Five Tips For Making It Through Your First Mother’s Day When Mom Dies

I lost my mom unexpectedly Friday, May 12th. There’s never a good time to lose your mom, but Mother’s Day weekend is a pretty sucky weekend to lose a mom. Mother’s Day is supposed to be filled with the obligatory brunch, homemade cards from the kids – a celebration of the woman whose bladder leakage... Read more »

Here is How Parents Should Compensate Babysitters

Last Saturday my husband and I attended a party and needed to get a babysitter. I arranged for a friend’s high school-aged daughter to babysit. She was new to our babysitter squad, but I had heard great things and decided to give it a try. She turned out to be a fabulous babysitter. She played... Read more »

36 Things I Found In My Purse

This morning I attempted to locate something I thought might be in my purse. I opened my bag and by gosh by golly, it looked like something out of an episode of Hoarders. No joke, I am hauling around a shit storm of debris. No wonder I am suffering shoulder pain. Holy hell… how did... Read more »

Three Inspirational Things I Saw At A Middle School Debate

Tonight I attended my daughter’s middle school debate club culminating debate. The culminating debate would equate to a WWE SmackDown event in the debate world. I myself never participated in debate club in middle or high school. Hell, I don’t even know if there was a debate club in my middle or high schools. At... Read more »

Great Books For The Fledgling Feminist

Not sure if you heard the news, but as compared to male counterparts, women are still getting the short end of the stick when it comes to equal pay.   In fact, Google just got sent to the principal’s office (aka the Department of Labor) for giving women’s paychecks the shaft.  Okay Google. Frustratingly, it looks... Read more »

Getting Old Sucks: Why I am Having A Tough Time With My Aging Parents

I had to step away from my blog for a couple of weeks. It’s good to be back. I had some pressing family matters, paid and volunteer writing gigs, and my Second City writing class that all pulled me in multiple directions. First things first, this blog post isn’t particularly funny or interesting. It’s more... Read more »

Getting Old Sucks: Why You Need To Get Long-Term Care Insurance A-Sap

My last Getting Old Sucks post was in regards to the importance of estate planning. Hopefully you are well on your way to having your will and health care directives ready to roll. Today I am tackling the sexy topic of long-term care insurance (LTC).   “What in the hell is LTC?” you might ask. LTC... Read more »

Clearing The Snow Off My Driveway In 20 Easy Steps

Step 1: Put on wool socks, heavy sweater, snow pants, down winter coat, hand warmers, gloves, hat, scarf, winter boots, and ear buds. Step 2: Assess the snow’s depth; determining whether a shovel or snow blower is the right tool for the job. Choose snow blower to save time. Step 3: Move four bikes, two... Read more »

Getting Old Sucks: Why To Start Estate Planning With Your Parents

Thanks to Father Time and copious amounts of prescription drugs, people are living longer. But with longer lives, comes the potential for increased healthcare needs. One moment your parents seem relatively healthy, the next mom ends up hospitalized with pneumonia and her early onset dementia makes her think Chaka Khan is her nurse, and dad is... Read more »

Three Children’s Books I Am Ready to Retire

My oldest child is twelve, my youngest is four-I have been reading the same children’s books for a looooooong time. You come to a point in your life when you are ready to give up some of those books you have read one too many times. Here are three children’s books I am ready to... Read more »