Yellowstone for Dummies


Many people who move to Bozeman soon make an unexpected discovery –  suddenly they have become extremely popular. Long lost friends come a callin’ hoping to hang out with you – in your Montana paradise. Without fail, my wannabe guests always have two questions. First: Can we stay with you?  Second: Will you take us to Yellowstone?

Without question, my besties can show up at my door, unannounced, at any time, day or night, and stay for as long as they want. I will feed them, share my wine, and do their laundry. However, the same is not true for mere acquaintances.  But once I was living in Big Sky Country, it seemed I was now required by law to roll out the red carpet, be the AirBnB host, executive chef, and perky tour guide for every cousin twice-removed, anyone who signed my high school yearbook, or any human who ever appeared in my contacts.

Although I imagined emailing a Travelocity link for flights, hotels, and rental cars – It’s cheaper when you book together! – inevitably I caved in to the pressure to avoid being known that total schmuck who lives in Montana. “Of course,” I’d say, sometimes while popping my molars like bubble wrap.

Really, I always wanted to be Julie, the Love Boat Cruise Director. [Read more…]

It’s a Kid’s Life – Part 2

At exactly what point do we lose the ability to spend an entire afternoon doing this?
I, for one, am going to follow his lead.
Life’s too short to be too serious.
And just for the record, I did NOT require that he suit up like this to soak in the hot tub. Although it wouldn’t be a huge stretch since I am a Sikorsky when it comes to helicopter parenting.

It’s a Kid’s Life

These somewhat disturbing images from several years ago show what kids do when they are really, really bored (read: you have put the kibosh on all things with screens and helpfully suggest that they play outside) and they have to actually find ways to amuse themselves. Turns out, they usually end up having a good time in spite of not having to use their thumbs.

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