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M.V.P.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today I found myself caught off guard by the weather. This is because I have not gotten any smarter in the lifetime I have lived in the Midwest. Weather Yesterday it was nearly 60 with a light breeze — so comfortable I could gallivant around in a sweater, sans jacket. Today the temperature had dropped […]

Living on the cheap edge

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The nice thing about being a publicly acknowledged “Cheapo” (I prefer the term “thrifty” by the way) is that people are impressed (or repulsed, could go either way) with how well you score bargains. I have long admitted that our home is furnished almost entirely in “early auction.” It pains me to pay full retail […]

Moving mountains

Thursday, March 6, 2014

It started, as natural disasters often do, completely without warning. Mr. Wonderful and I were enjoying a relaxing weekend morning coffee and chatting about all manner of things in that scattershot way married people have. “We need more cat food, hey did you drop off/pick up/pay that?” “How about that crazy friend on Facebook?” Somehow […]

Moving mountains

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It started, as natural disasters often do, completely without warning. Mr. Wonderful and I were enjoying a relaxing weekend morning coffee and chatting about all manner of things in that scattershot way married people have. “We need more cat food, hey did you drop off/pick up/pay that?” “How about that crazy friend on Facebook?” Somehow […]

Showering with unsolicited advice

Friday, February 28, 2014

At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I think Mr. Wonderful and I have raised — to this point anyway — two good kids. The ones that are kind, giving, gracious, look out for others. I’m proud of that. I flatter myself that people want to know how we have managed through cleverness, parenting skill, and […]

Showering with unsolicited advice

Thursday, February 27, 2014

At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I think Mr. Wonderful and I have raised — to this point anyway — two good kids. The ones that are kind, giving, gracious, look out for others. I’m proud of that. I flatter myself that people want to know how we have managed through cleverness, parenting skill, and […]

Paper to plastic

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I can still remember thinking — “What are they crazy?” — when just hours after the birth of our firstborn the hospital staff began blanketing me in what seemed an endless stack of papers. Forms Medical forms, insurance forms, social security forms and birth certificate information. I gave birth to a 7 pound baby, and […]

Broken things

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I am a breaker of things. I don’t mean to be. I just am. Fabric tears. Metal dents. Handles fall off. This is why we can’t have nice things. I say I’m thrifty because I love to save money. If truth be told, I think I’m thrifty for an equally practical reason. I like to […]

Time to chill out

Thursday, February 6, 2014

It appears nothing warms the hearts of those plagued by a subarctic cold snap quite like a warm fuzzy feeling of superiority. The media — broadcast, print, and social — has been alight with people from a number of northern states poking fun at our southern neighbors for being left gridlocked and stranded by unprecedented […]

Let’s do lunch — and snacks

Thursday, January 30, 2014

That screaming sound you heard should not alarm anyone but me and my pants. After a really successful 2013 where I ate healthier than ever, felt better than ever, and dropped 35 pounds of chub (mostly from my extra chin and midriff), I stepped onto a scale to discover that 10 of those pounds had […]

Dress for success

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kymberly Foster Seabolt discusses growing up, even though she’s already been through the paces.

Pony riding was a fun, but sometimes wild experience

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Part II of my pony experience as a child.

Embrace the change

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tis the season to be … worried. I spent this holiday season in complete knots over an opportunity — a marvelous one I had willingly sought. This opportunity offered me a challenging project to temporarily fill long winter hours, in addition to another wonderful job I already have. So how did I meet the call […]

My new bike was no match for pony

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My new bike was nice, but not as nice as friend’s pony.

Have a merry every day

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

As I write this the tree it twinkling, the cookies are soon to be baking, and I am slowly freaking out as I make a list and check it twice

The season to embrace the imperfect

Thursday, December 19, 2013

We are in the thick of the wonderful season that is Christmas at our home. The cookies, the caroling, the snow and the glow. During this season of twinkle lights and time flying by at the speed of Santa’s sleigh, unearthing the Christmas decorations feels like opening a time capsule. Out of the depths of […]

Mr. Fix-It and Mrs. Breaker

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Victory red, jet black leather interior, spoiler, sunroof and looked almost as sharp as the day it rolled of the showroom floor and into Mr. Wonderful’s waiting arms five years ago. That’s 900, 1500, er, a whole bunch of days. I’m not good at math but let’s say “a while.” In all that time the […]

Deck the halls with gravy boats

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Someone shanghaied my gravy boats. In the wee hours of Thanksgiving morn there must have been a wee gravy mutiny, because I realized I couldn’t find a single one. I had a very small crisis (on league with a hang nail). Ladles (I have six) are for savages. I need my gravy boats. Frankly, I […]

Love and faith gone underground

Thursday, November 28, 2013

I think that some of life’s best moments happen underground. So many of us have fond memories of memorable moments spent in the church basement. The celebration of birth, life, death (or just the feeling of death by committee) and democracy carried out in an environment redolent of a pleasant mustiness and Pine-Sol© mixed with […]

Planning happy holidays

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Over the river and through the wood to Grandmother’s house we go! It’s a refrain as old as the hills — or at least as old as the holidays. What is far less worthy of sing-along, but just as common, is the well roasted chestnut of holiday discord: where — and with whom — to […]

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