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What happens in the Olive Garden Stays in the Olive Garden

What happens in the Olive Garden Stays in the Olive Garden

By on Dec 21, 2012 in Mom Life, Original Blogsta | 0 comments

This is one of a series of old blog posts I’m re-publishing in honor of my 9/10’s of a decade writing SoCal Mom.  This was first published in December 2005. Each December, our PTA holds its last meeting of the year in conjunction with a holiday dinner. Sometimes it’s held at a member’s home – but last night, it was a no-host affair at...

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Hair Raising Problems

By on Dec 20, 2012 in In Quest Of | 0 comments

When I finally realized my hair was thinning, I got bangs. I hate bangs, but I cannot go out in public without them. They are my version of a combover. I wonder if Donald Trump feels the same way about his hair, which is now a reliable laugh line for every comedian in the country? Of course, Trump could choose to forego combing his hair over the front of his head if...

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Last Minute Shopping is The Only Kind I Do

Last Minute Shopping is The Only Kind I Do

By on Dec 19, 2012 in Blather | 1 comment

Christmas is six days away and I bought my first gift yesterday. This is an improvement over Chanukah, when my last minute shopping was even worse: everything purchased on the day the holiday began. I have not always been this much of a flake. I was not a huge procrastinator when I was young. I carried a DayRunner and I used it — but my memory was so good back...

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After Newtown: Holding Them Close

After Newtown: Holding Them Close

By on Dec 17, 2012 in Current Events, Mom Life | 5 comments

Friday was a minimum day at my daughter’s school, as she wrapped a week of finals before the annual holiday break. I usually bitch and moan about having to quit work at 12:00 to drive to school and get her, but not this time. By then, I knew what had happened in Newtown, and I could not wait to see my kid and hold her close — which has been my...

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