Monday, January 6th 2014
Happy Polar Vortex Day, Y’all!

I hope you’re all WARM today. I am. I dropped off kids at school – taking dogs with me so they didn’t have to shiver outside while i was gone – and now I have blankets and a cat and hot coffee with Girl Scouts Thin Mint creamer in it, OH WOW. Coffee that tastes like liquid cookies. Mmmmm.

A couple of days ago Caden-9yr said, “What’s a polar vortex anyway?”

And immediately Seth-8yr answered, “Oh, that’s my new deodorant.”

We all looked at him. “Yep.”

“No, honey. That’s Old Spice ‘Wolfthorn’. Not polar vortex.”

My boys will voluntarily use deodorant from the Old Spice “Wild” series. One has a wolf, another has a fox, and I think one has an eagle. I think it’s weird marketing to put wild animals on something that should PREVENT you from smelling like one, but i don’t care as long as the boys use it because WOW, but these three are in THAT collective phase. I don’t think it ever ends, either. So Wolf Deodorant is fine.

Or Polar Vortex deodorant. Whatever. All the same to Seth-8yr.

Lately I am a flurry of motion.


I haven’t been that in YEARS.

It feels good.

There’s a lot of working out and cleaning and organizing and de-cluttering and cooking and laughing and suddenly the whole Life thing just clicked and I snapped back to who I really am. I’ve been here, but kind of stuck or massively slowed by the fog of what has been my life. But now it’s FINALLY really okay and I’m no longer putting forth huge efforts for each small task that has to be done. I trip over my words and my plans and my goals and my ideas and my prayers and my weird little acts of worship because there’s just so MANY of all of them and it’s hard to fit them all in to each day.  There’s so much living I haven’t been UP to doing and now I can’t help but try to catch up.

I stopped with the diet coke.

Everything looks and feels and seems so much better. (not because of the absence of diet coke. that sentence is just there because i thought of it then. see? i’m tripping all over everything and throwing it all out there in whatever order makes sense in my head at the moment.)

I’m learning TONS about money and finances and credit and credit scores and realizing how truly terrible all such decisions were in my previous existence.  I guard my growing credit score and am constantly on the lookout for threats. And there ARE the same usual suspects. I protect it fiercely and it’s jumped almost two hundred points in the last year.  

Bet you didn’t know that was possible, right?!

Yes. Well. Last year when my (not yet) landlord said  he was considering me as a renter but, well, in all the years he’s been in business he’s actually NEVER seen a credit score as low as mine. YES I KNOW. THANKS. (It started with a FOUR. Yes. As in 4. FOUR. And I took very small consolation that Claude’s was even lower.)

Fortunately  the landlord guy and his wife knew my boys and I were the ones for this house anyway, despite my stupid low, starts with a 4, number. (Thanks, God!)

I have so many things to do. And accomplish. And say. And feel. And think. And pray. And live. And today? So do you. Don’t opt out because of the cold  or because of your credit or your clods or anything else.

Love y’all.  




Deu 30:19 NIV

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live






8 Comments on “Happy Polar Vortex Day, Y’all!”

January 6th, 2014
9:49 am

Oh Kelsey, here’s a virtual hug for you ((())))! You sound great, and I bet you look great too. What you described is part of what I have felt when clinically depressed, and you are emerging from that, whole and healthy. I’m so proud of you. I love the verse you quoted at the end; it always gives me shivers of joyful anticipation. thanks for letting me share your journey. Love you all.
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January 6th, 2014
10:37 am


EXACTLY. And that was WITH the antidepressants working overtime. UGH.
LOVE you. : )

To The One Who Emailed,
NO. seriously. NO. Not dating. There’s not some ‘man’ to credit for this. But, um… that’s cute.

January 6th, 2014
3:20 pm

I am CRYING I am so happy for you at this moment. I know we are supposed to be joyful always and giving thanks not only IN the hard times but thanking God FOR the hard times – but sayiing\knowing that and DOING it are different things. So although I praise God for all that you went through (otherwise you might’ve not known about the whole icky credit score thing and might not have know just how strong you could be, or how weak you could be) but I thank God even more that you are through the other side and that you are talking to us again!! Missed seeing you here, in all of your wackiness.

Ahh… you my dear, are a breath of fresh air today. I love you bunches.
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January 10th, 2014
7:52 am

Praising God for all He is doing in your life. I’m so happy that things are looking up…and your credit score is going up. :)
By the way, it’s hot here…no polar vortex in Asia…yet. ;-)

January 12th, 2014
10:13 am

You are SO sweet. : ) SOOOOOO. Sweet.

OH good grief, i hope not. Y’all have had enough of your own natural disasters without this!

January 12th, 2014
8:09 pm

Oh yes, please no more disasters! The smile doesn’t actually mean I want it to freeze over here…but Joshua had been asking me to tell his cousins to send over some snow. He has been begging to see some but a vacation to the US in the winter is just not in our plans.

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