Angela Amman

Angela

Invisalign Straight Talk on Straight Teeth

– Posted in: Sponsored Posts

No matter how much she "wiggles" her bottom teeth, Abbey's baby teeth are still firmly in place. Always interested in things that I think should be years away, she asked about braces the other day. I answered yes, I'd had them when I was younger, and no, she didn't need to visit an orthodontist yet. [...]

Rare Bird – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews, Book Tours

The countdown to school is ticking loudly. Months have dwindled to weeks, and now days are becoming hours. Soon, the house will be quieter, at least for several hours a week. They've become little puppies lately: running, yelling, tumbling together in piggyback-ride-dance-move-cartwheels that inevitably turn to squabbling and elbow throwing and tears. I attempt separation, but [...]

The Super Run makes running fun

– Posted in: Fitness, Sponsored Posts

Hot and sticky from lake water and lingering sunshine, we sat in the shade of concession stand umbrellas before tackling the climbing of the Warren Dunes. The kids were determined to run all the way up — for about eleven yards, where they realized steepness and sand aren't as easily tackled as they'd anticipated. By [...]

Talking about My Other Ex

– Posted in: Writing & Blogging

After a much-needed dinner out with two of my dearest girlfriends, I felt profoundly grateful for all of the friends with whom I've had a chance to touch base this summer. Circumstances, life, and the sheer madness of time can keep us from the people we really love, and sometimes taking a few hours to [...]

Tell the Wolves I’m Home – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

I finished Tell the Wolves I'm Home at my kitchen table, pizza cooking in the oven and my kids working together to craft "Pony Land" out of LEGO pieces. They worked with the oversized duple blocks instead of the tiny pieces I step on at least once a day. I'd like to think it's because she [...]

Glycerin

– Posted in: challenges

Thunder rumbles in the background, though we're bathed in sunlight. I vaguely consider moving my chair into the shade, my freckled skin never comfortable in direct sunshine, no matter how much I crave the heat. I can hear him playing only five feet from me, shadowed behind the screened door. Pirates are coming to life [...]

Marriage, Grease, and stalled conversations

– Posted in: Guest Posts

I'm in Canada today. Not literally, but my words are spending time there, courtesy of my friend Laura and her "Writing Vows" series on marriage. Please come by and read about one of the ways Ryan and I keep our marriage strong, even when we're running in seven hundred different directions. I even reference Grease, [...]

Vanity, thy name is Blonde

– Posted in: challenges

Her hair gleams in the light, sun pulling strands of lighter honey through the darkening curtain framing her face. Photos show paler hair framing her face, but through every shade darkening year, I think of how perfectly it suits her. On days she doesn't insist on brushing it herself, I'm able to unsnarl and shine it [...]

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

  Witches hold a strange sort of power in stories. I can remember playing The Wizard of Oz with my friends when we were kids, taking turns being Glinda, because she had the prettiest costume. Abbey's Halloween costume this year was the Wicked Witch, but she was more interested in the oversized shoulder pads and [...]

The Interestings – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

For a brief period in college, I obsessively looked at applications to be a counselor at a sleep away camp. After having a rollicking good time for two summers as a day camp counselor, I wanted to take the job up a notch. Deterred by bugs and logistics, I took a job at The Gap [...]