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March 10, 2020
When Love Requires Quarantine

So, this happened last week.   Eight days of cruise ship magic and wonder, evening entertainment, limeades and margaritas, karaoke and water slides, three international ports, all punctuated with an exclamation mark of a day at Disney World. So, basically, we did all the things that they say you shouldn't be doing right now. We […]

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May 30, 2018
A List of Happy

Car Talk. "Let's make a list of happiness," I say. We were somewhere south on I-25, far enough south that we could see the end of the Rockies. It just came to an end, like the tail end of a pig. "You go first. What makes you happy?" "The possibilities." "Oh, good one. Strong start. […]

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May 26, 2018
On the Road: A Recipe for Traveling Together

We are a certain two people who will be married for two years on Monday. Such a celebration certainly calls for fueling up and heading out. No kids allowed. 1 L Coffee, black 120 oz. diet Pepsi, foam cup 1 Waze app, android and iPhone Pre-Approved Pandora Playlist Scoop of Show Tunes Dash of Funk […]

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August 7, 2017
Odes to Family Camp and Laundry and School Supplies

We are home from a whirlwind summer.  When I say "whirlwind," it may or may not indicate that my suitcase still holds some miscellaneous items from three trips ago. We finished our summer with a grand exclamation mark: A week at Family Camp.  It was six days of hikes and waterslides and volleyball and rock […]

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July 10, 2017
Thank you, Ocean.

Thank you - Sand and ocean, Sweet ice cream and salty kisses, Sandy toes and freckled shoulders, Big ideas and little moments. Thank you - Bread and wine, Chips and salsa, Guacamole and margarita, Books and conversation, Talking and listening, Food for my body and soul. Thank you - Beautiful house, Pool and hot tub, […]

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July 1, 2017
Vacations Should Win.

If you try to work while you're on vacation, then neither the vacation nor the work gets the attention it needs. Nobody wins. Vacation should win. Peace out, girl scouts.

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February 21, 2017
Fierce Love and Mickey Bars

I'm freshly home from a Disney vacation, and I have a confession: it's a little bit ridiculous how much we love Mickey Bars. Our collective love for them is enormous. On a Disney vacation, I give us this daily splurge, this afternoon indulgence into chocolate-dipped ice cream bars shaped like Mickey's face, at five bucks […]

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March 7, 2016
The Legend of the Dollar Bet

Dollar Bet: n. an act of daring another person to do something mildly ridiculous but not illegal, thereby attracting attention and embarrassment to a certain degree. Wagers may not exceed one dollar, though onlookers may sweeten the pot by contributing a dollar of their own to coerce the dare. n. a tradition in my family. * […]

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March 4, 2016
Well, now I obviously need a Cactus.

I just got home from several days in Phoenix for a wedding. (Not My Wedding, you freaker-outers.) My cousin got married, and our family came from far and wide to celebrate. So now I’m back home, and I’m in the glorious place of recalling memories and making my list of favorite moments. It’s a tough […]

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March 13, 2015
Because I'm So Cool in an Ad Nauseam Way

"Okay, guys! Pop quiz!" Admittedly, it's one of my silly little games. I have many such games, including "Let's Say What We Love About Each Other!" or "Hooray for Everyone Who Is Appropriately Dressed at the Dinner Table!" Or "Say Something Nice To Me - Hurry!" My motives are whole and thinly veiled. I was […]

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June 26, 2014
My Name is Tricia, and I am an Agoraphobic Introvert.

Today, my family is at Hollywood Studios. That's right. Tower of Terror. Adventures of Indiana Jones. Rockin' Roller Coaster. Movie sets and movie rides and cast members and guest stars. More parades and pixie dust in the park that happens to be my most favoritest of the most happiest place on earth. But I am […]

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June 22, 2014
Everything But A Cape

If your child is injured, and what terrifies him most is having to eventually take off his t-shirt and thereby disrupt the wound again, and he can't enjoy fireworks for the fear of anything touching him, and if you go to a nearby shop and beg for a pair of scissors and they graciously give […]

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June 21, 2014
Then and Now
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May 28, 2014
Fourteen Miles of Twizzlers

We spent our first afternoon at the pool, which always makes me happy with the sheer exhaustion of it all. The scent of the sunscreen, the bag of snacks that we'll share with all the kids around us. The realization that our beach towels have been lost in the last three seasons, and so today […]

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November 30, 2013
i am a womn with obstucted use of her hnds

tricia, why are you typing like a womn with obstucted use of her hands? red onn.  i have humbly decided nit to chafe any of my mistakes, we were sledding. itwas great. because i try desperately toob ea fun mom. andwe were having fun. the scenery aline was incredible, tyler, canm i rde wth you? […]

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November 29, 2013
Hot Cocoa made of Chocolate Bars

In the evening, Vail Village is like Disneyworld after-hours. White lights, cobblestone streets, smoking chimneys, and heaps of charm. We were on a shuttle to Vail Village, and it was standing-room only. Kids on laps, four people squished into a row for three, and yet nobody was unhappy or crowded. After all, we were all […]

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October 2, 2013
One More Fist Bump, Baby.

I meant to wake up at 6:30. That was the plan. But the sound of my alarm wove itself right into my dream, and I slept right through it, as if this were any old day - not The Day we had been waiting for. I got up at 7:15. Not a travesty in the […]

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July 30, 2013
It Was Fun Until It Wasn't.

Tyler and I were having so much fun on the Alpine Slide.  We've ridden together every summer since he was three, or maybe two, and we love it. We make a great pair.   One year, he shouted, as we raced down the mountain, "Mommmmmyyyyyyy!  Be careful with me!"  As if, for all of my […]

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July 27, 2013
What's in Your Suitcase?
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July 26, 2013

The MotherLoaded Tavern   103 S Main Street Breckenridge, Colorado   I come here every time I visit Breckenridge, except for one sad day during mud-season when they were closed for a month or something else eternally long.  But today they are open, and thus I am here.   The silverware is clustered on the […]

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