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Andrea Buford
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Not Eating is Eating Me Up
So, this happened.  I was working out with my personal trainer, and I felt really sick.  Not at all my usual silly high-drama complaining, this was for real.  I realized when puzzling it over with him that I had not eaten in 24 hours.  Seriously.  Who does ...
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Is Everyone Afraid?
Everyone (else) seems so competent, so pulled together.  They always have umbrellas when and where they might actually be useful, neat homes, back-up plans, and extra coffee.  They seem to know what they want in and from their careers, aren't afraid to take...
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Yoga Practice in Real Life
I've tried going to yoga studios, in an effort to reclaim my once-rich yoga practice.  That hasn't worked.  Scheduling, driving time, exhaustion..... there's always something that gets in the way.  I haven't really tried practicing at home, but I know what ...
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What Would Triumph Even Look Like?
I roll my eyes a little when I hear people talk about branding as though it were important.  Oh, I suppose it's possible that it IS, but in my life I want to think about principles and contribution and artistry.  I don't want to think about staking a claim ...
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Just Not the Marrying Kind
That's what Math-Rat (the ex-husband) said to me, with a straight face, after 30 years of marriage.  He demanded to be set free of the marriage because, "whoops!  Just not the marrying kind, after all.  So sorry for the inconvenience."  Actually, he never e...
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Staying Hopeful in a Hostile World
So, this happened.  I was just threatened and verbally assaulted for my political views.  I understand that my political and justice principles are not widely shared.  This does not surprise me.  I'm so far left of "Democrat" that - until recently, anyway- ...
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Living Off Balance
From time to time, I do a weirdly unhealthy thing.  My life gets so very off-balance that I literally lose my footing.  No metaphor.  I fall over.  Like, a lot.  It's the craziest thing.  I'm not an uncoordinated person, when all is well.  Yet, I get to thi...
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What's so hard about Sundays?
Sundays defeat me, and I don't know why.  I feel harassed by the state of the house, when ordinarily I like puttering and nesting.  I feel smothered by the constant attention from the animals which other days strikes me as sweet.  I feel aggravated by the u...
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A Dog and his Human
I'm a Labrador-lover.  This breed has a claim on my heart, and that's that.  Shamrock (a black Lab) was my first dog.  He died too soon, and taught me SO much.  And I learned after his death that I not only missed that particular dog, I missed dog.  I misse...
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Opening up to possibility when you feel paralyzed
Publicly, and even with good friends, I laugh off my paralysis about making big decisions.  "I can over-think anything."  I pretend, without saying so explicitly, that my discomfort with big decisions is just the shadow side of being smart.  I think too muc...
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