Day One in the Ivy League

Today was my official first day as a Cornell student! Going to an Ivy League university for graduate school as a 33 year old is considerably different than my venture to the tiny Christian Brothers University for undergrad as a measly 16 year old. Dog actually ate my shoes for the day so had toContinue reading “Day One in the Ivy League”

Reuniting

What must you feelTo take yourself awayFrom the world you are inDo you feel too muchOr nothing at allMaybe you are already goneEven when we still see youSo your leaving is just reunitingYour body with your soulYou leave us to find ourselvesGroping for answersFor strengthFor youIf we are lucky We can keep ourselfShattered but inContinue reading “Reuniting”

Sunrise on Upstate NY

The beauty of the Finger Lakes area rivals any other place we’ve been in the United States—sans maybe Telluride, Colorado. I still miss Okinawa on a regular basis. I have dreams about visiting at least once a week. One thing I liked in Oki is that I didn’t much mind driving for a while toContinue reading “Sunrise on Upstate NY”

Using Our Land Part II

I have been ready to end my writing hiatus for a while, but the seriousness of the post ideas in my head were a bit overwhelming. I think I’m ready to tackle them over the next few weeks, so I am back and happy to be blogging again! I’ll keep this post light. One ofContinue reading “Using Our Land Part II”

Got the ‘Rona

Over two years into the pandemic and we got our first positive case in the house. It’s me 😩 I spent all day laying on the couch with feverish G yesterday and I was feeling a bit rough this morning. Just thought it was allergies for me so tested us both just in case…of courseContinue reading “Got the ‘Rona”

Using Our Land Part I

When we bought our home and 33+ acres last fall I had a bazillion ideas and anticipated having them all done super quick. I’ve realized how unrealistic that is. Moving to upstate NY in November meant nearly everything outside couldn’t be touched until April/May (essentially right now). Honestly, many of the projects won’t be actualizedContinue reading “Using Our Land Part I”

Why Not Say “Yes?”

So often I tell my kids no and later realize there was really no reason for that response. Sometimes you just need to say “yes,” if only to get yourself out of the “no” mindset. Can I tattoo my stomach? Can we paint your toe nails? Can we watch TV? Can I wear my pantsContinue reading “Why Not Say “Yes?””

What Makes a Dream a Nightmare…

With PTSD, one of the many ways intrusive thoughts interfere with everyday life is through nightmares. Every PTSD questionnaire I’ve answered has asked if I have nightmares. Until VERY recently, I assumed nightmares had to be excessively scary. When my daughter dreamt that a bear was chasing her and she woke up begging me toContinue reading “What Makes a Dream a Nightmare…”