living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

How I Met My Husband.

Our how-we-met story could almost be a sitcom. One night when I was in college, I was with friends at my new favorite bar. We were sitting in the front of the bar in the “comfy” chairs that sadly no longer exist, when I heard someone in our group say “Hey, there’s David Johanning.” Through my slightly intoxicated haze, I recognized that name. You see, my parents have been huge KU...

Family Pictures.

I’ve always loved this picture. It’s of my grandmother— my dad’s mom— back in her younger days. (Not the grandma who just passed away.) My aunt emailed a copy of it to me the other day. She thinks I look like grandma. I hope so; I think she’s pretty. I love looking at old family pictures. Over the past few years, I’ve borrowed photo albums from various grandparents and scanned...

Flowers from Grandma.

My maternal grandmother passed away last week, and the funeral was held on Friday. At the end of the Catholic mass, one of my grandma’s wishes was honored as flowers were passed out to all her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Each of her 12 kids and stepkids took a turn standing at the front of the church to receive a red rose, and they in turn beckoned their own kids and grandkids to the front to receive...

Fun with Baby Showers.

Our sisters threw a baby shower in my hometown last weekend. It was the first baby shower where I’ve been the “guest of honor,” which is always somewhat awkward for me. I don’t like to be the center of attention! Lots of people hate cheesy shower games. I am not one of those people. I don’t mind smelling “dirty” diapers to guess what baby product is in them. I like the mad-libs...

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