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Things, March

I am still being extra productive on writing and it has me all excited and frothy about words on the page, about story, about craft. Lots of nerdy nerdy writing excitement is happening in the secret parts of my head. The quiet moments are filled with more action and less doubt, more forgiveness if I need to stop writing for the day, or skip a day, or even two, than guilt and shame and self-flogging. I think this is the most I’ve written on any 1 subject since grad school. This feels new and different and good. Now if only I’ll be able to finish a complete first draft before this next baby comes.

Next week we are going to Miami to visit family! This weekend I am prepping with my first pedicure in months and months, ever since I stopped painting my toes for the winter to hopefully assist with my chronic broken toenails. Which sounds grosser than it was, I swear. All winter my tootsies have been break-free and hopefully the renewed oxygen has been useful. Seasonal color for the win. I’m very excited for warm temps, some vitamin D, and possibly going on an air boat in the everglades! I am not so much looking forward to maternity swim wear, my dimpled and beluga white thighs, or our layover in LA. Posting might be a little light next week, but I’m bringing my computer so hopefully I’ll have some thinking time.


Spring came way early in Seattle. Most people are thrilled, but I can’t stop thinking about global warming. And how there is no snow pack. And how the seasons are all fucked up. And how we aren’t doing enough and even my small conservation efforts will never be enough. And the smog in Beijing, and the massive massive drought in California. And water supplies. And what will my children’s lives be like when they are adults? And how basically the movie premise of Interstellar is going to come true. Or maybe The Road. Neither of those options is very good. But at least there are cherry blossoms?

This weekend we are moving our bedroom furniture around to give us more space and make room for a minicrib. The same minicrib that Gabe had when he was born. Once I finalize our bedroom/nursery, maybe get a mobile, clear off some surfaces, I’ll give you all a photo tour. Our bedroom is not awesome. I wanted to get a bed for Christmas but instead we didn’t get anything and tried to continue to put away for a down payment on a house. My “Stand in” night stand from target is still going strong a year later. And we have not done a good job of getting art or any meaningful photos on the walls. It’s basically the place we put things we don’t want the baby to get into, but even that is a flawed system now that Gabe can open doors. Sigh a thousand sighs. But hopefully this weekend we will make some headway.

Now that Gabe’s birthday has come and gone, now that I’ve mostly figured out what I’m doing for my birthday in April, now that I have nailed down (generally) the events for Maris’s 30th celebration in May, I have run out of parties to plan! We’re not doing a baby shower because I’m very twitchy about people buying me things that I can buy myself and having a party that focuses mostly on the giving a gifts is just not my thing. I did it once for my wedding shower, I’m good for a lifetime. Although Christmases and Birthdays are still my jam and mucho presents welcome at those. I’m not a monster. I’m also making myself wait at least a month or two before fully diving into planning Claire’s 30th in June. Mostly to spare the other participants my over zealousness. You are welcome.

What’s going on in your worlds? Update me on the happs!


How I Love ME

This weekend there was a lot of love in the air. How much do I love my son? Enough to not stick my tongue out at him as he is telling me “No sing, mama!” I CAN SING IF I WANT SMALL HUMAN! I spend a lot of time fretting over how I’m loving others. (Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but I am pre-tty giving you guys.) I want my kid to know I love him, that he is safe, that I am proud of him. I want my friends to know that I have them as major priorities. I want my husband to know I appreciate all the things he does. I want to make time for my family. I don’t want to forget birthdays, I want people to know they...


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The Plague Months

I’ve actually started getting used to being sick all of the time every winter. Last winter was the plague months, and this winter seems to be no different. No different at all. Except this time I’m pregnant and achy and quite possibly even more pathetic. But at least I’m not shocked by the fact that there has been at least 1 sick person in my house since early December and it’s probably not going to end until April. I’m sitting at work right now experiencing waves of sweat that wash over me. This is what happens when you don’t offer sick leave, America. LOOK AT ME, SWEAT COVERED, COUGHING, SNEEZING AND GROSS. Look at what...


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Here and There and Everywhere

I have some more things to share. Just snippets here and there. First! Weekend-ing will be returning. There may be weekends where all you see are piles and piles of used kleenex, I’m not going to lie. But also maybe some good family moments. Speaking of photographing stuff. I am now showing but it is different than last time. Last time it was like my bump popped out of me like a perfectly round ball was pushing against my tummy skin. This time it sort of oozed forth. Like, if I tried I could still hide it, but only sort of. Mostly I feel wide and like a duck. Not cute and pregnant. Maybe cute and pregnant is reserved for first...


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Updates and Such

We are going through a bit of a transition over in our house, so posting may be a bit scarce through next week, with the holidays FAST approaching and hubub abound. I promise to be back to regularly scheduled programming soon though! And, happy news! I have had such a great response to the Better Than Real Life Advice that we are going to have 2 rounds this month. The second batch coming at you next week. I encourage commenting – I try to always be as thoughtful as possible but am also always limited by my own life experiences. So if you have something to add please feel like you can jump in. Now I have some questions for you to help...


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Identity Capital

Last Friday a video was posted on someone’s status a Ted Talk about how 30 is not the new 20 and I thought… ok… this could either be really interesting or it could make me feel even more panicked about turning 30. Which has sort of decreased since I wrote that. I’m coming to terms, shall we say. Anyway, you should watch the video because it talks about Identity Capital and I thought it was fascinating. I’ve seen, through Gabe, how in so many ways we are born with a giant junk of who we are already pre programmed. He is a ball of his own personality already and he is only 1 and a half. But then there is this...


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Who the hell is she?


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