My family was tested 12 years ago. You need a breast cancer survivor to initiate testing, and they do a comprehensive test to determine which gene that person carries. Once the particular BRAC gene is identified, subsequent testing is easier bc they know exactly where to look. We went by family line, and a parent who… » 3/25/15 12:18pm Wednesday 12:18pm

I had cervical issues for years, then they cleared up just in time for my ovaries to rebel and turn into pain-filled grenades. Then I fell in love with a man with two older children and no desire to reverse his vasectomy. So adoption it was! I always wanted two children, and after six years we got our kids home, just… » 3/20/15 4:24pm 3/20/15 4:24pm

That is so not what the Girl Scouts stand for. We just had a girl join our troop mid-year bc her old troop just stopped talking to her-a third grader- and the leaders didn't intervene. Her mom was teary because our girls all made room for her and were happy to have another friend. It is so annoying when parents coopt… » 3/18/15 12:21pm 3/18/15 12:21pm

My parents live in a small town. Their neighbors had a nasty yapping dog that was staked out at night, and it barked and yipped and kept my parents awake. The city cops were no help, and the neighbors were rude. So Daddy bought a slingshot, laid in a supply of acorns, and shot the dog in the ass every time it woke him… » 3/17/15 11:26pm 3/17/15 11:26pm

I grew up on a farm, and I had about eight names for cats. For example, black cats were Midnight, orange tabbies were Peaches, and white cats were Snowball. And I numbered them, in order of age. When the inevitable happened and a cat met up with a fan belt, or a coyote, or a bigger feral cat, the other cats got… » 3/15/15 6:45pm 3/15/15 6:45pm

I experienced a whiskey shortage last night. Our nostalgic-favorite bar has been limping along for the past three years, but we were early customers 20 years ago and don't want to abandon the memories. Until last night, when a bartender I have never seen before, who looks like he has been tending his trendy beard… » 3/12/15 8:44pm 3/12/15 8:44pm

My aunt once told me that her pregnancy craving was cold Campbell's tomato soup, straight out of the can, spread on Wheat Thins. I should have been horrified, but instead I tried it and it is my secret shame snack. I enjoy it with a bottle of Cabrenet, while watching really bad old movies on Netflix. » 3/06/15 11:18pm 3/06/15 11:18pm