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Archive for May, 2008

Say Hi to The Mom Crowd

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

My friend Amanda debuted her site’s video podcast series today.   If you’re a soon-to-be- mom, have small kids or know someone who does, they’d love this first episode. And there’s more to come!   Check it out!  

Of Mice and Men

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I’d kinda hoped for a brief respite today. Oh sure, I needed to edit my reports, stick something in the crock pot, and do a cursory housecleaning, but I’d have loved to punctuate my day with a little mindless TV, perhaps some popcorn, even a nap. Each day fills with obligations and chores and I […]

Really Written for Her Grandma, (I Think), But I Re-Purposed It

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

I walked down the aisle to this song, sung by a friend of mine (not the original artist) and I can’t believe I just found it after all these years.   Really, I thought I’d never hear it again. i just couldn’t locate it anywhere. And the only place I’d ever hear it was if […]

Now I Know

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

I hate when people take too long to continue a story. I refused to watch miniseries on network TV for that very reason. I could not stand to wait until the next day or week for a story to be completed. But hypocrite much? Nearly three weeks later and I’m finishing the Coretta story. (Not […]

Too Good for My Britches

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Wow. You PROMPTuesdayers are GOOD.   I’m honored to have you participate.   And if you haven’t read the submissions yet, take a minute to do so. You won’t be disappointed.   p.s. My early morning wake-up plan was foiled by nighttime pee and cereal requests.  

1001 Things

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

There’s so many things I want to tell you.   Like, why I haven’t done this PROMPTuesday. (Answer: Because it’s too hard.) Or, why I’m sipping wine in the dark (Answer: because the kids can’t find me.).   There’ s just many things I want to write. Things about labels and rituals and why both […]

PROMPTuesday #6: Don’t Be Yourself

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Happy Memorial Day! Hope it was a good one. I, for one, percolated over PROMPTuesday. This time, I wanted to do something unique, something block-busting, something random and ridiculous…and I feel confident that what I came up with will confuse and befuddle you. But that’s OK! Because confusion leads to creativity! You’ve read that somewhere, […]

My Town

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

In a pink plastic car sits a child of two, singing for the extra assurance of her daddy’s hand as she steers down the boardwalk. Mom licks an ice cream cone, bending down to share when the girl looks up, with chocolate mouth and magicked eyes.   A merrily painted bungalow sits behind a handmade […]

Did You Read Myra’s PROMPTuesday?

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

This scared me. Can you imagine?

Meme: “You Had Me At…”

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

This meme comes direct from Matter of Fact Mommy, who made it up herself, and since I think it’s genius, I’m jumping on the bandwagon.   So straight from Matter of Fact’s mouth, here is the meme: “I want to hear which specific post got you hooked on the blogs that you read regularly. You […]

Fine. The Scariest Movie of All Time Is “Poltergeist.”

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Also, the spooky atmospheric ’70s and ’80 thrillers, “Burnt Offerings” and “Still of the Night.”   And then, there’s also “The Eye” (Japanese version) and “The Descent.”   Please note that these are not horror (although “The Descent” has some gore), they’re just spooky. Whole different vibe.   Not that you asked.   No really, […]

Thanks! And I’m Selfish

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Thanks so much for helping raise my daughter right. Really, it’s comforting to know that not everyone believes in over-scheduling, and that random play and frolic are valuable and swimming is fundamental; T-ball optional.   And so while I praised the heavens for wise sages such as yourself and for your generous sharing of the […]

Fall of The Vegan Empire, And More

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Do you remember how I went on and on about this, and then this?   How I so smugly threw about the words, “chickpea?” and “organic” and “no white sugar” and bladdedy blahblah?   Well, today, this happened:     OK, actually the three things on the right happened on Sunday. And also today. And […]

Can I Ask A Quick Question?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

I’m wondering if I’m a crack mom for not enrolling Toots in any classes this year. Last summer, we tried ballet, and she’s been on and off in Gymstars…but have there been any classes you’ve put your kids in that you’ve loved and/or that taught them discipline and to stop talking about killing things?   […]

I Have a Dream. (201st Post!)

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

I have but few dreams. Firstly, I’d like to finish my middle grade book, sell it, make enough money to live comfortably in San Diego, have a pool like Cheri’s, and support my family churning out Harry Potter-esque books in my fully automated custom-made sunlit writer’s/inventor’s (just because) loft.   I’d also like to open […]


Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Is it good or bad that in certain circles I’m known as the “gallbladder blog?”

Like Mother, Like Daughter (dba Should I Worry?)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Me, at the dinner table: OK, everyone tell me about their day.   My four year-old-daughter, Toots: A real day or an imaginary day?   Me, playing along: An imaginary day.   Toots: OK, so there was this monster, and… (pausing)…Mommy? Can I say the word ‘killed’ just this once? (holding her finger up in […]

PROMPTuesday #5: It’s All in the Tone

Monday, May 19th, 2008

First of all, let me say, thanks. Your participation in PROMPTuesdays has been inspirational, fun, heartbreaking, thought-provoking and motivational. Just as good writing should be. And I appreciate it.   I also hope to appeal to the lurkers and encourage you to submit something for PROMPTuesdays. There’s so judgment here and we’d all love to […]


Sunday, May 18th, 2008

It’s noon here in San Diego and everybody in my family is asleep. I tried to close my eyes for awhile, but had so many things running through my head and then Merle Haggard did gone and woke me up for good.   I wish you could see me now: laptop perched on lap, bear […]

That’s Just Not a Sell for Me

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

“Nothing tastes as ‘chickeny’ as a chicken in the crockpot!”


Friday, May 16th, 2008

I totally got into a fight at Legoland.   Wait, let me word that in a more mature fashion: I entered into an altercation at Legoland.   I’ve always been one to champion the underdog.   I’ll have to write about this later. Right after I pick the curly straws out of my butt.   […]

It’s Best to Leave it At This

Friday, May 16th, 2008

I’ve been out in the real world for days now, with no Internet connection, Twitter, or e-mail access and it’s been weird. I’m actually not speaking in acronyms or hitting “Enter” after I make a comment.   And I wrote a long post all about how I went to the zoo and the beach and […]

Flowery Bullet Points

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Sinus Infection: Manufactured enough snot to feed an entire colony of bone-eating snot flowers. I realize that for this sentence to work, it should be: snot-eating bone flowers. But I’m not a scientist. (Or a marine biologist?) If I were, I’d opt for a totally different naming convention for weird things, like “Weird Thing with […]

Supa Fly Park

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Does anyone know of a good park in San Diego with slides and see saws (do they not make those anymore? are we THAT afraid of injury and liability these days?), clean bathrooms nearby and non-be-dog-pooped grass?   Would also like play structures appropriate for 2-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. Plus a wine drinking fountain.  

Pandora’s Box: The GOOD Kind

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Have you heard of Pandora? I love it. You type in one of your favorite artists and a super secretish algorithm populates an online radio station with kindred musical artists. It worked for me. I dug almost every song played. Found some new stuff too.

Better Late Than Never?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Here’s my PROMPTuesday submission:   I shuffled through the milk crates stuffed with LPs. My knickers chafed uncomfortably, spurred by the hot sweatiness of the St. Mary’s gymnasium. Wet slicked down my back as I pulled out Supertramp’s album. The one with “Goodbye Stranger.”   I planned my outfit with him in mind. We had […]

PROMPTuesday, Exercise #4: My First Love

Monday, May 12th, 2008

No intro today.   Just this: Write about your first love. Work the phrase, “Beauty in the shadows,” into the piece. This one can go to 250 words.   Other “rules” (air quotes implied and used ironically):   You must write your entry in 10 minutes. This encourages top-of-mind, primal thinking before the ego and […]

I Have Plans, Many Plans

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Well, let’s see.   I don’t think I’m a planner. I try to be, really, really try to be, yet there’s some synapsal tangle in my brain that prevents me from actually following through on said plans, or rather, I follow through, but not in that perfectly logistical way you see other moms do.   […]

I Wish I’d Known

Friday, May 9th, 2008

I met Coretta T. when we were both in the fifth grade. She told great jokes, had a typical Italian family and an enormous pantry filled with Little Debbie snack cakes. I’d moved to Chicago the year before, as little girl lost, it was nice to find a friend who adopted me instantly.   Together […]

Today: 100% Chance of Sun

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

No more morosity.   Today is sunshine, puppies, no funny substances stuck under my toilet rim, a full belly of eclectic and nourishing food, chai tea (without sugar), and an effective hard water de-mineralizer.   Yea, today there is no fuzz on my sweater coat, no ambivalence about my discipline methods, and plenty of butterflies, […]

Uphill All The Way

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Disclaimer: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here, of carefully constructed sentences, relevant points, or peaceful easy feelings.   If I were a cartoon or bit character in “Bewitched,” there’d totally be a dark cloud hovering over my head. I really need to look into this Sag-Scorp cuspy deal, because now I’m thinking there’s something […]

PROMPTuesday Exercise #3: The Door

Monday, May 5th, 2008

PROMPTuesday came around quick, didn’t it?   And here I was, just a few short hours ago, sitting at book club, innocently forgetting that shortly, a new writing prompt must be posted, so I, without a care in the world, poured myself another glass of wine…   But: I’m BACK, suckas! And as such, a […]

Abbada Dabbada

Monday, May 5th, 2008

If you only knew the trouble I’ve seen today. My sign (Scorpio-Sag cusp) must be in opposition to some planetular alignment, because nothing is going according to plan. Not a thing has gone smoothly, or on time or in accordance with my wishes.   Today I should work, but Booger slept in big time this […]

In Another Mom Dimension, Perhaps

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Do you think there’s a world where one can actually say “Calgon, Take me Away!” and instantly you’re transported to a warm bubble bath, open waterproof book, glass of champagne (or fruit smoothie, your choice, lame-o), and a babysitter paid through three days?   Or do you think in that dimension, “Calgon” would be a […]

I’ll Miss This Someday

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

“MaaaaaaMaaaaaaaaa!” Booger wailed it from her crib this morning. I prayed, as I pulled the covers over my ears. Sometimes, she’s a one-hit morning shouter and I don’t hear from her again from a good hour.   Ah, but it was not to be and she continued, now playfully: “Mom! Moomoo! MaMoo! MoooooomoooomooooMA!” Her vocabulary’s […]

Cool Writing Contest

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

One of my favorite bloggers, Eden, is the editor of a cool literary e-magazine called Toasted Cheese and they’re having a writing contest going on NOW. Check it out HERE.

Cinco de Mayo Always Makes Me Think of 5 Foil-Wrapped Deli Mayonnaise Packets

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

  On Monday, The Rock and I celebrate seven years of wedded sticking togetherness through thick and thin, midnight arguments, beautiful and complicated births, misunderstandings, understandings, trying hard, sailing through, near misses and never quitting.   I’ve told you before that we don’t have an easy relationship, but I thank my stars we’re together. It’s […]

When Hairy Met Sully

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

I’d like to do something light and rainbows now. Especially after the heaviness of the below…   SO here you have it:     Thanks to Absolutely Bananas, I’m going to have some fun and list some of my favorite beauty products.   First, please know that I have brows. And by brows, I mean […]

The Ying and the Yang

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

I’ve wanted to write, yet I haven’t.   I’m doing that second guessing thing I do, hesitating to put anything down because what it might reveal about me — things I’m not too sure should see the light of day — or what you would think — but then I know this is for me, […]