Category: Laughs

Our perfectly imperfect themed birthday party

I have a thing for themes. Any kind of theme, really. I love pulling things together into a fun package. I loved it as a H.S. Language Arts teacher, I love it as a curator of features like Handmade in Iowa for the Des Moines Register, and I love...

The 2012 Small-Town 4th of July Parade Recap

If you want to get a good seat at my hometown 4th of July parade, you’ve gotta get there early. And hard-core parade junkies like me aren’t going to let a little heat get in the way of snagging those front-row (or front-curb) seats. So this year, Husband dropped...

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July, friends! I hope you’re all spending the day with your loved ones, exercising those freedoms that only America offers! If you’ve been with me for a while, you probably know how I spend my 4th of July — hanging out in my hometown, which is...

Getting there is half the fun

It was finally here, the day I’d been anticipating since December 6, when I swallowed my fears and doubts and registered for the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. I would be heading to Dayton, Ohio, where Erma lived and taught at Dayton University, to run elbows with the Bombeck family...

How to make a perfect May Basket

Mayday! Mayday! Okay, really, this year I actually anticipated May Day. I knew that April was nearing an end. I remembered that May came next (I’m smart like that). I  wrote on my To-Do list: Buy stuff for May baskets. I had even planned to troll Pinterest to see...

The humility in a crappy dog

As I begin typing the phrase, “Has this ever happened to you?” I realize that it is probably a moot question. Either you don’t live in a disgusting house like I do, or you’re too smart to admit it publicly. That’s cool. I respect that. But as I am...

The Easter Farm Cat Miracle

When you grow up on a farm, you learn the hard truths about life and death at an early age. And when you have rampant inbreeding going on in your farm cat population, death (not to mention mental disabilities and never-before-seen genetic mutations) becomes a guest that drops by...

Valentine’s Day Before and After Kids

Valentine’s Day Before Kids: You and your love muffin meet for drinks after work. You  play footsie under the table for a bit, then head to your favorite restaurant. (Of course, you made the reservations weeks ahead of time to ensure a table.) After ordering, you gaze into each...