01540 years ago today at 2:28am, my mother was super happy to NOT be pregnant anymore…I was 26 days late after all.  As the story goes, it was July 18th, over 100 degrees, my father was at work and my uncle, who was supposedly ‘on baby duty,’ was sleeping off one too many beers on the couch when my mother went into labor with me.  Pissed off that no one coherent was around, she decided to drive herself to the hospital in her little VW bug.  Apparently she could barely reach the pedals because her belly was so big.

Anyway, 19 hours later, officially July 19th, I was born and judging from the picture from the hospital above, I had both my bitchbrow and side-eye perfected from day one.

I’m not sure I can sum up 40 years in one blog post or a list of ’40 things I’ve learned by 40’…how does one sum up their life in that way?  A cacophony of words come to mind – painful, desperate, joyous, wild, free – and none could encapsulate it.  But I’m thrilled that I get more, even if only 60 more, even if only a few hours – I’ll take it and be grateful.

What are you grateful for today?


April Love Day 21: A happy memory


Given how much I talk about my dogs, this shouldn’t be a surprise.  🙂

This was taken the first year I had Hank, with my old school SLR.  He was running around like crazy and would stop for a second, then take off again.  That must have gone on for an hour, until he fell asleep.  It made me laugh so hard.

Day 13: Love Note to Myself


Like a lot of people, I have had a tendency to hold on to things for too long, to my detriment….whether it be friendships that are no longer healthy or just pay advices from 1995 (no joke).  In the last year, I have really taken the above advice to heart and began a journey towards a more minimalistic approach to life.  And it has made me really happy, more calm…I don’t hold on so tightly to things or people or situations anymore.  It’s the best form of self love I can imagine.

Day 11: An Inspiring Person

This one was super easy for me…she’s the first person that came to mind.


My sister is whip-smart, kind, with a huge heart, and she just doesn’t give up, ever. She wanted pharmacy school, fought to get in, fought to pay for it, and now we are counting down the weeks of classes she has left (17!).  I’m so proud and inspired by her every day.