Struggle Properly – My Journey in the Salimpour Belly Dance Program

Dear Readers, This post is a pretty big deal. I began My High-Maintenance Life in 2011 with a story called: "Disenchantment" or "Beauty School Wasn't What I Thought it Would Be." Since then, I have written about everything from my dogs having fleas to raising kids, to … [Continue reading]

The Hipster Urban Mountain Man: A Mullet for the Millennium

There is a current fashion statement that fascinates me greatly. I see it at restaurants, churches, festivals, the grocery store…just about everywhere I go. After careful observation, analysis, and bafflement (“Why?” I keep saying out loud. “I just don’t get the attraction to this exhibit.”). … [Continue reading]

Belly Dancers Eat Cupcakes, and 7 More Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Us

  After my first belly dance class with one of Atlanta’s premier professional belly dancers, a surprising thing happened: she ate a … [Continue reading]

Panic Strikes the Department of Agriculture

Yesterday, I had to contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture to find answers to questions like: How does one go about getting a homemade food … [Continue reading]

My Breastfeeding Rant

This morning I woke up early so I could take my daughter to before-school chorus rehearsal. It wouldn’t have been so bad getting up an hour earlier … [Continue reading]

How My Mother Became a Criminal

It’s official. The police have finally caught up with her. My mother was caught red-handed doing something that the Gwinnett County Police Department … [Continue reading]

Daily Dog Photos: Friedrich Finds a Puddle

After four days of rain, our backyard becomes equipped with two large mud puddles deep enough for a dog lie in. Feeling a bit overheated after his … [Continue reading]

A Week in My (High-Maintenance) Life or What It’s Like to Be Me

Although at some point in your life you have probably wondered what it’s like to be someone else – like a celebrity (but not Bruce Jenner), a famous … [Continue reading]

Dogs or Kids: Is it Possible to Love Your Dogs Too Much?

I think I may have a small problem. And, by that I mean, maybe I need a support group. Today I realized that I am a bit obsessed with my dogs. I don’t … [Continue reading]

The Elf is Out of the Closet

Antonia read my blog. The Elf on the Shelf is out of the closet. I was out walking the dogs and when I returned, there was my almost-nine-year-old … [Continue reading]