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Five Months Later

Five Months Later

February 20th my Daddy called an ambulance to take Mia to the hospital. Her flu symptoms were just too bad, and he was just too sick, to go through standard doctor or urgent care routes. Almost exactly five months to the day later, July 18th, I’m […]

One of my favorite Daddy-Facebook-interactions

One of my favorite Daddy-Facebook-interactions

A couple of years ago, during peak political season, Daddy met Vince, Uncle Dan, Uncle Bob, and myself at Rusty’s in Port Canaveral. (If you didn’t know, Daddy and I were on TOTAL opposite ends of the political spectrum. Our political Facebook arguments are seriously […]

The New and Improved Guestroom!

The New and Improved Guestroom!

There is no way anyone is going to be able to truly appreciate this post, these photos, or the insane amount of work it took to get this room back to habitable status after Joey moved out. But damn if I’m not gunna try. So, […]

Biggest. Solid. Ever: Letting the BIL live with us for 6 months

Biggest. Solid. Ever: Letting the BIL live with us for 6 months

Something happened at the end of December 2013 that I didn’t really advertise: We let Vince’s little brother, Joey, move in with us for his first semester at UCF. I didn’t really share this news with anyone because it happened REALLY freakin’ fast. See, the […]

Brace Yourself: Good News is Coming

Brace Yourself: Good News is Coming

Tuesday night I walked into Mia’s hospital room around 7pm. She turned her head, saw me, and said “Oh my god. Get me a lawyer. Call Dan Newlin.” That’s right. Mia is officially asking for a lawyer and wants to sue every doctor she’s seen […]

The things that have made me laugh recently

The things that have made me laugh recently

If you’ve thought the last almost-eight weeks have been nothing but depression and sob-fests over in Ali-land, you would not be far off. This has been a seriously bleak time. But despite losing Daddy and being thrown into a logistical nightmare that includes commuting from […]

The roller coaster is moving faster than I can blog

The roller coaster is moving faster than I can blog

Yeah. This roller coast is moving far, far too fast for me to keep up with on this blog. What roller coaster, you ask? The one my family got on when Daddy and Mia got sick. You know, the one that keeps going up and […]

More on Mia

More on Mia

Once again there are too many details about Mia’s health to share in one, or even five, Facebook status’s. And so I turn to my blog to share the news. Where I left off: Mia was safely moved from Cape Canaveral Hospital to Kindred in […]

Soooo about that birthday…

Soooo about that birthday…

Friday was my first birthday without Daddy and man,… it started off SO. GOOD. I opened presents from friends that were thoughtful and perfect. I cried happy tears and laughed all morning. From a special bangle bracelet with an incredibly meaningful symbol, to a set […]

My last birthday card from Daddy

My last birthday card from Daddy

Today is my birthday. It’s the first one where I won’t get a call from my Dad. I should have already gotten a card because he liked to send them early.  He was never one for writing his raw thoughts (like me), but he did […]