Category Archives: IJS (I’m Just Saying)

Being a Parent (or The Hypocrite Oath)

Being a Parent (or The Hypocrite Oath)

Parenting. That wonderful world of telling the tiny humans in your home do as I say and not as I do. Or being a hypocrite. Sigh… I didn’t plan on being  hypocrite. I mean, I KNEW my mom was and there was no way I was going to be like her. And then I hadContinue Reading

Strength, Courage and Wisdom

Strength, Courage and Wisdom

As the 2016 Listen to Your Mother submission date and time neared, I wondered if I had what it took to submit. I mean, who wants to listen to me talk about something I learned from my mother? I have friends who are so amazingly awesome that had been in previous casts, so I knewContinue Reading

Oh Spring, where art thou?

In my neck of the woods, we have 2 seasons, Winter and the rest of the year. Summer,Spring and Fall have a tendency to come and go as they please – sometimes in the same day. This year, Winter has decided to take over the ENTIRE weather system and wreak havoc on our souls. Collectively,Continue Reading

Taking up space

Taking up space

How many times have you thought aloud… oh! this is a great idea, I need to blog about it!…and it never happens? Yea, I am TOTALLY guilty of it myself. I will mentally create a post for days at a time and never take the time to actually log into this space and do aContinue Reading

And then there were three…again

And then there were three…again

Back in 2012, Junior, who was then called Senior, left us to head to college.   We drove him and his stuff to St. John’s University in Queens, NY. It was a loooooooooooong road trip but we all survived, though I am not sure how. Two years we went with only 4 people in theContinue Reading

Say MY name….

Say MY name….

4 consonants. 2 vowels. Somehow, these letters, in this order, are either extremely difficult to read or difficult to say. I do not understand it. In all the years I have been on this Earth (the number does not matter lol) I have ALWAYS had issues with people saying my name correctly. It’s bad enoughContinue Reading

I can’t…..

I can’t…..

…be who YOU think I should be. …be on all the time. …be ratchet, hood, or ghetto. …be you. or her. or them. …be happy all the time. …roller skate backwards. …sleep well without my husband. …save you from yourself. …be your superwoman. …stand odd numbers. [that’s why I am stopping at 10 :-)] WhatContinue Reading

Did you know….

Did you know….

So I’m feeling a little random and I figured you all should join me 🙂 WD40 stands for Water Displacement, 40th try Odontophobia is the fear of teeth An inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain is equivalent to 15 inches (38.1 centimeters) of dry, powdery snow It took Leo Tolstoy six years to write “War &Continue Reading

My Mental Getaway

My Mental Getaway

Ok, so Chicago JUST got out of the grips of Mr. Freeze and something called a Polar Vortex. Personally, I think Mother Nature wanted to prove to us that we are in fact in hell and that it had in fact frozen over. It was roughly negative 98918951519 here, give or take a few degrees.Continue Reading

Not In My Cards

I am a mother. Been one for 19 years now. It has been an amazing adventure thus far, but sometimes, there’s this nagging…..this longing I can’t quite put my finger on. And then it hits me. Sometimes like a brick, other times like a warm sensation. I do not have a daughter. And I neverContinue Reading