we're in Kauai right now for my mother-in-law's 70th birthday (okay, 71st… COVID mulligan) and it's magical. the whole family went to Tunnel Beach today to snorkel and hang. when we finally all got settled, I saw an opportunity to go snorkeling with my beloved sister-in-law, Liv. (wait… she's my husband's brother's wife… still sister-in-law, right?… Continue reading hold.
Category: mi familia.
you’re a free girl now.
I think we're all doing all of this for those times in life where everything clicks. Things feel right. There's excitement. And growing. And laughing. And margaritas. And stars. And art. And joy. And creating. And these clicks don't happen often—making them all the more moving. A click that snaps and shifts everything inside quickly… Continue reading you’re a free girl now.
checking the mailbox // a story + playlist.
Tonight, I had my first writing class of a series. We did some free writing. Get a prompt. Write for five minutes. Share. The third prompt was "I remember…" For unclear reasons lately, I've been thinking about mailboxes. What they mean for homes. What they mean for love. What they mean for communication. And in… Continue reading checking the mailbox // a story + playlist.
lovely little things.
these days, I have to remind myself to stop and breathe in life. love the little lovely things. like the awesome card from your bff: or the valentine from your dear friends and their BABY… their beautiful, wonderful babe: or remembering to watch your all-time favorite movie near enough to valentine's: I swear I interpret… Continue reading lovely little things.
"heaps" is the answer to how much I miss Texas. but my heart is here… Listening to this all night and playing cards with my love made this night such wondrous affirmation.I will always be proud of, and grateful for, where I came from.And I will continue to be proud of where I am and… Continue reading …hooray.
I am one and the same, I am useful and strange.
There is not a break in life. I find myself saying yes to everything and wanting more. I find myself working hard and still wanting to create at the end of the day. I love this. I get this from my father. He would work all day at the post office then come home, put… Continue reading I am one and the same, I am useful and strange.
gosh, I love her so much.
About a month ago, I went golfing with my parents in Texas. We all laughed together harder than we had in a real long time. Probably because of moments like the one when my dad gave my mom grief for taking too long when it was her shot, "Virginia, grab your club!" So she did…… Continue reading gosh, I love her so much.
she has taught me.
A day late, but still filled with love. I spent all day yesterday thinking about my amazing mother while I cleaned the house: did the dishes, all the laundry [done and folded], and weeded the garden to the extent of an insanely sore body today. So many thoughts went through my head about my momma.… Continue reading she has taught me.
to raise a family.
Blahgging has fallen to the wayside lately, but today calls for an enthusiastic, "HAY!" Happy Father's Day, Daddy! My dad is definitely a character... one that I love dearly and cannot wait until the next time we get to spend time together. Dad recently sent me an email that referenced a lanyard that he found… Continue reading to raise a family.
i’m SO glad.
Yesterday was my birthday. There were so many highlights... here are some... • Riding on the back of a tandem bike to work... drinking a delivered latte. • Birthday pie. • A phone call from Italy that included three renditions of adorable little-girl Happy Birthday singing... in Italian, Spanish, and Chinese... ah-mazing. • Great news… Continue reading i’m SO glad.
hand it back to us.
[photo by Kate Lazuka.] That photo above is of my darling brother and mother circa 1994. It's me, my sister, and him... the children in the fam. Some oldies, yet goodies, for Momma this year. To a mother who has given us her all, given us her heart, let us break it over and over… Continue reading hand it back to us.
you would go to a writing class tonight?
Hay! Hay, you! ...wull hay. I wanna talk to you. It's been a while... and there's so much I've wanted to talk about. But then... everything, all this, floors you. me. We decided to go out for drinks. A lot of us. At work. Work has been hard lately... for everyone. Work has been hard… Continue reading you would go to a writing class tonight?
thank you for sharing.
Momma was here for a bit over a week. It was amazing. Wonderful. Everything. Love. We did so much. But most importantly, we laughed, danced and loved. I really had a hard time taking her to the airport. When we hugged goodbye at security, we hugged tight. Couldn't let go. We were quiet, trying to… Continue reading thank you for sharing.
when they ask me where i’m from…
Evan officially moved in a couple days ago. It's so exciting. I talked to a friend on the phone tonight and he asked... - Does Evan have a job yet? - No... But we have a lot of rice, so I think we'll survive. We laughed at how poor we are but how much we… Continue reading when they ask me where i’m from…
we embrace our love/friendship and go.
This weekend has been brutal. Why? Oh, because my whole Texas-dwelling family was privileged enough to attend the Austin City Limits Festival. Brutal? Because I couldn't be there with them. Convincing my brother to go see Pretty Lights: ...and getting back a rave review. Having texts sent throughout the days of favorite songs by favorite… Continue reading we embrace our love/friendship and go.
just drop your dress a little bit…
When I lived in Australia, Skyping with my family was the sunshine for me. Seeing my family was great, needed... but my daddy really stole the stage. He would have a pile of props [unseen from the shot] and use them in a conversation filled with more puns than your own dad has used in… Continue reading just drop your dress a little bit…
Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Hodon. Hodon... Have I told you I'm important? Yep. That's an official business card. I have an extension. Don't call me on it, though... can't figure out how to set that thing up... Work has been absolutely great. Not last week, but this week... great. But being new won't stop me… Continue reading shared horror.
i was your clown.
Sometimes I think about my life with desperation. How can I get happier? What can I do? How can I make others happier? And it feels like always chasing. I was thinking about this yesterday, and then my Momma called. And all day, her birthday, I've been thinking about her life. [the parts that i… Continue reading i was your clown.
act your age or care.
[wull hallo.] I hope you're doing well. I'm doing pretty awesome. "Oh, why?" you ask... from across the room... wondering why I'm dancing like that. [the happy burst that comes from deep within... spurred by the simplest thing.] "Because I got a plant in the mail today... A plant that lives in a dinosaur." HUGE… Continue reading act your age or care.
this overall-clad farmboy.
There are a lot of dads out there... we all have one. Everyone's is "the best father ever"... and I won't deny that validity. [as long as you know that, actually, mine is the best.] This week, I've reflected a lot about who I am, where I came from, why I am the way I… Continue reading this overall-clad farmboy.