“Regardless of your position on the difficult issue of abortion, as a voter in Tennessee you should be appalled at the deception that is written into the proposed Amendment 1 on the ballot for this general election.”~ The Tennessean

1Whenever I get political I urge readers to make their own informed decisions.  Research both sides of the argument.  See where you stand.  Ask questions.  However, please don’t reduce this to a mere ‘pro choice’ debate; doing so misses the point entirely.  Let me stop myself here so I don’t turn Cocktails With Hemingway into a NO1 blog.  Worth noting is the fact that all four major Tennessee newspapers urge their readers to vote NO on Amendment 1.  Dad and I are voting tomorrow, the last day of early voting, and I suggest you all cast your ballot and make your voice heard!

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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Trick or treat trial run

We decided to do a Halloween dress rehearsal over the weekend.  As parents of two [or more] young children know, snapping a photo where both children are looking and smiling is a Herculean task.  So I’ll pat myself on the back for momentarily capturing their attention instead of worrying that Tatum’s ‘snout’ is perched atop her head instead of slightly covering her face so you can see the porcine visage.  But the show must go on.

It doesn't get much cuter than that.

It doesn’t get much cuter than that.

Adam is an astronaut and Tatum is a piglet.  Their costumes– supplied by Gigi– blew me away.  I can only imagine the small fortune spent on these getups, probably enough to feed an impoverished African village for a month.  But what can I say?  Go big or go home.  We know how to do Halloween in this house.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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Oops I did it again

And by ‘it’ I mean procrastinate.

All of the 10 entries I promised will be completed sometime within the next year.  Does a nasty cold and a broken heart excuse me from blogging duties?  Very rarely do I succumb to one of those punched in the gut cannot breathe completing devastating heartbreaks.  But I did.  Vacillating between sheer rage and hopeless despair gets old.  Time to move along.

What a long, strange trip it's been....

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

You know one of the worst feelings in the world?  When you love somebody so much you can barely stand it, but for whatever reason[s] the two of you just can’t be together.  God, it hurts.  They say if you love something let it go, if it’s meant to be it will come back to you.  True as that may be that interim period is brutal.  Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I never get mopey and emo on this blog….so if I’m crying a proverbial river and drowning the whole world….it’s intense.

IMG_1765Mercifully I have the attention span of a fly and a penchant for flirting.  So what better time to commence round two of internet dating?!  I ditched the fish and went with Cupid so we’ll see how that goes.  24 hours into the experience I’ve already set a date for mini golf ['hitting balls' as he so affectionately called it] next Saturday.  However, any male suitor who buys me this ghost town automatically gets bumped to the top of my list.  ;)

Bethany and her husband, Wade

Bethany and her husband, Wade

On a completely unrelated note, I had a much needed phone date today.  My friend from Hutchison and I had the chance to catch up this afternoon.  Her story is hers to tell…but let me just say I am in awe of her.  To think that she took time out of her day to bestow upon me words of wisdom and a fresh perspective blows my mind.  She inspires me in a way few people can.  Bethany, it is an honor and a privilege to call you a friend.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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Dad’s birthday

No clever titles came to mind so I went with the generic birthday announcement for my dad.  His special day was decidedly low key this year.  Which is fine because yesterday he received one of the best possible presents.  ;)

Look who's 1!

His first birthday

Celebrating with my two favorite men

Celebrating with my two favorite men

Dad, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do for this family.  You’re the glue that holds us together.  Being your daughter is a privilege.  I love you and admire you more than you’ll ever know.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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The Graduate

“Today is the greatest day I’ve ever known….”

- an accomplishment that means more than my degrees and almost as much as my children, something worth completing, my name was on the sign, didn’t think i’d make it

Our new lives.

Our new lives.

chose to better my life and spent the past 5 months and 5 days doing just that, learned a new way to live, all about myself

Roberta's special day

Roberta’s special day

and the women!  wasn’t expecting friends but i got them, like the college experience i never had, fun, true sisterhood

My 'big sister' is such an inspiration.

My ‘big sister’ is such an inspiration.

i have a second chance in life, time to do what i know i can

Alumni status!

Alumni status!

thanks to everyone who loved and supported me

Two nerd peas in our own nerd pod  ;)

Two nerd peas in our own little nerd pod ;)

in conclusion

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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Ten blog entries for the tenth month of the year in ten days. 

What better way to officially mark my return to the blogosphere than a challenge?  Beginning 20 October I commit to posting once a day for the next ten days.  Less than a dozen entries won’t even begin to scratch the surface…but it’s the most efficient way to bring inquiring minds up to speed on recent developments.  Some previews of what to expect in the very near future:

April 2013

Memories from spring 2013

1)  Where have I been?  You wouldn’t believe me if I told you, yet that doesn’t mean I won’t try to explain in my own sort of way.  The more important questions to ask, however, are what I’ve learned and where I’m going.

2)  Don’t think I’ve forgotten Operation Biological Information.

3)  Trick or treat!  Halloween is right around the corner.  Even without the candy and costumes, October marks my favorite month of the year.

My new 'do.

My new ‘do.

4)  I lost half my body weight in hair.

5)  Once upon a time there was a clean-ish eating vegetarian named Sloane who exercised frequently.  An unfortunate inundation of pork products– albeit very short lived– combined with a surplus of sodas exacerbated by an almost total lack of physical activity wreaked havoc on her physique [not to mention insides].  Time to regain health consciousness.

6)  Maintaining proper nutrition enables the opportunity for the occasional splurge.  What better place than a restaurant?!  I’m reviving my earlier decision to dabble as an amateur food critic.  Brittany will be my partner in crime with this endeavor.

missing7)  This month I ‘celebrate’ my seven year wedding anniversary with Will.  Where to even begin with that saga, I don’t know.

8)  Never again will I offer specifics on my love life unless I remarry.  Husband numero dos isn’t in the cards anytime soon, if ever; nor has my union with the first spouse legally ended.  Oh, what tangled webs we weave!

9)  I cannot stop watching Orange Is The New Black.

10)  Sharing all the links I’ve bookmarked over these past few months seems an impossible feat.  Eventually I’ll get there, so bear with me.  I only share things that I think are worth your time.  ;)

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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September Saturday

Contributing to the creation, development, and guidance of these two little humans is by far the best thing I’ve ever done.

aatWith infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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