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My Current 10

1.) Trump is a racist and anyone who supports him is also a racist. There is no middle ground or “I can see where you’re coming from” with this one.

2.) More people need to be focused and open to helping others. If we had space for people I would absolutely open my home to host refugees. When I see someone on the street who needs help (passed out in a crosswalk, an older person taking a tumble, whatever it may be), I pull over, I stop the car, I don’t ignore it. Pointing fingers is point-less. All of those people who think Syrian refugees should just figure it out, who don’t want to deal with their problem: may you never experience the feeling of running for your lives. May you never experience a government who actively kills its own citizens. May you never experience refugee camps where your child sleeps in the grass every night. Because if you do experience that, may you also be met with the same attitude you are placing upon others.

3.) I don’t care if I’m a bleeding heart. I want the world to be gentler and kinder. Just because it was hard for someone before me doesn’t mean it needs to be hard for someone after me. I don’t care about “earning” whatever it is that other people feel we need to “earn.” I just don’t care. Everyone should have a safe home, should have healthcare, should be able to send their kids to quality schools. But I do believe in paying taxes, chipping in, supporting local communities and local businesses. Voting with my dollar.

4.) The pyramids were built as tombs, they were NOT to house grain!

5.) The atrocities the Native Americans experienced at the hands of the United States have not been taught widely enough. They should be common knowledge and we should not be celebrating Christopher Columbus. It’s like having “conqueror day” … it’s weird.

6.) But you know, yay being thankful, yay the holidays, yay family time and traditions. Those are positives.

7.) Does anyone actually go Christmas shopping IN stores anymore? It’s like my worst case scenario. Thank you weekend deals that are also online so that I don’t have to think about hunting down presents in person.

8.) I have so many things to say about being approached as a “mom” about money and employment, but at this time it is inappropriate to do so. Ask me in person.

9.) Sometimes I have parenting days where I feel like an absolute fucking failure. Lately I am just bone tired. I am battling a cold, Fae has a cold, she is waking up every 2 hours at night which means I can’t sleep to kick this cold. Gabriel is so difficult. I feel like a hostage negotiator more than I am a happy parent. I am an exhausted, frustrated parent.

10.) I’m so tired of wearing nursing tank tops. I need bras!! But… $$. Always but $$.


Do you have a Current 10? Do you have a current 5? I want in on that.


Things, November

Having Kamel home on paternity leave has been so nice. It has also been a lesson in the differences between “men out in the world with babies” and “women out in the world with babies.” Exhibit 1: Kamel is in the grocery store. Checker is googly eyes mad-crazy at Fae. She then says “Stay at home dads are my weakness!” to Kamel. He replies, “Oh, I’m just on leave.” She says, “That’s like a whole MOVEMENT right now!” I am at the grocery store with Fae. The most I get is “How old is he?” “Oh she’s ______ months.” And then I struggle to open the...


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Children in Tragedies

Explaining the bad things about the world to my children is something I grit my teeth over. Who wants to tell their children that the world is ACTUALLY dangerous and scary? It is amazing and magical, but it is also pretty terrible. Thankfully I haven’t had to do it yet. This dad, though… does a pretty fantastic, age appropriate job. Something we can all cling to.


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Fae @ 4 Months

First of all, I expected to have a lot more posts between this month and last month and I am disappointed that it didn’t turn out that way. I’m still trying to figure out how to have time for all the things. I am currently not doing so well at that.  This month felt super long. So much happened! I started freelancing full time, Kamel started paternity leave, it became fall/winter for reals, and the Tias came to visit! We are gearing up to finally put Fae in Gabe’s room for the night and I am totally nervous about it. Girlfriend is a loud sleeper with a lot of sucky noises and a lot of scootin’ around. But I have a...


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3.5 Months Postpartum: Real Bodies, Real Talk

Before I got pregnant with Fae I googled “second baby postpartum body” so often. What would recovery be like? What happens the second time around? What does the stomach do after all that stretchingX2? I really, really, really felt that I had simply gotten lucky that everything went so well with my first pregnancy and delivery. I had a ball of anxiety in my throat that I was rolling the dice yet again with #2 and anything could happen. I survived 1 virtually unscathed, what was I doing tempting fate for a second time? What if nothing was ever the same again? The truth is nothing is ever the same…ever. Body permanence is a...


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The Hustle

Where did I go? What have I done? WHAT IS HAPPENING? Last week I had so many posts bubbling in my head. SO MANY. I even wrote half of one! But my real life hustle is taking up all of my time. First a quick update: Things around here are moving fast fast slow fast fast slow. Right now I am in the fast fast. My search for a full time, normal person job fizzled, and as the holidays approach I am toning down my job search at the moment. Thankfully because of contacts in the professional writing world I have been piling on the freelance work. Piling on so much, actually, that we are able to pay for Fae to go to daycare after Kamel is off...


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Who the hell is she?


Seattle/Writer/Adventurer/Married to Kamel/Maker of many mistakes/Mom of 1 Gabriel and 1 TBD/Baker of things/Roaster of Vegetables/Maker of videos/Normal life photographer/Romantic/Irreverent/Honest

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