April 16, 2014

Linking up with MamaKat today answering the prompt: Tell us what makes you happy.


~ This picture of the still vibrant, still funny Phil Donahue, taken at the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop this past weekend.


~The EBWW conference itself. 1,000 times different (in a good way) than BlogHer. So many funny, genuine, unpretentious people. Even the big guns, the hot shots–amazingly welcoming and sincere.

~This little riff by Miss M.: (throwing a ball of dirty, stinky socks across the room) “Hey, Mama! I got a pair-a-socks. Not a paradox, mind you, but a pair-a-socks.”  It’s official. She is from Jupiter.

~A warm day and a glimpse of Miss D. catching air (photo is old but she’s still flying)


~The return of Game of Thrones (nerd alert!)

~Dinner with two amazing ladies, who drove down to rockin’ Dayton, Ohio just to sip margaritas with me.  I’d never met them, but they’ve been with me/my blog from the start, when I was on rickety legs and doubting every word. Our hearts know each other, and that’s what matters.  I laughed myself silly.  Meeting readers is just…wow.

~ladybugs. They’re back.


~The way I feel every time my husband walks through the door after a long day of work. My heart just shimmies a little every time. If only I had a tail to wag…

~Speaking of tails. This naughty, delicious, effervescent dog of mine. I’ve never owned a dog and never understood dog people, but now I get it. I am a FOOL for this damn dog. I have even become the crazy lady who whips up special snacks for her dog in the kitchen. What has become of me?



~Miss M.  She still asks for hugs. Oh my heart.

~Thrice-weekly emails from a dear friend, ever since my special week with Fuck You Linda. Her emails are full of news and funny things and, best of all, her “daily happy.”  She’s inspired me to find my daily happy, too. It forces me out of myself and keeps my heart and eyes open.

~Re-runs of Firefly. (nerd alert #2)

~The news that I am the closer for Listen to Your Mother Boulder! Wow! I never expected to close anything in my life except a lot of doors. I am so honored and excited. If you are in my neck of the woods, I’d love to see you on Mother’s Day!



~Another Mother’s Day with Mama. Fuck cancer. She’s kickin’ it.

~Y’all. You rock my socks.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri April 16, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Loved this, Kitch. Especially the kicking cancer’s ass part. xoxo


Gappa Guy April 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Glad that you are home safe. and feelin’ fine. Missed ya.


Alison April 16, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Love everything about this post.


Tiffany April 17, 2014 at 2:04 am

So much happy! You know I love finding the happy! Yeah for dinner together and I’m so glad Mama is still kicking ass!


Barbara April 17, 2014 at 4:22 am

Lovely post for Easter! Happiness oozing out of every sentence.
Big hug for your mother!


Abby April 17, 2014 at 4:51 am

I’m so jealous! Not just that you got to meet so many amazing people and learn so much at the conference, but that they got to spend that time with you. ;)


Shannon April 17, 2014 at 5:27 am

I enjoyed meeting you at the conference and wish we could have spent some more time together. It was fantastic, though, wasn’t it?
I loved all of your happy things here and am so glad you’ve become one of us (crazy dog people).


Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes April 17, 2014 at 6:04 am

The slippers…the dog… yup, I’d be happy too! But the beating/kicking cancer, yes that truly makes my heart sing. Go mama!


Jamie April 17, 2014 at 6:37 am

Ummmm when can you me and elastamom have a slumber party?! Heather too. No idea who she is but if she rolls with you two she must be awesome :)


Phoo-d April 17, 2014 at 9:01 am

That picture of Phil makes me smile every time I see it! Love all of the sources of happy in your life. Spring is here and the promise of a sun filled summer is coming. So glad you can get out there and enjoy it! xoxo


Carpool Goddess April 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I’m so happy I got to meet you IRL at Erma! And by the way, I love your adorable dog!


Dana Talusani April 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Carpool Goddess,

I was so excited to finally meet you! You’re just as funny and genuine in person as you are on your blog. Love that in a girl.


Katrina Kenison April 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

You were my daily happy today. Loved reading this, seeing your sweet pup, hearing all your news, and seeing your name on that Listen to Your Mother list.


Dana Talusani April 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm


Your response to this is my daily happy. xoxo


Ginger Rogers (really...) April 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

This was a wonderfully warm post. Happy Mother’s Day, D….


Kat April 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm

That Parrell link made me cry! Wow, what a sweet moment. And that DOG are you kidding me, SO cute! What’s the breed??


Jane April 21, 2014 at 4:40 am

So glad to hear about your mom. I’ve been thinking of you both. xoxo


Caitlin April 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Congrats on your speaking gig at Listen to Your Mother Boulder!


Lisa @ The Meaning of Me April 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Wow – my little hiatus has been a whole lot longer than I thought. Sorry to hear – but glad to know – that your Mama is kicking ass! Love to you both!


Jennifer April 28, 2014 at 7:58 am

I have no doubt that you will be the perfect closer. You are just the right blend of humor and heart. Break a leg!


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