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.

Our Authentic Selves

Posted by on 10:25 am in Travel | 1 comment

Our Authentic Selves

My youngest niece graduated from high school last week, and so we packed up our things and drove up to Sacramento to celebrate — just as we did when her older brother and sister reached that milestone. But this year, we did something different: we stayed a while. My sister and I have been trying to arrange a couples’ trip up to Mendocino for the longest time, but between the restraints of work and school, it’s been hard to coordinate. With the start of summer and all of us in the same place, we were finally able to make that...

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The Great American Baking Competition

Posted by on 7:36 am in Blather | 0 comments

You know how yesterday, I confessed that I spent the entire holiday weekend playing instead of working? Yeah, well that has certainly caught up with me. Last week, I was once again a guest of CBS Television’s daytime show, The Talk, where I had the opportunity to meet and lunch with that day’s guests: Jeff Foxworthy and Marcella Vallodolid of the network’s new reality show, The American Baking Competition, which premieres tonight. I have tons and tons of video to edit. Have I even started? No. And that’s a shame,...

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Holiday Weekend: Lake Hollywood to LACMA

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Holiday Weekend: Lake Hollywood to LACMA

We spent the holiday weekend accomplishing something that’s been rare for us these last several years. We played. My husband did not bring work home, I did not blog, we barely glanced at social media or much of anything on the Internet. I did not catch up on housework and he did not fix the sprinklers or any of the other jobs that have to be done around the house. Instead, we went to the movies (Star Trek: Into Darkness, if you must know). We shopped and enjoyed delicious produce at a farmer’s market. We dined out. We took in the...

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Gadgets and Gizmos and Birthdays (Oh My!)

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Gadgets and Gizmos and Birthdays (Oh My!)

I celebrated another birthday on Monday. Well, “celebrate” may not be the right word, as it was the most “meh” kind of birthday ever: As I’m still trying to succeed at my latest attempt to diet, I nixed all of my family’s suggestions for taking me to dinner or any other activity where I might have to stray from my current nitrate-free, non-soy, non-dairy regimen. You know this is serious. I haven’t had a cup of coffee since my bout in the hospital last month. For the most part, this hasn’t...

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Armed and Ready to Shoot…Videos

Posted by on 1:57 pm in In Quest Of | 2 comments

I kicked off the month by attending another conference on May 1. No, not Mom 2.0, even though its Laguna Beach location this year made it a bit more affordable. Alas, I am still not in the position to have a budget to attend a blog conference. Fortunately, the Women in Video workshop (sponsored by MomPulse and Sony) was free to attend — and it was held in the same gorgeous hotel that all my friends enjoyed last weekend for Mom 2.0. Sony already gifted me a couple of years ago with a fabulous Handycam, which had become such a large part...

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Wordless Wednesday: Leaving the Nest

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Wordless Wednesday: Leaving the Nest

The baby birds nesting just outside my front door are growing by leaps and bounds. Here’s how they looked on Sunday: In fact, I remarked to my husband that they are looking big enough to fly away. Sure enough, when I ventured outside on Monday morning, I discovered this little guy: The next time I looked up at the nest, there were only three birdies left.     Related articles Almost Whole Life Experience and World View: My Story Women Scientists Are Not Unicorns: Picture Books for Fighting the Good Fight Baby Birds! Share...

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Flaking Out – Again – On Dancing With The Stars

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Flaking Out – Again – On Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars sponsor AT&T invited me to attend tonight’s show taping. I have attended tapings before (thanks to my friend, Mary Ellen, who works on the program). They’re fun, they’re free, and if you are lucky enough to score a VIP ticket, they’re a great excuse to get dressed up (because the show’s producers want the audience to look classy). AT&T wants everyone to know about their DWTS Facebook event and digital pre-show. I RSVP’d to the company’s invitation about a month ago, and...

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Wordless Wednesday: Birdie Update

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Wordless Wednesday: Birdie Update

The chicks which hatched last week are growing and they let Mama Bird and Daddy Bird know they’re hungry several times a day… as you can see (and hear) below:   Related articles Almost Whole Women Scientists Are Not Unicorns: Picture Books for Fighting the Good Fight Texting While Driving Can = Death.. It Can Wait What I’ve Gained With Shaklee 180™ One Month Update (Vlog) 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...

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Serious As a Heart Attack

Posted by on 8:39 am in Blather, Getting Old Sucks, Health and Fitness | 3 comments

Serious As a Heart Attack

I’ll get to the point as quickly as possible: 1. Yes, I spent Friday night in the hospital. 2. I am fine. After spending Wednesday and Thursday picking up the pieces from my delayed trip back from Denver, I was finally set to work on Friday. You would think that all the notes I take would make it easy to write up a report on the conference I attended… but I’m an excruciatingly slow writer and I was only about a third of the way through at noon, when the pain hit. The attacks began when I was in high school: A vague feeling...

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Lessons from the Lifesavers Conference

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Lessons from the Lifesavers Conference

When Toyota invited me to attend the 2013 Lifesavers Conference in Denver as their guest, I knew that they would treat me well — which makes this as good a point as any in this post to insert some disclosure language: Toyota picked up the cost of conference registration, transportation, meals and lodging. I was not paid to attend and I have not received any kind of compensation or promotional consideration to write this post. I had no idea what to expect at Lifesavers — other than some sobering lessons on automotive safety (no pun...

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