Posts in category "Mom of the Year"

America the (mostly) Beautiful: chronicling my great Amtrak adventure

America the (mostly) Beautiful: chronicling my great Amtrak adventure
Back on July 1st I announced my intent to share a photo essay a day for the month of July to chronicle my great Amtrak adventure of 2017: a round-trip journey with my 8 year old son aboard the magestic Texas Eagle from Chicago to Austin…and back! But on July 2nd I lost access to the internet for... Read more »

Surviving The Great Fever of 2017: the highlights

Surviving The Great Fever of 2017: the highlights
Today is Day 5 of the Great Fever of 2017. I don’t generally panic when the kiddo gets a cold/barfs/has a temp, but after his fever spiked upwards of 104 over the weekend, we were not gonna mess with this one.  So we’ve had a record five days of couch time/kid talk, and I’m actually... Read more »

You woke me up at 6 AM to tell me WHAT about the dog?

You woke me up at 6 AM to tell me WHAT about the dog?
My son is an only child. I had a younger sister growing up, but lucky for G I’m a pretty hard core isolationist so I understand some of his struggles with “being the only one.” Like when he starts sharing with me a conversation that’s already been going on in his head for some time.... Read more »
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Opening Day, 2017: commence Operation "LOOK HOW MUCH COOLER BASEBALL IS THAN FOOTBALL, SON!"

Opening Day, 2017: commence Operation "LOOK HOW MUCH COOLER BASEBALL IS THAN FOOTBALL, SON!"
My son wants to play football – badly. And I suspect he’ll play football – badly. I don’t think he wants to play football as much as he wants to be the star of the slo-mo catches in the end zone. He’s my child: I gave that kid the thirst for glory. But I’ve known him his whole... Read more »

My son could write for a "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" reboot

My son could write for a "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" reboot
If Jack Handey ever revised his “Deep Thoughts” series and needed new writers for the reboot, my son would be a natural.  Not intentionally, of course. G never understands “what’s so funny?” when I laugh at some Handey-like thing he drops, but how do you explain to an 8 year old what made ‘Deep Thoughts’... Read more »

My three wishes if the genie asked today

My three wishes if the genie asked today
If the genie popped out of the bottle – today – and asked me for my three greatest desires, I would wish: …for a long, happy life for my son. …for the singing voice of Natalie Maines. …that my son might someday know his Mother as the woman she’s always known she could be –... Read more »
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Who is that crazy lady giggling in the massage chair at Sky High? (Answer: me)

Who is that crazy lady giggling in the massage chair at Sky High? (Answer: me)
I think I’ve hit some sort of a single Mom Friday night low/plateau/genius pinnacle. I’m at Sky High (Think Jump Zone with trampolines) with my laptop…SITTING IN THE MASSAGE CHAIR. That’s right. I just paid $10 for 30 minutes of a shockingly good mechanical chair massage while my kid jumps on trampolines. Every three minutes... Read more »

Extra! Extra! Read about the great fish tank disaster of (early) 2017

Extra! Extra! Read about the great fish tank disaster of (early) 2017
There was a fish tank disaster in my home last week. This is the first time I’ve been able to talk about it. I had three fish tanks. (Not in a gross way. Not in a terrarium-with-a-snake-in-the-bathroom kind of way, no.) Long story short: 2 baggies of carnival goldfish winnings +  1 adult with addictive... Read more »

Holy Shit, you guys. I met Boo Radley this morning!

Holy Shit, you guys. I met Boo Radley this morning!
So for the past few days I have been sharing about my neighborhood Boo Radley house – a source of mystery and intrigue on many a dog walk in the past year or so. Well, hand to God: this morning when I was stalking the Boo Radley House walking the dog, who should walk into the... Read more »
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Some Mother's Day advice for my young son: How to Succeed in Trump's America

Some Mother's Day advice for my young son: How to Succeed in Trump's America
It’s Mother’s Day 2016, and I you an apology, son. For the past seven and a half years, I’ve been teaching you that honesty is the best policy. And while that’s a great concept for creating protagonists in Pixar Movies and leveraging Santa Claus’ influence in December, it will get you nowhere in “Trump’s America.”... Read more »