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

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My daughter was in the second grade when I started writing this blog (back in 2003). This year, she will graduate from high school. I have been struggling to come up with a new name for the blog, since I get way too many pitches for diapers and toys and other items my newly-minted adult daughter doesn’t need any longer, but  all the variations on “empty nest” and “midlife transition” seem to be taken.

Besides, I’ve been “SoCal Mom” for so long, I am afraid no one will know who I am – there, “SoCal Mom” I remain. For now.

My Secret Single Behavior

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My Secret Single Behavior

My husband brought work home over the weekend, and it took up most of his time on both Saturday and Sunday. And with midterms this week, my daughter was pretty much in the same boat. This meant that I was pretty much on my own for the entire weekend. This allowed me to engage in “secret single behavior”: a phrase I first heard in that episode of Sex and the City where the gals talk about activities one indulges in only when alone. For Carrie Bradshaw, it was standing in her kitchen and reading fashion magazines, while eating...

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A Day Without Orange Juice…

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A Day Without Orange Juice…

…is like a day without sunshine. Remember that old advertising slogan? Well, substitute “email” for “orange juice” and you know how my weekend was: there was an issue with the mail server associated with the socalmom.net domain and I did not receive any work related email for about 48 hours. And that changed the second half of the slogan, because without the usual continuing barrage of pitches, petitions and plain old spam — I had a rather nice weekend. It’s true I missed some email I actually wanted...

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday: 20 Years

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We’re not able to go away to celebrate this year – but I feel the milestone is worth a little extra acknowledgement.             Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Lean In, Chin Up and Tune Out

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Lean In, Chin Up and Tune Out

I am proud to be a participant in the Lean In blog carnival today at MomsRising.org . I’ve been thinking a lot about women and our place in society the last couple of weeks. This is appropriate, as it is Women’s History Month and was kicked off at PBS with “Makers,” a three-hour documentary on the “second-wave” women’s movement.I sat down to watch it last weekend and was enthralled. I am old enough to remember all the events portrayed in the film, but was too young at the time to grasp the significance of the earlier events. And while I...

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This Week’s Challenge: Tax-ing Commitments

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This Week’s Challenge: Tax-ing Commitments

“I don’t know why it takes you so long to get your taxes done,” my sister sniffed at me after I complained that I was still working on mine. That was about three weeks ago. I don’t know why it takes me so long either — especially since I work with an enrolled agent, who prepares the actual tax returns.  I just know it does. I finally submitted all my information last week and breathed a sigh of relief. The following day, I experienced a bout of unaccustomed efficiency: I wrote, I updated websites, I interacted...

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Daylight Savings Time Sucks. So Does Losing Your Neighborhood Market.

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Daylight Savings Time Sucks. So Does Losing Your Neighborhood Market.

I’m not up yet. I wrote this on Friday, before Daylight Savings Time robbed me of a precious hour. When I do get up, I will be tired — and probably unable to string more than a couple of thoughts together at a time. My favorite day of the year is the day we Fall Back. Getting an extra hour puts me in a wonderful mood, because no matter how late I am running (and for some reason, I am always running late!), when I glance at the clock and discover the time, I can relax a little, even if I have slept in. I look forward all year to...

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The “Shtupper-ware Party”

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The “Shtupper-ware Party”

The social circuit in suburbia includes a number of sales parties: for housewares, jewelry — and sex toys. Another in a series of old blog posts I’m re-publishing in honor of my 9/10’s of a decade writing SoCal Mom. This one is from February, 2009. It has been slightly revised. We’d been talking about having a Girls Night Out for a while, so the Evite from my friend (she asks that I call her “Roxy”) was not a surprise. The occasion was: GET YOUR WILD ON! A wild and wicked evening with friends!!! You are...

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My Mail is Annoying Me

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My Mail is Annoying Me

Yesterday was awesome: I awoke early, I was able to get right to work and I managed to cross several items off my to-do list. I cannot remember the last time I had a day like that, and I expected to keep it up today. It didn’t happen. As is often the case, I got sidetracked. During the Wednesday MOMocrats podcast, my friend Karoli said something that begged to be quoted on a graphic. So I spent the next several hours tumbling down the rabbit hole that is Photoshop — and then ended up trying out different graphic services. You can...

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Local Politics: The LA Mayor’s Race

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Local Politics: The LA Mayor’s Race

We are voting for LA’s Mayor on Tuesday. Find your polling place here. My daughter couldn’t wait to show us the YouTube video they discussed in her AP US History class last week. “It’s hilarious,” she said. You know what’s not hilarious? We’re having an election in Los Angeles next week, and this guy is the Republican candidate for Mayor. My understanding is that this municipal election will feature a non-partisan ballot; there are no party “tickets,” just a long list of candidates. Kevin...

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The Happy Hour, Oscars and Other Bullet Points

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The Happy Hour, Oscars and Other Bullet Points

I have not been writing much. I blame tax season: it is just one more big task I have to juggle between all the other big tasks on my to-do list. I could handle any one — or maybe two — and do them well. If only I could focus on one at a time. These days, my biggest goal in life is to pare that list down to something I can reasonably manage. In the meantime, I flit from one project to the next; never quite finishing and never quite getting it right. At least, that is how I feel. The Happy Hour There have been some constants: Over...

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