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.

Almost Whole

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Almost Whole

No matter how short a trip, things can change rapidly while you’re away. Remember my Wordless Wednesday post from last week? While I was gone, THIS happened: When I schedule travel, I need to learn to tack on a few extra days to cushion the transition from home and back. The day before my trip was a flurry of preparation. And yesterday would likely have been unproductive even if I hadn’t been so tired out from my late arrival. The fact that I was missing my possessions did not help matters. Yesterday was a waste. I used up most of...

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Air Travel is an Adventure. And Yesterday on American Airlines, It Was Torture.

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Air Travel is an Adventure. And Yesterday on American Airlines, It Was Torture.

I’m back from my business travel to Denver. Barely. I was one of the unfortunate souls who were supposed to fly yesterday on American Airlines. I arrived at a terminal that was in chaos: I was one of the lucky ones. I only had to wait about twenty minutes before the computer system went back online. I checked myself in to my 3:25 pm flight and stood in line to get my back checked. Unfortunately, the system was busy printing out bag tags for hundreds of other people who had checked in prior to the system outage. And most of those people...

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Yesterday Was Lovely in Denver…

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… I wish I’d had the foresight to take a photo. But I did not notice how pretty the weather was until late afternoon, when I was loaded down with reading material I had picked up at the Lifesavers Conference. Disclosure: I am attending the conference devoted to improving highway safety as a guest of Toyota, which is picking up my expenses. They will not be compensating me in any other way. I will be reporting what I have learned over at AskPatty.com. The automaker is treating its blogger guests like VIPs. We are staying at the...

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Packing It In

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I like to travel. That is, I like getting out of Los Angeles and visiting other places. The problem is the part about “getting out.” Road trips are fun, but it’s hard to find the time to drive longer distances than between here and my sister’s place in Sacramento. Today, I had to travel to Denver – and that meant taking an airplane. I am not afraid of flying. I am, however, afraid of becoming one of those travelers from hell who ends up being walked off the plane by the Air Marshals. Flying these days means...

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Mendocino Farms is a Family Business – In Every Sense of the Word

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We were driving downtown last weekend, my husband recounted his latest conversation with his mum in the UK. “They’ve opened a new tea shop down the road from her,” he said. “They’re charging an arm and a leg for crap like ‘artisan’ bread and ‘locally sourced food’…” He shook his head, and repeated “… Artisan bread,” and shook his head. He’s not into the latest foodie trends. All he cares about is if it tastes good. And lately, if it is vegan....

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Wordless Wednesday: Signs of Spring

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Wordless Wednesday: Signs of Spring

Every spring, the eaves that face our front door serve as a home for nesting birds. This year, we decided to take some photos.   Three weeks ago: Start of construction. Photo copyright 2013 Gareth Mills   Two weeks ago: Nearly done! Photo copyright 2013 Gareth Mills   Last week: All moved in! Photo copyright 2013 Donna Schwartz Mills   What she’s guarding:   Precious cargo. Photo copyright 2013 Gareth Mills   This year, it appears that there are only three eggs – a good thing, as in the past, an egg...

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Taking a Los Angeles Food Tour: A World of Exotic Cuisines Right Here

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Taking a Los Angeles Food Tour: A World of Exotic Cuisines Right Here

I may live in the Valley, but I consider myself an Angeleno. I was born right here in Los Angeles and have always been fascinated by our mythical, colorful, multi-ethnic city. And I jump at any excuse to go over the hill and experience it. I am also something of a foodie. I love trying new dishes, whether in restaurants or cooking it myself. I am on a lot of travel site mailing lists, and I spend way too much time poring over the restaurant reviews in cities I know I will visit some day. This is why I love the idea of taking a food tour,...

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Seventeen

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Seventeen

As your kids get older, the toys they want for their birthday get more expensive. My daughter let me know that what she REALLY wants is a car. But she would be happy with the same present she has asked for at every gifting opportunity for the last couple of years: an iTunes card. This is a relief, because shopping for her is no longer easy. She has her own taste in clothes, in music, in games, in entertainment. “Next year, I will be an adult,” she tells us. As if we need to be reminded that she is all grown up. Almost all grown...

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Passover 2013

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Spring break for my daughter began Friday night with a friend’s birthday party: a sleepover at her family’s beach house out in Malibu. This meant driving out there Friday after school and then again to pick her up on Saturday morning – before my husband and I had to race to an appointment near downtown Los Angeles. Needless to say, come Sunday morning I was a whirling dervish of Passover cooking and cleaning. And I somehow managed to get all the matzo balls, kugel, roast chicken and silver polishing done in time to sit down...

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Friending the Rabbi

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Friending the Rabbi

I’m making matzo balls today (Yes. ALL DAY. Or most of it, anyway.) So once again, I am running one of my series of old blog posts in honor of my 9/10’s of a decade writing SoCal Mom. This one seemed appropriate as I prepare for Passover. It is from February, 2009. Yesterday, I mentioned how I’m suddenly back in the world of Facebook. I did not mention the look of horror on the face of my friend, “Elaine,” when she noted a recent addition to my list of friends. “You friended our Rabbi?? That’s brave....

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