My Nest May be Empty, But My Kid Still Calls Me Mom

What happens in the Olive Garden Stays in the Olive Garden

What happens in the Olive Garden Stays in the Olive Garden

By on Dec 21, 2012 in Mom Life, Original Blogsta | 0 comments

This is one of a series of old blog posts I’m re-publishing in honor of my 9/10’s of a decade writing SoCal Mom.  This was first published in December 2005. Each December, our PTA holds its last meeting of the year in conjunction with a holiday dinner. Sometimes it’s held at a member’s home – but last night, it was a no-host affair at...

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Hair Raising Problems

By on Dec 20, 2012 in In Quest Of | 0 comments

When I finally realized my hair was thinning, I got bangs. I hate bangs, but I cannot go out in public without them. They are my version of a combover. I wonder if Donald Trump feels the same way about his hair, which is now a reliable laugh line for every comedian in the country? Of course, Trump could choose to forego combing his hair over the front of his head if...

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Last Minute Shopping is The Only Kind I Do

Last Minute Shopping is The Only Kind I Do

By on Dec 19, 2012 in Blather | 1 comment

Christmas is six days away and I bought my first gift yesterday. This is an improvement over Chanukah, when my last minute shopping was even worse: everything purchased on the day the holiday began. I have not always been this much of a flake. I was not a huge procrastinator when I was young. I carried a DayRunner and I used it — but my memory was so good back...

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After Newtown: Holding Them Close

After Newtown: Holding Them Close

By on Dec 17, 2012 in Current Events, Mom Life | 5 comments

Friday was a minimum day at my daughter’s school, as she wrapped a week of finals before the annual holiday break. I usually bitch and moan about having to quit work at 12:00 to drive to school and get her, but not this time. By then, I knew what had happened in Newtown, and I could not wait to see my kid and hold her close — which has been my...

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Breakfast with a Beatle

Breakfast with a Beatle

By on Dec 14, 2012 in Blather, Original Blogsta | 0 comments

The Beatles were in the news this week, with Paul McCartney headlining the 12-12-12 concert benefiting victims of Hurricane Sandy. And last weekend was the anniversary of the death of John Lennon. So I was reminded of this post I wrote back in 2005, describing my meeting with another member of the seminal band of my youth. It’s obvious that you guys love the...

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Christmas Time for the Jews

By on Dec 12, 2012 in Mom Life | 6 comments

Each December, we meet our friends Debbie and Tim for dinner at Rosti, followed by a trip to Tapia Brothers to get our Christmas trees. We’ve got 10 years of photos of our girls frolicking around the big prop tractor and real live farm animals. It is a holiday tradition for our mixed-religion nuclear family living in a city without anyone else to rely on. I...

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The Night My Kid Met Betty White

The Night My Kid Met Betty White

By on Dec 11, 2012 in Celebrities, SoCal Life | 5 comments

Betty White is a national treasure. My 16-year-old daughter has loved Betty ever since she stole “The Proposal” from Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Thanks to that movie, a whole new generation fell in love with the sweet and salty persona that have made her America’s grandmother. As a child of the 1960s, I was already a fan. Betty White has been...

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Cardiff and London, 2003: Earliest Posts at SoCal Mom

Cardiff and London, 2003: Earliest Posts at SoCal Mom

By on Dec 7, 2012 in Cardiff, Original Blogsta, Travel | 11 comments

Why am I posting old photos of Cardiff and London today? Because today marks NINE years of writing SoCal Mom! The launch of this new site is one way I’m commemorating my “blogiversary,” especially as I speed to to the decade mark. (What do you get a blogger for her tenth blogiversary? You have a year to figure it out!) Over the next year,...

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