Posts Categorized: Jane Austen Days-Jedi Knights

Author M.J. Pullen blogs with humor about her life as a writer and working mom raising two padawans with her own personal Mr. Darcy.

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, which means months of planning, consideration and personal/religious reflection will culminate with my children saying, together, their sweet little voices unified in song: “Is this all you got me?” May this be a season of love and light (and reading) for us all! book menorah is complete! we  […]

Or, Why the Neighbors are Questioning My Mental Health When we bought our current home four years ago, I loved so much about it: the roomy floor plan, open spaces… The “happy medium” hardwood floors (meaning: in good enough shape that we didn’t have to fix them upon moving in, but scratched and worn enough that  […]

5 Things Making my Summer Manageable School has been out for almost a week here in Georgia. I know my friends in the Northeast are thinking, “What? Already?” But we go back in early August, or in some cases late July (!?!?!), so we’re out before Memorial Day. I’m sure there’s a reason. Anyhoo, now  […]

Helloooo, Summer! Here in Georgia, the kids are out of school and our family has hit the ground running with visits to the Georgia Renaissance Festival, SunTrust Park (the new home of the Atlanta Braves), and an Atlanta United soccer game. Only as I type this do I realize the grave mistake I’ve made leading the  […]

It’s time for my bi-annual Jazzercise blog! I took a break from my favorite exercise addiction for a couple of years due to a combination of injury and my work schedule, but I’ve been back since February and wondering (the way you always do when you’re on the exercise wagon) how I ever lived without  […]

Well, I did it. Two weeks ago I took myself out of the running for an amazing training and development job, before the third round of interviews. The job was everything my Day Job Self was looking for: exciting, challenging, learning-focused. I’d have been working in a company known for its amazing corporate culture on  […]

As I was putting the boys in their green clothes this morning, and preparing the ‘traditional’ Irish green smoothie for breakfast, I thought back to the trip Hubs and I took to Ireland in 2008. It was the year before Skywalker was born: sort of a last pre-kids hurrah, and a celebration of my graduation with  […]

Note: this post started as a status update on my personal Facebook page, but I decided to share it here as well. I mean, it’s 800 words long. There has to be something worth sharing in there, right? May you find your “JT Moment” this week, too. 🙂 ******* I am supposed to be writing  […]

Can I be honest? As I sit down to bid farewell to 2016, what I feel the most is… exhausted. This has been a hard year for the collective “us” in so many ways: Brexit, the horrors of civil war in Syria, attempted coup in Turkey  the U.S. presidential election (not to mention the fallout of that  […]