Why I Stopped Hoping for Snow Days

I can still remember my first snow day. It was actually a cold day, as temperatures dipped below -30 degrees Fahrenheit with the windchill. The shrill of the telephone cut into my dreams. Rubbing my eyes, I padded out of my room and into my parents’ bedroom. I squinted as my dad nodded into the … [Read more…]

Facing Financial Unknowns with Excitement

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As someone who is anxious, cautious, and risk averse, it probably surprises you to see the title of this post. Penny? Excited about unknowns? Not the Penny we know. The only thing that Penny faces the unknown with is a bottle of Tums. And maybe just a little too much chocolate. Our Penny makes lists … [Read more…]

5 Numbers I’m Proud of From 2020

2020 was a dumpster fire. I’m not negotiating on this. It tested me in ways that I didn’t want to be tested. My family suffered loss that still stings enough to make me cringe at the thought of mining the last calendar year for silver linings. The teaching profession that has seeped into every fiber … [Read more…]

5 Pieces of Advice I Really Need Now

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There’s so much advice swirling around. It’s a cacophony of promises to take the edge off the pandemic. While I sincerely hope it’s working for some people, it hasn’t much worked for me. This post isn’t set to weigh anyone else’s advice. In fact, it’s likely that the advice may truly help someone–or many someones. … [Read more…]

Take What You Need Now

I haven’t seen baby wipes or toilet paper at any local store in days. Never mind Clorox wipes.  I’m starting to forget what it’s like to see people shopping with baskets, not just carts. As the hoarding continues and as the unknown lingers, there’s the impulse to take everything we think we could ever possibly … [Read more…]