© Nicole Keane
Theme: Yes, AND…
“Sing? To you? Here? Now?”
Lesley shrugged, a full-bodied motion that filled the remaining space of the small lift. “You know of a better place than here and now?”
If Dru was being honest with herself, “here and now” was the only stable place she could think of. There was the past, which evaded her with every passing moment. There was the future, which somehow seemed tethered to letting go of the past. The present, however, felt steady and sure. The present didn’t judge her or beg her to remember. The present just was. Continue reading
Theme: The personal rituals shared between lady friends.
Written by Jessica
When My Girls (trademark pending) and I get together, we always toast, “To health, wealth, and happiness!” It’s a tradition, one of many, that started long before I can remember and will likely continue for the rest of our lives. It started as just that—an appropriate toast while we clinked our glasses of bubbly—but in the many, many years that the five of us have been together, it’s become more of a mantra. These are our words to live by, and I think other groups of ladyfriends can find themselves in our words too. Continue reading
Theme: fictionalize your first encounter with another GMGM author.
Strangers On A Train (Except Without the Whole Murder Pact Thing)
It started like any other day. I woke up and got myself ready for work. I listened to a new-to-me How Did This Get Made? on the way to the Metro, trying desperately not to laugh out loud but failing miserably. The trains were running behind again, but I wasn’t too concerned. It wasn’t too cold or too windy, and I still had plenty of time to get to work without being late, either fashionably or otherwise.
I saw her sitting on one of the benches on the platform, a small wheeled suitcase pressed into the side of her boots. She looked tired and confused– what I’d call the classic Tourist Face. She wore a long woolen coat that looked incredibly comfortable and warm and a pretty patterned scarf. I thought she was staring at nothing at first, then I noticed the rail map directly across from her. Her eyes darted this way and that across the stops on the map.
This may come as a surprise to many people who have met me in person, but I do not consider myself an extrovert. At least I don’t anymore.
As a child, I found it easy to make friends in any situation. As an adult, I can be very talkative and outgoing, especially in the right setting. Any of my friends or family knows that it’s often impossible to shut me up once I get going. I love to tell stories, and I love to hear a room full of people laughing at my jokes and one-liners. Continue reading
Good morning! Yes, you read that right—contrary to my long-standing beliefs, mornings CAN be good.
This past week, I woke up before my alarm and I decided to do the unthinkable: actually get out of bed and be awake. In the morning. When I didn’t have to be. Continue reading
Y’all? I like to talk. I like to vocalize my problems and chat about life and generally share all of my thoughts with anyone who will listen. This is partially because my voice is top notch in all situations, but the main reason is that I need the reassurance that my mind is in the right place. For longer than I’m going to admit on the internet, I’ve been dealing with some fairly personal goings-on, and I made the decision early on to keep it quiet. It went against everything in nature to shut my yapper, but I figured I’d try something new for a change. Continue reading
I post pictures of my in-laws’ backyard… you post pictures of Vietnam. I see how it is.
So where have I been and what have I been up to, missy? As you know, it’s sticky, sweaty summertime here in DC, and when it’s summer and you’re of a certain age, it can only mean one thing. Oh that’s right, it’s Wedding Season– that wonderful time of year when you spend a ton of money on new pretty dresses, hotel rooms in remote parts of the country, and expensive kitchen products and/or fancy towels for people you’ve known since before either of you cared about expensive kitchen products and/or fancy towels. Hopefully, these thoughtful expenditures will all pay off (heh heh) in the end, as in you’re treated to a delicious meal, an open bar, and more dancing than you’ll do for the rest of the year. Continue reading
I literally just ate a peanut butter and Kaya sandwich. I wish I could hug you.
A few weekends ago, Larry & I went to his parents’ house for a weekend of preparing for Larry’s sister’s wedding (which is approaching VERY QUICKLY) and the mutual hanging out of my parents and his parents. Yes, you read that right. Sometimes, I feel I am so lucky to have married into an awesome family who loves me like their own. Other times, I get very confused.
Enjoy these cell phone shots of our lovely, relaxing, wine-filled weekend. Continue reading