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.

Summer Songs, Good Times

Posted by on 3:00 am in Generation Fabulous | 12 comments

Summer Songs, Good Times

I am a member of the Generation Fabulous group of midlife bloggers, which runs a monthly bloghop. This month’s topic is “Songs of Summer.” Did you catch that viral Stephen Colbert dance video to Daft Punk’s hit summer song — “Get Lucky” — a couple of weeks ago? No? Go look at it now and I’ll refrain from asking you which rock you’ve been living under … Didn’t that make you smile? I first heard that song back in May, when my daughter had it in her head and couldn’t stop singing it. I...

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European Village Style at Villa Metro in Valencia

Posted by on 6:00 am in Home Style, Sponsored | 0 comments

European Village Style at Villa Metro in Valencia

    The last time I went house hunting was 17 years ago, when our daughter was an infant. I fell madly in lust with several lovely models in brand new communities in Valencia, just north of here in the Santa Clarita Valley. But I worked just outside downtown Los Angeles back then, in the Wilshire district — and the traffic between there and our Sherman Oaks apartment was making me want to pull out my hair. Commuting from Santa Clarita and back each night sounded like something that would downright kill me. We lowered our...

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College Panic

Posted by on 7:32 am in Education | 0 comments

College Panic

Tuesday night, our daughter asked us what we thought of a particular college she wanted to apply to — because if she wanted letters of recommendations from one of her teachers, she had to get the request in the following day. Remember, Tuesday was the FIRST DAY of school. I know the online Common Application went live on August 1, but I did not think it had to be submitted until at least November — and that’s the approximate deadline for early decision. and we’re not able to commit to any private university without...

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Searching For a Cheap Wireless Plan

Posted by on 6:00 am in Paying The Bills, Sponsored | 4 comments

I often marvel that I was able to get through the first 35 years of my life without owning a cell phone. Mind you, these amazing communication devices were neither widely available nor affordable until then. My first handset was bulky, expensive and only good for making calls. Today, I use my smartphone so much it’s essential to be on the lowest price rate plan I can find (while still giving me the coverage and service I need). This can add up to a nice chunk of change when you factor in an entire family. Which brings me to my daughter....

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The Last First Day of School

Posted by on 9:27 am in Mom Life | 14 comments

My husband leaves for work really early every morning, so I’m used to sleeping through the 5:00 a.m. alarm. But today was different: School has started and once again, my daughter must begin her day with a cruel 7:00 a.m. 0 period. She instructed her dad to make sure she got out of bed at 5:30, which he did. Then he tried to do the same to me. “I’ve got another half hour,” I mumbled. This was true. Yesterday, my daughter noted that she would rather not lug a full lunchbox around school until they issue her a new locker...

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Going Off The Script

Posted by on 1:02 pm in Mom Life | 0 comments

    I have a ton of things to do before I send my daughter back to school tomorrow. So why did I spend my weekend driving up and down the Central Valley? It started back in April, when we celebrated Megan’s birthday. My sister’s gift was a ticket to a concert featuring one of my kid’s favorite bands, the Irish group The Script. There was just one hitch: The concert was being held on August 10, the Saturday before the start of school. In Sacramento. This is where my sister and her family live. Not that big a deal,...

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An Open Letter to Matt Damon: Yes, Your Kids CAN Get a Damned Fine Progressive Education in Los Angeles Public Schools

Posted by on 11:45 am in Celebrities, Education, SoCal Life | 25 comments

An Open Letter to Matt Damon: Yes, Your Kids CAN Get a Damned Fine Progressive Education in Los Angeles Public Schools

Dear Matt Damon: It has come to my attention that you and your family are moving to Los Angeles. As a lifelong Angeleno (with Massachusetts roots), I want to welcome you to our complicated city. Our diversity, energy and culture are equal to what you’re used to in New York — you just have to look a little harder and travel a little longer to find it. Rest assured that LA residents are used to seeing celebrities in our midst, especially in the sort of neighborhood in which you are likely to settle. Locals understand the etiquette:...

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President Obama Visits Woodland Hills and All of Los Angeles Wonders Why?

Posted by on 2:00 pm in SoCal Life | 2 comments

The fact that President Obama was flying in to Los Angeles today for a Tonight Show appearance was rather ho-hum news. He may not spend as much time here as he did when he was campaigning for re-election, but few politicians with a national presence are strangers here — not when there is so much money to be made from deep-pocketed donors. Then my friend Jessica Gottlieb posted a traffic advisory to Facebook with a list of streets to avoid over the next two days… And all I could think was, “WTF?” All of the traffic will...

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A New Mess

Posted by on 3:34 pm in Getting Old Sucks | 2 comments

A New Mess

On Monday, the day after I returned from BlogHer, I went to my doctor’s office for what was (for me) a routine ultrasound. She looked at the image and shook her head. “You have a new mess on your ovary,” she said. I have a history of really large uterine fibroids, and it seemed perfectly natural to me to refer to them as a “mess,” because really, that’s what they are. It took me a few minutes before I realized the word my doctor used was “mass.” A mass near or on my ovary. That didn’t...

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College Essay Boot Camp and the Unbearable Feeling of Letting Go

Posted by on 10:30 am in Education, Getting Old Sucks | 2 comments

College Essay Boot Camp and the Unbearable Feeling of Letting Go

On Tuesday, I had to get my flu-ridden self out of bed and take my daughter to school. No, the Fall semester hasn’t started THIS early (she still has another two weeks, but the summer still feels like it’s been too short). But as this will be her senior year, there are additional events and activities on her agenda. She’s been talking about next year’s prom for months, since her class raised enough money to secure fabulous space at our beautiful Museum of Natural History. And next week, she will sit for her senior...

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