identity crisis


I love this picture because I wasn’t posing. My son Stuart took it when I was watching my new husband speak about Schrodinger’s Cat at a presentation for his new book The Quantum League. Matt and I had only been married about a month. (Apparently, I hold my hands in weird ways and touch my face when I’m not aware of it.)

Once upon a time, I wanted to write novels. It was a mired path coming to that decision—with long distance chats with my mom and sister about finding our passions, hours of watching Oprah, and follow-up calls with my mom and sister about what we had just watched on Oprah. Once I finally settled on writing fiction as what I wanted to do, I put everything I had into it. At first, I trod carefully, like peering from behind the doorway into a crowded room. So I started by trying to find other people who also wanted to write, and as luck would have it (or Providence), I met a nice girl at church. Her name was Julie, and she confessed in one of our first conversations that she had actually been published once and that she really wanted to be an author. We became fast friends and started working toward our dreams. We went to conferences, joined writing groups, entered contests, bought laptops, flew to England to research our stories, started submitting—well, she did. I was still too scared, and still too ADD to get anything done.

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back to school with goldfish smiles


My kids just went back to school for the second time this year. Last week, their dad took them out of school to go to Disneyland, which was a blast, but now they all have to get back into the swing of things around here. So, needless to say, getting them to school this week, has been AWESOME!!!.

Hope you don’t mind my touch of sarcasm there.

active in the outdoors


I come from a very long ancestral line of non-runners. My kids’ dad, who ran eight miles a day when we were engaged, gave the whole thing up faster than you can say “George Constanza.”

my daily skin routine


photograph by Stuart Richardson, 2009

martha stewart coverHave you seen the beautiful issue of Martha Stewart Living this month? I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a big picture of a cake, do you? The articles in the magazine are beautiful as well. There’s one on edible flowers that makes me want to buckle down and actually start a garden. In “Good Things,” they have instructions for how to make giftwrap using soap bubbles and paint, and in the “Beauty & Style” section, there’s a picture of me!

Hahaha! I’m not kidding! The picture is actually in an advertisement for Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. They had asked me and another couple of bloggers to write about our beauty rituals, and I wrote about how I wash my face!

So, if you’re in the store, and see a copy of the May 2013 issue of Martha Stewart Living, pick up a copy, turn to page 53, and then you can tell the cashier, “Hey, I know this girl!!”

Oh, and one more quick thing that they edited out for space, I think. When I wash my face, after I rinse with really hot water, I always rinse with really cold water. It makes my skin feel very smooth afterwards.

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