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On The Edge

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Confronting fear and overcoming it…

It’s November 10 Again

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

{My mom died 18 years ago today. Forgive the maudlin?}   I enter the muted waiting room as I’ve done year after year: nervous, winded after trying to find parking, praying. I take a seat at the desk as an empathetic female volunteer takes my ID and health history. Any breast cancer in the family? […]

New York: A Rambling Recap

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

About 47 months ago in blog years (last June), the kids and I and The Rock took a trip to New York to visit with my siblings. My brother, Marky, and other brother, Dane, recently bought and remodeled a house on Long Island and they, my sister, and I, along with our respective families, convened on the home […]

My Netflixes of the Month

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

I’ve been all over the Netflix this past month. I mean, ALL OVER. No genre has been safe. Documentary? I’m coming for you. Lifetime movie from 2011? Lock your doors. Teeny-bopper spookfest? Ding dong!   I don’t know what July was all about for me. Schizophrenia, maybe. Or inability to make decisions. Or super-ability to […]

PROMPTuesday #238: I Survived…

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Upon looking back on one’s life, one might marvel at how he (or she) survived certain events. For instance, one’s 46-year-old self may wonder why his (or her) 18-year-old version got into a Tijuana stranger’s car at 2AM in a drunken bid to get back to the U.S. before curfew. Or a person may rethink […]

How to Get Your Child Interested in Netflix, I Mean History

Friday, June 5th, 2015

  Booger composes her outfits like a symphony. Each element fuses to the whole and results in a perfectly constructed blend of beauty. Somehow, in her hands, stripes go with plaid, and scarves go with summer. Her masterpieces take time and plenty of brainstorming, but she approaches each wardrobe arrangement with a positive attitude and heaping […]

My Korean Day Spa Experience

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

  It was time for a girl date. After very minimal back and forth, my friend and I decided a lounge-around-the-pool day was the perfect thing. So we began our Saturday at the Rancho Bernardo Inn with high hopes and prodigious amounts of Us Weeklys. Soon enough, we learned our day passes wouldn’t grant us […]

Sick with Netflix

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

(Apparently I’ve branded my blog with Netflix. That’s because they give me something to write about, which is more than I can say about my brain.)   Before the last seven days happened, I can’t remember the last time I watched back-to-back movies, much less thirty-minute shows. My crazed lifestyle of working, parenting, and escorting […]

How to Be Sick*

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The first barf of March happened last week when I was asleep. It was around midnight, and I’d woken up groggy after detecting rustling and low voices outside the bedroom door. To avoid waking all the way, I shut my eyes again hoping the burglar would more quietly load the flat screens in his truck, but it quickly became clear the sounds […]

Another Chicago Story

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

My first attempt at parallel parking sucked. Although I’d lived in Chicago until my high school graduation, I didn’t go downtown much, so parking between tightly packed cars was never an issue. But now, newly returned to the Midwest several years after high school, I needed to learn to squeeze between two cars with millimeters to spare. That […]

Netflix Family Movie Night

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

    We finally did it. Last month, we canceled our cable movie subscriptions and went Roku. Now, we watch everything on Netflix and I have to say, I don’t miss Cinemax and Showtime too much. (The channel that played all “A Haunting In… shows? That cancellation hurt a little.)   Anyway, along with a […]

The Chicago Stories

Monday, January 26th, 2015

As I drove to work the other day, my life played before my eyes. It does that sometimes, random bits of memories fly into my brain unbidden and I’m back to 26, waiting at a lakefront bus stop beset by wild wind, untethered and lonely, feeling quite like a failure for not being further along […]

10 Songs I’ll Listen to for the Rest of My Life

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Fun lyrical factoid: If you’ve ever hung out with me for more than five minutes, and audio devices lurk nearby, you’ll inevitably face the “I’m just going to play you this one song!” San Diego Momma shakedown. That’s because I’m the person who makes you listen to her music, whether you’re complicit in the process […]

My Netflix Find of the Month: Camp Takota

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

(Photo from Ever since I fell in love with My Drunk Kitchen, I’ve kept semi-tabs on the YouTube series creator, Hannah Hart’s, whereabouts. Last year sometime, I heard she’d signed to appear in an independent film with other YouTube personalities, including Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart, and I promptly Googled all I could about […]

Top 5 Netflix Titles To Give Thanks For This Month

Friday, November 21st, 2014

I’m a latecomer to Netflix. I’ve had it barely a year and there’s so much on there! Why didn’t you people tell me about this?     (I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team)     Meanwhile, I’m all about finding the new stuff, but I also dig finding some of the old stuff […]

Favorite Beauty Finds

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

I don’t know how many times I’ve sat in groups of women talking about the products they use on their hair, faces, and bodies. All I can tell you is that it’s a lot of many times. One of my favorite things is to learn about the cleaners, mascaras, lip glosses, and conditioners other people […]

You Know You’re a San Diego Gal When…

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

  (Pretty much when I first moved to San Diego. So take the below list with a big crimping iron, which translates to “grain of salt” in San Diegoish.)   You’re a San Diego gal when:   Christmas beach day! Carne asada French fries! Don’t you dare make fun of In n’ Out. Silk Stalkings! […]

When the Universe Knocks…

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

There are two ways I know when the universe is asking me to pay attention to something: The same comments/feedback/messages come to me again and again from people, places, and things. Despite all my best efforts, my focus is brought repeatedly to an idea or thought process, usually one I’ve been trying to avoid or […]

Comparing Man Pain to Childbirth: Don’t Go There #ARant

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Just yesterday, my husband hobbled home from two days playing a racquetball tournament that wrecked him and every single muscle group in his whole entire body. At the end of the thing, he couldn’t walk, drive, or be. Ended up, I picked him up from a nearby shopping center where he was buying beer to […]

The Haircut

Monday, June 16th, 2014

{This is free association writing. It was good and necessary for me to do, but if you’re looking for a point, I’m not sure it exists here. If I find it buried in these words somewhere one day, I’ll know why I wrote it.}   He enters the house with the usual fanfare, carrying buckets […]

Grocery Outlet Giveaway (GOG)

Monday, June 16th, 2014

  You know how you rave to your friends about something again and again and they largely ignore you and then try it for themselves one day and it’s like they’ve discovered it themselves?   That’s so annoying.   For instance, you might say, “Hey! The burgers over at Burger Dee-lite are delightful! You need […]

My 30-Day Transformation

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Somewhere around March 7 of this year, it occurred to me that I should probably clean up my act. This meant taking more vitamins (or just taking any vitamins to be precise), eating less beef-on-buns products, and exercising more (or just exercising in general).   I’d been feeling plenty run down, stressed, and bulky for […]

The Park

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

I watched from the park picnic table as four young teen-aged girls walked to the restrooms, shoulder to shoulder. The group caught my attention because they seemed to be dragging their feet, rather than actually picking them up one in front of the other, lending a sort of slow motion effect to their approach. They […]

Touch&Know: Would You Test That Powder You Found in Your Kid’s Room?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

  I’ve feared drugs ever since I was a kid and watched Eve Plumb in “Dawn, Portrait of a Teenage Runaway” on ABC’s after-school special series. “Dawn” even made me dread entering high school for the first time, because I envisioned all teenagers as glassy-eyed wastoids lounging against lockers with hypodermic needles dangling from the […]

What To Get Your Husband For Your Anniversary

Monday, March 31st, 2014

  I never know what to get my husband for anything. I used to try to dress him up with my holiday gifts, buying jeans and rugbies from the Gap and Banana Republic, but once he realized I was living some ’80s-Chicago-preppy dream and attempting to Jake Ryanize him, clothes as presents were off limits. […]

Listen To Your Mother: So I Did

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

  I knew Listen To Your Mother was coming. It’s a nationwide show, and surely one of the productions would settle somewhere near San Diego. I’d tried out before – in Los Angeles in 2011 – but had read something funny, which if you knew me in person, was an unwise choice. Writing funny and […]

Time Savers from a Crazy Person

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

  I don’t know what it is exactly – but I turbo hate to waste time on food and person prep. It’s like I just need to get to the next thing, and pesky irritants like using a cutting board to dice vegetables or taking my clothes off to iron them are too distracting. So, […]

I’m Staying

Monday, January 6th, 2014

I keep coming back here to write a response to the death of “old school blogging” and it’s all sounding the same: I miss how it used to be online; I’m not interested in marketing over making; and what happened to personal blogging for God’s sake?   I’m reading more and more people saying similar […]

Uncomplicated Style with J. Jill, and the Worst Photographer Ever

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

I’m obsessed with easy fashion because for years, I was certain it existed but somehow eluded me, like Paris Hilton’s intellect. I mean, “easy fashion” surely couldn’t be an urban myth, yet why couldn’t I grasp it? It’s supposed to be simple and uncomplicated. Still, I get confused. I’m not sure what goes with what […]

PROMPTuesday #226: The Thank-You List

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

You may know the “thank-you list” as “giving gratitude” and it is exactly what you think: writing down the people, places, and things you are grateful to have in your life. Gurus (and Oprah) advise that speaking your gratitude to the universe is a powerful exercise that enacts a simple but fundamental shift in thinking […]

Skin Authority Review

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

If you’re a friend or family member, you know that my search for good skincare products is legend. I’ve really and truly tried almost everything, but find that only a small portion of potions I’ve applied to my face don’t make me break out or manage my skin conditions (i.e. oiliness but dryness, clogged pores, […]

Word Losing

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

(A re-post from September 2011)     I’ve lamented these last several months my lack of coming up with anything to write. And when I do commit to words, my beloveds read wooden and trite, and superficial. Worse yet, I couldn’t figure out the problem, in fact, I obsessed over it, climbed up and down […]

The Dope

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I wonder a lot about “meant to bes.” Like what if I didn’t move to Los Angeles out of the blue in 1996? Would I have met my husband another way? What if I’d decided to stay at my last job? Would I have started this blog anyway? Was I supposed to get into the […]

Oh My God. I’m Chillow’s Target Market.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Used to be I skipped right past ads for dentures. Same with Doan’s back pills and the Clapper. Nothing, not anything, appealed to me about these commercials or the old people who appeared in them. I  simply didn’t relate to brittle bones and constant pain upon waking. I could still do back bends and pee […]


Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The long and meandering response to this week’s PROMPTuesday…   Eight months after I graduated from college, I took a job as a receptionist at a Milwaukee law firm. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, but after living with my parents for a brief time in San Diego, I decided to really be a […]

Life As We Knew It

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

My end-of-the-world odyssey continues. This past week found me still searching for apocalyptic thrillers, culminating in a read of “Life As We Knew It,” by far, the most mild-mannered “we’re all gonna die” dystopian yet.   I suppose it wasn’t dystopian as much as it was “is it the end of the world?” because the […]

Mile Marker Number Keep Going

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

I rolled our bikes out of the garage and hoisted them singlehandedly into the back of the Suburban. I’d had quite enough of feeling powerless over parenting my oldest and hoped a joint bike ride would give us a breather and time away, together.   Toots had exhausted herself the night before and this morning […]

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Monday, July 8th, 2013

I’m completely into post-apocalyptic right now, which is unfortunate because everyone I look at these days falls into one of three categories: 1) Action hero 2) Crazy maniac probably going to eat my kids and 3) Most likely to die. On a recent camping trip, I even imagined who would steal all our food if […]

A Good Reminder

Friday, June 28th, 2013

THERE’S A HOLE IN MY SIDEWALK Autobiography in Five Short Chapters By Portia Nelson   Chapter One I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost …. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.   Chapter Two […]

Home Depot Grand Re-Opening: A Hammer and a Tale

Monday, June 24th, 2013

This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of The Home Depot.     My husband is a Home Depot junkie. Not so much because he’s a tool guy (although there is hope), but because as a tile contractor, he must make multiple trips to Home Depot weekly for supplies and such. If ever […]

Work/Life Balance: When Your Body Doesn’t Agree

Friday, June 21st, 2013

I’ve gone from day to day. First it’s Memorial Day and then the last week of school for the kids, and it all happened in the burst of seconds it took to write this sentence. Each day is a net I try to escape to just enjoy, relax a little, without being encircled and trapped. […]

Fire Eater

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

  She stands by the window, internally pacing. Not gazing, not daydreaming, but watching for something, waiting for it to happen. The yard’s bright, that San Diego blinding yellow and from the side, I see my daughter’s eyes flick over the trampoline and scan the crowded, weedy dirt bank she loves to climb. She’s not […]

The Health Odyssey Continues: Dailey Method Lessons Learned

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

  You’d be proud of me. I’m still participating in the Dailey Method 60-Day Challenge, but am less spazzy about it. Meaning, my alignment is better and I’m really and truly sitting up straighter in my normal and everyday life. I’m also holding planks for much longer (just not the full time because what am I, […]

PROMPTuesday #221: The Moving

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

[I’m re-posting this recent writing prompt because tomorrow, I’m speaking on a panel about Moving With Kids: How Does it Affect Them? This is a topic I’m agog over because I moved 12 times in 10 years as a child and I feel strongly that those upheavals were the best things to happen to me. It’s […]

Being Healthy: What Works for Me Right Now

Monday, May 6th, 2013

I’m just back from another doctor appointment. This one was to ensure I don’t have a bicuspid aortic valve with a corresponding dilated aorta. It’s a congenital defect and unfortunately, it looks like my youngest brother got the short end of the stick with that one, but he’s on top of it and all is […]

Over 40 and Doctor-Bound: Is This a Thing?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Tomorrow is a day of many medical follow-ups, which I’ve been putting off because problems disappear if you ignore them right? That’s what my brain told me. But I suppose it’s time to pay the piper and face the music because my doctor finally called and basically said, “stop being a pansy and get in […]

What Now?

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

  We were headed to the mall. The girls had the day off school and I’d given in to their repeated requests to “get a frozen yogurt and window shop,” even when I knew full well we’d end up with greasy food court fare and bags from Justice.   I mean, I’m human. Sometimes I […]

The Ghost Story Re-Post

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

{It’s almost that time again…I usually get these “visitations” in May…}     I first sensed something odd Memorial Day weekend. It was Sunday, and The Rock and the kids spent the day at a friend’s picnic while I caught up on work at home. Around five or so, I put the computer away and […]

PROMPTuesday #217: The Last Thing

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Ready for today’s writing prompt? It’s easy and selfish: Oh Target, where would I be without ye?   What’s the last thing you bought for your home or apartment? Was it a picture? A pillow? What prompted the purchase? Were you having a CAbi party and didn’t want to be embarrassed by your dead and […]

Heading In

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

  I’ve found it hard to write here lately, or actually, write and publish. People haven’t noticed, or perhaps they have, as when I visited a psychic several months ago, she seemed to pick up”creative” silence, telling me that I’ve shut down my voice and desperately needed to open it again, suggesting I wear a […]

Menopause, Take 44!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Re-posting because it’s as true now as it was last month. And last year(s). And WHEN WILL IT JUST HAPPEN ALREADY?!   10 Signs You’re Approaching Menopause   1. Your boobs are 34C, your hips are 3.14 Pi.   2. Your upper lip is a Chia Pet.   3. Alaska hires your body to melt […]

The Eight Questions Meme

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Have you done PROMPTuesday yet? If not, here you go! May my exciting and scintillating prompt responses inspire you. (Just don’t get all “wanting to be exactly like me” on my butt.)   1. What were you doing 10 years ago?     I was working at a manufacturing company as a PR specialist, and […]

PROMPTuesday #215: ME-ME

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

  Memes used to be huge, remember them? Back in 2008 when I was newly San Diego Momma, they circulated around the Internet like bloggy wildfire and if you weren’t “tagged,” you felt like a failure.   Happily, Heather at ThetaMom and Elaine at Miss Elaine-ous Life are resurrecting the “Eight Questions” meme that was […]

Saving for College with My New Friend, ScholarShare

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

This post is about saving for college and may be a little more panicked than usual because I just found out my health insurance premiums went up $100 and HOW DOES ANYONE OF NORMAL INCOME LIVE IN CALIFORNIA?   So then NOW we’re supposed to put money away for our kids’ college?   It’s all […]

A Writer’s Dream

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

  You put your pen down.   The windows give signs, but you forget to look for days that become rings on trees. There are desperate drives to clear the fog; and where you strain to see striated rock and cavern vistas that portend of vastness and peas under the mattress. You are the pea […]

UPDATED! Escape From Planet Earth Giveaway: Or, Please Enjoy This $25 Movie Gift Card

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

  Laurie Ann won!     Look for your email Laurie!     I so clearly remember the first movie I ever saw: It was “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and Queen of the Rosary School administrators showed it to all first graders in the white-and-red-speckle-floored gymnasium during snow day (there were a lot of those in […]

The BlogTHAT Scene

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

OK, here it is: a scene from the comedy web series I’ve been writing for…a year? ever? SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME YOU LIKE IT! I know that last part wasn’t a time reference.   The thing about being creative is that eventually you have to “ship” your work and the putting it out there is […]

Workout “Gear”

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Although my foray into losing pounds hath forsaken me, I thought I’d at least share some helpful things I discovered while on my pointless diet-and-exercise journey to nowhere.   Maybe they’ll work for some of you.   I’ll just sit here and expand further into butt oblivion while you read.   Nuun U Natural Hydration […]

Weight Loss Need Not Apply

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Did I mention I’m on yet another weight loss kick? Except it’s not really a kick, it’s more of a crotch punch. And it’s not really weight loss I’m after, it’s more a shape-up and second-butt elimination (I seem to have grown an extra set of buttocks below my regular pair to store all the […]

Eternal Dreaming of the Spot-filled Mind

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

My synapses. Probably.   I’ve dreamed some peculiar acid trips lately. These dreams appear in technicolor and frenetically unfold in a fast-paced action sequence than rivals the entire Bourne Legacy franchise. Often, I’ll dream the same story pattern from week to week, bringing to life story “blocks” consisting of a piece of the dream that […]

PROMPTuesday #212: Where Will You Be?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

  This prompt is a 3D vision board of sorts. Imagine yourself at this time next year. Where will you be? What will you have accomplished? What long-put-off dreams are on their way to becoming real?   Write your life as it will be in exactly one year from today.   Add your post/comment/prompt answer […]


Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

  When I worked in the PR department of a large manufacturing company several years ago, I suggested to the higher-ups that we sponsor a woman’s motorcycle ride across the U.S. to raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital. After some reluctance, the brass agreed and we hosted the woman during her trip to San Diego. […]

On Being Naked

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

I have this thing about being naked. I don’t do it well. Instead, when I find myself without clothes at the gym or in the doctor’s office, I talk too much about how I didn’t shave, or what happened to my armpit boob, or why I’m not wearing a body stocking. As a result, I’m […]

Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The kids when I started San Diego Momma.   The kids now.   Me when I started San Diego Momma.   Me now.   When I started this blog in late 2007, I knew one thing: I’d update it regularly. I’d let my “other” blog go around the bend of my first pregnancy and vowed […]

More Peg Bundy, Less Rachael Ray

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

I’m re-posting this, because I wanted to laugh a little today.   You remember how I balked at moving to the suburbs, right? Well, looks like I’m seeing more social action here than I have anywhere else I’ve ever lived at any other time in my entire life, with the exception of a raucous sophomore […]

The Sign

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

I remember the old wooden box Its tarnished screen inlaid on top That coveted elusive box Such hallowed metal inside   Shimmering on the dresser, breathless, unopened Ali Baba’s cave Opened by magic No one’s rightful treasure   Yet I heard stories whispered and shamed The upstaged engagement ring Guilt necklace bought in a rush […]

Looking for Signs

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Why does YouTube always put the most rubber-faced, funhouse-mirrory frame at the beginning of every video?   I started this video again and again, tried to make it flow, attempted to sound more polished, took a shot at not doing that “thing” with my eyes, but I finally let it go. Given that this video […]

Spaz Hands!

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

  I’m on California Mom Bloggers today! Me and my totally Photoshopped pic making me look all intense and thinking-like.   The interview is here!   An excerpt: What do you wish someone would have told you when you first started blogging? “What you write online will always be out there, you git.”   I’m […]

Doing What Comes Naturally

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

I haven’t been here for awhile, I know. And used to be, I’d complain about how busy I am, how I don’t have time to be, barely, and how I am in the thick of it.   But today? No. I’m lucky to be doing what I’m doing and completely enthralled with what’s going to […]

Botox! (Oh yes I did.)

Monday, November 26th, 2012

I turned 44 on Thanksgiving and although I’m so grateful for my family, friends, and health, I couldn’t help but notice my skin looks like turkey flesh. And the line between my brows resembles a gravy boat. And while I’m at it, what happened to my eyebrows? Why are they in my eyeballs?   Oh, […]

Stories of Us

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

{A re-post…}   Tall-tale-telling imp in the making.   My dad is a master storyteller who always gets the punchline or dramatic pause just right. My siblings and I spent many nights perched on the side of our beds listening wide-eyed and rapt to tales of my dad’s haunted childhood or how his grandpa lay […]

I’m Back and Blogging THAT

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

  Wait until you see these characters in action.   We wrapped the BlogTHAT pilot this past weekend and it turned out better than expected. You know that zen kinda feeling you get when everything is aligned? That was this – the actors, the crew, the script, the direction all came together into one huge […]

Saying Goodbye

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The other day I visited a psychic. Forget about my vow to never see a seer again; I went because I’m needful of someone who knows what’s next. Either way, she addressed some people previously in my life who I still fought saying goodbye to, completely.   That’s because the thing with me is I […]

PROMPTuesday #207: Who Was Your Believer?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

In February 1978, my family moved to Buffalo Grove, Illinois from Foster City, California. Recently battered by a grumpy blizzard of legendary proportions, Chicago looked in February how I felt: tired, beat up, and gray. I’d turned 10 in November a few months earlier and hated my life. My dad took us from my beloved […]

Warriors in Pink

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

I despise talking about cancer. Most of the time, I pretend it doesn’t exist so it can’t take me by surprise anymore, and I imagine that’s probably the case for some of us; but it’s the people who DO talk about cancer that kick it in its face, say NO YOU DON’T GET TO HAVE […]

It’s OK to Not Be Cool

Monday, October 15th, 2012

(A re-post, because I’m feeling moony again and need to be reminded that pegs are worthy, too)     I was a moony kid. At the tender age of six or seven, I’d be found under a tree, looking through the branches at the clouds in some deep daze it took 85 mom-shouted “DEBORAHS!” to […]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Stripper Halloween

Monday, October 15th, 2012

  (What my eight-year-old wants to be for Halloween)     (How I see her in my THE-WHOLE-WORLD-IS-GROWING-UP-TOO-FAST-AND-BLINDLY-ACCEPTING-THE-WOMANIZATION-OF-OUR-LITTLE-GIRLS mind’s-eye.)   I’d like to know what happened to kids’ Halloween costumes. Like, when did Paris Hilton start designing them? Because slutty is totally on sale at Party City.   The girls just wanted simple vampire girl […]

PROMPTuesday #205: High School

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

  I gave it away in the title, but for the tired or coffee-lacking, today’s writing prompt is “high school.”   One of the most heartbreaking high school laments for me is Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen.” And now that I have two daughters of my own, my heart positively bursts at the thought they’ll feel […]

My First Job: Not a Bowl Full of Cake

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

  This is a re-post. My daughter asked me about my first job today and I was happy to share all the sordid details.   “It’s time,” my mom announced at the dinner table, and I knew just what she meant. For months, she’d insisted I look for a job and that evening over the […]

PROMPTuesday #204: Cause and Effect

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Let’s do a classic writing prompt today, shall we?   I’ll get us started with a line and you can complete the story:   She grabbed my arm as I opened the door. “Will we ever be friends again?”   I shook my head when I replied as kindly as I could. “I like you. […]

Keep Going

Monday, September 17th, 2012

  I’ve always known I’d be a writer in some capacity or another, even if only in my head. I’d love to make my living wielding words, and to some extent, I have, but I’m still not quite in the sun-splashed writer’s loft I’ve imagined since the third grade. Every day, I see that nooks […]

PROMPTuesday #203: Autumn

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

  I love fall’s first snap, even in Southern California. It’s a slowing, a storing up, a softening I look forward to every year.   The blue skies mute imperceptibly at first, the light looks like an impressionist painting. There’s a barely noticeable chill that lends itself to visions of fireplaces, hot cocoa, good books […]

Whole Foods Salad Initiative (Or, My Mom’s Lame Lunch)

Friday, September 7th, 2012

My mom packed bad lunches. Instead of Ho-Hos, Twinkies, and soda pop, us kids got granola, bananas, and the ever popular date bread with low-fat cream cheese filling. Sitting at recess nibbling a super lame salmon pattie, I’d covet my friends’ Wonder Bread bologna sandwiches with yellow mustard and feel like the biggest geek on […]

Grammar* Dos and Don’ts (Part 1)

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Proper usage of words such as “it’s versus its,” and more.

Hi! And Things.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Well hello there. Where have you been? Especially since I’ve BEEN HERE THE WHOLE TIME!   (I will go ahead and assume that guilt tactic did not work.)   Actually, the summer ate my words. Between Two Funny Brains and the blog web series and the kids home and the work and the general melting, […]

The Drive-By

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Every now and again I give in to an urge to revisit my past in the most visceral way I know how: I drive by everywhere I’ve lived. Given that I’ve resided in a lot of places, and most not in this state, I can spend only an hour or so haunting the exteriors of […]

Please Believe Me

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Yes, it’s a re-post. Please give me something to write about…I need muse-y inspiration.   ***********   “Mommy? Do you love me?”   I cringe. Not because I hate the question, but because I hate she has to ask it.   I used to ask my mom the same thing, over and over again, every […]

The OCD Person’s Guide to Lice Removal

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The other day I received a phone call no mother wants to get.   The phone rang smack dab during a marathon writing session at a busy coffee shop, so at first I couldn’t make out the words amidst the Venti-ordering. After barely discerning the caller’s identity, I picked up on her serious tone, stepped […]

Being Zen from Someone Decidedly Zen-Less

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

A re-post. Again, this is SO weird. I NEVER do this.   I find myself in a bit of a transformation. I say “a bit,” because I tend to take to these things slowly, instead of speeding full throttle into change. Still, I can’t deny that certain situations and people have been put in my […]

My Other Ghost Story: Updated

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

  I first sensed something odd Memorial Day weekend. It was Sunday, and The Rock and the kids spent the day at a friend’s picnic while I caught up on work at home. Around five or so, I put the computer away and collapsed on the couch to clear my head. I’m not sure what […]

The Road(s)

Monday, June 18th, 2012

  It’s a re-post! Weird, right?   Today I leave for Los Angeles to attend Creative Alliance, and it’s been a long time. A long time since I’ve made the drive alone from San Diego to Los Angeles and back again and vice versa. I’ve driven that stretch of road connecting two lives for more […]

And Now A Word From My Sponsor

Monday, June 4th, 2012

  Well, not really. It’s just that every now and then I like to give a nod to the several people or companies who’ve supported my site through ads and product reach-outs. Since this isn’t the kind of blog that runs sponsored posts (very often) or even acknowledges its advertisers on a regular basis (I […]

What I’ve Been Afraid to Tell You

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

  Although I operate under the guise of openness on this blog, there are many, many truths I choose (or am told) not to write. Complete transparency is funny that way; I suspect there isn’t such a thing, other than in a person’s heart – and even then, sometimes we don’t want to see ourselves. […]

Bake a Small Purse. Wait.

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Say what? A re-post? Well, I guess it’s about time.     The relative size and tininess of that purse freaks my head.   One day, at a job I grew to hate because the executive director was replaced by an incompetent woman who wore too-small stilettos and carried teeny tiny purses (I don’t trust […]


Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Radio static, converged voices blaring white noise buzz that takes me to lives where I don’t live   I went there, see me here detail in 3D, vintage-framed because that’s what you do to remember   Please see me, please see me Megaphone glued to fingers tapping My insides crave your outsides   Late nights […]


Friday, May 18th, 2012

I forget why, but not too long ago I was reiterating to a friend what it is I do every day. Maybe it was my husband and I was saying YOU BETTER APPRECIATE ME!, although I think that was an inner mind scream instead.   No this time, I was explaining my various jobs and […]

Life in Song: Backwards Evolution (Part One of Infinity)

Monday, May 7th, 2012

I started to compose a compendium of songs I’ve loved and to tell you why, but I became flooded with memories and thoughts and buds of who I am now, that I kept it to one song for today, with more labyrinth emotions evoked by song on their way. Because you can only become so […]

Pretend I Wrote This Today

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

  Hi! Just back from Los Angeles, where I’ve been three weeks out of this month alone. The first four episodes of BlogThis! have wrapped and now I’m sitting here in San Diego in a “What now?” tizz that will last all of three minutes until my next project hits me in the face with […]

Working Out Screws with Evolution

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

But really, she’s like the blondie, feather-haired cheerleader sister you have, where never in six million years will you perform at the awesome over-achiever level she deems acceptable.

Tid Bittles

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Just a few snippets today, presented in random order to mirror my state of mind…   Tonight I leave for Los Angeles to begin production on BlogThis! The road (the metaphorical one) wound long because Jess and I have been writing these scripts in one form or another for 18 months and are now seeing […]

Celeb Encounter of the Lamest Kind

Monday, April 9th, 2012

(A re-post…)     Me and Carolyn on the brink of a brush with celebrity.   When I first lived in Los Angeles during the early ’90s, my colleague Carolyn and I often met after work for a drink. We usually convened at a bistro-type joint on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, a mecca it […]

Of Narcissism and Blogging

Friday, April 6th, 2012

  I know someone whom I loathe engaging in conversation because this person only talks about himself. He’s super creative and takes great pleasure in his skill, which he should, but that’s all that exists, all we talk about, all he wants to discuss at length. Truth is, I can’t recall even one time when […]

When a Business Partner is Also a Friend: Why it Could Work

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

  Today, Toots, Booger and I head to Los Angeles to visit my business partner, but we’re not traveling for work. Instead, we’re planning some fun hang-out time because my partner and I are good friends, too. And as we set our social agenda for the week, I reflected back to when Jess and I […]

Because Life is Short and I Get It Now

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

I’m re-posting this for so very many reasons, not the least of which is I’ve come face to face with the idea that a lifetime doesn’t last forever, it just doesn’t. And that’s OK. But it’s sublime, too. In October of last year, my dad made it to the ER just in time to address […]

I Miss My Crazy

Monday, March 26th, 2012

You know one of the bummer byproducts of being so busy? No time to be a hypochondriac. There’s all these diseases out there I’m not noticing or rabidly researching and it’s making me a little sad inside. I mean, I used to be a top-producing hypo. Baseless ER visits, vague “chest pains,” ALS scares. And […]

Mia: The Hair Saver

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

A re-post! How weird. I never do that.   I first met Mia, my most high esteemed hair stylist, when I was three months pregnant with Toots. My hair — normally a nest for rats on even the best days — was a ball of frizz and tangles. My face looked like zit pizza, and […]

PROMPTuesday #186: Which Movie was as Good as the Book? (+Giveaway)

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Giveaway is closed! And #20 — Dora — is the winner! I’ll email you Dora!   The other day on Facebook, Julie asked what we thought about the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, if we’d seen the movie and how the two compare. I loved Extremely Loud, the book, a quirky and touching adventure […]

Just Write

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

  I can’t pinpoint when it happened, this slow eke of confidence. I turn to my husband and say, “But I want to be extraordinary!” and he tells me I’m enough and I don’t believe him.   There are words that shine and some that glower, and punch and twinkle and illuminate and waltz and […]

Nothing To Fear, But Fear Itself: A Guest Post

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Oh boy, I’ve been busy. I know you all have too, so I’ll just quiet down now and stop the whining. Meanwhile, please welcome my guest poster, Trish, who’s come to my rescue with some content to fill this tumbleweedy place. Trish and I have read each other’s blogs for a few years now and […]

Find and Remind, Part Two: Now With Book Suggestions!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Last month I wrote about Find and Remind, a “planner” site for which I’m a “mombassador.”   As you may or may not recall, I admitted in that post that I’m a dope. With no brain cells for remembering stuff, and generally a forgetful dip.   I referenced my friend Lori, who is my hard […]

My Prime: And Don’t Let Life Pass You By

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The Rock and I recently joined our good friends for a casual dinner, ordered a hefty order of pub food, and settled in for some easy conversation and laughs.   I expected silly talk mostly, because a long week just passed behind us and we all seemed prepared to empty our minds of the drivel […]

I’m No Spokesperson

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

{I think it’s time to post this again.} {And P.S. There’s some funny happening over at SurferWife’s this weekend you might want to check.}   My husband is a tile and stone contractor whose work is so famously awesome he’s had amazing jobs for 20 years strictly by word of mouth. I mean, he’s good. […]

Today at Bare Your Soul, Inc…

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

  I want you to know that I’m super conflicted about posting this here. However, in the end, I try to practice what I preach. I’ve repeatedly written that I’m one of those people who will tell you everything if you ask. I aim to be honest and real and open.   Even if the […]

Best Of…

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

  Why not?   Have you ever written a “best of” recap for your favorite posts? I think you should. I’m going to do it. Because I’m so good at self promotion (see below). Several of these have appeared in other forums, because I only write a few passable things a year and just keep […]

Just a Quick Little Thing

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

I’ve been working on a humor web series with my friend (and series creator AND star), Jessica Bern, and the show is going into production soon! Holy cowdogs. At any rate, there’s a scene in the third episode where bloggers are needed as extras and for speaking parts. Here’s the Facebook page for the BlogThis! […]


Friday, February 10th, 2012

  Sometime this month, I’m scheduled to be on the cover of a local weekly newspaper. I’ve known for awhile, probably about two weeks after my December interview, when the paper’s photographer called to set up my “cover photo shoot.” The fact that I — or rather my blog persona — would be featured on […]

Another Re-Post. This Time About My Hypochondria

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The reason I’m re-posting this is because I’ve noticed my hypochondria is waning. I don’t know if this is because I’m too tired to go to the doctor or if I have some kind of brain tumor, but I’m worried.   I’m the kind of person who goes to the doctor and then tries to […]

Find and Remind

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

  The above could be a life-changer…   Hi everyone. I think it’s time I came out of the junk closet, and admitted something to you.   It’s not going to be pretty nor savory. Not neat nor clean.   Instead, it’s disgusting. Absolutely a blight on my person.   Please gird your brains for […]

From the Parenting Fail File…

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

“The day started quietly enough, which is always a tip-off. With two kids around, silence in my house is something to be feared and loathed…”   And that’s how my daughter’s descent into amoral seediness began. I wrote about “the incident” in 2010 when it happened, but prettied it up for my Mommy Moment over […]

Letting it Go, A Re-Post

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

  Today on Facebook, one of my high school buddies referred to Kairos, which was supposed to be a life-changing retreat us Catholic school girls attended our junior year. It made me think of the below.   When I was a junior in high school, I attended a spiritual retreat called Kairos. It was a […]

The Lull Re-Post

Monday, January 30th, 2012

As for all of you, I’ve been busy to capacity. And so I thought today to publish a post I’d already written, just to show up and say hi. Which is when I found this from a few years ago. I think it works.       I’m currently lazing in bed, sick tissue at […]

The Dimwitted Adventures of a Dope

Friday, January 20th, 2012

You know how you might have a super intelligent friend who is book smart, but a little dim when it comes to stuff like life?   For instance, one of my dear friends, an attorney, is very smart and savvy. He wins every case. I would turn to him any day for legal advice.   […]

The Bubble

Monday, January 16th, 2012

My girls chitter chatter in front of me as we walk to school in a jagged tangle of excitement. Hopping, running in stops and starts, both of them planning to be in line exactly when the bell rings at 8:55. I shuffle behind, waving to parents I know from the street, or the park, or […]

Annoying Social Media Types

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

  (The above is a vent. As is the below.)   Guess what time of the month it is?   That’s right!   Pretty Much Snarky time!   That special block of days on the calendar where I say what’s on my mind and regret it in a week!   So, let’s get started with […]

The Gift

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

For Christmas, my dad gifted me with a beautiful silver box, sealed, personalized, and full of my mother’s ashes. Each of us children received such a present and the unexpected feeling of holding something so precious and real, but uncomfortable all at the same time. I know my feelings about the soul, and how I […]

This Christmas

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

    It hasn’t been an easy year. In fact, it’s been a most uneasy year. I lost a major editing contract and have scraped and scratched for freelance jobs to fill the gap, and The Rock has never worked harder at bidding jobs that don’t come fast, or simple. This isn’t to say there […]

Holiday Decor Deconstructed

Monday, December 12th, 2011

A few weeks ago I worked late on a Saturday and came home around 4PM greeted by a mish mash melange mosaic of Christmas cheer. Seems Toots and Booger bamboozled their dad into taking the holiday decorations out of the garage early so they could get a head start on fluffing our place with all […]

With What is Left

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

  “You can see him now,” like a movie butler or secretary might say, and never before have those words carried such weight. I threw each syllable around my shoulders and hefted their sharp points into the hospital room. I laid the armor at his feet, and surveyed the tube thieving his speech. And then. […]

Support, Don’t Subvert, Other Writers

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

{{A re-post!}   Writing sweats it out of you, sometimes turnip blood, sometimes holy water, but the act is always a birth, a labor to be endured with sturdy legs and open mouth. There’s such pain rooted in the craft, which is inexorably tied to bliss, both binding together in a paroxysm of creation. A […]

The Vast and Beautiful Sound of Silence

Friday, November 25th, 2011

  In the days when I’d visit my dear friend Rebecca, I remembered silence. Those afternoons of unrelenting nothing. Of near to zero noise and conversation and TV buzz. So many days, a million, we’d sit cross-legged from each other, she in her rocking chair, I in a vintage gold velvet-covered, straight-back number, and just […]

Holiday Entertaining: Food/Drink Ideas!

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Entertaining, especially holiday style, ranks way up there as one of my favorite feel-goods. I dig putting menus together, selecting festive cocktails, and planning stupid party games my husband nixes (i.e. throw random strangers together, hand them one word written on a file card, make them talk about it amongst themselves). (Every time, he says […]

The Birthday Year

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

I turned eight on November 22, 1976. I asked for pierced ears and ballet lessons. Not normally accustomed to receiving what I wanted — my mom substituted items for what she thought would be more suitable (an encyclopedia set; a sporty Mickey Mouse watch with his tennis ball as the second hand; a bible) — […]

PROMPTuesday #172: Laundry List

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

You know how such complicated things are really quite simple? Like, you want to work out? WORK OUT (San Diego Momma). Or, you want to write a book? WRITE A BOOK (San Diego Momma). Or maybe you’ve been meaning to reclaim your soul from social media saturation. STOP TWEETING SO MUCH AND WRITE YOUR BOOK […]

Holiday Comforts

Friday, November 11th, 2011

(This post is sponsored by Tempur-Pedic, the brand millions of owners trust to deliver their best night’s sleep every night. Enjoy our Buy 2, get 1 free pillow offer now and give the gift of custom comfort to someone you love.)     The people I love.   I’m hesitant to admit this, because I […]

I’m Doing a Body Cleanse

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Not sure if you all remember this:     Or this:     Or way back in the day, this:   (I used to have semi-musculature!)   But here’s what’s been happening:   Hold on…I need to find the most apt word…   The one that really sums up my healthy activities of the last […]

Of Unicorns and Firemen

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

{{While I think of words to write, this is what I’ve written…}}   {{Sometimes I really miss this place…}}     Yesterday, the girls and I walked to the beach. We’ve discovered the most wonderful “secret” passageways leading down to Sunset Cliffs and are spending our time exploring them. There are rusty, rickety metal stairways, […]

Shake a Hair Feather

Friday, November 4th, 2011

  I found myself a little swept away the other day. It was Ladies Night at one of my favorite places, and there were all kinds of girly things: Paraffin waxes, cake balls, and hair feathers.   I know.   I’ve seen tons of kids at the elementary school rock the feathers, with a few […]

The Phone Call

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I was driving to my dentist appointment when the phone rang.   My stepsister, Karen, got the words out right after hello. “Your dad is in the hospital.”   I blanked out for a moment and didn’t say a word in response. This was the moment I’d semi-prepared for and avoided thinking about since my […]

In Honor of November

Monday, October 31st, 2011

{{This is a re-post, in homage to my most favorite reverend month on high.}}     I walked into Jimbo’s, armed to the gills with my new turkey knowledge, ready and confident to order a bird that would adequately feed 12 adults, four kids.   “One pound of turkey per adult, one-half pound per child,” […]

Top Five Songs That Speak to Me

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

At one time or another, I’ve referred to all of “my” soul songs. These tend to be my go-to songs that center my heart and brain and blood. I listen to what they tell me and everything becomes still. And then my gut buzzes in my ears.   That’s how it should be, right? We […]

Are We (Still) All Playing the Blogging Game?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

{{I first posted this a year ago, and it’s still true for me today.}}     *******************   I’ve often commented that I’ve been blogging since 2001. And I don’t mean it as a brag, although I also birthed both my children naturally while pushing a snow blower in a blizzard uphill both ways on […]

Five Tips to Make Autumn More Fun (Or Less Fallow)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

There’s just something to be said about this time of year. It’s quiet, reflective, gathering, closing in, nesting, souping, preparing, gray skying, fire placing. So many elements I love.   The light is soft, the ground is fallow, the corn is high.   I don’t know. That just sounded good. Never mind that fallow ground […]

Post Coming

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

I was tempted to leave that headline just sitting there, but I’m too wordy to be terse.   So…   I received a call exactly a week ago that my dad was in the hospital, and I packed it up and hightailed it to where he ended up being still today.   He’s had open […]

PROMPTuesday #167: Spooky Story

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

{{I wrote this several years ago, and no longer live in the house described below. But the weird thing? Last night an unexplained BANG! woke The Rock and I up at 3AM, and made me think of all this again. And, it’s Halloween season! This all couldn’t be more delicious.}}   So for this week’s […]

The Reminder

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

{{I’m re-posting this, and it’s only because I’m…having a busy time right now and getting all feeling sorry for myself and I needed to remember that I’m good. I’m good. There’s many reasons for thanks.}}   I parked my car in the usual haphazard fashion, bumping my horn as I scrambled out the driver’s side. […]

Raise Money for Your SoCal Elementary School: A Diatribe

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

  Booger on the left (I’d like to explain the headband, but nonsensical kid fashion knows no logic nor bounds), and Toots on the right. This is Toots’ first day of kindergarten. Two years ago. And also when I was still only 40. Such halcyon days.   I remember the first time I gave serious […]

Weekend Wiki

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The other day I sat on a double-decker party bus and wanted to go home. I wanted my husband on a couch with a movie, a double-ply goose down blanket and probably a pizza. I wanted a hammock in the sun and wind and time. I wanted to stop wanting. Instead, I arranged my face […]

Fashion for the Clueless

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

I understand your confusion, but this is not me. (Photo from here)   Tonight I’m attending the Poppy Boutique grand opening with my friend, Morgan.   And the second I discovered we’d be going together, I emailed her and said, “Hey! You should style me in Poppy Boutique clothes! It’ll be real fun for you!” […]

Good Movies That Aren’t Blockbusters

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Re-posting this…because I want a good movie and I’m sick of all the usual suspects…   {After hearing from several people that they’ve seen these movies, I’m going to deny that I’m hopelessly out of touch and instead re-name this post to: Non-Blockbuster Movies That You Might Want to See Again, like Box of Moonlight.) […]

Poor Math Skills Equals PMS

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

“OK. Count by twos…what’s missing? BLANK 54, 56, 58, BLANK. What’s missing? What NUMBER? What number is MISSING? BLANK, 54, 56, 58, MOTHER EFFING BLANK. It’s not that hard. Fifty-tttttttttttwwwwwwwwoooo. 54, 56, 58, sixxxxxxxxxttttyyyy—- Oh forget IT! You’re all hopeless. Get ready to go to the dumb farm.”   ***************************   “For God’s sakes! What’s […]

Helping the Help

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

I’ve recently been given a project that will take me 22 years to complete, minimum, and it’s due in two weeks. I took the workload on late last month, and according to my math-sucks-butt calculations, I would definitely be able to finish it all by the October 9 deadline. However, using my husband’s constantly-doing-math-in-his-head-JUST-FOR-FUN arithmetic, […]

This is for You Writers

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The Writer’s Manifesto from Goins, Writer.   Normally, I’d put a short post like this in my sidebar, but this is important and divine and should be front and center.   I hope it resonates.  

The Sprint Navigator Experience

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

{{Re-posting.}}   A few months ago, my husband and I canceled our seemingly lifelong Verizon Wireless membership and switched over to Sprint.   I know.   It’s just that we heard Sprint was much more affordable and had improved service. Over say, the really crappy service it offered before. Which is like saying Britney Spears […]

The Blackout

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

  I think the microwave clock read 4:24. My daughter noticed it first. Black where the numbers should be.   “The power went out.” She jumped up and down, giddy.   She’d been waiting for this day since last summer’s blackout. She’d loved every dark minute — the neighbor’s pool, the Chili’s dinner, the candlelight […]

The Day

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

There was this one day. Before I knew it was one of the final days, but after I began to think it might be. My mom was confined to her bed, and we all thought she’d be up again. I’d come home to San Francisco from Los Angeles, a little drunk because I hate to […]

Why You’ve Lost Your Words

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

  I’ve lamented these last several months my lack of coming up with anything to write. And when I do commit to words, my beloveds read wooden and trite, and superficial. Worse yet, I couldn’t figure out the problem, in fact, I obsessed over it, climbed up and down my brain, and continually came up […]

Another Day

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

{{Another re-post.}}   “Mommy? Do you love me?”   I cringe. Not because I hate the question, but because I hate she has to ask it.   I used to ask my mom the same thing, over and over again, every day, and I never received a satisfactory answer. Seems my daughter isn’t either.   […]

Five Social Faux Pas of Yore

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

1. Shucking and jiving in the St. Mary’s school office, laughing with Don Caruso, the popular boy. Fart voluminously, wetly, and lingeringly; endure complete silence.   2. Frolicking at an Indigo Girls concert, mistake friendly lesbian’s threat of “I’m going to kiss you” for “let’s be platonic pals.” Go in for a peck on the […]

Whenever I Call You Friend

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

{{I’m re-posting this because it came up in conversation last night, and it’s always good to revisit the topic of who surrounds you.}}   I’ve had occasion lately to think about friends because I’ve met so many new people since I logged online. Count up the folks I’ve encountered through blogging and Twitter and it’s […]

Keep Writing

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.   I found this on Google Plus the other day (credit to original sharer), and it spoke to me like nothing I’ve seen on the craft of writing.   I feel exactly this way: I’m not done “baking” as a writer; there’s so much more […]

Big Birthdays

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

  My dad and I. Do you see the look of terror disguised as happy-go-lucky in our eyes? It’s because big celebrations frighten us. I’m pretty sure it was because my mom was German.   Just thinking how I’m going to be…older than I am now for my upcoming birthday, and how I never properly […]

A Thousand Little Pieces

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

You may have noticed the rash of re-posts lately, which I’m using to fill blog gaps while I do the million things I’m doing. I’ve tried to resist the feeling that I must publish something…worthy. A story, an anecdote, a vlog even. Because you know, that’s what you’re supposed to do to keep your blog […]

High School, In Outfits

Friday, August 19th, 2011

{{This is a re-post.}}   I can’t remember much about the person I was in high school. That teen identity sorta fused with the person I am now (frighteningly similar) and the girl-woman I perceived myself to be during that time. I’m quite sure I came across as goofy, overly earnest, and random. I do […]

Speaking of Hypochondria… (A Re-Post)

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I’m the kind of person who goes to the doctor and then tries to resolve every single medical concern I’ve had over the year. No matter if I’m at the appointment for gout, I’ll also ask if it’s weird my nose has grown two sizes in six months, what’s up with my butt, why I’m […]

PROMPTuesday Interlude

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Enjoy the interlude music:     PROMPTuesday will return in September!  

Your Hypochondriac Child: What Not To Do

Monday, August 15th, 2011

In the interest of full disclosure, it must be known that I’m a raging hypochondriac. There’s no disease I haven’t researched nor suffered from in my mind. I try to keep this mental affliction from my kids, but it’s recently become clear that I’m a little transparent. Also unfortunately, my oldest daughter shares my irrational […]

France Comes Back

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

  He told me to take a picture with my eyes. Look at the building of stones in front of us, awash in white twinkle upon French onyx sky and let the sight sink in. Absorb it, he said. Don’t look away like most people do, just allow the lines and the edges and the […]

Gullibility Level Orange

Monday, August 8th, 2011

{{I’m telling this again. Because it’s come to my attention that I really need to start saying “no” more often. And this has nothing to do with the Kirby vacuum guy I allowed to stay in my home for 83 hours.}}   I’m the person who believes almost anything. If you tell me a ridiculous […]

BlogHer in Snippets

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Back from BlogHer yesterday afternoon. I am putting my brain and heart back together. There are only memory blasts for today…   The First Night: Overly large suitcase bumping down the stairs. Stiletto heels poking through canvas. Lane-changing drive to the hotel; horns honking, tires squealing, head bopping. Running to dinner in new shoes, wobbling […]

Pine Trees and Potato Bugs, Again

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

{{Lots of changes afoot for me, if I accept them. It’s all made me think about my life. You know, more so than usual…}}   For the first 10 years of my life, my family moved annually. My dad was a video game salesman in the early days when Space Invaders and Asteroids ruled the […]

Mojo, Mojo, Wherefore Art Thou?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

I’m re-posting this because apt, much? Here, again is my step-by-step guide to getting your mojo back:   Go here! No, there!   I said, here!   Jump. Jump harder!   Not that hard!   Think, think, think. Get that brain going! Let the thoughts flow in, flow out.   Too much flow! Stuff going […]

A Story Again

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

I first posted this in 2008, but was thinking about it today. Thinking mainly how it feels I’m losing my memory, and am thankful for details I wrote down three years ago…   I often pretended Maura Dominiak’s nooks and crannies house were mine. Big, rustic, rife with wood, and usually empty of parental supervision. […]

Hanging Upside Down

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

I heard it when I volunteered in my daughter’s kindergarten class last year. “Dogs must be colored brown or black,” her teacher told her as Toots reluctantly put down the blue crayon.   I rose from the table where I’d been organizing glue sticks and went to my daughter’s desk. “At home you can color […]

Climbing the Steps

Monday, July 11th, 2011

“Do you think of your life?”   I couldn’t ask, because we don’t talk that way. But I watched his eyes squint nonetheless.   “Do you think of your life, Dad?” The words seeps from my fingers instead. It’s the only way to get them down. They’re not something I say out loud.   It […]

Education Kills Creativity

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

I feel quite strongly about this subject, and will post about it next week, but for now… I’m curious what you think…     (I’d like to thank @stillsoul for tweeting this earlier and reminding me it exists.)  

Dear Diary…

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The below is inspired by my friend Morgan’s Blog Hop over at Little Hen House…     Back when I was a moony kid, I read this book called “The Popularity Plan” raptly and foolishly, over and over again. In my room. While other girls my age were out seeing a movie or getting Baskin […]

Bathing Suit Checkpoint: Week Four

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Swimming suit before/after.

What Do We Do?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

We were exhausted. The weekend turned out lovely but was long and filled with hours of swimming and holiday excess. At about 5:00 last night my left lid began to twitch, and another wild-eyed mom approached me to say, “That was me last night. It means you’re tired.” And if I were done, you should […]

Again Again

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

I feel real bad about another re-post. I don’t know why I keep doing it. NO! I know why! Because: Tired.   Despite resistance from my non-linear brain, I like to be organized. I despise clutter and for mental sanity, need everything in its place. However, nothing has a place in my home, because I […]

Almost: About Boundaries & Feeling Worthy

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Originally posted March 4, 2010, but I’ve had a number of very recent conversations with women that make my soul feel I should post this again.   Since I’ve been thinking lately about boundaries, I thought I’d explore the serious side. As a woman who never learned to set personal boundaries, I’ve paid a price. […]


Monday, June 27th, 2011

I decided “TidDates” was better than “UpBits.”   Of course I did. Because why say Updates when you can say something weirder?   So here are the weekend things:   You know when you are somewhere bored out of your mind and trying not to tap your foot too obviously or stare into space too […]

Strands: A Re-Post

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I thought of this again yesterday after one of “those” conversations with my seven-year-old daughter, Toots…   First she asks how Johnny Appleseed died, then Christopher Columbus. Eager to encourage her learning, even if it is morbid, we look up the details. Appleseed gave in to pneumonia at age 72; Columbus suffered a heart attack […]

PMS Weekend Update

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Do you remember the bathing suit project? I was off to a running start. Working out several times a week, eating pretty good, cleansing my liver, and then… yesterday happened.   Yesterday, which began innocuously enough, culminated in a marathon of 15 mini cupcakes, 10 Oreos, an In n’ Out Burger, three orders of fries, […]

I Can’t Believe the Time I…

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

It was 1994. My flying phobia filled every part of me, but it was Christmas and I wanted to go home for the holidays. A few weeks before I decided to fly to San Francisco from Chicago, a plane corkscrewed into a midwestern farm field with hundreds of people aboard and I couldn’t sleep for […]

Healthy Living and California Parks

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

I recently was contacted to do some blogging* for Dannon, and help moderate a healthy living board here. Since I’ve re-committed to health and a bathing suit, I thought this gig would be an excellent fit. Mainly because it’s everything I believe in: getting healthy in mind, body, soul (even if I’m not so good […]

Sticks and Stones

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The below is in response to the Indie Ink Writing Challenge. This week, I was challenged by T with the prompt, “sticks and stones.” For the same, I challenged Bewildered Bug, with the prompt, “road trip.”     It’s a rod, I suppose. Purposeful, erect, unbending, secured in flesh, knotted in spine. It knows what […]

A Brief Musing on Gut Laughter

Monday, June 6th, 2011

We grew close in college, sharing a certain goofiness not easily found in others. Attending school in the Midwest — Milwaukee no less — meant beer, beer, beer. (What can I say? Our dorm was within spitting distance of the Pabst Mansion.) And so much beer, beer, beer, engendered in us a kleptomaniac, chimichanga-eating, Def […]

On Being Real: A Very Quick Vent

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Authenticity means the world to me. I try hard to be real. I don’t always succeed, to be sure, but I certainly set “being real” as a goal.   I think this is why it’s so hard for me to see certain online behaviors that are anything but transparent and authentic.   I know that […]

A Street With a Tree

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Today a post I wrote about my move to the suburbs is up at The Smartly SoCal. It’s been awhile since we made the transition, and we now love it here. Goodbye street cred!  

The Bathing Suit Saga Continued

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Yesterday’s post raised some interesting body image questions for me. I thought I’d come pretty far from the below (re-posted from March 2008 for your reference and laughs), but maybe I haven’t? What I know is that I feel unhealthy and I want THAT to change, whatever my body looks like in the end.   […]

I’m in a Bathing Suit. Enough Said. (Week One)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

I’ve been very unhealthy the last two years. Not taking my vitamins, drinking all the time, eating a proliferation of cheeses. I kind of buried my head in the sand with it all because that’s easy to do when you’re busy and working all the time. I have to admit that I’ve completely ignored the […]

Look What I Found!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

My youngest is going to kindergarten in the Fall, and I’ve been lamenting the slick passage of time that slips by without a sound. Then I came across this:   “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 […]

Weird Celeb Encounter, The End

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Part One Here   Despite the self-importance of the guys who approached Carolyn and I, the tallest looked like a hobo. Long curly hair twisted and fell into his decidedly past-40 eyes, sandals encased his feet, and a rumpled t-shirt and baggy shorts completed the shabby shab look. His pal looked just like Teller, and […]

Weird Celeb Encounter

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

When I first lived in Los Angeles during the early ’90s, my colleague Carolyn and I often met after work for a drink. We usually convened at a bistro-type joint on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, a mecca it turned out for celebs looking for a casual, anonymous dinner. As such, the two of us […]

Storyteller, Again

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I’m posting this again! Because it’s still pertinent! And because my brain is still rumbling over the words to describe my celebrity encounter, which is coming next…     She runs inside to where I am at the sink, washing the endless dishes. I hear her fling her shoes off and soon she’s before me […]

Rise Again: A Bit of a Primer for a Depression Lift

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

YEP. Yep, yep, yep. I’m having a hard time. A very hard time. I can’t put it any more plain than that. Or more eloquently. It hasn’t been easy this year, and certain events and circumstances triggered some lowness in me. So. I am posting something I received from my brother today. If anyone is […]

Emerge From the Mist

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

{This is my PROMPTuesday post.}   Gut laughs come rarely these days. Those hold-your-stomach, ache-y-in-a-good-way, from-the-soul laughs that used to be so common when we both had perms and ate candy corn for breakfast.   You made me laugh in that rollicking, raw way. Day after day, minute to minute, we riffed on each other’s […]

My Chiropractic Experience, Part II

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

  I don’t even like looking at this picture.   Part I is here.   The next step in my journey toward battling my fear of chiropractors and their bone-cracking infernal ways happened when I attended a tweet-up last month. A get-together of San Diego tweeters, a tweet-up is a pretty regular occurrence in this […]

An Unlikely Encounter: How Chiropractic Care Did Not Kill Me

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

  These give my soul heart attacks and make babies cry more than they already do.   If you know me at all, you’re well aware that my fears are legend and legion. I’m scared of planes, spiders, medicine, cancer, blood, needles, doctors, public speaking, alopecia, and those swim socks that make your feet look […]


Monday, May 2nd, 2011

  I’m going to be honest. I’ve been boiling in a pit of bitter acid for the better part of this year. Waking up in the middle of the night, feeling sorry for myself, comparing my life to others, lamenting my lack of “success,” roiling around in why them and not me, and all that […]

How to Celebrate Your 10th Wedding Anniversary

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Later this afternoon, my husband and I are leaving to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary in downtown San Diego.   It’s gonna be great! Toots and Booger will be there too! In the next bed over. In the same room.   It’s hard to find an overnight babysitter.   So what we’re going to do […]

Guilty Pleasure Songs

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

You know how you listen to a certain song and instantly feel revived and happy? For some reason, most of those songs for me (with the sole exception of everything the Indigo Girls ever sang) are solidly rooted in the 70s and early 80s. I’ve no real idea why, other than I have sharp and […]

Drafts and Minutiae

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I don’t know why, but I thought of this today:   There was a field. Long green grass, not the tickly kind. The hushed whoosh of water off in the vast distance. Skies with wispy clouds, for imagining animals. Yes it was quiet, but still flush with sounds beneath the surface, a gopher digging, a […]

Not For Me

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

  What? All I did was turn on the stove.   Well it’s official. I could never be a teacher.   Actually, it’s probably best if I don’t ever teach, instruct, or otherwise guide small children. Or people in general.   Or living things with faces.   Today was a particularly painful lesson in becoming […]


Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Writing sweats it out of you, sometimes turnip blood, sometimes holy water, but the act is always a birth, a labor to be endured with sturdy legs and open mouth. There’s such pain rooted in the craft, which is inexorably tied to bliss, both binding together in a paroxysm of creation. A single burst of […]

Is Your Spirit Transforming? A Handy Guide.

Monday, April 11th, 2011

I find myself in a bit of a transformation. I say “a bit,” because I tend to take to these things slowly, instead of speeding full throttle into change. Still, I can’t deny that certain situations and people have been put in my life at a time when I am ready to be different, and […]

Wyoming: A Heartbreak Story, Part Three

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Part One Here Part Two Here   Big Jerk and I sped down the road to Vegas with blue skies above and heat shimmering off the asphalt. The day burned hot, and as the sun rose higher, my teeny Hyundai shuddered and shook from trying to process the 100-degree air outside. I kept a wary […]

Protected: I’m Out

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Unfinished, Part…Eh. Forget It.

Monday, April 4th, 2011

{{Hi! I wrote this in August 2009! And never continued it! Just musing on that in between thinking about how I still haven’t finished the Big Jerk series either. Does someone have some aerosol motivation to blow my way?}}   The summer wound down with a pop. We knew it was coming, but when those […]

Cage Match! ENFP vs. DOPE

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

My husband’s been working from home for the last week or so and it’s been very, um, enlightening. Thanks to Fragrant Liar’s recent post, it occurred to me to research our respective personality types so I could better understand our inter-dynamics and optimize our unexpected together time. As such, I’ve discovered that I am an […]

Why I’m Here

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I took the weekend off from most things that exist online. I had to because I’ve been suffering from over-stimulation and saturation. It’s affecting everything — my creativity most horrifyingly of all. You know how when you exist within the same boundaries for too long and start to think that’s all there is? And your […]

It’s Coming, It’s Coming (An Excerpt)

Monday, March 28th, 2011

{{I’m just about there. Almost done. This holds me accountable. Next? Revisions. Oy gevalt.}}   The map fell with a clap from the front door and then all went quiet, except for the crackling of the fire. Annie tuned to look and in the flames saw the outline of someone familiar.   “Is that?” Coriander […]

Anatomy of a Swag Bag, II

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

  Me (the blonde) and Romy (the exotic dark-haired beauty) Neither one was included in the swag bag. Photo from JennKL Photography   Sometimes a girl’s gotta break up the monotony of Big Jerks and hack parenting with a post about fun stuff she likes, you know?   This is that post.   But first […]

The Gift of Reading

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

  The month after I turned eight, my mom’s sister, Auntie Jo, invited me to her hip San Francisco apartment for Chinese food, the Nutcracker, and a sleepover. I red-lined the days on a calendar pinned to my wall, and after interminable, anguished waiting, finally crossed off the last numbered square. As I’d imagined for […]

Be You

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Teaching a child confidence.

Eight Hundred

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

It’s IndieInk Writing Challenge day once more. It dawned bright this morning, and I suddenly remembered the challenge Michael at Innocents and Accidents, Hints and Allegations issued to me this week. It was, simply, “Eight hundred.”   I pick up my glass. Again. For the eight hundredth time. I finish it quickly and re-fill. The […]

Wyoming. Heartbreak. Part Two.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Part One is Here.   We made arrangements. Big Jerk would fly to San Diego and meet me at my parent’s home. Meanwhile, his mom and aunt and grandma (oh my!) would drive from Los Angeles to reunite with the Jerk for a day before he left the state again. And BOY, did they show […]

Wyoming. A Heartbreak Story.

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

  That’s my dad on the right. NOT the Big Jerk. This picture was taken about four years after the Big Jerk incident. There is no reason this photo is here. Other than the Big Jerk does not deserve to be pictorally represented.   In the sultry late summer of 1993, I packed up my […]

The Walking Dead

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

It’s IndieInk Writing Challenge day! This one comes from Miss Ash, who prompted a quote from the book Little Bee: “I could not stop talking because now I had started my story, it wanted to be finished. We cannot choose where to start and stop. Our stories are the tellers of us.”   And so […]

PROMPTuesday #144: Return to the Classics

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Boy. First of all, I’m LATE. I know. It’s Wednesday. Secondly, I haven’t updated much lately. I’ve been other places, but still. I miss my space here. Thirdly, I am once again re-running a “Greatest Hits” prompt. This one originally came from May, 2009. But I love it, I really do, and I plan to […]

Quick Like a Bunny

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Today I have two things (posts? pieces? essays?) up (down? written? published?) at two of my favorite places on the Internet. The first is a searing (I’m just trying to sound important) look at free-floating anxiety (MINE, despite its title “Not Me”) (also there’s a wolf) (and I don’t use parentheses) at IndieInk, an inspiring […]

Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

I first met Mia, my most high esteemed hair stylist, when I was three months pregnant with Toots. My hair — normally a nest for rats on even the best days — was a ball of frizz and tangles. My face looked like zit pizza, and my stomach wanted to throw up all the time. […]

Null and Void

Monday, February 28th, 2011

It’s IndieInk Writing Challenge time again. This one comes from Zoey Jane, who issued a doozy of a prompt, which was: You know that an asteroid – The asteroid – is coming for Earth. It’s been verified by all of the scientists and reported, first on Twitter, and then on reputable news networks (none of […]

First Time A Blessing, Second Time A Miracle

Monday, February 21st, 2011

The below is born from an IndieInk Writing Challenge issued to me by my challenger, Becky. Every week, as part of IndieInk’s “game,” participants will be randomly challenged by their peers with a writing prompt. Becky’s prompt for me this week was: “They say there’s a first time for everything. Write about something that offers […]

How To Write. Again.

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

{{Last re-repost. My brain will be back from the mountains tomorrow. And I think about the below all the time.}}   How to write. I ask myself this question almost every day. Because I overthink, and because I second guess, and because I doubt, and because I can be better, but I don’t know how. […]

The Five Stages of Blogging, Three Years Later

Friday, February 18th, 2011

{{Yes. Another re-post. My brain is glued shut from too many biscuits and gravy. I originally wrote the below more than three years ago. And it’s still true.   God help us all.}}   Please note that the below represents my perspective and is not reflective of any well-adjusted, unmedicated bloggers out there.   I […]

Rewind, One More Time

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

{{Re-posting. Still in the mountains amidst crazy snow flurries and loving it hardcore.}}   I went to college in a smallish midwestern city with a gorgeous lakefront, gritty urban streets, and crazy lunatics roaming the alleys (campus was two blocks from the Rescue Mission, a psychiatric hospital, and the Pabst Mansion open to the drunk […]

Five Classes I Wish They’d Taught In School

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

{{Way back when and long ago, my friend MommyPie asked me to write about the below. I thought I’d re-post it now because I’m in the mountains waiting for it to snow, eating too many Doritos, and realizing I’m quite unable to formulate a brand-new post. So…}}   …here are the five classes I wish […]

Overdue, Again

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Dearest The Rock:   I know you’ll read this, so I thought I’d put it here. As you know, I’ll be gone this evening, and if I don’t write these things down when the mood hits me, I may never get to it. And things need to be said.   But first of all: you’re […]

The Hourglass

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

  The moments go by. I marvel at friends’ hair loss, my dad’s newfound tendency to go to bed before 9, my cracking knee. I view this time through sepia, colors gray and darken, edges disappear, focus fuzzes. We were all just kids waiting for Santa Claus, and not that long ago. Time hastens us, […]

Remembering to Say Thank You

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

I know I wrote this a few years ago, but look, even I know when it’s time to say thank you to those who understand what you are trying to do with your website; who agree to advertise even though your content may be affectionately referred to as “cheeky” or “hmmmmm…”   It was always […]

PROMPTuesday #139: Remember Me Well

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

It was Spring 2006 and I was eight months pregnant with Booger. I’d signed up for a weekly discussion group through my church and showed up for the first meeting a little nervous and a lot unsure. I knew I wanted to connect with people in my community, and church seemed a good a place […]

Spies Like Us

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I was just thinking how easy it is now to “spy” on people: You look up your ex on Facebook, peruse his/her family photo albums, watch people’s Twitter streams to see what they’re doing any given second of the day, and read blogs of people you haven’t met, but know intimately just the same. The […]

Moving On

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

I thought maybe we could know each other. As if perhaps I understood you on some level you didn’t see yourself. I knew your history, your reputation, shall we say; your penchant for sardonic wit and condescending elitism, but still, I passed it off as socially awkward, insecurity, deep sadness.   I stood up for […]


Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

You do what comes naturally. Hug your children, cook your meals. You spend several year-long minutes tying a knot because there’s beauty in the details and comfort in the time taken.   You lose yourself alone in the quiet, possibly humbled, laid low and bare. Not speaking unless there is something to say. You find […]

Comes the Dawn

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Do you remember this poem? My friend Ellen gave me a burnt-edged copy of it in high school, and I’ve loved its simple profundity ever since.   Today’s a good day to read it again.   Comes The Dawn by Veronica A. Shoffstall   After a while you learn the subtle difference Between holding a […]

The Underground Suburban Shopping Network

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

  You’ve heard of it, right? The extensive, secret, unpublicized communications organization responsible for clearing out the on-sale Zoobles at Wal-Mart and the buy-two-get-one-free pound of bacon at the corner grocery store?   No?   Well, who do you think stands in line at Target on Black Friday, buying 85 Razor scooters for the friends […]

PROMPTuesday #137: Zen

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

  Everyone? When is the last time you felt completely at peace? That all was right with the world?   Please share your moment.   And adjunctively (possibly and probably a made-up word), is there something you do to reach a zen state?   Kindly share your mantra.   If you would, post your submission […]

Momma Love

Monday, January 17th, 2011

I am writing this for Auds’ beautiful daughter, Meg.   For some reason, I never expected to have children, despite Kathy King’s mumbo-jumbo “yarn” trick sophomore year that told me I’d be a mother to 16. I didn’t think I’d be married, either. I will admit that for awhile there, I DID wonder if maybe […]


Saturday, January 15th, 2011

For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched my dad work hard. Beyond the norm, hard. Beyond the extraordinary, hard. He’s the sort to put his all into whatever he does and he gave his heart, soul, mind, and body to every company for which he worked. He wasn’t home much when I was […]

Bedtime for Dummies

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Somehow bedtime around here has disintegrated into a rigorous re-enactment of CSI: Miami with a dash of Last Comic Standing and a prodigious sprinkle of Amazing Race. I don’t know how it happened really; the whole crazy nighttime routine that recently spiraled completely into the nether regions of hell’s eternal fire.   Let me lay […]

PROMPTuesday #136: Done

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

For today, something simple. Maybe. Probably not.   Either way, please consider the prompt:   What have you always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet?   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read […]


Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’m too much of a pussywillow to publicy post the no-good, perfectly awful thing I did more than 15 years ago. Can I still be sued for desecration of property? For improperly applying lipstick? For having a boyfriend who impersonated a mentally-challenged half-marathoner?   You never know. And for that reason, I am password-protecting my […]

Protected: Snobs & Daft: The Terrible, Awful, No-Good Thing Edition

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Snobs and Daft, UPDATED

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Back in my 20s, I worked for an ad agency off Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. Every morning I’d take the bus from my Lincoln Park walk-up to a busy stop across the street and up a few from Henri Bendel, then ride the elevator to four floors of the most self-absorbed, morally corrupt, home-wrecker establishment for […]

Snobs and Daft

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Back in my 20s, I worked for an ad agency off Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. Every morning I’d take the bus from my Lincoln Park walk-up to a busy stop across the street and up a few from Henri Bendel, then ride the elevator to four floors of the most self-absorbed, morally corrupt, home-wrecker establishment for […]

I Effing Did It Again: A Re-Post

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I have this annoying habit, one I didn’t know what to call before, although I knew it needed a name, a slogan, a tagline. Something catchy and inspiring.   Finally, a few months ago a friend called it “Going Geico™,” and nothing could more perfectly sum it up.   So what I do is I […]

Plumbing: A Re-Poem

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

{{Originally posted in 2008… Here again, because it’s that kind of day…}}   electric fingers, worn by silver move me forward, will I hear a whisper   spent as light in near dawn, spirals hesitation limps, then settles   sits in blonde wood acclimated to cold peeks through the porthole, spider glass   pipes of […]

A Christmas Mosaic

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

So many things. None of them particularly well written nor stylish, but I show up anyway. I fully expect this post to veer between obtuse, informative, choppiness, and borderline angsty-random. Just so you know. (Also I’ve never explained my inner self as well as with those four-to-five adjectives.) Plus, I feel the need to just […]

Cyclonic Soul

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

“I want to write,” I said, because I’ve started to say it more out loud.   Time was, I asked the question inside, only to myself. What do you want to do? What do you want to do? What do you want to do?   And it always is to write.   I know that. […]

Sunrise, Sunset: A Re-Post

Monday, December 13th, 2010

{{I know. Another re-post. It’s just that Christmas and work and events and Angry Birds. Also, I just love watching people and so character sketches will always have my heart. I hope you re-enjoy this one…}}   We sat near the back fence framed by hammered mirrors and garden spiders; she was on her 24th […]

A Charming Thanksgiving Tale

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

  I walked into Jimbo’s, armed to the gills with my new turkey knowledge, ready and confident to order a bird that would adequately feed 12 adults, four kids.   “One pound of turkey per adult, one-half pound per child,” I repeated over and over like a neophyte’s mantra. “I can do this, I can […]

So Close, A Re-Post

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

{{I’m re-posting this again from more than two years ago because I’ve recently had cause to think of my daughters, who they spend time with, and how I can “guarantee” they will always be safe.}}   I was 15 and working at a gift shop in a charming restored early 19th century village. I often […]

PROMPTuesday #133: The First Sentence

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Last Thursday, I attended a friend’s White Elephant gift exchange, and stole the most perfect gift ever: The Writer’s Toolbox. I have to tell you: It was touch and go there for awhile. I very nearly resigned myself to not owning this most fabulous piece of magical wonder, but then as luck would have it, […]

Dust Clouds, A Re-Post

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

{{A re-post, for many, many unspoken reasons.}}   We loved dive bars, the old geezers, dollar drafts, gummy pool tables. Most weekends, we’d visit somewhere else, the earlier, the better, and make new best friends with the characters who peppered the naugahyde. There should’ve been plaques above each seat with the names, bronzed and indelible. […]

“The Room”

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Most days, I choose not to look inside and close “the room” to general viewing. If someone forgets to pull the door shut, I, unprepared for the vicious assault on my senses, cringe as I walk past, and pretend it doesn’t exist. Just doesn’t exist. It’s a figment of my imagination, a portal to another, […]

The Peacock

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

I am re-posting this…because I think of her from time to time…Like now.   First, she introduced us to the man on her porch. Resembling an Orthodox Jew with his black hat, and beard — also black — he shuffled away in knee-high sports socks and Adidas gym shoes. Next, she welcomed us into her […]

PROMPTuesday #132: Scintillation, in the Family Way

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Courtesy of my friend, Paul: Today’s creative writing challenge should you choose to accept it, is to:   Write an everyday, “boring,” straightforward activity as if it were p$rn. Make it scintillating, but not too p#rny. We’re a family blog over here at San Diego Momma.   HA HA!   I make me laugh.   […]

Decluttering, Euphemistically

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Just re-posting this…because HOLY TIMELY…   Just checking in to say that my husband and I are not divorced yet. Oh, it’s OK, probably. I’m crossing fingers that we will weather Project “Tidy House in Sequence Beginning (with) Large Obvious Wrecks & Stains” (THIS BLOWS), also referred to pseudo affectionately as the “The Huge Intrepid, […]


Thursday, November 25th, 2010

It took me three days and eight grocery store trips to shop for Thanksgiving. I made five lists, lost four, and retrieved the last from a hapless garbage toss. I’ve searched the Internet for homemade stuffing recipes dozens of times because I forget which bread I’m supposed to use, switched the turkey cooking method to […]

Sh$t My Dad Makes

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

So I talked to my dad today.   And this is funny because he is funny in a gruff Shit My Dad Says way, and whenever I talk to him he makes me laugh. Usually without meaning to.   Did I ever tell you the song he taught us kids when we were young? Stay […]

PROMPTuesday #131: Of Odes and Such

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

First of all, let me publicly apologize for not PROMPTly responding to your submissions last week. I plan to in the next few days. I always love what you write and want to savor and digest the posts, and not rush through and lose the flavor. (I am hosting Thanksgiving this year, and have eating […]

Failed PR Pitch

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

First in a series…     Dear Sandie Go Momma:   You seem zippy! Always going somewhere, are we right? It says so right in your name, Sandie!   Would you like to review our tornado car? It is built to withstand winds up to 300 miles per hour! We’re pretty confident that you will […]

Long Story Short

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Perhaps I’ve mentioned that I’m wordy? Like overly and irritatingly wordy?   I’d let you ask my husband, but he had his ears removed in 2002.   And the thing is even though I’m a lover of the language, I prefer to write it, and not say it so much. So I tend to not […]

My Week So Far

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Monday I woke up early and took a shower, then dried off, very happy with myself that I was not going to be late for anything this fine morning. Why, I was probably going to be early for stuff! No rushing! No eating half-and-half for breakfast! No washing my face with shaving cream, using a […]

PROMPTuesday #130: The Shorter the Better

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This PROMPT is lifted entirely from here, and thanks to her sharing it with me, I am unabashedly using it today.   As you might have read if you followed the above link, this PROMPT’s challenge is to tell a whole story in 25 words or less as inspired by the six-word “novel” attributed to […]


Monday, November 15th, 2010

I am over at The Smartly with an essay I originally began writing a year or so ago. In other news, The Smartly is just that.  

The Help

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I navigated my Suburban into the store’s parking lot and slowed as the man in spandex workout shorts flagged me down.   I rolled my window down and waited.   “Hi mayam, Ah have my baby in the truck and mah battery is dead. Can ya’ll help meh?”   I didn’t see a baby, but […]

Donkey Legs and All

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

    Holy stubborn donkey gams. She has a point.   I’m one of those parents who don’t use “cutesy” words to describe biological functions or private parts. God bless you if you call pee, “tinkle,” or a penis, “a wee wee,” but I just can’t stand it. I even have a hard time saying […]

PROMPTuesday #129: Your First Crush

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Do you remember him or her? I do — to a T and completely.   I was a fourth grader at a Foster City, California public school that was a little Montessori and a little rock and roll. Our hippy dippy principal made sure we took music class every week with Dennis, a friendly pothead […]

Your Guide to Giving Up Wine

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Let’s say you haven’t had your nightly glass of wine for five evenings in a row. And let’s say your insides look a little like this:     +     +     And then let’s go so far as to add that you’re melodramatic, self-pitying, and histrionic. What do you do?   Allow […]

A Request From My Soul

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Do you suppose you might do me a favor?   Leave me your favorite inspirational quote or link to a beautiful song or poem or picture or something else lovely?   I would so appreciate it.   To be trite.   But I really would.   Meanwhile, this is for you:     Alternatively, if […]


Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I don’t know much about surrendering. I recall about 10 years ago, before a trip to Hawaii, I visited a hypnotherapist to help me conquer my fear of flying, and I didn’t get much out of it. I just couldn’t let go. As she counted me down to a more relaxed state, my mind refused […]

PROMPTuesday #128: Let it Go

Monday, November 1st, 2010

{{This prompt is inspired by Ellie…}}   Your writing challenge today?   (Photo from this place. While you’re there, check out the poem too.)   Write about surrender.   Whatever that means to you.   Please post your response in the comments and write about it on your blog and leave me the link.   […]

An Idterlude

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Hi Ladies and Gents!   It’s San Diego Momma’s id. It’s come to my attention that she’s fresh out of inventive, refreshing blog posts. She’s got nothing to write about! This has to change. With the elections coming up tomorrow, it’s important that I take a stand for forgetful, overwrought mothers everywhere! Let’s join together […]

This Weekend

Monday, November 1st, 2010

    Classroom parties, kitty cats, candy in the pot   Liar’s Dice, haunted house, never in one spot   Funeral day, a little late, priest not so glad   Packed between some mean old ladies, eulogy was sad   Pumpkin carving, forgot the chips, last minute run   Firepit, food a-plenty, against a setting […]


Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

  If I had these lashes, I would be happy. Boisterous even!   Boy is there a lot going on with me right now. Boiling, toiling, embroiling, a lot. So true to form, I am going to go fluffy. Because it distracts me from the heavy stuff and I’m nothing else but avoidant.   The […]

Creative Alliance #10: Good Soul Vibrations

Monday, October 18th, 2010

  What do you say when it’s time to make a change?   If you’re lucky you don’t say anything. You just do the thing you’re supposed to do and stop doing the thing you’re not. Again and again, until new habits are born, stick, and stay. There’s no hemming and hawing, kicking or screaming, […]

The Road Taketh, The Road Giveth

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Today I leave for Los Angeles to attend this wonderful thing, and it’s been a long time. A long time since I’ve made the drive alone from San Diego to Los Angeles and back again and vice versa. I’ve driven that stretch of road connecting two lives for more than 20 years. Some years I’m […]

Do Yourself a Favor. Ignore Me Completely.

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

  All I got today?   Half-started posts.   Drafts.   Nothing.   Like so:   **************************************************************************************************   Well it’s happened. I’m starting to think in 140 characters or less. Talk that way. Listen that way. Write that way. Between my two preferred modes of communication — Twittering and texting — I’m completely losing my […]

PROMPTuesday #125: The Station Wagon

Monday, October 11th, 2010

  I learned to drive in this gem. But my ride was maroon and with more imaginary glitter.   We didn’t travel far when I was a kid. I grew up mainly in the Midwest, so most of our trips were via our wood-sided Estate station wagon to exotic locales like Minneapolis and Janesville, Wisc. […]

The Candle

Monday, October 11th, 2010

If there’s one thing I know about myself it’s that I need prodigious reflection time, decompression moments, emotional detoxification. I once thought of myself as social and outgoing, but I see now that I have to retreat and remove myself from the goings-ons for mental clarity and renewed energy. I go full bore for a […]

Me vs. Nobody

Friday, October 8th, 2010

I have a nemesis. Sure enough, she doesn’t actually know I’m all up in her grill, but I’m obsessed. OBSESSED, I’m telling you.   It’s unhealthy. I know. I talk to my husband about her almost daily, saying “read this!” and “can you believe she said that?” and “who does she think she is?” and […]

Why I Could Never Run for Public Office

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

My maid’s name is “Leticia, Mistress of the Border Crossing.”   My last vote was for Adam Lambert.   Leticia and I have a daughter together. No we don’t. Yes we do. No we don’t. I’ll let the maternity test speak for itself. Oh look at that! Yes we do.   It was the ’80s! […]

PROMPTuesday #124: Where Do You Go Now?

Monday, October 4th, 2010

  Oh Autumn, my Autumn. How you dredge up images of misted lakes and overgrown roads. Of beany soups and plastic princess masks that stole my breath. I will never forget your drifting leaves and crackling fires. Your dry hay swirls and new schoolbooks. The way you make me want to tell stories.   And […]


Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

It’s time to get something on paper. Noise and lint and beleaguered soul be damned. Inexplicably I think of kids’ games. Tug-of-war, see-saw, anything where there’s an opposing force, pushing and pulling; or a weight suddenly lifted, tossing me…off. I just want off. Off my butt. Off my brain. Then I see the artist in […]

Are We All Playing the Blogging Game?

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

  *******************   I’ve often commented that I’ve been blogging since 2001. And I don’t mean it as a brag, although I also birthed both my children naturally while pushing a snow blower in a blizzard uphill both ways on crutches. Instead, I say it because it’s absolutely amazing that I don’t have a book […]

PROMPTuesday #123: Like Sangria for Paella

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Just yesterday, as I was straightening my ill-used and under-utilized cookbook pile, a piece of parchment fell to the floor. I couldn’t tell which book it’d shaken loose from, and I didn’t recognize the script, the recipe, or the name written on it. I hadn’t bought a cookbook in many moons, and as far as […]

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Your Kids & More (With a Giveaway)

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Once upon a time I followed up on my posts. Those times were halcyon days of watching Oprah at 4 and exercising at reasonable hours instead of at NEVER:THIRTY, which is the only open time slot I got these days. Those times were filled with not going crazy in the head, and having clean laundry […]

The Full Moon Again

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Last night I was driving to yet another thing when I glimpsed the full moon hanging in front of me, beckoning me to look outside my head for just one minute, just one lousy minute. I’ve been too inside lately. Too much with my thoughts and my yearnings and damn old worries. It’s paralyzing you […]

PROMPTuesday #122: It’s Memoir-ex

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Here’s the thing. I feel like reading. Of course, I have book club this coming Wednesday and would do well to actually read the book if it would COME ALREADY, Ama-damn-zon. But meanwhile, why don’t you read this post and then share a story from your past, or your family’s past or a tale handed […]

I’m Listening

Monday, September 20th, 2010

  Tall-tale-telling imp in the making.   My dad is a master storyteller who always gets the punchline or dramatic pause just right. My siblings and I spent many nights perched on the side of our beds listening wide-eyed and rapt to tales of my dad’s haunted childhood or how his grandpa went into a […]

Dream Police

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

There’s just no way I can’t post this next thing. A friend of mine sent it to me the other morning and I asked if I could publish it here, but he didn’t respond quickly enough, so I sure hope he doesn’t mind. That could be a real awkward trademark issue. Also, it’s sticky that […]

Keep it Real

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I know this person. At one time, I thought we could be friends. She was funny, and smart, and well-read. When I saw her, she would gush things like, “Hi lovey! How are you? What’s going on? Sooooo good to see you!” as if she thought I was awesome, but before I could respond to […]

10 Signs You’re Approaching Menopause

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

1. Your boobs are 34C, your hips are 3.14 Pi.   2. Your upper lip is a Chia Pet.   3. Alaska hires your body to melt snow.   4. You affectionately refer to your vaginal canal as “The Road to Ishtar.”   5. The fluid retained by your stomach could solve California’s water crisis. […]

From Whence I Came Again

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

It’s Day Two of the SITSGirls’ “Back to Blogging” event and today’s challenge is to re-post something you wish more people had paid attention to at the time.   I’m not sure I think of this as a piece I wish other people paid more attention to, as it is a post I keep coming […]

5 Things I Want My Children To Know & Believe, Part Deux

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The other day, I received an email from someone who told me they enjoyed reading the post I’m about to re-publish here. In truth, I’d completely forgotten about it, but think now would be a perfect time to revisit it seeing as I need a parenting status check. I’ve been — um — challenged by […]

Stuff I Like: Looking Younger and Generally More Awesome

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

I’ve lately come across some surprisingly effective and cool products, which got me thinking it’s been awhile since my ever-popular (I use the term loosely) “Stuff I Like” posts. First of all, let me say that I am very into discovering the newest Holy Grail beauty product, and as such, my bathroom drawer is full […]

It’s Not That Thing, It’s the Other Thing

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I’m the kind of person who goes to the doctor and then tries to resolve every single medical concern I’ve had over the year. No matter if I’m at the appointment for gout, I’ll also ask if it’s weird my nose has grown two sizes in six months, what’s up with my butt, why I’m […]

One Way or the Other, I Want it to be OK (UPDATE: It *is* OK!)

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

I’ve had mammograms every year since I was 30. That’s 11 years of mammograms. Once or twice, something suspicious was found, but quickly dismissed, and I go on for another year hoping I’m OK. I watched my mom die from breast cancer, and each time I enter the breast care center, I sense her spirit […]

PROMPTuesday #120: What Comes in the Spaces Between

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

  Before I left for the mountains Saturday morning, I’d been feeling a bit out of sorts; caterwauled, twitterpaited. For months, I’d been a receptacle for millions of megabits of input from hundreds of other people, mostly via various social media channels. Information kept hitting me upside the head from all sides, begging for response, […]

So….Hi Again!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

OK, tell you what. I’m going to push PROMPTuesday to tomorrow for this one time only. So check back on Wednesday if you would.   In other news, I am dying, DYING to post more right now, but I’m so all over the place today I can’t even begin to coalesce thoughts into anything understandable. […]


Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

And oh, hi! Hello.   I ignored PROMPTuesday this week.   It was bugging me.   So I pretended it wasn’t there.   If you’d like, leave me some creative writing prompt ideas for next week (or email me).   Because everyone is bugging me.   Except you.  

Making It Up As I Go

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Did you ever have one of those MacGyver mornings? Where you’re out of almost everything edible, but you and the kids are hungry and you pull some ridiculous food concoction out of your butt to make it through breakfast until you get to the store?   Ergo: The other day I woke up to the […]

Personal Microderm System Review (Sort of)

Monday, August 30th, 2010

  I can’t wait until I get a real budget and can afford a sound stage and Ron Jeremy!   In all non-snarky honesty, I love this thing. Which is why I’m poking fun at it — I tease because I love. I use it CONSTANTLY and it’s become a real threat to my marriage […]

The Mirror

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I search for my muse in coffee shops, on iPods, in friend’s faces. I sit and think, “maybe today, I will write like I mean to, like I want to, like I’m meant to.” But words get lost in Twitter streams, in frantic readying for this or that, in bottomless glasses. My ability to string […]

PROMPTuesday #119: A New You

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

For today, let’s pretend you’re ditching your current life. You’re taking off to a new town as a completely different person. Maybe you’re in the Witness Protection Program, maybe you’re just after a fresh start, maybe you’ve robbed a bank and are starting over, whatever it is…Where do you go? What is your name? What […]

A Most Unfortunate Series of Events

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

  I vowed not to look at my phone, to Twitter, blog, talk, pee, or otherwise exist except to work. Nothing, not NO THING, was going to interrupt me. I planned to edit the document before me but good. With no distractions. I nearly made it too, but you know how sometimes you can “sense” […]

Why I Don’t Work Out

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

I have this friend.   And she is lovely. She really is.   Very fit, exercise-y, trim. That kind of crap.   Also, very motivational.   Offering to train me, help me eat right, be my health “sponsor.”   Which is awesome.   But really, she’s like the blondie, feathered-hair cheerleader sister you have, where […]

PROMPTuesday #118: Share The Love

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reading some good blog posts lately. Inspirational, thought-provoking, creative, funny, good.   Where would all this writing be if it weren’t for blogging?   I often wonder.   I might still be putting my words into my husband’s ear.   Or on a barstool.   Meanwhile as […]

Funny Has a Flip Side

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I have to admit I was nervous. I mean she is funny. Funny funny. The kind of funny where jokes fly out of her mouth effortlessly and often while you’re left thinking, “I have no witty comeback for that. So I will just listen and enjoy. Hope she doesn’t expect me to talk or anything.” […]

Reporting from the Most Perfect Place in the Universe

Monday, August 16th, 2010

  Somebody call the cops! The weather is amazing! It’s madness…MADNESS I tell you!   After moving from the midwest to Southern California, my family would often lament the lack of “serious” news in San Diego. Especially when it came to the weather. We know it’s drizzling, San Diegans. But SUCK IT UP. It’s not […]

Getting Your Mojo Back: A Step by Step Guide

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Go here! No, there!   I said, here!   Jump. Jump harder!   Not that hard!   Think, think, think. Get that brain going! Let the thoughts flow in, flow out.   Too much flow! Stuff going in wily nily. Filter the fluff!   Filter it!   You’re a Brita!   Have some caffeine. Take […]

The Phantom

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Do you know how you walk into a high-end store sometimes and get attitude from the salesperson? And you think: Aren’t I in essence paying your salary because if it weren’t for people like me you wouldn’t sell stuff? And you also might possibly entertain the notion that the salesperson lives with (a) their parents […]

The BlogHer Recap from Someone Who is Typically Recap-Repellant

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

BlogHer. For years, YEARS, I’ve heard people speak of it. I remember reading recaps — albeit less of them than this year — from 2001 on, when it seemed like only Dooce and her friends attended the conference. I’ve long been fascinated by what actually went on at BlogHer. It seemed more like a giant […]

PROMPTuesday #117: Your Passion

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Sometimes I neglect to do what I like to do. i.e. Read a book cover to cover. Other times, I do too much of what I like to do. e.g. Write everywhere else but in my manuscript. Many times, I choose one thing I like to do over the other thing I like to do. […]

BlogHer: A Musing

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

It was Friday when I lost my mind.   I couldn’t keep up, plain couldn’t keep up with the faces, the cameras, the tweeting, the shucking, the jiving, the talking, the branding, the sponsoring, the expo-ing, the walking, the waiting, the schlepping, the nodding.   I misplaced the ability to speak in complete sentences. To […]

Quirky McQuickerson

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

I love quirkers. Truly. I adore weird people of every stripe and nonsense word they utter. I’d so much rather lunch with people who are strange and creatively unkempt than bland genericsons. In fact, I do seem to be one of those people who off-the-beaten-path types befriend. In college in Milwaukee, I lived down the […]

Deep Thoughts From BlogHer

Friday, August 6th, 2010


Thoughts on This Weekend *UPDATED

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

When I was 18, my family up and moved from Chicago to San Diego. Fresh out of high school, I thought I’d die leaving my friends and summer plans. My heart stayed broken throughout most of 1986. I no longer had things to do on the weekends and no one knew my name. And for […]

Why Did You Unfriend Me?

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Last week I wanted to send a Facebook message to a friend of mine and when I discovered he was no longer on my “Friends” list, I inadvertently realized he had unfriended me. In other words, I discovered the hard way that he probably doesn’t like me anymore. So…right. And owie. I’m way too insecure […]

Big Sigh

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Man I feel like a crappy mom. I’ve taken to yelling lately (and not so lately) and it’s become my parenting technique. I’m so challenged by Toots especially and just don’t know what to do with her. So I yell. I have no parenting tools I guess. She talks circles around me and argues with […]

One Born Every Minute

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

It all started as I walked innocently through the outdoor mall toward Victoria’s Secret on a strapless bra quest. I navigated my way around the hundreds of mall kiosks, resisting the siren calls to improve my hair’s texture and heal my life. I sauntered confidently. I even snickered a little to myself. I could DO […]

Mars and Venus Visit The Planet Verizon, Redux

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

I originally posted this two years ago. And now our Verizon contract is up. Which means it’s time for new phones. Which means I am going to spend 18 days in a wireless store with my husband. Please send a straitjacket.   (I dial my husband’s cell phone, after a few rings, The Rock picks […]

If You Believe That, I’ve Got a Bridge To Sell You

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I’m the person who believes almost anything. If you tell me a ridiculous story you completely pulled out of your ass? I will ask with eyes wide open, “Really?”   Like: Any Person: “Hey Deb! I have monkeys in my butt!” Me: “Really?” Another Person: “Deb! Want to borrow my invisibility cloak?” Me: “Ooooo. Really?” […]

PROMPTuesday #115: Make The World Stop

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Today, write about something you miss. Is it a person? A time in your life? A house? Your butt 20 years ago?   Whatever it is, please pen an ode to what you miss. Then…   …post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in […]

The Way of Things

Monday, July 19th, 2010

    There’s the running outside and breathless requests for dinner. The wandering on white carpets with dusty feet and jelly hands. The “stop touching mes!” and the Miranda Cosgrove CD blaring from the play room. I want nothing more than to unwind with the Real Housewives and a glass of Cab, but it’s time […]

Don’t Hire Me for Your Ad Campaign

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

My husband is a tile and stone contractor whose work is so famously awesome he’s had amazing jobs for 20 years strictly by word of mouth. I mean, he’s good. We’re talkin’ San Diego Home of the Year stuff. Classy, reputable shizz. However, with the recent economic slump, he’s found it necessary to do a […]

Summer Vacation Survival Tips for the Mother of Smallish Children

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

(This is my PROMPTuesday submission)   Oh summer. What wondrous times of blue skies, bike rides, and 400 loads of chlorinated laundry. Such good, good memories. The house resounding with the chorus of “mommy can I?” and sibling rivalries. Visions of goldfish crackers and the Yo Gabba Gabba dild0 circling in your mind (which you […]

PROMPTuesday #114: Make a List, Check it Twice

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I’ve had this list thing going on in my head for about a week or two. Lately I’m just walking around, minding my own business, and suddenly a list pops into my brain. Which means that now I’m thinking about everything in this weirdly organized listular fashion. It’s most unlike me, I assure you. Usually, […]

8 Twitter Lies We Tell

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Hi! I’m still feelin’ bitchy!   Please to enjoy my PMS-fueled rage so my husband doesn’t have to!   And the top 8 Twitter lies we tell are:   1) I own a very large company. Based in beautiful Alsip, Illinois, my very large company has global offices in the Land of Honalee, Bedrock, and […]

Eight Facebook Lies We Tell

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The other day I made contact with an old friend through Facebook. It’d been years upon years upon Paleozoic eras since we last talked and so we used Facebook’s message feature to catch up quickly. Pretty soon though, it became apparent that I was being sold a perfect bill of goods. Terms like “loving wife,” […]

PROMPTuesday #113: Sing Me a Cowboy Song

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Been a long time comin’ I hear it on the tracks Slow train windin’ Breathing down my back Put my thumb out hopin’ for a ride Not looking back now At those endless railroad ties Still ignoring the signs   Spend all day running You know I will and can The train might be coming […]

3,000 Words

Monday, July 5th, 2010

It doesn’t feel right. It’s not in the air. I’m not ready. I can’t do it. Not yet. Not yet. But when? My mind scrambles, nothing aligns, all’s a-jumble. It won’t happen tonight.   I put my head down. It has to happen. I’m not ready. Not yet. I think in shame: maybe not ever. […]

Here We Go! Whhhhhheeeeeee!

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

It’s that time again! The weeks leading up to a flight I am taking. On an airplane. An airplane that leaves the ground. An airplane that leaves the ground while I am inside it sweating profusely, moistly clutching the hand/arm/face closest to me until I am safely to my destination.   Never mind that the […]

Drafts in Progress

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

TC to Glynn: do you love me, do you hate me, what’s going on?   To CL crib buyer: Heavy sigh, we just can’t get it together! It’s you, it’s me, it’s both of us. (Realizing foot in mouth) More me. I’m sorry. It’s not you. What’s up?   Asked man why he was crippled. […]

Book? Meet Cover.

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

I like to think I know people. Like can tell right off the bat what they’re all about and what makes them tick. For instance, is my next-door neighbor a murderer? Nah. He barbecues on the weekends. Serial griller, maybe, not serial killer. Does that guy up the street cheat on his wife? Totally. Have […]


Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

(Inspired by this week’s PROMPTuesday.)   Among other things, Dr. Carolle hit the nail on the head when she drew this on a piece of paper, and said:     This is you.   It was at that point that I turned uflatteringly red. I huffed. I puffed. And then I stopped and thought: Well. […]

PROMPTuesday #112: TWO Words

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Tonight I accidentally tweeted two photos of myself that I meant not to post. Also, I typed in www.t! instead of AND instead of You can imagine the consequences.   So here are the photos:       Nothing big, I get that. But still. They were supposed to be top secret […]

So. Many. Things.

Monday, June 28th, 2010

First. My dad is under supervision to bring his blood potassium levels down. Good thing the family is so concerned because when I called to ask how he was he said:   “I’m old. Old people die.”   I just love his charming ways. But for sure he said that with a glass of wine […]

A Post of Labyrinth-like Proportions

Friday, June 18th, 2010

My head? A ferris wheel with things to do in each bucket, whirling around like an out of control carnival ride. I can’t catch any of my thoughts, no kidding, and I wonder if it’s a side effect of my medication, an antidepressant I don’t want to take anymore, because among other things it makes […]

Rambling Rambler Camping Woman Home on the Range

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Speaking of summer camp, the family and I are going camping this weekend. For me, it’ll be the first time since I was a kid, not counting that “camping trip” (where the “” denotes “make-out” trip) to San Filipe with an SDSU frat when I was 18. One whole week sleeping on the sandy beaches […]

PROMPTuesday #111: Summertime

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

This week’s PROMPT is inspired by my friend Jennifer, who writes a Flashback post every Friday on her most excellent blog. Recently she wrote about her summer camp memories and I thought that’d make a great PROMPTuesday topic.   I, for one, attended sleepaway camp just two summers at the awesome and amazing George Williams […]

Ten Things

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I have a list. It is written in ink in my scrawlish handwriting and has a dead duck on it. Wait. Here:     This is a schedule of sorts. Things I want to write about. A few things from the list: Welsh rarebit story. My love of the underdog. Circus @ Wisc Dells…Burned. Shamrock […]

This’ll Be Quick…

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

So first day of summer vacation yesterday and…   …Is it August 25 yet?   Not that I don’t love hanging with my kids, because I do, but when you work from home? And try to fit in some of that work in between scooter time and dressing Polly Pocket for the 145th time? You […]

PROMPTuesday #110: DLS

Monday, June 7th, 2010

For this week’s creative writing prompt all I ask is that you tell me everything you wouldn’t tell your closest friend. Also, in telling me, you will be telling ones, no dozens, of others!   Sounds tempting, no?   And if posting your dirty little secret weren’t enough, I must request that you do it […]

The Lesson Isn’t Always What You Expect

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I received an email regarding my blog — and me — and this post — that made me simultaneously: squirm wince blush and cry.   It wasn’t “hate mail,” no, it was more like “concerned mail.” Concerned for my soul kinda, and for my life outlook, and in a nutshell? The […]


Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I plan to submit something for PROMPTuesday soon, because I can’t stand letting a spooky “what’s in the basement” story go unexplored, but first: let’s talk more superficial things.   Like clothes and shoes and miscellaneous knicks and knacks.   So maybe you know about my passion for thrifting? I took it a step further […]


Sunday, May 30th, 2010

I went to college in a smallish midwestern city with a gorgeous lakefront, gritty urban streets, and crazy lunatics roaming the alleys (campus was two blocks from the Rescue Mission, a psychiatric hospital, and the Pabst Mansion open to the drunk public). Most of my classes were held next to the Y on the city’s […]

Eyes Wide Open (UPDATED!)

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

STACY won the Sony Digital Camera!     Toots at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Create little girl. Create and explore and discover and trot into this wonderful world wanting to know more.   Earlier this year Toots went on a field trip to get to know our community. This meant visits to […]

Here We Go Again

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Remember this?   Well it all worked out, thank the heavens. Seems Blue Shield read my blog and got me in touch with a smart person.   But now? A medical bill has been put up for collection due to an admin snafu and when I called the collection agency to dispute it, I had […]

PROMPTuesday #108: The Etiquette of It All

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

(Inspired by Mama Mary…)   You know how you’re driving, and the a-hole behind you is riding your butt, and you’re trying to put some space between the two of you but every time you speed up, they speed up? And then they angrily whip around your car and give you a look because apparently, […]

Close Encounter

Monday, May 24th, 2010

  My pastoral backyard. Where probably killer rabbits and diabolical rattlers abound.   I have a friend who is a biologist. She’s taken me on the most delightful adventures where we encounter all manner of wildlife that I ran away from and bitch about, much to her chagrin. The time we went hiking in the […]


Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

He didn’t care, just didn’t care. They could do whatever they wanted. Didn’t bother him. Not one bit. He averted his eyes as they walked past, pretending to be absorbed in the kid’s street basketball game. They probably didn’t spend enough time with their kids anyway. He bet they didn’t.   “Hi Ben!” Someone called. […]

A Slight Interlude

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Lots to update on! But! Because I only have one minute…let’s play a game!   I did this last night on Twitter because…   Hmmmm.   {{{{Thinking…}}}}   Well turns out that like most things in my life, I don’t know why I did it.   So meanwhile!   Watch this pretend pendulum swing and […]

Smarter Than a Kindergartner

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Yesterday at the breakfast table, Toots looked up from her Cheerios with a sudden urge to tell me: Mom! You DO NOT want to get into a fight with Abraham Lincoln!   To which I non-thinkingly replied: Why? Because he’s dead?   Prompting her to roll her eyes and say: No! Because if you disagree […]

A Sorta Tale of Two Left Feet

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

  I was a moony kid. At the tender age of six or seven, I’d be found under a tree, looking through the branches at the clouds in some deep daze it took 85 mom-shouted “DEBORAHS!” to shake me out of. I read books while I walked to school, inadvertently wandering off the curb and […]

PROMPTuesday #107: Not Flying in the V Formation

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Plain and simple, here’s this week’s PROMPTuesday creative writing prompt:   When is the first (or last) time you felt like a square peg in a round hole?   Post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? […]

The Knowing

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I’ve previously alluded to the fact that I once attended a “psychic party” in 1995 Chicago, where a group of us girls paid to have our past, present, and futures read by a reverend who had ESP abilities, right? I say “alluded” because for some reason, I don’t like to talk about it much even […]

Groundhog Day with Blue Shield of California

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

A bit of background: My new insurance plan with Blue Shield of California was effective April 1. My premium was $589.30. I paid $864.26 on March 30, which paid me through May 15. Two weeks later, the dopes at Blue Shield debited my account $589.30. I alerted them to the problem and said I’d be […]

Stuff I Like: Anatomy of a Swag Bag

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The objects listed below, while provided free in a swag bag from Mom’s Night Out recently, are included of my own volition because:   a) They saved me time   b) They made me look efficient or otherwise put together to people who don’t know better   c) They delivered coffee into my mouth at […]

The LA Story

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

  Remember how The Rock and I went to Los Angeles to celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary?   Yeah, me neither.   Already those memories of alone time and afternoon nookie have been covered with back-to-real-life goings ons such as wiping other people’s butts and packing borderline-nutritious school lunches.   Still, I’d like to see […]

PROMPTuesday #106: Turning Point, A Fork Stuck in the Road

Monday, May 10th, 2010

You know how you look back on your life and recognize certain moments that changed things forever? How you could have gone this way or that way, but you choose the way over there, and you’re a different person because of it?   For me, that moment was when I moved from Chicago to Los […]

Of Marine Animals and Invertebrates

Monday, May 10th, 2010

  A soft-bodied marine animal without a backbone.   Slightly adjunct to last week’s post is that Toots had a jellyfish report due today. An oral report. Of facts she had to memorize. Accompanied by a poster board of pictures she drew to illustrate her supporting points. Points like jellyfish lifecycles and animal classification.   […]

The Cult of Biggerality

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Why didn’t you people tell me about the overachieving parents at elementary school? Was it a hard lesson you thought I should learn myself? Like how no one tells you your butt will hurt four years after giving birth?   I don’t know, I guess I thought that kindergarten would be more low-key. Like maybe […]

Soul Questions

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

  WHY, OH WHY INDEED   “Why are you doing this?”   It was a simple question, surely. Referring to something I’ve been doing continuously for nine years, but why, WHY? What do I hope to get out of it?   That was his next question.   He and I were sitting at a bar […]

Draw Your Prose Gun: I’m Pulling Out the Bullet Points

Friday, April 30th, 2010

If I even TRIED to craft anything remotely worthwhile, it’d take me weeks to chip through all the brain mucous, so…   Bullet points it is.     My Mother’s Day present from Holly Marie Jewelry arrived. You can’t see the detail because I need photography intervention, but Toots’ and Booger’s names/birthdates are on the […]

A Lull

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

  I’m currently lazing in bed, sick tissue at the ready, listening to the most majestic wind outside my window. The shades, pulled down to soften the sunlight, undulate against the window and there’s a subtle whooshing, not unpleasant, letting me know that the world is breathing and all is well, all is well. It’s […]

Pointless, As In Lacks a Point

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

As a sworn hypochondriac, it’s my moral duty to distinctly remember every time I was really sick, not the in-my-head sick of every other day. And oh how I remember in vivid, technicolor detail. Let’s see, there was the time I was 13 and felled by some mysterious virus flu microbe that made my eyes […]

PROMPTuesday #104: Going Back. Again

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

This morning Toots asked me if we could live in our house forever. Given that we rent the place, I knew the answer would be “no,” but I didn’t have the resolve to say it. As a kid who moved and moved and moved, I understood her question on a deep heart-level. Luckily, when I […]

Types of People Working in Those Free Wi-Fi Places*

Monday, April 26th, 2010

I spend a lot of time in coffee joints that offer free wi-fi. It’s where I do the majority of my work. As any freelancer knows, if you’re a mom who works from your physical place of residence, you’re totally screwed. There’s the laundry calling, the counter crumbs collecting, and the vacuum sitting; ain’t no […]

Stuff I Like: Wearing My Kids Around My Neck

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I went to dinner with a friend the other night and couldn’t help but notice the new enormous diamond ring on her finger.   “Wow that’s beautiful!” I said. “Truly.”   A rock of monumental size, the diamond sparkled like a thousand very expensive stars that cost a lot of very expensive money.   She […]

Bye Bye

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Do you know those people who take everything very seriously? And you have to watch what you say because they offend so easily? And more often than not you say something completely innocent and they take it the wrong way?   Take for instance an acquaintance named Lamey. She is single and having a great […]

This Was Supposed to be a Tip, Not a Tale of Rage and Woe

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I love thrift stores. Love, love, LOVE thrift. Stores.   Love ‘em.   If you want me to have a multiple O, first take me to the library, then to Rubio’s and finally, to the Goodwill.   I would O all over the place. And not the Oprah kind.   Serious.   So…Given that it’s […]

PROMPTuesday #103: Maudlin

Monday, April 19th, 2010

  I took this picture at my mom’s 50th birthday party in 1991. Who knew then that 19 years later, two of the smiling people would be dead, my dad remarried, and the house sold.   The day I snapped this photo was a happy one. My mom had overcome breast cancer, my parents were […]

Every Street Has One

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

  She runs inside to where I am at the sink, washing the endless dishes. I hear her fling her shoes off and soon she’s before me in a puff of anxiety.   She’s breathless and wild-eyed. “Mom? Is my head going to fall off?”   I know who this is coming from, and I’m […]

Stuff I Like: Easy Dresses

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I can’t stand choosing separates. I don’t know what goes with what and so tend to wear something like what I wore today: off-trend gray capris, shapeless yellow tee and a baggy puce-y sweater. With moccasins.   Moccasins that had flowers on them.   Please do not send the fashion police to shoot me in […]

The Heart Knows.

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

  I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with my husband.   No see, because my friend didn’t plan it that way. I was supposed to fall in love with her brother.   Thing was, the brother was 100% not my type, but he had this wonderfully smart and funny friend named The Rock.   […]

PROMPTuesday #102: I Did Not Know That

Monday, April 12th, 2010

  And you thought I was classy (Right?): These retail for upwards of $300. Yet I procured them from Goodwill for $12.   You know how you see those Oprahs? And the tear-weary woman being interviewed didn’t know for years that:   a) Her husband was gay b) Her husband was a woman c) Her […]

This Post Isn’t Really About What it’s Supposed to be About

Monday, April 12th, 2010

{{THERE USED TO BE SOMETHING ELSE UP HERE. IT’S BEEN REDACTED DUE TO A THIRD-PARTY’S OVERSHARING CONCERNS.}}   Let’s atone for last week’s absence.   I promised a helpful tip, did I not? And let me just say that most of you probably already know this household hint I’m about to share because YOU likely […]

Catching Up

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

To hold to my “editorial calendar,” I owe you all a tip and a Stuff I Like. I know you’ve been waiting. I bet there’s even bated breath involved. Possibly some anticipatory anxiety (the good kind). Am I right? Huh?   Is this thing on?   Sometimes I feel so alone.   Be back with […]

The Fences

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

This is my PROMPTuesday submission for this week. My writing group started back up last night and I made the commitment to do my own prompts — something I’ve neglected to do for a year. So here we go…   She first appeared as my mother’s twin when I was seven. I heard her gravel […]

F-Up Art of Yore

Monday, April 5th, 2010

My childhood memories are peppered with images of the freaky paintings my mom hung on our walls. I don’t know how she didn’t the hell factor in any of these pictures because to me, they’re the stuff nightmares are made of and they’d keep me awake just thinking about them. Truly, any self-respecting kid would […]

Doing Well

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

“How are the kids?” he asked during a routine work conversation.   I try to keep it short and sweet. “Good,” I say. “Toots turned 6 last month and Booger will be 4 next week.”   I could add more, so much more, but don’t want to bore him.   Turns out I can’t help […]

Stuff I Like: Kiehl’s Musk

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

  I have big pores. That must be why nearly every fragrance I’ve ever tried has sunk into my skin never to be smelled again. It’s frustrating: I POUR perfume on and 3.5 seconds later it’s as if I washed it all off with a fire hose. No scent remains. It’s weird. Where does it […]

There’s No Music Like Show Music

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

  Getting ready to storm the stage.   Would you look at the time? It’s “Tip Day” already! I think this setting an editorial calendar for my blog stuff is kind of panning out maybe a little.   It’s nice to have boundaries.   Of course, it’s nice to not have boundaries too.   But […]

PROMPTuesday #100: WOW

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I admit it. I’ve given brief pause to retiring PROMPTuesday from my blog. What once used to be a joy and a challenge, has now turned into something “I must do” and that concerns me. But after careful reflection, I decided to be a tough old broad who hangs on until the last breath. You […]

Flannel and Cotton Briefs

Monday, March 29th, 2010

As I sit laptopping in the local coffee shop, just tip-typin’ away, wearing my favorite gray moth-eaten sweater, misshapen tunic and faded jeans, I can’t help but think back to my full-time working days. Oh lo, those days. I could visit three cubicles in six seconds wearing 3-inch heels and an 85-lb. Franklin Planner. I […]

Stuff I Like: Face Slime

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

{{Mamarazzi Knows Best won!}}   Here’s my newest favorite thing:     The above is part of a skincare line developed by a bloggy friend who suffers from super-sensitive skin, rosacea and “general dermatological malaise.” When she contacted me to ask if I’d give some of the products a trial run, I practically begged she […]

Lentil Delightfulness

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Let’s see. According to my records, Wednesday is Tip Day. (As in helpful hints, not monetary compensation.) (Although…) (Nah, forget it.) Now I’m the first to tell you I don’t hand out tips wily nily, other than “Don’t Smile at a Crocodile,” or “Don’t Wear Granny Underwear with Low-Rise Jeans.” (Wish I had taken THAT […]

PROMPTuesday #99: Another One Word

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Just a one-word prompt today. I’ve written the word below and ask that you write a paragraph, a poem, or even? post a photo on what the word means to you.   The word is:   JUDGMENT   Perhaps you write about a situation where you were judged — or are judged — or where […]

Monday: A Memory. Just Like I Promised.

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

In my early 20s, I worked as an advertising coordinator for a Chicago-area bank. I took the job right after I moved from L.A. where I was an editorial assistant for a video game magazine. Like I do, I pretended I knew way more than I did during my bank interview, and so became responsible […]

Hello. I am San Diego Momma and I Am A Randomaholic

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I need more structure in my life. There’s ENTIRELY too much random abounding in my daily goings-ons and as such, I must impose boundaries and guidelines on myself. Not only will these circles of propriety give new meaning to my bouncing from thing to thing, but my blog posts will now have purpose. PURPOSE!   […]

Online Detox

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I’ve been online too much. Too too much. There’s the Twitter and the Facebook and the blog and the other people’s blogs and the Skype and the email and the other email. I think in terms of “can I blog this” and when my mind is blank of post fodder, I wallow in existential misery. […]

The Many-Dimensioned Reasons of Why I Am Awesome

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

You know what I think is awesome? When I tell my husband why I am awesome. In exacting, painstaking detail. Because he sometimes forgets. And so I gently remind him that I COOK A LOT. That I WORK FROM HOME AND BRING IN MONEY. That I AM NOT A DRUG ADDICT. Also, that PEOPLE FIND […]

Still… In Progress

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Birds leave shadows on the grass where a blanket is drawn   Close by, clouds skitter Blacking out The wings   It’s like this On the ground Where light and dark intermix   A speckled mosaic Of wondering and cursing Not sure what it should be   What should it be A shadow, a bird […]

Don’t Call For Me…

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

…I’ll be busy.    

Pennies for Penny

Friday, March 12th, 2010

I love my two little girls. Deep down-to-the-soul, lift-my-heart, in-every-last-fiber love. It’s no different for those of you with children. Now imagine if your child were sick — not needs Tylenol every four hours sick, but sick-and-might-die sick.   I’m sorry to make you go there in your head, but someone in our community is […]

We Don’t Have THAT Much in Common

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Not too long ago, my brother sent me a link to Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED speech on creativity (which I’ve posted here several times) and told me, “This woman reminds me a bit of you, and I think you’ll probably enjoy it if you haven’t seen it.”   Well of course I was semi-flattered, because as […]

The Cough of a Thousand Nights

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Oh the things we do.   Last night, Booger coughed constantly and continuously and for the frack ever. Like as in and for example, ALL NIGHT LONG. She obviously had a tickle in her throat that wouldn’t quit and it plagued her throughout the ENTIRE EVENING AND INTO THE DAY.   As a concerned mother […]


Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Seems there are a lot of people who want to get to know me better and send me Canadian medications through the U.S. mail. Really, these people must be very lonely. I feel bad for them. I’m thinking of visiting them personally so they can know firsthand the warm connection of real human interaction. I […]

PROMPTuesday #97: Talk To Me

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

This PROMPT is lifted entirely from my friend Eden’s brain. Eden (I call her Stephanie) is the founder and editor of an amazing literary journal, AND the creator of a fiction workshop that I signed up for and didn’t finish. (More on that last part later.) Eden also is a great writer (can we share […]

Stuff I Like

Monday, March 8th, 2010

This is my semi-annual and infrequent “Stuff I Like” post that I write every so often to fill up the blank spaces in my mind. That’s right. Today? I can’t think of a darn thing to write. Other than this.   Still. These things, this “stuff I like” really moves me. All these items were […]


Saturday, March 6th, 2010

  Notes: 1. I lied. I will tell you: I was on San Diego Channel 6‘s Saturday morning news. There is no link though, thank the Lord in His starry heaven above. 2. The “Lia Sophia jewelry rep lady” is Elizabeth (link here). 3. I never actually said the names of the products I demo’d […]

Special Appearance (UPDATED)

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Mama Mary won the stuffed pig treasure chest and We Sit by Fire? You won the MyPlate-Mate! Congrats! You wanna email me your addresses? Or shall we arrange a pickup day?   You remember that TV thing, right? As in, I’m going to be on it?   I’ve got my Secret Extra Strength ready to […]

Out of the Mouth of the Crazed

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Scene: My husband walks in the door from work. I need validation and assurance. We are in the family room. It is night.   My husband: Hi, honey, how was your day?   Me: DO YOU EVEN LOVE ME?   My husband: Sounds good. I’m going to take a shower now.   Me: What is […]


Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Since I’ve been thinking lately about boundaries, I thought I’d explore the serious side. As a woman who never learned to set personal boundaries, I’ve paid a price. Luckily, the cost hasn’t been too high – other than lack of self-respect – but I’ve been in some situations that could have turned out much worse. […]

The Anemia Made Me Do It

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

So this woman I barely know, whose daughter was my daughter’s daycare buddy for a year in 2006, calls me out of the blue a few months ago and leaves me a message that sounded semi-urgent.   “Hi Debbie, it’s Betsy. Can you call me back?”   So I do, even though we’ve never spoken […]

The Veil Lifts

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

I’ve decided to come right out and get the following down. I’ve been agonizing over how to word it, how to do the experience justice, how to stylize my prose. But in the end, all that is stopping me up, so I’m going to recount my Dr. Carolle visit best I can without engaging the […]

It’s Not Who You Know, It’s What You Know

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

  Curriculum Vitae: A banana brain, nose job candidate, constipated, 34C.   I’ve lived a lot of places in my life, and nowhere has seemed as small town as the suburb I call home today. Everyone knows everything about everyone and Good Lord, you don’t want to make a wrong move…kinda like when a married […]

Well At Least My Family Loves Me

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

I’m appearing on television in about a week. As is often the case with me, I am freaking the frack out. So I thought I’d “practice” being on camera so I don’t look like a weirdo dough-face on the morning news.   After making the below video, I am happy to report that I learned […]

Listen, Listen

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

“Come in,” she said. “This is your home.”   And that’s how it began.   I’d come to Dr. Carolle in a last-ditch attempt to understand what was happening to me: the anxiety, the forgetfulness, the bodily changes. I had no where else to go, that’s how it seemed. Until she welcomed me home.   […]

As The Life Turns

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Just a quick update on yesterday’s meeting with Dr. Carolle:   It was transformative and probably life-changing.   I simply can’t wait to tell you EVERYTHING. Even if it’s embarrassing to me. Like that’s anything new.   XO.  

PROMPTuesday #95(a): A Classic (Again)

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

YEP, I’m re-running last week’s prompt.   There are acorns! Acorns. If that’s not a story starter, I don’t know what the hell is…   So….   Here’s the genre: Cheesy romance.   Here are the prompts: Butter knife, roaring fire, acorns.   You know what to do. (But if not? Click here) And if […]

The Saga Continues

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

If you’ ve read this blog for any length of time, you’re no doubt aware that I’m having major hormonal issues. At the risk of boring everyone completely, I am again documenting my struggle in this space. The imbalances in my body continue and I am truly, truly at the end of my rope. For […]

Good Things

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

  Hello there! Where have you been? As for me, I’m back in the green after spending a week in Big Bear battling frigid 60-degree temps and pouring endless cups of hot chocolate. We’d promised the kids snow, and by God, He complied, even if the balmy weather belied the alpine vibe just a tad. […]


Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

I’m making PROMPTuesday a day late. It’ll be posted this time tomorrow.   The reason is? Snow. Lots of it. Also I’m squirreled away in a mountain cabin and still in bed.   I do think I smell coffee downstairs though and is that bacon wafting on the cool alpine wind?   Why I believe […]

The Bra Whisperer

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

I’m pretty modest. As in I don’t usually walk around naked or talk dirty, which was a real problem for me in the early ’90s when I shared a house with a “budding” actress who’d stand freshly showered in my bedroom door and flash me while feeling herself up. Turns out I’m not too progressive […]

Oh No, She Di’int.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Look, I’m as irritable as the next person. Or the 10 next persons. So I get it. I understand wanting to tell the screaming kid next to you in Panera to shut up, or shouting at the idiot in the turn lane who is texting and ignoring the green GO arrow. I really, really feel […]

PROMPTuesday #94: The First Two Lines

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Here I am! Late, I know.   So let’s get right to it…   Finish this story:   I gripped the steering wheel with both hands as flat white land rushed by, punctuated by the occasional scrawny tree. After three months of winter, the snow had hardened into a slab of gleaming marble…   Please […]

The Hormone Highway* (UPDATED)

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Seriously, what are us forty-somethings doing about hormones run amok? Is it just me? I’m a leaky little boat bucked about on the hormone tide and I have had quite enough.   The latest is:   Continual night sweats   Boobs that hurt   Joints that hurt   Head that hurts   Uterus that hurts […]

How Not to be a Mother

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Today before Toots’ kindergarten day began, I found out that she’d ripped the head off a toy that belonged to her friend’s sister. As the mom told it, Toots snapped the head off and laughed evilly when the little girl who owned it turned red. The story was corroborated by Alexa’s friend. Now, the mom […]

PROMPTuesday #93

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

It’s been about a year since I last posted Elizabeth (“Eat, Pray, Love” author) Gilbert’s TED talk on creativity. Her take on the creative process is fascinating and liberating, and begs the question posed for today’s PROMPT:   What is creativity to you?   This is a boundary-less and limit-less prompt. You can write what […]

A Life Well Lived

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

“I have waited so long for my ship to come in, finally now that it has, I hope my pier doesn’t collapse!” –My dad.     My childhood was noisy. There were four of us kids first of all, and secondly, my dad was a loud, boisterous, emotional man. When he was home, which wasn’t […]

Houston, We Have a Winner!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Ali at Pickle Sugar Plum won the Corner Bakery card!   Go Ali, go Ali, go Ali, go, go!   I can’t help the lame things I say sometimes. It’s an affliction I have. Weirdness. My teachers said I’d outgrow it.   Well here I am teachers of yore! Forty-plus and still flush with the […]

Healthy? I Like to Think So.

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The healthy eating post went well! I’m happy to report that I’ve followed many of your suggestions in the last few days and feel…sick as a mangy dog. But I’m sure that will pass, so to speak. It’s probably just toxins being released into my system for elimination. In the next few days, I will […]

PROMPTuesday #92: 1,000 Words

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Rock helped me out with this one. Tired and spent last night, I couldn’t put a PROMPT together for nothing. So my husband got on Ffffound and procured several images to inspire my thinking. I am including most of the pictures here. This week, I’d like if you were to pick one and write […]

I Probably STILL Have Candy Corn Lodged in My Colon

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Back when I was thinner and concerned about things like double chins and large butts, I used to mentally calculate the calorie count of everything I ate. In my mid-20s, I even went through a “candy corn dinner” phase, where I’d eat handfuls of the stuff because it was fat-free. No meat and potatoes, just […]


Monday, January 25th, 2010

This stream of consciousness brought to you by sugar and a teaspoon of Tylenol for kids.   **********************************   Mom? Would you still love me if I killed someone?   I would NOT be happy that you killed someone, but I would still love you.   What if I killed a devil?   Well……   […]


Thursday, January 21st, 2010

  Like last year’s Christmas stuff on the guest bed, so too are the days of my life.   I really want my blog back. And my life. I’m spinning so fast right now that I can’t keep up with anything. How do you moms do it? Is it just me?   If you’d allow […]

PROMPTuesday #91: Breakdown

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!   {Deep cleansing breath, deep cleansing breath.}   I’ve missed you.   {More breaths. More breaths.}   Very busy.   {Breathing…breathing…}   WHERE THE CACKALACKY IS MY BROWN PAPER BAG?   {Gasping, gasping.}   Good Golly Miss Molly Almighty in Heaven Above with the Infant Baby Jesus.   {Re-evaluating priorities. Re-evaluating priorities.}   Work […]


Monday, January 11th, 2010

{{{A week late}}}   I saw her first. She fidgeted in the coffee line and continually checked her reflection in the display case. A pair of black bike shorts barely cupped her buttocks, revealing far more than just tanned and toned legs. A sports bra worn as a top, white waffle socks, and black high-tops […]

Identity Confirmation

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Nice of me to check in, isn’t it? Truth is, I’ve been paralyzed writing-wise. There’s been so much I want to write, but am over-thinking due to people I know now read this blog. There’s so many to please! Or at least not piss off. The one friend over here hates when I self deprecate, […]


Monday, January 4th, 2010

  Many days I forget her crooked smile, how she loved Jeopardy, her potato soup. Unless I’m prepared, I get either upset or downright angry if I have to think about her and me. The way we were together, or more often, apart. Our arguments are legend, still. Truth is, my memories are like an […]

It’s Not The Things, It’s the Stuff

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Do you do this too? Assemble a mental list of things you absolutely need to have in order to be 1) More interesting 2) Less zitty 3) Younger 4) Hipper 5) More enlightened 6) Skinnier; and last and sometimes least 7) Healthier?   I’d say the my personal list compiles at the rate of one […]

Ringing It In

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Thank goodness for this blog. For days, I couldn’t remember what I did last New Year’s Eve, and through the miracle of archivedom, I discovered that on Dec. 31, 2008, I fell asleep at 9PM and didn’t give up the booty. THIS year, I fell asleep at 11PM.   Again, I managed to keep my […]

PROMPTuesday #88: Cheeky Monkey

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Was it something I said? Maybe the intestinal reference?   No matter. Here is today’s PROMPTuesday…late and unshowered. For two days.   So it seems appropriate to talk about monkeys.   Today’s PROMPT is: What is the monkey on your back?   Maybe it’s a monkey you’d like to push off for the New Year. […]

Here’s to the Holiday

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!   It’s very pink over here. Also, I decided to go off my brain medication.( Well, not “decided” really as much as “forgot to take for 5 days.”)   Whooo! Let the holiday glee commence!   On a serious note, thanks for being my friends and readers.   Now if you’ll excuse […]


Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Here’s what’s happening lately:   I’ve been crafting all my blog entries in my mind at around, oh, 3:30AM. This morning was a real hamdoozle of a post about the media’s role in shaping public perception, and that the media needs to be mindful of that great responsibility and not continue to F it up […]

More on the Spirit

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

  I thought to come back and write more about things that uplift me, happy things that don’t involve death and ectoplasmic soda pop. As such, I’m going to list some of my uplifters here. A few I’ve referenced before, so I suppose this could be a compendium of those songs, foods, etc. that are […]

More Peggy Bundy, Less Rachel Ray

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

You remember how I balked at moving to the suburbs, right? Well, looks like I’m seeing more social action here than I have anywhere else I’ve ever lived at any other time in my entire life, with the exception of a raucous sophomore year in college. Seems lots of moms are itching for connection and […]

Holiday Meal Giveaway

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

  Just a representative example of what my Christmas dinner will not look like. But just for fun, let’s mentally re-arrange it to look San Diego Mommish. All right. Take away the turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce; knock over a Christmas candle, and place the wine in the center of the table. There you go. […]

PROMPTuesday #84: I Never

Monday, November 30th, 2009

You know that game “I Never?” I’m the absolute worst at it. Mainly because I’ve never done anything outlandish or too illegal or controversial. I avoid the game at all costs without fail, because at the ripe old age of 41, I still end up looking like a lame Puritan. It’s embarrassing.   I mean, […]

The Note

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Should I put it on her car?   **********************   Hi:   As you know, we (the moms on this street) have an issue with how fast you drive down our cul de sac. We know that you feel that because you are driving the speed limit, you are being safe. However, we want to […]

Better to Be Happy, Than Right, Christine Baranski

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

I don’t often enter into chick fights. In fact, I tend to avoid altercations altogether if I can at all help it. I’m a people pleaser in that way, and it totally blows. That said, there have been a few times I’ve had my rankles up, talked some smack and got ready to rumble. One […]

I Did Math!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I have a guest post up over here. It is probably the only cost comparison I will ever do in my entire life.   And a teaser: I get to give away a holiday dinner package! For people to eat! There will be eating by people. Of the holiday package. Of course, someone will need […]

Now’s Not Good

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Toots: Mom? There’s something I can’t tell you.   Me: OK. Don’t tell me right now.   Toots: Enrique tried to kiss me last week at school.   Me: And?   Toots: I told him it wasn’t a good time.   Me: When did you tell him would be a better time?   Toots: Later. […]

Sunday’s Music

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

I used to do this Playlist thing on here, and I miss it, so today I am resurrecting it for my own amusement.   Recently, I decided to give a listen to some “world” music and other tunes completely foreign to my element because I wanted to jump out of my skin a little. I […]

It All Comes Back Around

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Back in 1996, I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago. I had lived in LA before, from 1991-1993, but in the married-with-children Valley, and as a young single woman, I vowed never to make that mistake again. So this time around, I found a studio apartment in Brentwood, bought a used Lexus, and tried to […]

Hello Everyboddeeee!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Seems I’ve been outed. Not gonna say by who, but her name rhymes with this link. It took me by surprise too, until I was called into the living room last night (unceremoniously I might add) and asked to explain my blog to a room full of woman who know me only as Toots’ mom. […]


Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

I’ve been having blogging issues lately. Some existential, some not. I especially hate the way I’ve neglected my very own PROMPTuesday and after much reflection, believe it’s because I don’t want to do much reflection. More specifically, I haven’t really wanted to plumb the depths of my subconscious. Or, more realistically, just haven’t had the […]

PROMPTuesday #81: Open It Up

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Sometimes the simplest things nudge us irrevocably in one direction or another.   That’s my thinking this week as I introduce today’s PROMPT.   Start off with an uncomplicated, “I never knew…” and see what path you travel down as you write.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog […]

One From the Vaults

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Usually our postman thrusts the mail through our slot, haphazardly and dismissively, leaving envelopes, catalogs, and unemployment checks splayed every which way but neat. Once, I found a wedding invitation, weeks later, dustily bent behind the water heater.   Anyway, today, as I aerobicized to “Digging Your Scene” by the Blow Monkeys, I spied our […]

PROMPTuesday #80: The Minutiae

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

I’ve decided that I overstimulate easily. Too much “stuff” and I shut down. This came to me one day when I was getting ready for a night out and couldn’t process or assimilate the kids asking for a book, the husband wondering what to wear, and the babysitter wanting to know bedtimes. I laser focus […]

Easy Like

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

It’s 5:45AM and the weight of my daughter’s shadow teases my eyes open. Her nose brushes my ear, and a beat later, a soft tug on the covers tells me she is waiting to gain entrance to our bed. I open the sheets and she slides in, placing her head like a Jenga under my […]

You Won’t Regret It

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Have you read The Book Thief yet? I really want you to.   First of all, it’s epic. Second of all, it’s told from Death’s point of view. Third of all, it’s historical fiction set during the Holocaust. Fourthly, the writing is unique and raw. Also charming, just not in the expected places. Fifth and […]

PROMPTuesday #79: The Story Starter

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Here we go! This week, use the below in your first paragraph somewhere:   “You’re not going to win you know.” She couldn’t look at him when she said it.   “Maybe not. But I take heart in knowing that neither one of us will be the same when it’s all over.” He pushed the […]

Check it Out

Monday, October 26th, 2009

FYI! I’m amending my PR policies, the ones that exist solely in my head and often change without due notice, as follows.   I will engage in a PR relationship with a PR person in a PR-y way if:   1) There is cheese.   2) The product/service reminds me of when I was young […]

Last I’ll Say on the Subject

Monday, October 26th, 2009

So the swine flu.   I’ve observed for myself and heard from other moms that in many cases, pediatricians are not testing for H1N1 in their patients with flu symptoms.   When Toots went to the doctor last Monday with fever and arguable fluey stuff going on, my pediatrician, whom I respect and trust, told […]

The Day After the Day After

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

  Toots’s cure for the flu. It’s important that the green cylinder be placed ONLY on the left foot, second piggy from the big toe. Also, the plastic eyeball MUST be affixed firmly to the left shin. Not the knee. The shin. Furthermore, be sure to use only pink and orange Bendaroos for the criss-cross. […]

Cure for the Swine Flu Blues

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

…Find out that it’s “probably” NOT the swine flu as the pediatrician initially speculated. Learn that it’s “probably” just a virus. Dedicate rest of life to the abolition of the word “probably.”   As a secondary life mission, decide to insist on stuff like swine flu tests because assertive people have more peace of mind. […]

PROMPTuesday #78: The Secret Cave

Monday, October 19th, 2009

So today my pediatrician says, “Influenza,” and I say, “Are you thinking H1N1?” and he says, “I AM thinking H1N1 because it is the only strain out there right now,” and I say, “But H1N1 isn’t supposed to be real…it’s supposed to be a construct of my imagination that slowly drives me insane until April,” […]


Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

First she asks how Johnny Appleseed died, then Christopher Columbus. Eager to encourage her learning, even if it is morbid, we look up the details. Appleseed gave in to pneumonia at age 72; Columbus suffered a heart attack at 55. She’s not satisfied. What is pneumonia, she inquires. How does a heart ‘attack’ you?   […]

Disney Tips for the Serious-Minded

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

As a blogger you all look up to for travel tips and theme park reviews, I thought I’d take this time to outline a few “Do’s and Don’ts” for Disneyland.   Also, since I visited both California Adventure and Disneyland last weekend, I feel I am eminently qualified to offer my opinions on how you […]

Good Golly, Miss Molly

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Allright, look. I’m sick of pretending. Here’s the straight-up: I’m a nutcase. I guess you’re now going to have to refrain from offering me that job and asking me to watch your kids. I’ve also got to tell you that my crazy is growing. It’s not quite OCD — yet — but I do dream […]

The Nether

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

It started with the legs. An ill-timed kick here, a knee toward the groin there. Pretty wicked for someone who is unconscious. Then your fingers. Usually the pointer, as if trying to show you. The way it jerks suddenly but with purpose. See? see? X marks the spot. Right there in front of you all […]

PROMPTuesday #75: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Today’s PROMPT comes courtesy of Mama Mary, and it’s a doozy. In a good, thinkey kind of way.   I’m going to let her explain your mission for today (actually, you’ve got several days to do this…):   “Let’s say I am casting for a new reality tv show/web series called “Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda.” Either […]

Tips for Restaurant Seating Planners

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

My suggestion is that tables and chairs not be positioned close to the bathroom. Like not right on top of the bathroom practically, where diners can see people go in and out and sometimes if the door swings just right, see them on the pot (or the floor as the case came to be). And […]

Prepare Yourself

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

As school gears up, I find myself scheduling more and more playdates (a word I’ve only just come to terms with…it sounds so Real Housewives) and I’ve discovered that for a successful playdate (one in which you do not stick your face in a case of Grey Goose afterwards), one’s home must be prepared.   […]


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Nita Tenshyn @everybody So if you tweet in the forest and a tree falls, does anyone hear you?   Nita Tenshyn @everybody Ha! If I were a tree, I’d be deciduous.   Nita Tenshyn @everybody No, a pine. They’re evergreens. right? Anyone know?   Nita Tenshyn @everybody I love granola! Who’s with me?   Nita […]

PROMPTUESDAY #74: A Day in The Life

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

I’m itching for a good old fashioned style prompt and so I’m going to indulge myself today.   In 200 words or less, describe a day in the life of an obsessive twitterer.   I know it’s been done, but the Twits in Twitterland are so asking for it.   Please post your submission in […]

In the Thick of It

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Yesterday a new mommy friend came over for a play date. Her son, Red Bull, is in Toots’ class, and her daughter, Demure, attends Booger’s preschool. Our kids perfectly pair off, because Toots and Red Bull are human energy drinks in a kid bottle, and Booger and Demure remain content to read books and play […]

PROMPTUESDAY #73: Silliloquy*

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

After a recent evening out, The Rock and I arrived home at 12:06AM and wondered aloud what to pay the babysitter. She’d arrived at about 7PM and since we were between hours, the payment protocol was all off. Should we pay her from 7PM to 12AM? Or, 7PM to 12:30AM? Or 7PM to 12:15AM? And […]

I’ll Be Back! (Hold Me To It)

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Hi my friends! I haven’t been around, I know. But just so you know, I talk to you every day in my head. We share meandering stories, randomedies, and nutty anecdotes. Oh yes we do. There was the alopecia thing and the coupon debacle and the Starbucks affair (still) and so many other tales. As […]

PROMPTUESDAY #72: Yeah I Know It’s Wednesday, Smartass.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Here is today’s prompt, courtesy of She, who had the idea, and Toots, from whose fertile imagination the words sprang.   (A sweltering Toots told me the other day she wished “hot” had never been invented.) (More head-scratchingly, after The Rock told her he didn’t feel like going to work, she helpfully suggested he “kill […]

Shazaam! It’s Tuesday, Ain’t It?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Ooops.   Stay tuned…  

Coming Clean

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

My sophomore year in college I roomed with a Crazy Cajun named Michelle. A dark, swarthy, greasy-haired bobblehead, she drawled, blowjobbed and shit-talked like no one I’d ever met. She hated my innards. I don’t know if it were because I transferred mid-year and ruined her solo dorm vibe, or if she thought I were […]

PROMPTUESDAY #71: The Story, Part 2

Monday, August 31st, 2009

I’ve got an awesome prompt.   Last Saturday see, my friend Paul told me about The Moth and intrigue swept my heart. (I love when that happens). The best part? Turns out The Moth (a compelling storytelling concept and podcast series) became a “thing” after the founder used to have people over and “forced” them […]

Truth in Advertising

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The summer wound down with a pop. We knew it was coming, but when those balmy Chicago nights ended with a cold snap, it took us by surprise. Lis and I spent the entire warm weather months doing what twenty-something single Lincoln Parkians did — attending street festival after street festival, Cubs games, and rooftop […]

PROMPTUESDAY #70: Sooner or Later, I Was Gonna Have to Do It

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Please describe a blind date.   Make it up or give us a little truth is stranger than fiction.   Bonus points and adoration from afar: If you make it up, include “Finland”, “chenille robe”, and “casserole” in your submission.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave […]

The Suburbs: Not an Urban Legend

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Annoyingly, I didn’t want to like the suburbs. Instead, I prefer to align myself with eclectic Aaryn, whose vision is to buy an urban loft with open common areas for diversity and individual expression. I thought (hoped?) the suburbs would be too plebian, too vanilla for my delusional hippish tastes and if I didn’t like […]


Thursday, August 20th, 2009

  Olivia “Youthton” John and Toots, before school drop-off.   Toots started kindergarten today. In the days leading up to this morning, she periodically admitted she was “nervous,” a revelation wholly unlike her, the social girl who tells strangers about the time “daddy had a weiner operation and laid on the couch all day.” Either […]

PROMPTUESDAY #69: Introspection

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

1. Who are you? 2. Where did you come from? 3. Where are you going?   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   And also — First time to PROMPTuesday? Welcome! Read a bit about this weekly writing exercise […]

The Sport-Brella: An Experiential Overview

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

  It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an experiential overview!   I’m still not sure how to incorporate product reviews (henceforth referred to as “experiental overview” into my blog yet, or if I even want to, but I have found that I’m game if the following four bullet points are addressed:   1) The […]

4AM, That Witchy Hour

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

I feel pretty safe in my new home. Unless the crickets mount a full offensive, I don’t think I’ve got any to worry about breaking-in-wise. This is really saying something, because I’m the girl who imagines nightmare scenarios of robbers jiggling the front door handle while I hop into the girls’ room, drag a heavy […]

PROMPTuesday #68: Hi From Nuts R Us

Monday, August 10th, 2009

You’re in a mental institution. What finally drove you crazy?   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   And also — First time to PROMPTuesday? Welcome! Read a bit about this weekly writing exercise here.   (Want to see […]

The Tip of the…

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

The problem with waiting so long between posts is there’s so much to say and not enough time to say it. There’s no logical way to string together an essay combining stories of my plane rides to and from New York, my slow introduction to suburbia, the weird thing happening to my right boob, and […]

PROMPTuesday #67: Two for One

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

I’m going for two prompts today because I can’t make up my mind. Truth told? Ambivalence follows me in many aspects of my life…and it’s hard for me to settle on just one thing…always (and THAT’S the one constant). So to honor rather than decry my wobbling, I’m bequeathing double prompts. Choose one or do […]

Simply Wonderful

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

[A photo essay with very few wisecracks.]   I returned home from New York last night and absolutely needed to show you some of Jill and Marky’s wedding ASAP.   You’ll see why.           (How’d this get in here? It’s weird. It’s like some crazy loon made a random guy take […]


Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

  My brother’s almost-wife and my brother.   So I leave for New York City first thing tomorrow. Please send happy hippy safe trip vibes. I’ll be a better blog friend in August. ‘Cuz you know, the family is getting settled and hopefully, my flying phobia will be behind me.   To keep my mind […]

The Gospel

Monday, July 27th, 2009

“I’ve got a pit in my stomach.”   I nodded because I did too, but hadn’t said it aloud.   “It feels so isolated and quiet! Where is everybody?”   I didn’t answer. I’d been thinking the same things, but we made the move and now the best must be made of it.   We […]

PROMPTuesday #65: Come Here and You Will Know What to Do

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Three words today:   Ancient, visionary, coma   Extra bonus points: Incorporate words into a dream sequence.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   And also — First time to PROMPTuesday? Welcome! Read a bit about this weekly […]

Pine Trees and Potato Bugs

Monday, July 20th, 2009

For the first 10 years of my life, my family moved annually. My dad was a video game salesman in the early days when Space Invaders and Asteroids ruled the arcade, and business was flush. In the ’70s and early ’80s, video game companies sprung up like weeds, only to die much quicker, usually in […]


Thursday, July 16th, 2009

I’ve been dying to write something. You know, wax eloquent on the suburbs (we’re still moving! taking little bits out all week with big exodus scheduled for this Saturday! also, I thought crickets were extinct?), expound on how I make my friend, Michelle N. sad because I self deprecate too much (leaving me to wonder […]

PROMPTuesday #64: Eeeeeevvvvvviiiilllll

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Lately, I’ve found my pockmarked brain really enjoying children’s programming. (Except for Yo Gabba Gabba. Do not watch Yo Gabba Gabba. My friend, Island Girl, is right when she says that show is like a kid rave.) That, and Kidz Bop, are why all our children are making out in second grade bathrooms.   At […]

An Update to the Update, Which was Itself an Updated Update

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Hello, my friends.   Guess what?   I’m on a cliff right now. Hanging by my fingernails. But it’s so exhilarating up here! The wind is very refreshing and you should see the view!   Goodness, how I inappropriately love my stupid metaphors.   OK really, here’s the thing. I’m so busy (I edited yesterday […]

PROMPTuesday #63: Looking Back

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Hi, it’s me. No, don’t worry. I’m fine. It’s just there’s so many holes to patch (oh, metaphor), and paints to brush, and cartons to pack, and whines to have, and frozen dinners to artificially warm that make me feel like less of a mom.   What? When will I ever not have an issue […]

Guys and Gals?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

…Can we do PROMPTWEDNESDAY instead this week?   I’ll make it up to you. The prompt will be up tonight.   Thanks in advance for your understanding and gentle, tolerant natures.  

PROMPTuesday Interruptus Maximus

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Stay tuned! PROMPTuesday is coming! However, due to an unprecedented show of packing and inner strength, my fingertippal region is sore and needs a brief refreshment period.   PROMPTuesday will be up this afternoon.   And guess what? The Rock repacked all the boxes I so diligently populated yesterday. Something about not good use of […]

Let’s Go Fluffy

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Because I’m sick of my existential self and emotionality AND needing to write about feelings every godforsaken second, let’s go superficial instead.   What do you say? I think fluff could be fun and I’m real good at it.   So as you may know, I will be attending my brother’s wedding in Manhattan in […]

All A Twitter

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

{{Two nights ago… (– or, three? Last night?) …I sat on the couch with The Rock, watching Kathy Griffin’s Life on The D List. We were laughing. Laughing hard. Then I did this thing where I laugh so much I kinda cry. Except it was a real cry. A burst of unexpected angst and unfounded […]

PROMPTuesday #62: Whose Line is it Anyway?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I got the below line from somewhere and can’t recall from where. Can you imagine a greater treason if you’re a writer? Still, it’s a great prompt starter and I can’t resist, even if I’m unable to give the original author credit.   So please, write a story using the line “Flying through the streets […]

Poo Ethers Be Gone!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

So, moving sucks.   And I haven’t even done anything yet. But just thinking about it stinks.   Speaking of, I can’t get over the fact that I’m moving into someone else’s space that has (1) Their hair in the drains (2) Their poo ethers in the toilet (3) Their skin cells in the carpet. […]

I’ve Said It Before and I’ll Say it Again

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Why haven’t bathing suit designers realized that if they’d only lobby against the sale and manufacture of florescent lighting, they’d sell a hell of a lot more bathing suits?   There should be lobbyists on Capitol Hill. Yea, I see it now: shade-walking flabby 30-somethings, sweaters tied around their waists, who never use public restrooms. […]

Last Night, And I Can’t Write Anymore

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Saturday night was a total fluke, because originally I was to join Jenn at FOUND, but The Rock cast his Father’s Day vote to listen to some music and spend some couples time (poetic license on that last part), and so off we went to a complete dive lounge in horse country where his cousin […]

PROMPTuesday #61: Imagine That

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

I’m scared to fly. Best of all and super exciting is that I get to do it next month for my brother’s wedding. In New York. (Can’t you people get married where there’s easier ground transportation? And in a city of closer proximity not necessitating air travel?)   For God’s sake.   At any rate, […]

Note to Dirty Self

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

If you are asked to showcase your cheap, used thriftwear on another website, shower first.   That’s all I got.  

Just Do It For Him

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

How come you people never tell me to just shut up?   Why do I need to go to my dad for that service?   Because when I called him yesterday, all crestfallen and lame about moving to the suburbs, you know what he said? He said I was a Drama Queen. A Drama Queen! […]


Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

  The suburban Chicago house where I lived for 8 years, so I should just shut up.   ***********************************************************************************   Dudes. Oh, dudes.   It’s pretty official.   We’re moving to the ‘burbs.   I know I say this like I’m some elitist hipster who can’t deign herself to live in two-story houses next to […]

PROMPTuesday #60: Lie to Me

Monday, June 15th, 2009

We got a meme this week, folks. And I’m going with it because the topic intrigues me and I love to lie for sport. So by way of Green Girl, this meme/PROMPT is as follows:   “Sometimes you can learn more about a person by what they don’t tell you, or from the things they […]

Go For It, You’re Not a F*ck-Up

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I saw two movies this week I want to tell you about because they’re the type of movies that will strike a chord if you’ve ever:   1) Waited to take a risk, then took it and were so so glad you did. 2) Felt like life has passed you by. 3) Worried that when […]

PROMPTuesday #59: Decisions, Decisions

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The Rock and I are in the process of making some major decisions on our future. Really BIG decisions. Ones that can change lives. Alter the trajectory of our existence even.   We might move to the suburbs.   I know.   But this is good, right? Costco proximity? Cul de sacs? Girl scouts? Crazy […]

Hard Ass is Us

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I went to an event recently, and the party was altruistic because it raised money for women in Kenya through $14 martinis, but the venue blew. Not because it wasn’t gorgeous, it was: all rooftop deck and blue pool and cabanas and crimson lounge cushions. But because the staff apparently took too seriously their employee […]

PROMPTuesday #58: We All Need One

Monday, June 1st, 2009

  We’ve got all kinds of friends, haven’t we? The serious ones, the anal ones, the silly ones, the lost ones, the distant ones, the ironclad ones.   Today, let’s write about the fun ones. Do you have a friend who makes you laugh and is a guaranteed good time? Write about this friend. Tell […]

Sunrise, Sunset

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

We sat near the back fence framed by hammered mirrors and garden spiders; she was on her 24th cigarette. She spoke with a thick tongue and sometimes indecipherable accent, but I knew she’d given something away years, most probably decades, ago. She’d come to America in 1999, from Russia, told fast money could be found […]

More On Writing, Pt. 1

Friday, May 29th, 2009

  (Photo taken in New York’s West Village, October 2008)   A few months ago, I joined a writer’s coaching meeting that consisted of myself and two other people (who are near and dear to me). The ringleader for this meeting was Paul, who made it very clear that we ARE NOT TO READ OUR […]

PROMPTuesday #57: Your Novel

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

I imagine that every person in the world at one point or another, says, “I should write a book.” Whether it be a how-to parenting guide, a memoir about your life in the circus, or a good old-fashioned murder mystery, we’ve all thought it, right?   “I should write a book.”   Or maybe you […]

This Post is Made With Real Poo

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

As I may have mentioned, I was recently invited to the San Diego Zoo (thanks, Mel) to preview the new Elephant Odyssey exhibit, and as I also may or may not have mentioned, I don’t know yet how to incorporate “PR” content into my blog, so as I am wont to do, I wondered agonizingly […]

S*x and PR*

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

About to get crabs.   I’ve had sex with exactly five (5) men in my whole entire life and one of them is my husband. Don’t get me wrong, I was kissually active, having touched lips with probably 8,500.02 males — and that’s in college alone — but I couldn’t “give” myself to someone unless […]

Peanut Head

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

My skull feels like it’s full of packing peanuts and my brain is taped in cellophane and bubble wrap all the way at the bottom of the box. So many peanuts! So much digging! And still right when I think I finger a bubble, it’s just another styrofoam peanut. Why so many peanuts, head?   […]

PROMPTuesday #56: Touched by An Angel

Monday, May 18th, 2009

The below song was inspired by a poem that Stevie Nicks wrote about an…   …Well, I’m not going to tell you yet. I don’t want to put premptive ideas in your head.   I don’t know about you, but I love imagining a writer at work. Often I picture a silent back bent over […]

Snippets of Light

Friday, May 15th, 2009

  Yesterday, the girls and I walked to the beach. We’ve discovered the most wonderful “secret” passageways leading down to Sunset Cliffs and are spending our time exploring them. There are rusty, rickety metal stairways, cement blocks crumbling into the sea, huge boulders piling the beach, “Do Not Enter” and “Beware” signs, and labyrinth evil […]


Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Today I’m reminded why do prayers work for some and not for others. Why I’d rather just know, and punch hope. Screw the experimental medicine and the new treatment and the wait and see.   Today in December when I knew you would die and you said no you wouldn’t (NO! YOU WOULDN’T!) I saw […]

Mom’s Nite Out in a Very Long Nutshell

Monday, May 11th, 2009

So the Mom’s Nite Out thing, right? Big news here in San Diego Mommason land for quite some time now, and as such, I’m just itching to show you how it all went down.   But first, as I am wont to do, a little self-deprecating textual overview.   Let me just say that I […]

News Bulletin

Friday, May 8th, 2009

  Thanks Tonya. My one true self has never been rendered so perfectly. It’s what my brain would look like if I wore it on the outside.   I wish I could say I have a San Diego Mom’s Nite Out update just waiting for me to finishing touch it before I post, but that […]

Sorry Ladies, He’s Taken

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009



Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

  I didn’t expect to live there long. We never stayed in one place. Maybe a year at the most, and so I remained unsettled. Not in a bad way so much, more like a hummingbird moves from petal to petal, finding nectar in each color, yet keeping in flight, ready to dispatch itself any […]

It Had To Be Done (In Spite of the Zits)

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Do you know that Mom’s Nite Out thing I’ve been talking about all over the place? Well, because It’s something close to my heart, so I’ve made you the below video to explain why it means so much to me.   And because I feel SO strongly about the healing nature of girl time, I […]

Writerly McWriterson

Friday, May 1st, 2009

  My friend, Eden, is among 100 semifinalists who’ve been selected for the next round of the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Now she’s in the quarterfinals and would love reviews of her first chapter. Partially based on these reviews, Amazon will announce three finalists for the Grand Prize on May 15.   Eden is […]

Not What It Seems

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I think I’ve said before that I consider myself perceptive. I like to think I have people’s number at first sight, and after I internally sum someone up I confidently tell The Rock what “I know” about the person. “Oh, they’re bluffing,” I often say about buffons, for instance. “All bark and no bite. Very […]

PROMPTuesday #53: Hark! Who Went There?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

These lovely and haunting photos came from my friend, Da Goddess, whose pictoral mastery inspired today’s PROMPT.   I don’t want to lead you so much this week, as I want these photos to elicit a reaction that you explore with a story or a poem.   So for PROMPTuesday #53 (Holy almost 100 sorta!), […]

Shades of Gray

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Despite resistance from my non-linear brain, I like to be organized. I despise clutter and for mental sanity, need everything in its place. However, nothing has a place in my home, because I am unable to classify stuff. In addition, I am genetically engineering to be unorganized. Actually, I believe that my brain is not […]

Taking a Chance

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

  (Top): Aaryn, Me. (Bottom): Jenn, Cheri, Jamie, Kate.   So last year around this time, I didn’t know many people online. And because I tend to shun attention, I didn’t put myself out there. Too shy. Insecure. Nervous about my sensible shoes. But then, Cheri invited me to attend Kate’s house for the Bossy […]


Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

He was the first I knew of romantic love. Those beginning hours and days, for that’s all it turned out to be in truth, imposed a gentle panic on my life. When would I see him again? Does he really love me? Is he coming back? I drank up every single saccharin word he blabbered, […]

Wordlessness Doesn’t Run in the Family

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

  Toots says “Happy Earth Day, everybody!”   …And she also says:   Happy Beak Heart Day!     And…   Happy Graffiti Spider Femme Day!     Also…   Happy Picasso Day!     In addition and finally…   Happy LoveBob BoobHead Day!    

Rite of Passage

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I don’t know that this qualifies as a travel adventure per se, but I was in another country when it happened, so I’m going with it.   It was the eve of my 19th birthday and my crazy, crimped-haired friend, Shana, decided we must celebrate in Mexico. Tijuana to be exact. Now, we’d been to […]

PROMPTuesday #52: Craziest Travel Adventure

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Have I done this one before? I’m way too tied up with my soy taquitos to check. Also, The Rock has raging infections in both eyes and I’m trying to nurse him back to health by sitting way over here at the kitchen table while berating him to wash his hands and not fling bacteria […]


Monday, April 20th, 2009

Does anyone know what Elijah did when he left Babylon? Because again I randomly smiled at some moonbar in Starbucks this morning, and got an Elijah reference in return.   What happened was I’m just sitting there, being my friendly and tolerant self, which I must stop immediately, and after spotting a wild Buffalo Bill […]

Dust Clouds

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

We loved dive bars, the old geezers, dollar drafts, gummy pool tables. Most weekends, we’d visit somewhere else, the earlier, the better, and make new best friends with the characters who peppered the naugahyde. There should’ve been plaques above each seat with the names, bronzed and indelible. Because nothing much changed from bar to bar. […]

PROMPTuesday #51: Gonna be Startin’ Something

Monday, April 13th, 2009

This week, I wanted to return to the first line prompt, because I’m feeling all fictiony and sublime and I have no idea what that means, so ignore me.   Still here?   Oh good! I love you people.   Here’s PROMPTuesday #51: Please finish the story begun with these sentences:   She lifted the […]

You Made Me Love You

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Spring does this to me every time.   I think I hate it — since I much prefer darker days, less blue and more atmospheric fretfulness than Spring cheerfully delivers. Actually, Autumn is my season — the Autumns of butternut squash, soups and breads and books taken to read before the fire. Spring? Bleh. Too […]

You Probably Won’t Like Me Anymore After This

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The other night I lay in bed quite unable to sleep. Nothing was wrong, as it usually is when I wake up in the middle of the night, no racing heart or sweaty boobs, I just couldn’t sustain drowsiness and so awoke at one a.m. open-eyed and bushy-tailed. And then I did what I always […]

PROMPTuesday #50: A Life in Six Words

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

  Because I’m late today, I kept it easyish. This one comes from my friend, Paul, with whom I’ll be attending a weekly writing coach meeting, but that’s neither here nor there*.   Paul’s idea is to riff on the popular six-word memoir idea captured eloquently in this book here. So just like it’s asked […]

It’s On Its Way!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I’ll have PROMPTuesday up tomorrow morning. This evening, a complicated algorithm involving tart frozen yogurt destroyed by Agave Nectar (next time use plain honey) topping, an illegal smiley face drawn on an orange ottoman and dark shadows moving about my sinister bedroom last night, lowered my energy level enough to preclude an early PROMPT posting. […]

Different Worlds

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Me: The car is running a little funny.   Him: How do you mean?   Me: It sounds corroded.   Him: Like how?   Me: Like it’s riding rough and uneven and weird. Also, it doesn’t start right up in the morning.   Him: Well those are two separate issues. One could be the battery, […]

How Will I Know?

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

I’m in Starbucks sitting next to a crazy loon, and as such, I find myself wondering how I would know if this guy might go batnuts and perpetuate some kind of violence upon my person.   How will I know? So far, he’s just sat in the chair next to mine and when I moved […]

Mish Mash in More Ways Than One, Just Like The Maya Liked It

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

************************************Interlude**************************************** I have a problem. I am keeping house with two sinus-infected-and-spewing hooligans and sleep has not been aplenty. As such, please disregard me and my bizarre forthcoming allusions to Central American indigenous peoples. ************************************************************************************   I’ve been meaning to tell you that I tried out a new recipe I made up. And the reason […]

Loving Frank: A Book Review

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

  I don’t normally do book reviews — and with good reason as you may come to find — but when Barrie Summy asks me to do something, I cannot refuse. So it is in good faith and crossed fingers that I embark upon my very first book review, the format of which I will […]

Wading in the Morass

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Here’s the thing about my purse: there is not just one thing.   I could not sooner pull one item out of there then I could yank a rabbit out my ass. Stuff gets stuck together: socks intermingle with soy sauce packets, paperclips cling to handmade business cards by men (man) who ask(s) me out, […]

PROMPTuesday #49: Pieces of Me

Monday, March 30th, 2009

  Hi-ho! Good to be here. Of course, my eyes water and the head swims from over-editing of businessy documents and such like, but I think I will survive with the creative salvation that is PROMPTuesday.   So, this week, let’s look in our purses and billfolds, poppets. Pull something out. Tell a story about […]

Like The Weather

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I’m bogged down with 540,903 pages to edit before 5PM, so this will be quick.   Here’s a picture of me and my dad. He wasn’t allowed in the delivery room. I wish we still had that couch.     Here’s a picture of my mom and dad at their wedding shower. He’d just said […]

I’m Pretty Sure This is Good Advice

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

UPDATED: She said yes!     This man has no idea. Poor sap.   After eight years, I think I’ve managed to distill my marriage advice (ha ha ha ha ha! those three words sound funny together!) into one sentence:   “Be willing.”   Be willing to work. To make things better when they’re not […]

PROMPTuesday #48: L-O-V-E

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

UPDATED: If you left a link in the comments, consider leaving it here too, and participate in an online wedding proposal event!   This is a special one. Someone I dearly like a lot is going to get engaged soon — she just doesn’t know it yet. To celebrate, this PROMPTuesday is all about love. […]

Just Shut Up Already

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

I’d always suspected I was wordy, but never more so than after I had a kid. The Rock tried to tell me, colleagues tried to tell me, my family tried to tell me, but it’s the innocence of a child that finally got through to my wordy brain.   But first: some background. Anytime The […]

Out on the Town

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Last week, before I started my anti-depressant and took the mental rocks out of my backpack (Thanks Jenn for the analogy), my best friend came for a visit from Chicago.   I can’t tell you the load of good it did me to talk to someone who’s known me for over 20 years and says […]

Well, Hello There Not Crying All the Time

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

So an update. I’ve taken my meds (Celexa) since Monday. And because I’m still me, I’ve only taken half the pill to monitor any errant side effects, but I will take the full pill (20mg) soon. Still, I’ve found that I’m not feeling so much like sitting in a corner shooing my family away like […]

Best Friend Salve: Apply Liberally

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

  Had to go all Wordless Wednesday on you…but I’m coming BACK with my regularly scheduled drivel shortly.   Thanks for all the kind thoughts and emails and support and loveyness.  

PROMPTuesday #47: The Triumvirate

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Hi, and things have been hard. I’m waiting for my universe to right itself again. Or rather, I’m working to right it again, but meanwhile, I’m popping in with a PROMPTuesday.   Because gah, I’m sick of thinking about myself.   This week’s writer’s helper comes from Toasted Cheese, a website for writers founded and […]


Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

“How does it feel?”   I wish he’d ask.   Because it feels like staring out a smudged window and no matter how much you lick your finger and wipe, you can’t see out.   It’s like sitting in a corner and not because you have to.   It’s the heat behind your eyes and […]

PROMPTuesday #46: Humility

Monday, March 9th, 2009

(Amazingly beautiful photo from Chad Pollpeter)   I’ve got something to tell you…and will write it here tomorrow or soon after, but the gist is humility. So in honor of humbling myself today to (please God) be better, I’m adopting the theme for this week’s PROMPTuesday.   Here it is: Write a story about when […]

Bake Deliciously and Carry a Big Purse

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

One day, at a job I grew to hate because the executive director was replaced by an incompetent woman who wore too-small stilettos and carried teeny tiny purses (I don’t trust woman who carry teeny tiny purses every day — it’s unnatural), I did something decidedly San Diego Momma-like, before there ever was such a […]

Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me ME!

Friday, March 6th, 2009

These are some posts about me. This should have been up last week but see, I didn’t post this in time to win a $250 Target gift card, so I’m putting it up anyway to fart in the face of my inability to differentiate between 10:30PM EST and 10:30PM PST.   Now I’ll never be […]

Oh Fine…

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

I’m just gonna write, despite crippling “I suck today” ethers circulating about my person. By the way, did you notice I didn’t do this week’s PROMPT? Despite private email exchanges with Cheri urging her to stop being a pansy ass, I myself pansy assed out. Still, I’ll do it. Really, I will. But am I […]

PROMPTuesday #45: You’re Published!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

  So I’ve revived my manuscript-in-progress, quite surprised to find I’m further along than I thought. Plus, I’ve corralled the journals, scraps, and napkins that link my plot like a cotton candy locomotive, and I’m incorporating the airy tufts, making them real. Best of all, I started to muse again. Gosh darn, I love this […]


Friday, February 27th, 2009

I’ve oft professed my undying love for music. As an angsty adolescent, I laid in bed with earphones every night, my yellow Sony walkman clasped in my hands, listening to the Little River Band’s Help is On the Way or Chicago’s I’ve Been Searching So Long. Way before that, as a new-to-school third-grader, I stuck […]

Dribby Drabs

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Thanks to all who participated in the Fodder extravaganza! It’s still going, if you’re up for it…Click Here to leave a comment suggesting a post topic. For a list of those who’ve written posts inspired other bloggers, Click Here.   Also, thanks for the PROMPTuesday submissions. I’ll be working on mine a little late, but […]

High School Outfits of Yore

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

[This is my contribution to the blog post tag team. [CLICK HERE FOR A PAGE SHOWING ALL TAG TEAM PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR POSTS.]   Anyway, MommyTime asked that I write about an animal dream or an unsuccessful high school outfit, and for now, I’ve gotta go with the latter because it requires the least effort. […]

PROMPTuesday #44: Pastiche

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

So I’m putting PROMPTuesday up early this week. For two reasons. One: It’s pretty much done for me with the whole post tag team thing we’ve got going, and Two: I expect to be up all night busily searching boxes for old high school photos of me wearing pajamas to class (un-ironically and intentionally).   […]

The Follow-Up To That Which Did Not Make Sense in the First Place

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Great! I’ve drawn you in with a clear, concise title to further explain the labyrinth post I wrote last week.   I think I’m beginning to understand why my husband sighs so heavily when I ask “to talk.”   So look. I’m just going to sum up with quick and clear sentences.   According to […]


Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Just so you know right off, I love PROMPTuesday. What a supportive little thing we got going there. I adore the new voices and the people writing and the humor and the honesty and the prosetasticness. Still, when it’s not Tuesday, I find myself wondering what to write…and then idea-less, I run off and pen […]

Circle Of Friends

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

“Come as I am With you I don’t need to pretend You accept all my quirks You’re never afraid to tell me when I’m being a jerk   Thank you thank you thank you again Thank you thank you for being my friend Yes I win everyday That we spend together and I’ve got to […]

PROMPTuesday #43: The Firestarter

Monday, February 16th, 2009

I’m writing this in bed, listening to the occasional rain, trying not to barf all over you. See, somewhere between noon and 1PM, I suddenly and violently came down with a burny stomach/bloody sinus malady, and it’s not been attractive nor amusing.   Still, PROMPTuesday must not suffer. No instead my husband will bear the […]

Toots for President!

Monday, February 16th, 2009

  Happy birthday to my dear little Toots, who turns 5 today. I’ve got so much to say, but I’ll start with:   Oh my Lord, 5 already?! This leaves me precious little time to help you grow into a secure, confident, empathetic, contributing and contented member of society. Wait. Did I say “member of […]

Beneath the Surface

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Other dimensions fascinate me. I admit to believing in the possibility that perhaps we live parallel lives. One of us is on this plane, living according to the decisions we made throughout our life, and our doppelganger is somewhere else entirely, a product of the choices we might have made, but didn’t. Rather, I’m not […]

Butt, Of Course

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

  (The man on the right is the reason I think butts are funny.)   Toots: My name is Iliana.   Booger: My name is Iliana.   Toots: I’M Iliana.   Booger: No, I’M Iliana!   Toots: I thought of it first! You didn’t even know Iliana could be a name!   Booger: Yes, I […]

Our Song

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

This happened so fast, every last bit (it started when?) and now you’re dying, you are dying. A Saturday night and it comes down to this: a cough, rattled breath, and love you don’t hear. We’re next to you, we circle you, we avoid you, we sleep on the floor to be near. Because you […]

PROMPTuesday #42: Remember When?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Music — such lyrical salve. My cell nuclei thrums to beautiful, raw words set to pounding — or rolling — melody, and my white light positively beams at live shows, where I sit somewhere close to the amplifier, each piece of skin, bone, plasma, pulsing, exploding. I bear witness to a singer’s true face, soul […]

What I Like About You

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Do you have one of those friends who go on and on about something — the same thing — over and over and over until you just want to stick them in a hole and fill it with dirt? Just shovel ‘em over and release them only when they promise to shut up about the […]

Funky Town

Friday, February 6th, 2009

I’ve got a great idea. Not only do I think it’d be an interesting social experiment, but I also believe it’d make a lot of people happy. In fact, that’s my idea’s first purpose: make happier people. My idea’s second purpose(s) are to cure cancer, terrorism, and obesity.   Here’s what I’m thinking: I want […]

What Came Next

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

It may interest you to know that my period came today. And this is especially riveting because I am happy about it. Happy. Happy! Do you know what that means? My dark descent into depression is reversed. Why, I feel positively alive. And no longer desirous of wading into the San Diego Bay.   Despite […]

PROMPTuesday #41: Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

This week (all exhausting day-and-a-half of it) has been rife with ups and downs, bumps and glitches, despair and redemption, so I’m making this PROMPTuesday akin to comfort food. That means I’m returning to a traditional prompty set-up, where I issue a situation and a word and you go to writer town. Yes sir, I […]

Am I Alone Here

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I’ve pretty much resisted writing what I’m about to post, because I don’t want to bring anyone down, but I’ve got to tell you, I’m having a very difficult time. Maybe as some of you know, when you are low, it’s not so easy to blog because you worry about your readers’ reactions or that […]

An Oldie, But Dummy

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

This post originally ran in my “other blog,” and I avoided re-reading it for years because a San Diego journalist who obviously had too much time on her hands and felt she had to comment on a blog that had no readers and no direction and wasn’t even newsworthy anyway, happened to review it, and […]

Where I Learned To Be Sweet

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

“It’s time,” my mom announced at the dinner table, and I knew just what she meant. For months, she’d insisted I look for a job and that evening over the phone, her church buddy told her the Jelly Bowl Bakery needed a counter girl. Being 15, I felt sure I’d never get a work permit, […]

PROMPTuesday #40: Phoning It In

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

So tonight I basically asked a man why he was in a wheelchair.* If “basically” were “I did.” And since I’m still toothpicking toenail shards from my teeth, I’m phoning in an easy PROMPTuesday this morning.   This week, tell us about your first job. As I recently twittered, I worked at the Jelly Bowl […]

All For You

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I would like you to know that in my continued quest to make this blog smell less like ass, I am committed to my new and improved “Shake It Up, Dammit” Project.   And today, what this essentially means is that I am going to Trivia Night at Shakespeare’s Pub, when all I really want […]

PMS: Large and In Charge; An Exegesis in Three Mostly True Parts

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Part 1: The Prologue (Thursday, Jan. 22, 9PM. I am at a Cocktails in Historic Places event, sitting alone at a table, nursing wine and texting The Rock. Please note that I did not publish his responses, requiring you to use your super powers of deduction to fill in the blanks. Footnote: Rhonda is The […]

Upping the Ante

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

  I’m worried. Lately, I’ve been feeling uninspired and lame. Also, non-creative. For the past year or so. And it’s as if I can sense my creativity conduits drying up, akin to hardening of the arteries. Fresh synapses refuse to fire and I’m stuck on a track and I can’t even come up with words […]

The Interview

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

San Diego Momma (SDM): Hi, My Creativity! It’s nice to finally sit down with you. You’re always coming and going.   My Creativity: Yeah, well I hate to be tied down.   SDM: I noticed. So let’s get started! Where were you born?   My Creativity: I was born in the fertile peat of your […]

PROMPTuesday #39: The Interview

Monday, January 19th, 2009

This week, let’s do something fun! And fakeducational! Or loopy! Depending.   My friend Kizz inspired this PROMPTuesday, even busy as she is working her way through all the PROMPTuesdays of yore.   So Kizz’s idea was to do something funny. And THAT came to her as she watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with Ricky […]

Finding the Balance

Monday, January 19th, 2009

I often accuse my husband of not thinking things through. It’s a lame thing to do, because I’m no full-circle thinker, God knows, but I guess it’s easier to point the finger than to look at it wiggling back at you. I tell him he needs to set goals, make plans, move ahead in doing […]

A Bad Apple

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Macs are supposed to be wonderful, right? So can someone tell me why I’ve spent more on my 18-month-old MacBook Pro than if I’d bought four PCs? And can that same person tell me why my freaking track pad and keyboard are stuck and don’t work for nothin’ and why I’m contorted on my bed […]

Even More “My Awesome Things.” Stop It Some More!

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Shhhh. I’m not supposed to be here. I have reports to edit and copy to write and miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep. But it’s time for a new Awesome Things installment, and so away we go.   This list comes courtesy of my friend, Cocktail Maven. She has […]

More “My Awesome Things.” Now, Richer and Creamier!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

See, this is why I don’t do serieses. I don’t serieses because I’m not serial about it. I let some little distraction, like a backlog of eight 50-page reports to edit, to sidetrack me and screw the whole consecutiveness of my serieses.   But here I am anyway, because thank God I made people I […]

PROMPTuesday #38: My Awesome Things

Monday, January 12th, 2009

So obviously, I’ve veered from my typical PROMPTs these past two weeks. But that’s all part of being creative, right? Departing from the norm? Mixing it up? Puttin’ on the ritz? (I don’t analyze this stuff, folks, I just blog past my bedtime and hope it all makes sense in the morning.)   Either way, […]

My Awesome Things Series

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I’ve long wanted to poll my favorite people and ask them about stuff they like (I apologize for clunky writing. Still a bit under the weather and all.) And then I wanted to post their answers for everyone because you might see something new and cool to try.   So today, I’m starting the “My […]


Friday, January 9th, 2009

There’s all kinds of things wrong here today. There’s the urinary tract infection, and the sinus infection, and the barf infection. The barf infection is particularly loathsome and detrimental to my person. And I’m not even barfing yet.   I meant to write muchly today, and as I made my way to the shower, I […]

I Need A Dristan Drip…And A Cribbie

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

So I learned how to post videos to Vimeo. You fortunate people. So now you get to hear Toots read a bedtime story! May its soft melodious nonsense soothe you to a sweet slumber.   Also, be ye warned: I sound mannish, and say chaste things like “Speak slower so God can hear you.” Because […]

The Wagon

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Don’t forget the Children’s Place Gift Card Giveaway!   *************************************************************************************   On July 5, 2007, I decided to quit a lot of crazy things cold turkey. These things included caffeine, sugar, white flour, corn syrup solids, sucrose, fructose, lactose, and whatever the hell else I decided to lump into my insane dietary experiment.   At […]

PROMPTuesday #37: Book Club

Monday, January 5th, 2009

This is a little more unorthodox than my usual PROMPTuesdays, only because I recently saw a list of 101 Things For A Mom Blogger to Write About, and the starter “The Best Book I Ever Read Was…” jumped out at me. Now I know it’s not a fresh topic, nor bawdy nor random, but I […]

It’s Not Easy Being Square

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Don’t forget the Children’s Place Gift Card Giveaway! *************************************************************************************   I’m having a hard time making friends at my daughter’s preschool. Because I tend to be the sort of person who hangs back a bit a first meet, I just can’t integrate into the group. It doesn’t help that I get nervous around “new” people, […]

Lookie Loos

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Oh sigh. There’s nothing to see here. No New Year’s epiphanies, nor advice, nor inspiration, nor anecdotes, nor scintillation even, seeing as I and The Rock fell into a sexless sleep at about 9PM, waking only briefly to the sound of midnight fireworks, too tired and lazy to even mumble “Happy New Year” to each […]

PROMPTuesday #36: The Senses

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Well, well, well, here we are again. It’s PROMPTuesday time already. I’ve got to tell you…this week’s is one of my favorites. For two reasons: the picture below has always intrigued me, and I love the song that accompanies it.   I know I’ve done the whole study a photo thing before, plus I’ve included […]

Hope You’re All Well

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Goodness, I’ve missed you.   Come back soon for when I wonder aloud if I have a drinking problem.   Meanwhile: Stay thirsty, my friends.   It doesn’t have to be for alcohol.   Although if you’re me, it probably is.   But I’m getting ahead of myself.   So for now, here’s a re-posted […]

Next Week For Sure

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Thank you for your input. This whole exercise in thinking I’m always right reaching out to the community for backing up of my less popular opinion feedback has been very humiliating valuable.   I’d also like to thank The Rock for his gracious acceptance of being right. When he first said that most of America […]

Settling Christmas

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Please help me out here. Someone in my family thinks that his tradition is overwhelmingly practiced across America, and someone else in my family thinks that her tradition is more common and awesome.   So: do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?   I will reveal the less awesome Christmas tradition practicer […]

Pieces of Advice(s)

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Tip #1 If you like to go thrifting, and your hunting and pecking takes you to the book section, which is just across from the public bathroom, take a deep breath about five minutes prior and hold it for the duration of your stay. In case of pass-out, be sure to wear a med alert […]

Stocking Stuffer Winners!

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Lex won the Kookeys!   FADKOG won the Tracksters!   That’s all I got today.   Seriously. You’re lucky you got the exclamation points.  

In the Spirit

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

I do this thing where I’m sure I’m not doing enough for the kids and so rope The Rock into nefarious schemes to make me feel more parenty.   This past weekend, I thought we should be doing more holiday things, so I scanned the Internet and found a community theater production in a quasi-questionable […]

PROMPTuesday #35: The Secret

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

(One more day for the Stocking Stuff Giveaway!) It’s over, baby. **********************************************************************************   I apologize for delaying publication of this week’s PROMPTuesday. Thank you for the notes threatening me with non-specific injury to my person if I didn’t get on the stick. It’s just that I needed to know someone loved me. I know, I […]

The Bigger Better Deal*

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

The Stocking Stuffer Giveaway is alive and kicking! Enter here! (It’s not a pony.) ***********************************************************************************   I am such a tool. All month long I’ve seen commercial after commercial promoting this princess and that doll house and this ‘Lil Pony and that Easy Bake Oven and this pooping baby and that Scooby Doo Mystery Game. […]

How To Write

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Instead of reading this, why don’t you enter my giveaway? I’d erase this post altogether, but that would be in direct opposition to my Tip #1 included below, in the midst of this drivel I’d rather you ignore.   How to write. I ask myself this question almost every day. Because I overthink, and because […]

Full Circle

Friday, December 12th, 2008

The Dream I’d applied cucumber-cranberry mask to my eyebags and when I looked in the mirror, I happily saw my bags had retracted so completely that they were concave, as if someone had scooped my eyebags out with a teaspoon. It WAS a dream, but still, I should have been alarmed, right? To my credit, […]

Go Barrie!

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

  I loved meeting kidlit author Barrie Summy Tuesday night at Warwick’s Book Store. Her new middle grade book, I So Don’t Do Mysteries, launched just that day and I wanted to come out and give my congratulations.   The thing is? I just found Barrie online (she blogs too) (thanks for the tip, Vodka […]

And to All a Bellicose Night

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

The crank cloud has not yet lifted, and it’s heavy with a chance of rain. i’ve been so pissy that it’s in complete opposition to all that is good about the season. I’ve even desecrated the cheerfulness of “Rudoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” It went something like this* (please look away if you are a good […]

PROMPTuesday #34: Bawdy Prose. Why? Because it’s the Holidays.

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Look, I’m sorry to do this to you, but it has to be done. Why, I can’t say. I don’t tend to examine my inspiration. It’s so often demented and idiotic.   What I regret perpetuating upon your writerly person is this: For today’s PROMPTuesday, please compose a holiday limerick.   As you may or […]

Look Younger and Improve Your Suppleness Giveaway…IS OVER!

Friday, December 5th, 2008

WINNER ANNOUNCED TOMORROW!   Oh OK, I’ll do it now, but make it official tomorrow. It’s Auds! Which is cool, because I think she is my exact undisclosed age!   “Suppleness” is a disconcerting word that reminds me of those gel nipple shields I wore while breastfeeding, but I thought it’d grab your attention. Because […]

Not on My Watch

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

I’m a little nutso about home security, as in completely insane. I always need the doors locked and at night, I only leave the bedroom windows open a crack in case an enterprising burglar rock climbs our sheer walls to gain access.   I absolutely must have our home alarm at all times and have […]

PROMPT: Too Long and Over the Limit

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

I often pretended Maura Dominiak’s nooks and crannies house were mine. Big, rustic, rife with wood, and usually empty of parental supervision. Full of antique stoves and stained glass and porcelain knobs. After fall’s football games, we’d drive up to the detached garage with the warped edges that never shut properly, park behind the Peugeot, […]

From the Diary of a Reluctant Housewife

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I’m not going to cease to exist if I don’t update my blog every day, right? I mean, I CAN disconnect from Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and e-mail for a day or two while I capture the holiday spirit, finish some work, and domesticate myself.   It IS possible. What’s important is my family.   So […]

The Recapinator

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

  (Custom graphic hand rendered by Ray.)   I promise that this will be the last time I mention “40” colloquially. After this, it’s gonna be all “Age is just a state of mind in New York City. I know it’s crazy, but it’s true,” and “40 is the new black.”   No more 40 […]

PROMPTuesday #32: One Word

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I took today’s PROMPTuesday from One Word to keep it simple this week (especially after the labyrinth-like PROMPT from last Tuesday.   So this week, write on this:     Just look at the word. And write. That’s all. (Oh were but it that simple, right?) (Or — “but were it that simple?”) (Is that […]

San Diego Momma’s Beauty Tip #The Only One: Wear Shiny Jewelry

Monday, November 24th, 2008

UPDATED TO ADD: Cheri at Blog This Mom! is the winner!   The Kelly Meeker $50 gift certificate giveaway is winding down (kinda like me all day yesterday, but with Egg McMuffins and Ghiradellis) OVER! So don’t forget to enter! Kelly’s offered to give away a $50 gift certificate to her site, applieable (not a […]

November 22, 1968

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Well. I’m just about 40. And you know what? I’m much less this:     And way more this:     To tell you the truth, I wasn’t too bad off with the 40 thing, it’s just made me more reflective. There’s been a whole lot of living in those years. I’ve grown up, I’ve […]

Here We Go Again

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    I’ve been thinking. (Collective groans commence.) I’ve been thinking that I’ve been thinking too much. You know? I’m trying too hard. It’s messing me up. Not every post has to have a point. It doesn’t have to be witty or wise or even logical. I mean, random is my thing, babies. It’s what […]

Letting Go

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

When I was a junior in high school, I attended a spiritual retreat called Kairos. It was a big secret, and every year, scores of juniors went to the retreat and came back from their week a little quieter, a little calmer, a little changed. Before I went on my Kairos week, I always wondered […]

This Explains A Lot

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I was thinking the other day about my emotional development, and why it’s not as far along as I’d like it to be. My emotional maturity is pee-sized, when I’d really like it to be at least as big as a salad beet, or a medium-length tuber.   I thought that maybe I was making […]

PROMPTuesday #31: Faking It

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Let’s see if I can write this without getting my tongue tied:   This PROMPTuesday, write a story about someone faking a skill to gain the attention of someone else, which only forces him/her into a situation where s/he must use this skill in order to save him/herself from a bigger threat.

a cast-iron lamp
two nuns […]

In Which I Could Use a Good Acupuncturist

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Today turned out to be one of those days. Running from thing to thing, speed dialing my pretend maid, wondering if wine could be considered a Jamba Juice boost.   THEN! Frustrating delays, mental breakdowns, rapid breathing.   So, let’s talk about more halcyon days. Winners! We have winners!     For the customized kid’s […]

Giveaway #3: Win Friends & Influence People

Friday, November 14th, 2008

  Would you like to avoid the blank stares you get when you tell people about your blog?   Do you want to legitimize the hours you spend Twittering and commenting?   Would you like to educate your friends in the “real world” that “blog” is not a rancid swamp or tasteless British ale?   […]

The Deets

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

  Congrats to Stef, who won the music giveaway extravaganza. Stef? If you read this, e-mail me!   Meanwhile, there’s one more day for the personalized kid’s art book giveaway, so have at it!   Also! Tomorrow is a brand new giveaway from Moon and Back Studios. You won’t want to miss it.   I’m […]

Giveaway #2: Second in a Series of the Unbearable Awesomeness of Being

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

NOW CLOSED! Stay tuned for the winner!     Sorry to be obtuse. What I’m trying to say is that I’m glad to be alive! So, let’s celebrate! (You can either wade through all my puffy prose below, or scroll down to the bottom for the giveaway details. I won’t even know you ignored me.) […]

What the Hell?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

People, you’re hurting my feelings. I’ve got an awesome giveaway going on down here, and it’s going nowhere fast. Out of 9 entrants, one even opted to not be put in the giveaway entrant mix.   Is it my 40ishness? The 12 garlic cloves I ate for dinner last night? The fact that I poke […]

PROMPTuesday #30: Over the Hills and Far Away

Monday, November 10th, 2008

  (Painting by Rebecca)   This PROMPTuesday, make up a story inspired by the picture above. Include the link to your story/post in the comments or feel free to leave your submission here, also in the comments section.   I’ll be back to submit my take on it tomorrow, but… meanwhile…to bone up on PROMPTuesdays, […]

Let The Music Play…And A Giveaway Waaaayyyyy Down at the End

Monday, November 10th, 2008

So it’s been crazyish around here today. First, Rebecca’s family doesn’t seem to know what to do from this point, so they’ve been calling me, and as an unofficial representative and only person she knew well in San Diego, I’ve been trying to iron out what happens now. Rebecca’s wishes were to be cremated and […]

Moving Up

Monday, November 10th, 2008

  Rebecca passed away this morning at 4AM. Same day, same hour as my mom 11 years ago.   I don’t know if you remember, but I often mourn the fact that I don’t “feel” my mom’s spirit. I’m happy to say that today, driving home from the hospital, I felt Rebecca all around me. […]

Moving On

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

I had all kinds of things planned for today: a giveaway, a rumination, a weekend update, but my beloved Rebecca is back in the hospital after being in the convalescent home for two weeks.   I don’t think it’s good, it’s looking like renal failure, and the blustery November wind that I love so, is […]

So Close

Friday, November 7th, 2008

I was 15 and working at a gift shop in a charming restored early 19th century village. I often worked alone and when business was slow, I hopped next door to waitress at the Peppermint Stick, where I’d cheerfully spill coffee on strangers and get ice cream orders all wrong.     One Sunday afternoon, […]

Jumping the Track

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

  Those were the days.   Dear People Who Read My Blog:   In a little over two weeks from now, I will be ever-lovin’ 40. So for a moment, I’d like us all to forget the soul searching and epiphanies I’ve shared on this space and tell you: I’m freaking the frack out.   […]

PROMPTuesday #29: I Was There

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

History’s being made, can you feel it? The bubbles in the atmosphere? The sense that when they pop, the air around them will change? Or else the they’ll float into space, bouncing like sound waves, carrying the news of today into tomorrow?   So where were you when history was laid down? Was the TV […]

Definitely, Maybe

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

I came home from a haunted house tour Thursday night disappointed that I hadn’t glimpsed any ghosts. It must’ve been about 10:45PM, and I tramped upstairs, surprised to see The Rock awake and alert. I’d been waiting to complain to someone and now I had a readymade audience. He looked up from the TV, waiting […]

Into the Great White Open; Under Them Skies of Blue

Friday, October 31st, 2008

  Sometimes I mistake it for melancholy. And maybe now and then it is. She absorbs moods, energies, feelings instantly and spits them back out like a crazy spigot, but after the initial flood, she settles into quiet reflection. It’s almost as if she’s saturated by the sheer intensity of her emotion and can’t take […]

Loose Ends

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Chris gently reminded me that I haven’t updated on my chemical peel yet, and by George if she ain’t right.   So here’s the thing: I don’t look like this anymore.     Now, I look way more like this:     I don’t know how to explain it. It’s like I had the peel, […]

PROMPTuesday #28: Where I’m From

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I think this started as a meme. I’ve read several outstanding versions of it over the last year, and I thought I’d like to offer it as a PROMPTuesday, so…   I am.   This week, tell us who you are, what’s inside, where you’re from. Share your memory fragments, those visions in your head, […]


Monday, October 27th, 2008

Words elude, weary of running.   But I will continue to write.   The luster is dim, the veneer chipped and dinged.   But I will continue to write.   I fear what’s next, barriers busted, re-erected.   But I will continue to write.   I avoid the spark, embers cool, then darken.   But […]

I Want to Be Funny

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Man! First the pre-flight anxiety and now Rebecca. The humor gods seem to be conspiring against me. So I guess I’ll give an update instead of going for the funny.   Rebecca is good. She’s taken off her ankle bandages (herself!) (in the middle of the night!) and defiantly pulled out her IVs. Her ankle […]

Deep Sigh

Friday, October 24th, 2008

  Found out this morning that my teacher, muse, and mother figure, Rebecca, is in the hospital. I didn’t know for a week, and when I got there this morning, seeing her prone took my breath away. I knew when I started seeing her 7 years ago, when she was 87, that she might get […]

Trip Report

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

  There’s so much to say. First of all, I’m going to write about my pre-flight anxiety in a separate post, because it was big and bold and ultimately, beautiful. One thing I almost wrote here before I left, was that I’d rather die in the air, than live afraid on the ground, but the […]

PROMPTuesday #27: Trippin’

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

  For today’s PROMPTuesday, I ask that you write about a trip or an excursion that left you changed in some way. Did you conquer a fear on your trip? Learn something about yourself? Learn something about another person? Break up? Get together? Consider hospital time for the largest walking blister this side of Manhattan? […]

I’m Home

Monday, October 20th, 2008

  (I took this picture from my plane with my eyes closed. No need to remind myself that I was 39,000 miles up in the air.)   Thanks so much for your prayers and good thoughts! I’m home and that means I actually got on a plane twice. TW-ICE.   Thanks to my guest posters, […]

Good Humor Girl

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Cheri at Blog this Mom! is the first San Diego blogger I read after starting San Diego Momma this past winter. She be-charmed me with her dry wit, quiet genius and spectacular writing. It was through Cheri that I met the Blog Bitches and I am forever haunted by thankful for that. I believe that […]

Quirky Blogger in the HOUSE!

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

  (Steph’s “professional pic.”)     (The one I prefer.)   I love my Steph. I could leave it at that and be perfectly happy. But then, you wouldn’t know how we met, or how we fell in love, or any of the saucy details, so I’ll continue. I began San Diego Momma officially in […]


Friday, October 17th, 2008

You know when you read someone and instantly you’re aware that you’re in the presence of amazing grace? That person for me is Tinsenpup. I found her through Five Star Friday, several months ago and I’ve been bugging her ever since. I can’t express how I feel about her writing — it’s just heartbreaking and […]

Have You Lost Weight?

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Guest poster, Da Goddess, was my first blog friend WAY BACK in 2002. I was just six months into the blog that won’t be named and I reached out to her for support and advice. She adopted me right away, unselfishly sharing links, help, companionship, anything I needed to make me feel more welcome. The […]

Baby, it’s cold inside.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

What can I say about Mommy Pie that you haven’t already heard me go on and on about? Let’s see. I love her? No. I’ve said that before. Hmmm…She’s my psychic twin? Also, probably heard me say that. Gosh, I’m running out of glowing new commentary. Let me leave it at this: Mommy Pie was […]

Here I Go

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

OK, I’m leaving for New York in less than 10 hours. Would you all think happy thoughts for me and say a prayer or two?   I’ll tweet my safe (I hope! I hope! I hope!) arrival…   p.s. Some fabulous guest posters are lined up during my absence. Can’t wait for you to read […]

PROMPTuesday #26: And We Shall Prevail

Monday, October 13th, 2008

In light of my upcoming trip this Wednesday, today’s PROMPT is short and sweet (and selfish).   Can you tell me a story of a fear you’ve overcome? Fiction is of course, welcome. As are poems. Or one-liners. In fact, anything goes.   Anything.   Go!   (And thank you.)  

The Mouse Does It Again

Monday, October 13th, 2008

  I don’t care who you are, when you watch your kids light up at Disneyland, your black heart is sure to turn gray, and if you’re lucky, it might go completely pink on you.   I didn’t really feel like fighting crowds, to be honest, or waiting in lines, or missing nap times, or […]

Happiest Place on Earth

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Good. That ought to help.   (You’ll never guess where we’re going tomorrow.)    

So Sue Me

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Hi. I’m drunk. Sorry, but that’s just the way it’s gotta be until next Wednesday. Which is the day I board my plane to New York.   I tried to hard to vlog today because I’m pretty much unable to write, think, drive, eat, sleep these days and I really wanted you to see the […]

PROMPTuesday #25: The Wine’s Drunk, But the Memories Remain

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Would you guys bear with me for a few more weeks? I’m sucking, I know. It’s just that I’ve been so busy. (And you know, panicked.)   Annnnyyywayyy.   Here’s the thing. My mom used to collect wine corks from dinners or parties with friends, which she’d ask everyone at the dinner or party to […]

In the Hopper

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Well it’s 6:30AM, which these days is the best time for me to blog. Toots lays in our bed, after having a nightmare, Booger is sleeping off her temper tantrum, and The Rock is showering downstairs (and he’d better bring the razor up this time.)   My phone rang a few short minutes ago, and […]

What’s Missing Today

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

We talked at breakfast, arguing politics, healthcare, the economy. Dozens of people nursed coffees, poked their eggs, and gazed out the window at the water. Families waiting for a seat paced outside, while the hostess scribbled name after name. Kids ran between their parents’ legs, teen-agers smoked, uncles sighed, ailing mothers whimpered, bums curled in […]

PROMPTuesday #24: The One-Liner

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Excellent writer and super cool blogger, Tap Dancing on the Edge of Reason, provided me with her son’s writing prompt, which I think will work just fine for this PROMPTuesday. Just fine indeed.   It is:   “You are in a corn field, with your dog, when all of a sudden, a plastic…”   Imagine […]

Baby, Come Back!

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Hi.   Yeah, I know it’s been awhile. I’ve been busy.   It’s not you, it’s me.   I just needed some time.   Time to ponder why I voluntarily agreed to get on a plane in two weeks when everyone knows I’m terrified to fly and I can’t sleep, concentrate, focus, talk normally, or […]

Angel Gills

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

  Breaking news bulletin (that I’m just getting around to posting):   Shimmer the Bulimic Fish passed away (last week). Currently, the San Diego Mommasons are pondering life, death, and whether Fish Heaven is an ocean or just a giant fishbowl (which would suck enormous tasteless fish flakes for Shimmer the Bulimic Fish).   There’s […]

PROMPTuesday #23: TV Pilot

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

I saw a pretty funny movie on Showtime this weekend. TV Set. Have you seen it? It’s not the best thing since a burn-free face, but it IS a delightful, fluffy romp. It’s about a writer whose TV pilot script is “revamped” and “restructured” by television producers who don’t know what they’re doing. In short, […]

Getting Over Myself, UPDATED

Friday, September 19th, 2008

  UPDATED TO ADD: I am working on ordering you all roses and a chocolate fountain, but meanwhile, thanks for your kind comments and general awesomeness.   As is my way, I’m suffering a blogging crisis. I’ve been evaluating and reviewing and comparing and ACK! I hate when I do that.   Anyway, I was […]

PROMPTuesday #22: Writing Poetry

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Today, write a poem including the following lines in any order:   “I tie a ribbon in a foolish way”   “The delicious fragility of this travesty”   “Where we still laugh and wish” (Prompt courtesy of CreativeWritingPrompts)   Go for it! And really, you’re all so good, I don’t want to hear any about […]


Monday, September 15th, 2008

The thing about burning your face off is…….that you’ve burned your face off. So, you’re not as likely to go in public and show your melting nose and chin to the neighborhood. (Although I WILL say around these SoCal parts, I’ve seen much worse.) As such, I stayed in my house all weekend, wearing old […]

I Can Always Get a New Face, Right? (UPDATED)

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Today I’m having my face burned off.   I’ve often heard that when you’re 40, you must decide between your face or your ass. So I’ve decided to take the face out of the equation to give my ass a fighting chance.   I’ll post the before picture this afternoon.   p.s. Although I probably […]

Character Sketch (Aka a Real Post is Coming Soon)

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I did this one awhile ago…   First, she introduced us to the man on her porch. Resembling an Orthodox Jew with his black hat, and beard — also black — he shuffled away in knee-high sports socks and Adidas gym shoes. Next, she welcomed us into her faded apartment. Two fat cats scurried out […]

Moonglows and Fairy Drops

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” –Eden Phillpotts   *************************************************************************************   “Mommy, is Peter Pan real?”   Toots asks me a question like that every day. And used to be, I floundered with my answer. Of course, I want to tell her “yes,” unequivocally, indubably, resoundingly […]

PROMPTuesday #21: Tell Us A Story

Monday, September 8th, 2008

He’d fallen asleep at the wheel. Must’ve been just a second or two, because his truck never strayed from its straight course. Then again, since he crossed into Wyoming’s Great Plains, he’d been going straight. He shrugged his shoulders, squinted at the road, and stuck his left ear out the window as far as it’d […]

Carry On

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

My apologies. I’ve been out to lunch. I haven’t commented, twitted, read, socialized, met up, schemeezled or schemozled for days going on days. Can I just say? So. Much. Work. My fingers have been glued to this keyboard — and not in the good way — for weeks now.   Thanks for still coming by […]

The Tapas Post

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

  I have an eccentric friend. You know the ones? They’re so delightfully weird, that you just could listen to them for hours. I haven’t talked to my friend for awhile now, we’ve been so busy, we live 150 miles from each other, and general life gets in the way.   We spoke for the […]

PROMPTuesday #20: Memory Description

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Today marks back-to-school time, and when I was a kid, I loved this time of year. It’s why I adore autumn. All summer, I anticipated the week before school, when I’d hurry out to buy my school supplies, stick pennies in my loafers, and carefully cover my textbooks.   But I was a geek.   […]

A Singular Sensation

Monday, September 1st, 2008

In my other life, I was a Broadway star. And I’m pretty sure I loved it. Maybe I met my end when an overzealous Charleston kick took me off stage into the orchestra pit. Or perhaps an ill-mounted light fell on my head. Either way, I didn’t get off that stage willingly. In fact, I […]

Here He Is

Friday, August 29th, 2008

  Yeah, I know. Obvious much? If the dismembered female didn’t tip me off to the crazy, the overalls should have done the trick. Plus, the eyes. Maniacal right?   Man, looking at this picture now, I feel like the stupidest tool in the shed.   Anyway, I don’t want to post his name. I’d […]

It Never Quite Goes Away, Pt. 5

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Part 1 Here. Part 2 Here. Part 3 Here. Part 4 Here.     “A man and a woman, they asked me what happened, surveyed the destroyed door, and wrote on their pads of paper. There wasn’t any sympathy, which I didn’t expect, but found curious. I hoped that this latest incident would put my […]

It Never Quite Goes Away, Pt. 4

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Note: I’m unbelievably busy these days, and I apologize for not reading your blogs, responding to comments, answering questions, and just generally being incognito. I write/edit for a living, and have the most laughable backlog of work this month that it’s completely ridiculous. And the work just keeps coming. So while that’s good for my […]

My Mind is a Bullet Train

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I kicked off this morning with the persistent words “A Book, A Thought, A Candle,” blazing in my mind. And since I don’t often get omens or messages from above, I thought this is one I should heed. So I’m going to give my addled brain what it wants.   Let’s start with the book. […]

Not Me

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

It looked like a wolf had bounded across the road. I blinked and thought, “Mind’s playing tricks on me.” Everything looks like a wolf at 3AM. That hour’s reddish-black darkness had bewitched me, and I wobbled on the road for a bare instant, wondering if I should go back and check. Maybe it was a […]

Haunted Love

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

In just a few short hours, I’ll be watching my great loves, the BoDeans. And all I got to say about that is: I hope they don’t remember me. In years past, I’ve called their hotel rooms countless times, waited for them by the backstage door, stalked their band limo, infiltrated their dressing room trailer, […]

10 Randomedies, But Mine Goes to 11

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Today Mommy Pie unwittingly reminded me that if I don’t get to Matter of Fact Mommy’s “10 Random Things” meme, Matter of Fact will kick my butt. Which she could totally do, as she is a soccer player and my butt closely resembles two (or six) overinflated soccer balls.   But I have a problem. […]

Something for the Impatient Among Us

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

So among my other stellar personality characteristics, two stand out: impatience and laziness.   And when I found myself facing my mother-in-law’s birthday yet again without a present or card in sight (don’t EVEN get me started on my husband’s lack of preparation), I panicked. Because last year, we didn’t get her anything and boy, […]

Worry, Worry, Worry

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

It may surprise you to know that I’m unmedicated.   I’ve flirted with the idea and the substances before, but it’s something I can’t embrace, for whatever reason. I even hate taking Advil or aspirin. If I have to take an antibiotic, I usually Google its side effects, freak myself out, and then either don’t […]

There’s Nothing to See Here. No Really.

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Mind bereft. Soul uninspired. Situation tenuous.   Here’s something from 2003.   I tend to get very inspirational and New Agey when I drink. Everyone is so beautiful with lots of zippy color lights emanating from their auric beings.   Also? I can get a bit controlling, wanting to orchestrate my surroundings to my liking, […]

N to the O to the T to the… Aw, Forget It.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

I’ve got nothing, absolutely nothing today. No ideas, no pending posts, no creativity, no-thing. I pure and simple cannot come up with a topic, or a rant, or a commiseration, a story, a lament, a dirge, a whine (my specialty), a joke, a ramble, NOTHING. NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING!   Like, did you ever see that […]

PROMPTuesday #17: Get Specific

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Today’s PROMPTuesday is lifted from Naomi Epel’s The Observation Deck, and is sponsored by the dog days of summer, the lethargy unleashed after consuming three urns of buttered popcorn, and menstruation-induced anemia.   So, from the Observation Deck: Show, don’t tell! — a cardinal rule of writing — is another way of saying “be specific.” […]

Geico Update

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

It’s funny how stories are passed. You hear a detail here, a detail there, and sometimes one aspect gets enlarged and becomes another story altogether. If you’ve heard a family story as a kid, often times the tale becomes just that: fireside folklore lacking even the faintest hint of truth.   Inspired by my post […]

Going Geico: It’s Not Over Yet

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Today, I’m compelled to write more about Going Geico™ — because its roots run deep, and referring to it obsessively is the nature of the disease.   First of all, let me say, I’m no stranger to this affliction. I learned it well from my father, who pretends to know everything about everything. He’s the […]

The Phoenix

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

This blog saved my life.   Not in a suicide prevention way, well not really, although my creativity was dying a slow, self-induced death, but in a letting in the light kind of way.   For many, many years, I denied my creative urges. There was never enough time to take that adult ballet class […]

Wordlessish Wednesday

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

  Because I am too busy poking my perfectly normal-sized poo down my toilet’s too-small poo hole with my white linen reed diffuser sticks, I’ve decided to hand this post over to Toots, who has a story to tell.   It’s called “Witch Boo!”   (And it starts in the middle, right where the action […]

Amelia Sprout is in the House

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Neil Kramer’s “Great Interview Experiment” is sweeping the nation, and as a nationeer, I thought I should participate. So, to whit (most probably not used correctly or in proper context), I share the interview I conducted with Amelia Sprout, which I at first thought was the name of a Harry Potter character. (Is it?) Either […]

Extra, Extra!

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

The wonderful and very thorough Mary Beth interviewed me yesterday as part of Neil Kramer’s “Great Interview Experiment,” and the results are up here. Right here! Luckily, she didn’t ask if I knew She-Ra’s real name, because then I’d have to kill her.   Later this week, I will be continuing the Great Interview chain […]

The Twists, The Turns

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

“Mommy? Do you love me?”   I cringe. Not because I hate the question, but because I hate she has to ask it.   I used to ask my mom the same thing, over and over again, every day, and I never received a satisfactory answer. Seems my daughter isn’t either.   I’d always thought […]


Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Dearest The Rock:   I know you’ll read this, so I thought I’d put it here. As you know, I’ll be gone this evening, and if I don’t write these things down when the mood hits me, I may never get to it. And things need to be said.   But first of all: you’re […]

Monster on My Wing

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Mommy Pie’s leaving for Hawaii tomorrow and wrote a post about how she’s nervous to travel, being that she’ll be away from her daughter for five days. And what a coincidence that was, since I planned to also write a post about an upcoming trip and why I’m afraid to travel (hint: has nothing to […]

The Line-Up

Monday, July 28th, 2008

In the neighborhood coffee shop…   Balding Man with glasses, early 50s, wearing casual clothes in the manner of someone not used to wearing casual clothes, sits unnaturally erect and makes several phone calls to people along the lines of, “How can you be watching the baby and sleeping at the same time?” and “Hey! […]

The Ebbing and The Flowing

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Last night, on the way home from a movie, The Rock and I mused about creativity. A Matchbox 20 song played on the radio, and The Rock called it “formulaic,” and I responded that all of their songs are that way, even if I do enjoy them. He semi agreed, but said that 10 years […]

The GABA Complex

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Yesterday, propelled by a PMS cosmetics buying binge, I purchased some “wrinkle-reducing” face powder, my latest must-try in an arsenal of age-denying make-up products.   The label doesn’t describe exactly HOW it reduces wrinkles, which I’ve always found a little suspect, but whatever it does is “time-released” and cumulative. I did see something named “Gaba […]

Spreading It

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Guess who’s starting the downward PMS spiral? My God! Can we go one month without the steel trap of hormonal hell clasping my — what? endocrine system? fragile brain? pseudo-together life carefully constructed with smoke and mirrors? Only my turbo extra strength PMS can make a grown man cry.   And so I thought it’d […]

Coming Up

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

I went ahead and drank the Pero again, because I craved something coffee-like. But in my haste I forgot all about how Pero is used as a lobotomy anesthetic, and now I’m Pero-lyzed.   So please accept this list of stuff I’m going to write about soon, but not now:   My toilet and its […]

Brushing Up On the Basics

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Toots, a confirmed nightmare-haver, cornered me in bed a few mornings ago and told me she’d had a good dream for once. Being 6:30 in the morning, I didn’t immediately share her excitement, but she could barely contain herself, so I indulged her story.   Turns out this dream started with her little sister, Booger, […]

PROMPTuesday #14: Use Your Ears

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I’m a big fan of using music for writerly inspiration, and so I thought I’d try that here, with you.   To evoke your own inspiration, listen to the song here, then write the pictures that appear in your mind. You don’t need to craft an entire paragraph, although of course you can. Rather, let […]

BlogHerNot 2008 Playlist

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Keep the party going! (Songs courtesy of Modern Single Momma and Single Working Mommy. BlogHerNot 2008 courtesy of Mommy Pie.)   SeeqPod – Playable Search  

Into The Worm Hole

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Most Sundays I take the girls to the library. It’s an unexpected day for the library to be open, so it’s often empty and uncrowded. Usually, we start our excursion with a coffee/smoothie/chocolate milk pick-up, then make it to the library when it opens at 1. Sometimes, we wait outside on the lawn in the […]

Figaro! Figaro!

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Today is Opera Day for San Diego Momma. I do not know why. But it came to me in a dream and I don’t like to mess with my higher consciousness.   So…. (***tuning up****) la la la la la la la***** ****do re mi fa so la ti do***** ***tru tru tru*****   Nah. […]

BlogHer? La La La La La I Can’t Hear You!

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

  Don’t mind me! I’m just hurriedly preparing for all the other things I’ll be doing this weekend instead of BlogHer.     I’ve got BlogHerNot 2008: The Revolution, and BitchHer 2008: The Devolution, and all kinds of things in between. Like shopping for a bathing suit that is not Gap, circa 1995 (the last […]

The Five Stages of Blogging

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Please note that the below represents my perspective and is not reflective of any well-adjusted, unmedicated bloggers out there.   I call this piece, The Arc of a Blogger   Stage 1: Denial Examples – “I can live perfectly well without my blog. It has not consumed my life. I do not live each day […]

Window Into the Soul

Monday, July 14th, 2008

So Myra at We Make Three does this incredibly cool segment called Mixtape Mondays, where she picks a blogger and asks them to share some of the songs they’ve got on their iPod. And this Monday, she asked me to do it…   So in honor of Mixtape Monday, I’d like to share the titles […]

My Home “Office”

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Today, I’m participating in Manager Mom’s “Open Your Office” Blogoopalooza, which asks bloggers to let readers into their office, where all the blog addiction writing happens.   So to that end, I’m posting a few photos of my inner sanctum, my special place, my out-of-the-way retreat located smack dab at the…     kitchen table. […]

Banner Day

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

One day last June, I wrote a post about things I like. Kind of like Oprah, but with way less mass appeal and melanin.   In particular, I liked this necklace:     And I threatened to pretty much dismember anybody who bought it (“now you have no neck! mwah ha ha! how you gonna […]

Mrs. Bojangles

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

I’m quite unable to complete thoughts today. Also, yesterday. Not sure why, but I’m flat-out ill-equipped to connect subject matter or compose sensical paragraphs. It’s as if my brain waves are spiking and dipping and each time I try to catch one in my net, it flutters away. Thus, I did not complete yesterday’s prompt…and […]

PROMPTuesday #12: The Guest Hostess

Monday, July 7th, 2008

So my friend The Cocktail Maven, book clubber extraordinaire and creator of the ever popular “Cocktails in Historic Places” group, e-mailed me with the news that PROMPTuesdays inspired her to complete a 2,000-word short story.   And I was pleased.   So pleasured was I that I thought she should create this week’s PROMPTuesday prompt. […]

Write Something, Anything!

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

So I will.   Turns out we enjoyed a pretty eventful week around here. Not really on the Fourth of July front, which mainly involved fending off pot smoke, errant marshmallows, and a high tide, but the rest of the time? Pretty much a lot going on.   It started Wednesday night. We ambitiously took […]

Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Imprints of youth:   Stretched out on a blanket, stomach packed with homemade ice cream, holding my breath as silver sprinkles explode, dropping tentacle by tentacle into the horizon.   Watching fireflies dodge between sparklers, hearing the distant shouts of other neighborhood children, whooping with delight in answer to their parents’ murmured caution.   Red […]

What’s in a Name? Too Much Interesting and Funny!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Since the discovery of a “SID’S Baby Furniture” in Los Angeles in 1992, I’ve found the names of things interesting. (And SID’S? Baby Furniture? Who didn’t do their research?) Then there’s Sum Yung Guy Chinese, and the famous “Donut Touch” here in San Diego. Talk about compelling advertising. THAT donut shop obviously knows something we […]

PROMPTuesday #11: The Infomercial

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This week, please humor me by writing an infomercial for this product:     OK, go! (But first: Are you going to make this an infomercial for a super-duper jumbo turbo vibratron? Really? Me too!)   Well, before you proceed, here are the “rules” (YAWNNNN):   You must write your entry in 10 minutes. This […]

It Never Quite Goes Away, Pt. 3

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Part 1 Here. Part 2 Here.   Far From the End   So he’s trembling on my doorstep, clutching a ridiculous and probably stolen, bottle of wine. He’s sweat-soaked, too, which I discover is because he walked the 16 miles to my apartment in the late August sun. I’m surprised to see him, really, I […]

Live and Let Live

Monday, June 30th, 2008

I’ve been blogging since 2001. For many years, I remained content to write in my little corner of the universe, rarely reaching out to other bloggers and vice versa. In fact, I never promoted my blog, included its link in comments, or spoke about it much at all. Part of my seclusion arose from the […]

It Never Quite Goes Away, Con’t

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Intro to the Craziest Story on Earth   In the Middle   I returned to my friends at the bar, exactly at closing time. I clutched the artist’s phone number in my fist, and swooned in the back seat of the car, bedazzled and buzzing. That night he called to be sure I made it […]

It Never Quite Goes Away

Friday, June 27th, 2008

This past PROMPTuesday, I wrote a little snippet about someone hiding under my bed. In the story, this person was an undesirable someone. A someone you’d most definitely NOT want to find lurking under your bed.   And it really happened.   A lot really happened those 12 years ago, stuff that I’m going to […]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Every morning now as I prepare her breakfast, Booger asks me for “sumting elf.” Not a species of fairfolk, no, rather, two-year-oldese for “something else.” So when it comes to food, a play destination, or outfits, I’m a magician with a hat, hoping to pull a rabbit or flying gerbil from the depths in an […]

The Girls Are Back in Town

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

I went to a San Diego Blog Bitches dinner last night, and all I got was this lousy link to the most hysterical recap ever.   I was going to post my own summary, but there’s no way I’m following this act.  

Into the Void

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The other day, I pushed learning-to-swim Toots into the pool. I know, I know.   It’s just that she wanted desperately to jump off the edge into the shallow end (I’m not a total monster), hesitating time and again, yearning to jump, really struggling with herself and her fear of the unknown. And, suddenly, I […]

PROMPTuesday #10: Dream Book

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Welcome to PROMPTuesday! Glad you’re here. So, lucky number 10, huh? Right? Holy cridoodle. There’s been 10 PROMPTuesdays already! You’re all growing up right before my eyes. Soon, you’ll be pouring whiskey into Clinique trial hairspray bottles and sneaking into the janitor’s bathroom during your high school homecoming game to get buzzed. But you’ll forget […]

100 Degrees and Rising

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Management regrets to inform you that San Diego Momma has dissolved into a puddle of gelatinous body tissue, unresolved neuroses, and iced Soy Lattes.   We’re working on putting her back together bigger, stronger, and faster than before. Well, maybe not bigger. But definitely without a vagina.  

Note to Playtex’s R&D Dept.: More Grip, Less Glide

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Lots of frolicking on the beach today! People everywhere! Toddlers running, kids romping, teens lounging. Wow! Just throngs of humanity. And you, there in the thick of it all, real close to the beach, up front where everyone can see you, just gallivanting, gallivanting. Splashing to and fro, chasing your kids, jumping up and down. […]

PROMPTuesday #9: Poetic Inspiration

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Today’s PROMPTuesday keeps it simple.   Read this poem (one of my favorites):   Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock by Wallace Stevens   The houses are haunted By white night-gowns. None are green, Or purple with green rings, Or green with yellow rings, Or yellow with blue rings. None of them are strange, With socks of […]

Father’s Day: A Succession of Moments

Monday, June 16th, 2008

But first, some photo notes:   –I’m growing a bodybuilder neck. And I don’t lift weights. Or work out (much). Thoughts? –I don’t intentionally dress my children as hobos. It just turns out that way. –Costco does not sell enough Kirkland wipes for Toots. –We do not beat our children (although we sometimes submerge them […]


Friday, June 13th, 2008

There’s so much to do on my agenda (more shopping links, a 6 degrees of bloggeration post, and following through on my commitments ), but ding dang, I’m tapped.   I even went to the Dinner Studio Wednesday night to save me time, precious moments I could use to exercise and figure out why my […]

Grandma Hazel’s Dentures: A Cautionary Tale

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

My Grandma Hazel — God love her — used to do this thing with her mouth, where she’d smack her dentures after every sentence. It sounded like a wet cross between a gum chew and an orange suck and it grossed me out no end. And that’s really saying something, because as a kid I […]

Finally: My Butt’s Largesse EXPLAINED

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Do you remember how, last week, I promised to list my favorite websites for stuff this Wednesday? And do you recall how I blew off listing my favorite soft rock hits from the ’70s? Even though I knew that post would be big, BIG!, babies. I’m telling you. And maybe you thought that I’d forget […]

PROMPTuesday #8: You Know What They Say About a Picture

Monday, June 9th, 2008

This PROMPTuesday is about what lies beneath. So this week, I’d like you to look at this picture:     …and very quickly write down the first three words that come to mind. Now, start writing, using those words anywhere in your story. (Be sure to name the three words in your post or comments […]

Would You Mind?….

Monday, June 9th, 2008

I know I skipped right over the 70s soft rock hits, but I figured you’d probably forgive me, or more specifically, thank me profusely, for not posting it yesterday. Instead, I’m skipping right to my Monday agenda, which was to post two story intros from the manuscript I’ve been working on….   I’d hoped you […]

The Movies You Maybe Never Saw, But Probably Should

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

{After hearing from several people that they’ve seen these movies, I’m going to deny that I’m hopelessly out of touch and instead re-name this post to: Non-Blockbuster Movies That You Might Want to See Again, like Box of Moonlight.)   So I don’t know, some of you may have seen these movies. Probably have, in […]

Table of Contents

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Well, this painful bit of writer’s blockage persists. So, to keep me posting, I’ve come up with a desperate clever plan to keep me blog accountable.   What will follow over the next few days are slightly generic, but borderline interesting posts on stuff. I don’t plan to write about personal things, because I’m just […]


Friday, June 6th, 2008

You wouldn’t believe the enormous writer’s block I’m battling right now. My brain’s shut down. Maybe to devote its energy to raising my serotonin levels. Seems like every sentence I write is clunky and humorless. So, let me just tell you that I’m walking along oceans, listening to music, and eating healthy. My mind and […]

Why Am I Watching “Cops” Right Now? This is So Not Growing the Right Mental Circuits in My Brain

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Just want to say thanks again for your e-mailed and phoned support during my mental breakdown.   Me thinks that some of my psychotic break came from hormones. How I hate them sometimes! Seriously. How do these little molecules have so much power? What havoc they wreak on my system. I’m pretty sure hormones dictated […]

Win a BlogHer Pass!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

The Mom Crowd is giving away a conference pass to BlogHer (worth $348).   Check it out here: Win Me.  

PROMPTuesday #7: The Story Spinner

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

  (Thank you everyone who called and e-mailed me, I’m humbled. I really am. I’ll update on my mental state soon. The news isn’t all bad.)   On to this week’s PROMPTuesday. So as I was thinking of what to do this time, my wise and creative friend, Kristine, reminded me of the “first sentence” […]

She Runs Away (and Babbles)

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

  The one where I bare all. And even show the dead skin flakes from constant nose blowing.   I suppose I’m depressed. I don’t know. Maybe what I’m feeling is a combination of mental and physical exhaustion, existential angst and hormonal flux. But what I do know is that I’m near tears, snapping at […]

Right. So Here’s The Thing.

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

  Taken last night, this pic is symbolic.   First, we’re a little blurry and off-center. Then, I’m not directly under the Buddha head (and I need to be, metaphysically-speaking). Finally, all around us is a mess. (But we’ve got our arms around each other. That counts for something, right?)   Suffice to say, Toots […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

My Healer

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008


A Cheater Twitter

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Thanks all for participating in PROMPTuesday. And those of you who e-mail me instead of posting (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE), your stuff is very good. But I will keep your good secret if you want me to. And go ahead and continue to e-mail, I’ll understand.   I’m going to post more later. I […]

PROMPTuesday Exercise #2

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Allrighty oh! It’s PROMPTuesday again! Time to rev your writing engines. Lube your brain. Check your filter at the door. (What? I don’t know. I just blog here).   OK. For your background and historical reference, here is a primer on PROMPTuesdays. And here is the first PROMPTuesday exercise from last week.   And now, […]

In Which I’m Pier One’d Out

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

This is perhaps my most superficial post. Right after this one, and this one, and this one. Oh, there you are! This one was hiding.   Anyway, I’m using you. But only because you’re so fabulous.   In other words, please decorate my house.   I’m serious my Internellies: please, please decorate my house.   […]

Life Lessons from Scooby Doo

Friday, April 25th, 2008

  If you come across a tall, decomposing man with his back to you, do not say, “Hello, kind sir? Can you help us?” And when he doesn’t answer, don’t keep pushing, asking again, “Hello? Kind sir?” Kind sir is a zombie.   Do NOT play “flip a coin” with Shaggy.   Mops on heads […]

Fish Swill

Friday, April 25th, 2008

  This is our bulimic fish, Shimmer.   Shimmer throws up/poos/sullies herself often and as a result, her fish bowl looks trampy and boggy almost every day. So I clean it a lot.     These are the two red plastic cups we keep by the kitchen sink. We have 1,009 in our pantry, but […]

So Many of Us Are Lucky

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

I wish there were a better solution than to split up all these children and scatter them throughout Texas.   From the Salt Lake Tribune: “The hundreds of children from a polygamist compound taken into state custody are on their way to group homes, shelters and residences, but experts and lawyers fear their transition may […]


Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

THE IMPORTANT:   It’s MommyPie’s 40th birthday!   MommyPie was the first person to e-mail me after I launched San Diego Momma, and was so warm and funny that I’ve been following her blog ever since. Plus, she loves Ghost Hunters AND Paranormal State, which in my book, is an instant guarantee of best friendship […]

Too Much Talent for My Little Blog

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Thank you to those who participated in PROMPTuesday. I loved reading your poems and am wowed and cowed by your lyrical talent. (Here’s a little PROMPTuesday background.)   Thanks also to the people who read the poems, left comments, and laughed surreptitiously.   If you missed it, check out the nonsense poem submissions here: Greormeoeprkeadocious. […]

For Me, This is Just For Me

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Look, I know: shut up already about your intestine and what may or may not be inside. Just keep quiet about fatty livers and polypy gallbladders and for God’s sake, lady, you already told us you were a hypochondriac and you really expect us to believe you’re sick?   Well, fine. I’m just writing this […]

PROMPTuesday Exercise #1

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Here we go! It’s out first PROMPTuesday! And remember: ANYONE can participate. This is for fun. Even if you don’t care a hill of beans for creative writing prompts or, for that matter, creative writing in general, you are welcome in this place of non-judgment and happy color rainbows! Yeah! Miss Mary/Barry Sunshines all over […]


Monday, April 21st, 2008

In my early 20s, I blind dated a man who, upon seeing a tiny puppy yanked mercilessly on its leash by a teen-ager, jumped up from our shared frozen yogurt to confront the kid.   We’d watched the dog yelp for a few seconds and I, not wanting to make a scene, said nothing, while […]

PROMPTuesdays: Let’s Make Writing Fun Again!

Monday, April 21st, 2008

  Let Your Imagination Bear Fruit.   So I want to be a writer. How about you? Or, maybe you just want to play with words, take pleasure in the creation of something thought-provoking, humorous, insightful?   Either way, I’ve decided to do something on San Diego Momma to inspire me, flex my writing muscles […]

April 20, 1941 – November 10, 1997

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

  This Sunday’s Playlist is dedicated to my mom, Angela, who would have been 67 today. (Please note that if you do follow that link above, I included it in the interest of full disclosure. I wasn’t all light and rainbows when it came to my mom. In fact, after she died, I was still […]

Books Saved My Life

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

I don’t know where I’d be without books.   I moved a lot as a kid, and books quite literally were my best friends when I didn’t have any others. I cried myself to sleep many, many nights, comforted only by my friends Ginnie, Trixie, and Nancy.   If I hadn’t read that other people […]

Blodder, Blodder, Blodder! Get Your Blodder Here!

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

This happens EVERY TIME! I get memed right when I need blodder (blog fodder) most.   First, Matter of Fact Mommy, asked me to list seven random things about myself, which I’m happy to do, although it will surely reduce you to sheer and utter boredom.   And secondly, Mommy Pie, my favorite ghostbuster, tagged […]

Pretty Moody Sometimes (You Do The Acronym)

Friday, April 18th, 2008

It’s just that I’m frustrated. I haven’t wanted to post because I’m irritated, disconcerted, and befouled (does that mean I crapped my pants?). I’ve been bemoaning the state of the medical profession in Southern California, the U.S., the world, although I think healthcare is better in France? Also, maybe Germany? I don’t know. I still […]

My Pretend Spring Wardrobe

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

(Almost everything is from my favorite site, Artful Wears)   THIS     THIS     OR THIS     WITH     The print tee above, I’d also wear with:     Which I could pair with:     (Look at me! I’m mixing and matching!)   And I’d also love to wear:   […]

FASHION SPECIAL! Buy 15 Rag Flowers for Your Head, Get the 16th Free

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

…PLUS! One of our store stylists will kabuki makeup your face AND apply your very own beauty mark haphazardly! FOR FREE! Ooo La La! So Spring 2008!   (Vapidity not included.)     The hell, Benetton?  

Hammy Gallbladder or Fatty Liver?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

I’m taking a break from my dinner preparation:     My children are paying the price of my PMS. And my PMS wants ham.       Beans to work out the PMS bubbles.       Fries, because? Fries.     Where was I? Yes, a break from my dinner preparation to tell you […]

Taking for Granted

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Last night I dreamt that my husband died. And clearly, painfully, I regretted not saying goodbye.   We’d ended the dream night with tense words and when I woke the next morning, he’d passed away. My mom came to the house to help with the kids. Thank God, because I was useless and mute, and […]

I’m a Softie/Indecisive: There’s a Winner(s)

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Here it is in a nutshell: there are two winners of my totally awesome kick butt Miss Mix-a-lot CD contest.   I’ll try to explain. Mainly, it’s that I’m complex. I can’t make things easy. (Can you hear my husband’s voice faintly emerging from the Internet ether, yelling “hell no she can’t!” ?) Because first, […]

Common Experience

Monday, April 14th, 2008

So has this ever happened to you?   You’re like, “Oh Shight! I’m going to be 40 soon!” and then you look at your arms and realize you need to start lifting weights because in just the last 6 months, something terribly awful happened to your collagen AND your muscle fibers and you need an […]

Guest Wine Commentator

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Oh man, I’m busy today, so….   …to fill space, I’m letting my husband’s alter ego, Stubing Rothschild (Notes on Stubing: dry “Brit” humor, raises truffle pigs, salt and pepper nose hair, smokes pipe ironically), post some of his greatest hits wine reviews* gathered from a recent blind tasting party.   And can I say? […]

Living the Love: A Giveaway, Sorta.

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Hi, it’s me, San Diego Momma.   Look, I love you guys, by which I mean, girls. And maybe guy? One? Broham?   No matter.   First of all, you make me laugh. Also, you’re super sweet, like major. And supportive. Even people I haven’t e-met yet, you seem cool. I’ve extrapolated such.   So […]


Friday, April 11th, 2008

“So it’s a stone or a rock…” Annie mused aloud.   “Same thing,” Carlos said it sharply.   Annie fought the urge to snap back. “Witch Woods and The House at 2769 Sullenberg Lane…that doesn’t tell us much. How’re we gonna know where she hid it?” Annie sighed.   Carlos spun a wheelie to his […]

Yes Sir, That’s My Baby

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Booger turns two today.   And speaking of unmedicated births and things in my stomach, I remember it like yesterday…     And they called her Duck Beak Belly.   I didn’t plan to have Booger on the 10th, although that was her official due date. But my doctor lured me into his office, knowing […]

Oh Look! The Neuroses Are in Full Bloom!

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

If you like me even a little bit, please do not read any further.   I must express the following, because I’m an expresser, but it will disturb and irritate you.   BUT if you made it this far, please call the cops if I don’t blog tomorrow. My husband is ready to kill me. […]

Will Blog for Free Medical Diagnosis (Anyone Can Apply!)

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

So now I have a band of numbness radiating across my lower back, gas (I don’t think it’s the beans) and upper/lower quadrant pressure (feels like something is under my ribs AND poking my pelvic bone). AND, it’s not my husband.   Anyone familiar with deadly diseases who cares to hazard a diagnosis?   And […]

Five Classes I Wish They Would Have Taught In School

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

What an excellent meme. (Or as Jamie says, “me me,” which is so perfect.) Thanks, MommyPie for tagging me me.   Well, I alluded to it below: I’m tired. I’m worried about my stomach lump. I ain’t got much to give today. BUT, this got me thinking and I can’t NOT write about it, so… […]

On The Road Again

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

I’m compelled to use clichés today, I think it’s because I’m tired. So very, very tired. Must be the large growth inside my belly, which I’ve known about for a year, but tests turned up nothing and now there’s no denying something is inside me and I’m just hoping it’s not cancerous. Or a baby. […]

This Could Make Me Look Good(er)

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Normally this post would go in the Momma Love section, but I’m busy making beans, so this must suffice as my post today. Meanwhile, please transmit fart death ray thoughts into the universe and pray that I don’t gas anyone to death with my super-farticious beans. I don’t know why, but my beans are always […]

Chef’s Surprise

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Toots told me she would make dinner tonight and I wholeheartedly accepted, thinking she’d put a pile of Flintstone’s vitamins on a plate and call it a day.   But no, she had something else in mind, and as she gathered the items from the fridge, I sat and typed at my computer, marveling at […]

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Do you ever feel as if you’ve lost your sense of humor? Or worse, you never had one and nobody told you?   Or that you can’t write? Or that you have no voice?   That’s happened to me today.   I love reading blogs, but the problem is, I compare myself to everyone I […]

Vicodin Makes Men Sweet

Friday, April 4th, 2008

The Rock got de-rocked today and after four Vicodin, he felt a little woozy.   He has this thing where he’s convinced he’s immune to anesthesia because when he was 5 the novacaine didn’t work and he felt his tooth being pulled. So today, the same thing happened: he felt sharp probing objects down there […]

Taking It Down

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

I recently looked at these photos taken of people before and after their death and it affected me profoundly. I remember my mother’s face at the moment of death and am struck by the similarities, the peace, the last smear of expression, a final thought imprinted in a sideways mouth, a furrowed brow. I’m struck […]

What Have I, What Have I, What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

  Hi, I’m Bob.   Look, I can’t get me any San Diego Momma lovin’, so I thought I’d come to the blog hole, where she spends every flocking minute and get her to notice me, just pay attention for one minute. I’m dying over here. So I’m going to air our dirty laundry in […]

Big Blogger Bonanza (I mean that metaphorically)

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Yesterday was big. First, I lunched with lovely Amanda from the Mom Crowd, who was visiting San Diego with her husband and zen baby, Ace. Truly a wonderful time was had by all (well, by me…I don’t have independent verification from all parties involved).   And I have to be honest, I don’t often meet […]

Sunday’s Playlist: Yes, I Know It’s Monday, But Come, Come Play With Me In My Imaginary World of “It’s Still Sunday”

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Welcome!   It’s warm and sunny here in SundayLand, is it not? Also, did you just get back from church?   Being that it’s Sunday, I thought maybe you had.   Or perhaps you just had a Sunday brunch?   Or a Sunday walk with the family?   Better yet, did you just have a […]

Just Watch It

Monday, March 31st, 2008

  My contribution to Absolutely Banana’s “Make Me Laugh Mondays” is earnest, funny, sweet, head-scratching, ridiculous. But in the best way possible.   We Are the World In Japan   Now I ask you: do I really need a Sunday’s Playlist with that kind of melodius goodness?  

Saturday Snippets

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Last night, our friends celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary with a party.       It’d probably be cuter if I showed them together.     There were other kissy pictures too. But because I made them do this 500 times and only one of the photos turned out, this is what we get.   […]

And A Great Swarm of Bees Shall Arise

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

  I’m driving home from work today when I notice a little bee clinging to my driver’s side window. Now, I don’t like bees much, as I don’t prefer spiders, or any other insect that is an insect so I have to force myself to stay calm, because even though he’s outside the car, we […]

Final Answer

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Thanks Deborah, Matter of Fact Mommy, Rose, Jenn, Mommyrella, Vered, Steph and Angela! For those who left their input after the event I attended last night, I’m glad you agreed with everyone else…and Mommyrella…next time, I’m going for the tights and the jewelry! Loved that! Angela: I like the boots, too. But the dress was […]

Wardrobe Challenged: Please Help!

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

OK, should I go with the round-toe pumps?       Or the boots?     Coat yes or no?   I’m wearing the dress to a “cocktails in historic places” get together and most people wear vintage. Like, heavy duty vintage. We’re talking pillbox hats, flapper duds and pancake makeup. So last question: do […]

Just Got Off the Phone

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Right when I finished the post below, my friend called to say she’d just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.   Please send happy light rays into the universe on her behalf.   Her attitude remains positive and she says a simple surgery and some radiation should kill the disease, but she has two small children […]

Blah, Blah, Blah

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

My throat hurts, my kids yell, my head aches, my nose swells, my eyes burn, my uterus thickens.   Also, I’m tired. In addition, I planned a Mom’s Night Out for my mommy group at a local wine bar and I’m not company-worthy or conversational. Thirdly, I didn’t understand Paranormal State on Monday night and […]

I Don’t Got Much Today

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Toots spilled water everywhere this morning and when I asked her to mop it up she said with disdain, “That’s grown-up business.”   Indeed it is. Grown-up business. Yesterday I signed an agreement that added 12 hours a week to my work schedule, which is already chock-full of 20 freelance hours and water mopping. Then, […]

A Soft Place to Fall

Monday, March 24th, 2008

“I think you need to get her on some medication,” he advised. “Something like phenobarbital.”   Phenobarbital? Isn’t that for extreme mental patients? Or the drug of choice from “Valley of the Dolls?”   But I just nodded. “OK, Dad.”   I hoped my acquiescence would signal him to stop. It’d been a long 24 […]

Sunday’s Playlist: All True

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

All these songs mean something to me.   None of them are random or afterthoughts. Each offers specific insight into the emotions that shook me this weekend, then left me to crawl on the sand of my husband’s shore. That doesn’t make sense does it?   It does to me.    

Dad’s for Easter: The Photographs

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

  First, there’s the bacon.     The drinking before noon.     The themed centerpiece.     The themed bathroom.     The cook, the baker, the bacon grease maker.   Unphotographed: the crumbs, the lectures, the eggs.  

Ye Olde Blog Again

Friday, March 21st, 2008

I’m sorry. I’m at my dad’s place in Ventura County and we’re talking about Obama vs. Clinton. My dad’s useful insight was, “a broad shouldn’t be in office.”   So, my brain exploded and I have nothing left with which to write a blog post.   So here’s something from a few years ago.   […]

I Just Had To Tell You

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I was looking through Ye Olde Blog, and for kicks, thought I’d see what I wrote 5 years ago this month.   So here it is! Oh my gosh, I was so awesome. Much like now.   ****************************************** (originally posted March 29, 2003)   Apparently I used to make lists a lot when I was […]

7 Random Confessions

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Damn you Matter of Fact Mommy; you and your exciting life, you and your saucy confessions, you and your excitement.   And, well thank you too, because I really tanked out of ideas today and your tag saved me. Plus, I didn’t really mean “damn you,” more like a “Darn you,” but you better cap […]

It’s Hard, But Also Soft (Alt. Title: Oh Lord, What Will Google AdSense Make of That?)

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Marriage isn’t easy; especially mine.   But for the first year The Rock and I were together, our relationship has been challenging. We both like to be right, for instance, which can ruin some marriages, and we don’t fight well. We tend to get wrapped around the axle and focus on stupid extraneous stuff, and […]

Like Medusa, But With Mucous.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Don’t look directly into the eyes of “Booger the Terrible, Jr., the II, Esq.” For if you do, you will begin to spout snot.   It started with my baby. She of the perpetual snot geyser. Then, it migrated to my husband, me, and finally, my oldest (above, you can see Toots trying to manually […]

Preschool Follies

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I’m not competitive, I’m just not.   A fire burns in me to be the best I can and I do like to win Trivial Pursuit or Balderdash, but I’ve never felt the itch to have the biggest house, enter my kids in the best schools or drive the shiniest car (actually, no danger of […]

This Is Gonna Go Platinum

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Today, I came across notes for a middle grade book I planned to write many years ago. I’ve since adapted it into something else, although the current draft still contains overtones of this early summary.   Please don’t get all jealous when I post some of it here. You can write, too. But we can’t […]

San Diego Momma In Deed

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Today. Happy Where I Am/Chris Trapper   Be Open/Richard Smallwood & Vision   We’re lucky enough to live about a mile from here.   I’m in the process of picking I’ve picked a song for each picture, which will be is my weekly “Sunday’s Playlist.” I’ll have this up tonight. Enjoy.   Right now, I’m […]

The Spiderick Chronicles

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Spiders suck. Spiders crawl on you, look funny, and lurk in corners. Plus, I’ve seen several of them jump. J-u-m-p. Onto people. And cattle, which they then eat whole. I grew up in Illinois. I saw it.   I do not like spiders, but I try to be as nice to them as possible. When […]


Friday, March 14th, 2008

All is quiet on the western front.     The laundry’s folded.     The Ring of Tam Tam rests comfortably atop a vial of pixie dust, surrounded by the protective Ma-Nu necklace.     There was a struggle, I’m not going to lie to you, gentle readers. Spoorie proved formidable.     But now, […]

Soul Soothers

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

And so what soothes the soul after the pounding, the wounding, the surrounding? What opens it, spills it, lays it down Who lets it in, says just stay here or fly, it’s up to you And at last the fluttering, the humming, the dance It stops, for an eon, a second A butterfly cocooned, not […]


Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Here’s the thing. I’ve always, always, always been insecure about my looks. And not just my looks, but everything, including my ability to do anything, and just about everything else.   BUT, we’re talking about appearances now. So let me drive home the point in short, but effective words and phrases: Insecure. Think I’m Not […]

On the Subject of Beauty

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Just for the record: I joked in yesterday’s post. I mean, I do not want my daughters to elevate beauty above all else, but I promise I don’t submerge them in an ice bath chanting, “you’re ugly, but smart!” either.   Anyway. I got to thinking. I mean, yes, I recreated yesterday’s conversation for comedic […]

Beauty and the Brain

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Oh crap. It’s begun.   My daughter asked me this morning if she were beautiful and I cringed. Then, I scrambled. Then, I imaginated a response that would make her value brains and wit over beauty.   Our exchange went something like this:   Me: Yes, you are beautiful. On the inside, which is most […]

Sunday’s Playlist, Except That It’s Monday

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I’m sorry for the delay, it’s just that Spoorie had to be stopped.   So this playlist is special. This guy sang at my wedding and he is an awesome and insightful songwriter, and you hear him and think, “yes! yes! that’s how I feel, too,” and then you wish you could write like him […]

Make Me Laugh Mondays

Monday, March 10th, 2008

  Oh thank you, Absolutely Bananas. I needed this today. Because right now I am editing a 59-page report on IT in Pakistan. And no matter how I try, there is no comedy to be found in that.   First of all, let me say that I’m a fan of faux documentaries (like Best in […]

Playtime of Doom!

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Tons of fun here today in DementoVille. My kids imagine the most wonderful and mystical things, usually while perpetrating acts of random violence. I think I know what happened to our cat.   Anyway! Come join me for a tour of the enchanting and phantasmagorical! Hop aboard the freak train! Everyone on? And away we […]


Sunday, March 9th, 2008

  I completely thought this said “Soccer mom turns violent; 80 hurt.”   And I felt kind of bad for her. She must’ve had a rough day.  

Arts Alive

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

  Today Toots, Booger and I went to an “arts” day put on by a local non-profit and drummed, painted and sang for most of the early afternoon.   In one room, there was a singing party where a woman played the guitar and led the kids in all the oldies but goodies, which made […]

Most Boring Post Ever. (Or Your Money Back)

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Today, I’m dragging my feet before starting the marathon that is taking Toots and Booger to the park.   I didn’t get much sleep last night what with the spider crawling across my face, dropping onto my shoulder and making its way into the ear canal to eat my brain. The part that wore me […]

What It All Comes Down to in the End

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

I parked my car in the usual haphazard fashion, bumping my horn as I scrambled out the driver’s side. The man in front of me started, and shifted his reverie from the third floor window he’d been considering.   I mumbled “sorry” and began to hurry away, when something in his manner made me stop. […]

Something Haunted

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Stairway to heaven. Except this is looking down, so…   I don’t think our house started out haunted. It’s a new house and we are the first to live in it, and the only hint of previous occupants on this land were the words, “The Ranch” etched in the concrete outside our garage.   But, […]


Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

  Today Booger asked me for a “huggle,” which made me want less to stick her on an ice floe and shove her off to sea.  

I’m Easy

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Thank you, God, for Dinner Studio. Thank you for giving humans the brains to think up wonderful franchises where busy moms do not have to cook. Thank you for the brown rice vegetable paella cooking in my oven right now. And thank you for my friend Shana, who did all the work while I drank […]

A Hint of Greatness

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Today I saved my daughter’s preschool.   She’s so proud of me. And in the process, I role modeled toughness, resilience, and pull-your-bootstraps-uppitude. Plus: I did it all Charlie’s Angels style.   So what happened is some kid who I feel sorry for (she wears flip flops in the rain and her mom doesn’t strap […]

Well, I Tried.

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

It’s just that I’m having a hard time.   I sincerely feel hormonally rocked right now, and it’s just so frustrating.   Ever since my second pregnancy, my hormones have been whacked. I had my doctor test them, because surely something was off, but the test came back within “normal limits.” Which was baffling.   […]

PMS Update

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

You know what?   I deleted this post, which was up for all of 30 minutes.   I don’t feel like giving the PMS more power.   So there, PMS.   I don’t feel like getting into the argument over the weekend, the amount of ice cream and popcorn eaten. And steak. And the great, […]

Master of the Bittersweet Smile

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

  Just like her momma.  

Sunday’s Playlist: All A-Jumble

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

  ALSO: Ends/Everlast I Feel Alright/Steve Earle For a Dancer/Jackson Browne with Venice  

A Place To Call Home

Friday, February 29th, 2008

  I love my house, I really do. (I also love my town. I want to do a photo walk of its main drag one day, because it’s such an interesting street. Bums! Hippies! Surfers! And I would NOT have it any other way.)   But my main point for now: my house is great. […]

I Love This Poem

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Disillusionment Of Ten O’Clock   The houses are haunted By white night-gowns. None are green, Or purple with green rings, Or green with yellow rings, Or yellow with blue rings. None of them are strange, With socks of lace And beaded ceintures. People are not going To dream of baboons and periwinkles. Only, here and […]

Rarty Mix. Or, Some of the Best Kid’s Songs Out There

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

  For Toot’s recent birthday, I gave out mix CDs of some of her favorite songs. They’re her favorites because I told her they were, but she does seem to like them on her own, too. Which is a plus.   I’m not crafty. I’ve said it before, but need to say it again, because […]

What is the Word? Oh Yeah. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

  Today did not go down easy.   My exposed nerves pulsated and twitched and despite all, someone kept scraping them with a callous remover. Those are the someones above.   Today was the opposite of a sensory deprivation tank. Rather, it was an IMAX theater of scrambling kids falling off beds, crawling onto my […]

On the Topic of Eating Well

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Toots: What’s for lunch?   Me: (thinking fast on my feet) Uh, something good.   Toots: And healthy?   (Oh, my sweet little pupil!)   Me: Yes. Good AND healthy.   Toots: How about pepperoni salad?  


Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

  My haiku won in the humor category over at My Mommys Place. It’s a great site. Their haiku contest is fun. Maybe they’ll have another one someday. But better you don’t enter. I’ll just win again and then you’ll feel real bad. Don’t do that to yourself. You’ve got enough to worry about.   […]

Eating Well

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

I’m sorry. I’m using this photo again. It’s from about 4 years ago, so maybe you will mistake my youthful radiance for health.   In July of last year, I decided to eat better. And because I can’t do anything in moderation, my eating better looked like this: no white sugar, no white flour, no […]

The Anticipation Must Hurt Something Awful

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

There’s a new Momma Love “review” up.   Cuz I know you (friend in Tulsa) were waiting.  


Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

So in college, my friends and I said “flocking,” instead of the other word.   Everything became, “she’s so flocking annoying,” and “what the flock?!?,” and “flock you!”   Then Halloween came and we (there were at least 7 of us) dressed up as a flock of cows. We wore black garbage bags and taped […]

Thank God The Writers Are Back

Monday, February 25th, 2008

  Did you see this on SNL Saturday night?   Please note that the video has adult content! And as such is very adulty in nature. No dirty stuff, just grown-up, possibly offensive, but hilarious, humor. Again! You may be offended by this! But only if you’ve never had a period.   Now if you’ll […]

Sunday’s Playlist: I Wish I Were Cool

Monday, February 25th, 2008

This one is completely dominated by the artist we heard play last night.   And how about this? Please list in an e-mail or in comments or in your blog (just leave me the link) three songs you can’t live without (for now). It can be songs you’ve just discovered, or songs you’ve loved long […]


Sunday, February 24th, 2008

I have this annoying habit, one I didn’t know what to call before, although I knew it needed a name, a slogan, a tagline. Something catchy and inspiring.   Finally, a few months ago a friend called it “Going Geico™,” and nothing could more perfectly sum it up.   So what I do is I […]

The Routine

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Today we’re off to a Peter Pan-themed birthday party, where Toots and Booger will wear Sleeping Beauty costumes. Those Disney characters, they’re all friends, right?   After that, it’s a quick ride home, a nap send-off and a quick getaway to a house concert our friends are hosting. Chris Trapper will be there, playing the […]

In The Spaces

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

My husband’s yelling woke me up. Then I heard the home security alarm.   I hurled myself out of bed and looked at our alarm system flashing red, and wanted to cover my ears to shield against the piercing beep.   But there was the yelling. And the scrambling. And oh my God, is someone […]

An Update

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

As you can tell from my recent posts, I’m currently in PMS Week #3.   Also, in Week #1.   Don’t ask for clarification. I’ll get all Week #2 on your ass.  

Days Gone By

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

As I fastened my daughter in her car seat this morning, I glimpsed a woman in the car next to mine, hunched over the steering wheel, sobbing.   My heart connected with hers in that moment and I so wanted to knock on the window and ask if she was all right.   But I […]

From Whence I Came

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I took her Cadillac the day we spread her ashes. It was a long drive from San Diego to Bodega Bay, but it gave me time to think, which I did, sometimes reluctantly. And as freeways gave way to greened two-lane roads, I lulled myself into thinking everything would be OK. Of course, it never […]

It’s Coming

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

My pancake this morning. I know it’s blurry and amorphous. Why don’t you just shut up?   This morning I made my oat pancake with 75% expired ingredients. This can only mean one thing: I’m PMSing.   Since I suffer from anxiety, it makes sense that I also get PMS. I believe they’re branches of […]

Because It Used To Be All About Me

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

My daughter turned four this weekend and for kicks, I looked back at my other blog, the one I shall not name, for posts I wrote while I was pregnant with her.   And I found one. But instead of being about her, it was about me — sick and in the throes of early […]

Ask. And You Shall Receive.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Straight from my dream brain to you.   I really wanted to blog last night. But I drew a blank, so I began to talk about mucous again, which happens when I’m nervous.   I fortunately threw that post to the curb and took to a fitful sleep.   The Universe must have taken pity […]

Hhhhaiku! God Bless You.

Monday, February 18th, 2008

  Despite the above, I don’t think you should vote for me.   Vote for the haikus you like best.   Because I’m OK with not being the best.   Although it’s a lot of fun when I am.   You know, I had a rough childhood. Always feeling like second best. Never really being […]

5 3 Things I Can Do Now to Be a Better Mom

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Oh, I talk a good game. In conversations with friends, teachers, and family, I focus on the wholesome, positive things I do as a mom, but the truth is, I can do better.   This isn’t a putdown. It’s the truth.   I know I’m not doing my best. As my daughter told me the […]

Another Sunday’s Playlist

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Love Love Love/Tristan Prettyman Spanish Stroll/Mink De Ville Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)/MIKA Oh! (What a Glorious Thing)/Akira the Don When I Write the Book/Rockpile I Believe In Love/Indigo Girls Run/Indigo Girls Last Request/Paolo Nutini California Grace/Long Beach Shortbus I Saw/Matt Nathanson   And that’s the way I like it.  

End of An Era

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

My daughter turned 4 today and overnight things changed.   It’s funny how you say something to your kid, something unthinking, something you don’t even remember saying, and they take it and run with it, refer to it often and make it their mantra.   As a passing comment yesterday, I said, “Now that you’re […]

The Monkey On My Back Dances, Continued

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Part 1 of my gripping “I Suffer From Anxiety” series. And Part II.   So in my endeavor to better understand my anxiety and hopefully find ways to cope with it, I recently visited a kinesthesiologist. I’d heard great things about this guy from a vegan/Zen/meditative/very non-anxious friend of The Rocks’ who’d been going to […]

Haiku Fridays

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Not really, but that wouldn’t that be cool: every Friday designated “Haiku Day?” And the banks would be closed and the post office and schools and daycare and what am I, crazy?   In related news, I’m entering a haiku contest held over at My Mommy’s Place and am posting my submissions here. There’s all […]

Crapfty Mom

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

I hate being a pussy mom.   I want to be the rocker mom who grooves to the beat of her own drum, not caring what people think, no, just experiencing that joie de vivre and living, man, just living! You know?   No? Oh man, why you gotta be like that?   Yesterday, my […]

Dinner, Anyone? No? I Don’t Blame You.

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

These days, I make exactly three things for dinner: pasta, salad, nothing.   There’ll be weeks where I motivate to try something new, but about a month ago, my mind suddenly sprang a dinner recipe leak.   It’s as if I never knew how to make anything. Kind of like Freaky Friday where I changed […]

For My Bubby

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Steady hands, honest gazer I crave to etch words in your marble   Love to make my mark where it shall remain and if it peaks dips circles   You’ll touch the infinite cast edges   And when I turn away And when I shut it out And when I wretch — to what?   […]


Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I recently looked back through all the correspondence I’d sent my husband over the past 10 years. And instead of feeling inspired, or invigorated, I took a horrifying walk down memory lane, where I realized that my husband is one lucky brave man.   I offer for evidence one particular […]


Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

This seemed manageable.   Then, I walked into this.   This.   And finally, this.   I’m trying to take this all in stride. Usually, I spot clean throughout the day, then dive into emergency surgery cleaning late in the afternoon. I’ve been trying to pace myself, because it feels like all I do is […]

5 Ways I Encourage Creativity in My Kids

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Creativity is a value in my home. I foster, nurture, and develop the creative urge in my children every day (quite possibly to ward off any chance that they will languish uncreatively in soulless jobs as I many people I know have done.)   I firmly believe that we are all creative. I also believe […]

Sunday’s Playlist

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

If my emotions were mapped today, this would be the topography.   Darlin’ Do Not Fear/Brett Dennen Circle/Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians Kindly Unspoken/Kate Voegele In My Own Mind/Lyle Lovett Myriad Harbour/The New Pornographers Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games/Of Montreal Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes/Paul Simon Silver Lining/Rilo Kiley […]


Sunday, February 10th, 2008

electric fingers, worn by silver move me forward, will I hear a whisper   spent as light in near dawn, spirals she limps, then settles   sits in blonde wood acclimated to cold peeks through the porthole, spider glass   pipes of light I would collect and – forget, unbidden in deep pockets   padded, […]

People Peek: Angel Among Us

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

This is “Angel.” He’s 55 years old. Or, 85. He wanted me to guess.   Throughout his adult life, which either measured about 30 years, or 60, (I’m still deciding), Angel was an insulation contractor, a cleaning business owner. a Hollywood actor, songwriter, entertainment agency CEO. and…whew! isn’t that enough?   Now, Angel works for […]

Park and Slide

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Every Friday, I join my Moms’ Meetup group at Point Loma’s Liberty Station park. This is a new and well-kept park tucked behind a large grassy area, and south of the bay (although it could be north, east or west? I’m horrible at directions, I just like how it sounds when I pretend to know). […]

Thank You, God

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

As I was finishing up the last post, Alexa came up to me. “I’m stunked,” she said. Thinking she meant “stumped,” I corrected her. “No, stunked,” she insisted. “It’s a Spanish word I made up for tired.”   That kid’s perfect.  

Thursday’s Test

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Sunlight makes it through the thickest of branches.   Thursday didn’t come easy. Alexa’s down with a sinus infection and the rest of us are battling runny noses and general crankiness. And here I am: squirreled away in a dark corner of the kitchen to write a few lines. I started a poem, but thought: […]

Hair Cut Short, The Prequel

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Me now. But also then. Except for the crow’s feet and the nasolabial folds. Also? My laser eye vision wasn’t fully developed.   I have another blog. I’ve had it since June, 2001. I will not name it, because San Diego Momma is my new leaf. And I want to leave old stones unturned. (I […]

Unicorn U.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

This morning, my daughter tells me, “I really, really, really want to be a policeman.”   Thinking this sounds like something she’s really thought over, and not wanting to discourage her from the dream, I say, “Yeah?”   “Yes,” she answered resolutely. “Or a unicorn.”  

This Will Be A Serious One

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

In September of 2007, my sister underwent an emergency c-section and subsequently gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Katelyn. Katelyn was born at just over 23 weeks, far far away from her due date of January 14, 2008. At birth, Katelyn weighed a tiny 1 lb., 3 ozs. and was barely 11 inches long.   […]

If Only a Picture Could Hack, Cough and Spit

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

There’s no picture today because this post is about my neighbor, who is so close that if he had a telephoto lens, he could see what I was writing right now.   (In fact, he doesn’t even need a telephoto lens, he just needs eyes.)   In truth, I did try to snap a picture […]

Monkey On My Back: The Continuation

Monday, February 4th, 2008

I am strong, like a Powerpuff Girl. Except I’m not a kindergartner. But that’s open for debate.   Read Part I first here.   The anxiety: it’s overwhelmed me, made me laugh, ruined relationships, made friendships, and inspired my writing. It’s funny, really, that this is one of the first times that I’ve called it […]

Super Pour Sunday

Monday, February 4th, 2008

These are the kinds of days I love. It’s the Chicagoan in me, I think. (Although I’m betting Chicagoan’s don’t like these kind of days.) I’ve always run melancholic, so these scenes give me the atmosphere to match my mood.   Super Pour, Part Deux   Super Pour, The Third Installment

Booger in More Ways Than One

Friday, February 1st, 2008


Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Today, like so many days, started with a cacaphony of kids, TV, chore-listing and chore-avoiding. So many mornings begin this way and I find that time blurs together, with no specific start or end point. Living more consciously is a goal of mine, so I decided to invite my husband back to bed for a […]

Monkey on My Back

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

I’m anxious. Not just now, but always. It’s an affliction, a way of life, a disease, a problem.   I’ve always been, well, spazzy. I am extremely reactive and one of those people who is very mood-absorbent. That’s what I call it anyway. It’s as if I absorb the energy or the mood of things, […]

The Clash

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

I spent the day in a perfectly delightful French café editing a market research report. French women (I’m assuming, since they were beautiful, stylish, skinny) staffed the place and it seemed as if everyone were from somewhere else.   True enough, I overheard snippets of “I just returned from London,” “I can’t wait to get […]

New Year’s Revelation

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

When’s the first time you realized you had a lot of growing up to do?Not in the way of ceasing goofiness, or quitting looking for earthworms after a rain, or not sticking your finger in your husband’s butt as he walks up the stairs, but rather, seeing that your old ways aren’t working for you? […]

Poop Snoop

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

I have this thing about poo. In that I am simultaneously fascinated and repulsed by it. It’s interesting to ponder poop and appreciate its evacuatory properties. It is a waste by-product, after all, and the fact that it represents your body cleaning itself out is exciting (to me, but I also like pus, for the […]

And Goodwill To All

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

I have to show you something. Ain’t it grand? Trust me. In person, this purse is life-changing. Maybe it looks too patent-leathery here. Too shiny. Too black? Not enough white? Not so in real life. It’s perfection. And here’s the kicker: it was $9.99! I love Goodwill (is it Good Will? It should be.) I’ve […]

Identity Crisis

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

OK, I’d like to back up and explain the hair more clearly. I turned 39 on Thanksgiving. And I’ve got this thing happening. I’m feeling 27. So when I look in the mirror and see the opposite of 27, I get confused. My face is not 27. But my brain tells me I am. It’s […]