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.

An Evening at LA Live

Posted by on 2:14 pm in Food and Drink, SoCal Life | 1 comment

An Evening at LA Live

The milestones continue for my baby girl: She can now drive herself to and from school (when I’m feeling benevolent about letting her use my car). She’ll be taking the SAT in a couple of weeks. And last night, she attended her first concert. “It’s not my first concert,” she corrected me last night. That’s true. A couple of years ago, she and her cousin caught a band at a club all the way in Upland, thanks to the generosity of her dad and uncle, who accompanied them. And several years ago, she and that same...

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Kyushu Ramen Serves Hot Bowls of Happiness

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Kyushu Ramen Serves Hot Bowls of Happiness

I’m not sure when we stopped frequenting Kyushu, an unassuming ramen house in the Valley. Probably around the time I realized that when it comes to complex carbohydrates, I am like an alcoholic: My body cannot handle too much of them, and one sumptuous taste will set me off on an eating binge that does not stop until I’ve consumed an entire box of cooked pasta. Pasta is probably my biggest downfall, although I am also partial to artisan bread, roasted potatoes, and rice. Surprisingly, I am pretty resistant to sweets — other...

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Soggy SoCal Friday

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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 is from February 2005 – and coincidentally, we’re in the middle of another storm surge, although thankfully, not one fueled by an El Nino weather pattern. Visitors to Southern California in the winter are often surprised (and disappointed) to learn that it does indeed rain here. Not too often; over the last couple of decades we’ve been in this cycle of a few drought years followed by an El Nino...

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Wordless Wednesday: On a Clear Day in Los Angeles

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Wordless Wednesday: On a Clear Day in Los Angeles

I’ve been busy over at MOMocrats this week. So I hope you will allow me to share some photos I took over the weekend, when the air was clear and you could see for miles and miles. We were with friends down in San Pedro, and we drove back through downtown Los Angeles. The city looked so beautiful that I took out my camera and started snapping — from the freeway. I didn’t stop until we made it back to the northern San Fernando Valley.             Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens...

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Easy Organic Eating with SPUD

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Easy Organic Eating with SPUD

Over the last year, I’ve looked on with envy as friends have posted photos of gorgeous organic fruits and vegetables delivered right to their door. Envy, because most home delivery services I was familiar with did not venture into the northernmost reach of the San Fernando Valley (where I reside). And because I was convinced that such a service would not work for my family’s unpredictable meal schedule. And because I was convinced that such a service would be too expensive. But it’s January, when the year is young and I am...

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A Night in Old Hollywood with Cirque du Soleil

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A Night in Old Hollywood with Cirque du Soleil

Last night, I got to cross another item off my bucket list: I finally caught my first live performance of Cirque du Soleil. I’m kind of ashamed it has taken me this long: Cirque has been performing on and off  in Los Angeles since 1984, when it made its US debut at that year’s LA Arts Festival. I was busy. And broke. And that has been my excuse for the last three decades. I only attended last night’s performance of Iris because we received an email deal last month, announcing tickets at 40% off. We later learned that the...

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In an Epidemic, It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

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In an Epidemic, It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

It’s official: the CDC has declared an epidemic in the 2013 flu season. 7.3% of all deaths last week were attributed to pneumonia as a result of flu. And as alinsertways, Americans are advised that the best defense against the virus is to get a flu shot.  Flu vaccines no longer require a special trip to the doctor: here in Southern California, they’ve been advertised widely at all the major drug store chains; even the pharmacy inside our local Ralph’s, so getting one is super-convenient. And Obamacare gives you one less...

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Old Friends

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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 is from February 2005. Last night, we dined with a couple I had not seen for over five years, formerly close friends who had been there for me through good times and bad. When Gareth and I were married, they not only flew up to Sacramento to attend the wedding, but hosted my bridal shower as well. I’d been anticipating this reunion since we set it up several weeks ago, as I’ve sorely missed them. But as...

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Huell Howser: A SoCal Inspiration

Posted by on 10:00 am in Celebrities, Current Events, SoCal Life, Television | 7 comments

My husband was such a fan of Huell Howser that he called me from work yesterday when he heard the news. We both enjoyed watching the venerable human interest reporter with the seemingly endless curiosity about our local treasures. Howser was such a presence on local public television that most Angelenos may have forgotten that he started in LA on CBS owned and operated Channel 2. At first glance, his “aw, shucks” manner did not seem to fit into the jaded, life in the fast lane aura of 1980’s Los Angeles — but his...

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The Holiday is Over: Back to Blogging – Old School

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My daughter’s three-week holiday break ended today with the start of school. My husband also returned to work after being on holiday hours, too. So after the shock of 6:30 AM carpool, I got the desktop computer — and the house — to myself, and had no more excuses for getting DOWN TO WORK. Except… …WHERE DO I BEGIN? I have a to-do list chock full of tasks that are mostly mundane or unpleasant: housekeeping, bill paying, meal planning, organizing. I have another list, of activities I have promised myself I am going...

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