With graduation season winding down, I’ve read my fair share of commencement speeches and words of wisdom, some better than others. This got me thinking about what I would say and LUCKY YOU, I’m going to share. Mine is a simple list. Enjoy!   Kristen’s Rules for A Good Life (Or Best Attempt at One [...]

Prince, Sigh…

I'm so sad that Prince has died. Like, a tears in my eye sad. Like can't talk about it to my husband or I'll cry and he'll make fun of me sad. He (Prince, not my husband) came around during a time in my life when the whole world was ahead of me. I was in [...]

My first-born baby turned 18 today. That means that something that came out of my vagina can now legally smoke a cigarette. Mind blown. I know a lot of you already have kids that are over 18 and that’s no big deal. But I’m talking about ME here. I was always the youngest person at [...]

Inclusion ROCKS.

For years I "assumed" Jack wouldn't benefit from inclusion.  Well, I assumed wrongly....really wrongly.  Last night was another testament to the dedication of the staff, teachers and students at his middle school.   Jack was invited by his amazing friend Emma C. to play on her basketball team "Swish Cheese" for a PTSA fundraiser. We [...]

*If you give your hubby some lovin’ chances are, you will make him really happy. Then, coincidentally, you will travel to Florida to visit your mother.  You will get a UTI in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, which will warrant a $300 visit to the ER for antibiotics. Chances are, you will start to feel [...]

THE BOOK

For the past five years (20 seasons!), I've been the team manager for Hannah's club soccer team. If you've had this job, you know about THE BOOK. It's the Bible.  It contains all of the birth certificates, waivers, club cards, schedules, rosters, badges, ref fees, permits, directions, and important documents for tournaments, leagues, and procedures for STATE [...]

You see this jacket? That's a genuine, original 1980 boys size large tri-colored puffer straight from the racks of Montgomery Ward. How would I remember that from 35 years ago you ask? That's because the jacket that preceded it was a men's size small cherry red coat with a big Bridgestone Tire Company logo straight from the company car [...]

A Christmas wish…

IMG_7227  (click to view) Just a simple conversation for most of us takes seconds. Maybe minutes if we really have a lot to say. Conversations are so vital to our existence. They feed our souls and sometimes, can hurt our souls. I was talking with my son last night and a “simple” sentence for him [...]

Off The Rails

Here we go again. Its mid-December and I’m an out of control eating machine consuming my four current food groups of salt, sugar, alcohol and lard on a daily basis. Every year I SWEAR I'm not going to fall into the same merriment trap that I ALWAYS fall into in December. Starting out all innocent-like [...]

Giving Thanks…

Ya know what is cool? When a group of 13 year olds embrace your nonverbal son with autism as one of their own. No judgments, no condescending comments, no reservations or hesitation. He is just another kid with them.   Often times we hear about the bullies and the kids making fun of others. Well, this [...]