Well, except for one. You'll get that one. One of these days. 

More honesty? It's the damn games on my phone. And then HD won an iPad mini for me at a golf tournament and I've played a lot with it. (I'm even blogging from it right now. Have you tried to type on a mini keyboard? Holy hell this thing is tiny!) I have stopped plaing Candy Crush (for now anyway,) and am playing Spider Solitaire, Solitaire Blitz, and Candy Mania. It's the Candy Mania that has me hooked. Easier than CC but still challenging. You're welcome.

For vacation we went to Colorado, as usual. And predictably we had a great time. We were able to visit HG and Mr. HG at their NEW HOUSE! Seriously, they bought a house 6 months after they got married. It wasn't exactly in the plan but they were able to find something in their modest price range so they went for it. It's really cute and perfect for a first house. We spent time with them working in the yard and spoiling them a little since we don't live there. Take it from me- it's WEIRD  staying in your oldest child's home for the first time. Good weird, but weird, nonetheless. 

Also during our visit we threw my parents a small party for their 50th wedding anniversary. They invited their 'dinner group'-a group of couples that have been having dinner together on ?Friday nights for 5? 10? years. A couple of them are parents of kids that I went to high school with so it's fun to see them, but all of them feel like family now. And they have been family for my parents so I was honored to host them to celebrate my parents special milestone.

One of the fun things that we like to do there is go to a Coloado Rockies game-all 15 of us. (4 of us, parents, aunt, HG & Mr. HG, Brother and family, and another couple) This year we went on July 4th-my mom's birthday! The game sucked but the fireworks were probably the best we've ever seen. (Not counting when we were on a boat in Charleston Harbor,but I think I've told that story before.) It was a beautiful night. 

I turned the big 46 while I was there. Facebook is fun on birthdays. While I don't hinge all of my self-worth on how many people write on my wall, it is amazing to open all day and see message after message from friends near and far. It really made me smile. I also get invited to my mom's girls birthday luncheon. She and her friends go out for lunch all year for everyone's birthdays. I think there were 10 of us or so? I'm so lucky that I get included! Someday I'm going to have my own girls birthday lunch group! 

Now that I'm home I feel like summer is over. Not the hot weather part, but the fun vacation part. The boy's schedules are booked for the next month until they go back to school. Which, of course, means that mine is too. I do have one more trip planned, to San Jose for BlogHer, but I'll fill you in on that another day. 

Thanks for indulging my lack of posting but I'm back. For now anyway!

~ Headless Mom