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

Almost Whole

Almost Whole

By on Apr 18, 2013 in Blather | 0 comments

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...

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

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

By on Apr 17, 2013 in Travel | 1 comment

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...

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Yesterday Was Lovely in Denver…

By on Apr 15, 2013 in Blather | 0 comments

… 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...

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Packing It In

By on Apr 13, 2013 in Travel | 1 comment

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...

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Wordless Wednesday: Signs of Spring

Wordless Wednesday: Signs of Spring

By on Apr 10, 2013 in SoCal Life | 1 comment

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...

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

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

By on Apr 4, 2013 in Food and Drink, SoCal Life, Travel | 3 comments

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...

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Seventeen

Seventeen

By on Apr 3, 2013 in Mom Life | 2 comments

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...

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Passover 2013

By on Mar 25, 2013 in Blather | 0 comments

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...

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Friending the Rabbi

Friending the Rabbi

By on Mar 22, 2013 in Mom Life, Original Blogsta | 0 comments

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...

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