Archive for January 2012

My 2011 Playlist (a.k.a. All Good Songs)

The other night I took the time to compile my favorite songs from 2011 (a few weeks into 2012 I know).  Most of the songs came from albums that I covered in my blog.  I was so excited about my new playlist that I actually looked forward to getting on the train the next morning just... Read more »

Death and Parenting: My Wakeup Call

I learned of two deaths today, and I don’t even live in a retirement home.  My 94 year old grandmother is accustomed to such notifications.  When she sees a rose in the lobby of her building, signifying that someone has passed, she says, “Let’s see who died” in the same tone she might use when... Read more »

A (Fairly) Smooth Trip to the DMV to Check Off Another Teenage Milestone

A (Fairly) Smooth Trip to the DMV to Check Off Another Teenage Milestone
Another day, another teenage milestone.  The boy turned 16 on Thursday, which didn’t lend itself very well to getting his driver’s license on his actual birthday.  We planned to go this morning (Saturday), although that plan was jeopardized by a slight snowstorm yesterday.  Fortunately by this morning the roads were mostly cleared and we decided... Read more »
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My Title as Worst Birthday Mom Ever

My title as worst birthday mom ever was solidified yesterday, my son’s 16th birthday.  It was essentially an ordinary day: school for him, work for me, volleyball practice/carpool for both of us.  The boy is accustomed to reduced fanfare on his special day, at least compared to some of his classmates.  His birthday is unfortunately... Read more »

Common Gives Us Some Blue Sky in the Middle of Winter

Common Gives Us Some Blue Sky in the Middle of Winter
What a dreary time of year.  Day after day of cold temperatures, lack of sunshine and still several decades until retirement, right?  No, that’s not what I was referring to- I love winter and hanging out in Arizona sounds boring!  I was referring to the lack of new music.  Apparently the record companies are not compelled... Read more »

Final Exam Week: Harder for Parent than Child

Final Exam Week: Harder for Parent than Child
This past Sunday morning at about 8:00, I was at my neighborhood Starbucks for some weekend fuel.  Nothing unusual about that, although on this particular morning I had my 19-year old in tow as we were taking her back to college after winter break.  She came inside with me to supervise the donut selection. In... Read more »
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My Doggie Dilemma

My Doggie Dilemma
This is a cautionary tale, a story of people who didn’t do their homework before they got their dog.  It is also a plea for help because I am at my wit’s end. We are a dog family.  We got a Golden Retriever puppy when I was six months pregnant with our oldest daughter (now... Read more »

What to Expect during the Teenage Years: The Book I Need

What to Expect during the Teenage Years: The Book I Need
A number of my coworkers either have or are expecting babies.  Though I try not to emit too many maternal vibes while I’m at work lest they forget that I am a hard-nosed manager, the pictures of my four offspring in my workspace give away my secret.  Due to what is assumed to be my... Read more »

Kanye West's Twitter Stream: trying to make sense of it

Since one of my New Year’s resolutions was to resume wasting time on Twitter, I was perusing it while waiting for someone to play me in Words With Friend while I watched a rerun on Bravo last night when I should have been sleeping.  Much to my surprise, a normally Twitter dormant Kanye West was... Read more »
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Some Fun Stalker Songs (with a side of restraining order)

Some Fun Stalker Songs (with a side of restraining order)
While doing errands recently, “I Will Possess Your Heart” by Death Cab for Cutie came on the radio.  I like the song because it’s just a good song.  However, it also happens to be a borderline creepy stalker song.  It got me thinking that there are a number of such songs out there.  Seriously, if... Read more »