It’s that time of year when we have a love-hate relationship with shopping… Christmas. I love the sparkle of tinsel and ornaments in stores, the music of the season playing, the overwhelming scent of cinnamon brooms burning my nostrils, the sweat on my back from wearing many layers to survive the strange weather in San […]
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It’s beginning to look a lot like the time of year when I wish my house looked like something out of Southern Living or Martha Stewart’s Holiday Spectacular. And yet…in the midst of all the gleam and sparkle, under the ribbons and tinsel, there are Legos. And stickers. And old Cheerios. The occasional acorn. My […]
A fun fact I learned as a big fan of the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast, “feminism” was coined by a man. A dude. A dudely philosopher, Charles Fourier, who observed how poorly women were valued in the 19th century. Not that he did anything other than make the observation . . . . […]
The older we get, the more precious friendships seem to be—harder to find, harder to hold on to. Once you have one, you do what you can in between obligations, life, kids, and work to cultivate it. You send text messages, tag someone to a funny article or meme, and occasionally make a phone call. […]
Looking back, I can’t think of what I remember when my parents turned 40. I know it happened, but so many other things were happening at the same time, that it was likely a non-event. Forty seemed unreachable—parents on television and in movies didn’t really address their ages—and I was likely too busy watching Knight […]
It may come as a surprise to those who know me that I have a difficult time making friends. Acquaintances, I have aplenty. People I can call in the middle of the night to share woes or partake in shenanigans, few. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m an anxious introvert, or because I have […]
If you google “working mom balance,” you will get over two million results. Two. Million. That’s a lot of opinions on how to deal with a 40-ish hour work week and managing a household (with or without a partner, it’s a lot of work). And if you’re one of the ones who has a Career, […]