My Nest May be Empty, But My Kid Still Calls Me Mom

Mother Nature’s “Quake-Up”

Mother Nature’s “Quake-Up”

By on Mar 17, 2014 in Current Events, SoCal Life | 0 comments

Mornings are rough – especially Mondays. But today, we had a little extra incentive to get out of bed, thanks to a 4.4 magnitude quake that hit around 6:30 A.M., causing our entire house to shake like a Jell-o mold on a plate. Once the shaking was over, I popped out of bed to check on my daughter, who was still under the covers, but — miraculously...

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A Simple Ask for Young People Trying to Make the World a Better Place

By on Jan 15, 2014 in Something Unselfish for a Change | 2 comments

It is January 15 and I just remembered I have a blog: Mainly because my daughter belongs to a school club that is trying to make a small difference in a vast, cruel world. They are volunteers on the 9th International Youth Media Summit, which brings together kids from war torn nations to learn how to use the media while they tell their stories on video. The young...

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Fresh and Easy Holiday

Fresh and Easy Holiday

By on Dec 17, 2013 in Food and Drink | 2 comments

Why is this December different from the 15 previous holiday seasons I’ve experienced as a stay-at-home working mom? This year, I actually have a client with ongoing needs and guaranteed pay. And I could probably give them 60 hours a week if I didn’t have all those piddly household chores, pets, family… and the holidays getting in my way. Of course,...

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Ten Years

Ten Years

By on Dec 7, 2013 in Blather, Original Blogsta | 5 comments

December 7, 2003 was a cold, wet, dreary day — much like this one. I know that because while my husband and daughter were occupied with other things, I decided to follow the lead of my online friend, author Andrea Buchanan, who at that time ran a website for moms in Philadelphia. Andi was the first person I knew who had set up one of these new-fangled things...

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Cautiously Optimistic

Cautiously Optimistic

By on Nov 18, 2013 in Blather | 2 comments

I finally had that appointment with my doctor last week. And the news was good: That thing on my ovary appears to be just another fibroid. We will continue to monitor it, but for now, no surgery or other treatment is required. Can I hear a “whew?” Thankfully, I did not spend a great deal of time worrying about it. I have had too much to do cleaning up...

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A Tale of Two Facebook Accounts

By on Nov 8, 2013 in Blather | 3 comments

One of the tasks I’m doing for my new business client is managing their social media. This is a piece of cake, since I’ve been active on Facebook, Twitter, et al for years — especially for the MOMocrats. And there’s my dilemma. Partisan politics has no place when conducting business. And while I have a right to express my political views (and...

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NoBloPo Huh?

By on Nov 4, 2013 in Blather | 0 comments

It has been a long time since I participated in one of the November writing challenges like NaNoWriMo and NoBloPoMo. The one time I attempted the novel writing challenge, the resulting manuscript was such a pile of dreck that continuing on to another draft seemed absolutely pointless. And I think it is silly to join the daily blog posting activity because posting...

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The Other Shoe

The Other Shoe

By on Oct 26, 2013 in Blather | 0 comments

  I have a good reason for neglecting this space for the last two weeks: I got a job. A real, honest-to-goodness, employment situation with a boss and meetings — and a paycheck, too. And I have been putting all of my energy into showing them that taking a chance on me was not a mistake. So far, I think they are happy with the work I am doing for them, and...

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Home Alone with a Healthy Choice

Home Alone with a Healthy Choice

By on Oct 11, 2013 in Food and Drink, Sponsored | 0 comments

“Don’t forget – my friend’s mom is picking me up from school and taking us to that play tonight,” my daughter said this morning as she slammed my car door shut. I had forgotten. And now that she mentioned it, I realized that with my husband out of town this week, I am going to be alone until late tonight. What should I do about dinner?...

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Halloween Time at Disneyland — for Grown-Ups

Halloween Time at Disneyland — for Grown-Ups

By on Oct 6, 2013 in Food and Drink, Getting Old Sucks, SoCal Life, Travel | 1 comment

This post is a mushy love letter to the folks at Disneyland, whose kind invitation to their annual #Halloween Time Media Day allows me to bask in all my Disney dreams… despite the fact that my child is no longer a little kid. I am living proof that you don’t have to be a kid or have young children to have a good time at a Disney park. You can even be a...

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