31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: An Introduction

October is my favorite month of the year, no doubt. The leaves begin to change, the weather cools down, and food takes on a whole new flavor. But best of all is Halloween. I love planning the costumes. I love the excitement of walking all over the neighborhood, hearing the leaves crunch under my feet... Read more »

Botox Babies and Plastic Mamas

So every morning, I brew a carafe of coffee and throw on the television before I throw my ass into the tub. After the kids are successfully dropped off at school, I allow myself one hour of downtime before I get my day started. This morning, while flipping through the amazing array of channels that... Read more »

5 fall fashion necessities for the exhausted mama

Technically it’s still summer, but I can’t get my brain off the idea that fall, my favorite season of all, is just around the corner. A month ago, I received my September issue of InStyle in the mail and squeeeeeed like a silly schoolgirl when I pulled it out of my mailbox. Hey, I’m easily... Read more »
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A love letter to the one I miss the most

Hey Grandpa. I know we talk often, in our own way, but I just want to put some things out there in the open, if only to cement thing in stones, so to speak. First of all, I miss you. So much. Not a day/week/month goes by when I don’t think of you. It’s been... Read more »

Working my way to the top: A history of crummy jobs

Growing older sucks. I’m not going to sugar coat that shit because we all know it’s true. Our bodies start to fail us, our memory slowly leaves us, and all attempts to understand the human condition completely exhausts us. I usually end the day by looking around and saying What. The. Fuck. But ya know... Read more »

5 different faces of the back-to-school mom

If you’re a parent, then you know them. You’ve seen them up close. Within the first couple of days, you’ve sized them up to a tee and have based your entire relationship around them in exactly that short amount of time. It’s almost like dating – but with toddlers. 4 days into the Dude’s kindergarten... Read more »
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Back to school means Mama has a breakdown

I just lost my shit. Completely fell apart in front of Dude. Today was supply drop off day, which gave him a few minutes to see his classroom and meet his new teacher. His teacher gave us a note to read at bedtime, about going to bed on time, have sweet dreams, and wake refreshed... Read more »

The legacy of Robin Williams, in my own mind

I first saw him in 1979, on a show that I watched on the regular. That show was Happy Days. Then shortly after, he had his own show, Mork & Mindy. I watched every episode with a passion. There was something about this guy that hooked me in. Then, in August of ’82, my dad... Read more »

How to explain the definition of a relationship with a pre-teen

This morning, Little Woman came to me in the kitchen with a smile on her face. My first thought was OH CRAP, WHAT NOW?! Most of us parents know that if our kids are eerily silent or smiling for no reason, they’re up to no good. And this never changes, no matter how old they... Read more »
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An epic moment, 25 years in the making

This Sunday, the most epic moment will happen. To try to explain my feelings at this point are incomprehensible. Once I learned that this moment may happen, I was initially filled with excitement.  But that moment quickly filled with questions, doubt, angst, and worst of all, depression. I didn’t expect this reaction. I’ve always been... Read more »