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Celebrating Solstice

Every year the kids’ school spends the week before Winter Break in a flurry of activities that culminate […]

another chapter down

You’d think I just wouldn’t want to stop writing about our travels in Vietnam, but truth be told […]

Catching a Sneak Peek

Since it’s just down the block from their school and I needed to go anyway, I asked the […]

it’s just a number

September is always a difficult month for me. When I was in university, I never had any money until the financial aid check came at the end of the month. Working for the school system isn’t any better; they send checks on the very last day of the month. But of course, the kids’ school needs money for field trips and photos and school supplies–this year alone they are asking for nearly $500 this month.

Our Trio in 2006

There are six birthdays of friends and family that I can’t afford to buy gifts for and both of my kids’ birthdays are barely more than a month away. Add in the bittersweet anniversaries of both the day I struck out on my own with the kids and the day the divorce was final (a year later) and you’ve got a month that adds up to not a whole heckuva lot of fun.

Last year, we managed to enjoy our Trio Anniversary (being in Thailand for most of the month on our way back from Vietnam), but this year the anniversary struck me particularly hard. I tried to fake my way through it, pretend I was happy, but in reality when I say “It’s our eleventh anniversary as a trio!” what I’m really thinking is “Eleven years of being unloved.” Melodramatic? Silly? Sure is.

Travel is for the Wealthy

And the definition of wealthy changes wherever you go. In Vietnam, I make enough money to afford us […]

Sigh…

How is it that no matter where you are life does not go according to plans? Our time […]

Joining Forces

A month or so ago, the organization that is handling the logistics of our volunteer trip got me […]