• A to Z Challenge,  Travel

    The letter Z.

    Ah, the letter Z. I thought I’d never see the day. It’s the last day of April. It’s the last day of the 26-day A to Z Writing challenge. This challenge forced me to constrain each post within a letter. I wrote each post around 9 pm at night, not knowing exactly what I would write about until my fingers hit the keyboard. There are some posts that make me cringe re-reading them, such as the letter L and the letter G. I could have written them funnier if I had more time to think. Some posts did statistically well. The letter R is the most popular. My personal favorite is the letter M. Before I get…

  • A to Z Challenge,  Travel

    The letter Y.

    I had another piece I wrote on this rainy Saturday. It was about staying young. Then I decided it sucked and thought this one is much better. Originally written July 23, 2015. The Land of the Free. The letter Y. Yellowstone National Park. Raw America. Untouched land, sitting four miles over a volcanic hot spot. Geysers spew. The bigs roam free – elk, bison, moose, wolves and the great grizzly bear. The only shots fired are with the click of a shutter speed. Winters are brutal. Summers don’t exist. The Burton family decided we would take a break from our family vacation in the Florida Keys. We headed north to a place we…

  • A to Z Challenge

    The letter X.

    There are few words in the English language that start with the letter x. The letter x is more of a symbol than an actual letter. X means kisses. X means “sign here.” X means multiply. X means “marks the spot.” X means 10 in Roman numeral form. X means “you are here.” The letter X. X – You are here. You are here in my writing room, on my laptop screen. When we built our house, Scott suggested I have my own room to focus on my writing. He calls it my writing room. It’s behind the kitchen. It’s really just a smaller living room with its own fireplace. But the room…

  • A to Z Challenge,  Hunting

    The letter W.

    Hi, I’m Julie. I’m married to Scott. We have two daughters, Emma and Kate. We are the Burtons. Unless it’s September through December. Hi, I’m Julie. I’m married to Christine. We have three daughters – Emma, Kate, and Elle and two sons – Wyatt and Lane. We are the Burton-Bentons. The letter W. Wife. I met Christine years ago at a Eric Church/Kenny Chesney concert. We ran into each other in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. We realized we were neighbors, of all things. She told me my house was on the way to school and she could tell I had a husband who hunts. She said her…

  • A to Z Challenge

    The letter V.

    When you write about your life on a blog for eight years, the stories start piling up. Some are bad, some are good, and some are just there to save you from a hard letter during the A to Z Writing Challenge. I already wrote about the difficulty of the letter V. The letter V. Originally posted February 9, 2011. Emma would have been a 4-year-old preschooler and Kate would have been about 18 months. Emma has show and tell on Friday. This week’s theme is “something that starts with a V.” Could there be a harder letter? X, maybe? I sent a group text to my immediate family for help.…

  • A to Z Challenge

    The letter U.

    I’ve been waiting for the letter U. I wanted to write a post on this but never found the inspiration. It’s a personal subject matter. It’s one of those subjects that creeps up at the age of 35 and it makes me wonder if I’m doing it right. The only way I know if I’m doing it right is if I pull your pants down. The letter U. Underwear. What kind of underwear do you wear? I mean, obviously, if you’re a guy you will have a completely different answer than what I’m wearing. Scott wears boxer briefs. He always looks good in them. He has the perfect bubble butt and…

  • A to Z Challenge,  Writing

    The letter T.

    There is only one class during my academic career where I had to pull myself out of an F. It was a high school English class, of all classes. When I was in high school, each student had to bring a grade sheet to each teacher at midterm. Each teacher would write in the grade and make a few notes on the sheet. The students would take the sheet home to their parents. The parents had to initial each class and sign the grade sheet. I was a B average student, meaning my grades would range from mostly As and Bs and maybe an occasional C. And one F.  An F in English? It’s…

  • A to Z Challenge,  Hunting

    The letter S.

    I have to hand it to the man. I’ve been writing on this blog for eight years. The majority of those blog posts are starring Scott, my husband. Scott doesn’t care what I write about on my blog. Or doesn’t know. Scott doesn’t read my blog because “I live the blog.” He’s right. He hears “blog posts” from me every day. But that doesn’t stop me from putting him in the center of some classic posts – The Jockstrap, Men Get Epidurals Too, and The Rack. I think he’s the funnier one of the two of us. He’s the easier one to talk to and he has a quicker wit when put on the…

  • A to Z Challenge

    The letter R.

    Robbed! I was robbed. I was ripped off. The letter R. Revenge. I had a garage sale today. It was my first garage sale. I’m a believer in signs before impending doom. My sign was at 7:30 this morning. I opened my garage door and looked at my blank slate – an open driveway. It was ready to be filled with tables full of house decor, books, American Girl doll accessories, and kids clothes. There were several paintings, dining room chairs, and a twin bed. I walked down the driveway to post my “Garage Sale” sign and there it was – the omen – a pile of dog shit in the middle of my…

  • A to Z Challenge

    The letter Q.

    You thought you’d catch me on a “hard letter.” NOPE. The letter Q. Questions. Facebook questions. I saw these questions circling around Facebook. I love them. I will stop and read answers every time. It shows a side of people that I don’t normally see. 40 odd things about me. ** Copy and paste your answers to the comments here or on my social media so I can read them! 1. Do you like blue cheese? Love it. 2. Coke or Pepsi? Coke. 3. Do you own a gun? I don’t personally own one but there are guns in my home, in a safe. We do not own handguns. I don’t believe there’s…