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.

LA Auto Show Day 2: Coffee, Cars and Guilt

Posted by on 2:26 am in Baby You Can Drive My Car, Mom Life | 0 comments

  I wrote this post over the course of a couple of hours on Day 2 of the LA Auto Show on Thursday, posted it and deleted it. I have since decided what the hell and have put it back up (with a few edits). Day two of the LA Auto Show. I arrived late, but thought I did OK, considering Thursday is my day to drive carpool AND it was raining lightly. I was craving caffeine when I got to the Los Angeles Convention Center around 8:45, just after the scheduled breakfast was about to end. I headed straight for the coffee setup, only to discover...

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The Los Angeles Auto Show

Posted by on 12:42 am in Baby You Can Drive My Car, Blather | 0 comments

The Los Angeles Auto Show

Semi-Live Blog 6:15 pm I found the Nissan party easily at Katsuya, at LA Live. Some sprinkles but no real rain yet, and not so cold that I regretted not stopping at the car for my jacket. But a quick walk around the private party area confirmed the shy person’s nightmare: no one that I knew. I saw a lone Asian man sitting by himself, so I joined him, hoping he was a Nissan employee who I could make contact with for future car review opportunities. But while he was from Japan, he was merely another freelancer. No problem – we spent...

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Give a Care for the Caregivers

Posted by on 5:00 am in Getting Old Sucks, Something Unselfish for a Change | 1 comment

Give a Care for the Caregivers

Welcome to the blog carnival featuring some of the blogosphere’s most eloquent writers. We’ll be highlighting the work of 8 women who write about what it feels like to be a primary caregiver to someone who depends on you — whether you’re on vacation, it’s a holiday, it’s an emergency at three in the morning, or through all the highs and lows of sickness and health. We’re continuing to bring attention to the important work that caregivers willingly do. So let’s give thanks to the caregivers in our lives for unpaid work that weaves so...

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Kids, Not Cuts for Public Schools

Posted by on 12:21 pm in Education | 2 comments

Kids, Not Cuts for Public Schools

My daughter has all of Thanksgiving week off this year. She’s delighted that we got to start our holiday a few days early, but the extra school vacation days are not really a gift. They’re the result of the continuing barrage of budget cuts that we’ve had to endure since she started kindergarten. That’s right: Year, after year, after year — for more than a DECADE — we’ve had to adjust for more and more and more cuts to the public school budget. It has manifested in both visible losses, like teachers...

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The Holiday Season Begins

Posted by on 11:17 am in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Holiday Season Begins

I’m listening to “Santa Baby” at our local tire store. “Jingle Bell Rock” just finished playing. I’ve been here for half an hour, long enough to start tiring of the relentless holiday music. It’s November 17. How am I going to feel by December? I don’t really think I’m a Scrooge. I love the winter holidays: the color, the lights, the wonderful food – and yes, Christmas carols. But why can’t it wait until AFTER Thanksgiving? Of course, I know the answer to that. It’s the...

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New Beginnings

Posted by on 2:36 pm in Blather | 2 comments

New Beginnings

Welcome to the new home of SoCal Mom! I did not plan to put up a new site today. But a funny thing happened when I fired up my email this morning: I saw my annual renewal notice from Network Solutions and balked. I’ve had this domain with NS since — well, almost since they were the only registrar in town. There are less expensive ones I could use  – and in fact, I do with other sites. But when I began this blog (in 2003!), I was feeling burnt out on all things webmaster-y, like FTP’ing and installing scripts and...

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A Good Week

Posted by on 7:46 pm in Blather | 0 comments

A Good Week

I took the Obama-Biden magnet off my car on Wednesday morning. The election was over, I was happy, and there was no need to show my support via vehicle advertising any longer. Besides, there are a lot of Republicans in my neighborhood and I have no desire to rub their face in the election’s results. I know how I felt during the Bush Administration, whenever I saw a car plastered with Bush-Cheney stickers YEARS after they won their second term. The campaign is over. Keeping that stuff around is like having Christmas lights on your house...

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Six More Days

Posted by on 7:53 pm in MOMocrats | 0 comments

Six More Days

By this time next week, I’ll either be exulting — or depressed. Either way, the election will be over. Every Wednesday, I get to talk politics with some of my favorite people, and we record the conversations for posterity. Today, we talked about Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, FEMA, and Mitt Romney’s botched disaster relief rally yesterday. We had 38 live listens — which is something of a record for us. Most people download the podcast, catch us on Stitcher or listen to an archived copy in the browser. We’re...

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Clocking In

Posted by on 7:59 pm in Blather | 0 comments

Clocking In

Have you noticed how many clocks and devices with clocks you’ve got in your house? Just in my kitchen there are digital clocks on the oven, microwave, coffeemaker… and an analog wall clock way up high above my sink. And we won’t even talk about the digital clock in my car, which needs to be reset by a few minutes every few months. This is OK if it’s running slow, because then I only have to push it forward a minute or two. But it’s dreadful it it’s going fast, because then I have to run through an entire 58...

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Life Changing News

Posted by on 8:36 pm in Food and Drink, In Quest Of | 1 comment

Life Changing News

A couple of weeks ago, I took possession of a single serve coffeemaker. It is not 6:00 AM yet, and I’ve already had my first cup of coffee (espresso, actually). My kid’s lunch has been made and I have time to check my email and jot this down before our carpool arrives. This thing has literally changed my life. That sounds like I’m exaggerating. But really: I’m not. Join me at In Quest Of for a full review of the machine. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens...

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