Moving Slowly

I’m still numb and fragile about what has happened in my family this year. In May, my former brother-in-law passed away. On Sunday, July 25, we lost my sister-in-law to cancer. She’s been a part of our family since she and my brother started dating in...
Hazmat called to IRS facility in Utah

Hazmat called to IRS facility in Utah

Holy shit: ksl.com – BREAKING NEWS: Hazmat called to IRS facility in Farr West And of course, the comments are pure gold. If ignorance and extremism can be considered gold. THIS IS THE REASON I WRITE ABOUT CONSERVATIVES SO MUCH. The invective from the...

The Second Time Around

I won’t lie. I’ve been terrified for four years about the thought of having a second child. Anybody who hasn’t read about Heather’s bout of postpartum depression and her stay in a psychiatric hospital to be treated should do so now (there is a...

Here she is…

Marlo Iris Armstrong 7lbs 15oz 21 inches born 1:53am, 6/14/09 Named after a husky voiced actress/author and my favorite aunt. We’ve gone the rounds on naming this kid, but when Heather suggested both these names, I knew pretty quickly that the other options...

Not a Tumor

(The above photo does not reflect actual current sewage line condition.) Plumbers just left. Sewage line is cleaner than a whistle and roots have been bladed and treated with a chemical to keep them at bay for a couple of years. They ran a camera (an expense we were...

Fingers Crossed, Fingers Crossed, Fingers Crossed…

There is a plumber in our house right now. He is running a cable into our indoor “clean out” that is “at the bottom of our stack”. Things are draining, just hearing some weird gurgles and seeing some random backflow now and then. I’m very...
I Tried Not to Freak Out

I Tried Not to Freak Out

Warning: bug-related post ahead. Proceed at your own risk. photo taken by mjswart I was with the dogs in the backyard a couple of nights ago and saw the weirdest flying bug ever. It had smallish wings, a weird body that was kind of bee/wasp colored and a long tail...

SxSW: Recap part II

I realize that I only have two more days about which to provide an update, but Monday was a big day. Monday Tried to remain calm and sleep in. Didn’t work so well. Heather was up for a bunch of awards this year and given what we’ve gone through in life and...