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    I'm a journalist who spends my Mondays through Fridays writing other people's stories, a chronic procrastinator who needs structure. I once quit my job to write a book and like most writers, I made up excuses why I couldn't keep at it.

    My boyfriend fiancé husband Joe likes to sleep in late on the weekends, but since we have a kid now that happens less than he'd like.

    Before Henry, I used to spend my mornings browsing celebrity tabloid websites while our dog snored under the covers. Now I hide my computer in a spot my son can't reach because everything I own is now broken, stained or peed on.

    I created Lance in an attempt to better spend my free time. I thought it might jump start a second attempt at writing a novel.

    It hasn't. And my free time is gone.

    But I'm still here writing.

    I'm 26 27 28 29 30 31 and I've yet to get caught up in something else, which is kind of a big deal for a chronic procrastinator.

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Archive for May, 2009

The tent diaries 2

30 May 2009

Part two of this adventure revolved around staying with friends and friends’ families. For two weeks I traveled the Midwest, sometimes camping, sometimes staying with people I knew (or people of people I knew.) It turns out I know a lot of Midwesterners, and their company was a nice reprieve from solitude. In Macomb, Illinois [...]

The tent diaries

27 May 2009

In the summer of 2007 – less than three months after I started dating Joe – I took a road trip from Southwest Florida to the Oregon Coast. I was gone for a little over a month. Just me and the pug in a borrowed tent. With a loose plan, and a 1997 Honda Civic [...]

My urban rooster

22 May 2009

Sneaky synchronicity has reared its fateful head again! And in addition to this, I’m pleased to report that I have a new animal spirit guide. Behold: my rooster. I’ve written about meaningful coincidences and animal totems before. The last time I wrote about synchronicity I was on vacation in the Florida Panhandle trying to figure out [...]

Joe’s getting married down the road from me.

20 May 2009

Check out Joe at work, talking about our wedding on top of a hill in Western New York, at the wrong Ellicottville ski lodge.  Darling, it’s HoliMont lodge. Not Holiday Valley. Ah well! He’s so cute when he tells people we’re getting married somewhere we’re not. I’ll let is slide. PS. This video is one of several segments [...]

Homegrown tomato virgin takes a bite

19 May 2009

The tomato has been picked.  After 10 minutes of staring at my first red tomato in all his round ripe perfection, I picked him, cradled him in my arms and tiptoed him to the kitchen, where I laid him down on a cutting board and halved him with a steak knife. I picked some basil [...]

Bite me, slice me, dice me

19 May 2009

I‘m suffering from a supreme case of writer’s block.  So what do I do? Well. As always, there’s Lance.  I come here more than I should whenever I’m stuck on a story; a paying story. It helps me get over uninspired humps.  Sometimes. Today I spotted my first big, red tomato hanging off one of two tomato [...]

Haute coiffure

15 May 2009

To the left you will see two pictures – one taken three months ago after receiving a $50 haircut at a swank salon in St. Pete, the other taken last week after receiving a $5 haircut at a beauty school in the ghetto. Can you tell which is which? I’m posting these pictures for two reasons: 1. [...]

Anatomy of a refrigerator door

12 May 2009

While Joe watched some snooze-fest on Charlie Rose tonight, I diagrammed our refrigerator door. I’m not necessarily proud of this. In fact, there were a million other more productive things I could’ve, should’ve done. Ah well. At least now you know I have a framed photograph of my fiancé with his dentist and dental hygienist on [...]

A clothesline for my mothership

11 May 2009

I aim to pay homage to my mother(a day late) with this post. I went to Ace Hardware over the weekend and purchased among many things, a clothesline. Nothing major. Just a piece of white nylon rope that I stretched between two trees behind my house, a span that runs the width of my tiny backyard. [...]

Hello, romantics. This one’s for you.

07 May 2009

IF YOU’VE BEEN FEELING SURLY LATELY… HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS… FROM A WEDDING I PHOTOGRAPHED LAST MONTH… ON CASEY KEY BEACH. THESE FOUR ARE SISTERS. SUSANNE (2ND FROM RIGHT) GOT MARRIED AT PAULINE’S (FAR RIGHT) BEACH ESTATE… NEXT DOOR TO HORROR NOVELIST STEPHEN KING’S HOUSE. THERE WERE ONLY 25 PEOPLE THERE. IT WAS SIMPLE & [...]

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