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.

Mother Nature’s “Quake-Up”

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Mother Nature’s “Quake-Up”

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 — awake. (I guess all it takes is the equivalent of 43 metric tons of dynamite to jolt her out of her teenage slumber.) “Was that an earthquake?” she asked. Oh yes, it...

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

Posted by on 7:32 am 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 participants in this event live in countries where child conscription is common. Many of them have first-hand experience of being kidnapped and forced to fight in brutal wars. This...

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Fresh and Easy Holiday

Posted by on 3:23 pm in Food and Drink | 2 comments

Fresh and Easy Holiday

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, I jest: My “piddly” family is the reason I get up in the morning. But balancing their needs with the need to “earn a crust” has become a little bit tougher...

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Ten Years

Posted by on 5:12 pm in Blather, Original Blogsta | 5 comments

Ten Years

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 called “blogs,” and because she is an exceptionally prescient and thoughtful woman, I decided I wanted to set one up, too. So I signed up for a free Typepad account and...

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Cautiously Optimistic

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Cautiously Optimistic

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 the new website and setting up a blog for my nearly full-time client. For the first time in years, I am cautiously optimistic about the future (like in realizing I actually HAVE a...

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A Tale of Two Facebook Accounts

Posted by on 8:50 am 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 have no intention of stopping), I think it’s only appropriate in my personal space. My clients and their customers don’t want to know what I think of Obamacare, and...

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NoBloPo Huh?

Posted by on 10:35 am 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 daily should always be my blogging goal. The fact that month after month I fail at it only makes me less determined to join in the fun. But now that 20-30 of my weekly hours are...

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The Other Shoe

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The Other Shoe

  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 it feels good. It feels really good. It feels so good that I’ve been a little bit afraid to talk about it, lest I tempt fate and force the other shoe to drop. You see, for...

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Home Alone with a Healthy Choice

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Home Alone with a Healthy Choice

“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? And then I remembered that I have a stash of Healthy Choice meals in my freezer. I’m kind of laughing about this: When I was young and single, I lived on this stuff for...

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Halloween Time at Disneyland — for Grown-Ups

Posted by on 5:46 pm in Food and Drink, Getting Old Sucks, SoCal Life, Travel | 1 comment

Halloween Time at Disneyland — for Grown-Ups

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 woman in your 50’s and have a great time there. It’s just that the experience becomes a little different. My sister, Linda, is also a Disneyland devotee. She dropped...

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