About Me


IMG_20170728_130119Welcome to SavvySpoons! A long time ago this blog began as a way for me to connect with my Denver peeps when I moved to New Jersey. It used to be a daily outlet for me and was focused on motherhood and the law, hence the name. It died a slow death at the hands of my chronic illnesses.

What was once a blog about motherhood and the practice of law has become a place where I try to speak openly and honestly about living with daily, chronic pain. I have chronic daily migraine and fibromyalgia. Some days are better than others. Some days I have the energy I need to post. Some days I don’t.

Like many Spoonies before me I have spent years navigating the medical world with very little change to show for it. Now I manage my pain with exercise, diet, and mindfulness. And swearing. Lots of swearing. Also wine sometimes.

About Me.

I am a mother of two. I live in a three story victorian home that was built in 1901. I share this home with my kids (half the time), my parents, my partner, and our two dogs and four cats. To say life is interesting here is an understatement. There is always something underfoot.

My mother and I are celiacs. We found out in 2009 or so. We spend a lot of time looking for good GF food. I have become a much better cook since eating out and ordering in were drastically curtailed.

I have suffered from debilitating migraines since I was 12. Over the past four years they have only gotten worse. As of this moment* I have had a headache every day for over two years and nine months. *July 2015.

In my lifetime I have acted in musical theatre and informercials. I have fought to protect children from abusive parents and victims of domestic violence from their abusive partners.  I have saved prairie dogs, frogs, and rare exotic cats and worked to protect Colorado’s unique mountain prairie eco-system.  I have even petted and snuggled tigers.

Best selfie ever.

I’ve struggled with facing the ever increasing reality that my once grandiose dreams of saving the world are reduced to maybe making through a single day without a headache. I’ve given up on that dream. Now I make art and jewelry, parent my kids, snuggle my husband, and spend time with my cat.

She owns me.
She owns me.

This blog is where I ruminate on the universe and try to make sense of the cards I have been dealt.

Password Protected Posts

Some of my posts are password protected.  Sometimes the things I want to say are probably better left in my head.  However, I have been told that depression is repressed anger and I understand that actually putting this shit out here on the internet does make me a happier human being. c50bec68_o

10 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. What a great place I stumbled to! Like you (although I don’t have kids) I just started blogging for the same reasons but you wrote them down perfectly!! I hope you have a great day!

  2. Thanks!! You happen to link to some of my favorite stuff on earth… Yarn!!

    Mmmmm… there is nothing more lovely than the possibility of yarn.

  3. Well, I already stalk you anyways, but I had to add what the prior blogger said… you did write it perfectly! 😀

  4. Sorry, I’m catching up on my reader today and keep responding to your posts! I wanted to just throw out there that while you have a Twitter profile, it seems you don’t use it. There is a big community of solo lawyers on Twitter now who may really help you on your journey to being a work at home lawyer. I’m @halosecretarial and I’d be happy to direct you to some great people to follow (like @scartierliebel or @carolynelefant for starters)

  5. Hi, Scylla – LOVE your blog! Looking forward to seeing more of it after you get settled into your new home in WordPress, where I just “moved in” myself, but being a blog embryo, I’m not ready for my “coming out” party just yet LOL.

    It made me smile to read about your aspirations to work at home in your pajamas with your kids “nearby.” I had an instant vision from one of my favorite all-time YouTube videos …


    Multitasking at its best LOL. Best of luck with your new practice – looking forward to reading your musings!

    Karen :

  6. Hi Scylla,

    I’m Julie, the editor of “Mamapedia Voices”, and we feature guest bloggers on Mamapedia, a site for Moms all across the country. I’ve just found your blog, and would like to invite you write a piece which could be featured on our site.

    Though Mamapedia Voices has just started out, it is already receiving a lot of attention, both on our site, on our guest bloggers’ sites, and beyond. We promote our featured guest bloggers through emails, Twitter, Facebook and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to grow your audience!
    If you would like to participate, please take a look at Mamapedia Voices. Next, sign up here http://bit.ly/UTCGU to be on the blogger roster, and then you will be able to see the complete (and easy) instructions for submitting a piece for consideration.

    Also, because we like your blog, please download a recognition badge from us- there are many fun designs to choose from here: http://www.mamapedia.com/voices/blogger_badge

    Thank you, and I look forward to reading more of your work!

    Best wishes,
    Julie D’Agostino
    Editor, Mamapedia Voices

  7. Thank you Julie! It took me a while to see your kind invitation but I finally went and checked Mamapedia out! If I can think of anything clever to say, I will happily submit it to your blogspace.

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