Archive for September, 2010

I don’t know what this is. Like a journal maybe? Of an annoying 16 year old emo chic?

I hate it when this happens. When imaginary expectations and irrational guilt team up and hold me down.  Guilt sits on my chest and the expectations taunt me, begging to know why I’m not doing more. I want to write here about the fear I talked about in therapy yesterday, but I can’t silence the […]


Stitch by Stitch

U want to sell your sewing machine? My stomach turned.  I hadn’t thought about it, but taking my Singer on the road didn’t make much sense.  The likelihood of me sewing while trying to travel and work and live out of our Trailblazer was… well… not good.  But I was still caught off guard by […]


How in the hell did I get here?

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I’m trying to figure out how to explain to you where I am and how I got here. Geographically, I am in Navarre Beach, Florida, a tiny beach town along the Gulf Coast in Santa Rosa County.  At this exact moment, I’m sitting at a dining room table in a three-bedroom condo.  Just beyond the […]


38 Places To See In The United States

If you google “extended travel”, you will find pages and pages of information about people from all walks of life who check out of the rat race in order to travel.  Abroad.  Way abroad.  Across one ocean at the very least or it doesn’t count. If you sign up to attend a free seminar designed […]


In which I realize I don’t know my kid at all.

“And now I’m going to show you where I have music!” Emma ran off ahead of us down the sidewalk corridor that joins the classrooms at her Florida elementary.  Jared and I are still in awe of the strip mall design of their school, but at that moment I was most amazed at her long […]