If a Heroin Addict was next to you, would you know?

There's an epidemic in our nation and it might surprise you. Did you know that there's a heroin addict on every corner? Not street corners, not in the ghettos. These are well-educated, employed {young} adults. You need to know if there's one in your corner, and you need to help! Meet Sarah, a friend of mine's daughter from high school. Beautiful, right? Only 24 with her whole life ahead of her. Except, there's no more future for her. No more life. It all ended with a heroin addiction. Yes, heroin took this beautiful, seemingly successful 24-year-old with her whole future ahead of her...it took her life. In an instant, she was gone. Her family grieves, her friends are trying to wrap their heads around this, and everyone that knew her (or people like me that just knew the family and her story) is trying to get the word out about this epidemic, this affliction, that's being swept under rugs and ignored in our country. EPIDEMIC: Noun - a widespread occurrence of an infectious … [Read more...]

The Best Low Sodium Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Just so you know, I received some amazing soapstone cookware from UncommonGoods that allowed me to make the best Low Sodium Cheese Steak Sandwiches in under 30 minutes and share the recipe here with you today! With the perfect mix of fresh and frozen foods, and the help of some magical soapstone cookware, these Low Sodium Cheese Steak Sandwiches are a satisfying and healthy weeknight meal that can be on your table in less than 30 minutes. Sautéed fresh onions, mushrooms, and peppers, along with glorious melted cheese, sit atop steak patties on  a toasted bun covered in spicy mustard. Stop drooling. I know. This might just be the perfect meal, right? Something you'd find at your favorite deli? One of those greasy tabu indulgences that you only get to enjoy once a year? Yea, those. But today's your lucky day. You know why? Because this amazing sandwich is NOT greasy, it's incredibly economical, it houses all of the required food groups (you're welcome, moms), it's low in sodium (your … [Read more...]

5 Months Into Therapy, We Broached the Word “Plateau”

If you've even broken a limb, a hinge, experienced a life-altering event, you understand that the road to recovery is long. But what do you do when the word Plateau is broached during a therapy session 5 months into your recovery? Yes, this is yet another post about my elbow. I know, y'all, it's getting old to you. It's getting old to me too. It's been five months since my life-altering injury. The unfortunate evening of September 4, 2015 that I now (un)affectionately refer to as #Elbowgeddon2015. I'm over it. But I'm not. I'm no longer officially broken, because my bones are healed, officially. You might even say I'm unbroken, if you will. But I'm not. At all. And I'm tired. I'm coping. In fact, I'm working and carrying on with my life as if nothing ever happened. On the outside. I'm typing well again (with my now unbroken arm winged out at a 90 so that my hand can find the keys). I'm cooking, cleaning, and taking photos (sort of) with my shoulder raised high (because it helps … [Read more...]

Yes, I’m getting old, but I was born to break

Yes, getting old sucks, but some of us were born to break, and I am one of those people. I have a doctor's note. Even in your 40's, with a body that is in better shape (and way more active) than some people in their 20's, bone breaking has nothing to do with age. Disclosure: Pissy pants post prompted by some haters in my life, most that shouldn't even matter, but I feel I need to get this off my "old" chest. We all hate getting old, but let me dispel the rumor. I'm not falling apart because I'm getting "old". I have a doctor's note. I'm falling apart, and breaking, because I was born this way, and the breaking started some time around birth, apparently. Don't get me wrong, I'm not fooling myself. I am getting old, but I'm not broken because of that fact. I'm broken in spite of it since I've always been "broken". I posted the other day about my "new normal" and I got some flack on Facebook. I heard that I'm just "getting old" and "these things happen". Honestly, I was offended. I … [Read more...]

Dear Step Son, You’re Right, Today You’re an “Equal”

Being a "step" parent is rough. Today, after reading a dissertation of a text from my 18-year-old step son last night, I realized that I don't treat him as an "equal" to my own kids. Today, everything will change, for him, and I hope he's happy that he'll actually finally have to follow rules for the first time in his life. Dear 18-year-old step son, I'm sorry. I read your 500-word text to your dad last night (yes, he showed me, you knew he would) and I can't say I disagree with you. You're right. We do NOT treat you as an equal to our "real" kids. You live by different rules. You are treated differently. In fact, you are treated way differently. Thanks for pointing it out so that I don't have to anymore. You did us all a favor and, thanks to you, your life will change today and you'll finally be "equal". You see, my "real" kids have a lot of rules. They live on a budget (yes, a budget, we're not made of money). That's why we have stuff. We work hard, I budget our money, we get … [Read more...]

Coping with Life-Altering Events and Changes

How do you cope with life-altering events? Do you take them head on? Do you avoid them all together? Do you quantify them because some are just worse than others? I'm struggling right now with a life-altering event that trumps all others before this one. Some events are life altering. Birthdays, marriage, birth of a child, divorce, job change, house purchase, financial woes, moves, and broken bones. In my lifetime, I've been through all of those life-altering events and some are just easier to cope with, to move on from or rejoice in, than others. Life altering. It's all in your state of mind, right? I mean, I've been through most of the events I mentioned above multiple times. Birthdays. I've had a few. Each is significant. Each is life altering. Each brings new challenges, but I embrace them because it's just another year. Another wrinkle. Another day that I'm thankful that I've been afforded. Some are not so lucky. Marriage. I've been there a time or two (or three...see … [Read more...]