Hotel Horror Story (dishes)

The irony is that I’m writing this hotel horror story FROM a hotel room.

My oldest son and I are on a road trip for his fourth grade Texas history project.  Our goal is to take a bunch of photos for his project and collect a few essay worthy experiences along the way.  

Thanks to priceline, we’re staying at a VERY nice hotel.  Even so, I woke up before dark remembering all the reasons I’ve come to dread staying at a hotel.

During our long drawn out remodel, we stayed in several extended stay hotels.

My very worst memory isn’t the time the hotel water was turned off and I was sent to a “vacant” room in another building only to find a strange man finishing up his shower.  It’s not the one that involves finding strange panties in the dryer with my sons’ school uniforms.  It’s not even the one where the people upstairs had a “domestic disagreement” at 1am.

(Those are all real stories.)

It’s a memory that makes me sick. [Read more…]

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Lessons from a List – Goals make me angry?

The alternate title for today’s post is “Why I’m angry about the doorknobs, my closet doors, and how I should have handled it more like Thanksgiving Dinner.”

(It’s a wee bit long.  I realized I could write about this topic for a whole month and still have something to say.   This deserves to be a chapter in a big book or something.)

It was a simple goal.  In the span of all the chaos that comes with a remodel, I didn’t think it was unrealistic.  I just wanted one single room that I could walk into, close the door, and escape the remodel. [Read more…]

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Christmas will come

I want you to think of “Christmas will come” as a message of hope  and not a reason to panic.

If you’re stressed, panicked, worn out, or strung out then this message is for you.

There are only a few days until Christmas.  It’s a stressful time for moms because at some point we realize that it’s just not all going to happen.

Some major something on our lists just won’t get done.  We’ve run out of time, energy, money, patience, or something.

Somehow, Christmas just isn’t shaping up to be what we hoped and dreamed it could be for our family.

Dear sweet mom, I want you to know – Christmas will come.

It will happen.  You can’t stop it.  There just isn’t more time or energy or money or patience or whatever is you think you need.  The kids are out of school and quite frankly, time’s up.  Christmas is here.

And it’s ok.

It’s going to be just fine.

Honest. [Read more…]

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A unique view of my remodel – stuff

home at last - remodelI’ve posted bits and pieces about my remodel, and we’re not quite done.

I’ve already shared a story of my remodel from the view of our toilet arrangements.  Now, I’d like to share the story from another unique viewpoint.  This time, it’s

The story of my remodel from the viewpoint of my stuff. [Read more…]

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Home at last – Thankful Thoughts

thankful thoughtsAwareness. Appreciation. Gratefulness. Thankfulness. Gratitude. Enjoyment. Thanksgiving.

I started to write about how thankful I am for my bed.  It’s amazing.  It’s just the right softness, the sheets stay cool all night, and my pillow is beyond description.  After a year of living apart during the remodel (sleeping on strange hotel beds stunk) the reunion with my bed was joyful.

I started to write more about reunion with my bookshelves and how thankful I am to finally feel like I’m home. [Read more…]

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A unique view of my remodel, in 218 words

home at last - remodelI’ve talked about my remodel before, but I’ve never actually shared the whole story from start to finish.  It’s long and involved and complicated.   I could have easily written 2-3 blog posts a day for the past 18 months with all the nitty gritty details.

But they would have been really boring posts.

Instead, I’ll share my story in some unique ways.  Starting with this one. [Read more…]

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Remodel Report: All About Laundry

Remodel Report

My remodel continues to impact my life in major ways.  From time to time, I’ll share a remodel report to let you know how things are going… mostly because I need to share.

In June of 2011, we moved out of the house as part of a major remodel. Our house was totally gutted right down to the studs, so it’s taken a bit longer than we had originally planned. Fast forward to June 2012. We are back in the house but the house isn’t finished. It’s a bit problematic. Today, I’m focused on how the remodel continues to impact my efforts to do laundry. To start with, this is supposed to be my master closet. Notice the complete lack of shelving or rods on which to hang clean clothes. Notice the construction materials stored on the floor. [Read more…]

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How I became “This Happy Mom” (Part 1)

how i became this happy momThis is part 1 of my story of how I became “This Happy Mom.”  It’s too long for a single post, so I thought I’d share my story in installments.

I can point to the calendar and tell you the day I decided to become “This Happy Mom.”

It was Monday, December 5th 2011.  It was not a good day. [Read more…]

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How I became “This Happy Mom” (part 2)

how i became this happy momThis is the second post covering the story of how I became “This Happy Mom.”

Last time, I told you the story of God speaking to me in a big narrator voice (not exactly) and how we ended up with a disco Christmas tree.

After God called my attention to all those contentious woman verses in Proverbs (and I was done pouting) I made up my mind to be happy (or at least fake it).   [Read more…]

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