I get it, Summer. It’s hard to say goodbye. But it’s time. We need some space. A break. Really, it’s not you. It’s me. I just need a little time to…cool down. Call me in May. I promise I’ll give you another chance.
It is dark, but in the light from the kitchen I can see the cat doing a mad sort of tightrope walk on the metal stair rail that frames the steps leading from the kitchen into the den. His shadow is enormous, looming, but not at all creepy. It’s quite amusing, actually; he is too … More In the light kitchen*
Did you ever have one of those days when you go back to sleep after the 30-minute programmed snooze, and so you are already running late when the toilet stops up for no reason, and then that horrible thief-breaking-into-the-house sound thunders through the baby monitor speaker and causes you to jump and hit your elbow on the hard tiled … More Best day
Other than rope and duct tape, and believe me, I’ve considered both, does anyone have a suggestion for keeping a 2 year-old from slipping out of her 5-point car seat harness? Yes, it is snug, and yes, the clip is at chest level. She still finds a way to free her arms. I think she … More Things we should really discuss in detail
One of my greatest weaknesses as a human being is that I allow things to accumulate for such ridiculous periods of time that I often never get around to dealing with them at all, because to address them beyond their natural deadline seems foolish to me, and so I continue to ignore them and have bad feelings … More Dodging
I’ve spent the last hour reading end-of-2008 reflections on a few of my favorite blogs, and I would love to tell you that these brilliant minds inspired a reflection of my own, but they did not. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I am at work on New Year’s Eve for the first … More New year, delayed
Those of you who’ve been around a while will remember my BFF, Catherine Newman? For years she wrote a parenting blog, Dalai Mama, which I discovered through my addiction to [the now defunct, let us all have a moment of silence] Wondertime magazine, and then she shifted her focus to a food blog, Dalai Mama Dishes*. When I initially … More Not even for you, BFF
I was ready to give up. I had a very strict price range and a college Visa spending rampage credit rating, so my options were limited. I had shared a wall with my neighbor for 5 years, and I longed for a space in which I could not hear the guy next door peeing while … More St. Joseph, are you there?
I have never been particularly good at planning ahead, so I often find myself in the middle of some room in my house in a panic because OH MY GOD, THERE’S NO MORE TOILET PAPER, or EGADS! WHAT CAN I FEED THE CAT? So I should not have been at all surprised to reach into … More The consumer whore report on T@rget store brand protein bars
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, (and by “you” I mean my fellow consumer whores who believe in supporting local business but are continually lured by the Siren Song of the Starbucks drive-through) but your friendly local international coffee chain is trying to go healthy. Are you familiar with the new menu items? Oatmeal with dried … More The consumer whore report on healthy eating