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Our Travel and My Writing About it

Beth Rodgers-Adams
Ok. So I have written a lot that I have not posted. I am trying to get more out there. I do not promise a masterpiece, but hopefully you will be entertained. Here is a little ramble that I wrote on our recent journey home from Zurich, Switzerland. The boys and I even pontificate on the Netflix bing series, "Thirteen Reasons Why." Enjoy! #wanderhive The Last Leg, Thirteen Reasons Why, Alaska Airlines, Make Way, Airline Flights, Through The Window, Keep It Real, Zurich, Salt Lake City

Keeping it Real As We Make Our Way Home - CrazyUS.com

[Be warned: Not only did we cover a lot of physical territory on our return flight, my words here are all over the map!] It is 6:30 AM. We are on the last leg of our epic adventure, traveling on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Salt Lake City. The sun is shining through the window bright. I am sitting in seat 17A. The middle seats are empty, and our family has the entire row. Seconds ago I stole my neck pillow back. I feel a little guilty. Dave really seemed comfortable. Over the…

Why do we always react to the person who screams the loudest? Braces Off, Dental Assistant, Scream, In This Moment

Does it have to be the one who screams the loudest? - CrazyUS.com

Moments ago I sat in the orthodontist’s office. My oldest son was getting his braces off. His braces came off easily. “Do you plan on keeping your wisdom teeth?” The dental assistant asked him. “Yes.” We both replied. “Well, they are coming in straight. So I say why not.” She responded and continued, “I just want to make sure we get this right and it is hard to get impressions of wisdom teeth. They are so far back.” After five tries, they were (finally) able to get the right teeth…

Here I try to negotiate motherhood with my relationship with my mom & my mother-in-law (oh and travel -- always travel). Make Peace, Mother In Law, Best Mom, My Mom, Relationship, Couple Photos, Travel, Couple Shots, Viajes

Be A Better Mom By Making Peace With Your Mom - CrazyUS.com

The other day I took both boys to the orthodontist. Kyle usually drives himself, but his car was in the shop. I had just returned from the dentist. I had two fillings — both related to clenching my teeth. It was lunchtime and the waiting room was clearing out. As I sat in the orthodontist’s office all numb-mouthed, the orthodontist’s wife, who also manages the offices, came up to talk with me. “Beth, you Adams’ have had quite a year. How are you all doing?” She asked. “Yes. We have. With…

We were robbed in Athens, Greece. Chemistry Labs, Athens Greece, Homework, Athens

Athens, Greece: I hope the people who stole our stuff enjoy Eli's math homework and Kyle's completed chemistry labs - CrazyUS.com

FADE IN: Flight from Munich, Germany to Chicago, Illinois I noticed my phone was almost dead and my adapter was gone. Dave was sleeping. I woke him so I could scold him for taking our one remaining charger. It is mine. He looked at me groggy-eyed and said, “You insisted I use it.” Immediately, I stopped myself. I wanted to bite his head off (literally). Instead, I bit my tongue (again, literally), and apologized for jumping to conclusions. Then Dave sweetly apologized for not giving my…

"I specifically chose not to include the more profound abuse I have experienced. Unfortunately the experiences I included here are quietly commonplace. When I am all alone and safe, the phrase I think of are “culturally insidious, misuse of power and epidemic abuses.” In fact, I think the small acts of petty domination, verbal threatening, and entitled abuses of power have become (almost) ordinary. As a society we are not just guilty of re-victimizing women who have suffered horrific abuse." Women

Sexual Abuse Did Not Start In A Vacuum - CrazyUS.com

I specifically chose not to include the more profound abuse I have experienced. Unfortunately the experiences I included here are quietly commonplace. When I am all alone and safe, the phrase I think of are “culturally insidious, misuse of power and epidemic abuses.” In fact, I think the small acts of petty domination, verbal threatening, and entitled abuses of power have become (almost) ordinary. As a society we are not just guilty of re-victimizing women who have suffered horrific sexual…

I am at a loss. Divided We Fall, Chemistry Labs, United We Stand, Us History, Teaching, American History, Education, Learning

What History Can Teach Us: United We Stand Divided We Fall - CrazyUS.com

I meant to post this post last night and really I have been meaning to post this for days. The world keeps moving so fast. In this moment, I am devastated that I have to add this preface. Please know that my sentiment does not change. It is actually stronger. Most of you know the news. The United States experienced the worst mass shooting in US history. Here is how I received the news: I awoke to a text from Kyle. He had gone to school early for a chemistry lab. He wanted to let me know…

We are not friends and that is ok. Friendship is about balance & mutual appreciation. It has taken me a very long time to believe this concept. Love People, Appreciation, Friendship, Concept

We are not friends and that is ok.   - CrazyUS.com

Please do not take it personally. First, and foremost, I LOVE people and my relationships with them. Through years of practice, I have also learned that friendship is not an exact science. Thankfully, I have awesome friends; friends who are cool with who I am (or are super awesome at pretending). And because I am a huge sucker for connection, especially the connection that the word “friendship” or “best friend” implies, I take my role as friend very seriously (like in a for-real blood oath…

Overcoming travel hate when you are already there. Summer Travel, Us Travel, Hedges, Day Trips, Roads, Hate, Road Routes, One Day Trip, Living Fence

Overcoming Travel Hate with Seagulls and High-Hedge-Lined Roads - CrazyUS.com

I love traveling. I push my kids to travel. In fact, Kyle has eagerly anticipated our summer travel. “Mom, I could be gone all summer.” He enthusiastically said. Then yesterday, day six of our trip, Kyle proclaimed: “Mom, you know how we normally take like nine day trips? I wish this one was nine days. This trip is too long. I want to be back home with my friends.” Alas, Kyle is a teenager. Teenagers and their moods are my realities. Most often it is Eli who wants to be home. This time it…

Our recent 3 week trip to England & Wales was beyond epic. For starters, I broke my hand. Mostly, our oldest sone reminded us the importance of pushing pause. Sinus Surgery, Oxford England, Salt Lake City, Us Travel, Starters, Wales, Utah, Welsh Country, Welsh

Pushing Pause: Our Day in Oxford, England - CrazyUS.com

Salt Lake City, Utah, Monday afternoon, July 10: I sat in my doctor’s office. After waiting for more than an hour, he walked into the room. I could tell he was upset and I knew why. Do not worry. There was no devastating news. He merely wanted to chew me out. I let him. Then I paused. Here is what happened: Thursday, July 6, I was ready to leave for the hospital — so was Dave. It was 9AM. The hospital wanted me to arrive at 9:15AM. Sinus Surgery would start at 11:30AM. As he sat on the…

Vulnerability is not always easy to find, but totally makes it all worth it, even the very uncomfortable bits. Creative Writing Classes, Word Out, In High School, My Teacher, Vulnerability, How To Become, Easy

CrazyUS 4.0: Exposing My Vulnerability - CrazyUS.com

A little over ten years ago I blogged daily. With an an average of 20,000 daily readers, I was on my way to becoming a well known public voice. I loved it. In truth, I have always written. Sometimes my writing is sloppy and less polished and other times extensively edited. Regardless, I need to get my words out — always. I journaled as a young girl. I spent hours talking and processing and eventually pouring those thoughts onto the page. In high school, I sought out creative writing…

I was losing my eye sight and I was not exactly sure why. I Give Up, Then And Now, My Eyes, Pretty, Fashion, Moda, Fashion Styles, Fashion Illustrations, Fashion Models

I Was Blind But Now I See - Literally - CrazyUS.com

I had no idea. Sure, I kind of knew I was depressed. I just thought it was my typical Seasonal Affected Disorder. Winter grey is no fun every single year. As a result of my malaise, I was not correlating that the darkness I was feeling was because of my eyes. And because I am pretty farsighted, I figured my bad eyesight was a result of my inability to read tiny ingredient labels. And for some reason I attached my tiny label issue to my utter inability to read larger font restaurant menus. I…

Deconstructing Brené Brown's definition of trust and landing on Gossip. Amanda Palmer, Brene Brown, Trust Me, Oprah, Gossip, Landing, Ted, People, Folk

Trust Me - CrazyUS.com

A friend recently suggested I listen to Brené Brown’s talk entitled, “The Anatomy of Trust.” I was like, “Who is Brené Brown? And why do you always refer to her?” Apparently I am nearly the last people on Earth who has not heard of or listened to Brené Brown, or at least, I am the last of the subset of those who listen of those who watch Oprah, listen to the Ted Radio hour, and/or read transcendent personal essays, such as the ones found in The Atlantic Monthly. In truth, I was listening to…

Dealing with birthday expectations and getting older. Gluten Free Waffles, Bisquick, Waffle Iron, Falling Apart, Getting Old, Oatmeal, Baking, Feelings, Breakfast

I feel like a poorly made Gluten Free waffle. - CrazyUS.com

Yes. I have photographic evidence of said waffle. I made it this morning. Each Sunday morning, for our family breakfast, I follow the exact same recipe, which is located on the back of the gluten free Bisquick baking mix. I measure. I stir. I blend. I pour the batter in and then I wait. Gently I nudge open the waffle iron. If I feel any sort of tension, I wait some more. Today I was able to open the iron. As I urged my waffle out, I noticed it was sticking. When I see my waffle fall apart…

Sometimes unexpected layovers can be the best part of a trip. Stuck In My Head, One Moment, Houston, The Outsiders, Texas, Happy, Happiness

Houston, Texas A Happy Accident - CrazyUS.com

One idea. One moment. One thought. One place to start. Before my life is over I want to make sure I do my part. I have a lot to say and a lot of observations to make. But then I get stuck in my head — waylaid. Saturday night, as we literally flew through smog layer (the notorious Salt Lake City temperature inversion), my heart sank, or better, as we entered the inversion, my heart immediately covered itself in a misty, ugly grey. Grey is what I see outside. And as my head and my heart fill…

Sometimes unexpected layovers can be the best part of a trip. Stuck In My Head, One Moment, Houston, The Outsiders, Texas, Happy, Happiness

Houston, Texas A Happy Accident - CrazyUS.com

One idea. One moment. One thought. One place to start. Before my life is over I want to make sure I do my part. I have a lot to say and a lot of observations to make. But then I get stuck in my head — waylaid. Saturday night, as we literally flew through smog layer (the notorious Salt Lake City temperature inversion), my heart sank, or better, as we entered the inversion, my heart immediately covered itself in a misty, ugly grey. Grey is what I see outside. And as my head and my heart fill…

Gift giving and receiving with a little perspective Giving, Perspective, My Love, Gifts, Favors, Perspective Photography, Presents, Gift, Point Of View

I suck at Christmas and am even worse at gift receiving. - CrazyUS.com

I think Dave would agree as represented in what he said earlier today: “Beth, I love Christmas, but each year you make me want to kill myself.” I would go as far as to argue that together Dave and I are clearly a gift giving mess. It is 2016. Here is where we are at. According to Dave, I should shut my mouth, open my heart and exude excitement over each gift I am given. I not only think he is on to something, I think he is right. We should be gracious. We should empathize. We should…